Mark Kozelek, once lead singer for Red House Painters and now the driving force behind folksier successor Sun Kil Moon, performed two songs (and a special backstage performance) with The Roots for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday—marking his TV debut, incredibly—and did not have a meltdown or piss off Questlove. For a musician with as many anecdotes of bizarre/prickly stage behavior attached to him as Kozelek does, that’s not bad!
While Mark may be foiling certain expectations by not heckling his audiences so much these days, the performances themselves have certainly lived up to snuff, even in the often perilous talk-show environment. Kozelek and company warmed up with a track from Sun Kil Moon’s latest, Among The Leaves, before launching into the pure honey of Red House Painters’ “Mistress,” a tremulous shoegaze track that ripples like water shot through with frail autumn light.
The “Mistress” take is so pretty, in fact, that you feel sure someone—if not zany, apocryphally cruel Kozelek himself—might interrupt and ruin it. Then again, this may be just the sort of pessimistic outlook you have to endure after listening to too many Mark Kozelek records. Whatever, small price to pay.
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