In House #1754: New Live Mark Kozolek, Little Drummer Boy
In a season filled with new Christmas-themed releases by everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Aimee Mann to James Taylor, Mark Kozelek's Little Drummer Boy Live somehow isn't one of them-- and that's a good thing. Instead, Kozelek has collected two discs worth of live material recorded over the past three years or so that runs the gamut of his material, including originals from the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, and covers of songs by AC/DC and Modest Mouse (and, yes, a version of "Little Drummer Boy"). It's all Kozelek, completely stripped down and unadorned, and while there are few upbeat moments (the songs are Kozelek's, after all), the performances are generally mesmerizing. Painters' classics like "Mistress," and "Katy Song," are as engaging and emotionally-charged here as ever, while the version of Modest Mouse's "Trucker's Atlas," (also included on last year's Sun Kil Moon album of Modest Mouse covers, Tiny Cities) shows that song to have completed its transformation into a Kozelek stunner, first and foremost. The limited edition double album is out today on Kozelek's own Caldo Verde label.
In House #1754.
Focus: New live release from Mark Kozelek, Little Drummer Boy Live, plus new music from Tom Waits, Summer Hymns, Micah P. Hinson, and more.
Mark Kozelek, from Little Drummer Boy Live: "Salvador Sanchez" (MP3)
In House PODCAST #214
Get Mark Kozelek's Little Drummer Boy Live at Insound.