Monday, January 23, 2006

Mark Kozelek = God

Steve Villa and I went to a show in LA on this past Saturday to see Mark Kozelek perform solo, and it couldn't have been more wonderful. For those not "in the know", Mark is the former lead singer of Red House Painters and the current of Sun Kil Moon, and you may or may not have heard the Red House Painters track "Have You Forgotten" on the Vanilla Sky soundtrack from some years back. If you didn't hear that then he was also in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous as the groupie-loving bassist. Anyway he's one of the better singer-songwriters still alive and undeservedly only seems to have a cult following (although a devout one). Here are a few samples:

Red House Painters - Smokey (from 2001's Old Ramon)

Sun Kil Moon - Neverending Math Equation (Modest Mouse cover from 2005's Tiny Cities, a collection of MM covers)

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