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San Francisco, United States (2002 – present)

Sun Kil Moon is the current project of San Francisco, California-based Mark Kozelek, best known for his previous band, Red House Painters. Sun Kil Moon sees Kozelek undertake all the writing, composing, singing and guitar playing accompanied by Anthony Koutsos (also an ex-member of RHP) on drums, and Geoff Stanfield on bass. Tim Mooney also played drums with Sun Kil Moon until his death in June 2012. The band is named after bantamweight boxer Moon Sung-Kil.

Following the dissolution of Red House Painters after the tumultuous release of their last album Old Ramon, Kozelek released a handful of solo recordings before forming Sun Kil Moon in 2002. Their debut album, Ghosts of the Great Highway, was written entirely by Kozelek, and released by Jetset Records in 2003. It is an album centered around the theme of memory, connecting Kozelek’s haunting memories with the true-life stories of deceased boxers, such as featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez and flyweight Pancho Villa. Kozelek’s music with Sun Kil Moon spans genres such as the simple - of “Glenn Tipton” to the , Crazy Horse-esque of “Salvador Sanchez” and the light-hearted “Lily And Parrots,” onto the fourteen minute tour de force, “Duk Koo Kim” (another homage to a deceased boxer) and the beautiful and haunting “Gentle Moon” and “Carry Me Ohio.” Kozelek’s voice is now more flexible and less downcast than in his work with Red House Painters, resulting in a resonant and often album.


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  • metaldiscussor

    @TENxTEN I just get tired of all the shitty negative attention getting drawn to sun kil moon. I don't want to be associated with a pitchfork drone either because sun kil moon is one of my favorite artists and I will always be better than a pitchfork drone.

    Yesterday 1:29am Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    Adam Granofsky Blues is hilarious [2] The Possum is an awesome track too.

    21 Nov 3:16pm Reply

    "you people probably never heard of red house painters and you're just pitchfork drones who think that benji is his first good album. fuck off. Mark Kozelek is probably angry because he hates you. I fully support him and I love Sun Kil Moon as much as ever. " LOL wow... okay we get it, you discovered Sun Kill Moon first and are a way bigger fan than anyone else. Fuck Pitchfork for bringing in a ton of exposure and new fans who are totally not and never will be as big of a fan as you who definitely discovered Sun Kill Moon years ago! Fuckin' posers, right?

    13 Nov 3:54am Reply
  • Edutainment

    yeah. its winter again

    11 Nov 10:25pm Reply
  • Eddie_Gonzalez

    made three albums took 'em nine fuckin years

    8 Nov 10:02pm Reply
  • willett25

    "Carry Me Ohio" serves as a beautiful starting point to this dynamic playlist. Check it out here!-

    7 Nov 5:09am Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    no cocksucking [2]

    3 Nov 6:37pm Reply
  • colderskin

    no musicality [2]

    3 Nov 6:27pm Reply
  • sasha90s

    oh my account was made for spreading my butthurt in a different shoutboxes, you should take me serious because this is serious, even though i have no personality and just type for 10 minutes while jerking to my 43 artists library.... LASTFM

    1 Nov 5:53am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    Adam Granofsky Blues is hilarious

    30 Oct 1:12pm Reply
  • spose

    Similar artists - The War On Drugs.

    30 Oct 1:35am Reply
  • WillemKauf

    Suck my cock

    26 Oct 11:24pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    in the song Micheline, is Mark implying that the thug and his father murdered Micheline?

    22 Oct 1:31pm Reply
  • roope

    you need to hear this album if you haven't already

    21 Oct 11:12am Reply
  • nubs37

    oh my family member died from being a truck should take me serious because this is serious, even though i have no musicality and just talk for 10 minutes per track...MUSIC

    21 Oct 2:46am Reply
  • rewinddude

    Lol @ war on drugs in similar artists

    15 Oct 5:39pm Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    what a shitty shoutbox. mad respect for sun kil moon. he insulted some p4k band because they had major sound bleed in his concert area. all you fuckin hillbillies shut the fuck up.

    15 Oct 10:41am Reply
  • Universal_City

    Listening to Sun Kil Moon makes me a better person

    14 Oct 8:43pm Reply
  • bgk90

    9.2 (best new cock)

    13 Oct 5:27am Reply
  • B1ackjack_

    you're just pitchfork drones [3]

    12 Oct 2:54am Reply
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