Mark Kozelek releases a pair of…divergent songs

The Bay Area's crankiest folk singer and Pitchfork's favorite clickbaiter this side of Pharrell, Mark Kozelek, has had a whirlwind last couple of weeks, as we told you about earlier this month. As Kozelek hinted, he has written and recorded a song entitled "War on Drugs: Suck my Cock" that you can download from Pitchfork. Stream it below: He gleefully describes the incident that started his "feud" with The War on Drugs while taking aim at the "Fucking hillbillies" in North Carolina and "Bridge and Tunnel People" that "love 'em some War on Drugs". And he does it [...]

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Mark Kozelek and the War on Drugs showdown at The Fillmore?

Although I love his music, I've accepted the fact that San Francisco's Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon, isn't exactly the 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." [...]

Sun Kil Moon releases ‘Benji’ LP

By my count, San Francisco's Mark Kozelek released seven(!) albums in 2013. Granted, four of them were live recordings, but that's still an insanely busy year. I guess it's only fitting that just two months into 2014, he's released a Sun Kil Moon LP, Benji, his first under the Sun Kil Moon moniker since 2012's Among the Leaves. Benji once again showcases Kozelek's ability to take seemingly mundane details about everyday life and create scenes that are vivid, tragic, and heartbreaking. Perhaps the best example of Kozelek's style is "Ben's My Friend", which takes you through Kozelek's weekend in the [...]

Mark Kozelek, Marissa Nadler, & more on 826 Valencia benefit album

A slew of indie-rock artists led by Mark Kozelek, Marissa Nadler, and Maps and Atlases have teamed up with 826 Valencia, to create You Be My Heart, a benefit album of songs entirely written by 826 Valencia volunteer Devon Reed. Reed, who tells me his musical performance résumé consists primarily of "occasional busking on the streets of San Francisco for $2 an hour," had taken on a similar project several years ago with the soundtrack for his film The Bigtop. With the help of "lots of emails," Reed pulled together an impressive roster of artists he enjoys, let them choose [...]

Sun Kil Moon — "UK Blues"

Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon are set to release their newest album, Among the Leaves, on May 29th through Caldo Verde Records. According to the press release, Kozelek recorded most of the album using a nylon-stringed guitar. The effect is clearly evident on "UK Blues," where softly plucked guitar lines amble alongside Kozelek's soothing croon. The lyrics focus on the low points of traveling ("London, London / look left, look right / makes me think of death") as the narrator becomes "homesick as fuck." Sun Kil Moon - "UK Blues" Don't worry though, "UK Blues" becomes the best kind of [...]

Sun Kil Moon – “Sunshine In Chicago”

Sun Kil Moon - "Sunshine In Chicago" If you're thinking about a long career as a touring musician, you might want to listen to "Sunshine In Chicago," from Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon, before committing to that path. The sad, beautiful song comes from Among The Leaves, the fifth Sun Kil Moon album, which arrives in May on Caldo Verde Records. You can take a listen to another song from the new album, "Track Number 8," at Paste.

Video & Photos: Farewell to Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (1997-2010) It starts and ends here in San Francisco for Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the musical diary of Owen Ashworth which closed its covers this Sunday evening at Bottom of the Hill. What started as a simpler venture into electronic pop and nostalgic imagery, the early songs referencing San Francisco's beloved bars and transit systems, matured and moved as Owen did geographically. Though he's resided in Chicago for some years now, Ashworth concluded the project where it started on its thirteenth anniversary (first show ever was in 1997), and not onstage alone, but with friends. The Donkeys were his [...]

Noise Pop 2010: Mark Kozelek, Laura Gibson, Paula Frazer, Fences

Photos by: Charlie Homo We got a little lost on the way to the gig last night due, in part, to losing our bearings among the thousands of people gathered on Market Street to watch floats of Tiger Woods and light things on fire. The melee unfortunately caused us to miss the opener. Having missed Fences we decamped to the parquet for SF’s Paula Frazer whose bewitching tunes rolled around the Great American as if tumbleweed in a spaghetti western starring Grace Slick. Her operatic falsetto is the cherry atop her earthy, Scotch-Irish but-wouldn’t-be-out-of-place-in-Texas vocal quality; Lucinda Williams peering through [...]

Brace yourself for Noise Pop 2010: partial lineup announced; badges now on sale

The preliminary lineup for the annual Noise Pop Festival is official, with big names Atlas Sound, The Magnetic Fields, and Four Tet. The festival will span the week of February 23 to March 1, and will continue the tradition of hosting arts and music industry related events to supplement the seven nights of live music including Industry Noise and film showing. Local acts booked thus far include John Vanderslice, Rogue Wave, Wallpaper, Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek, and The Limousines, the last of whom opened Treasure Island Day 2 this year, and are featured in the second round of footage [...]

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