He's indie rock's most formidable and canonical arsehole. Before he was quite as annoying and reminiscent of Grampa Simpson on one of his go-nowhere rants, he was slightly more redeemable and a better songwriter to boot. Rock 'n' Roll Singer was his debut record under his own name, following on from slowcore sadsaps Red House Painters and between the initially lovely Sun Kil Moon project. It has a handful of originals, plus several AC/DC covers, because this man is an idiot. There's also a rework of a John Denver cut. He sucks but he didn't used to.