AMC/Sun Kil Moon’s Tim Mooney R.I.P.


Drummer was an
integral member of the SF punk and indie scene. Links provided below to donate
funds to Mooney’s family.


By Fred Mills


San Francisco
drummer and producer Tim Mooney, a veteran of numerous postpunk bands such as
Sleepers and Toiling Midgets as well as, more recently, American Music Club and
Sun Kil Moon, passed away a few days ago. The exact cause is unknown but it’s
presumed to be due to a heart attack, reports.


Word initially got out when AMC mainman Mark Eitzel posted a
message on his blog June 14:


I haven’t seen Tim for a few years
now but that still didn’t lessen the impact of his passing. He was the drummer
of AMC for many years. He was absolutely instrumental in whatever sound we had.
His style was absolutely unique and as an artist no one could match what he did.
He was a good friend to so many people and will be missed. What an absolute
loss. I wish all the best to his wife Jude and his daughter Dixie.
I have spent all day in a fog thinking about him.


Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek subsequently posted this note on the SKM website:


We shared many long
days and hours together. Tim was a peaceful, patient, and incredibly talented
person. The last time I saw Tim was in 2009, in Petaluma, he was having ice cream with his
daughter. He was as happy and content as ever. … My heart goes out to his
family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC.


Over the years Mooney also operated San Francisco’s Closer Recording studio and
worked on records by Portastatic, Her Space Holiday and more. A memorial fund has
been established for his family via PayPal ( or direct mail (send checks to Jude
Mooney, 13 Coady Court, Petaluma, CA 94952) and a Facebook page for fans to
post their memories has also been set up (
– at the latter you can also find a link to sign up to deliver food to Mooney’s
wife and daughter.


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