Clip: Elliott Smith's Final Recordings Due This Fall
Elliott Smith's Final Recordings Due This Fall
Engraver beaten with tombstone when failed to properly spell Smith's first
Cory D. Byrom reports:
Elliott Smith's final studio release is currently in the final mixing
stages, with tentative plans for a fall release. In an update on Smith's
official website, Gary Smith, Elliott's father, has announced that there
are tentative plans for a September or October release, with more specs to
follow. Smith began the album From the Basement on the Hill two years
before his tragic death late last year, and many have speculated as to what
would happen to the music now that he has been unable to see it through.
Before his death, the album had been shopped around to various indie labels
before Dreamworks came on board to release it. Whether or not Dreamworks
will still be releasing Basement is unclear, as apparently the label gave
the material back to Smith to release however he chose. Now, it seems, that
decision is up to his family.
The 30+ songs recorded for the album were laid down at Smith's own studio,
the fate of which has also been subject to speculation since his death.
Initially, Smith's father had hoped to sell the studio as is to someone who
would run it as Elliott had. Unfortunately, offers have either been for
individual pieces of equipment, or from people who could not viably keep
the studio running due to financial reasons. As a result, Smith's family
has decided to sell the equipment as a complete lot and allow the purchaser
to take the equipment to his/her own space. It should be noted, however,
that none of Smith's instruments will be sold.
In related news, fans worldwide should be sure to tune in to UC San Diego's
college-run Internet-only station KSDT Wednesday night at 6:00pm for a
two-hour tribute to the late songwriter. The show will essentially be an
Elliott Smith freeform, with a solid block of nothing but his music.
Additionally, Ben Folds has recorded his own tribute to Smith. The track,
entitled "Late", is slated to appear on Folds' next solo album, though a
live version is available for download at the website of Pitchpipe
Finally, unreleased footage of Smith performing will be shown at this
weekend's Coachella Independent Film Festival. The footage will be shown
Saturday and Sunday at both 10:00 am and pm, and will be a part of "Short
Program 1", which will also feature exclusive live performances from Bob
Marley and Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
.: Pitchfork Review: Elliott Smith: Figure 8
.: Pitchfork Review: Elliott Smith: XO
.: Elliott Smith: http://www.sweetadeline.net
.: KDTS Radio: http://www.pitchpipe.org/ben
.: Pitchpipe Productions: http://www.kdtsradio.org
.: Coachella Independent Film Festival: