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Old 05-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #121
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If I'm not mistaken, this thing is out in two days. Going into with tempered expectations, but it comes at the current height of my Kozelek fandom so good timing.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:48 AM   #122
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June 2nd, so that's I dunno, Tuesday or Wednesday in Not Actually A Convict Colony Land.

I saw this for the first time today, and it got me laughing pretty hard.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:53 AM   #123
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hahahahahahahahaha that's fucking hilarious!
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:59 PM   #124
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Here is how many words are on the new album.



Also, it's leaked.
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Old 05-30-2015, 06:00 AM   #125
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I started listening to Universal Themes until I noticed that it's got to be at least 70 minutes long and I need to be up in the morning. Something to look forward to tomorrow, definitely. It sounded great.
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:53 PM   #126
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I think it's fucking amazing.

I also think it's really impenetrable; there's a lot going on in these songs, and it's much harder to keep up with the tangents Kozelek goes down because of the length of these songs. But a song like "Ali/Spinks 2" makes far more sense within the context of the album than it did individually. There's also more variation on it than on the previous few albums - "With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry" had a power to it that I only really saw seeing SKM live, through the way that song is arranged and belted out.

There's some moments of real humour on it, as betrayed by the song titles, but there's also some genuine moments of absolute beauty. One of the benefits of Kozelek's current songwriting style is that he can change course pretty quickly, which means that things can go from the absurd to the sincere with a jolt. I think it works really well.

This might actually be better than Benji. I don't know if I can definitively say that yet, but it has caught me by surprise.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:18 AM   #127
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EL-P of Run The Jewels interviewing Kozelek about Universal Themes.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:59 PM   #128
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I like to think of this album as Benji's emotionally disturbed sister.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:50 PM   #129
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Or Benji's slightly retarded friend who continuously knocks on the door asking if she can take a bath with Mark, not knowing that's socially fucking weird?

Considering you're both heathens I don't suppose either of you bought the CD and can tell me if it has a booklet. Out today but of course no fucking shop in the country has it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:52 AM   #130
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I went to the Caldo Verde website, and it says the album comes with the poster I linked to on post #124.

I actually think this album is far more uplifting than Benji, if musically weirder - all of the songs deal with anxieties and weirdness and acting in movies and illness, but people aren't dying every third line, and there's a sense of hope in a lot of these songs.

Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues is a hoot.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:25 AM   #131
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Alright I just bought it from WOW CD. Hopefully it'll be the same thing. Would also love to get that 2LP blue Benji vinyl... all over $100 though.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:36 AM   #132
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June 2nd, so that's I dunno, Tuesday or Wednesday in Not Actually A Convict Colony Land.

I saw this for the first time today, and it got me laughing pretty hard.
I finally noticed this post. Found a gem in the comments:

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Mark Kozelek Targets “Bitch” Journalist Who “Wants To Fuck” Him - Stereogum



 
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:42 PM   #134
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That's what happens when the class clown is expected to keep being wacky and outrageous. Eventually they keep pushing and go too far. The whole thing is getting pretty desperate and ridiculous.

The guy is still a musical genius. But as with Kanye, the whole damn thing feels like it has an asterisk next to it.
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All things Mark Kozelek

This guy is indefensible.
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