Kurt Uncorked: Philly Songsmith Kurt Vile Talks New Album, 'Bottle It In'

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Kurt Vile has spent the last several years essentially living on the road. But he didn’t let that get in the way of the writing and recording of his new album, Bottle It In. The 13-track effort, his seventh studio album overall, came together during his time on tour over the past two years; Vile — whose music combines a pop sensibility with a lead guitar approach that recalls the sprawling, exploratory style of Neil Young and Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis — made use of his days off to head into studios in various parts of the country, from Nashville to L.A. as well as a return to his hometown of Philadelphia.

“I started to get used to doing that,” Vile says of recording on the road, “whereas in the past I think I was deceived into thinking, Well, the road is really hectic and tiring so I have to focus on only that. But really what’s more tiring on the road is sitting around doing nothing. So it’s actually a good time to get into the studio.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.