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Add of the Week: Kurt Vile, ‘Another Good Year for the Roses’

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

This week was a particularly tough choice among all the adds to 88Nine’s playlist. Rubblebucket quickly jumped up my list of favorite bands after their Studio Milwaukee Session earlier this year, Future Islands has the mesmerizing vocals of Sam Herring in their corner, and Jamila Woods made a cool-ass track (and NSFW video) with Chicago rapper Saba. Throw lackadaisical crooner Kurt Vile in the mix, and it makes for quite the logjam.

While I opted for Vile due to an ulterior motive, you can’t go wrong devoting four-ish minutes of your day to each of those other options (links to those down below). Vile, on the other hand, stretched his efforts to nearly six minutes on “Another Good Year for the Roses,” the lead single off upcoming EP-but-not-really Back to Moon Beach.

The album due out Nov. 17 delivers almost an hour of covers, reimagined older tracks and new songs like “Another Good Year …” It’s a very Vile-ish melodic meander with a bunch of simple, clean elements that — when stacked on top of each other — make for a pleasant listen. Equally pleasant is the accompanying video that spends most of its time in a heavily wooded area and features appearances by actors Michael Shannon, Kevin Corrigan and David Wike.

My ulterior motive for plucking Vile from the list of this week’s adds is referenced in the opening lyrics of the song:

They say it’s been a good year for the roses already
So these days I keep it steady on the regular already
By the way, everybody knows that was the greatest country song
Sung by a man possessed like the devil like myself

Vile’s talking about the original “A Good Year for the Roses” laid down by country great George Jones. But, when that song comes up, my mind always goes to the 1981 version by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. So, in an effort to pack as many awesome songs as possible into one post, you’ll find that one embedded down below.

Do yourself a favor and take time to listen to all of these wonderful tracks as you move through your Monday. And keep an ear open for all of this week’s adds as you tune into 88Nine over the air, streaming on the website or on the Radio Milwaukee app.

This week’s other adds