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Kurt Vile(Watch My Moves)

Label:Verve Records – B0034851-01
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Emerald Translucent
Country:USA, Canada & Europe
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Genre:Rock
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Tracklist

A1Goin On A Plane Today
Piano, TrumpetKurt Vile
Tenor SaxophoneJames Stewart (6)
A2Flyin (Like A Fast Train)
BassRob Laakso
Drums, PercussionSarah Jones (3)
Guitar [Guitars], Drum MachineKurt Vile
A3Palace Of OKV In Reverse
Bass, Bass [Bass VI]Rob Laakso
DrumsKyle Spence
Guitar, SynthKurt Vile
A4Like Exploding Stones
Bass [Bass VI], Guitar [B Bender], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitarmonies]Rob Laakso
Bass, Keyboards [Keys]Jesse Trbovich
Drums, PercussionKyle Spence
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars], Synth [Synths], StringsKurt Vile
Tenor SaxophoneJames Stewart (6)
B1Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)
BassRob Laakso
DrumsKyle Spence
Electric GuitarJesse Trbovich
Keyboards [Keys], Slide GuitarKurt Vile
B2Hey Like A Child
DrumsSarah Jones (3)
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars]Kurt Vile
B3Jesus On A Wire
Acoustic GuitarKurt Vile
Bass [Bass VI]Rob Laakso
Drums, PercussionStella Mozgawa
Electric GuitarChris Cohen
PianoCate Le Bon
Vocals [Vocalist]Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile
B4Fo Sho
BassRob Laakso
DrumsSarah Jones (3)
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars], SynthKurt Vile
C1Cool Water
Acoustic Guitar, Resonator Guitar [Resonator], PianoKurt Vile
Bass, Guitar [B Bender Guitar]Rob Laakso
DrumsKyle Spence
Electric GuitarJesse Trbovich
C2Chazzy Don't Mind
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Keyboards [Keys]Kurt Vile
DrumsSarah Jones (3)
Electric GuitarJulia Shapiro, Lydia Lund
FeaturingChastity Belt
ViolinAnnie Truscott
C3(Shiny Things)
SynthKurt Vile
C4Say The Word
Acoustic Guitar, SynthKurt Vile
Backing Vocals [Backing Vocal]Rob Laakso
Bass [Bass VI]Rob Laakso
DrumsKyle Spence
Electric GuitarJesse Trbovich
Keyboards [Keys]Farmer Dave Scher
D1Wages Of Sin
Bass, Acoustic GuitarRob Laakso
DrumsKyle Spence
Electric Guitar, Acoustic GuitarJesse Trbovich
Electric Guitar, Keyboards [Keys], Piano, SynthKurt Vile
D2Kurt Runner
SynthKurt Vile
D3Stuffed Leopard
Backing VocalsChris Cohen, Kurt Vile
Double Bass [Upright Bass]Matt Schuessler
DrumsSarah Jones (3)
Guitar [Guitars], Performer [Hijinx]Kurt Vile
HarmonicaJesse Trbovich
Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel]Farmer Dave Scher
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Recorded in the KV zone at OKV Central (Philly)
And in the Rob Schnapf zone at Mant Studios (Glassel Park)

Except "Fo Sho", "Cool Water", "Chazzy" and "Wages" was all Mant all night.
While "Exploding" and "Mount Airy" was all OKV Central forever and a day.

Except "Jesus On A Wire" recorded at Panoramic House (Stinson Beach)
Additional engineering at Mant Sounds

All songs mixed at Mant Sounds.
Except "(Shiny Things)" and "Kurt Runner" mixed at OKV central.

All songs BMI except "Wages Of Sin" UMPG.

A Verve Records release. ℗© 2022 Overnite KV Incorporated, under exclusive license to Verve Label Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Printed on hype sticker:
Exclusive translucent emerald vinyl edition

Printed on sticker on rear shrink wrap:
Made in Czech Republic


Issued in gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves.
The printed barcode is covered directly on the rear with a stickered barcode.
The matrix runout information is a mix of etched and stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text (stickered on shrink)): 6 02445 38630 7
  • Barcode (Scanned (stickered on shrink)): 602445386307
  • Barcode (Scanned (printed on sleeve)): 602445180103
  • Barcode (Text (printed on sleeve)): 6 02445 18010 3
  • Other (Side A/B inner sleeve code): B0034851-01 EV01
  • Other (Side C/D inner sleeve code): B0034851-01 EV02
  • Other (Sticker code): B0035060-01
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): B0034851-01LP01-A (I) 1196187 - 237610E1 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): B0034851-01LP01-B (I) 1187126 - 237610E2 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 1): B0034851-01LP02-C (I) 1132465 - 237610E3 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 1): B0034851-01LP02-D (I) 1201982 - 237610E4 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): B0034851-01LP01-A (1) 1193656 JN-H STERLING 237610E1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): B0034851-01LP01-B (1) 1188038 237610E2 JN-H STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 2): B0034851-01LP02-C (1) JN-H STERLING 1187128 237610E3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 2): B0034851-01LP02-D (1) JN-H STERLING 1201982 237610E4
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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(Watch My Moves) (2×LP, Album)Verve RecordsB0034851-01USA, Canada & Europe2022
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(Watch My Moves) (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Neon Violet)Verve RecordsB0034851-01US2022
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(Watch My Moves) (CD, Album)Verve RecordsB0035167-02UK, Europe & US2022
New Submission
(Watch My Moves) (2×LP, Album, Test Pressing)Verve RecordsB0034851-01US2022
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(Watch My Moves) (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Green [Translucent Emerald], OBI)Verve RecordsB0034851-01Europe2022
zdkaiser's avatar
zdkaiser
I don't have much noise on my copy, but side C is terribly bowl-warped. It just floats above the platter.
ScottyH_56's avatar
ScottyH_56
Lovely presented sleeve with print continued on the insides, something I have never seen before.
The vinyl sounded great, clear punchy and noise free.
norbertstiefel's avatar
Apparently no end control of the vinyl at GZ-Media. Side C/D came without label in the middle, only naked green vinyl with a lot of dust. A shame for Verve Records, I mean!
grahamexeter10's avatar
Terrible pressing (green vinyl), lots of background noise and crackles. Sent back
arcarsenal's avatar
arcarsenal
My copy has an outrageous crackle right channel only. cleaned my stylus, brushed the record, checked the cables, played a different record, no idea what is going on. I’ve never returned a record but I guess I have to, so bummed

Edit: I exchanged it at the store for a new copy, same issue albeit less severe. Since some people seem to not have the issue I wonder if it affects only part of the run, might be worth rolling the dice again
flowstyle76's avatar
flowstyle76
Edited one month ago
I was happy with this pressing but noticed some significant surface noise on side D on the last two tracks. Fairly steady crackling that hasn't improved with a few listens. Anyone else experiencing this?
streetmouse's avatar
streetmouse
Edited 7 hours ago
The big news here is that Kurt Vile has floated on over to the Verve record label, a very nice place to be sitting for sure. Some have suggested that the album title Watch My Moves, which is really (watch my moves), noting that change to the big-time, yet in reality, the album gets its name from an aside in the blissed-out “Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone),” which has a floating-cloud slide guitar with Vile bending his voice into its lower and upper registers nearly simultaneously as he sings of novelty dances from his vantage point high above an urban sanctuary’s summit.

Without a doubt Walking On A Pretty Daze was his most wasted intoxicating release, though he’s also known for his work with War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett and of course Steve Gunn. What all of these artists have in common is a well structured lo-fi romp through the wasted eyes of someone wondering what happened last night. Watch My Moves is no exception, where if you’ve seen the video for “Like Exploding Stones,” you’ll know exactly what Philadelphia’s wandering minstrel was all about last night.

As expected, the record’s lo-fi (as only Kurt Vile can do), lightly atmospheric and surprisingly hangs together as a cohesive experience, where Vile’s stream of consciousness thoughts play out in a romantic fashion of folk meets rock meets a mild dose of psychedelics, all suitable for a nearly cartoon character like Kurt Vile to roam around sounding as if he’s in the minute, making it all up on the fly. All and all, it’s a fifteen track assemblage featuring a host of players who support his need for fried stoner pop sensibilities that bring an “Oh Wow” delightful grin to your lips, to which Kurt says, “My albums always progress from one to the next just by me getting older physically and spiritually. I think my last record 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.”

What I found most interesting regarding his move to Verve, was that the label didn’t set him up in a formal studio, leaving the album to be recorded for the most part at OKV Central, Kurt’s newly completed home studio in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia … though the man seems to feel very comfortable there, surrounded by those he knows and loves. Of the fifteen tracks, all are solely his, save for a cover of the Springsteen song “Wages of Sin.” If I were to suggest a singular word that describes this adventure it would be meditative, though not in the spiritual way, or as in the act of meditating, but in the idea of slipping into a space where truth, honesty and presence resound, the act of seeing things and oneself for what they truly are and having fun with that. Just listen to the line, “… thinking of the time when I was cool calm and collected, when all of my friends and peers stopped by just to hear me play,” and you’re instantly struck with the immediacy of his mind.

In its fashion, the album is generous and gorgeous, an intimate dazed lo-fi countrified bit of wonder that will ride in your back pocket like a weathered fifty dollar bill you’d forgotten about.

*** The Fun Facts: From Kurt Vile’s homepage you can get the gatefold double album presented on beautiful purple neon vinyl (2000 copies), or from a number of other sites on translucent emerald green, yellow, and of course for the audiophile, there’s blackest black.

Caught up with Kirt in Santa Fe, both of his beautiful girls (feature on the jacket) also signed the album cover ... the only one in the world.

*** NO DOWNLOAD CARD!!!

Review by Jenell Kesler
Keyszd's avatar
Keyszd
Crisp, clear, and clean. Mine was pricey though, I paid $43 in record store on RSD 2022. Glad it’s in my collection. Warm with a great mix and lots of subtle details to appreciate.
Guelah97's avatar
Guelah97
Edited 2 months ago
As others have said, beautiful sounding pressing. If not for the significant warp (which most likely would not play on a table without a counterweight) on my first disc, it would be perfect. Love that it says Longer Play on the label of Side 3.

Pro-Ject DC --> Marantz 2265B --> McIntosh loudspeakers
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WesHeadley
A most excellent Kurt Vile release! A beautiful, chill guitar record that mesmerizes as it unwinds. Given this was pressed at GZ Media I was pleasantly surprised at how well this was pressed. Clean, flat, and quiet emerald colored vinyl, despite the hard glossy paper inner sleeves which will scratch the records unless they are removed carefully and cleaned. I preclean all new releases and re-sleeve using MoFi inner sleeves. This is his best release since "Wakin' on a Pretty Daze". Grab one!