Mark Kozelek Teases El-P Collab, Elliott Smith Cover, Piano/Vocal Album Feat. Mike Patton

Mark Kozelek followed his tumultuous 2014 with a tempestuous 2015, but as Kozelek tells it, 2015 has been “a wonderful year of playing music.” So says the Sun Kil Moon mastermind in a new blog post surveying the year that was and looking ahead to 2016. It’s an uncharacteristically warm dispatch from a guy who has made sport of public curmudgeonry — more Benji than Universal Themes. Kozelek shouts out his many musical collaborators and friends, reflects on the death of Nick Cave’s son, promises a spoken-word tribute to the Paris terrorism victims next time he performs there, sincerely thanks his fans for their longtime support, and showers affection on a number of his loved ones. There’s also this:

Best song I heard all year: “Life Like This” by Kurt Vile
Best book I read: ‘A Song Of Shadows’ by John Connolly
Best movies I watched on airplanes: ‘20,000 Days On Earth’ and ‘The End Of The Tour’
Best meal: Risotto at La Shuk in Tel Aviv
Best album: Advance Base – Nephew In The Wild

Doesn’t Kozelek know Kurt Vile used to be in the War On Drugs!? Anyway, let’s bury the lede no longer: Kozelek teases a number of intriguing collaborations in the post. For one thing, there could be a Sun Kil Moon/El-P collab in the works: “EL-P and I have been discussing collaborating on a track and I hope it happens.” Kozelek is also covering Elliott Smith with frequent musical partner Justin Broadrick, and he’s teaming with Mike Patton for a piano-driven 10cc cover:

Other things to look out for next year: Mike Patton and I singing “I’m Not In Love” by 10CC on an all piano/vocal ‘Mark Kozelek’ solo album that is in the works, plus an Elliot Smith Tribute album (American Laundromat Records) that includes Jesu/Sun Kil Moon’s version of “Condor Ave.”

That’s a lot of intriguing if not outright exciting stuff, and combined with the winsome letter, it makes me pretty curious to see how Kozelek’s 2016 will play out. Read the whole letter here.