Watch Elliott Smith cover John Lennon and The Kinks in this Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video
... Because Thursday's as good a day as any for crying at work, a old video of Elliott Smith
finally made its way to YouTube. The footage comes from an unaired VH1 pilot for a music-session show starring Jon Brion and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, from right around the time the two were collaborating on the Magnolia soundtrack. Smith plays "Son Of Sam," "Everything Means Nothing To Me," and more of his classics, plus covers of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," Big Star's "Nightime," and Brion's "Trouble." It is lovely enough to understand why the network most associated with Flavor Flav never aired it. Just be warned, watching Smith amble around the studio, joke with Brion, and occasionally crack smiles will cause an ache in even the hardest of hearts. Provided those hearts really like sad indie rock. (h/t Spin) Ben Folds covers Smith's "Say Yes" More Great Job, Internet! Here's what it sounds like when Michael K. Williams raps as Ol' Dirty Bastard Today in "Oh God what is even happening here": Wrestler Zack Ryder's "Hoeski" music video Watch Elliott Smith
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Unaired Jon Brion Show Features Lost Elliott Smith Performance
... pianist Brad Mehldau joins the pair for two songs. In the course of the show, Smith plays "Son of Sam," "Independence Day," "Bottle Up and Explode!" "Everything Means Nothing to Me" and "Happiness" as well as covers of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunet, John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" and Big Star's "Nighttime." Jon Brion contributes by singing his own composition "Trouble." Watch the 43-minute program below (via SPIN). Although the performance has emerged in various forms over the years, this is the first time it's been uploaded in full. Unaired Jon Brion Show Features Lost Elliott Smith
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Elliott Smith 'Figure 8' Mural Revamped
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'Figure 8' Mural Revamped To mark of the ninth anniversary of Elliott Smith
's death yesterday, a group called Punk Rock Marthas revamped the mural that was featured on the cover of Figure 8, the last album Smith released before his death, NME reports. The mural, located on the side of Solutions Audio Video Repair on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, was repainted with some new additions to its black, red and white swirls. The white segment now contains messages from fans, the red segment features some of Smith's lyrics, and the black segment is graced with paper cranes and a map of Smith's former residences. Red- every line from every song. Black- his life + 1000 paper cranes. White- fan messages from all 9 years <3 twitter.com/PunkRockMartha... -- Punk Rock Marthas (@PunkRockMarthas) October 21, 2012 Punk Rock Marthas also held a benefit yesterday to raise money for Free Arts for Abused Children, which is among the beneficiaries to Smith's estate. Smith died on October 21st, 2003. He was 34. Elliott Smith
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Elliott Smith (August 6, 1969 - October 21, 2003)
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In 2003, he died of stab wounds to the chest, possibly self-inflicted.
Smith was in 2 Rock bands (Stranger than Fiction, Heatmiser) before settling into the Folk Rock that earned him fame.
He was nominated for an Oscar for his song "Miss Misery." He lost to Celine Dion.
His real name is Steve Smith. He changed it in high school when he moved to Portland, Oregon.
He went to school in Massachusetts, where he wrote a lot of his songs.
On most of his songs, he played all the instruments.
For a time, he was the boyfriend of Joanna Bolme, bassist of Calamity Jane.
He played defensive back for his high school football team. (thanks, Andrew - Orlando, FL, for all above)
He claimed his full name to be Elliott Stillwater Otter Smith during his years with Stranger Than Fiction. (thanks, tj chamberlin - Fishers, IN)
Two albums of all-new material have been issued since his death. In 2004 From A Basement On The Hill, which was nearly finished before Smith's death, was issued, and in 2007 the compilation New Moon was released.
His parents divorced when he was one year old. He began playing acoustic guitar at age 10, and at age 14 he began recording songs on a tape recorder. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
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Songs Discussed in Movies
, Reservoir Dogs
, Willy Wonka
. Just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.