Bobby and I went to see Mark Kozelek last night at the Variety. We had 4 beers each.
The show was great, and first off I will go on record yet again saying that Variety Playhouse has the best sound of any venue in Atlanta or Athens. Shows like this prove it. A big room plays well to Kozelek b/c his voice can get the booming reverb it needs to be effective. I would imagine its probably pretty hard to run sound on this guy, his acoustic - a fellow guitar player, and his voice. While that sounds pretty simplistic - to pull it off it has to be thick & heavy and rich with reverb. Anyways i'll quit being a fag and say they pulled it off last night.
Set was full of solo stuff, Red House Painters songs, Modest Mouse covers, Sun Kil Moon, and even some new material. Everyone was sitting down at either tables or in the theater seats. Bobby and I actually got booted from the front table section where we had pulled two chairs down to sit our rears in. Right as Kozelek started this huge security bouncer beefcake came up and said we had to move. "But these chairs were here when we got here" (a clear lie) - "I saw you guys pull these down, there were no seats here when the show started". Fuk. So we stand up to move back (place is quiet as a nun's tit) find some seats and as we are sitting down the beefy dude who told us to move drops the chairs as he is putting them away. Mark Kozelek says "be careful out there, i know its full of obstacles". Some other dude yelled "right on man".
Of course as to be expected it was an extremely somber show, it was as quite quiet all night and he had some funny moments with the crowd. Sang the song about Atlanta, received cheers. Played one of my favorite songs by him, "Duk Koo Kim
" - a song I saw for the first time at SXSW in 2000 where the Red House Painters (full band) reunited for the first time in like 5 years. I was lucky enough to see that song played live for the first time ever - just as good last night with only two dudes.
When he came back on for the first of 2 encores - he got on to these two drunk dudes who were sitting at the first table right under his nose. Normally I get kinda pissed off when artists do the whole "hey you need to shush" thing, but last night I gave out a hoot, and dreamt. He said he would only keep playing if these two dudes left and went to the back, because he had been hearing their commentary all night. He then started talking about how everyone needed to chill out in their lives and turn off their mobile tvs. He's a good dude, and one of the best shows I've seen this year.
If you arent familiar with this guy you have probably seen him in Almost Famous
and Shop Girl
and heard him in Vanilla Sky
. You should listen to him though...any cd from his catalogue would be a good starting point. The new one with the Modest Mouse covers is sorta alright...
Here is a version of him covering a Palace Brothers song - I think its an edit, but its all I could find on the infraweb...Mark Kozelek
: "New Partner"
Here is the setlist...
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Down Colorful Hill
All Mixed Up
Four Fingered Fishermen
Make Like Paper
Duk Koo Kim
Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
Glenn Tipton < Carry Me Ohio