The song at #86 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Loading Zones” by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kurt Vile. With that wild mane of curly hair and his distinctive drawl, he just might be one of the coolest musicians in the business. I became a fan of his when I fell in love with his wonderful song “Pretty Pimpin’,” which ended up at #19 on my Top 100 of 2016. He followed up in 2018 with the outstanding “Loading Zones”, which I love even more. The song is from his eighth album Bottle It In. His intricate layered guitar work is phenomenal, and those talkboxy wah-wah riffs are so damn good. He’s also quite the clever wordsmith.
Vile sings of driving around his “dirty little town” of Philadelphia, running errands and parking for free in loading zones as he tries to stay one step ahead of the parking meter police, humorously played by actor Kevin Corrigan and Matt Korvette of the band Pissed Jeans in the entertaining video. He defiantly declares “I park for free! One-stop shop life for the quick fix / before you get a ticket / That’s the way I live my life” – leaving little doubt he’s the coolest musician around today.