KURT VILE And His Two Daughters Cover ‘MUST BE SANTA’

22 November 2022

Laidback country pop singer-songwriter KURT VILE was invited by Spotify to cover
a Xmas song exclusively for the giant stream platform’s new Christmas compilation playlist.

Vile: I thought it was nice of them to invite me, but I didn’t know if I could pull off a Christmas song! Then my mind jumped to when John Agnello showed me the Bob Dylan version of “Must Be Santa” while we were making the Smoke Ring For My Halo record. Bob Dylan has a wig on, and someone goes flying through a window. All this time, I thought it was Bob Dylan’s song. It’s really catchy, and he makes it his own, as he usually does. I figured if I can do Dylan’s “Must Be Santa,” if that’s not taken, it’s a sign. I gotta be the next chapter in this version of a Bob Dylan song. Then I realized it was actually a classic Christmas song, and was written however long ago, but I still wanted to do it justice the way Bob did. I wanted to be the guy who attempted to pull it off.”

“It feels like a perfect circle, really. I thought I’d do an acoustic version and have my daughters sing backup, but then it turned into more of a weird synth version with their vocals, which is really the hook. I figured Bob wouldn’t hear it, but I still wanted to do it justice, and once I got my daughters singing with me I hoped he would at least like it. Now I know… he loves it. Merry Christmas, Bob Dylan!

Yes, it is Santa, folks.

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That crazy Bob Dylan version (2009)

The original version.
Written by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks.
First recorded/released by New York
artist Mitch Miller in 1960.

SOULFUL SUNDAY – 10 Musings For The Laziest Day Of The Week

2 October 2022

The 7th day is one to be lazy, to relax, to walk in slow-mo
from your bed to your couch, to have a glass of wine and
to listen to musings/reveries/ballads that massage your
ears and mind gently.

Turn Up The Volume picked 10 to create the fitting
atmosphere to lose yourself in a blissful trance.

Old and new.

This Sunday’s musers

The Big Moon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bergamot
Subatomic Strangers
Interpol
Beck
Kurt Vile
Cory Singer
Matthew Connor

Start dreamin’…

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Soulful Sunday With KURT VILE On The Telly

Reveries for lazy Sundays

Country slacker songsmith KURT VILE launched
his 9th album (watch my moves) last April.

NME said: “On this spacey and sprawling dream-pop adventure, the great modern
American songwriter exudes the wholesome, easy charm he’s always held. Vile has
always been the epitome of someone comfortable in their own skin, but he displays
that more than ever on this spacey and sprawling adventure.”
Score: 4/5.

To promote his new work Vile performed 2 songs off the
LP on American TV on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

– MOUNT AIRY HILL (WAY GONE) –

– HOW LUCKY –

New tour dates here

Music For Lazy People – Country Crooner KURT VILE Has New Album (watch my moves) Out

15 April 2022

Artist: KURT VILE
Who: Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia
and former lead guitarist of The War On Drugs.
He was born 42 years ago.

Active: Since 2003
Albums: 9, new one included

New album: (watch my moves)
Out: 15th April 2022 – order info here

NME writes: “On this spacey and sprawling dream-pop adventure, the great modern
American songwriter exudes the wholesome, easy charm he’s always held. Vile has always
been the epitome of someone comfortable in their own skin, but he displays that more
than ever on this spacey and sprawling adventure.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Kurt Vile is an expert in writing lazy songs for lazy moments
of lazy people. The problem is that almost all of the songs on all of his albums are
lazy. Therefore he didn’t manage yet to deliver a masterpiece. But to be honest, he
doesn’t fabricate bad albums either.

Sorry, I have to go now, I’m moving slowly now … towards
my couch. I’m lazy and I need lazy tunes. Hello Kurt?

Singles/clips: Like Exploding Stones / Hey Like A Child / Mount Airy Hill

– LIKE EXPLODING STONES –

– HEY LIKE A CHILD –

– MOUNT AIRY HILL (WAY GONE) –

Full album on Sporify

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KURT VILE: All Albums – Facebook

(image on top: cover of his ‘Bottle It In’ LP)

Modern Day Crooner KURT VILE Shares Another New Cut From His Upcoming LP

New striking strokes

6 March 2022

Artist: KURT VILE
Who: Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia
and former lead guitarist of The War On Drugs.
He was born 42 years ago.

Active: Since 2003
Albums: 9, new one included

New album: (watch my moves)
Out: 15th April 2022 – order info here

New single: HEY LIKE A CHILD
Second shared cut from the new record

Slacker crooner Vile at his laziest best…

KURT VILE: All Albums – Facebook

(image on top: cover of his ‘Bottle It In’ LP)

KURT VILE – New Album In April And Lead Single ‘LIFE EXPLODING STONES’ Today

New striking strokes

16 February 2022

Artist: KURT VILE
Who: Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia
and former lead guitarist of The War On Drugs.
He was born 42 years ago.

Active: Since 2003
Albums: 9, new one included

New album: (watch my moves)
Out: 15th April 2022 – order info here

Kurt Vile in an interview with NME: “My albums always progress from
one to the next just by me getting older physically and spiritually. I think
my last record [2018’s ‘B in an bottle It In’] was pretty epic, and on this one
I’ve had even more time to make it. I’ve got the energy of a new label, and
I don’t feel as much in a rush. I recorded more than enough songs and then
just put all the best ones on this album, so it’s perfect.”

Lead single Life Exploding Stones is a long wandering musing
bringing, yes, Kurt Vile to mind. Sparky guitar/banjo play and
laidback storytelling.

Enjoy…

KURT VILE: All Albums – Facebook

2021 Was A Year Full Of Covers – TURN UP THE VOLUME Picked 10

1. ‘Where Is My Mind’ by NANDI BUSHELL

Original by Pixies.
From their 1988 debut LP Surfer Rosa.

This 11-year-old British-Zulu musician of South African
descent and media star is just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

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2. ‘The Ship Song’ by NELL SMITH and THE FLAMING LIPS (USA)

Original by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The cover is part of a full Nick Cave tribute LP called
Where The Viaduct Looms by The Flaming Lips and
the wondrous voice of 13-year-old songstress Nell Smith.

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3. ‘You Are A Runner And I Am Your Father’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Original by Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade.

Porridge Radio vox Dana Margolin sends shivers
down your spine. Goosebumps all the way.

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4. ‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO, THE BOSS and EDDIE VEDDER

Original by AC/DC.

Part of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello‘s
2021 album The Atlas Underground Fire.

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5. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

Original by Bee Gees.
This warm Americana voice out of Northern Ireland slows
the classic down, drenches it in a nostalgic sepia bath, and
gives it a haunting and soul-stirring twist corresponding with
the somber lyrics. Compelling version!

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6. ‘Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE

Original by The Velvet Underground.

From I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico,
celebrating the iconic NYC mavericks, and more specifically their debut
masterpiece LP of 1967.

Kurt Vile‘s pumped-up version of ‘Run Run Run’ is a striking steamroller…

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7. ‘Finest Worksong’ by DESPERATE JOURNALIST (UK)

Original by R.E.M.

This North London band nailed it, spot-on!

From A Carnival of Sorts: R​.​E​.​M. Covers Compilation,
released last August.


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8. ‘Paperback Writer’ by SAXON

Original by The Beatles

Britsih veteran metalheads seem to have big fun with this cover, so am I.

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9. Sad But True’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)

Original by Metallica.

From the massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist
featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the
breakthrough LP that was released 30 years ago.

Wham royal bloody wham bam…

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10. ‘Silver Machine’ by TOYAH and ROBERT FRIPP

Original by Hawkind (with Lemmy)

Every Sunday for about two years now, the famous British songstress and
her King Crimson husband Robert Fripp entertained us (and still do it) via
YouTube with covers of big crackers. Their performances were/are ridiculously
hilarious. Definitely the stand-up rock comedians of 2021.

Let’s roll…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 40

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. ‘Off With His Head’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES (UK)

Razzle dazzle punk and tattoo artist Frank Carter unleashes his 4th LP
Sticky next week. Ahead of it, we can taste this new crashing cannonball
feat. loudmouth Cassyette.

Sometimes I wonder when Frank Carter‘s lungs will collapse. At times his vocal powerfulness is off the charts causing the impression that an explosion is in the
air. And when Cassyette joins the scream contest the decibels go up to an illegal
level. Holy smoke!

Here we go…

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2. ‘Pink Lunettes’ by POND (Australia)

Yesterday these psych-rockers from down under released their 9th longplayer called, yes, 9. A surprising mix of bangers to fill dance floors with and reflective ballads. My standout favorite is Pink Lunettes. A kick-ass jackhammer that does your head in, the way you like it.

Here‘s why…

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3. ‘This Blue Mob’ by SHAM FAMILY (Canada)

Fresh band, fresh blood. With their sharp-cutting debut single, they target the never-ending police ferocity/racism as we, unfortunately, know. It’s still a worldwide disease.

“It’s about the aggression and brutality towards people, predominantly BIPOC and
marginalized individuals, alongside the disregard of matters that call for REAL assistance.
We will stand with this message until real change is made in policing
says the band.

This Blue Mob is a turbulent whirlwind storming, with no brakes, towards the
abrupt finish. Blustery guitars, quick-fire pace, and robotic vocals. Touchdown!

Feel the anger here…

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4. ‘In The Padlocked Night’ by COLD EXPECTATIONS (Boston, MA)

Songwriter Steve Prygoda describes what inspired the song: “Love locks, they call
‘em. You see them on fences, overpasses, bridges. In Paris, Amsterdam, or in your own
city. Padlocks encoded with secret messages from lovers, for viewing by strangers. They symbolize love, however transient or permanent.”

This tremendously rushing earworm made me smile instantly, so does the universal
story of expressing your romantic state of mind via a sort of all you need is love graffiti.
And when you embed these fervent feelings in an irresistible, adrenaline-driven stunner,
you want to go out in the street and scream your amorous heart out.

Do it here…

COLD EXPECTATIONS: Facebook

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5.’Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE (USA)

Two weeks ago album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground
and Nico
came our way, with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band and more
specific their debut masterpiece LP of 1967.

Although – in general – tribute albums are a tricky affair (certainly when you want to honor one of the most iconic bands in rock history), they’re several notable performances on this one. Like here with Kurt Vile doing a great job with one of the key tracks of VU’s classic.

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6. ‘Mass Produce Your Revolution’ by FERAL VICES (Louisville, KY)

This rumbling rock tandem release a 5 song EP titled ‘With Offerings‘ on December 3rd.

About this EP’s taster: “The song is about how we give these massive platforms to people
who really don’t actually know all that much of what they’re talking about. The second part of the song is about how these ultra-rich business people or specifically celebrities are throwing their pocket change into something just for the press and getting even more money out of it than they put in and it all becomes this vicious cycle that we all participate in
.”

‘Mass Produce Your Revolution reflects loud and clear what we can expect next.
The pithy pair balances somewhere in between The Black Keys and Royal Blood.
Boisterous, determinant, and with uncurbed force. Bingo!

Turn up the heat…

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7. ‘Gotta Light‘ by MILD HORSES (London)

Ongoing Krautrock jam spinning around in your head before you’re aware of it.
Magnetic, hypnotic and energetic. Closing piece from new album Ignorance To Enlightenment And Back Again.

The trip
starts here…