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Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek talks Northeast Ohio with Conor Oberst (ALSO NEW ALBUM STREAM!)

Sun Kil Moon will release their new album, Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood on Friday. Record label Rough Trade describes the album as being about “events from January to August of 2016 and how Mark processed it all while traveling”. If you’ve listened to the last few records, singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek has turned a new leaf in his songwriting process. His stream of conscious, extremely personal, extremely honest lyricism almost has a hip hop influence. (Especially when you recall the Sun Kil Moon vs. The War on Drugs beef a couple of year’s ago.) In fact, some of the beats on the new album are straight hip hop. Common as Light continues on a path of brutal honesty that makes Mark’s music utterly fascinating.

On the Sun Kil Moon website there’s an interview with Mark and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). They talk about everything from songwriting to boxing, to hip hop to music journalism (sigh). Mark is actually from Northeast Ohio and Conor touches on that straight out of the gate in an interesting exchange where Mark says, “People are down to earth in Ohio and I’m proud of where I’m from. Though I’ve been to Italy many times, the best Italian restaurant in the world, to me, is Sylvester’s in North Canton, and I like Luigi’s in Akron a lot, too.”

Here’s the entire exchange:

Conor: The first track ‘God Bless Ohio’ is great. I was wondering if, after all your years living in California, you still identify as a Midwesterner or if there was some point when you crossed over and that changed. I know for me, even though I lived in New York City for 13 years, as much as I loved it, I always kind of felt like a tourist/transplant there. Wondering how that dynamic is for you?

Mark: I’m pretty rooted in San Francisco after living here for 30 years and I wouldn’t give up my view or what I’ve accomplished here for anything. But now and then I can get annoyed with my West Coast friends who don’t seem to understand the realities that exist between coasts. I’m turned off by elitist attitudes and there’s a lot of that in San Francisco. People are down to earth in Ohio and I’m proud of where I’m from. Though I’ve been to Italy many times, the best Italian restaurant in the world, to me, is Sylvester’s in North Canton, and I like Luigi’s in Akron a lot, too.

It’s a GREAT interview and you can read the whole thing on the Sun Kil Moon website HERE. And you can stream the new album in its entirety HERE. If you want to see him live, good luck. We’ve tried many a time to book them in the Cleveland area and it’s never been his plan to play anywhere around here.

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