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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening To ….. The Red House Painters June 18, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

If its misery you’re after The Red House Painters were right up your street. I’ve heard them described as ‘Slow Fi’ or ‘Slowcore’.   Songs often as slow as they could be with Mark Kozeleks haunting vocals on top. Usually too the themes were melancholy, although they have recorded songs about a cat. Often at home I’d be happy listening away when my peace would be interrupted by please to turn off that miserable noise.
The First song on their first album was ’24’… a slow plodding bass with the opening line
“so it’s not loaded stadiums or football parks”
From the very first listen to that song on I’ve been hooked to the Red House Painters and anything Kozelek has done.

I’ve been lucky enough to have seen them live a few times and it was a treat.

They released 6 albums ,Down Colorful Hill (September 14, 1992) , Red House Painters aka Rollercoaster (May 24, 1993),  Red House Painters aka Bridge (October 18, 1993) ,  Ocean Beach (March 27, 1995),  Songs for a Blue Guitar (July 23, 1996) and Old Ramon (April 10, 2001). Down Colourful Hill and Song for a Blue Guitar are probably my favourites.
All through RHP recorded covers of artists from Genisis song Follow You Folow Me , Paul Simons “I am a rock”, “The Star Spangled Banner”, The Cars “All Mixed Up”, Wings “Silly Love Songs” and “Long Distance Runaround” originally by Yes as well as a John Denver cover or two.
In his solo career  and in Sun Kil Moon , Kozelek has released albums that are totally covers such as “What’s Next to the Moon” which is all covers of AC/ DC songs and The Sun Kil Moon album “Tiny Cities” is all Modest Mouse covers.

Red House Painters

Sun Kil Moon

Cover of Modest Mouses Never ending Math Equation

Gentle Moon


1. Ramzi Nohra - June 18, 2011

Great choice IEL. Hadn’t heard them for ages.


irishelectionliterature - June 18, 2011

Thanks, they’re a great band. I actually meant to write a bit more about them but found myself going to the pub after last nights Roves match rather than straight home . 😦
I was saying to wbs the other day how writing these posts has encouraged me to revisit the piles of tapes, Cds and records that I always mean to get to but don’t quite. So its very enjoyable.
With 2 kids and a busy enough life the lines “I’m going to sort out my record collection” has rarely been greeted with delight 🙂


2. anarchaeologist - June 18, 2011

For me, they’re one of those bands like Smog that you’ll get around to eventually… Nice one, cheers.


3. Phil - June 18, 2011

Just listening to the first one & enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would – it reminds me a bit of VU’s “New Age”, and quite a lot of Ed Kuepper’s more contemplative moments (only slower, much slower). Still – he’s agonising about turning twenty-four?


4. neilcaff - June 18, 2011

Christ those f.., er guys. My college housemate used to play this all the time. I used to land up at the house with my friends after the pub and she’d have this on. We’d go from from a convivial bunch of lads (ok I’m using artistic licence here, probably a more accurate description would be drunken louts) to morose and introspective in no time. She even put it on during a party! Cleared the house faster than a raid by the Drugs Squad.


WorldbyStorm - June 18, 2011

Cherish those memories, neilcalf. Cherish them!

I kind of like the deconstructions of AC/DC. More Kozelek than Bon Scott but interesting nonetheless.


EamonnCork - June 19, 2011

Tindersticks used to do that to me. These days I’d tend to stick on a disco compilation. Once you pass the half-way point you generate sufficient morbidity on your own steam without the need of artificial stimulants.


5. sonofstan - June 19, 2011


Now playing at Studio (in 3 years I’ll be )54:


6. Justin - June 20, 2011

Yeah, those AC/DC songs that Kozelek did solo are great. First heard of them form John Peel’s show. Who would have thought that “Up to My neck in you” could be so haunting? I think Peel said that on first listen people had thought it was originally by Leonard Cohen. Anyway, one of my faves.


7. Fanning Sessions - June 29, 2011

Mark Kozelek is playing Kilkenny Arts Festival on Aug 14th http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/events/details/mark-kozelek-with-geese/


WorldbyStorm - June 29, 2011

Nice one.


8. Donagh - June 29, 2011

I once mixed Mark Kozelek up with Mark Eitzel in a conversation. How embarrassing that was. Mark Eitzel is a different misery guts altogether.


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