Although I love his music, I’ve accepted the fact that San Francisco’s Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon, isn’t exactly the most…um…diplomatic musician out there. Well, recently, he’s pretty much just being an asshole, and then doubling down on said asshole behavior with Pitchfork tracking his every move. It honestly makes for great entertainment.
Kozelek really began to receive attention last month for this behavior in North Carolina, when he told a crowd at Hopscotch Music Festival, “Everybody, all you fucking hilbillies, shut the fuck up. I don’t give a fuck if I get paid or not, I’m gonna walk.” That’s humorous and dickish enough on its own, but like I said, Kozelek is in the mood for doubling down. Within a week, Kozelek’s label started selling t-shirts that bluntly state “ALL YOU FUCKIN’ HILLBILLIES SHUT THE FUCK UP”. It can be yours for $18 plus shipping, and one of our local music scene’s most prolific social media luminaries was spotted wearing one last week.
Like any successful musician, Kozelek has been hitting the festival circuit, but he ran into some problems when The War on Drugs‘ sound was bleeding into his at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Can you guess how he reacted? According to Exclaim.ca:
Kozelek attempted to launch into the album’s confessional “Dogs” before noise from the main stage drew the singer into a couple of false starts, prompting him to address the crowd with, “Who the fuck is that?” When audience members jovially informed him that it was Philadelphia band the War on Drugs, Kozelek replied by saying, “I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit” before exclaiming, “This next song is called, ‘The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick.'”
The incident led to a post on Kozelek’s website that some interpreted as an apology to The War on Drugs. Kozelek quickly took to his website yet again to clarify that he WAS NOT apologizing, with a post subtly entitled “I DID NOT APOLOGIZE TO WAR ON DRUGS AND I CHALLENGE THEM TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR OCTOBER 6TH AT THE FILLMORE”. Here’s the full text, topped with clever callbacks to his recent rants and snark to spare in every line:
To Pitchfork, Stereogum, and anyone reading this: I did not apologize to “War On Drugs.” I gave them an explanation of the events that lead to my comments. I do not, and will not, apologize for stage banter. I was just letting WOD know that it wasn’t personal.
There is an epidemic of people being ‘offended’ by things as some kind of hobby. Anyone offended by the “H” word needs to be glad their country isn’t being invaded by missiles. Rock-A-Billy is still a genre of music so spare me your whining about “Hillbilly” being offensive.
War On Drugs. Due to all of the fuss, I checked out your live track on Pitchfork, and I called it right. You sound like Don Henley meets John Cougar meets Dire Sraits meets “Born In The USA” era Bruce Springsteen. It’s not a criticism, it’s an observation.
I challenge War On Drugs to let me join them onstage and play a hilarious song I’ve written called: “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself” at the Fillmore, October 6th, provided they let me handle the beer commercial lead guitar.
I don’t have Twitter or Facebook ( I make albums) so if you’re interested in having a laugh with me onstage, contact my publicist Robert Vickers.
That’s right, Kozelek asked to join The War on Drugs at the Fillmore in San Francisco to play a song he’s called “War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself”. Will it happen? God, I hope so. Even if it doesn’t, you can see Kozelek play a Sun Kil Moon set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Sunday, while the War on Drugs play sold out shows at the Fillmore both Sunday and Monday with SF’s own Cass McCombs.
Sun Kil Moon
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Rooster Stage)
October 5, 2014
1:25 pm, FREE
The War on Drugs, Cass McCombs
October 5, 2014
8pm, $35 (SOLD OUT)
The War on Drugs (featuring Mark Kozelek on beer commercial lead guitar? Please?), Cass McCombs
October 6, 2014
8pm, $35 (SOLD OUT)