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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’… More »

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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 day…
Chris DeVille | January 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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 a…
Michael Nelson | October 16, 2013 - 11:00 am
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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…
Stereogum | September 27, 2013 - 5:17 pm
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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 o…
Miles Bowe | September 26, 2013 - 12:29 pm
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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…
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 --…
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 force…
Michael Nelson | April 24, 2013 - 1:45 pm
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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 --…
Michael Nelson | March 25, 2013 - 11:30 am
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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…
Michael Nelson | February 12, 2013 - 1:52 pm
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