Kurt Vile’s Casually Hypnotic Tiny Desk Concert: Watch


If ever there was an aritst custom-made for NPR's Tiny Desk setting it's Kurt Vile. The slack-tastic singer/guitarist appeared proper at house within the present's overstuffed workplace setting, gently finger-picking his acoustic guitar, as he sang the meandering "Bassackwards" along with his lengthy, lanky hair hanging in his face and his eyes darting down, then to the facet. 

The nine-plus minute monitor — from Vile's current Bottle It In album — was trimmed to a manageable sixish minutes for the present, with Rob Laakso accompanying Vile on electirc guitar. Joking that his second choice was referred to as "working class hero is one thing to be," however actually "Loading Zones," Vile leaned into the monitor's fast tumble of lyrics, casually including harmonica to his hypnotic strumming. "Three grumpy ladies and a dyin' daddy/ But oh-so-gorgeous the best way they crave/ How lovely to take a chew out of the world/ I need ot rip the world a brand new one," he sang in his signature off-hand method.

The set ended with Vile stripping off the harmonica rig round his neck and going solo on a special acoustic guitar to carry out "Peeping Tomboy" — which he joked was about harmonica-honking Blues Traveler singer John Popper — from 2011's Smoke Ring For My Halo. His voice cracking at factors, Vile closed his eyes and picked out the tune's intricate melody and provocative refrain, "I been searchin'/ I don't know what for/ I got here throughout some lady/ She was a tom boy/ And I used to be a peepin' tom on that scene/ I used to be a peepin' tom you recognize what I imply."

Watch Vile full Tiny Desk live performance under.