god do you look pollable in the dark: red house painters / sun kil moon / mark kozelek albums poll

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can't find any similar poll in searching, so hopefully this hasn't been done before. interested in what people prefer & why, as i can't actually choose myself. left out eps and live records

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Ghosts of the Great Highway 8
Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) 3
Ocean Beach 2
April 1
Down Colorful Hill 0
The Finally LP 0
Tiny Cities 0
What's Next to the Moon 0
Old Ramon 0
Songs for a Blue Guitar 0
Red House Painters (Bridge) 0
Admiral Fell Promises 0


Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 5 March 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is very, very difficult. I need some time to think.

Mule, Monday, 5 March 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

expecting no one to vote for the finally lp but thought i'd include it for accuracy's sake, as the bridge album is here too

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 5 March 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would like to see a Mark Kozelek oeuvre poll...

As for this one, I think Old Ramon or Ghost of the Great Highway.

Is Rock'n'Roll Singer an EP?

john. a resident of chicago., Monday, 5 March 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Easy for me - Ghosts. That album just blew me away and still does, and I found it more listenable (i.e. not wrist-slitting) than RHP. Not that it's upbeat or sunny...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 5 March 2012 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is Rock'n'Roll Singer an EP?

yep, but maybe i should've included it anyway

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 5 March 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

think old ramon is the dark horse among the rhp records. i have always really loved the electric guitar tones on kozelek's records but on "void" it's exactly right, a kind of invasive and pure stream. first time i really engaged with old ramon i was driving over a snow-covered highway at night. as much as the lyrics concern l.a. and summer, the record really suited that environment—a kind of slow, cold travel.

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 5 March 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a nice record, but it never really opened up to me like the other RHP-albums did. It has a few great tunes, though, Michigan is a standout I think. Plus it hasa lot of that nice, slow burning guitar. I think it foreshadows Sun Kil Moon somewhat, but that's of course easy to say in retrospect.

Mule, Monday, 5 March 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ocean Beach.

Simon H., Monday, 5 March 2012 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Ghosts" is his biggest achievement to date I think, in so many ways

Have listened more to Old Ramon in the last few years. The John Denver song alone is so killer.

Ghosts I guess. But Old Ramon is so amazing. Glad to see it get love here.

dell (del), Monday, 5 March 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

think old ramon is the dark horse among the rhp records. i have always really loved the electric guitar tones on kozelek's records but on "void" it's exactly right, a kind of invasive and pure stream.

yeah. i love the tone on cruiser. and also that he's obv an amazing guitarist technically, but that song is just these couple of chords drug into the ground. and there are cringeworthy lyrics at a couple of points, but he's just like 'whatever, fuck it'

dell (del), Monday, 5 March 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

old ramon is also insanely lugubrious, so maybe don't listen to it if you're a huge second amendment person

dell (del), Monday, 5 March 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 11 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voting for Rollercoaster, even though there's at least 2 extended dirges on that record I could do without.

henry s, Sunday, 11 March 2012 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ghosts

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 11 March 2012 01:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

rollercoaster, incl. every single dirge

You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God (crüt), Sunday, 11 March 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 12 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voting for Rollercoaster, even though there's at least 2 extended dirges on that record I could do without.

"funhouse" is awesome. i never remember what "mother" is like so it is legitimately scary every time

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 12 March 2012 00:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

songs for a blue guitar was my runner-up

mookieproof, Monday, 12 March 2012 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mark Kozelek should write a ten-minute lament about how few people voted in this thread! Sheesh, what gives?!

henry s, Monday, 12 March 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

didn't see this poll.

Down Colorful Hill not getting a vote is a damn shame, but I would have thrown mine to Rollercoaster or Ocean Beach.

<3 SKM & he has had a consistent career, but this is a man who peaked early imo.

ho don't kno I'm bout that skrillex (Pillbox), Monday, 12 March 2012 03:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp: ten-minute laments

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 12 March 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

duration of poll poll was too short

Ocean Beach

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 12 March 2012 07:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I'd known no one would have voted for it, I would have cast a protest vote for Old Ramon. Great album, just not as great as great as Ghosts...

john. a resident of chicago., Monday, 12 March 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

never heard of the album that won. is it good? i thought rollercoaster would win this in a walk.

keythhtyek, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 02:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

glad to see people actually recognizing Ghosts of the Great Highway as his masterwork. it's one of my top 5 all time fave albums and every song is stunning but part of what's so great about it is hearing him stretch his legs on stuff like Si Paloma, I think.

caulk the wagon and float it, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

ghosts of the great highway is an awesome record that is very different from rollercoaster

hard for me to explain exactly how, but kozelek's sense for melody evolved a lot over the red house painters discography, and i think ghosts may be its zenith

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

huh, totally missed this poll. might've voted old ramon -- it's not as INTENSE as the earlier RHP stuff, but now that I am well into my 30s it's the one I like hearing the most these days.

tylerw, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think i was the person who voted for april. can't remember if i voted in my own poll.

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

missed this. would have voted ocean beach, probably, or rollercoaster. ghosts is great but those albums meant more to me when they came out. but I do think that duk koo kim is one of his greatest songs.

akm, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I missed this. Would have been stuck between Ghosts and Bridge, and voted the latter to make sure it didn't get a goose egg. Ivo did a great job making a mixtape with Retrospective too.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

...and somehow resisting the urge to call it "Redrospective"!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 05:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

the original title was red perspective iirc but changed due to lameness

some crap (electricsound), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 06:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mark Kozelek should write a ten-minute lament about how few people voted in this thread! Sheesh, what gives?!

i often weigh in on poll threads that are of interest of me, but then completely forget to vote. pretty sure this was one of those instances.

anyways, surprised that ppl like ocean beach so much. i think it's arguably his weakest?

april is underrated prolly. good record, that imo

dell (del), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

april seems like a refinement of what he was going for on old ramon. just long enveloping, repeating things. would've voted for either record, but i think i prefer april. both are tangled up in times of not-great-life

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

The new Desertshore album is pretty much a Red House Painters joint.

henry s, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:47 (2 years ago) Permalink


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