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Watch Sun Kil Moon Perform With Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore And Steve Shelley At Latitude Fest

Sun Kil Moon and the Thurston Moore Band played back-to-back at last weekend’s Latitude Festival in the UK. Taking advantage of the occasion, Moore joined Mark Kozelek and his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley — who plays in the SKM live band and helped out with Benji and Universal Themes — to perform “Richard… More »

By: James Rettig / July 24, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Mark Kozelek Announces Spoken Word Album, Collaboration With Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell

The typical redemption arc for an embattled entertainer calls for said entertainer to apologize for their misbehavior and do some kind gestures to get back on the good foot. I wouldn’t expect an apology from Mark Kozelek for all his disreputable exploits of late — most recently sexually harassing a female British music journalist –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 7, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Mark Kozelek Commits To Playing Israel, Promises New Song “America’s Most Wanted: Mark Kozelek And John Dillinger”

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek has been the focus of a whole lot of controversy lately; his penchant for being a complete dick onstage has gotten him into some trouble. And he might be courting more of it. During a moment when many other artists are refusing to perform in Israel because of the country’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 8:45 am

Targeted Journalist Responds To Mark Kozelek

As previously reported, Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek hit some drastic new low onstage in London earlier this week, improvising a song about a specific female journalist who’d interviewed him via email. He named the woman from the stage, singing that she “totally wants to fuck me” and adding “get in line, bitch.” The journalist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Mark Kozelek Targets “Bitch” Journalist Who “Wants To Fuck” Him

Mark Kozelek has cultivated a reputation for throwing withering nastiness into his stage banter, but he took it to a new level last night in London. Playing the Barbican on the same night as his spotty new album Universal Themes hit the internet, the Sun Kil Moon leader mostly told self-deprecating jokes for much of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2015 - 10:07 am

Stream Sun Kil Moon Universal Themes + Read Mark Kozelek’s Interview With El-P

Sun Kil Moon’s Benji followup Universal Themes is available to stream now, a day ahead of its official release. The new record features previously heard tracks “The Possum,” “Ali/Spinks 2” and “Garden Of Lavender.” It comes paired with an interview with El-P, and the two seem to have made up after a negative encounter that… More »

By: James Rettig / June 1, 2015 - 8:53 am

Mark Kozelek’s Role In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth Revealed At Cannes Premiere

In addition to recording as Sun Kil Moon and previously fronting Red House Painters, Mark Kozelek has done some acting in his day. He has a role in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s new movie Youth, which was being translated as The Early Years at one point. The movie, which stars Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Paul… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “Garden Of Lavender”

Sun Kil Moon’s Benji followup is fast approaching — Universal Themes comes out 6/2, and we’ve already heard two tracks from it: “The Possum,” and “Ali/Spinks 2.” (Plus the hinted-at “The Possum” B-side “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues” of course). Now here’s a fourth: “Garden Of Lavender” is another ten-minute opus, a… More »

By: James Rettig / May 14, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Cult Leader – “You Are Not My Blood” (Mark Kozelek & Desertshore Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters mastermind Mark Kozelek makes gentle, delicate, sensitive music that has perhaps counterintuitively found a devoted fanbase among metalheads. As I mentioned in an essay I wrote last year, my own obsession with Kozelek’s music came after hearing Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele (RIP) wax enthusiastic about Red House Painters. More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 6, 2015 - 9:58 am

Watch Mark Kozelek Fill In On Guitar For His Broken-Handed Friend Ben Gibbard

One of the many showstoppers on Sun Kil Moon’s Benji was album closer “Ben’s My Friend,” a song about Mark Kozelek having something of a nervous breakdown while watching longtime pal Ben Gibbard perform for a massive audience on the Postal Service reunion tour. Kozelek and Gibbard have since published a pair of email conversations,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2015 - 11:41 am

Sun Kil Moon – “Sick Again” (Led Zeppelin Cover)

MOJO is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s sixth album with a tribute comp called Physical Graffiti Redrawn that will be included with the April 2015 issue. Among the new covers included on the collection is one from Sun Kil Moon, who took on “Sick Again.” Mark Kozelek turns the bluesy closing track into… More »

By: James Rettig / February 22, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Sun Kil Moon Announce New Album Universal Themes

Mark Kozelek has announced that the next Sun Kil Moon album will be called Universal Themes, and will be out June 2nd via Caldo Verde Records. The Benji follow-up was recorded over this year and last in San Francisco and Hoboken, and features percussion from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. The album will contain last… More »

By: James Rettig / February 18, 2015 - 11:18 pm

Ben Gibbard & Mark Kozelek Discuss St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, & Elliott Smith In Another Published Email Thread

Last November, Ben Gibbard and Mark Kozelek shared a chain of email exchanges about alienating their fans, living in California, and the gentrification of San Francisco. In the latest installment of The Thread, Ben Gibbard and Kozelek correspond about their lives on the road and the difficulties of touring (Kozelek claims to be “Europed the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm

War On Drugs Frontman Speaks At Length About “Unhappy Old Dude” Mark Kozelek, Plans “A Lot Of Recording” Next Month

The most surprising thing about the biggest music beef of last year was that it was relatively one-sided. While Mark Kozelek pumped out two different diss tracks, hinted at a third, and wouldn’t let up at concerts, the War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel stayed pretty quiet. Granted, one of the few times he did… More »

By: James Rettig / January 28, 2015 - 9:21 am

Mark Kozelek Is Halfway Through His Benji Follow-Up, Hopefully Out By Fall

In a new interview with The Omaha World-Herald, Mark Kozelek says that he’s well underway with his Benji followup. “Luckily, I’m working on a new album now and hopefully that could be out by fall,” he said. “I respond to what’s happening around me. [Sonic Youth drummer] Steve Shelley was telling me the other night,… More »

By: James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 11:00 am

Mark Kozelek Keeps Adam Granduciel Feud Burning, Hints At Third Diss Track

Sun Kil Moon played a show last night in London’s borough of Hackney, and Mark Kozelek spent a lot of time between songs talking about … the War On Drugs. Said Uncut’s John Mulvey in his review of the show: “[I]f at times the whole business [with the War On Drugs] has seemed like a… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 4, 2014 - 5:42 pm

War On Drugs: Benji Is “Such A Beautiful Record”

The feud between the War On Drugs and Sun Kil Moon has been long and weird; it probably hit its lowest point with this bullshit. It’s easy to imagine the beef heating up as year-end list season approaches its apex and their (great) respective albums fight it out for top spots. But in a recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 9:54 am

Mark Kozelek’s “The Possum” Getting Vinyl Release With Snarky New B-Side

Mark Kozelek’s new song as Sun Kil Moon “The Possum” will be getting a physical release via Cameron Crowe’s Vinyl Films and Kozelek’s own Caldo Verde label, and the label’s website reveals that the release will have a B-side with a very snarky name: “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” The 10″ will… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “The Possum”

Something that’s gotten a bit lost in the recent War On Drugs saga: Mark Kozelek can write an absolutely incredible song. There were a whole bunch of them on Benji, the astounding album that Sun Kil Moon released earlier this year. And now there’s another one. Kozelek is going to release a new single called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2014 - 8:36 am

Watch Mark Kozelek Enlist Low’s Alan Sparhawk On “The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”

This week almost went by with no news about Mark Kozelek. Almost! Last week at this time, Koz was making friends with El-P when Sun Kil Moon was booked opposite Run The Jewels at Fun Fun Fun. At the fest, Kozelek played his infamous, unprovoked diss track “The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” live… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 14, 2014 - 8:32 pm
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