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This week was a stacked one, and plenty of great videos didn’t make the cut for this list, including Thundercat’s existential samurai joke and Carly Rae Jepsen’s joyous travelogue. But I only want to talk about one of them, and that’s the Black Eyed Peas’ giddily sacrilegious retro-rap odyssey “Yesterday.” I have no idea what… More »

Some weeks, choosing the 5 Best Songs can be difficult and polarizing. This was not one of those weeks. Of course, it’s hard to pit so many different genres against one another, which is why these lists are always so varied. This week wrangled in stoner folk, rap, and straight-up pop, and none of the… More »

There’s a small plastic turtle on the dashboard of Cayetana’s old blue van. Her name is Tracy. She wears red glasses and does a little side-to-side dance. The van’s name is “Fast Car,” after the Tracy Chapman hit that the band cranks every time they head out to the next show. They’re aware it’s a… More »

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Album Of The Week: Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Three or four years ago, I saw Kurt Vile play one of the worst live sets of my life. He was the second act on a triple-bill at Chicago’s Empty Bottle, one that also featured Fucked Up and Zola Jesus, two strong and dynamic and ferocious live acts. Vile, by contrast, stood up there with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Stream Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze

He’s already four albums deep into his career, but the cloudy-eyed singer-songwriter and languid guitar hero Kurt Vile seems like he could just be hitting his stride. Vile’s new album Wakin On A Pretty Daze arrives next week, and the two songs we’ve heard from it, “Wakin On A Pretty Day” and “Never Run Away,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2013 - 10:34 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Philly Gets A Kurt Vile Parade This Weekend

Philadelphia does love a parade and this weekend they will extend their streets with open arms to their indie rock son Kurt Vile for a Tom Sharpling-hosted affair. I am not going to accuse the dude of being the current King Of Whimsy, but between last week’s informercial for “Never Run Away” starring his adorable… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 26, 2013 - 3:03 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Increasingly, this is a weird column to write, since the list of things that fall under “music video” parameters includes big-budget extravaganzas, weird little no-money larks, clips of people’s kids, stitched-together performance footage, barely-disguised product-placement commercials, and bits of barely-edited stock footage. Since all of these things can be pretty great on their own term… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away”

Well, if this isn’t the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen. Last night, Kurt Vile debuted his new single “Never Run Away” on the CW network in Philly via infomercial. As he explains in the beginning of the video, they weren’t able to pay for a real commercial, so instead Vile just made a video… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 21, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Progress Report: Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile will release his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, in April … much to the delight of folks like myself who have followed Kurt’s career with a kind of feverish intensity since his Constant Hitmaker days back in 2008. His new record — a 69-minute double album — was produced by Joh… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / February 26, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Kurt Vile – “Wakin On A Pretty Day”

He’d already released three relatively lo-fi solo albums, but stoned Philly strummer Kurt Vile’s 2011 album Smoke Rings For My Halo felt like a new beginning — the moment that Vile’s starry-eyed ebb-and-flow roadtrip-rock hit its stride completely. And now he’s announced its follow-up, a new collection called Wakin On A Pretty Daze, set to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 10:24 am

Win 4 Insound Exclusive Band T-Shirts (Cloud Nothings, Black Lips, Das Racist, Kurt Vile)

Last year, we gave a batch of t-shirts away from Insound’s Delicious Design League project, and this year, we’re doing the same with a new slate of t-shirts, this time a set of designs created for Insound by UK artist Dominic Owen. The winner will receive the entire set, which includes exclusive designs for Cloud… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 11, 2012 - 9:49 am

A Trip Through The Kurt Vile/Bank Of America Controversy

This isn’t the ’90s, and these days no indie bands are getting cards pulled for licensing songs to advertisers. In fact, it’s generally accepted that ad-licensing money is one of the few economic things keeping many indie bands afloat. But when it comes to the much-hated Bank Of America, the rules, it seems, change. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Stereogum’s Monthly Mix: October 2011

Alright, y’all know what time it is. It’s the Halloweekend, and today we’ve got some of the best tracks from the last month that fit nicely into whatever theme-heavy environment you’re trying to create. Whether it’s a spare spectralness (Atlas Sound), a haunted heaviness (Crystal Stilts), or just some aggro rap music with a titular… More »

By: Stereogum / October 28, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Kurt Vile – “Life’s A Beach”

Kurt Vile recently put out a track from his forthcoming EP So Outta Reach called “The Creature,” and today another track from that release surfaced. Listen to “Life’s A Beach,” a breezy, carefree jam comfortably within Vile’s wheelhouse. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 6, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2011

Save a bit of humidity, it is an undeniably autumnal day in NYC. It’s gray, it is wet, and it feels positively gauche to jam to anything that would feel right at a beach. So to help to fill the void created by expunging “sunny music” from your daily playlist, and to show solidarity with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2011 - 6:03 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

Kurt Vile – “The Creature”

Earlier today, Kurt Vile put out a new song from his just-announced EP, So Outta Reach. You won’t exactly mistake this track for something other than a Kurt Vile song, but it’s pretty pleasant, and maybe a little more clear-sounding than previous efforts. The five songs on the EP were originally birthed from the SmokeMore »

By: Corban Goble / September 6, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Kurt Vile – “In/Out Blues”

“In/Out Blues” is a woozy new acoustic jam from Philly space cadet Kurt Vile, and it shows up on a new tour-only split 7″ from Vile and his lo-fi rambler buddies Woods. The 7″ in question features two more Vile tracks, “Commercial Reject” and “Water Fingers,” as well as the Woods tracks “Skull” and “Cold… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Sunday Recap

Pitchfork Fest’s final day was a scorcher. We’re still recovering, but our tireless photog Graeme Flegenheimer braved the heat to deliver pics of Ariel Pink, Baths, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, Kylesa, Shabazz Palaces, Superchunk, TV On The Radio, Twin Sister, and Yuck. Sorry, no OFWGKTA. Check out the scenes i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 18, 2011 - 10:54 am

Progress Report: The War On Drugs

NAME: The War On Drugs
PROGRESS REPORT: Adam Granduciel discusses Slave Ambient, his band’s first full-length in nearly four years.

In addition to having what is arguably the greatest band name of all-time, Philly’s the War On Drugs are one of the most criminally underrated bands currently making music. This might be… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / July 14, 2011 - 9:59 am

Kurt Vile – “Baby’s Arms” Video

For Kurt Vile’s “Baby’s Arms” video fashion photographer Todd Cole followed a day in the life of a young couple in East LA. They make out, ride bikes, BBQ, and tag a brick wall. The love story was shot entirely on a camera phone as part of Windows Phone Me series. Watch the video and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 6, 2011 - 11:55 am

Alex Chilton Remembered, One Year After His Death

Alex Chilton passed away one year ago today. Big Star was scheduled to play SXSW in 2010, instead the show became a tribute, with friends and fans playing Chilton’s music and remembering his work. We posted a short obituary at the time, but I thought that a year later we could take a closer look… More »

By: jessica / March 17, 2011 - 10:02 am