If there's a single artist I had to point to as having had the singlemost profound effect on my life as a musician and human being over the last, say, 15 years, that person would be Mark Kozelek.
Mark's first band, Red House Painters, released 3 of my top 10 records of all time, and I don't actually even keep a top 10 list so that has to say something.
Mark is going to release a collection of cover versions of Modest Mouse songs in a few weeks.
One of these songs, "Ocean Breathes Salty" has officially become the only song I care to listen to at the moment (aside, perhaps, from Kanye Wests' "Roses"). You can download it as an mp3 here.
In fact, I'm starting to think that if no one else ever writes or releases another song, it won't matter much.
The lyrics to "Ocean Breathes Salty" are as follows:
Your body may be gone, but I'm gonna carry you in
You can see the video for the original
Otherwise, Mark's latest project "Sun Kil Moon,"
Finally, since this song has more or less become
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