Thursday, October 14, 2010

KORT: On the Cover and Tonight at Betty's

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM

In February, we spotted this project way off in the distance. We weren't sure what it would be called — the rumor was "Kurt & Cortney" for a while — but we were excited. Then, proclaiming themselves "KORT," Kurt Wagner (of Lambchop), Cortney Tidwell and their talented stable of backing musicians (William Tyler, Ryan Norris, Scott Martin, Adam Bednarik and more) released "Incredibly Lonely," the lead-off track from Invariable Heartache. Then there was their video for "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries."

Now, I'm quite happy to say that if you pick up this week's glossy, you'll find my cover story on KORT. While the plan is still for Invariable Heartache to be released in Europe by City Slang on Oct. 18, there's still no stateside distribution. Tragic? Astounding? Absurd? Absolutely. But word is that Grimey's — being the exceptional retailers that they are — will have import copies very soon. Plus, you could always try your hand at buying one straight from the source. KORT perform tonight at Betty's, with Caitlin Rose opening. Rose will join KORT on a few European dates next month. Here, by the way, is a little snippet from the cover story:

Now, [William Tyler] explains, Merge is home to bands like Arcade Fire and Spoon: i.e., bands that not only make money touring, but also make it onto the Billboard charts.

"They didn't want to put out this record that Kurt and Cortney did, and I can understand that," Tyler says. "It's a country record. And they already have their guy-girl thing. Which I won't get into." (He refers, in case you didn't catch that, to Merge's beloved coed indie gems She & Him.)

Wagner admits he'd love to see Invariable Heartache come out on a cool Nashville indie label. "I doubt that's going to happen," he says, "but that's not from lack of trying or lack of interest. It's just timing kind of crap or whatever. I do think that that's important, and frankly if it were just released from here to Hendersonville it'd be all right with me, because I do believe it's that kind of thing. I don't want a whole lot of recognition for that. It just feels right that that would be the nature of this particular release. It comes from here, it should have a life within that."

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