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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

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

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

Mark Kozelek, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

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 »

By: Michael Nelson / October 6, 2014 - 10:49 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

Sun Kil Moon: “The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick”

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek is known for his cantankerous on-stage persona, and recently got in a little trouble after calling a Hopscotch Festival audience “fucking hillbillies,” which he took in stride. Now, it seems as though he said some disparaging remarks about the War On Drugs during his set at last weekend’s Ottawa Folk… More »

By: James Rettig / September 15, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Sun Kil Moon Responds To Hopscotch Drama With “All You Fuckin’ Hillbillies Shut The Fuck Up” T-Shirt

I’ve been going to see Mark Kozelek play live since 1995, when he performed at the now-defunct NYC basement venue Fez; it was his first-ever solo show in New York, and it came soon after the release of Red House Painters’ Ocean Beach. (I actually saw him at Fez a couple times after that, including… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 9, 2014 - 4:23 pm

How To Dress Well Defends Sun Kil Moon’s Hopscotch Outburst

At this past weekend’s Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, Sun Kil Moon main man Mark Kozelek faced a loud audience head-on, taking the stage by calling the crowd “fucking hillbillies” and telling them to “shut the fuck up.” Kozelek later said he’d been joking, and he’s certainly got a history of dry onstage humor, the type… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Sun Kil Moon Calls Inattentive Hopscotch Crowd “Fucking Hillbillies”

Sun Kil Moon mastermind Mark Kozelek has been in the game for decades, and he released what might be this year’s greatest album with Benji. He’s earned the right to be a little standoffish to audiences. (Playing Pitchfork’s SXSW showcase this year, he thanked the site for not assigning the Benji review to one particular… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2014 - 9:11 am