Mr. Oizo – Ham

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Apr 142017

The foundation of all economic theory is the concept of scarcity.  Case in point…

Sun Kil Moon – Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes

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Apr 082017

Lots of people who love Kozelek’s older stuff dislike his current work.  Took me awhile to get into it, but after – struggling against is the wrong way to put it, maybe muddling-through? – his recent albums, I went-back and listened to those early classics like “Katy Song” and, while I still love that stuff, my first, overwhelming reaction was, “Man that guy’s grown as an artist.”

Which is not to say you shouldn’t go-to-town on those original Red House Painters albums if you’re not already familiar with them.  But the current Mark Kozelek is a much more intelligent, nuanced, and confident songwriter, and his output represents an accordingly heavier broadside weight.  In his twenties he was an unusually dangerous frigate; now he’s the HMS Victory.

Case in point: I think this track is just as coherent as “Medicine Bottle,” but far more potent.  Richard Ramierez (aka. “The Night Stalker”) was a highly-publicized serial-killer in the mid-80’s, but the song’s not really about him at all.  It’s that last part of the title, “Natural Causes”, that’s the real boogeyman in this piece.  It certainly scares the hell out of me.