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Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith performing "Miss Misery" at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Elliott Smith performing "Miss Misery" at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Background information
Birth name Steven Paul Smith
Born August 6, 1969(1969-08-06)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Origin Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died October 21, 2003 (aged 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Indie rock
Acoustic rock
Indie folk
Instrument(s) Guitar
Vocals
Piano
Clarinet
Bass
Harmonica
Drums
Years active 1993–2003
Label(s) Virgin
Cavity Search
Kill Rock Stars
Suicide Squeeze
DreamWorks
ANTI-
Epitaph
Domino
Associated
acts
Heatmiser
Quasi
Mary Lou Lord
Pete Krebs
No. 2
Website Official website

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass, harmonica and drums.[1] Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery",[2] and use of multi-tracking to create vocal harmonies. Although Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and died in Los Angeles, California, he resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Elliott Smith is the second album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... Elliott Smith is the name of a book about the late musician Elliott Smith compiled by photographer Autumn de Wilde. ... Image File history File links Elliottsmithoscars. ... Miss Misery is a song by singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... 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After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. He eventually signed a contract with the far bigger label, DreamWorks Records in 1997, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery", included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997. For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the alternative rock band. ... Logo of Cavity Search Records Cavity Search Records is a label based out of Portland, Oregon formed in 1992. ... Kill Rock Stars is an independent record label founded in 1991 by Slim Moon and based in Olympia, Washington, United States, though it will be moving some of its operations to New York City and Portland, Oregon in 2007. ... When David Geffen sold his Geffen Records to MCA Records he joined Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg to form Dreamworks SKG, with subsidiary DreamWorks Records. ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Miss Misery is a song by singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ...


Smith battled with depression, alcoholism and drug addiction for years, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died from two stab wounds to the chest.[3] The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted.[4] On the Threshold of Eternity. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... This article is about the medical procedure. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Steven Paul Smith was born on August 6, 1969 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Bunny Welch (née Bunny Kay Berryman), was a music teacher at an elementary school, and his father, Gary Smith, was a University of Nebraska medical student at the time. His parents divorced about a year later. Gary was drafted into the Air Force and was sent to the Philippines as a physician.[5] is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... “Omaha” redirects here. ... The French word née (feminine) or né (masculine) (or the English word nee) is still commonly used in some newspapers when mentioning the maiden name of a woman in engagement or wedding announcements. ... For university teachers, see professor. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Doctor. ...


Smith endured a difficult childhood.[6] Smith graphically chronicled the impact of this part of his life later in the lyrics of "Some Song": "Charlie beat you up week after week, and when you grow up you're going to be a freak."[7] The name "Charlie" would recur in songs throughout the years, such as "Flowers for Charlie" and "No Confidence Man". In contrast, his biological parents' names were never mentioned specifically in any song. The family was a part of the Community of Christ through much of Smith's childhood, but eventually began attending services at a local Methodist Church. Smith felt that going to church did little for him, except make him "really scared of hell," a fear that biographer Benjamin Nugent believes remained with him the rest of his life.[8] Cover of the split record by Elliott Smith and Pete Krebs No Confidence Man was the name of a song recorded by Elliott Smith for a split with Pete Krebs on Slo-Mo Records in 1994. ... RLDS redirects here. ... For other uses, see Methodism (disambiguation). ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... The Inferno redirects here. ...


Smith began learning guitar around the age of 10 on a small acoustic bought for him by his father.[9] At this age he also composed an original piano piece, "Fantasy," which won him a prize at an arts festival.[10] Many of the people on his mother's side of the family were non-professional musicians; his grandfather was a Dixieland drummer and his grandmother sang in a glee club. Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... An arts festival (also art festival) or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... A Glee Club is a chorus, historically of men but also of just women or mixed voices, which traditionally specializes in singing short songs. ...


At 14, Smith moved from Texas to Portland, Oregon, to live with his father, who was then working as a psychiatrist. It was around this time that Smith first began trying drugs and alcohol with friends as well as experimenting with recording for the first time, borrowing a friend of a friend's four-track recorder.[10] During high school, Smith (billed as either Steven Smith or Johnny Panic) played guitar and sang in the band Stranger Than Fiction with Garrick Duckler (bass, vocals), Jason Hornick (guitar) and Tony Lash (piano). The band used a drum machine, but later added drummer Adam Koval.[7] Stranger Than Fiction released three cassettes and also published a zine named Son of Death Quarterly. [11] Smith later played in the bands A Murder of Crows[12] and The Greenhouse[11] with Duckler, both with limited-release cassettes. For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - Total 376. ... For other uses, see Psychiatrist (disambiguation). ... Many drugs are provided in tablet form. ... Methods and media for sound recording are varied and have undergone significant changes between the first time sound was actually recorded for later playback until now. ... The Tascam 85 16B analogue tape recorder can record 16 tracks of audio on 1 inch (2. ...


Smith graduated from Lincoln High School on June 3, 1987 as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.[5] After graduating from high school, Steven Smith began calling himself "Elliott", claiming he thought "Steve" sounded too much like a "jock" name.[13] S. R. Shutt's biography of Smith speculates that it was either inspired by the name of a street that Smith had lived on in Portland, Elliott Avenue, or it was suggested by his then-girlfriend (who had derived it from the last name of her ex-boyfriend). A junior-high acquaintance of Smith thought that he changed his first name so as not to be confused with Steve Smith, the drummer of Journey. [14] Lincoln High School (generally known simply as Lincoln) is a secondary school located in Portland, Oregon. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization. ... For other uses, see Jock (disambiguation). ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ...


Heatmiser

Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1991 with a degree in philosophy and political science. "Went straight through in four years," he explained to Under the Radar in 2003. "I guess it proved to myself that I could do something I really didn't want to for four years. Except I did like what I was studying. At the time it seemed like, 'This is your one and only chance to go to college and you had just better do it because some day you might wish that you did.' Plus, the whole reason I applied in the first place was because of my girlfriend, and I had gotten accepted already even though we had broken up before the first day." After he graduated he "worked in a bakery back in Portland with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and legal theory."[9] Hampshire College is an experimenting private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Hampshire County Settled 1703 Incorporated 1775 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  27. ... For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... Bakery foods A baker is someone who bakes and sells bread, cakes and similar foods. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... This article is about law in society. ...


While at Hampshire, Smith formed the band Heatmiser with Neil Gust (a classmate at Hampshire) and Jason Hornick (who attended college nearby and had played in Stranger Than Fiction with Smith). After graduating from Hampshire, the band reconfigured (now Smith, Gust, Tony Lash, and Brandt Peterson (replaced after recording Mic City Sons in August of 1994 by Sam Coomes, later of Quasi)) to pursue music professionally in Portland. Their sound has been compared to Fugazi and other punk and grunge rock bands. The group recorded one album and an EP for Lisa Fancher's Frontier Records, and were then signed by Andy Factor to Virgin Records to release what became their final album, Mic City Sons. This article is about the alternative rock band. ... Neil Gust is an American musician. ... Tony Lash is an American musician, best known as founder member of Heatmiser as the bands drummer. ... Brandt Peterson is an American musician, best known as the original bass player with Heatmiser upon its formation in 1992. ... Sam Coomes is currently half of the Portland-area indie band Quasi, along with drummer Janet Weiss. ... For the prefix, see wikt:quasi-. Quasi is an indie rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993, consisting of the ex-husband and wife team of Sam Coomes (vocals, guitar, roxichord, various keyboards) and Janet Weiss vocals and drums. ... Fugazi redirects here. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... “Grunge” redirects here. ... Frontier Records is an independent record label, started in 1980 by Lisa Fancher[1]. Frontier first found success with the release of the Circle Jerks album Group Sex. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Smith and manager J.J. Gonson convinced Virgin, who legally owned the first three solo works, to license them to Cavity Search and then to Kill Rock Stars to allow an organic development of his burgeoning but delicate solo career. The resulting attention to Smith's solo work created tension with his band, who were still recording their debut major label release. BMG Publishing had discovered and signed Smith's solo work further separating him from the group. Heatmiser disbanded prior to Mic City Sons' release, prompting Virgin to put the album out inauspiciously through its independent arm, Caroline Records.


Fresh interest in Smith's seemingly independent solo career brought the ears of DreamWork's Lenny Waronker and prompted a plan to get out of the Virgin contract rather than be beholden by the 'leaving man' clause in Heatmiser's contract. The richer deal at Dreamworks was orchestrated as Virgin replaced heads of the company with new British managing directors who were unaware of Smith.


Around this time, Smith and Larry Crane built Jackpot! Studios.


Heatmiser officially broke up in 1995 after one short tour to promote Mic City Sons, minus Tony Lash. Brendan Benson (later of The Raconteurs), another act on Virgin, opened the dates. The Raconteurs, also known as The Saboteurs in Australia, are a Grammy-nominated rock band, featuring four members previously known for other musical projects. ...


Roman Candle

Music sample:

"Condor Ave" Image File history File links Elliott_Smith_-_Condor_Ave_(sample). ...

Sample of Elliott Smith's "Condor Ave" from Roman Candle (1994), reported to have been written when he was around 17 years old[7], showing Smith's early song-writing style and lo-fi sound.

Problems listening to the file? See media help. Roman Candle (1994) was Elliott Smiths debut album as a solo artist, having previously been a singer for the band Heatmiser. ... Lo-fi — from Low Fidelity — describes a sound recording which contains accidental artifacts, like distortion, or environmental noise, or a recording which has a limited frequency response. ...

Shortly before the dissolution of Heatmiser, Smith began recording solo, mostly acoustic albums on borrowed four-track cassette machines, songs that he showed few. His solo material was more sparse and moody than his previous band, with lyrics that referenced chemical dependency, depression, and betrayal. His first release, Roman Candle (1994), was supposedly a collection of demos that did not fit as Heatmiser songs. A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... On the Threshold of Eternity. ... Roman Candle (1994) was Elliott Smiths debut album as a solo artist, having previously been a singer for the band Heatmiser. ...


Smith's girlfriend at the time convinced him to send a tape of the songs to Cavity Search Records, and owner Christopher Cooper immediately requested to release the entire album of songs, which surpised Smith, as he was only expecting a deal for a seven-inch record.[15] The instrumentation of the recordings was primarily acoustic guitar, occasionally accompanied by brief electric guitar riffs or a small drum set played with brushes. Only the final track, an instrumental titled "Kiwi Maddog 20/20" (a reference to the bum wine MD 20/20), had full band instrumentation. Logo of Cavity Search Records Cavity Search Records is a label based out of Portland, Oregon formed in 1992. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... A bum wine is a colloquial reference to any of a class of inexpensive fortified wines that are popular among the poor and homeless for the quick inebriation they deliver. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Smith's debut solo performance was at the now-defunct Umbra Penumbra on September 17, 1994. He played for 35 minutes and about fifteen people were in attendance. Only three songs from Roman Candle were performed, with the majority of the ten-song set comprised of B-sides, Heatmiser tunes, and unreleased tracks.[16] For the last song of the evening, he invited bandmate Neil Gust onstage to assist him in playing "Half Right", which was to be the last (hidden) song on the final Heatmiser album. Soon after this performance, he was asked to open for Mary Lou Lord on a week-long U.S. tour. Several more short tours followed, and Smith helped her record one of his songs "I Figured You Out", which he called "a stupid pop song [written] in about a minute" and was said to have discarded for sounding "like the fucking Eagles." [1] is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Mary Lou Lord as she was in 1995 on the cover of her self-titled album Mary Lou Lord (born March 1, 1965 in Salem, Massachusetts) is an indie/folk rock musician, busker and recording artist. ... The Eagles redirects here. ...


Elliott Smith and Either/Or

In 1995, the self-titled album Elliott Smith was released on Kill Rock Stars; the record featured a similar style of recording to Roman Candle, but not without hints of growth and experimentation. Though the majority of the album was recorded by Smith alone, friend and Spinanes vocalist Rebecca Gates sang harmony vocals on "St. Ides Heaven", and Heatmiser guitarist Neil Gust played guitar on "Single File". Although songs like "Needle in the Hay" implied that Smith was beginning to have drug troubles, he would maintain that he was clean of hard drugs throughout the 1990s. Elliott Smith is the second album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... Kill Rock Stars is an independent record label founded in 1991 by Slim Moon and based in Olympia, Washington, United States, though it will be moving some of its operations to New York City and Portland, Oregon in 2007. ... The Spinanes were an indie band from Olympia, Portland and Chicago, in the 1990s. ... Needle in the Hay is a song written by Elliott Smith first released as the opening track on his self-titled sophomore release, Elliott Smith. ...


In 1996, filmmaker Jem Cohen recorded Smith playing acoustic songs for the short film Lucky Three: an Elliott Smith Portrait. Two of these songs would appear on Either/Or, another Kill Rock Stars release that came out in 1997 to favorable reviews. The album found Smith venturing further into full instrumentation, with several songs containing bass, drums, keyboards and electric guitars, all played by Smith. The album title was derived from the two-volume book of the same name by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, which deals with such themes as existential despair, dread, death and God. Jem A. Cohen (born 1962, Kabul, Afghanistan) is a New York City-based filmmaker known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes, blending of media formats (16mm, Super 8, video) and collaborations with music artists. ... Lucky Three or Lucky Three: an Elliott Smith Portrait is an 11-minute short film featuring Elliott Smith playing acoustic songs. ... Either/Or is the name of the third album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... Either/Or. ... Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (IPA: , but usually Anglicized as ;  ) 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. ... The term despair, when used by existentialists, refers to the fact that all the choices we make are based on uncertain information and an incomplete understanding of the world. ... Look up dread in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), or Death (band). ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


Miss Misery and the Oscars

In 1996, Smith was tapped by director and fellow Portland resident Gus Van Sant to be a part of the soundtrack to his film, Good Will Hunting. Smith recorded an orchestral version of "Between the Bars" with acclaimed composer Danny Elfman for the movie. Contrary to popular belief, the song "Miss Misery" was not an original song penned for the film's soundtrack, as evidenced by the early version recorded in 1996 present on the New Moon album, and numerous live performances of the song in 1996 and early 1997. Three other previously released tracks from Roman Candle ("No Name #3") and Either/Or ("Angeles" and "Say Yes") were also included. The film was a commercial and critical success, and Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for "Miss Misery". Apparently not eager to step into the limelight, he had to be convinced to perform the song at the awards ceremony. Only after the producers informed him that his song would be played live that night—either by him or another musician of their choosing—did he agree to show up.[17] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... New Moon is a 2-CD/2-LP posthumous compilation album by Elliott Smith, released on May 8, 2007 by Kill Rock Stars. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Either/Or. ...


On March 5, 1998, Smith made his network television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien performing "Miss Misery" solo on acoustic guitar.[18] A few days later, wearing a white suit, he played an abridged version of the song at the Oscars, accompanied by the house orchestra. James Horner and Will Jennings won the award that night for best song with "My Heart Will Go On" (sung by Celine Dion) from the film Titanic. Smith never voiced disappointment about his loss.[19] This article is about the day. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer of orchestral and film music. ... Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. ... My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, and co-produced by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ...


XO and Figure 8

Smith in a press photo circa 2000.
Smith in a press photo circa 2000.

In 1998, after the success of Either/Or and "Miss Misery", Smith signed to the big independent record label, DreamWorks Records. Around the same time, Smith fell into depression. While in North Carolina, he became severely intoxicated and ran off a cliff. He landed on a tree, which despite badly impaling him, broke his fall.[6] Image File history File links Elliottsmithfigure8era. ... Image File history File links Elliottsmithfigure8era. ... Either/Or is the name of the third album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... When David Geffen sold his Geffen Records to MCA Records he joined Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg to form Dreamworks SKG, with subsidiary DreamWorks Records. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini Drunkenness is the state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcohol to a degree that mental and physical facilities are noticeably impaired. ...


Smith's first release for DreamWorks was later that year. Titled XO, it was produced by the team of Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock. XO also contained some instrumentation from well-known Los Angeles musicians Joey Waronker and Jon Brion. It contained a more full-sounding, baroque pop sound than any of his previous efforts, with songs featuring a horn section, Chamberlins and elaborate string arrangements and even a drum loop on the song "Independence Day". However, his familiar double-tracked vocal and acoustic guitar style was still apparent. The album went on to peak at number 104 on the Billboard 200[20] and sell 400,000 copies[21] (more than double that of each of his two Kill Rock Stars releases), becoming the best-selling release of his career.[22] Smith's backing band during most of this period was the Portland-based group Quasi, consisting of former bandmate Sam Coomes on bass guitar and Coomes's ex-wife Janet Weiss on drums. Quasi also performed as the opening act at many shows on the tour, with Smith sometimes contributing bass, guitar or backing vocals. XO (1998) is the name of the fourth album recorded by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... Rob Schnapf is an American record producer and musician. ... Tom Rothrock is an American record producer and musician. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Joey Waronker (born, May 21, 1969) is an American drummer most notable for his work with Beck, but was also a session drummer on The Smashing Pumpkins album Adore and toured with R.E.M. between 1998 and 2002 (appearing on two albums in the process) after the departure of... Jon Brion at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka) Jon Brion (born 1962) is an American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. ... For other uses, see Baroque (disambiguation). ... The Chamberlin is an electro-mechanical keyboard instrument related to the Mellotron. ... In music, the term loop describes a finite element of sound which is repeated by technical means (i. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... For the prefix, see wikt:quasi-. Quasi is an indie rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993, consisting of the ex-husband and wife team of Sam Coomes (vocals, guitar, roxichord, various keyboards) and Janet Weiss vocals and drums. ... Janet Weiss performing with Quasi, Los Angeles, CA in 2006. ...


On October 17, 1998, Smith appeared on Saturday Night Live. He sported a worn T-shirt featuring an image of Steve Martin, an apparent nod to the comedian/musician who had hosted SNL frequently, and performed "Waltz #2." His backing band for this appearance was John Moen, Jon Brion, Rob Schnapf and Sam Coomes. Saturday Night Live has been a mainstay of the NBC late-night schedule for over thirty years. ... This article is about the American television series. ... For other uses, see Steve Martin (disambiguation). ...


In response to whether the change to a bigger record label would influence his creative control, Smith said: "...sometimes people look at major labels as simply money-making machines, they're actually composed of individuals who are real people, and there's a part of them that needs to feel that part of their job is to put out good music."[23] Smith also claimed in another interview that he never read his reviews for fear that they would interfere with his songwriting.[24]

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Sample of Elliott Smith's "Son of Sam", the first single from Figure 8 (2000) showing Smith's continuing development of a "more sonically detailed"[25] and lush sound.

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Figure 8 came in 2000, featuring the return of Rothrock, Schnapf, Brion and Waronker, and was partially recorded at Abbey Road Studios (where the Beatles often recorded) in England. The album garnered generally positive reviews[26] and peaked at number 99 on the Billboard 200.[27] The songs were increasingly influenced by 1960s popular music like The Kinks, The Beatles and The Zombies. Album art and promotional pictures showed Smith looking very cleaned-up and well-put-together. An extensive tour in promotion of the record ensued, including television appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and The Late Show With David Letterman. However, towards the end of this time, his appearance and health appeared to deteriorate. Figure 8 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Zombies, formed in 1961 in St Albans, were an English rock band. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ...


Public appearances, 2001–2002

The next two years were particularly dark for Smith, who had become addicted to heroin either towards the end of or just after the Figure 8 tour.[6] Smith's live performances following this time were few and far between, typically in the Pacific Northwest or Los Angeles. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... The Pacific Northwest from space The Pacific Northwest, abbreviated PNW, or PacNW is a region in the northwest of North America. ...


A review of his December 20, 2001 show at Portland's Crystal Ballroom stated concern over his appearance and performance: his hair was uncharacteristically greasy and long; his face was bearded and gaunt; and during his songs he exhibited alarming signs of "memory-loss and butterfingers".[28] The crowd would often have to shout out the lyrics (and in some cases, guitar chords) when Smith could not think of them.[29] At many shows he played from 2001 and on, he would often stumble through a few unclear sentences about how he had just gone through a rough period, but had now cleaned up. is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other places with the same name, see Crystal Ballroom. ... For the slang term, see Beard (female companion). ...


In the first of only three concerts he performed in 2002, Smith co-headlined Northwestern University's "A&O Ball" with Wilco on May 2 in Chicago.[30] Due to lackluster on-campus ticket sales, the promoters opened ticket sales to the public on the day of the show.[31] Smith's performance was described as "undoubtedly one of the worst performances ever by a musician"[31] and an "excruciating...nightmare".[32] A reporter for the online magazine Glorious Noise made the statement "...it would not surprise me at all if Elliott Smith ends up dead within a year."[33] Northwestern University (NU) is a selective private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... This article is about the music group. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ...


On November 25, 2002, Smith was involved in a brawl with the Los Angeles Police Department at a Flaming Lips/Beck concert.[34] Smith later said he was defending a man he thought the police were harassing. Assuming he was homeless, the officers supposedly beat and arrested him and his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba. The two spent the night in jail. Smith's hand and back were injured in the incident, causing him to cancel a number of shows.[17] Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips and a friend of Smith's, stated concern over Smith's appearance and actions, saying that he "saw a guy who had lost control of himself. He was needy, he was grumpy, he was everything you wouldn't want in a person. It's not like when you think of Keith Richards being pleasantly blissed out in the corner."[35] is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... The Flaming Lips is an American rock band with psychedelic influences, formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Mark Coyne, Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins. ... This article is about the musician. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... Wayne Michael Coyne (born January 13, 1961[1]) is the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the band The Flaming Lips. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ...


Recording of From a Basement on the Hill

A follow-up to Smith's 2000 album was originally planned to happen with Rob Schnapf, but their sessions were abandoned. Smith also began distancing himself from manager Margaret Mittleman, who had handled him since the Roman Candle days.[6] He finally began recording a new album with only himself and Jon Brion as producers sometime during 2001. The pair had recorded a substantial amount of music for the album, when Brion confronted Smith about his drug and alcohol abuse.[36] Their friendship promptly ended, and Smith scrapped all of their work up until that point. He later told an interviewer: "There was even a little more than half of a record done before this new one that I just scrapped because of a blown friendship with someone that made me so depressed I didn't want to hear any of those songs. He was just helping me record the songs and stuff, and then the friendship kind of fell apart all of a sudden one day. It just made it kind of awkward being alone in the car listening to the songs."[17] Rob Schnapf is an American record producer and musician. ... Jon Brion at The Sunset Tavern in Seattle (photo by Nadja Dee Tanaka) Jon Brion (born 1962) is an American rock and pop multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


When Brion sent a bill for the abandoned sessions to DreamWorks, executives Lenny Waronker and Luke Wood scheduled a meeting with Smith to determine what went wrong with the sessions. The singer voiced what he believed to be intrusion upon his personal life from the label, as well as poor promotion for the Figure 8 album. The talks proved to be basically fruitless. Soon after, Smith sent a message to the executives, stating that if they did not release him from his contract, he would take his own life.[6] This article needs to be wikified. ...


In May 2001, Smith set out to re-record the album, mostly on his own, but with some help from David McConnell, a member of the band Goldenboy. McConnell told SPIN that, during this time, Smith would smoke over $1500 worth of heroin and crack per day. He would often talk about suicide, and on numerous occasions actually tried to give himself an overdose. Steven Drozd (of The Flaming Lips) and Scott McPherson played a few drum tracks, Sam Coomes contributed some bass and backing vocals, but almost every other instrument was recorded by Smith. The songs were much more layered and psychedelic than anything else he had recorded up until that point, with most of the tracks done in only one or two takes. Smith jokingly labeled his new experimental way of recording "The California Frown" (a play on the Beach Boys' "California Sound").[37] He said of the songs: "They're kind of more noisy with the pitch all distorted. Some are more acoustic, but there aren't too many like that. Lately I've just been making up a lot of noise."[17] David McConnell is a southern Californian musician, most notable for his role as bassist and keyboardist in the band Goldenboy, as well as for his involvement as producer and engineer for Elliott Smiths final album, From a Basement on the Hill. ... Goldenboy is a soft rock band from California that has collaborated with Weezers former bassist, Matt Sharp. ... A pile of crack cocaine ‘rocks’. Crack cocaine is a highly addictive form of cocaine that is popular for its intense high. ... A drug overdose occurs when a chemical substance (i. ... Steven Drozd (born June 11, 1969, Houston, Texas) is a multi-instrumentalist and drummer for The Flaming Lips. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are an American alternative rock band. ... Scott McPherson is an American drummer. ... For psychedelics, see psychedelic drug. ...


To prove to fans that he was still making music in spite of his long hiatus between releases, Suicide Squeeze Records put out a limited-edition vinyl single for "Pretty (Ugly Before)", a song that Smith had been playing since the Figure 8 tour. Its only B-side was "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free", later deemed to be an "alternate version".


Final years

Around the time he began recording his final album, Smith began to display signs of paranoia, often believing that a white van followed him wherever he went.[38] He would have friends drop him off for recording sessions almost a mile away from the studio, and to reach the location he would trudge through hundreds of yards of brush and cliffs. He started telling people that DreamWorks was out to get him: "Not long ago my house was broken into, and songs were stolen off my computer which have wound up in the hands of certain people who work at a certain label. I've also been followed around for months at a time. I wouldn't even want to necessarily say it's the people from that label who are following me around, but it was probably them who broke into my house."[17] During this period, Smith hardly ate, subsisting primarily on ice cream, that being the only thing in his refrigerator. He would go for several days without sleeping, and then sleep for an entire day.[38] For other senses of this word, see paranoia (disambiguation). ... This article is about the film studio. ...


He attempted to go to rehab several times, but he said he "couldn't honestly do the first step [admit that he had a drug/alcohol problem]… I couldn't say what you were supposed to say and mean it."[17] After several particularly dark years, things began to improve. Director Mike Mills had been working with Smith at the time on the soundtrack for his movie Thumbsucker. Mills said, "I gave the script to him, then he dropped off the face of the earth… He went through his whole crazy time, but by the time I was done with the film, he was making From a Basement on a Hill and I was shocked that he was actually making music."[39] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Mike Mills (born 1966 in Berkeley, CA.) is a film director/music video director and graphic designer. ... Thumbsucker is a 2005 film directed by Mike Mills adapted from the Walter Kirn novel of the same name. ...


In fall of 2002, Smith went to the Neurotransmitter Restoration Center in Beverly Hills to start a course of treatment for his drug addiction. In one of his final interviews, he spoke about the center: "What they do is an IV treatment where they put a needle in your arm, and you're on a drip bag, but the only thing that's in the drip bag is amino acids and saline solution. I was coming off of a lot of psych meds and other things. I was even on an antipsychotic, although I'm not psychotic."[17] After his 34th birthday on August 6, 2003, he gave up alcohol, caffeine, red meat, refined sugar and his longtime (sometimes abused) regimen of psychological medication.[6] For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... An intravenous drip in a hospital Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is the administration of liquid substances directly into a vein. ... Different bevels on hypodermic needles. ... In chemistry, an amino acid is any molecule that contains both amino and carboxylic acid functional groups. ... In medicine, saline is a solution of sodium chloride (a substance also commonly known as table salt) in sterile water, used frequently for intravenous infusion, rinsing contact lenses, and nasal irrigation (or the yogic practice called jala neti). ... The term antipsychotic is applied to a group of drugs used to treat psychosis. ... Psychosis is a psychiatric classification for a mental state in which the perception of reality is distorted. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid compound that acts as a stimulant in humans. ... Red meat in culinary terminology refers to meat which is red-colored when raw, while in nutritional terminology, it refers to meat from mammals. ... Magnified view of refined sugar crystals. ...


Rumors of Smith's improving condition spread on the Internet and throughout the independent music community (as apparent on Ben Folds' tribute song to Smith, "Late"). He began looking forward to the future and new projects; he experimented with noise music and worked on his girlfriend Jennifer Chiba's iMac with the intent of learning how to record with computers, noting that it was the only method with which he was still unfamiliar.[17] He was in the process of recording songs for the Thumbsucker soundtrack,[40] including Big Star's "Thirteen", and Cat Stevens' "Trouble".[39] Steve Hanft described Smith's last six months of life as being "like the light at the end of the tunnel" and was convinced that Smith was clean and recovered.[41] Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina[1]) is an American singer-songwriter and the former frontman of the musical group Ben Folds Five. ... Songs for Silverman is an album by Ben Folds, first released on April 26, 2005, by Epic Records in the United States. ... Noise music is music composed of non-traditional musical elements, and lacks the structure associated with Western Music. ... The original Bondi Blue iMac G3 was introduced in 1998. ... Thumbsucker is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, which is based on the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn. ... Big Star is an American rock and roll band of the early 1970s whose work is often cited as a prime example of power pop. ... Yusuf Islam[2] (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London), who was known as Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Steve Hanft is an American director, musician, and artist best known for his music video work with Beck, Elliott Smith, The Cure, and Spoon. ...


Death and reactions

Elliott Smith died on October 21, 2003, at age 34 from two stab wounds to the chest.[42] According to girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, with whom he was living at the time, the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom.[43] Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing there with a steak knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out of him, after which he collapsed and she called 911. Smith died at the hospital, with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m. While Smith's death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report released in late December 2003 left the question of possible homicide open.[44] According to the coroner's report, a possible suicide note, written on a Post-it, read, I'm so sorry—love, Elliot. God forgive me. The misspelling of "Elliott" was later acknowledged as a mistake on the part of the coroner.[42] is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A detail from The Haywain Triptych by Hieronymus Bosch A stabbing or dicksucking is the penetration of a sharp or pointed dick at close range. ... Male Chest The chest is a part of the anatomy of humans and various other animals. ... // A kitchen knife is any knife that is intended to be used in food preparation. ... For other uses, see 911 (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... This article is about the medical procedure. ... Homicide (Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of killing another human being. ... A suicide note is a message left by someone who later attempts or commits suicide. ... The logo of the brand. ...


According to Pitchfork, producer Larry Crane reported on his Tape Op message board that he had planned to help Smith mix his album in mid-November. Crane wrote: "I hadn't talked to Elliott in over a year. His girlfriend, Jennifer, called me [last week] and asked if I'd like to come to L.A. and help mix and finish [Smith's album]. I said yes, of course, and chatted with Elliott for the first time in ages. It seems surreal that he would call me to finish an album and then a week later kill himself. I talked to Jennifer this morning, who was obviously shattered and in tears, and she said, 'I don't understand, he was so healthy.'"[45] The coroner's report revealed that no traces of illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system at the time of his death. The coroner did find anti-depressant and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder medications in his system, but at prescribed levels.[46] With his death not being officially declared a suicide, a journalist noted that some have suspected foul play, but also that the authorities do not seem to be investigating the case further.[47] Pitchfork Media, usually known simply as Pitchfork, is a United States-based daily Internet publication devoted to music criticism and commentary, music news, and artist interviews. ... Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) previously known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is generally considered to be a developmental disorder, largely neurological in nature, affecting about 5% of the worlds population. ...

The memorial outside Solutions Audio in Los Angeles, California in August 2006. See also the frontal view.

Soon after his death, a fan memorial was initiated outside of Solutions Audio (4334 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California), the site where the cover of the Figure 8 album was shot. Farewell messages to Smith were written on the wall, flowers were brought and photos, candles and empty bottles of alcohol mentioned in Smith's songs were left.[48] The owner of Solutions has, for the time being, allowed the memorial to stand. Memorial concerts were held in several cities in America and England.[37] A petition was soon put forth with intent to make part of the Silver Lake area a memorial park in Smith's honor. It received over 10,000 signatures, but no plans to go forth with the park have been announced.[37] Another memorial is located inside Smith's former high school, Lincoln High, and was erected in July 2006.[49] Image File history File linksMetadata BBP_8010_small_crop_2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata BBP_8010_small_crop_2. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata BBP_8012_small. ... Sunset Boulevard (officially known as West Sunset Boulevard, except in Beverly Hills) is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. ... Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California. ...


Since Smith's death many musical acts have paid him tribute. Songs in tribute to, or about Smith have been released by Rilo Kiley ("Ripchord" and "It Just Is" on More Adventurous[50]), Sparta ("Bombs and Us"[37]), Third Eye Blind ("Elliott Smith" on Symphony of Decay), Mary Lorson ("Lonely Boy" on Realistic), Ben Folds ("Late" on Songs for Silverman[51]) and Rhett Miller ("The Believer" on The Believer[52]). Several tribute albums have been released since his death: To: Elliott From: Portland, Home to Oblivion: Elliott Smith Tribute (piano) and A Tribute to Elliott Smith. Rilo Kiley is a Los Angeles-based indie rock band. ... More Adventurous is the fourth full length album released by Los Angeles based band Rilo Kiley. ... Sparta is an alternative rock/punk rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. ... Third Eye Blind (frequently abbreviated 3eb) is a rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. ... Summary Symphony of Decay is the title of an unreleased EP by the rock band Third Eye Blind. ... Mary Lorson is an American singer-songwriter best known for her time as the lead singer of Alternative Pop group Madder Rose. ... Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina[1]) is an American singer-songwriter and the former frontman of the musical group Ben Folds Five. ... Songs for Silverman is an album by Ben Folds, first released on April 26, 2005, by Epic Records in the United States. ... Rhett Millers 2002 album The Instigator Rhett Miller, born Stewart Ransom Miller II in Austin, Texas on September 6, 1970, is the lead singer of the alt-country band the Old 97s and has also has a successful solo career. ... The Believer is the third solo album by American country/rock band performer, Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s. ... A tribute album is a recorded collection of cover versions of a specific artists songs. ...


Posthumous releases

Cover of the posthumously released From a Basement on the Hill.
Cover of the posthumously released From a Basement on the Hill.

From a Basement on the Hill, with almost four years in production, was finally released October 19, 2004 by ANTI- Records (a part of Epitaph Records). With Smith's family in control of his estate, they chose to bring in Rob Schnapf and Smith's ex-girlfriend Joanna Bolme to sort through and mix the album. Although stated by the musician to be a double album (or a regular album with a "bonus disc"), it was released as a 15-track single album. Many of the darkest songs were not included, such as "True Love" (which deals graphically with addiction and then rehab), "Abused", "Stickman", "Suicide Machine" (a reworking of the Figure 8 era unreleased instrumental, "Tiny Time Machine"), though these have leaked onto the internet (with the exception of "Suicide Machine"). It is rumored that it was the family's wishes not to have these songs on the record, as they had the final say in what should and should not be released.[36] Reviews of the album were mostly very positive.[53] Despite this, there was some criticism of the album, for example, The Onion's A.V. Club wrote that "the album he left behind turns out to be messy, complicated, and unquestionably not his defining work...the album still earns its place—not at the top, and unfortunately as a bookend—in a jarringly important body of work."[54] Album cover from Elliott Smiths 2004 album, From a Basement on the Hill. ... Album cover from Elliott Smiths 2004 album, From a Basement on the Hill. ... From a Basement on the Hill is the sixth studio album by the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anti- Records is a record label that is a part of the Epitaph Records group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rob Schnapf is an American record producer and musician. ... Joanna Bolme, taken by John Clark Joanna Bolme is a musician and is currently the bass player in Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, having previously spent time playing bass for The Minders. ... Stickman was the name of an unreleased song played by the late musician Elliott Smith at some shows during 2003, the last year of his life. ... The Onion is a United States-based parody newspaper published weekly in print and daily online. ...


Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing, a biography by Benjamin Nugent, was rushed to publication and hit stores shortly after From a Basement on the Hill, barely beyond the first anniversary of the musician's death. It contained long interviews with Rob Schnapf, David McConnell, and Pete Krebs. However, some of those who were likely the closest to Smith refused to speak to the author: his family, Joanna Bolme, Jennifer Chiba, Neil Gust, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss all declined to be interviewed. The cover of Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Rob Schnapf is an American record producer and musician. ... David McConnell is a southern Californian musician, most notable for his role as bassist and keyboardist in the band Goldenboy, as well as for his involvement as producer and engineer for Elliott Smiths final album, From a Basement on the Hill. ... Pete Krebs is an independent musician from Portland, Oregon, best known as a member of the punk-pop band Hazel and a split record with Elliott Smith. ...


On May 8, 2007, a posthumous two-disc compilation album named New Moon was released by Kill Rock Stars. The album contained 24 songs recorded by Smith between 1994 and 1997 during his tenure with the label. The songs consisted of demos, early versions, previously released b-sides and even some unfinished tracks. In the U.S., the album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200, selling about 24,000 copies in its first week.[55] The record was given mainly favorable reviews, and maintains an 85% rating at MetaCritic.[56] A significant portion of the proceeds are to go to Outside In, a social service agency for low-income adults and homeless youth in Portland, Oregon.[57] is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... New Moon is a 2-CD/2-LP posthumous compilation album by Elliott Smith, released on May 8, 2007 by Kill Rock Stars. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Outside In social service agency in Portland, OR Outside In is a social service agency founded in 1968 in Portland, Oregon. ...


In May 2007, it was announced that Autumn de Wilde would soon publish a book called Elliott Smith, which would consist of photographs, handwritten lyrics and "revealing talks with Smith's inner circle, many speaking here for the first time."[58][59] A five song CD featuring previously unreleased live recordings of Smith performing acoustically at Club Largo in Los Angeles will be included in the release. The foreword was written by Beck and Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla. The book was released on October 25, 2007. Autumn de Wilde (born 1970) is an American photographer noted for her portraiture and commercial work photography of indie musicians. ... Elliott Smith is the name of a book about the late musician Elliott Smith compiled by photographer Autumn de Wilde. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the musician. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... Chris Walla (sometimes credited as Christopher Walla) (born November 2, 1975 in Bothell, Washington) is the guitarist and producer for the band Death Cab for Cutie. ...


Musical style and influences

Regarding his songwriting, Smith said:[60]

The way I think about it is... I don't really think about it in terms of language, I think about it more like shapes. That's an interesting thing to talk about but it's difficult. I'm really into chord changes. That was the thing that I liked when I was a kid. So, I'm not like a... I don't make up "a riff" really. It's usually like... that sequence that has some implied melody in it or something like that.

Smith also commented as such, regarding songwriting and his genre placement:

"I wrote instrumental piano songs when I was a kid that were very... weren't very good, because they were just like a series of transitions. That's my favorite part of songs." [2]

"I like folk songs, but it is a very defined genre, and I think it's not really what I play. For me, the difference between folk and pop is that in folk, there is a clear message in every song and there is usually a moral to the story. That's fine, but it's not how I write. I like more 'impressionistic' things, word pastings. Pop is broader, more things can be in it together." [3]

Smith was inspired by and respected many artists and styles including Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Kiss, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Led Zeppelin, Bauhaus [4], Sergei Rachmaninoff [5], The Left Banke, The Zombies, The Kinks, John Barry, The Saints, Television, Belle & Sebastian, Quasi, Radiohead, John Doe, Stevie Wonder, Sam Coomes, Nico, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Motown and flamenco records, AC/DC,[61] Scorpions[62], Modest Mouse[63] and The Beatles. Smith claimed to listen to select albums for months, such as The Marble Index by Nico.[61] Sean Croghan (a former roommate of Smith's and member of bands Jr. High and Crackerbash) said that Smith "listened almost exclusively to slow jams" in his senior year at college.[62] Smith was also known to gain inspiration from novels, religion and philosophy. He liked classic literature, especially Samuel Beckett, T. S. Eliot, and Fyodor Dostoevsky (and other Russian novelists).[61] William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... 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Smith was a dedicated fan of The Beatles (as well as their solo projects) and once noted that he had been listening to them frequently since he was about "four years old"[64] and that hearing The White Album was his original inspiration to become a musician.[61] In 1998, Smith recorded and contributed a cover of the Beatles song "Because" to the American Beauty soundtrack, which can be heard during the closing credits of the film. Although this was the only Beatles song that Smith ever officially released, he is known to have recorded at least one other ("Revolution", during the sessions for XO), and played many during his live concerts. Among the Beatles songs he played during concerts are "Blackbird", "Yer Blues", "I Me Mine", "For No One", "Something", "I'm So Tired", "Long, Long, Long", and "I'm Only Sleeping". He also played songs from the Beatles members' solo careers, including the John Lennon song "Jealous Guy" and the George Harrison songs "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)", "My Sweet Lord", and "Isn't It a Pity?". Smith was also rumored to have recorded a version of "Hey Jude" for the 2001 Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums to be played during the opening scenes, but the song never materialized. In a December 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Anderson said that although Smith was lined up to record the song, he "was in a bad state and just wasn't able to."[65] However, The Royal Tenenbaums did ultimately include Smith's song "Needle in the Hay", played during the suicide attempt of one of the film's principal characters. A solo project usually refers to a single member of a bands work independent of their original group, yet typically without having quit their original group. ... The self-titled double album The Beatles, released by the Beatles in 1968 at the height of their popularity, is often hailed as one of the major accomplishments in popular music. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Because is a ballad written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Revolution is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon and attributed to Lennon-McCartney. ... Music sample Blackbird Problems? See media help. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... I Me Mine is a Beatles song, written and sung by George Harrison. ... For No One is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles seventh album, Revolver. ... For other uses, see Something (disambiguation). ... Im So Tired is a Beatles song from the double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ... Long, Long, Long is a song written and sung by George Harrison, and recorded by the Beatles that is on the C-Side of the White Album. ... Im Only Sleeping is a song by The Beatles that appeared on their studio album Revolver (in the US on the Yesterday and Today album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Jealous Guy is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... I love you so much your in my heart so sweet ... For other uses, see My Sweet Lord (disambiguation). ... For the album of the same name, see Hey Jude (album). ... Wesley Wales Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American writer, producer, and director of films and commercials. ... The Royal Tenenbaums is the 2001 dramatic comedy about three genius siblings who experience great success in youth, and even greater disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Selected discography

Release date Album Label
July 14, 1994 Roman Candle Cavity Search Records
Domino Records
July 21, 1995 Elliott Smith Kill Rock Stars
Domino Records
February 25, 1997 Either/Or Kill Rock Stars
Domino Records
August 25, 1998 XO DreamWorks
April 18, 2000 Figure 8 DreamWorks
October 19, 2004 From a Basement on the Hill ANTI-Records
Domino Records
May 8, 2007 New Moon Kill Rock Stars
Domino Records

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References

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Notes

  1. ^ Joey Waronker interview with The A.V. Club
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. Elliott Smith review. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-07-24.
  3. ^ "In spite of much grisly speculation about the tragedy, what had happened seemed clear enough: Smith may have been clean of drugs, but his depression was not so easily abandoned. He had done what he'd threatened for so long, and committed suicide." From John Mulvey's review of "From a Basement on the Hill" in NME. Smith, Elliott : From A Basement On The Hill Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  4. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "Smith Autopsy Inconclusive - Police keep investigation of singer-songwriter's death open", Rolling Stone, December 31, 2003. 
  5. ^ a b ANTI- Artist - Elliott Smith. Retrieved on 2006-04-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Gowing, Liam. "Mr. Misery". SPIN. Volume 20 number 12. December 2004.
  7. ^ a b c Shutt, 2002, p. 3
  8. ^ Nugent, 2004, pp. 12–14
  9. ^ a b Under the Radar magazine (2003). Bonus material, Better Off Than Dead, Elliott Smith Comes Clean. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
  10. ^ a b Shutt, 2002, p. 2
  11. ^ a b Recorded Music: Elliott Smith, 1969-2003. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  12. ^ A Murder of Crows. Sweet Adeline. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  13. ^ Shutt, 2002, p. 4
  14. ^ Pittman, Mark (February 2005). Memory Lane: Remembering Elliott Smith. Being There. Retrieved on 2007-11-14.
  15. ^ Shutt, 2002, p. 6
  16. ^ SomeSongs: An Elliott Smith live music resource. 1994-09-17 - Umbra Penumbra - Portland, Oregon. Retrieved on 2006-04-21.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h Under the Radar magazine (2003). Better Off Than Dead, Elliott Smith Comes Clean. Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  18. ^ Late Night with Conan O'Brien - Episode Guide. Season 5, Episode 903 - Credited as "Elliot Smith". Retrieved on 2006-04-23.
  19. ^ Garcia, Gilberta. "Back to Earth", Phoenix New Times, October 12, 2000. 
  20. ^ Elliott Smith - XO. Billboard. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  21. ^ "The mysterious death of Mr Misery", Guardian unlimited, March 19, 2004. 
  22. ^ Nugent, 2004, p. 201
  23. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "Smith Comes Up Roses", Rolling Stone magazine, April 22, 2000. 
  24. ^ Allen, Jamie. "Elliott Smith keeps moving", CNN.com Entertainment, May 17, 2000. 
  25. ^ Huey, Steve. Figure 8 review. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-10-28.
  26. ^ Figure 8 at Metacritic.com. "Universal acclaim" metascore of 81. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  27. ^ Elliott Smith - Figure 8. Billboard. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  28. ^ "Elliott Smith (1969–2003)", Willamette Week, October 29, 2003. 
  29. ^ Stoltz, Peter. "Elliott Smith—San Francisco, CA", Magnet Magazine, December 17, 2001. 
  30. ^ Murtaugh, Dan. "A&O Ball signs on a second headliner", Daily Northwestern, May 2, 2002. 
  31. ^ a b Winn, Luke. "Did You Behave?", NU Comment, May 21, 2002. 
  32. ^ Dombal, Ryan. "Shot in the arm", Daily Northwestern, May 3, 2002. 
  33. ^ Brown, Jake. "Just Say yes", Glorious Noise, May 3, 2002. 
  34. ^ Lang, Alison. "Elliott Smith found dead at 34—Troubled musician struggled with fame and addiction", Queen's University—The Journal, October 24, 2003. 
  35. ^ Orshoski, Wes. "Friends, Peers Mourn Elliott Smith", Billboard, October 23, 2003. 
  36. ^ a b Elliott Smith Lives Again! From a Basement on the Hill V.2. Retrieved on 2006-04-21.
  37. ^ a b c d Smith, RJ. "Elliott Smith's Uneasy Afterlife", The New York Times, July 18, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-04-29. 
  38. ^ a b Nugent, 2004.
  39. ^ a b Perez, Rodrigo (2005). Elliott Smith, Polyphonics Bring Balance To 'Thumbsucker' Soundtrack. Retrieved on 2006-07-24.
  40. ^ The soundtrack was later completed by The Polyphonic Spree.
  41. ^ "One Of Us Is On The Moon", MTV News, 2003-10-29. Retrieved on 2006-07-03. 
  42. ^ a b Official Autopsy Report on Steven Paul Smith. The Smoking Gun (2004-01-08). Retrieved on 2006-04-21.
  43. ^ "The mysterious death of Mr Misery", Guardian unlimited, March 19, 2004. “As the row got worse, Smith threatened to commit suicide. Like most of Smith's close friends, Chiba was used to him making melodramatic threats about ending his life...Chiba ignored him and locked herself in the bathroom.” 
  44. ^ "The mysterious death of Mr Misery", Guardian unlimited, March 19, 2004. “'While his history of depression is compatible with suicide,' [the coroner's report] said, 'and the location and direction of the stab wounds are consistent with self-infliction, several aspects of the circumstances (as they are known at this time) are atypical of suicide and raise the possibility of homicide.' The report said that Smith had been stabbed twice—both wounds had entered his chest cavity and one had perforated his heart. That in itself is not suspicious: gruesome as it sounds, suicides who choose to stab themselves to death frequently jab the weapon into their chest a number of times. Smith, however, had no 'hesitation wounds'—cuts made as the victim works up the nerve to force the weapon through... The autopsy also found small lacerations on both his hands and under his right arm, which it described as 'possible defensive wounds.'” 
  45. ^ "Elliott Smith Autopsy Inconclusive; Police Investigation Remains Open", pitchfork, January 5, 2004. 
  46. ^ Peliseck, Christine. "The Elliott Smith Mystery", LA Weekly, January 1, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-05-06. 
  47. ^ "Some have suspected foul play but the authorities seem to have let it go. Nugent quotes police suspicion about the suicide (for instance, apparently most people who stab themselves in the chest take their shirt off and have “hesitation wounds” where they have prepared for the final thrust, neither of which was the case with Smith) but seems to think that Smith’s girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, who said she was in the bathroom when Elliott stabbed himself and came out to find him walking around “with a knife in his chest”, is free from guilt." From a review by Jeremy Hurewitz of Benjamin Nugent's biography Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing. "Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing", in New York Press, 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  48. ^ Bryant, Will. "Elliott Smith Dead At 34", Pitchfork, October, 2003. Retrieved on 2007-02-03. 
  49. ^ Baumgarten, Mark. "Elliott Smith, the Myth and the Man, Memorialized", Local Cut - Portland's Music Journal, July 13, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-08. 
  50. ^ Lakeland, Grant (2004). Friend of the Heroes' review of Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous album. Retrieved on 2006-07-02.
  51. ^ The Guardian. "Joke's over", With his three-piece quintet and comedy lyrics, Ben Folds used to be a goof - but he's moved on. He tells Oliver Burkeman about ad-libbing, Adelaide and his eulogy for his friend Elliott Smith, Guardian Unlimited Arts, 29 April 2005. Retrieved on 2007-02-19. 
  52. ^ Robertson, Jessica. "Rhett Miller Becomes a "Believer"", Old 97's singer explores love and death on second solo album, Rolling Stone, 9 December 2005. Retrieved on 2007-02-19. 
  53. ^ Metacritic: From a Basement on the Hill. The album holds a "Universal acclaim" metascore of 88. Retrieved on 2007-01-25.
  54. ^ Modell, Josh. "Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill", The Onion, A.V. Club, October 25, 2004. 
  55. ^ Hasty, Katie. "Buble Sidesteps Bone Thugs To Claim No. 1", Billboard.com, May 16, 2007. 
  56. ^ Elliott Smith: New Moon (2007): Reviews. MetaCritic. Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  57. ^ Ramirez, Charlie (2007-02-14). New Moon. SweetAdeline.net. Retrieved on 2007-02-14.
  58. ^ Ramirez, Charlie. Sweet Adeline News Archives for May 2007. Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  59. ^ Amazon.com: Elliott Smith: Books. Retrieved on 2007-07-20.
  60. ^ Songwriting with Elliott Smith video from Musician.com
  61. ^ a b c d chat at NME.com. Chat with Elliott Smith from NME.com. Sweet Adeline (March 28, 2000). Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  62. ^ a b New Moon (2007) liner notes. Kill Rock Stars.
  63. ^ Untitled [Modest Mouse documentary] (1997) Interview
  64. ^ Smith said this when asked "Have you been listening to a lot of Beatles lately?" in Strange Parallel.
  65. ^ Miller, Nancy (1994). The Life Melodic. Interview with Wes Anderson in Entertainment Weekly magazine. Retrieved on 2006-06-22.

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NAME Steven Paul Smith
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Elliott Smith
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer-songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH August 6, 1969
PLACE OF BIRTH Omaha, Nebraska
DATE OF DEATH October 21, 2003
PLACE OF DEATH Los Angeles, California

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Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill - PopMatters Music Review (1653 words)
Smith was for real: for better (or ultimately, for worse) he lived the life of his songs, which always tried to exorcise demons that simply could not be controlled.
Smith's hope is now found in retreat, in learning how to disappear: the hope of one more high ("one more little one"), of a "passing feeling", the release that can only be promised from a total dissolve of self.
Smith's fond farewell is a resolution in art to an unresolved dilemma in life; it may not tell you exactly what you want to hear, but it speaks an undiluted truth about how inconsequential a consequential person can feel.
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