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and here's Dwight interviewing him about it for some reason;
First track is basically exactly what I hoped this would sound like. Enjoyed the moan about record collectors.
just generally really dirgey and samey - doesn't have the sudden changes within songs that made the stream of consciousness style being pushed to it's limit on Universal Themes stomach-able. Just ridiculously... dense.
Honestly love his recent style of songwriting - more than RHP and up there with my favourites ever - but that worked when it was at least half sung (Benji, Lavalle and Desertshore collabs) whereas he's taking it to such an extreme now that almost all of it is spoken-word entries over compositions (that in this case aren't particularly my thing)
In terms of the lyrical content - his language, the personal minutiae, all the classic kozelek checklist of watching telly with his partner, catching flights, thinking about boxing, are all there, there's genuinely nothing like it, & I still really like it - but it's not quite the same as when those insights in that style were new - & this is his 5th or 6th very long full length like this. And on first listen there's nothing as compelling as the numerous death songs, Richard Ramirez, songs for his family etc. Admittedly, it'll surely grow on me and i'm sure there's a ton of lyrics and details that i'll get more out of later.
not listened yet but my opinions seem to align with yours on skm so that's disappointing
listened a couple more times since and i've already enjoyed it a lot more
really into this. lyrically seems to mostly just him bragging, multiple songs with fan letters, song about how great his life is, keeps talking about sad his haters are etc.
production is lovely as well, really warm and listenable (vs the lo-fi scrappy stuff on the last one)
think i could just listen to him talking about his day forever
the guy from biffy clyro says
i'm the greatest songwriter in the world
and here's a funny hate rant
for some stalker hater fan girl
wish he wouldn't snigger while reading the letter out at the end of 'last night i rocked the room like elvis and made them laugh like richard pryor'
ok last consecutive post cos this is getting a bit pocketmouse
missed this from his site
Other things to look out for next year: Mike Patton and I singing "I'm Not In Love" by 10CC on an all piano/vocal 'Mark Kozelek' solo album that is in the works
everything he does just calms down my anxiety really easily. Thanks Mark (and whoever the other dude is)!
totally ridiculous but great
In spite (because?) of the fact that it's just more 'here's my day oh no someone I knew vaguely or heard of has died' - Nick Cave's son? Really? REALLY?
Can't wait for the next album:
'And I was drinking new year wine when I heard that Lemmy died
Then I heard the news about David Bowie too
Crushed me so hard I didn't know what to do
Cos yeah the guy who wrote Starman was a real hero of mine
Not like the guy from the Eagles, everyone was crying and reminiscing
But to me he was a tedious prick and responsible for Nels Cline
I really hate Nels Cline'
Work in some math about how Lemmy, Bowie and Frey all died in the late 60s and one of his uncles is around that age, and there's the album already.
Just him cramming words over completely unrelated songs. Bits of it are basically fucking rap. Absolutely dreadful.
some tracks are great, I particularly love the ones that sound like they could be of perils from the sea, some aren't really my bag or i find them mildly uncomfortable. really not fond of the fan letters, especally as part of the track.
Like a fire or something.
I shall see how it goes, but I have heard better Jesu and better Kozelek, and they don't necessarily mesh that well. I liked the bit where he was reading a letter a fan sent him.
can take or leave the rest.
with Kozelek trying to shout over them. But some of this is really good. I find it more lyrically compelling then Universal Themes.
Can anyone tell me why no websites are reviewing this? Kozelek cracks a joke in a live show and it's all over my facebook feed but he puts out a new album and no one reviews it. Weird.
19th Feb according to Metacritic
I have a copy of it on CD I bought off their website. Maybe website orders get a month early or something.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow?
I was listening to your new album the other day. I took the celophane wrapper off the CD and put it in my CD player (yeah I know, I still buy CDs, but I guess you can get that right? Good for listening to in the car you know?) At first I wasn't certain about the new direction that you'd gone in, I still remember you fondly from the Red House Painters days and putting Grace Cathedral Park and Summer Dress on mix tapes for my girl friends in the 1990s and having intense conversations with them about the songs. Your new record with the guy out of Godflesh seemed really at odds with that whole deal and it kind of made me wonder if I'm even listening to the same Mark Kozelek. But then the repeated line about 'what does rekindle mean' came on as I was starting to do the washing up and it sent the same shivers down my spine I remember getting from 'makes you more beautiful than the rest' and that was cool. I finished the washing up, put everything away and was really enjoying the record until my children came in and said that it was too depressing and put Taylor Swift on instead.
Maybe they wanted to avoid all the angry Kozelek fanboys raging at them this time.
I really don't like it at all
Together though? It's the musical equivalent of chocolate chicken. Fucking dreadful
look at this
this is fucking great. last three tracks are right up there with anything either have done. maybe even better. last track I listened to three times in a row.
like, I feel nothing most of the time these days, and those tracks in particular made me feel all the feelings.
predictably my favourite thing of the year so far
21st June - Glasgow St. Luke's Church
22nd June - Newcastle Newcastle Tyne Theatre Opera House
19th July - Birmingham Birmingham Glee Club
20th July - Manchester RNCM
22nd July - London Royal Festival Hall
but will be something like a band - Steve Shelley on drums, at least
Justin Broadrick is still listed as playing the U.K shows
Anyone been to Glasgow or Newcastle? wondering what sort of live set up this is going to be.
They play a long set though so be prepared.
I'm assuming the set up is more than just MK and a guitar?
Think the lad from Jesu is on guitar too.
He played 'somehow the wonder...' which is probably my favourite song of his, and the Benji stuff is always good, and some of the Jesu tracks were a welcome setlist addition (saw him 3 times in 2014/2015). And for the most part he was quite funny and in a good mood
He made the end of Exodus a singalong thing which didn't really work and just felt pretty uncomfortable. And this new song about recent atrocities and Muhammed Ali was pretty awful, probably the official jumping the shark of recent Koz.
These shows have got Justin Broadrick on guitar so I imagine that'll give them the edge of the Jesu record that Newcastle probably lacked.
MK came on stage to announce to everyone how ill he was feeling and that he'd do his best to get through it. From then I thought this was going to be a 'difficult' show but I absolutely loved it, he seemed in a good mood throughout even though he was struggling a bit and the SKM/Jesu record sounded great with Justin Broadrick. Those new songs however sounded questionable at the least, the Muhammed Ali one was just embarrassingly bad, hopefully someone will tell him not to put that anywhere near a new record.
did he play multiple new songs? what were the rest about?
The Ali song which was just awful, one about Portugal as Chip_Batch mentioned which wasn't great and one at the end about the Nice terrorist attack which he'd just written which again was just cringe worthy. It feels pretty clear he's not great at writing about current affairs.
Chip_Batch. He encored with the new song (Nice terrorist attack) a Lou Reed cover, Somewhere over the Rainbow and Garden of Lavender....perhaps one more which I can't remember. The show finished at 23.50!
we definitely couldn't have stayed then!
is the portugal one about them winning the football? didn't think the ali/orlando one was absolutely godawful when i saw him but there's a few pretty bad lines. seemed to be less about his personal connection with the tragedy
it's weird cos i read that the method before was that he gets his band together and improvises for hours and hours in the studio then edits the best bits, now he seems to have started incorporating songs commentating on events from the day of the show into the show
think if he's gonna do an album of songs about different terrorist attacks it will be massively shit. sun kil moon brexit song?
The Portugal one was about hating most European cities but how he actually really likes Porto, and if Donald Trump is elected as president he's going to move there. It was mostly the chorus of
"I love Portugal
I love Portugal
I love Portugal
I love Portugal "
That was the rubbish bit. Same with the Ali song, was okay until the awful chorus of
Just a bit lazy songwriting.
What did he encore with? We had to leave at the end of the main set to get the train. Disappointed to have potentially missed 'Indian in the gas station'.
The omens weren't good when he came on saying how ill he was feeling but he seemed in a good mood throughout and came across a pretty funny guy, which wasn't what I was expecting after reading other reviews of his live shows. At the start I thought it might descend into him dicking about until he got fed up, but it was really good in the end. Agree re: the Ali song. The Portugal one I was also unsure of but there might be potential there.
The venue was also ridiculously hot, I was sitting with sweat running down my face and neck for the first hour at least. They really did need some air con in there.
Here's a new song:
PM me if interested
The show started a bit slowly and I feared it was going to drag a bit. There were audible titters all around the theatre when they launched into Somethin' Stupid - which was every bit as awful as one would imagine.
Then Mark strapped on a guitar for Possum and they clicked up a gear, with Dogs & Americas Most Wanted... following as a pretty awesome run of songs. Everyone loosened up and Mark was on good form. I even liked the songs above people have slated because the whole show was so engaging by that point & the line between songs and between song chatter all got kind of blurred.
Justin came on part way through the set which was cool, Victor whose letter features 'Last Night I Rocked Them...' had flown in from the Philippines for the gig & there was clearly a lot of warmth between them. Mark was appealing to find Tracey whose letter from their last RNCM show is in America's Most Wanted... as the band have set a pile of royalties aside for her, but she's never responded since. He played I Got You Babe in the encore which was surprisingly enjoyable by that point - he dueted with a guy from a local band with a good voice whose name I've unfortunately forgotten.
Seeing some of the real Kozalek fanboys up close was pretty funny. There was a guy in front of me who wanted everyone to be in no doubt what a super massive fan he was. He sat legs astride with his arms across the backs of both chairs next to him like he owned the place & muttered or nodded sagely at every inflection from Mark,then would look round at people around him to reassure them that this was exactly what Mark would always be expected to do at this juncture...
new song about how michael jackson's a disgusting paedophile
was going to make a new thread just to discuss this. it's... pretty special