The War On Drugs Vs Mark Kozelek: 'Get Over Your Fucking Self'
  • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014

  • Posted by: K. Hess

Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) is a dick. We know this. Look, it's very rock n' roll to be a fuck-the-machine curmudgeon with a scowl and a husky bark, and a socio-political distaste for accidents and inconvenience. I tend to feel the dude's frustrations circulate on a broken record, but there's an authenticity to Kozelek's musical scroogitude, and I don't often disagree with him on the level. I wouldn't have called an audience a bunch of "fuckin' hillbillies" like Kozelek did at the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh this year — the audience was loud, so Kozelek kindly threatened to walk: "Everybody, all you fucking hilbillies, shut the fuck up. I don't give a fuck if I get paid or not, I'm gonna walk" — but that's not because I don't think they should shut the fuck up, it's because I think talking through a set makes you an asshole, fucking your sister-cousin makes you a hillbilly.

So, Kozelek's a shit talker. It's his thing. Whatever maaan. And that seemed to be the genuine sentiment from The War on Drugs after Kozelek grumbled that their "beer-commercial lead-guitar shit" was leaking into his set during their mutual time slot at the Ottawa Folk Festival this year. Without taking back his comments, Kozelek extended the figurative olive branch to the publicly non-plussed War on Drugs by suggesting, via his blog, a guest appearance at the Fillmore where they'd perform a song he wrote called "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself." A few days later it seemed The War on Drugs had declined Kozelek's challenge, and Sun Kil Moon released a diss track "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock."



The War on Drugs stayed out of it. No diss tracks, no blog rants, no Kozelek engagement, just an unspooken heir of "whatever brah, it's cool." Until now. Turns out, and this is where Kozelek goes from grouch to douche, Kozelek was fucking with The War on Drugs publicly and behind the screens.

In a recent interview given to Sweedish blog Songs For Whoever, War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel exposed the truth about what happened between The War On Drugs and Sun Kil Moon: Kozelek privately rescinded his invitation before The War on Drugs had the chance to respond: "I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, 'cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying 'the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour Ill go to Starbucks and buy your record." It was only after telling Granduciel to go fuck himself, that Kozelek took to the net and extended the "friendly" Fillmore challenge.

Read Granduciel's side of things:

"I mean, to be fair to that idiot, what he said in that song I didn't really have a problem with any of it until I heard the song. First of all, he never met us, and yet said all these things. He's such a douche. I asked somebody if I could get his e-mail, because I wasn't trying to start this stupid Twitter thing, I was just bummed. I went to a mutual friend who explained that he wouldn't give out his e-mail address. So I just got an e-mail through this friend that said Mark wants to come to the Fillmore, he will write a song called 'War On Drugs Suck My Cock, you back him up on it and he gets to play 'Beer Commercial Guitar, then you back him up on one of his songs, 'Dogs, from his new album. And then he plays 'Beer Commercial Guitar on one of your songs.

We were on tour and I thought this is actually a pretty cool idea, I don't have anything against this guy, this is cool. So I was really excited and was gonna write him back in a couple of days, 'cause I was busy at the time. Then two days later I get an e-mail back from him, saying the offer has expired, maybe when I get home from tour Ill go to Starbucks and buy your record.. I was like you're such a fucking prick, dude. He was such an asshole, I didn't even say anything. Then he goes to the internet and he challenges us to this thing, but I was like you fucking prick, you already said 'No!. He's such a fucking child. And then the song is just idiotic, he's just a fucking idiot. I don't have time for idiots. Im just pissed that he tried to make it come out like he was challenging us. I had already essentially agreed to it, and then the Starbucks comment... what the fuck, dude. Get over your fucking self.


Turns out Kozelek's a shady shit head. Too bad, I can get with easily irritated, but I'm about ready to take my broken Kozelek record off the turn table. I'll take some "beer-commercial lead-guitar" over bitters soaked sad-sack.

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