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Mark Linkous

Post by Outcognito » Mon Mar 08, 2010 00:36

I've not felt so sad in a long time - this news chills me. Vivadixie.... was/is as close to the heart as it's possible for music to get and was responsible in so many ways for strong personal musical alliances.

RIP Mark.

Beer and bands talk about Mark here.....

http://beerandbands.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... nkous.html

And there's more here:-

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/i ... -own-life/
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Post by Jono Volpone » Mon Mar 08, 2010 08:55

I'm still feeling sad about this this morning. The first 'proper' gig I ever went to was Sparklehorse (at the Leeds Cockpit, in 1997), and I've seen them numerous times since. Every show was wonderful, with 2001's blissful and dreamy 2001 show at the Leadmill one of the best gigs I've ever been to (Sparklehorse shows really did vary according to Mark's mood - and I loved the angry shows as well).

This sadly hasn't come as a big surprise, but nevertheless, I know which band I'll be listening to most over the next few days/weeks.

R.I.P. Mark.
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Post by everard » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:49

first saw sparklehorse when they supported radiohead at the t & c in leeds in '95 ... zero expectations, totally blown away. picked up the lp & first couple of 7"s the next day at jumbo i think.

i'd say that good morning spider is my favourite album ("happy man", "ghost of his smile", "hundreds of sparrows" ... so great) but i like pretty much everything he put out. finally found a copy of chords i've known quite recently ... battered ex-radio station copy but $1 as opposed to the $50 someone on amazon wants for it.

saw some great shows. definitely preferred the angry ones.

this was very sad news.

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Post by James_B » Mon Mar 08, 2010 17:27

Normally the death of someone I don't know doesn't affect me too much no matter how much I like their music, but that is genuinely really upsetting. I think it's made worse as his music as always been something I've turned to try and find relief from my own depression, or even just to wallow in it.

Saw him play with Fennesz once and it was one of the best gigs I've been to.

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Post by gloom button » Wed Mar 10, 2010 00:01

On another messageboard someone posted up this message Steve Albini wrote. It's really nice.
I only worked with Mark for a couple of weeks, but he was as open, sincere and unaffected a person as I've ever encountered. He was completely unguarded and enthusiastic about the things he loved, and he gave the musicians he worked with freedom to be creative and excel. Prior to seeing him at work I'd never given his music much thought, but during those sessions he impressed me tremendously and I was really looking forward to seeing him again and finishing the record.

I have no idea what brought Mark to this decision, and I'm sure there's nothing I can say that will enlighten anybody about his death. I just wanted to say I thought he was a good dude and his art was genuine. I don't think there's a lot more you can ever ask of anybody.
and then there was this other exchange about a sparklehorse show. I thought it was a perfect little story
The show you mentioned above was on the Saturday and the crowd were in fantastic form singing along to the point where Mark was so overwhelmed that he just stopped singing as the crowd continued. He said afterwards that it was one of the best shows he'd ever done and that Whelans was his favourite venue.
That was possibly my most favourite gig ever. The warmth in the room that night was amazing - I think it was early summer (possibly late May), the weather was great out, and spirits were really high. He was playing his first shows for (I think) 5 years and there were quite a few who had travelled from the US and other places, to see him in Dublin. I recall there being some breeze coming from somewhere, blowing his hair, and making him look like the coolest person on earth.
I remember then how happy he seemed to be when he came back for the Daniel Johnson show. One thing that stood out that night - he was playing one of his quiet songs (can't recall off-hand which one it was), there was a brief pause, then someone in the crowd sang the next line to the song half a second too soon. Rather than embarrassing the guy or being annoyed, he just looked at him out of the corner of his eye and smiled, causing the whole room to crack up laughing. He seemed such an incredible, genuine person, and thats only from having experienced 2 of his live shows. Its sad, sad news, but hopefully hes found some peace now. RIP Mark
I don't know why, even though this is all so sad, but it felt good, to me, somehow, to read that.
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Re: Mark Linkous

Post by Outcognito » Thu Mar 11, 2010 01:36

Ignore the title - the piece focuses on human aspects.....

http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog= ... &tb=1&pb=1
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Re: Mark Linkous

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:00

I'm no fan of Sparklehorse (apart from that ghost song), but I just got sent this. Some of you might appreciate it.

http://www.lesdisquesnormal.com/joomla/

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