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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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  • aaronws

    anybody know the difference between a concert headlined by sun kil moon or mark kozelek? is it just a matter of having a backing band?

    Yesterday 12:41am Reply
  • A1000Mistakes

    Three Fuckin Hours Show Tonight!!

    25 Mar 4:40pm Reply
  • illusionvalley

    Review of the Sydney show last night: http://www.aphramag.com/sun-kil-moon-city-recital-hall/

    24 Mar 10:33am Reply
  • calamityjk

    Brilliant gig at Sydney last night! I loved the special song dedicated to Nando's Chicken

    24 Mar 3:25am Reply
  • NJeroen

    This man just keeps going, haha. New song is great.

    6 Mar 8:26pm Reply
  • Ghostface187

    @Smartypants101: Perhaps it reflects the fact that perspective on music and it's lasting appeal can shift and become clear with time? They've done similar things in the past, such as not giving Danny Brown's XXX BNM, but incl it in top 10 at year end. Or giving Mountain Goats albums low scores and later incl in year end list. I think it's more likely that they're acknowledging the difficulty with scoring music than trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.

    20 Feb 4:28pm Reply
  • spose

    This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station [2]

    19 Feb 10:13am Reply
  • tokyochorus

    This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station This Is My First Day and I'm Indian and I Work at a Gas Station

    19 Feb 3:57am Reply
  • gombost

    Benji is one of the most intimate albums I've ever heard.

    16 Feb 7:46pm Reply
  • Smartypants101

    so the war on drugs album was #3 on pitchforks best 50 albums of 2014 and sun kil moon was #9. BUT on their 100 best albums from 2010-2014 the war on drugs album came in at #21, while sun kil moon was still at #9. not that it matters, but either their scoring system is completely bogus or it was done on purpose to create more controversy between the two bands OR they're just all smoking crack over at pitchfork.

    12 Feb 4:25pm Reply
  • Bluev2

    I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love breaks me every time. I lost my mum around a year so ago, the pain it instills is so great if not a little too much so. Benji is hit and miss, but fuck man it fucks me up so fucking much, fuck you Mark I love you.

    30 Jan 4:15pm Reply
  • woobweto

    willett, it's all just because Benji is his latest and most acclaimed LP.

    26 Jan 6:39pm Reply
  • Bert306

    Ben's My Friend

    26 Jan 1:17am Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    Truck Driver

    20 Jan 2:41am Reply
  • willett25

    I don't understand why every song on Benji has over 1,000 listeners, but all of his older material has less than 300, for the most part. Benji is a fantastic record, but do yourself a favor and listen to Ghosts of the Great Highway and April.

    15 Jan 6:17am Reply
  • mscNOW

    "Benji" as a one of 14 top albums of 2014 --> http://musicnow.pl/fonotypy/2014-podsumowanie-plyty/ (yeeees, its polish only)

    8 Jan 1:25pm Reply
  • bgk90

    yeah...album of the year for me too

    8 Jan 3:19am Reply
  • andrewrutherfor

    Dogs is so powerful, jeez.

    5 Jan 1:22pm Reply
  • rawen333

    Benji is best album i've heard in 2014! - AOTY list 2014

    1 Jan 6:13pm Reply
  • travelin_man

    ghosts of the great highway!!! not benji.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
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