International crime syndicate mastermind Kurt Vile announces nefarious new album and headlining world tour!

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Listen up, gumshoes: Kurt Vile, heir to the Villain’s International League of Evil (you know, V.I.L.E.?) leadership, is back at it!

On October 12, he’ll be releasing Bottle It In, his proper follow-up solo album to 2015’s b’lieve i’m goin down…

Bottle It In is 13 tracks long, and features guest contributions from the likes of Kim Gordon, Cass McCombs, Lucius, Stella Mozgawa, Mary Lattimore, and more. If the artwork is to believed, Vile will be playing guitar on the album.

We need to act fast. Quick, decode these two songs from Bottle It In, the previously released album opener “Loading Zones,” and the newly revealed, nine-plus-minute long “Bassackwards.” Then, corroborate your findings with Vile’s upcoming world tour dates, which include a newly announced slate of shows for 2019. That’s all below, along with the full tracklising and artwork for Bottle It In.

There must be some clues in all of this, anything to help us track down Vile and bring him to justice for…stealing the Governor’s medallion….or you know, whatEVER crimes it is the villains commit in the Carmen Sandiego games…

Blech. Okay, time to pull the chute on this rough bit:

Bottle It In is out October 12 via Matador and can be pre-ordered here. I’m sure Kurt Vile is a very nice man who would never steal the Governor’s personal belongings.


Bottle It In tracklisting:

01. Loading Zones
02. Hysteria
03. Yeah Bones
04. Bassackwards
05. One Trick Ponies
06. Rollin With The Flow (Charlie Rich cover)
07. Check Baby
08. Bottle It In
09. Mutinies
10. Come Again
11. Cold Was The Wind
12. Skinny Mini
13. (bottle back)

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Kurt Vile?

10.12.18 — Hamburg, Germany — Grünspan ^
10.13.18 — Gothenburg, Sweden — Pustervik ^
10.14.18 — Oslo, Norway — Rockefeller #
10.15.18 — Stockholm, Sweden — Bern #
10.16.18 — Copenhagen, Denmark — Vega #
10.18.18 — Berlin, Germany — Huxleys #
10.19.18 — Munich, Germany — Muffathalle #
10.20.18 — Zurich, Switzerland — X-Tra #
10.21.18 — Lyon, France — Epicerie Moderne #
10.22.18 — Barcelona, Spain — Apolo #
10.23.18 — Madrid, Spain — Teatro Barceló #
10.25.18 — Lisbon, Spain — Lisboa Ao Vivo #
10.26.18 — Porto, Portugal — Hard Club #
10.27.18 — Bilbao, Spain — BIME Festival #
10.28.18 — Bordeaux, France — Theatre Barbey #
10.29.18 — Paris, France — La Cigale #
10.30.18 — Brussels, Belgium — Autumn Falls @ AB #
11.01.18 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — Paradiso #
11.02.18 — Köln, Germany — Kantine #
11.03.18 — Groningen, Netherlands — Take Root Festival
11.05.18 — Brighton, UK — Concorde 2 #
11.06.18 — London, UK — Shepherd’s Bush Empire #
11.07.18 — London, UK — Shepherd’s Bush Empire #
11.08.18 — Bristol, UK — St Philips Gate #
11.09.18 — Birmingham, UK — The Crossing #
11.10.18 — Manchester, UK — Albert Hall #
11.11.18 — Leeds, UK — 02 Academy #
11.13.18 — Glasgow, UK — SWG3 #
11.14.18 — Dublin, Ireland — Vicar Street #
11.15.18 — Belfast, UK — The Limelight #
11.24.18 — Boston, MA — House of Blues *
11.28.18 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Steel *
11.30.18 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club *
12.03.18 — Atlanta, GA — Variety Playhouse *
12.05.18 — Oklahoma City, OK — Jones Assembly *
12.06.18 — Austin, TX — ACL Live at The Moody Theater *
12.07.18 — Dallas, TX — Canton Hall *
12.09.18 — San Diego, CA — The Observatory North Park *
12.11.18 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern *
12.12.18 — Oakland, CA — Fox Theatre *
12.14.18 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom *
12.15.18 — Seattle, WA — Moore Theatre *
12.16.18 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom *
12.19.18 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue *
12.20.18 — Madison, WI — Sylvee *
12.21.18 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall *
12.22.18 — Chicago, IL — Riviera Theatre *
12.29.18 — Philadelphia, PA — The Met Philadelphia %
02.14.19 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground +
02.15.19 — Montreal, QUE — Mtelus +
02.16.19 — Toronto, ONT — Danforth Music Hall +
02.19.19 — Detroit, MI — Majestic Theatre +
02.20.19 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre +
02.21.19 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue +
02.22.19 — Louisville, KY — Headliners +
02.23.19 — Bloomington, IL — Castle Theatre +
02.24.19 — St. Louis, MO — Pageant +
02.26.19 — Omaha, NE — The Slowdown +
02.27.19 — Kansas City, MO — Truman +
02.28.19 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre +
03.01.19 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot +
03.02.19 — Phoenix, AZ — TBD
03.03.19 — Las Vegas, NV — House Of Blues +
03.05.19 — Tucson, AZ — Rialto Theatre +
03.06.19 — Santa Fe, NM — Meow Wolf +
03.08.19 — New Braunfels, TX — Gruene Hall +
03.09.19 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall +
03.10.19 — New Orleans, LA — Civic Theatre +
03.12.19 — Orlando, FL — The Beacham +
03.13.19 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Revolution Live +
03.15.19 — Birmingham, AL — Saturn +
03.16.18 — Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium +
03.17.19 — Richmond, VA — The National +
04.11.19 — Aukland, NZ — Powerstation
04.13.19 — Wellington, NZ — Hunter Lounge
04.15.19 — Sydney, NSW — Enmore &
04.16.19 — Wallongong, NSW — Unibar &
04.17.19 — Canberra, NSW — ANU &
04.18.19 — Byron Bay, NSW — Byron Bay Bluesfest
04.20.19 — Byron Bay, NSW — Byron Bay Bluesfest
04.22.19 — Melbourne, VIC — The Forum &
04.27.19 — Adelaide, SA — The Gov &
04.28.19 — Perth, WA — Rosemount Hotel &

^ Meg Baird (solo)
# Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
* Jessica Pratt
% The Feelies
+ The Sadies
& RVG

Kurt Vile – “Bassackwards”

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Kurt Vile’s proven to be one of the more prolific songwriters of this generation, with seven tremendous albums under his belt before the age of 40. In 2017, Vile teamed up with Courtney Barnett on a collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, that showcased the two riffing off of one another’s loose, … More »

Kurt Vile – “Loading Zones” Video

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Kurt Vile’s last full-length b’lieve i’m goin down was wholly awesome. But that was in 2015, and we haven’t heard much from him since besides last year’s joint venture Lotta Sea Lice with Courtney Barnett. Back in April, when Vile’s longtime label Matador posted a photo of custom VileMore »

Kurt Vile’s Brother “Jelloman” Gets A Documentary

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JellomanKurt Vile’s brother Paul is known around Philadelphia as “Jelloman,” an urban legend-sounding name coined in conjunction with his habit of making Jell-O shots and giving and selling them to bands and concert attendees. He also makes Jell-O artwork and merchandise and is a regular caller on The Best Show. And, as More »

Political Yard Signs Tease New Kurt Vile Album

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Kurt Vile hasn’t released a proper solo album since 2015’s idiosyncratically punctuated and truly awesome b’lieve i’m goin down, but he did team up with Courtney Barnett for last year’s Lotta Sea Lice. This year Barnett is following that fun, low-stakes collaboration with her own new LP called Tell Me How You Really … More »

Watch Yo La Tengo & Kurt Vile Cover The Cure In Philadelphia

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New Jersey indie-rock royalty Yo La Tengo recently kicked off a tour in support of their very pretty new album There’s A Riot Going On. And at their stop in Philly last night, they were joined onstage by some Philadelphia indie-rock royalty: Kurt Vile. More »

Kurt Vile announces first full-band shows with The Violators in over a year, because he’d been napping in the interim

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Whoa, WHAT YEAR IS THIS?

For a while there, it seems like hazy, dreamy, snooze-folk troubadour Kurt Vile got just a little TOO hazy, dreamy, and snooze-y for his own good; because he totally must’ve nodded-off for all of 2017 (okay, yes, he woke up for a little while in October because he had to piss and eat that Nutty Bar he’d left on the counter) and missed all of his band The Violators’ phone calls!

OH SHIT: now he’s just rolling over and looking at his iPhone and realizing it’s 2018! And it’s been kind of a long while since he’s been on the road with his faithful pals Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence, and Jesse Trbovich.

Accordingly — and since Mr. Vile is nothing if not a consummate professional — he’s brushing his hair, combing his teeth, putting on a fresh track suit, and scheduling the heck out of some US tour dates.

Now, it’s a little last-minute, so it’s going to be a somewhat short run. (But hey: better than hitting the snooze button again, right?) So here’s the deal: kicking off on June 13 in Morgantown, WV, a shortish run of June dates will culminate at Mountain Jam Festival on June 17. Then, after a quick nap (duh), the band will head south on July 10 and start chillaxin’ its way through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival. The full list of tour dates can be viewed by Y-O-U down below “right now,” if hurrying is your bag (that’s cool).

Word to the slow-and-steady among you, though: tickets for the shows go on sale THIS FRIDAY (March 23); so, ya know: if you wanna go, DON’T SLEEP.

Tour datezzzzz…zzzz…zzzzzzzz…

06.13.18 – Morgantown, WV – Metropolitan Theatre +
06.14.18 – Lancaster, PA – Tellus 36 +
06.15.18 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall +
06.16.18 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle +
06.17.18 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam Festival
07.10.18 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre *
07.11.18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
07.12.18 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *
07.13.18 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Music & Arts Festival
07.14.18 – Chattanooga, TN – Signal *
07.15.18 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine *
07.17.18 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground *

+ = Connections
* = Dylan Carson

Tinariwen – “Nànnuflày” (Feat. Kurt Vile & Mark Lanegan) Video

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Tinariwen released their latest album, Elwan, early last year. And now the Tuareg desert blues masters are back with a new animated music video for the Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan-assisted Elwan cut “Nànnuflày,” which follows an old Tuareg man’s reminiscences upon returning to the camp where he grew up. Watch below. More »

Watch Kurt Vile Play Carrie Brownstein’s Roadie On Portlandia

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Portlandia’s final season is currently airing, and Kurt Vile recently appeared during one of the skits, as promised. His cameo was pretty brief: He played Carrie Brownstein’s roadie, as part of a joke where Fred Armisen tries out increasingly ridiculous birthday gifts for Brownstein that “capture her love of music.” Watch below. [videoembed size=”full_width” … More »

Watch The Friends Of Wonder Documentary, Featuring Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

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Friends Of Wonder is a documentary about the Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, told through the framework of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s performance there last November on their tour in support of their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice. It was directed by Irene Chin and Kurt Vincent, and goes into the … More »