Kurt Vile played Carrie Brownstein’s roadie on US sketch show

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist's house is given a musical makeover

Kurt Vile has appeared as Carrie Brownstein’s roadie in US comedy sketch show Portlandia.

The series stars Sleater-Kinney’s Brownstein and Saturday Night Live alumnus Fred Armisen. It launched in 2011 and is currently airing its 8th and final season.

The show portrays a wide variety of alternative lifestyles in the notoriously liberal northwestern city of Portland, Oregon. Over the years the show has attracted a steady stream of guest stars from the world of music – including Jack White, Run The Jewels, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and No Doubt.


Now, Philadelphia-based songwriter Kurt Vile is the latest rockstar figure to make a cameo – with the former War On Drugs member appearing as a roadie.

As Rolling Stone report, the scene begins with Fred Armisen unveiling a music-themed house transformation for Brownstein’s character’s birthday. The surprises include a Marshall amp stack fridge, a Chrissie Hynde mural and a gig venue-style bathroom. At the end of the scene, Vile appears – opening a beer and handing Brownstein a setlist.

“Alright, I gotta take a dump,” he says, as he gives Brownstein his guitar and heads for the venue toilet.

Last year, Vile teamed up with Courtney Barnett for a joint album and tour. ‘Lotta See Lice’ featured the track ‘Over Everything’, as well as Barnett’s cover of Vile’s ‘Peeping Tomboy’.


Meanwhile, Carrie Brownstein’s memoir is set to be turned into a TV show. ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’ was released back in 2015, documenting Brownstein’s life in the pioneering rock band, and the reality of a life in the music business.