Kurt Vile, Primavera Festival, Benjy Ferree: Friday Time Wasters

It's Friday and it's just absurdly perfect outside so I definitely don't feel like doing any work. So here's what I'm reading/listening to to pass the time.

I alluded to it multiple times on this very blog, but it's now official -- Post Rock fave Kurt Vile is the latest member of Matador's roster. His album "Childish Prodigy" will be out in the fall and it will feature the song "Freak Train," which is one of the most monstrous jams you will hear this year. Promise. We can only hope the recorded version matches the intensity of the live performance, especially the one in that video from SXSW. If the dude filming it would have scanned to his right a little he would have caught me being a fanboy right up front taking lots of pictures. Matador isn't simply on a hot streak with its singings. They are rocking some next-level, Don-Mattingly-in-July-1987 thing. Times New Viking, Jay Reatard, Kurt Vile. Oh, and Sonic Youth. Good for them.

The best festival in the world this year is the Primavera Sound Festival. Neil Young, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Spiritualized, Yo La Tengo, the Vaselines, Jay Reatard, Th' Faith Healers, the Bats ... that covers about 5%. Plus, it's on the Barcelona coast, which I hear is lovely. Yeah, I think I'll go next year. I've been following the action on Twitter, so I was getting real-time updates from Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber as he watched Wavves crash. You know Wavves, stoner-lo-fi buzz boy, favorite of Psychedelic Horses***. Here's Schreiber's full write-up of the disastrous set, which ended with Nathan Williams's own drummer pouring beer on his head. Nice. Best Radio Station in the World, WFMU, is broadcasting -- and hopefully archiving -- many of the sets for those of us stuck in offices on the other side of the Atlantic.

More good stuff to listen to: local fave Benjy Ferree playing songs from his album "Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee" on NPR's World Cafe. He's accompanied by Drew Mills of excellent Philadelphia band Blood Feathers, whose song "Origins" was one of my favorites of 2006. There's an interview between some of the songs and it's always entertaining listening to Ferree talk.

The Onion's A.V. Club breaks out a list of "unjustly unheralded sidemen." It was Jay Bennett's passing that prompted the creation of the list, so that's sad. But it's a good read with some worthy choices, especially Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte, who have helped keep Morrissey sounding great for the last couple of decades. You can probably spend the rest of your day reading the comments.

And one last list, even though this one is a bit old, at least in Internet time. Mac McCaughan of Superchunk offering up some fresh jock jams that might sound good blasting from speakers in between faceoffs at a hockey game. Is Jay Reatard on the list? Why, of course he is. I swore I heard Vampire Weekend being played during one of the Caps/Rangers games a few weeks ago. That seems more suited for bocce than hockey, no?

By David Malitz |  May 29, 2009; 2:29 PM ET Kurt Vile , Randomness
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