Were you aware that Mark Kozelek was in Almost Famous? (He’s behind Jason Lee.) I haven’t seen that movie in a long time, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have a single line. In an interview with Ben Gibbard that I’ve referenced like three times already partly because it is the most illuminating interview I have ever read and partly because there isn’t much info out there on Kozelek’s life (but then again who really needs biography when he’s spent twenty years showing us exactly what it feels like to be him) Kozelek said that it wasn’t until Almost Famous came out that people from his hometown recognized that he’d “made it.” This, eight years into a career as a “successful” indie rocker.
It makes you think. Like, let’s say the dude from Wavves goes to his high school reunion and people approach him (before thinking to themselves “shit, it’s the guy who vomited on the side of the school 4th period after drinking a months-old 40”) and say “so, Nathan, what do you do" and he says "well mostly I just smoke tons of weed, and also write songs for an extremely successful indie rock band." Except 95% of the population do not know who the fuck Wavves is, so Williams just comes off as a delusional drug addict (which I guess is not so far from the truth).
Except even if Mark Kozelek went to the most hipster’d out high school in the Midwest, he’d probably still be greeted with lots of “I see…“‘s and “How interesting…“‘s at his reunion, because for some reason it seems that those in control of the Canon have deemed him nothing more than a sidenote, a major bummer distracting everyone from how awesome Stephen Malkmus is (and yes Stephen Malkmus is awesome, and can be earnest, but Pavement’s music never even got close to the humanity on display in any one of a half-dozen Kozelek classics, except maybe on “Here,” which is an undeniably heartbreaking song).
Point being go out and buy all of his albums, then lock yourself in a room and listen to them until they are a part of you. Is that so much to ask?