Mark Kozelek @ Rock and Roll Hotel, DC [11/10/08]
Just when I thought I'd quit smoking after the election last week, I went to a Mark Kozelek show.
It's not that his music makes me want to smoke, like Trace or Being There do.
No, it's because I literally had to leave the room several times and go outside into the cold to avoid falling asleep.
I love Mark, I really do. I was a huge fan of Red House Painters, and Ghosts of the Great Highway is one of my favorite albums of the last few years.
But, man, is his live show boring. And it wasn't helped by the fact that Rock and Roll Hotel was PACKED and way too hot. (Don't get me wrong - I was pleasantly surprised to see the size of the crowd Mark pulled. It's just that a sold-out, packed crowd is not the best environment to see Mark play.) And, besides, I still haven't really caught up on my sleep after the past couple of months. So I'm not joking when I say I was close to falling asleep standing up.
My solution, for better or for worse, was to hit the cigarette machine by the door and have a few smokes outside. Lucky for me, I got to witness some dude puking his spleen out on the sidewalk. So it wasn't a complete loss. Oh, and Mark did play Genesis' Follow You, Follow Me, which was pretty awesome.
No pics, because there were signs everywhere saying no pics.