CD Review – Kurt Vile, Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze, Matador, 2013


Library Classification: Rock
File Under: V for Vile

Artist: Kurt Vile
Title: Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
Label: Matador

Date(s) Recorded:
Date Released: 04/09/2013
Date Received: 04/08/2013

Clean: All
Indecent: None
Play: 5-Never Run Away (3:25), 2-KV Crimes (3:57), 3-Was All Talk (7:42), 1-Wakin On A Pretty Day

RIYL: Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Chunky Guitar Solos
In a nutshell: Lazy, hazy rock from Kurt Vile who continues to build his own rock legend.

Comments: Kurt Vile is so fucking cool. In “Was All Talk” (3), Vile says, “Making music is easy: watch me.” And he delivers. Eleven tracks of hazy guitar rock, none of which is hurried. Kurt is the opposite of punk here, content to noodle around on his guitar for a while, circle back to some Lebowski-esque lyrics, and then back to guitar. It’s a hypnotic record, and it just feels like the dog days of summer. Several of the tracks clock in at 7-10 minutes, so DJs can cue one up, go out for a sandwich or hit the head. Whatever. Kurt won’t mind.


Author: djwikiben

DJ based in Berkeley, CA. Originally from Omaha, NE. Lived in Madison, WI for a while. Musical omnivore interested in electronic, garage, britpop, indie rock, hip-hop, funk and soul, among other things.

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