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Mark Kozelek


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Massillon OH, United States (1989 – present)

Mark Kozelek (born January 24, 1967, in Massillon, Ohio) is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the frontman of both Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters.

Kozelek was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. Upon relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, he met drummer Anthony Koutsos. After the pair moved once again to San Francisco, California, Red House Painters formed in 1989 with the addition of guitarist Gorden Mack and bassist Jerry Vessel. From 1992 to 1996, Red House Painters released a series of acclaimed albums, showcasing Kozelek’s intense, highly autobiographical songs.

However, Kozelek’s parting with the record label 4AD, followed by a major label merger which left Red House Painters’ 1998 album Old Ramon on the shelf, proved highly frustrating and stifled the group’s momentum. Kozelek opted to occupy himself with a series of idiosyncratic solo recordings as Red House Painters dissolved.

In 2000, he released the solo EP Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer, which featured three original songs as well as covers of John Denver’s “Around and Around” and three AC/DC songs (“Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer,” “Bad Boy Boogie,” and “You Ain’t Got a Hold on Me”). Two of the AC/DC cover versions on Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer were radical re-arrangements of the originals which removed the Bon Scott-penned lyrics from their hard rock context and placed them into gentle, acoustic “folk ballad” settings.

Kozelek expanded on this idea in 2001, releasing a full-length album comprised solely of AC/DC covers titled What’s Next to the Moon.These new arrangements sounded so unlike the originals that a KCRW radio executive insisted that the title track was a Leonard Cohen song.


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  • LucasBenn

    A good interview:

    6 May 2:30pm Reply
  • Rika_PT

    Hi antiooorgasm, this link helps a little bit to answer your curiosity about Mark Koselek Book :) This was in Portugal as a lot of others Mark Koselek stories, because Mark was very often at that time in Portugal and made some friends and one of them proposed him this book release. I bought it immediately and there were some FNAC sessions to present the book (where I took the opportunity to ask Mark to sign my book). At that time Mark was having a lot of problem with his record label (after songs for a blue guitar release I believe) and has created his own record label called “Caldo Verde” (a Portuguese soup), he choose this name because it was a funny name, I don’t think it was because he liked so much the soup , I’ve read one interview were he spoke about it but I don’t remember 100% his answer… Hope I could help and answer your “curiosity”…

    19 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • Kdo_Kenoute

    Christmas Koz! Yeah!

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DoseOfAzure

    Recent two releases are brilliant. I love Sings Christmas Carols and Live In London is an amazing collection of songs; Literally welled up at work listening to him breaking down whilst recalling his memories of Tim Mooney during Tavoris Cloud. 6 days until I see Mark for the second time.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Orange-Minz

    <3 Christmas album [2] First record to rival Low's Christmas EP. Let the years decide which one is better, I can't.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • platonicdualism

    <3 Christmas album

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Siouxlex

    ok JeremLee I found the Perils from the Sea. I overlooked the album. :-(

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • McFearless835

    christmas album is totally dope.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JeremyLee

    It's on "Perils from the Sea".

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Siouxlex

    Ceiling gazing is awesome wonder why left it off Benji.

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • antiooorgasm

    hi guys, does anyone happen to know what was the deal with kozelek book "nights of passed over" having his first print in portugal, written both in english and portuguese? what i mean is, why portugal? his label also has a portuguese name "caldo verde". am i missing something? cant find anything on this. thank you so much!

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • wreath5

    If you like Mark's solo stuff, you might enjoy esplín - Misheard Sighs - free for download. Thank you for support!

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • beyondmountains

    everything this man touches somehow turns to gold

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aFonderReel

    Perils from the Sea, the record with Desertshore, Like Rats… This guy has so much output, and everything is really good.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
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    4 May 2013 Reply
  • right33 Mark Kozelek covering Molina

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Sidepipe

    I appreciate that MK loves Yes. [2]

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ptyers

    Saw him for the first time in Stockholm last year, day after the live recording of I Killed Mommy on I Like Rats. Just incredible, in every way.

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    I appreciate that MK loves Yes.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gummishark

    ruth marie has to be one of the saddest the ac/dc covers! you aint got a hold on me is beautifully done.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
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