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There’s an old In Living Color sketch about Tracy Chapman, from the time that In Living Color was still on and still vital and Tracy Chapman was famous enough to be a skit-target. Chapman gets off the phone with a record-label guy, insisting that you can’t rush a Tracy Chapman song. Then she goes out… More »

We had this list laid out last night, hours before Mark Kozelek dropped a new track off the upcoming Sun Kil Moon record, Universal Themes. No surprise: It was — and is — a very good song. So we had to reassess and reorganize. Sharon Van Etten’s “Remembering Mountains” was ultimately dropped so we could… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’s… More »

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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"…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Tom Breihan | September 8, 2014 - 9:11 am

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of June 2014: 22 Jump Street, Rectify, The Leftovers, & More

After spending the first half of June on the festival beat, I've been watching TV and movies at a pretty ferocious pace these last two…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2014 - 3:42 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…
James Rettig | March 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji

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…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Mark Kozelek has now released three songs from the forthcoming Sun Kil Moon LP Benji, and all three have found their way to their respective…
Stereogum | January 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same”

Sun Kil Moon's heartrendingly beautiful and strikingly personal album Benji is coming next month. The songs we've posted so far -- "Richard Ramirez Died Today
Chris DeVille | January 27, 2014 - 4:13 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week, 2014 kicked into top gear, musically speaking, leaving us with way more than five great songs competing for space in our list of…
Michael Nelson | January 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “Ben’s My Friend”

For someone with such a painfully distinctive style and voice, Mark Kozelek's songwriting sure has evolved a lot over the years since the early days…
Chris DeVille | January 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 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…
Miles Bowe | December 10, 2013 - 2:50 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week's 5 Best Songs is perhaps the most diverse entry in the franchise's young history. It ranges from polished pop to acoustic melancholia, post-punk…
Stereogum | October 18, 2013 - 11:44 am