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Mark Kozelek has never cared about his fans.

All right, maybe that’s not fair; I can’t say how the guy feels. He probably cares but he just expresses it poorly or something. Let’s put it this way: Mark Kozelek has always treated his fans like shit. In any case, it’s an abusive relationship,… More »

If you spend enough time with the new Sun Kil Moon album Benji, there is every chance that you will end up crying sooner or later. The first time I misted up to the album, it was during a relatively innocuous moment. “I Love My Dad” is one of the jauntier songs on an album… More »

Mark Kozelek is a prolific artist whose many musical identities sort of serve to hide just how goddamned deep his catalog actually runs. He spent more than a decade as the driving force behind Red House Painters before releasing work under his own name, and then, under the moniker Sun Kil Moon — his current… More »

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Watch Run The Jewels Lead A “Suck My Dick, Sun Kil Moon!” Chant At Fun Fun Fun Fest

Run The Jewels and Sun Kil Moon played opposite each other at this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, which ended up being the perfect situation to play off of the incident that kicked off Mark Kozelek’s infamous beef with the War On Drugs. During Run The Jewels’ set, El-P recounted a run-in he… More »

By: James Rettig / November 9, 2014 - 11:28 am

Read Emails Between Mark Kozelek And Ben Gibbard About Alienating Their Fans, San Francisco, And Almost Famous

Mark Kozelek and Ben Gibbard had an email conversation for The Thread where they talked about a bunch of different things, including alienating their fans, San Francisco’s gentrification, and Almost Famous. (The two singers have known each other for a while — “Ben’s My Friend” on Benji is about Gibbard.) Gibbard gets things started with… More »

By: James Rettig / November 2, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Mark Kozelek Responds To The War On Drugs With “Adam Granofsky Blues”

IT NEVER ENDS. Yesterday, we reported that Adam Granduciel finally spoke about the whole Sun Kil Moon/War On Drugs debacle, saying, among other things, that he thought Mark Kozelek was a “douche.” Today, Koz responds with an MP3: a spoken word track of himself reading Granduciel’s quote in full, over a blues lick, and laughing… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 29, 2014 - 11:06 am

The War On Drugs: Mark Kozelek Is “Such A Douche”

Throughout the entire sordid one-sided beef that was Mark Kozelek’s tongue-in-cheek campaign against the War On Drugs — the one that culminated with “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” and made our own Koz superfan Michael Nelson very sad — War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel remained silent. Not anymore. Speaking to the Swedish music… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Mark Kozelek – “Christmas Time Is Here” (Vince Guaraldi Cover)

The announcement that Mark Kozelek would, in 2014, release an album of Christmas standards came last December, along with some of the songs that would appear on that album. We were given “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” in time to add them to our Christmas 2014 playlists, and today,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 24, 2014 - 10:58 am

Mark Kozelek Played “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” In Joy Division Style And Joked About Internet Drama In Hollywood Last Night

Well I for one am pretty happy to see that the collective rage of the internet has shifted to Brunchgate after a solid half-week of The Koztroversy (eh? no?). Obviously I did my part to help fan the flames of the latter, which sort of came into sharp focus for me last night, while seeing… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 10, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Meredith Graves Condemns Mark Kozelek’s Diss Track And The Language Of Abuse

Throughout the Mark Kozelek/War On Drugs saga that has been playing out over the past few weeks, it’s been difficult to take a step back and consider the whole situation. (Though to their credit, our commenters have brought up the sexist and homophobic nature of Kozelek’s comments numerous times.) Today Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves published… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock”

As promised, Mark Kozelek has posted his song about the War On Drugs on his website tonight. It’s called “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” and was written in response to a mostly one-sided beef that’s been playing out over the past few weeks. In an open letter on his website, Kozelek had asked if… More »

By: James Rettig / October 7, 2014 - 12:02 am

Sun Kil Moon’s “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock” Is Streaming On Monday

The great Sun Kil Moon/War On Drugs war has now been raging for more than two weeks, ever since Sun Kil Moon main man Mark Kozelek complained about the War On Drugs’ set drowning out his own at the Ottawa Folk Fest and invited the band to suck his dick. Since then, Kozelek has madeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Mark Kozelek Challenges The War On Drugs To Let Him Join Them At The Fillmore Next Week

If you were making such bets at the outset of 2014, you could have gotten some seriously long odds on a wager that Sun Kil Moon and War On Drugs would have wound up embroiled in the year’s biggest beef (non-Morrissey division). And good for you, if you did make that bet, because you are… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 30, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Mark Kozelek’s Still Poking Fun At The War On Drugs

Earlier this month, a bit of festival-stage sound bleedover led to a tiff between the War On Drugs and Sun Kil Moon, the two bands who made Stereogum’s two favorite albums of 2014. The two bands were playing at the same time during the Ottawa Folk Fest, and when the War On Drugs’ sound threatened… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Mark Kozelek Cast In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

In a recent interview with Rai Radio 2, Paolo Sorrentino, director of This Must Be The Place and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Unreleased Music From Jason Molina, Volcano Choir, Mark Kozelek Offered To Carousel Crowdfunding

Looff Carousel, which sits in East Providence’s Crescent Park, was built in 1895, and it’s a beautiful piece of machinery. And to raise money for its upkeep, Shorebird is putting together a crowdfunded multimedia initiative called Project Carousel, which includes a collection of music. In that collection, you’ll find a 7″ of unreleased Townes Va… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Watch Mark Kozelek Perform “I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love” At SXSW

It’s hard to imagine a better venue than a church for Mark Kozelek’s sparse, meditative songs. The Sun Kil Moon singer took the second-to-last slot of the night at Pitchfork’s SXSW showcase, which took place at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church last Friday. Here’s some exclusive video of Kozelek performing “I Can’t Live Without My Mother’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Mark Kozelek – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Stereogum Premiere)

Mark Kozelek is a brilliant songwriter — I’d argue he’s among the best of our generation — but he’s got an equal genius for song interpretation. Via Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon, or under his own name, he’s done so many notable covers at this point that even a representative cross section doesn’t do… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 13, 2013 - 10:27 am

Mark Kozelek – “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Mark Kozelek is gearing up to release his next album as Sun Kil Moon, Benji, but he’s looking past the immediate future: Already on the horizon is a release for next November titled Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols. The release is exactly what it sounds like: Kozelek singing old standards, a cappella. You can go… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 10, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Mark Kozelek – “I Know” (Stereogum Premiere)

The forthcoming You Be My Heart compilation benefits 826 National, a nonprofit that offers “a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.” The album’s 16 tracks were all penned by San Francisco-based 826 volunteer Devon Reed, who then turned one over… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013 - 9:46 am

Sun Kil Moon – “Micheline” (Stereogum Premiere)

The first track to be premiered from Sun Kil Moon’s forthcoming Benji, “Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes,” found Mark Kozelek fucking with an entirely new vocal approach: a rapid-fire, nearly anti-melodic attack similar to one of his primary muses, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. On “Micheline,” Kozelek sounds more like the singer we’ve… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 16, 2013 - 11:00 am