That said, I don't really listen much to Old Ramon, and I just sold
off my copies of the two solo albums. They were okayyyyyy, but
really weren't enough to keep me coming back over and over again.
― Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I really was ready to just send Ned my copy of Blue Guitar, but since
you guys have praised RHP to the sky, I am now listening to it again
in hopes of some revelation. Up til now my opinion of Kozelek has
been (warning: tortured analogy zone) that being able to float in
sewage don't make you a world class swimmer.
Hey, that bit of guitar wankery on track "Make Like Paper" is kinda
― Tom Hunter, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
So I'm reading this as a sign you're giving me your copy. Why thank
Or Tom H. can send it if he likes. :-)
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 22 November 2002 18:05 (10 years ago) Permalink
yah, it's stupid, but pretty fun anyhew.
― J (Jay), Friday, 22 November 2002 21:16 (10 years ago) Permalink
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you know the best album ! which one ?
oh and is there a best of ?a little history here ?
― piscesboy, Tuesday, 2 September 2003 17:31 (9 years ago) Permalink
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― Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Saturday, 17 December 2005 02:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
really, extremely classic.
but what you get out of it on a personal level is essentially the very core of the listening experience. it can be difficult to get your friends to listen to old koz and expect them to be hearing exactly what you hear.
i tend to find red house painters immensely satisfying. 'medicine bottle' pretty much encapsulates what the band is about - long, dreamy, reflective, melancholy, and half entrenched in real, tangible, physical things ('ladies underwear tossed over the alarm clock' !!!), while still somewhat steeped in the surreal and metaphorically bizarre.
all of the albums are very good. and all of them have at least one shimmering highlight
― Charlie Howard, Thursday, 13 March 2008 13:51 (5 years ago) Permalink
I like Kozelek's solo lps better. Some of those guitar solos remind me more of Zuma-era Neil Young, than Phil Collins.
― U-Haul, Thursday, 13 March 2008 14:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
4AD never wanted him to do solos, and koz wanted to do them.
hence you see a bit of a stylistical change from 'songs for a blue guitar' onwards
i like the solo ones too, i might add
― Charlie Howard, Thursday, 13 March 2008 14:32 (5 years ago) Permalink
Love these guys.
I'm seeing Mark Kozelek at SXSW today :)
― stephen, Thursday, 13 March 2008 16:02 (5 years ago) Permalink
wow, i'd love to catch him
― Charlie Howard, Thursday, 13 March 2008 16:09 (5 years ago) Permalink
one of those bands that I feel personally protective about, like they're "mine".... first two albums, ocean beach, and the first skm album all amazing.
kozelek can be kind of uneven live, solo; not really 'bad' but he can be really dull, I think. the last painters shows were like that as well. there were some amazing ones in the early 90's though.
― akm, Thursday, 13 March 2008 16:45 (5 years ago) Permalink
bought my ticket today to see him in july in the inner-west suburb of enmore, sydney.
really looking forward to the show, particularly given how much i love 'april'.
funny that only a month ago (xpost) this seemed like such an improbability
― Charlie Howard, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:32 (5 years ago) Permalink
Apart from the voice and lyrics, some of the guitar work -particularly on the earlier stuff- was aceness squared. I'm thinking 'Katy song', 'Brown Eyes' etc. Was that down to Kozelek or that other geezer?
My memory is hazy, but when I saw them live, it was a portly guy who was picking out all those beautiful appregios
― Fer Ark, Monday, 28 April 2008 18:50 (5 years ago) Permalink
Bummed out his show in Chicago is sold out, especially since the venue is five blocks from my house.
― Bill in Chicago, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
That's the good and bad of live music in a city like this, lots of great shows swing through town but a much greater chance of them selling out before you get a chance to grab tickets.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 28 April 2008 21:20 (5 years ago) Permalink
i don't know when you saw them but if it was in the early 90's then you must be thinking of Gorden Mack, but he hasn't played with them since 94 (in fact, he stopped playing music altogether I think). Phil Carney played guitar with them later, but he wasn't portly. Kozelek might be seen as portly from time to time
― akm, Monday, 28 April 2008 22:16 (5 years ago) Permalink
It must have been Gorden Mack . It was at the much lamented Duchess of York in Leeds - 93/94?
Gorden probably wasn't even that portly - maybe it was his oversize specs? Something was incongruous with the music he was producing from his guitar. I don't think he was sat on the crapper or anything.
Again, hazy, but whoever it was was had the electric guitar right stage of Kozelek , the latter mainly on acoustic?
― Fer Ark, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 19:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
I found this article I cut out years ago. I think it was from Melody Maker, but it might have been NME. I've kept it for years, it cracked me up.
― Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You, Saturday, 2 August 2008 19:40 (4 years ago) Permalink
I have mp3 of Kozelek playing a radio show in 1988
― Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 2 August 2008 21:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
I used to swear by "Mistress," but in the end it's all about "Summer Dress." RHP are the cat's pajamas and all, but I think the Sun Kil Moon albums are even better. Cheers to aging gracefully!
― Pillbox, Sunday, 3 August 2008 06:34 (4 years ago) Permalink
Sometimes it gets no better than the Bridge version of "New Jersey". Just listened to it three times in a row.
― Johnny Fever, Thursday, 3 May 2012 07:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Stay away from the razor blades.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 3 May 2012 12:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
"uncle joe" from bridge really strikes a raw nerve with me these days. i think it might be to do with the lyrics.
― charlie h, Thursday, 3 May 2012 13:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
"the after late night television pain"
― charlie h, Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:44 (10 months ago) Permalink
Holy shit he plays "Mistress" with the Roots at Jimmy Fallon!
― Evan, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 15:17 (7 months ago) Permalink
So beautiful, what a treat.
― Evan, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 16:07 (7 months ago) Permalink
Wow, I had no idea he was going to be on - thanks for linking, Evan.
And yr dead right, *what* a treat. Both great performances, I've been playing the hell out of Among the Leaves recently, enjoying it more and more. So great to hear and see Koz on the TV :)
― that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 18:21 (7 months ago) Permalink
Neither did I! I heard some so-so things about the new record but it's hard to not love everything this guy releases, so I need to listen to the rest of it.
― Evan, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 19:19 (7 months ago) Permalink
an observation on the (kind of) under-appreciated Bridge album:
― charlie h, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 06:01 (4 months ago) Permalink