Mark Kerouac Barrett Kozelek
Jack Kerouac, maybe? About why every single critic/biographer basically has him all wrong?
Syd Barrett's infinite melancholy brilliance that makes you want to kill yourself with a smile on your face?
Henry Rollins' audiobook reading of Get in the Van, his diaries about his years with Black Flag?
See it was GOING to be about something groundbreakingly significantly bad-ass... but I was listening to Mark Kozelek tonight and it knocked me off my feet so completely that I couldn't remember any of that other crap. So this week's update...
WHY MARK KOZELEK IS THE ONLY AND PERFECT COME-DOWN FROM IMMORTAL
There I sit at my computer, after work and relaxing. Cruising around the internet, doing that wonderful infinite time-waster every person of our generation is so familiar with. Listening to Immortal's Sons of Northern Darkness and thinking about how COOL it would be to die and go to Valhalla, via Nordic mythology. (To the Nords, Valhalla is the place where heroes go when they die gloriously... there, they fight to the death throughout the day and qauff mead from mighty goblets through the night. If THAT'S not bad-ass, I honestly don't know what is.)
This Immortal album is seminal Norweigan death metal, and could warrant a few article's later, if I get around to it. For now, listen to it and be prepared to pump your fist and think about how cool it would be to become a viking.
In short, death metal fucking RULES. Why, some may ask? Isn't that, like, what bikers and dirty angry long-haired gas-station employees listen to? Why, exactly Blake, does death metal rule? Actually, it's really quite simple.
IT'S MUSIC ABOUT SATAN!
What the hell else do you want in music?!?!? It's loud, fast, heavy, growled, and ABOUT FUCKING SATAN!!!!! End of discussion.
So after I had listened to Sons of Northern Darkness I put on Mark Kozelek's What's Next to the Moon. Former Red House Painters lead does AC/DC covers. I'm sorry, acoustic covers of Bon Scott-era AC/DC (which we ALL know was superior to Mr. Anal-Hemmorage New Singer Guy AC/DC). Some people may be wary, but SCREW those people.
This album is exactly how covers should be. A complete reworking of a classic song which is eqaul parts YOU and THE ORIGINAL SONG.
And Kozelek pulls this 10-song album off perfectly. Through his interpretations, so much depth is revealed in these vintage AC/DC songs. So much depth that it finds you combing through your AC/DC, listening to the songs again, and smiling because you've discovered something new in the song. A cover should do that... make you see something in the original you hadn't before.
Kozelek has one of the best voices in 90's indie-rock, anyway. And his guitar work is sweet in a good good way. How does this tie into Immortal?
Well, it doesn't... except that halfway through What's Next to the Moon I was happier than I've been in weeks. A combination of the two, I think.
Tommorrow night I see Slint in Boston. I can't type in English words how excited I am... so I won't even try. Perhaps I'll review the show, if I can find adeqaute words.