It took me way too long to get the joke that Kurt Vile’s name was a goof on Kurt Weill. I felt pretty smart until today when I learned that it’s actually his real name. So now you know. He was born Vile.
He’s a goof. His upcoming release is an hour-long, ten-track collection that he calls an E.P. Six songs are “new to the world, with one foot in the not-too-distant past and the other with one tiny toe pointing toward the future.” And the other four include covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Charli XCX.
“Another good year for the roses” is a classic Kurt Vile jam, lazily rambling around its groove, in no hurry to get anywhere. “By the way, everybody knows that was the greatest country song / Sung by a man possessed like the devil.” He’s talking about George Jones, of course, whose “A Good Year For The Roses” is indeed a stone-cold classic.
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!
Jake has long bemoaned the fact that British singers all sound like pansies. [Specifically, English singers -ed.] It’s his main argument for abandoning a genre that once fueled his music collection and has led to hilarious arguments at countless bars with me and Loftus. But is the Old Man right?
MuchMusic has a list of the The 10 Fiercest British Frontmen Of The Past Decade and I gotta say, there’s a fair amount of dandy-ism on display and maybe only one dude I definitely wouldn’t fight in an alley (Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who I am sure would fight dirty to protect his hair).
Seven sissies I could stomp and three dudes I would not fight after the jump.
Maybe the NME’s incessant haranguing of classic British bands to reform is actually effective. Could it be that bi-monthly declarations of this band reforming or that band reuniting might actually cause those parties to reconsider their splits? Could they all be self-fulfilling prophecies?
This weekend saw The Verve play their first show together in nearly a decade. It was the first show with all four members since 1998 and featured a set heavy with classics and crowd pleasers. It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of such a reunion was dismissed as folly what with the notorious riff between singer Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe. But all things must pass and the band reformed in June to record new material. Five months later, they debuted just one new song in a 17-song set. But who’s complaining?
What with the Happy Mondays, Jesus and Mary Chain and now The Verve reuniting, maybe it’s not so crazy to think The Smiths and Stone Roses might be far behind. Mozzer might want to start researching testicle recipes .