Volcano Choir & Mark Kozelek collaborating for Project Carousel restoration project

The Looff Family sitting outside the Crescent Park Carousel | photo via
The Looff Family sitting outside the Crescent Park Carousel | photo via

Mark Kozelek, who performs under the name Sun Kil Moon, and Volcano Choir (side project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) are currently collaborating on two of three 12″ records benefiting the restoration of the Crescent Park Looff Carousel. The carousel, which is hailed as one of East Providence, Rhode Island’s treasures, has been in use since 1895. As the site is a National Historic Landmark, the high costs for maintenance of each horse typically run from $2500-$4500.

The two 12″ records from Kozelek and Volcano Choir are expected to be completed by December of this year. A third 12″ record is in the hands of Secretly Canadian co-founder Chris Swanson, who has compiled a set of unreleased material from the late Jason Molina to round out the collection. The reparation effort, which is being done by Shorebird, will sell only 3,500 copies of each record, but will make other rewards available for supporters which include a white vinyl copy of Unmap,Volcano Choir’s 2009 LP, as well as a 7″ of Molina covering Townes Van Zandt. To support and/or find out more about Project Carousel, you can visit their IndieGoGo page here,

Sun Kil Moon performs at Union Transfer on Wednesday, July 23rd. Go here for more information on the show.

Below, you can listen to “Ben’s My Friend” from Sun Kil Moon’s latest effort, Benji.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Minus the Bear at Electric Factory, Mark Kozelek at First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, Chill Moody at Love Park, BITBY One Year Anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s, John Lee Hooker, Jr. at Warmdaddy’s

XPN Welcomes Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear to the Electric Factory tonight. In August the band released its fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead,  to praise from critics who have said it has been “not so much transforming their sound as transcending it” (The Village Voice). Minus the Bear will be playing tonight with Cursive and Caspian. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 and more information about the show can be found here. Watch Minus the Bear’s new video for “Steel and Blood” below.

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