Entries tagged with: Sun Kil Moon
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.
Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...
LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP
Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM
Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP
British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG
Sharon Van Etten
As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP
Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the
vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM
Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG
Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.
The 2014 Edition of Pop Montreal happens September 17 - 21 at various clubs all over the Canadian city. The initial lineup of this year's fest includes Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Trust, Twin Shadow, Why?, PS I Love You, La Luz, Ought, Shonen Knife, Suzanne Vega and more. Early Bird Passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 Pop Montreal performers, plus a teaser video, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.
Full initial lineup below...
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...
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup 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...
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list 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.
I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters' fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving us our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock'n' Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts Of The Great Highway. We shared many long days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his daughter. He was as happy and content as ever... I've been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday [June 14th]. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC. -[Mark Kozelek]Rest in Peace to Tim Mooney, member of Sun Kil Moon, Sleepers, American Music Club, Negative Trend and others. If you'd like to donate to the Tim Mooney fund, you can do so via Paypal or you can mail a check directly. Details on the address to send a check, as well as some videos are below. Tim Mooney, you will be missed.
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...
photos by Chris Graham
"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, 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...
Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.
Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM
Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info 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.]