Pop & Rock 2011: 30 Best Albums
Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is blessed with an odd insight into the darker corners of the mind. Vile's deadpan drawl owes a significant debt to Lou Reed but Kurt is warmer and often funnier. Kurt drifts through the tambourine and acoustic buzz of "Ghost Town" with a mix of melancholy and bemusement. His delicate plucking on songs like the gorgeous "Baby's Arms" makes the record a stellar showcase for his guitar skills. He recorded Smoke Ring For My Halo, his fourth album with his band the Violators for a fuller, more rocking sound. The Violators lend a satisfying FM radio crunch to the sardonic "Puppet To The Man" and Springsteen-style keyboards to "Society Is My Friend." "Baby's Arms" is also the only song that sounds entirely sincere, a warm ode to his significant other who makes him comfortable enough to feel small "like Tom Thumb." "On Tour" sees Vile compare life as a touring musician to Lord of The Flies, where you can get pumped full of lead or stabbed just for fun. Vile is a detached, bemused philosopher touring Middle America with a broken guitar case; we're just privileged to come along for the ride.
StreamsJan 19, 2015
The OBGMs"Paranoid, Paranoia" on Exclaim! TV
The OBGMs (oOohh Baby Gimme Mores) have been on an ongoing high since their rise in popularity this past summer, due in part to their involv...
FeaturesJan 14, 2015
Ben Watt"Hendra" on Exclaim! TV
Since releasing his solo LP Hendra last April, Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt has been busy touring his folk-tinged rock across North Am...
StreamsJan 13, 2015
TTNG"Adventure, Stamina & Anger" on Exclaim! TV
Math rock outfit TTNG may be known better to some as This Town Needs Guns, having changed their name in 2012 with the release of their sopho...
StreamsJan 07, 2015
Jon Hynes"Opinion Piece" ft. Jonas Bonnetta on Exclaim! TV
Growing up on Canada's East Coast, songwriter Jon Hynes was no stranger to making his own 4-track recordings, as well as learning and playin...