In 2023, Kurt Vile is making numbers count. Just last month, Matador Records presented the iconic Philadelphia songwriter with a (vegan) cheesesteak trophy to commemorate the 100-millionth stream of “Pretty Pimpin” on Spotify.

Now, we’d like to draw your attention to another significant KV digit: The 10th anniversary of his fifth full-length and first 2xLP, ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ (2013). 

To celebrate this milestone, we’ve brought the record back as a blue + yellow vinyl split available for pre-order via KV and Matador webstores,. This limited pressing will also include a reproduction of the “make your own cover” ESPO sticker sheet that accompanied the original 2013 special-edition. A special ‘Wakin’ shirt designed by ESPO is also available to purchase separately or bundle with an LP on both webstores. A yellow vinyl version of the record will be made available everywhere. The new editions will be out August 25th. 

Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, ‘Wakin’ blended the two into dreamy and expansive songs that frequently stretched well out beyond the five-minute mark.

Back then we said: “It’s a record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now.” Ten years down the line, we’re still confident that ‘Wakin’ will deliver the goods – yesterday, today, and in 2043.

The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory about our many catalog items now poised to celebrate a significant anniversary. Matador will mark these anniversaries with new reissues and re-pressings.  So far, the Revisionist History class of 2023 has highlighted Bettie Serveert’s Palomine, Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted, and Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

1. Wakin on a Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10 Air Bud
11 Goldtone

May 4 The Venice West, Venice CA
May 5 Beachlife Festival, Redondo Beach CA
May 15 The Town Hall, New York NY
June 11 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
June 12 Koko, London UK
June 13 Koko, London UK
June 15 SWX, Bristol UK
June 16 Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells UK
June 18 Body & Soul Festival, Clonmellon IE
June 19 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
June 20 Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
June 21 Queens Hall, Edinburgh UK
June 22 The Level, Nottingham UK
June 23 O2 Institute, Birmingham UK
June 25 Chalk, Brighton UK
June 26 Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing FR
June 27 Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
June 28 Muffathalle, Munich DE
June 30 Spazio 211 Open Air, Turin IT
July 1 Off Tune Festival, Prato IT
July 2 Ferrara Comfort Festival, Ferrara IT
July 3 Kino Siska, Ljubljana SL
July 5 Rote Fabrik, Zürich CH
July 7 Pointu Festival, Fours FR
July 8 Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
July 9 Cactus Festival, Brugge BE
July 20 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
July 21 Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH
July 22 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
July 23 The Caverns, Pelham TN *
July 24 Millennium Park Summer Music Series, Chicago IL ^
July 26 40 Watt Club, Athens GA *
July 27 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
July 28 Outlaw Music Festival, Columbia MD +

* w/ Florry
^ w/ Finom
+ Willie Nelson

Find more information on the Revisionist History series HERE

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