Kurt Vile... new on Gulcher.

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Nice to see Gulcher putting out some more new stuff, after the Home Blitz CD. Supposedly this is excellent, and he's playing London soon too. Good lad.

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 23 June 2008 16:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, he rules...haven't heard the Gulcher CD but I plan to

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 23 June 2008 20:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

liking this

sleep, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

he is a nice young man, such a nice boy

dell, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

space forklift

kamerad, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


The London shows next week are with War On Drugs, which he's apparently a member of. What's the deal with them dudes? Haven't heard 'em. Lookslike they've got an ep on Secretly Canadian, which makes me think 'literate indie'. Hopefully not.

gnarly sceptre, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 15:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Still no Gulcher thread to speak of.

Who's this Meercaz dude?? Not a reissue, despite the look of it.

masonna ringtones (gnarly sceptre), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's a review and a song on dusted
sounds pretty good

Trip Maker, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Really love the "God Is Saying This To You" LP. Really, really loving it. The new one on Woodsist is good too, but not as cosmic-epic at first few listens.

What else is worthwhile that I can find on the LP format?

ian, Sunday, 12 April 2009 18:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

So, how is the Hunchback EP? Is it... not as good as I want it to be?

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

some info here


sleeve, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks for the link, sleeve.

funny triple-dose of reviews there. can't say i feel too enticed to check out the hunchback ep, based on the review as well as opinions of a few friends.

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 03:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

This guy is great. At first I wasn't sold but the man and his work definitely fall under the "grower" category. At least, to me. Excited about his Matador debut.

SourPatchCorpse, Saturday, 18 July 2009 18:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

A washingtonpost.com writer who is always touting various indie dudes keeps hyping this guy. Let me what I can find on youtube

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

also, he appears playing trumpet and acoustic guitar on the new blues control album.

ian, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've been listening to this guy a lot over the last week or two. He's a little uneven, I think, but songs like "My Sympathy" and "My Best Friends (Don't Even Pass This), which are both on God is Saying This to You, more than make up for any shortcomings.

A new LP coming out soon, Childish Prodigy, has leaked on whatwhatinthebutt.cd for those who may be interested. I haven't listened yet but regardless I'll definitely have him in mind as one of my favorite new artists of 2009. His other (more popular? I honestly don't know) band, The War On Drugs, is decent too. He plays guitar in that band, but you wouldn't necessarily connect the dots unless someone told you. The War On Drugs is kind of dominated by the singer's voice, which is a bit like a more tuneful Dylan. The lyrics are kind of hit or miss, but there are moments ("There is no Urgency") where they hit a kind of stride.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

heh, the influences Vile lists on his myspace page unsurprisingly do a better job of describing his sound than I could ever do:

room to live, love to burn, street hassle, street legal, beat street, bully of the bayou, heartland feeling, yellow schwinn stingray, roots train number 1 (extended mix), cocaine in my brain, juicy juicy juice, strawberry wine, violent students, richie records, ag tonez, tusk, ccr, neil young, crazyhorse, suicide, the dead c, charlie patton, bertha lee, blind lemon jefferson, mississippi john hurt, blind willie johnson, furry lewis, fred mcdowell, harry smith anthology, american primitives, etc, robert johnson, lightnin hopkins, john fahey, doc watson, hank williams, townse van zandt, bob dylan, bobby neuwirth, eat the document, the vu, lou, the stooges, iggy, the ramones, the stones, the kinks, cluster, morton subotnick, isoa tomita, the fall, kurt's garage, blue kangaroo and the rest of wattle & daub.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

i really liked that war on drugs record. pretty curious about this one.

call all destroyer, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

my sympathy is a great song

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Constant Hitmaker is still my favorite.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

saw two shows where this dude opened last week and missed him at both

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to it yet. But yeah, actually I have you to thank for getting me to listen to him recently, I saw one of his songs on your KOPN playlist and was reminded that a friend of mine had recommended that I check him out.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost to trip maker

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

You should listen to that birthday show on the holy victrola blog, bro!
I turned 30 the minute it ended.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

will listen. Happy b-day too :)

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

The "I've never been so insulted in my whole lieeefe! SHIT!" part on "Freak Train" kills me.

That song's a tranced-out grower for sure, and I'd love to see it done live (the YouTube clips of it played out look great); the two riffier tracks on Childish Prodigy seem a bit weak/clunky/standard rock-by-numbers to me, though ("Hunchback", "Monkey"), but then again I didn't like the Hunchback EP that much. Some of the new tunes are streaming on a blog here: http://pastaprima.net/?p=3967

Constant Hitmaker still rules the roost for me, and The War On Drugs record's a total classic. These guys (Vile, Granduciel) sure know how to sprinkle on the digital FX.

Craig D., Friday, 11 September 2009 18:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

yeah that's my fave too, the cleaner production on Constant Hitmaker took a little bit away from it imo

the preview mp3 of the new Matador album sounds good

dmr, Friday, 11 September 2009 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

I liked the hunchback ep!

but what do I know

鬼の手 (Edward III), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to his new LP just so I can actually PURCHASE the damn thing! I'm trying to track down God is Saying and Constant Hitmaker on vinyl, but everything is like "limited to 30 LPs/must guess secret code/must have last name starting with T, W or K/must go to secret show in basement that was only disclosed to people who went to other secret show in basement that had last names starting with L and Y and guessed secret code", etc

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Z_S we have God Is Saying... in stock at the moment at the price of $18 (second pressing) if u are interested email me dr.carl.sagan at gmail dot com

not sure abt constant hitmaker but i can check on that too

ian, Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks for the head's up ian, I'm giving it some thought.

I hate to revive this thread and then speak disapprovingly of the forthcoming album, but I must. Childish Prodigy has its bright spots, but it seems to bury everything that I like about Vile under a pile of heavier "band" songs. From what I've heard on this, and the Hunchback EP, the influence of the Violators is not entirely a positive one. It's like he's sort of trying to pull a Neil Young guitar epic off, but the Violators aren't Crazy Horse. It kinda sucks that it's on Matador and so it will serve as a lot of people's first impression.

Still really digging Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying this to you, though.

O(Suggest/Ban)BAMA (Z S), Monday, 14 September 2009 01:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just downloaded pretty much everything, and he's coming to Minneapolis. Can't decide how I feel about the new one, but there's definitely some undeniable beauty in here...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

i love childish prodigy

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

freak train is some real http://i36.tinypic.com/do554x.jpg shit

i don't think he'll ever do anything as good as "taking the farm" or "arms like boulders" but this one smashes the war on drugs album

need to hear constant hitmaker

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Constant Hitmaker's pretty great, and a few of the songs on God is Saying are still my very favorites. I am trying to warm up the new one, but tbh I'm not really feelin' it.

The World's Biggest Christ (Z S), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

huh i really like the new one a lot. it gets a little samey near the end but the first half is pretty solid. maybe i'm weird but i like the strong songs on childish prodigy more than the formlessness of the earlier albums.

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"overnite religion" and "my best friends" are so so fucking good

kamerad, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 01:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


☀ ☃ (am0n), Friday, 2 April 2010 17:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

re: Record Store Day
Mexican Summer is re-releasing "God is Saying.." as a one-time-only vinyl/cassette combo.

van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink


van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

really ended up in love with childish prodigy. have totally overplayed the heck out of heart attack in particular

aarrissi-a-roni, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

man this new EP is good... title is Square Shells and the 7+ minute jam is sounding so fine right now, almost like Spacemen 3 but with more of a ticking motorik beat.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

agreed... this is wonderful...

Worth waiting for the fannypunch at 4.02 (stevie), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up! I've been looking forward to some new Kurt Vile.

ImprovSpirit, Sunday, 23 May 2010 03:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Snagged it! Top-notch sounds from Kurt.

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 01:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, formless music in general can irritate me to no end, but I find his stuff mesmerizing. Really loved Childish Prodigy.

musicfanatic, Monday, 24 May 2010 02:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

He reminds me a bit of what might've happened if someone had given Jeffrey Lee Pierce a cheesy/cool drum machine & said 'go at it.'

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 19:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

getting harder and harder to ignore this guy

(e_3) (Edward III), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:08 (eight years ago) Permalink


( `ハ´)☞  ☜(´∀`☜) (am0n), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think he's rolling through town in two weeks. I'm gonna try hit it up.

van smack, Monday, 24 May 2010 20:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

hmmm im not sure it does! lemme look later on this evening...

69, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Heard it at a friends house last night. Not too much material, but it's got me thirsty for that new EP.

Was listening to some older stuff and I'm starting to think Space Forklift is his best song.

Ryan, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Space Forklift is amazing

Z S, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Dead Alive is his best song ever

― nostormo, Saturday, September 24, 2011 6:23 PM


am0n, Friday, 21 October 2011 17:14 (six years ago) Permalink

the album version is better imo

nostormo, Friday, 21 October 2011 17:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Kurt Vile and The Young will be such a killer show to catch. Kind of bummed that new 7" is only available at two shows.

Ryan, Friday, 21 October 2011 17:58 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Seriously, fuck off Matador. Looks like I have to re-buy Smoke Ring For My Halo in order to get the new EP. The only way its available on its own is vinyl, with either CD or digital you have to buy the Smoke Ring deluxe edition to get both the album and the EP. Hate when labels pull this bullshit, I expect it from major labels, but Matador? C'mon guys.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 November 2011 14:33 (six years ago) Permalink

get a record player

Mr. Que, Monday, 7 November 2011 14:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Have one, but its in storage for now because I had to sacrifice the space for our nursery. Its just frustrating. And you wonder why people turn to illegal downloading when you won't give willing customers an option to pay for your product.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 November 2011 14:38 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah whenever i am frustrated with a company, i just steal from them, it makes me feel so much better.

Mr. Que, Monday, 7 November 2011 14:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I didn't say that, c'mon now.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 November 2011 14:41 (six years ago) Permalink

can you not get the EP from iTunes?

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. (stevie), Monday, 7 November 2011 15:06 (six years ago) Permalink

hope u feel better

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 7 November 2011 16:28 (six years ago) Permalink

$6? Seriously, fuck off Amazon.

PTSD clarinet kid (am0n), Monday, 7 November 2011 16:35 (six years ago) Permalink

$6 is reasonable for an EP! I am feeling happier now. I didn't see it on iTunes as a standalone and digital wasn't an option at Matador's store. Didn't even think to check Amazon.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 November 2011 17:50 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah amazon mp3 is great now IMO, usually cheaper and also no DRM and 320k quality, i love it, i haven't bought anything off itunes in forever

the free cloud player works well too

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 7 November 2011 18:15 (six years ago) Permalink

the title track has a v tom petty vibe imho

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. (stevie), Monday, 7 November 2011 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink

i don't know about tom petty but the intricate guitar sound of the first song is even more magic than anything on smoke rings. it's like a naturally dyed persian carpet woven from guitar strings.

alex in mainhattan, Monday, 7 November 2011 21:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I just bought the songs individually from iTunes (in this case, cheaper than Amazon).
It's really great.

She Got the Shakes, Monday, 7 November 2011 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

on tour

shur fine (am0n), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:31 (six years ago) Permalink


grimes - (the elder scrolls iv:) oblivion (diamonddave85), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink

nice shirt

Trip Maker, Friday, 23 March 2012 16:01 (six years ago) Permalink

If it's a Kurt Vile thread bumping-I'll check it out

nostormo, Friday, 23 March 2012 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Smoke Ring For My Halo is such a gorgeous freaking record. I heard it in a store the other day, Googled some lyrics, and was surprised as to what it was. I had checked out some clips long ago and never followed up, but this was really, really immediately striking to me, and I picked it up the next chance I got. And I'm so not in this headspace right now; that vast majority of what I've been listening to the past six months is metal. The vibe he conjures is so immediate and evocative; I love everything about it.

Clarke B., Thursday, 4 October 2012 23:15 (five years ago) Permalink

any plans for a new record?

nostormo, Thursday, 4 October 2012 23:16 (five years ago) Permalink

i'd heard there should be one before the end of the year, but have heard nothing more

Trad., Arrrgh (stevie), Friday, 5 October 2012 07:18 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

You can stream the first single, which is over 9 minutes on his website http://kurtvile.com/. New DOUBLE Album out in April.
This song is so awesome and slackerish. The beginning sounds a lot like Pavement, but then turns into something so much more amazing.

scubasteve, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Think there might be a thread for it already!

Z S, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

ooops, sorry folks.

scubasteve, Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

he never sounded so angry, aggressive and dirty as he did on Childish Prodigy.
(vocals and production)

i hope he'll make another "dark" record like this, only with much less fillers.

nostormo, Monday, 22 April 2013 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

New song with Courtnet burnett is excellent


nostormo, Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

sometimes there's no poison like a dream

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

he's covered belly??

Estella, Damm (stevie), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i like how chill + happy this album is

Mordy, Friday, 20 October 2017 01:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...


Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

New single Loading Zones is really good

calstars, Friday, 17 August 2018 00:50 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Another new song. Sadly, it's boring.
(Loading Zones is boring too imo)

Hope he didn't lose it completely..

nostormo, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

But isn't that his shtick? To always make the same boring song? Which usually is great btw.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 10 September 2018 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

The melodies are weaker. He becam too monotonic and lost the melancolic atmosphere.

nostormo, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

"bassackwards" is amazing imo

J0rdan S., Monday, 10 September 2018 18:40 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't remember which new one i heard recently but i too was disappointed

dyl, Monday, 10 September 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink

The slightly warped sound of Bassackwards is great. That song flows majestically towards the delta.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink

oh i really like that (and yeah "loading zones" is the one i didn't much care for)

dyl, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:23 (six days ago) Permalink

yeah it's gorgeously produced too

ok so i am looking forward to the album then lol

dyl, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:28 (six days ago) Permalink

those lyrics, ugh. when he started in second verse, same as the first, I had to bail

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:21 (six days ago) Permalink

Yup. The first verse wasn’t even all that. writers using the word “bay” is usually a bad sign
I think Loading Zones is much better

calstars, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:46 (six days ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the song right up to the point where I thought, “That was a pretty good song,” then looked at the time and realized there were four plus minutes left.

Andrew "Hit Dice" Clay (PBKR), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:57 (six days ago) Permalink

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