Sunday, May 28, 2006

Had the good fortune to see Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon last night at the MFA. Although the MFA does a series of outside concerts in the Calder Courtyard, the Kozelek show was indoors in the quiet Remis Auditorium theatre space, but perfect for his music.

I first heard the Red House Painters when I lived in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern in fabulous Ballard. Bought a few of RHP's CDs, but my favorite is probably still "Songs for a Blue Guitar," but all of his releases, whether they are under Mark Kozelek, Red House Painters, or Sun Kil Moon , are all great.

Kozelek's lyrics are not always easy to make out, but his voice reminds many of Neil Young, Nick Drake, or Tim Buckley. Fans of Iron and Wine would also easily enjoy Kozelek's work.

He commented a number of times about how quiet and attentive the Boston audience was; apparently not always the case at his shows (where folks in the front rows are spending much of the night text messaging others that aren't at the show) and he seemed to enjoy the venue. Funnier than I thought he would be, it made me sorry I hadn't approached his publicist for an interview as I think he would have been very entertaining!

Check him out on tour if he is stopping in your neck of the woods.


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