Mark Kozelek

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Mark Edward Kozelek (born January 24, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and occasional actor. He is best known as the vocalist and primary recording artist of the indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, with whom he has recorded eight studio albums, and as the vocalist, guitarist and founding member of the indie rock band Red House Painters, with whom he recorded six studio albums from 1989 until 2001.

Born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, Kozelek developed an interest in music as a child. Upon meeting drummer Anthony Koutsos in Atlanta, Georgia, the pair moved to San Francisco, California and formed Red House Painters alongside guitarist Gorden Mack and bass guitarist Jerry Vessel. Signing with record label 4AD, the band released four studio albums to critical acclaim. In 1996, Kozelek recorded the band's fifth studio album, Songs for a Blue Guitar, mostly alone. The release of the band's final studio album, Old Ramon (2001), was delayed for three years. In the interim, Kozelek recorded both an album and an EP of AC/DC cover songs.

Reconvening with Koutsos and Vessel, the trio continued performing under the new name of Sun Kil Moon, releasing their debut album, Ghosts of the Great Highway, in 2003. Inspired by classical guitar music, Kozelek recorded Sun Kil Moon's fourth studio album, Admiral Fell Promises (2010), as a solo act, and continued to record mostly alone on its follow-up, Among the Leaves (2012). The album introduced a deeply personal lyrical perspective, which continued on the collaborative solo releases, Perils from the Sea and Mark Kozelek & Desertshore, both released in 2013.

In 2014, Sun Kil Moon's sixth studio album, Benji, was released to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure, with its follow-up, Universal Themes, featuring lengthy compositions and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. In 2016, Kozelek released a collaborative studio album with Jesu, entitled Jesu/Sun Kil Moon.

Across his work in Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters and his own solo material, Kozelek has released twenty studio albums.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 What's Next to the Moon Mark Kozelek 1
2001 If You Want Blood Mark Kozelek 1
2008 The Finally LP Mark Kozelek 1
2012 Live At Lincoln Hall Mark Kozelek 1
2013 Like Rats Mark Kozelek 1
2013 Perils From the Sea Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle 1
2013 Mark Kozelek & Desertshore Mark Kozelek & Desertshore 1
2014 Sings Christmas Carols Mark Kozelek 1
2016 Sings Favorites Mark Kozelek 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 White Christmas & Little Drummer Boy Live Mark Kozelek 1
2012 On Tour: A Documentary (The Soundtrack) Mark Kozelek 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 White Christmas Live Mark Kozelek 1
2006 Little Drummer Boy Live Mark Kozelek 1
2008 Nights LP Mark Kozelek 1
2009 Lost Verses - Live Mark Kozelek 1
2011 Live At Union Chapel & Södra Teatern Mark Kozelek 1
2012 Live In Copenhagen Mark Kozelek 1
2013 Live At Mao Livehouse Shanghai & Beijing Mark Kozelek 1
2013 Live At Palladium in Malmö Mark Kozelek 1
2013 Live At Phoenix Public House Melbourne Mark Kozelek 1
2014 Live at Victoria Teatern and Stenhammarsalen Mark Kozelek 1
2014 Live at Biko Mark Kozelek 1
2014 The Kids: Live in London Mark Kozelek 1

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Dreams of Childhood Mark Kozelek and Nicolás Pauls 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Duk Koo Kim Mark Kozelek 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Rock 'n' Roll Singer Mark Kozelek 1
2015 Down in the Willow Garden Mark Kozelek 1

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