Tim Mooney, a drummer and producer who played with noted S.F. bands American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon, died Thursday, June 13, according to his family. He was 53.
Mooney played in Bay Area punk bands Sleepers, Toiling Midgets, and Negative Trend before joining S.F.'s American Music Club in the early 1990s. There, along with drumming, Mooney helped compose the band's artistically adventurous but dim-hued Americana. Although Mooney remained in S.F. when the band moved to L.A., he later produced AMC's 2004 comeback album, Love Songs for Patriots. Singer and songwriter Mark Eitzel posted this about Mooney's passing:
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.
Mooney also worked with S.F. slowcore progenitor Mark Kozelek in Sun Kil Moon. Kozelek posted this last week:
I knew Tim Mooney for over 20 years. As many Red House Painters' fans may know, American Music Club was very helpful in giving us our start. Later on, Tim played drums on my first solo album, Rock 'n' Roll Singer, and then on Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts Of The Great Highway. 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. This photo was taken during my work with him at Toast Recording Studios, in San Francisco. I've been overwhelmed with memories of Tim since learning of the news yesterday. My heart goes out to his family, his many friends, and to the members of AMC.
Other local artists Mooney worked with include Penelope Houston, Chuck Prophet, and Her Space Holiday, among many others. In recent years he had relocated to Petaluma, where he worked continued to work on various recording projects. He is survived by his wife, Jude, and his daughter. Mooney's family has set up a memorial fund via Paypal; alternatively, checks can be mailed to Jude Mooney, 13 Coady Court, Petaluma, CA 94952.