>>61915605 Beautiful You is one of the most incredible songs I've listened to in the last year or so. The album has some mediocre moments (Exodus was a bit disappointing particularly when Low and Rachel Goswell both had input on it) but songs like Carondelet, A Song of Shadows, Last Night I Rocked the Room, America's Most Wanted and Beautiful You are fucking great.
I'm not sure if it's better than Universal Themes or Ghosts of the Great Highway, but its definitely as good, if not better than Benji. Really great album. Can't wait for it to get panned because its a Mark "Big Scary Meesogeenist" Kozelek production.
>>61917635 do people make these assumptions based on shitty pitchfork reviews? you actually listen to his music and lyrics then he gives a pretty good insight into his actual feelings. he's a pretty humble guy and he seems grateful for his fans
>>61918670 yea how about when you go to his shows and hear him make fun of the crowds or calling out specific audience members and berating them for not singing along to all of the songs or whatever? there's plenty of evidence out there of him being a complete cunt i've seen it firsthand, as have plenty of other people
>>61918909 really? i loved benjis lyrics. i also think his best stuff is behind him, but i feel like with this new album he lessened a bit on all the diary entry lyrics like on universal themes, so maybe he'll return to his old song writing
>>61918670 >>61918867 Mark Kozelek targets female journalist, claims she “wants to fuck him” and “should get in line, bitch”
“You think you’re the only person who wants to get a face-to-face interview with me? Get in line. I’m the best person you never met [sic] and one day, if you ever meet me, you’ll probably want to have my baby.”
Earlier this month, Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek told a "fucking hillbilly" audience in North Carolina to "shut the fuck up."
>>61919052 idk man, that just seems like he's kidding around. i appreciate i'm making excuses for him but i just think he's kidding around. also him saying that to WOD and that journalist has no correlation to his fan appreciation
>>61919343 He's just an extremely bitter and self-absorbed old fart. Hell, even in the 90s he gave off that vibe in the interviews. I remember when he was asked once about what him and his band were doing after RHP shows and he said something about how band would go out and drink, relax, talk, sometimes spend time with fans after shows and all that, while he would go and pick up the random hottest girl and go have sex with her in some hotel because he can't stand being around people. And it was said in such a way that almost implied everyone at his shows (including his band) are losers and plebs, while he's this hot stud poet banging random chicks while thinking about existential dilemmas at the same time probably.
Lyrically, it sounds like Mark is stuck. The subject matter is the same as on the last couple of albums - stuff he did during his day, boxing matches, what he ate, what people said about him, his girlfriend.
On Perils, his everyday observations were pathways into deeper widespread human experiences and truths.
Now it's just lists, and it's boring.
It's nice the way he laughs his way, like a total jerk, through the recital of a fan letter on 'Last Night I Rocked the Room...'
"Glass on the pavement under my shoe / without you is all my life amounts to" - M. Kozelek, 1993
"We made love this morning and she went off to Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond" - M. Kozelek, 2015
>>61919343 there was another story i read recently where there was a girl in the front row of one of his shows. she sang along to one of his most popular songs. later he's playing another song and she doesn't know the lyrics. he stops the show, berates her for not knowing the lyrics, she leaves crying
i don't really care what his intentions are: if he's treating everyone around him like shit, he's treating everyone around him like shit
i believe that he's depressed and sad and bitter....and well that sucks but it's no excuse the world would be a better place if he offed himself
I saw Mike Patton live (Faith No More) and he looked like he was randomly trying to egg me on (cuz he just likes doing that) to get mad at him or something but I was enjoying the show so much and smiling that he started smiling too :)
>>61919728 See, this is what I meant when I said I feel like the stuff he wrote in his 20s seems way more mature.
then: "And like a medicine bottle In the cabinet I'll keep you And like a medicine bottle In my hand I will hold you And swallow you slowly As to last me a lifetime Without holding too tight I do not want to lose The thrill that it gives me"
now: "Gonna spend time with my girl, make a record this summer Fix my kitchen up and hire a plumber The headlines change so rapidly Then I came to the studio to work on something pretty"
I'm halfway through and am not really impressed. Jesu's sound has become very predictable and is an awkward match for Mark's voice. The lyrics don't make me feel anything, I just don't understand the appeal of the diary stuff.
I feel like this would have been God-tier if they had done it maybe 5 years earlier.
I'm starting to lose my interest in his music The dude is a great lyricist when he doesn't do the "Stream of Conscious" bullshit I mean compare a song like Ruth Marie to any of the songs on this collab
>>61919871 the 'now' lyrics work for benji because the points he was making about the mundanity of life and death in that richard ramirez song theres a really brief throwaway line that's something like "an airline crashed and two people died/ and I'm at a barbaque in santa fey and everybody's drinking..." (not sure if 100% accurate) which works within the context of the song
>>61919636 Mark doesn't drink because of his alcohol problem when he was younger, in that On Tour DVD he put before one of his concerts he asked the venue that they made sure that the beer he was drinking on stage was non-alcoholic
Not saying i don't believe he said that but i wouldn't think he would talk about drinking
>>61920055 because he yells at people who record his shows
i don't really give a shit if you buy it or not, it's well known and there's plenty of proof of him acting like a cunt out there i'd say he's probably more well known for being an asshole than for his music these days
>>61918837 >>61919052 >>61919636 >>61919778 i just really really want him to be an okay guy. his music and lyrics have meant so much to me, in a way that no other music ever has and I'm referring more to SKM than RHP. i know loads of people say don't let the artist effect the music but i cant help it
>>61920202 he's honestly not, the journalist shit is all i could find that was unnecessary, all the rest seems to just be him fucking around. I've no idea how the war on drugs thing got so blown out of proportion
>>61920212 I read something on a website which was a transcript of an email exchange between Mark and a up-in-coming songwriter and Mark seemed like such a awesome, nice dude in what he was saying to this person, offering him advice, talking about boxing and offering him a chance to play with and open for Sun Kil Moon.
I honestly dont understand him at all, cause i have seen two sides of him, but the negative side of him sometimes gets as bad to the point that it affects peoples views and thoughts of his music even.
>>61920254 >>61920355 thanks for both responses. i'm really starting to buy this depressed thing, it's like some kind of bi-polar. i do agree despite being such a huge fan that he has definitely become bitter, the constant calling out of 'hipster' after benji (which i kinda understand desu) but still dick thing to say
>>61920661 nah its literally just that based koz offended a few tumblrinas, pitchfork threw a shit-fit and changed a review of his from good to bad. and no its turned into >le grounchy old boogeyman despite the fact that he's still the best folk artist going
>>61920918 google his name and that's half of what comes up i've posted plenty of quotes from different media outlets itt already i can't make you read it, and you seem to be as delusional as the other fanboys here
Bullshit. Mark rambles about random shit that happens in his life over boring, uninventive, repetitive shoegaze instrumentals just because "well since you liked Benji I'll just tell you random stories!"
holy shit you autists act like Mark is out murdering and raping people, but I bet you have no problem with all the retarded shit artists like Kanye do huh?
it sounds like you're in middle school, well let me give you some advice, when you grow up you're gonna meet a lot of assholes, some of them will be your bosses, some of them will be your co-workers, and some of them will make great music like Mark.
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