Smoke Ring for my Halo is ace, and large parts of his earlier records are amazing too. Look forward to seeing him again too and hopefully this time he'll be less pissed.
I do like "Smoke Ring For My Halo", but for me The War On Drugs' "Slave Ambient" was by far the better album, and perhaps unfairly shadowed by the former. I can't wait to see what Adam G does next.
it was well represented in year end lists. The songwriting on Smoke Ring For My Halo has more immediate songwriting, so it got more intial hype, but almost 2 years on it is only Slave Ambient that I stll listen to regularly
but I listened to Smoke Ring for the first time in a while yesterday and reminded myself how good it is, so looking forward to the follow up
I've been really disappointed with his live shows though.
You find that too?
but he was pretty rambly and there were huge gaps of sort of awkward drunk banter between the songs. When he/they were actually playing real songs it was great though.
the acoustic stuff was mostly fine/really good, but i didn't dig the way he re-did Freak Train at all. I mean, I know it's his song and he can play it how he likes, but he took all the drive and passion out of it by singing at weird times and leaving gaps and ... ugh, sadface
The live version of Runner Ups was very flat.
I think War on Drugs have the edge on him, Slave Ambient and Wagonwheel Blues (just finished listening to it there) are both crackers. Bloody great live as well.
Shai Halperins debut album last year unfortunately faded into obscurity, shame as it was in my top ten for last year.
...think he's playing locally too...Echo in LA...so I'm gonna catch that. (I've only seen him do an acoustic set opening for Built to Spill)
whom I'm guessing is a WoD member...? Will investigate.
The album is called Sweet Lights by the way, it's great from start to stop.
but it doesn't sound promising. I did see The War On Drugs last year, touring Slave Ambient, and they were incredible. Perfect setlist, great sound, extended jams of their classic songs, and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. One of my favourite gigs of 2012.
Only seen him twice - one solo acoustic and one full band - and he absolutely killed both times. Full band show at the Scala was the best gig I saw in 2011, easily. Obviously a lot of people's experiences on here weren't as good as mine but I've never met anyone who's seen him who didn't think he was great.
Downplaying of "acoustic set" wasn't a veiled dismissal of the show. The dude's uber-talented. (Just not as uber-awesome as War on Drugs, to echo earlier comments).
To lurkers wondering if they should drop the cash for a KV ticket: ah, do it!
I agree that he isn't the best for on stage "banter" but that doesn't really bother me for any artist.
so this is great news
is great http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/2013/02/11/kurt-vile-wakin-on-a-pretty-daze-and-wakin-on-a-pretty-day/
Find it almost impossible not to listen to from start to finish each time
was a bit dissapointed at first, as I'm not hugely keen on long albums, and I don't really like track 2, but very much into it now - very mesemrising, just washes over you.
So much going on in each song.
Seen a few people not liking track 2 now. I love it, but I'm a sucker for cowbell. Other favs - title track, Goldtone, Air Bud <3
rest of the album didn't seem to sound as good (as that track, or previous album), but maybe just need to listen more.
I see myself listen to individual tracks rather than the whole album most of the time, due to the length.
That aside though, the songs are pretty incredible. Wakin On A Pretty Day and Goldtone are perfection, love the motorik beat of Girl Called Alex, Pure Pain sounds most like his old stuff (just updated for his new sound) and Too Hard and Air Bud round it all out nicely. album of the year so far maybe
Looking forward to giving it another spin later on.
So far so good.
Goldtone is my song of the year so far. Wakin on a pretty daze, Pure Pain, Girl called Alex and Shame Chamber are all absolute gems.
Only gave it a few listens and it gets better with each listen.
I reckon that'll be in my top five in the half year lists along with Matthew E. White.
Wankin' on a pretty daze
Just kind of got it on in the background and it's really great stuff for winding down after enjoying the sunshine.
Will give it a "proper listen" TM later but first impressions are a big thumbs up.
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meant to be japanese emoticons signifying immense joy
...definitely grown on me. took a few listens. feels ever so slightly peppier, sunnier than the last one. really feels like he's captured a moment...a blissful one. lovely stuff.
I gave it 9/10, but there are at least 3-4 songs that are 9.510/10.