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Old 10-01-2014, 01:29 AM   #1
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All things Mark Kozelek

First of all, there needs to be more talk about Benji, which might be my favourite album of this year, at least so far.

Also I just listened to Ghosts of the Great Highway, and it's really very good. Loved tracks like Carry Me Ohio, Last Tide, Gentle Moon and in particular Duk Koo Kim, what a towering achievement that track is.

Apparently he had a band called Red House Painters.

Also a place for the ongoing Kozelek-War on Drugs beef. Liam and I have been trying to think of a catchy name/hashtag for it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:50 AM   #2
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Red House Painters were every bit as good as Sun Kil Moon, just a little darker and less accessible. Down Colorful Hill and Red House Painters II are classics.

As far as Sun Kil Moon goes, if you really dig Ghosts of the Great Highway and Benji, please listen to April. It's one of 2008's best.
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I got introduced by Songs For A Blue Guitar. There's a really beautiful moment about four minutes into "Have You Forgotten" which made me think "fuck yes! fuck yes!". So, so good at the subtle things.
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I think April is still my favorite album of his.

Benji is a very awesome close second.

"Carry Me Ohio" is a song that I can hardly listen to, because I almost feel like I can't breath while it's on. It's very good, but incredibly emotional.

I couldn't care less about the "beef".
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the 1st song on benji is easily one of the worst album openers i've ever heard (i didn't make it past that song when i tried to listen to it). after 3 minutes it's like oh just fucking go already, stop telling me you're going to ohio, just fucking leave already. and then by the time it's over, you're hoping his plane will crash while he's on his way.

red house painters was his band? they were mediocre.
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I'll be honest, I don't love Red House Painters.

Perils of the Sea was really, really awesome.

And this is great:

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It's interesting reading the p4k review for Among the Leaves, which knocks both it and its predecessor for being a bit boring musically, when Benji is essentially the same yet got a 9.2 and BNM.

There are definitely plenty of times on Benji I could be bored by the music - would there be less demand for any album ever of just instrumentals? - but the lyrics really keep me captivated the whole way.
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This is nowhere near as good as the original, but an interesting take on the song:

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I think it's hilarious that Benji is getting so much praise. It's exactly the same as all of his other albums, except maybe the lyrics are a little more personal.
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I think in the past, there's always been a certain sense of detachment between the person and the songwriter. There's always a character in the songs, even if the character strongly resembles the person. With Benji, that character is basically non-existent - it is literally just Kozalek putting his diary entries on the page. It's uncomfortable for some, enthralling for others.
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I find it enthralling, but not really as sad as others... The lyrics are so personal it creates detachment.
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I just had the idea of writing a long form article about dark comedy and Kozalek's music. HM.
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i'll RT it
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Here's a slightly heavier Kozalek tune.

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