Smoke Ring for My Halo

LIVE MUSIC: Kurt Vile @ The Black Cat - 2/6/12

Photos: Andre Radloff

Redemption.  That’s why I went to the Black Cat on Monday.  I needed to see Kurt Vile perform in a great venue in front of an appreciative crowd to see just how well the material from his excellent 2011 album, Smoke Ring For My Halo (one of the last, and most painful, cuts from my top-10 list [link]) played in concert and to exorcise the memory of the godawful show he played at the Rock and Roll Hotel last year. Thankfully, Mr. Vile did not disappoint, proving once and for all that the venue, not the man, was to blame for last fall’s debacle.

New Releases 2.8.11 - Charlie Pride?


So this week brings us couple of good (hopefully) releases, a couple of your typical weekly entries into the pop-o-sphere and one giant turd a new release from one of rocks most revered bands, R.E.M. (read the review here). I've heard a lot of good things about Kurt Vile's new album, Smoke Ring For My Halo, so excpect a review of that to show up shortly. Also be on the lookout for review of Wye Oak's latest effort, Civillians, which I am listening to RIGHT NOW! While I'm finding it a bit more refined than the bands previous efforts, I gotta say that I'm really digging it and I'm very much looking forward to seeing them Friday night at The Black Cat playing with fellow Baltimore natives, Lower Dens. So that's about it....except for a brand spanking new Charlie Pride record. Yep. That exists.

Until next week, get out there and put this stuff in your earholes.


Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata - The Hills Are Alive (Canal, March 8, 2011)

Buffalo Tom - Skins [MP3 Download] (Scrawny/The Orchard, March 8, 2011)

Exene Cervenka - The Excitement of Maybe (Bloodshot, March 8, 2011)

Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort (True North, March 8, 2011)

Dinosaur Bones - My Divider (Dine Alone, March 8, 2011)

Early Winters  - Early Winters [MP3 Download] (Early Winters, March 8, 2011)

Riley Etheridge Jr. - Powder Keg (Rock Ridge Music, March 8, 2011)

Sara Evans - Stronger (RCA Nashville, March 8, 2011)

Aaron Gillespie  - Anthem Song (Tooth & Nail/BEC Recordings, March 8, 2011)

Jag Panzer - The Scourge of the Light (SPV/Steamhammer, March 8, 2011)

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby (RCA, March 8, 2011)

Matt Lowell - Swan Lake [MP3 Download] (Matt Lowell, March 8, 2011)

Lupe Fiasco - LASERS (1st & 15th/Atlantic, March 8, 2011)

Ian Moore and The Lossy Coils - El Sonido Nuevo (Spark & Shine/Burnside Distribution, March 8, 2011)

Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway (Glacial Pace Recordings, March 8, 2011)

Alex Murdoch - Towards the Sun (Zero Summer, March 8, 2011)

Charley Pride - Choices (Music City, March 8, 2011)

Raekwon - Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang (Ice H20, March 8, 2011)

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now (Warner, March 8, 2011)

Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip [MP3 Download] (Sonic Unyon, March 8, 2011)

Rival Schools - Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic, March 8, 2011)

Lee Rocker - The Cover Sessions (, March 8, 2011)

Starfucker  - Reptilians (Polyvinyl, March 8, 2011)

TRUSTcompany - Dreaming in Black and White (E1 Music, March 8, 2011)

Various artists - Glee: The Music, Season Two, Volume 5 (Columbia, March 8, 2011)

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador, March 8, 2011)

Wye Oak  - Civilian (Merge, March 8, 2011)