Entries tagged with: Mark Kozelek
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork Fest last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Mark Kozelek brought his Sun Kil Moon tour to NYC last night (7/24) for a show at Town Hall. Mark's been playing solo shows in NYC fairly consistently for a while now, but this was the first full-band Sun Kil Moon show here in recent memory (or ever?), and in a larger venue than the ones he'd been playing. Mark was joined by a drummer, an electric guitarist, and a keyboardist for the entire set, plus a cellist for part of it. Why the sudden change? Mark said on stage last night, "I don't really know why but my new record, Benji, is doing pretty well. Kids are coming to my shows again. It used to be all old people but now I see 24 year old girls in the audience... because Pitchfork. I used to fucking hate Pitchfork. Now I'm grateful to them."
That wasn't the only time Mark took an extended break to talk to the audience, mostly delivered in his deadpan tone, which was as entertaining as the songs themselves -- though in a much different way of course. While his banter had the crowd laughing, the songs kept the relatively large theater silent and attentive. And for good reason. Mark's a funny guy, but the lyrics on Benji are about some depressing shit. He sang the one about his second cousin Carissa dying when an aerosol can blew up in the trash, the one about his uncle dying the same way, the one about serial killer Richard Ramirez dying, the one about being sad for the day his mother dies, etc. All of this while sitting on his chair, hunched over his nylon-string guitar, and not singing too close to the mic but still projecting through the whole room. His band mostly stayed calm backing him, but a few moments -- like "Richard Ramirez" and "Dogs" -- saw them rising to some unexpected and showstopping crescendos.
A moment both musically satisfying and kind of hilarious came during "Livingstone Bramble" from Mark's album with Desertshore, where he dropped the "I hate Nels Cline" line and, in place of his Nels Cline-mocking solo, the cellist Isabel did her own scratchy, freakout version as the band quieted down to give her the spotlight. Another happened when in between songs, his backing band broke out into a space interlude, which caused Mark to look up from tuning his guitar and say, "Don't do that, it makes me think of 'The End' by The Doors. It makes me chuckle." Then after pausing to think about it, said, "I guess that's not a bad thing... alright go ahead and do it." To end the pre-encore set, Mark changed up the vibe in the room once before by leaving his chair and guitar for the first time during the set, and performing the two final songs standing front and center with just his mic. "Not too fast," he warned the band, inspiring more laughter from the crowd, before showing off that sitting down, hunched over his guitar isn't the only way he's still an excellent performer.
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Kil Moon, the current project of Mark Kozelek (ex-Red House Painters), released his newest album, Benji, last month via Mark's own Caldo Verde Records. Recorded with Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Advance Base) and Postal Service collaborator Jen Wood, the album is some Mark's most personal, blatantly honest, and heartbreaking material yet. He sings about the deaths of family members, the Newtown shooting, his childhood sexual experiences, and going to see The Postal Service in 2013 while reminiscing about meeting Ben Gibbard when Death Cab for Cutie played the small stage at a Spanish festival in 2000.
He also sings about watching the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains the Same, listening to Pink Floyd's "Dogs," and pokes fun at Nels Cline. This is all done with incredible detail, and set to Sun Kil Moon's consistently great somber folk. It's one of Mark's best albums yet, and if you haven't heard it yet you can listen via RDIO. Three of its tracks can also be streamed below.
Mark will be in Austin for SXSW this week where his only show is the official Pitchfork showcase. Later in the year, Sun Kil Moon will go on a US tour following their appearances at Pitchfork Festival and Forecastle Festival that brings them to NYC for a show on July 24 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (3/13) at noon.
Steve Shelley was supposed to play as a member of SKM on the March/April European dates but had to cancel, though the band is hoping he will be able to join them on later dates. All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf
Slowcore mastermind Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon) and ambient artist Jimmy LaVelle (The Album Leaf) teamed up for a collaborative album, Perils From The Sea, which came out on Mark's Caldo Verde Records last week (4/30). It's as beautiful a collaboration as it sounds like it would be, with Mark's descriptive lyrics taking their usual forefront, but this time over minimal beats and synth textures, rather than finger-picked acoustic guitars. You can stream three tracks from the album, "Caroline", "Baby in Death Can I Rest Next to your Grave," and "What Happened to My Brother," below.
Mark Kozelek will be heading to Portugal for the Vagabundo Festival this October, but before he crosses the Atlantic he'll stop off in NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/8) at noon.
He's also got a few upcoming international dates in May and June. All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...
Weary Engine Blues is the title of a forthcoming benefit album that pays tribute to Jason Molina who died last week. It will be released by Graveface Records and artists contributing Molina covers include Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin', Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, and more. The album will be out April 24 and proceeds will go to help medical and funeral costs for Molina's family. Preorder it here. It comes with a screen print by William Schaff which you can see below, along with a note from Schaff as well.
You can stream Kozelek's contribution, "It's Easier Now," below.
Advance Base - 'The Shut-In's Prayer'
Advance Base (the current project of Owen Ashworth formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) released his debut album for the project, A Shut-In's Prayer, earlier this year. Stream two of its tracks, "New Gospel" and "Summer Music," and watch the video for the latter below.
Advance Base has a number of upcoming shows this year including a few support dates for Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) on his upcoming tour which brings both musicians to NYC on September 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still on sale. Advance Base also plays another NYC show one day earlier (9/28) at Union Hall with Pendulum Swings and Jennifer O'Connor. Tickets for that show are not yet on sale.
It's also just been announced that Advance Base will support Ben Gibbard on many of the dates on his upcoming solo tour, incuding the NYC show which happens on November 5 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. When we last spoke, The Town Hall date was the only announced date on Ben Gibbard's tour but that tour has just been revealed in full and is mostly with Advance Base except for a few California dates with Damien Jurado (who plays his own NYC show on his tour). All Ben Gibbard dates are listed below.
All lists of dates, song streams, and videos are below.
Santigold @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Tickets are on sale at noon for Santigold's show at Bowery Ballroom which is part of a just-announced tour.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Scissor Sisters show at Bowery Ballroom which comes with the announcement of a new album.
Tickets are on sale at noon for Mark Kozelek's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Red House Painter also has more detes scheduled and a new Sun Kil Moon album on the way.
DOWNLOAD: Sun Kil Moon - "Sunshine in Chicago" (MP3)
Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek has scheduled a few North American dates to happen this fall. One of those will take place in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 29 with support from Caldo Verde labelmate Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), who interviewed Mark last year about the film Mark Kozelek: On Tour. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (4/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Mark Kozelek is readying his fifth full length album for his Sun Kil Moon project, Among the Leaves, which is due out May 29 via Caldo Verde. Like 2010's Admiral Fell Promises, the album focuses almost entirely on Mark's voice and nylon string guitar, but Among the Leaves also features an "ensemble of players [joining] Mark for a portion of the record." Download the lead single, "Sunshine in Chicago," above or stream it below, along with the album's artwork and tracklist.
All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
Mark Kozolek will be touring through Europe for a good chunk of February, and playing a few shows in North America in March. To be exact, the Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon member has only three North American dates scheduled. Luckily for East Coasters, those are in Philadelphia, Toronto and at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on March 18th. Tickets are on sale (at noon, 12/10).
Mark Kozelek also got his dirty paws on the debut LP from Desertshore (named after Nico's LP?), a band comprised of keyboardist Chris Connolly and guitarist Phil Carney (of Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters). The instrumental album, entitled Drifting Your Majesty, was co-produced with Kozelek/the band and is out now via Caldo Verde Records. The band is currently streaming a pair of tracks: check out "Mojave Mirage" and "Gwynnedd". Both are worth a gander.
Full tour dates and some video is below...
The new album by Sun Kil Moon, entitled Admiral Fell Promises, will be released July 13 on Caldo Verde Records. This 60 minute, 10 song album of original material will be released on CD, digitally and vinyl. The vinyl version includes liner notes and 2 bonus tracks recorded live in St.Malo, France.Casiotone for the Painfully Alone played an early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (4/27). Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek is playing a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th, 2010 ("Limited seating available!"). The Brooklyn date is one of three upcoming shows he has scheduled. The others are July 29th in London and July 31st at Sommerfesten Giske in Norway. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.
All direct purchases direct through the Caldo Verde website will receive a free, limited 4 song Sun Kil Moon EP entitled I'll Be There. The EP includes covers of Stereolab, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and The Jackson 5.
One of Mark's most recent releases was a track on the Yo Gabba Gabba CD.
The track listings for Admiral Fell Promises and I'll Be There are below...
DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - Brush Brush Brush (MP3)
Fresh on the heels of the release of the first Yo Gabba Gabba! CD release Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20, W!LDBRAIN and S2BN Entertainment present Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City, the first live U.S. touring show. A one-of-a-kind live event, the tour will kick off on November 14th, and will feature music, animation, games, singing, dancing, and special musical guests. Favorites such as "Party in My Tummy" "Hold Still" and "Get the Sillies Out" will be featured in the show. Special guests will also join the party on stage rocking their favorite 'Dancey Dance' moves. Presented using state of the art production elements, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City will offer audience members of all ages an unparalleled experience.Yo Gabba Gabba!'s live tour plans to make stops in L.A., Chicago and NYC. The New York show happens Saturday, November 21st at Beacon Theatre, where there'll be 11am and 2pm sets. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale. There's a "Gabba Mail" presale (their mailing list) starting October 6th at 10am. Then general public sale starts October 9th at 10am.
The album Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome! comes out October 20th on Filter US Recordings. The show is pretty well known for its musical guests (Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo, Biz Markie, Chromeo, I'm From Barcelona, Mark Kozelek) and the fact that its co-creator, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander from The Aquabats. Those guests are respresented on the album, as is Of Montreal, with the song "Brush Brush Brush" (about brushing your teeth) posted above.
Tracklist, album art, tour dates and musical clips from the show are posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mark Kozelek @ Highline Ballroom - 6/13/08 (A Power of Facing)
Kozelek just put out a live disc, Find Me, Ruben Olivares: Live in Spain, on April 1st. He'll be releasing another live record, Lost Verses Live, on Tuesday, May 12th (digitally on May 1st). Both of those albums are on his own Caldo Verde label. The label's Myspace is currently streaming the first two tracks off Lost Verses Live. About that record...
Recorded live during Mark Kozelek's 2007 and 2008 acoustic tours with Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters guitarist Phil Carney as accompaniment, this 14 song, 74 Minute set includes tracks primarily chosen from the Sun Kil Moon catalog but also includes solo and Red House Painter's songs. The album was recorded in intimate, seated settings such as The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, The Williamsburg Music Hall in Brooklyn, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Aladdin Theatre in Portland.As Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek will be playing a few dates in May, too. Those include a stop at Sasquatch Fest in Seattle on May 23rd.
All tour dates, Lost Verses Live track list, and a video of Mark performing Sun Kil Moon songs "Salvador Sanchez" and "Rock 'n' Roll Singer" at SXSW 2008, below...
Neil Halstead @ All Points West 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Now there are two NYC chances to see Neil Halstead that don't involve Jack Johnson or going to the Hamptons. The first is November 11th at Mercury Lounge - tickets on sale Thursday at noon, and the second is one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg where Neil will be opener at the Brooklyn Mark Kozelek show. All dates below...
To some, Kozelek may come across as a recluse, but he's anything but: since the release of Sun Kil Moon's debut--2003's extraordinary Ghosts of the Great Highway--he's scored a film, acted in the movie Shopgirl, and put out a double-disc live album as well as a Sun Kil Moon record consisting of nothing but Modest Mouse songs. [Popmatters]
Ben Gibbard: When I was in my early 20s, I saw people in their 30s or 40s very differently than I do now. There's a level of confusion that is never really quelled as you get older.The rest of that conversation is at the Onion.
Mark Kozelek: I hear what you're saying about the confusion of it all. A part of you feels like you haven't grown up as much as you should at this age. I'm really in a strange position, where I'm 41, still don't know how to drive a car, I'm not married, I don't have kids. When I go back to Ohio, that's where it really kicks in. Everyone around there is dealing with their mortgages and their kids and all these things. That's where I really feel the confusion, and I really feel like the odd man out. There, nobody really cares about my record deals or my little bit parts in movies or these little blurbs I get in magazines. Everything's more like, "If you don't have kids, and you don't have religion, and you don't go to church, and you don't drive a car, and you don't own a home, and you're not married, you just don't have shit." [Laughs.]