The return of Kurt Vile


Yay! Maker of one of 2011’s finest LPs, Smoke Ring For My Halo, Kurt Vile will release the follow-up, Waking On A Pretty Daze on April 8.

It’s a 69-minute long double album (presumably that’s vinyl, rather than CD, but that’s what we prefer around 17 Seconds towers, anyway). The tracklisting is as follows:


Side A:
1. Wakin On A Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk

Side B:
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain

Side C:
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing

Side D:
10. Air Bud
11. Goldtone

Below here is a video for the opening track ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Day’ (almost a title track, check the spelling!). This is not the official video for the track, which will apparently be revealed in good time.

Kurt Vile-‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Day.’ mp3

Forthcoming from Kurt Vile


(Yup, I’m still here, just went away for a couple of days with Mrs. 17 Seconds and baby 17. Seconds.)

Maker of one of my favourite albums of the year, Smoke Ring For My Halo, Kurt Vile will issue a new six track EP in November entitled So Outta Reach. This will either be available as part of a re-issued version of the album or a standalone EP. It features five Vile compositions and a cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Downbound Train’ (originally on Springsteen’s Born In The USA LP).

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Creature
2. It’s Alright
3. Life’s A Beach
4. Laughing Stock
5. Downbound Train
6. (so outta reach)

Matador have made the first track available as a free download, so enjoy!

Kurt Vile -‘The Creature.’ mp3

And just in case you still haven’t got the album (what are you playing at? How many times do I have to tell you how great this album is!) here are a couple of mp3s from it:

Kurt Vile -‘Jesus Fever.’ mp3

Kurt Vile -‘In My Time.’ mp3

More music from my Inbox

There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming into my inbox at the moment and as ever, I’m not getting to listen to at least half of it, and quite probably more…I’m pretty shattered and trying to give fair amounts of attention to everything…it’s not happening, the heart is willing, the flesh and brain are weak.

First up, Inc.


4AD’s latest signings, Inc, may not look like the typical signings to the label. The fact that Andrew and Daniel Aged have played and toured with the likes of 50 Cent, Elton John, and Cee-Lo Green, may seem a long way away from the 23 Envelope sleeves and the arty take on gothic which the label made its’ name with. Then think about Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafffiti and Twin Shadow, and it all starts to make sense…

Inc -‘Swear.’ mp3

Whilst on the 4AD/Matador/Beggars Banquet side of things, Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo is one of the best albums of the year so far, along with the likes of PJ Harvey, Gang Gang Dance and Rayographs. He has just made this version of ‘On Tour’ available as a free download, taken from a session recorded for the Rhapsody website. It’s rather fine, to these ears…

Kurt Vile and the Violators -‘On Tour (live).’ mp3

Kurt Vile is also returning to the UK on tour very soon:

4th – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
5th – Sound Control, Manchester (w/ Woods)
6th – Stereo, Glasgow (w/ Woods)
7th – The Fleece, Bristol (w/ Woods)
8th – Scala, London (w/ Woods)

Scottish band The Pineapple Chunks will release their debut album in August and it’s going to be called A Dog Walked In. They’ve made this available as a free download:

The Rapture are gearing up to release their long-awaited third album. It’s scheduled for September and entitled In the Grace Of your Love. This track is the first to surface:

DFA White Out Sessions – How Deep Is Your Love? by The Rapture from DFA Records on Vimeo.

Finally, loving this single from Milk Maid released on June 13:

Off to try and sleep…

Album review – Kurt Vile


Kurt Vile -‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’ (Matador)

..and yet again, Matador demonstrate why they are one of the best labels on the planet).

This is Kurt Vile’s fourth album, and it sees him well and truly having left behind the tape and cd-r scene that he started out in. In a way, parallels could perhaps be drawn with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. While their musical styles may be miles apart, theyve both refined and developed their acts and progressed to more establihsed indies.

If you’ve not heard Vile’s music, don’t assume that he’s just another singer-songwriter-guitarist. Comparisons could be drawn with both Neil Young and Dinosaur Jr; in fact, part of Smoke Ring For My Halo was recorded at J Mascis’s Bisquiteen Studios andVile also contributes to mascis’s new studio album, Several Shades Of Why.

Considering he’s still a young man, there’s a sense of the world-weary about Vile. And yet, this is actually very endearing and attractively, musically speaking. The music is folky Americana, the atmosphere smoky and stoned. There are a number of excellent tracks on this album and I have given up trying to pickout highlights to recommend. Suffice to say that the two free tracks that have been doing the rounds ‘In My Time’ and ‘Jesus Fever’ are excellent examples of what this album is like, and I really like ‘Puppet To The Man’ and ‘On Tour’ as well.

There may be some who find this album hard to get into, but each listen has revealed something new, some else…If you get the chance to listen to it, without having anything else to do it will truly reward you.


Smoke Ring For My Halo is released on Matador on March 7.

Kurt Vile -‘In My Time.’ mp3

Kurt Vile -‘Jesus Fever.’ mp3

Get ready…for this!


Kurt Vile (as opposed to Kurt Weill!) was one of those names that I had become increasingly aware of of the last few years, but his latest, forthcoming album, Smoke Ring For My Halo has already had a number of plays at and around 17 Seconds Towers.

While the phrase ‘singer-songwriter’ has become something which i have started to dread, Mr. Vile totally transcends the image of the average singer-songwriter. No anodyne, glossy mush; instead this is a collection of songs infused with his own spirit, which doffs its’ cap to folk, alt. country and even the blues, but without descending into the irritating cliches. Matador know exactly what they’re doing -and so does he.

He’s a pretty brilliant, unique talent. And while this is NOT my album review, I really wanted to bring it to your attention. Out on March 7 (March 8 if you’re US-based) here’s the two tracks that have been doing the rounds of the blogosphere for a while, but if you haven’t heard it, check it out now:

Kurt Vile -‘In My time.’ mp3

Kurt Vile -‘Jesus Fever.’ mp3