Music Review: “Shame Chamber” by Kurt Vile

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TRACK 8

“Shame Chamber”

From Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze

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Liner notes: Oozing hipster disdain, Kurt Vile celebrates “living life to the lowest power/Feeling bad in the best way a man can,” punctuating his alienation with spiky guitar and ironic whoops of joy on this darkly funny ballad.

Behind the music: An ex-member of the War on Drugs, Philly native Vile had to delay the album when his second child arrived early.

Check it out if you like: Savvy noisemakers like Lou Reed and Ty Segall.

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