'Blood' Mixes Kozelek's Solo Output
San Francisco independent label Badman Recordings is combining the two solo albums from Red House Painters principal Mark Kozelek into a 12" double vinyl package, due mid-November from the label's offSan Francisco independent label Badman Recordings is combining the two solo albums from Red House Painters principal Mark Kozelek into a 12" double vinyl package, due mid-November from the label's official Web site.
"If You Want Blood" will feature 19 songs -- the entirety of Kozelek's 2000 Badman debut "Rock 'N' Roll Singer" and its 2001 follow-up "What's Next to the Moon," as well as two live tracks recorded in Sweden. No less than 15 of the songs (some of them alternate versions) are Kozelek's interpretations of classic AC/DC tunes, with lyrics written by original singer Bon Scott. "Rock 'N' Roll Singer" included three such songs alongside a John Denver cover and three Kozelek originals, while "What's Next to the Moon" was composed wholly of AC/DC covers, reimagined in the artist's sparse arrangements.
This collection will technically include all of Kozelek's solo material to date, though he has long been the primary creative force behind Red House Painters, and recorded the 1996 album "Songs for a Blue Guitar" (Supreme) largely by himself. In fact, the lead track of "Rock 'N' Roll Singer" -- and "If You Want Blood" -- "Find Me, Ruben Olivares," was originally recorded for the Painters' long-delayed 2001 album "Old Ramon" (Sub Pop).
Kozelek will also embark on a short solo tour this fall. Here are his upcoming tour dates:
Nov. 12: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Nov. 14: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Nov. 15: Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State University)
Nov. 17: Orlando, Fla. (Sapphire Club)
Nov. 19: Austin, Texas (Cactus Cafe)