I saw this guy open for Times New Viking at Kung Fu Necktie last night. It was like seeing an epic rock show circa 1974. Rather than the tinny drum machines on his albums, they had a burly drummer pounding away to the songs. And rather than the Jim James style vocal effects on the albums, they used enough reverb to make even his most intelligible mumblings bounce around the room til the end of the set. Kurt Vile and his band turned these lovely bedroom pop songs into monstrously powerful walls of sound. It was a performance I won’t soon forget.
Oh yeah, and Times New Viking sucked.
Constant Hitmaker LP
God is Saying This To You… LP
I’m making this list of shows I want to see in the coming months. I’m sure I’ll only make like half of them, but I can dream. If anyone else wants to join in the orgy that is live music in the spring/summer, holla at me. I’m always down.
Shows and music below the link…
The new self titled release from Wavves is the most recent entry into the budding category of indie rock dubbed lo-fi garage rock/fuzz punk/noise pop/etc. Whatever you want to call it, these young bands (including Wavves, No Age, Times New Viking, Vivian Girls, etc.) have a lot of raw talent and ideas. Perhaps being brought up on grunge music myself in the 90’s gives me the ability to appreciate these new misfits. Whatever the reason, I’m into them and eagerly anticipating what they have stored for us in the future.
Sample and enjoy…
Wavves – So Bored
Wavves – No Hope Kids
Wavves – Sun Opens My Eyes
No Age – Eraser
No Age – Ripped Knees
No Age – Neck Escaper [from the Weirdo Rippers LP]
Vivian Girls – Where do You Run To
Vivian Girls – Such A Joke
Vivian Girls – All the Time
Whatever you call their brand of rock, it’s clearly evident they were turning some of this shit up in their pre-teen bedrooms…
Dinosaur Jr – Tarpit
Dinosaur Jr – Kracked
Dinosaur Jr – Lighning Bulb [from the Beyond LP]
Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
Sonic Youth – Kissability
Sonic Youth – Hey Joni