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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 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 »

By: 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 week’s 5 Best Songs: the brand new “I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same” is in the upper half of this week’s list. That’s a pretty good sig… More »

By: 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 Of Natural Causes,” “Michelene,” and especially “Ben’s My Friend” — have revealed Mark Kozelek growing into the stream-of-consciousness songwriting he explored on 2012’s Among The Leaves and absolutely flourishing. But… More »

By: 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 the week’s best. We had to leave out truly excellent cuts from Protomartyr, Woods Of Desolation, and Primitive Parts, as well as long-awaited new tracks from longtime favorites like JennyMore »

By: 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 of Red House Painters. In recent years the slowcore founding father’s transformation has been especially evident, and nowhere is that truer than “Ben’s My Friend,” the closing track from the… More »

By: 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. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: 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 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

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 wails to cloud rap ephemera. Check it out below. More »

By: Stereogum / October 18, 2013 - 11:44 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

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It’s been a long and crazy week over here, and the number of worthy nominations for our 5 Best Songs Of The Week far exceeded the number of slots contained by such a format. I mean, Nothing Was The Same has 13 tracks! How the hell do we fit that into a list of 5? More »

By: Stereogum / September 27, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Sun Kil Moon – “Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes”

The last time we heard from Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon (aside from his collaborative albums with Desertshore and Jimmy LaValle) it was on last year’s Among The Leaves an album with some pretty bitter (though also funny) lyrics backed by delicate and beautiful melodies. We really loved that album, but after hearing “Richard… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore – “Brothers”

Later this summer, Mark Kozelek, the mordant/funny/depressive driving force behind Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon will release his third album of 2013, after the covers record Like Rats and the Album Leaf collab Perils From The Sea. This one is a full-length collab with Desertshore, the band led by former Red House Painter… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2013 - 9:38 am

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore – “Mariette” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

For the first two-thirds (approx.) of his career, Mark Kozelek made music for a variety of different labels with which he had signed contracts — 4AD, Island, Sub Pop, Badman, Jetset — and during those years, there were long lean periods where you’d get nothing at all from the guy. In 2005, though, he founded… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 10, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Stream Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle Perils From The Sea

As I mentioned when it was first announced that Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon) and Jimmy LaValle (of the Album Leaf) had joined forces to work on a new album: Kozelek has scaled back his musical operations considerably over the last decade or so. He’s built one of modern music’s richest catalogs dating back… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 24, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Mark Kozelek – “Onward” (Yes Cover) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Mark Kozelek’s new collection, Like Rats, finds the Sun Kil Moon frontman reimagining songs by a host of artists whom he’s never before covered — Misfits, Godflesh, etc. — as well as a few whose work he’s already put his stamp on. Among the latter group is ’70s prog gods Yes, whose “Long Distance Runaround”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 25, 2013 - 11:30 am

Stream Mark Kozelek Like Rats

I’ve read and written a lot about Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters fame) in my life, and spent a good deal more of that time listening to his music — I’m not exactly an obsessive fan of the guy, but if you and I talked in detail about my one-way… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 12, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Mark Kozelek – “Like Rats” (Godflesh Cover) Video

Mark Kozelek has delivered a catalog’s worth of unexpected covers — most famously dedicating entire albums to covers of Modest Mouse and Bon Scott-era AC/DC, respectively, but he’s crafted trademark variations of everything from Wings to Genesis to Ace Frehley to Will Oldham to “Send In The Clowns” — so it’s no surprise that hi… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 31, 2013 - 11:33 am

Sun Kil Moon And The Album Leaf Join Forces For New Album Perils From The Sea

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek has scaled back his musical operations considerably over the last decade or so. He’s built one of modern music’s richest catalogs dating back to 1992 — when his first album with Red House Painters was released — but since starting Sun Kil Moon in 2002, his live performances have bee… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 28, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Watch Sun Kil Moon Play “Track Number 8″ Backstage At Fallon

Much of Sun Kil Moon’s 2012 album, Among The Leaves, finds Mark Kozelek writing about his life as a musician, perhaps never more directly than on “Track Number 8.” In the lyric, the title is rhymed with “I wrote this one and I know it ain’t great,” but there’s some false modesty in that statement:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 15, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Watch Sun Kil Moon Play Fallon With The Roots

Red House Painters’ first album, Down Colorful Hill, came out 20 years ago last month, and over the last two decades, the band’s mastermind, Mark Kozelek, has produced a catalog of staggering power under a host of monikers, including his own, Desertshore, and most famously, Sun Kil Moon. (I’d argue that his name should be… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm