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New Kurt Vile video: Like Exploding Stones

Video: Kurt Vile – “Like Exploding Stones”

Directed by Sean Dunne. From (watch my moves), due April 15 on Verve.

Happy Friday. And what better way to kick off your weekend than with some spacey new Kurt Vile?

Vile recently talked to NME about recording the new album: “I was stressed by the weight of the world, but pretty much all of my songs take a certain turn where there’s stress and darkness and then I pull into the light. There’s stress coming down on my brain and then you just notice some beautiful tree, or you turn your head to the light. Life is a struggle, but you’ve just got to try and turn your head to the light, man.”

The new song features a psychedelic saxophone solo from James Stewart of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Dude signs to Verve and gets all jazzy on us!

Dinosaur Jr: I Ran Away ft. Kurt Vile

Video: Dinosaur Jr. – “I Ran Away”

Animation by Mortis Studio. From Sweep It Into Space, out April 23 on Jagjaguwar.

It was meant to be. Of course it was. Why wouldn’t Kurt Vile co-produce the upcoming Dinosaur Jr album? It just makes sense.

Hear for yourself on the leadoff single, which features Vile on 12-string.

J Mascis says, “Kurt played little lead things, like 12 string one at the beginning of ‘I Ran Away.’ Then I ended up just mimicking a few things he’d done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound. But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. So I just ended up doing more things by myself. Like the mini digital mellotron on ‘Take It Back.’ Originally I’d thought I’d have Ken Mauri (who has done keyboard work for Dino in the past) come in and play piano. But when the Lock Down happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”

It’s going to take more than a global pandemic to keep Dinosaur Jr down!

Kurt and Courtney share Continental Breakfast

Video: Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast”

From Lotta Sea Lice, out October 13 on Matador Records.

As if these two couldn’t get more lovable, now we get to see Courtney and Kurt goofing around their homes with their families, separated by thousands of miles of ocean, but bonded in joie de vivre.

“Continental Breakfast” may sound slapdash but don’t let the effortlessness fool you. Barnett and Vile know exactly what they’re doing, and they do it perfectly. Their intercontinental collaboration reminds us all how fun it can be to hang out with pals and to make new friends, even ones who live a world away. We have a lot more in common than what divides us.

And if Kurt and Courtney succeed in spreading more smiles to the sullen world of indie rock, who can argue with that?

Kurt & Courtney: web, amazon, apple, spotify.

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Courtney Loves Kurt: Over Everything

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are the cute stoner couple who swear they’re just friends (and don’t even smoke down) and it’s totally true but I still want to believe the better story. To the joy of everyone who loves them both, they announced an upcoming collaboration called Lotta Sea Lice, due October 13 on Matador. If the lead-off single is any indication of the rest of the album then this fall is looking up.

Kurt & Courtney: web, amazon, apple, spotify.

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Forkcast Filter, Round 24

Pitchfork: ForkcastThe fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. But it’s impossible for anybody to listen to everything, so we handpick the best mp3s just for you. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.

Here’s our roundup of stuff that Pitchfork posted recently on their Forkcast:

MP3: The Feelies: “Should Be Gone” (“postpunk originators”)

MP3: Hunx and His Punx: “Lovers Lane” (“Garage-pop”)

MP3: Wavves: “Mutant” (“Japanese B-side”)

MP3: Raekwon: “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” (“cinematic and gritty”)

MP3: Beach House: “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” (“holiday song”)

Lots more below…

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Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile - Childish ProdigyKurt VileChildish Prodigy (Matador)

Childish? You bet. Prodigy? Hardly. Indie rock is littered with the compact cassettes of endless low fidelity rock bands. And just think of the rest that you taped over from your college days. You remember. The friend of your roommate that opened for Superchunk back in ’95? You recorded Siamese Dream over their demo tape because you needed some tunes for the ride home at Christmas break.

Betcha wouldn’t record over Vile’s shit, though; Childish Prodigy is immature, dirty, and a hell of a lot of fun. In fact, I couldn’t think of a better album to spin to keep you entertained as the mile-markers pass.

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