New Sun Kil Moon: “Sunshine in Chicago”

Thanks to Pitchfork, we’ve got our first taste of Sun Kil Moon’s Among the Leaves (out 5/29 on Caldo Verde).  The track – “Sunshine in Chicago” is a wistful look back on time spent touring in the ’90s.  At first listen, the track feels more personal and direct than some of the recent work on Admiral Fell Promises and April, and seems to deliver on the claim that we’d get to hear Kozelek “singing playfully.”  But that’s me… what do you think?


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Happy New Year! — A 2010 “Retropackle.”

Hey, everyone!  Happy New Year!  I hope that you have a good one, and that you’re surrounded by good food, friends, and music.  It’s been a long year over here (the epic dissertation struggle continues), and I haven’t always been the most attentive (you’re top of the list of New Year’s Resolutions!)… but I wanted to thank everyone for all their love and support.  I’ve been positively blown away by the amount of excellent music that has been sent my way, and the… well, legitimacy, I seem to have stumbled into.

So, in 2011, I’ll be stepping up to keep things rolling around here.  And I hope that you’ll be there, too!  And since it’s customary, follow me for some things I’ve loved this year, as well as some things I’m looking forward to in the New Year!

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Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hi, everyone!  Well, I’m back from Scotland.  And even though I’m not yet an immortal, I still had a pretty great trip (including my very first taste of haggis).  Naturally, of course, there’s lots of great stuff to catch up on… So, why not come and join me for a recap of things that happened while I was away?

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Things I Should’ve Mentioned…

Hi, everyone!  Welcome to the first entry in our very own “news round-up” series.  A lot of things seem to happen that are difficult to expand into a full-on article, but remain worth pointing out just the same.  And seeing as my rapidly ending Ph.D. program really intensifies the problem, I thought that this might be a nice way to capture some of those stray articles that seem to be piling up.  So, follow me, and I’ll show you news from Stars, The Vaselines, David Byrne, and more!

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New Music: Sun Kil Moon – “Australian Winter”

Hi, Everyone!  I’m back from my rather unexpected exile (long story) with some great news for fans of Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon.  Late last month, Caldo Verde announced the impending, July 13th release of Admiral Fell Promises, a new album from Sun Kil Moon.  The new album of original material is acoustic – featuring just Kozelek and a nylon-string guitar. Yep, those are definitely chills I’m feeling…

The CD version will be ten songs, and the vinyl will have two extra tracks recorded in France.  Also, “all direct purchases 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.”  This EP is limited to 1,500 copies.

Follow me for a listen of the excellent new song “Australian Winter,” and some tour notes:

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