Watch Mark Kozelek Fill In On Guitar For His Broken-Handed Friend Ben Gibbard

One of the many showstoppers on Sun Kil Moon’s Benji was album closer “Ben’s My Friend,” a song about Mark Kozelek having something of a nervous breakdown while watching longtime pal Ben Gibbard perform for a massive audience on the Postal Service reunion tour. Kozelek and Gibbard have since published a pair of email conversations, and now the friendship rages on. A broken hand almost prevented Gibbard from performing his Noise Pop Festival solo show Monday night at San Francisco’s Swedish American Music Hall. But as reports, Gibbard recruited Kozelek to sit in on guitar and turn “Such Great Heights” into one of his arpeggiated ruminations. Watch footage below.

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Also, here’s Gibbard performing stripped-down piano versions of new Death Cab singles “No Room In Frame” and “Black Sun.”

Both Death Cab and Sun Kil Moon have new albums on the way. Kozelek’s also releasing a Red House Painters box set in April; it includes the band’s four 4AD LPs and EP on bronze vinyl and is limited to 1,500 numbered copies. It looks like this:

[Photo via Live 105.]