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The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Kurt Vile & Sore Eros – “Jamaica Plain” (Stereogum Premiere)

As if the incredible Wakin On A Pretty Daze wasn’t enough, Kurt Vile’s got two new EPs out before the year’s over. One that shows where he’s going, and another that shows where he came from. The former, It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)), is part of the deluxe Wakin and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 1, 2013 - 11:16 am

Kurt Vile – “Feel My Pain”

Kurt Vile has been rightly celebrated everywhere for much of 2013, largely due to his fantastic recent LP, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. So I think it’s totally justified that Vile’s label, Matador, will indulge in such celebrations next month, via the release of an expanded edition of Wakin. The 2-disc Wakin On A PrettyMore »

By: Michael Nelson / October 21, 2013 - 10:19 am

Five Years In, Brooklyn Record Label Mexican Summer Deserves To Be Celebrated

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

Kurt Vile & Sore Eros – “Serum”

It’s been a big year for Kurt Vile releases: full-length Wakin On A Pretty Daze was released back in April and is getting the deluxe-edition treatment next month, which will be accompanied by a new EP. “Serum” is from a much earlier period in the songwriter’s career and features vocals from Sore Eros’s Robert Robinson,… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Stream Kurt Vile’s Mixtape Of Songs That Influenced Wakin On A Pretty Daze

We already know that Kurt Vile has an insane record collection, thanks to the almost painfully adorable preview video for the single “Never Run Away” off of this year’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze. Today, he released the KV Mixtape in anticipation of his forthcoming EP titled It’s A Big World Out There (And I’mMore »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / September 24, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Watch Kurt Vile Cover The Clash’s “Guns Of Brixton”

Audio Ammunition is a new five-part documentary about legendary UK punk band the Clash put out this week by Google Play. The series was launched to celebrate the release of massive Clash 12-disc box set Sound System which comes with a ton of goodies (and we’re giving one away for free here). On top of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 10, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Watch Kurt Vile Receive Philadelphia’s Highest Honor And Play City Hall

Kurt Vile is maybe the only native Philadelphia son who can sing in a full-on mushmouthed Philly accent and make it sound pretty, so the city clearly owes him a lot, and they know it. Philadelphia has already given Vile a parade and his own Kurt Vile Day, and now they’ve presented him with the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2013 - 11:45 am

Watch Kurt Vile Cover Nine Inch Nails For A.V. Club

“Well I don’t remember all the songs on your list, but I was like, ‘I’ll do it cause it’s Nine Inch Nails and it’s the weirdest thing we could do.'”

That’s Kurt Vile’s explanation for picking Nine Inch Nails’ “Down In It” in the AVClub’s covers series. Even though he’s correct about it… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 27, 2013 - 11:50 am

The 10 Best Things At Outside Lands 2013

Between music, comedy, food, and artwork, Outside Lands really is one of the more interesting American summer festivals. You checked out our coverage and photos from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and now we have The 10 Best Things we experienced at the festival, music-related or otherwise. Check out the countdown here. More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 12, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Outside Lands 2013 Sunday: Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Willie Nelson, & More

The final day of Outside Lands was definitely a more mellow affair than Saturday with its NIN headlined attack. Most people entering in the afternoon were greeted by Kurt Vile’s excellent set on the Sutro Stage. Later a small, but dedicated group headed to an unlisted secret show by The Head And The Heart that… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 12, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Photos: Pickathon 2013

This past weekend, the yearly roots-influenced music festival Pickathon took place at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Feist, Divine Fits, Kurt Vile, and Pure Bathing Culture were among the many bands that performed at this unique festival. Check out live photos from the event from Colin McLaughlin. More »

By: Stereogum / August 5, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf. The name of the album will be Dead Hot, a nod to Red Hot, an AIDS charity organization that started curating comps in the ’90s. As Relix reports, the National… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2013 Mix

This week, for the 237th time, our country tis of thee will celebrate its Miss Independence. Which means that this week, for the fourth time, our blog will celebrate the arrival of Cruel Summer, our annual heartbreak of a mixtape. Tradition. Times have changed since our 2010, 2011, and 2012 installments. Namely, nobody releases free… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Earlier today, I posted a bigass list of my favorite music videos of the year. That should honestly be enough to keep your optic nerves crammed full for the day. But if you’re done with it, or you’re somehow low on viewing options this weekend, please note that plenty of other good music videos came… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Kurt Vile – “KV Crimes” Video

Kurt Vile has already pulled off the near-impossibly feat of making a Philadelphia accent sound cool, and now he seems determined to do the same with the rest of his hometown. In director Tom Scharpling’s new clip for “KV Crimes” — after “Never Run Away,” the second great video that Vile’s excellent new album WakinMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013 - 10:57 am

Watch Kurt Vile Play Letterman

Last month, Kurt Vile released his fifth studio album Wakin on A Pretty Daze via Matador. In support of its release, Vile and his band stopped by Late Show With David Letterman last night to play “Wakin On A Pretty Day.” Head to CBS.com to stream last night’s episode of Letterman; the performance is at… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

You know this was a good week for music videos when 4Minute made a K-pop video with dancing zombies in it, one where they fight the dancing zombies by spraying hairspray at them, and it didn’t even crack my top five. The videos that did crack my top 5 are below. Enjoy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

Steve Gunn – “Water Wheel”

Steve Gunn, who is one of the Violators in Kurt Vile And The Violators, is obviously a good guitarist. But there’s being a “good guitarist” and then there’s that rare special quality where people, at a loss for words, start name-dropping the practically supernatural John Fahey in order to describe you. That is one of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 2, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away” Video

Kurt Vile’s wonderful new album Waking On A Pretty Daze, one of the year’s best, is a languorous sprawl, and you wouldn’t expect it to lend itself to elegant graphic design or stark iconography. But in making the proper video for Vile’s song “Never Run Away” (which isn’t to be confused with the adorable previewMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2013 - 12:27 pm