Elliott Smith

When Asking Questions About Elliott Smith’s Case Gets Me In Trouble

By Alyson Camus | December 23, 2014

Another person said ‘due to how much information can be ascertained I suspect there is enough evidence to suggest it wasn’t suicide but not enough information to charge or prosecute any possible suspect. That leaves them with an open case.’

The Elliott Smith’s Mystery: Thinking Again About The Fight Leading to The Tragedy

By Alyson Camus | November 29, 2014

He stabbed himself in the chest while arguing with her, according to a neighbor she’d stormed out of the house briefly after a loud screaming match, but then she turned around and went inside and found Elliott all bleeding. Did she drive him to the hospital? I want to think I remember it that way.

Strange Parallels To Elliott Smith's Mysterious Case

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2014

first, as you are going to see, it has a lot of similarities with Elliott’s, secondly, Eline’s brother, Daniël Melters, a postdoc at NIH/NCI, writes this blog to gather his meticulous research about his sister’s death, since he has been very suspicious since the beginning.

The Media Are Moving Slightly In The Right Direction Regarding Elliott Smith's Death

By Alyson Camus | November 17, 2014

the reviews for ‘Heaven Adores You’ are in, and despite the fact that the movie doesn’t even come close to cover Elliott’s last time on earth, the media mentioning his death, stay very neutral, or even emphasize the inconclusive aspect of the case

Why Are There So Many Rumors About What Happened On October 21st?

By Alyson Camus | November 2, 2014

Elliott was standing up, conscious, and gasping for breath, she pulled the knife out of his chest and saw two cuts on his chest. At this time, he walked away and she followed him to where he collapsed

Let's Think Again About This Post-It 'Suicide' Note

By Alyson Camus | October 29, 2014

About one in five people who commit suicide leave a note, so of course it makes a big impression when there is one, but there is a very large literature regarding studies which look for clues to determine differences between genuine suicide notes and simulated suicide notes

Minnie Driver Covers Elliott Smith's 'Waltz #2'

By Alyson Camus | October 15, 2014

I just have a problem with the arrangements, why this terrible change in the chorus? To me, it brings the song down, it makes it less emotional and gut wrenching, it could even bring it in the easy-listening department, or Starbucks counter.

Five Years Later, Reyes' Searching For Elliott Smith Can't Get Distribution

By Alyson Camus | September 27, 2014

It’s difficult getting distribution when the powers that be don’t support us and have wielded their influence to block or try to block screenings in major cities. I’m also not willing to surrender control of the finished product. And not interested in releasing it online until I discover the best way how

A Friend Of Elliott Smith's Talks, The Mystery Thickens

By Alyson Camus | September 17, 2014

It’s always the same story, or almost the same story, people start to talk to me and when I mention that I want to write about what I have learned about Elliott’s death, they withdraw and become silent… No exception this time! I had a conversation with a friend of Elliott’s, who will stay an anonymous source in this post

How Did Jennifer Chiba Meet Elliott Smith: Did We Get The Truth?

By Alyson Camus | September 4, 2014

We briefly met at Rockfest festival, but later, when he had moved to Los Angeles, I asked my friend Steve [Hanft] to introduce me to him. We were both shy and were smiling while looking at our feet. He offered me a drink and we talked about Russian literature

Let's Sum Up Once Again What We Know About Elliott Smith's Death

By Alyson Camus | August 24, 2014

It seems that no matter how many times we will repeat that Elliott’s death was NOT determined as a suicide by the coroner, people will treat it like a suicide. The LAPD has left his case open, I wrote this post to sum up the main points of what we know so far.

Not With The Band: Each Concert Can Bring Its Lot Of Surprises

By Alyson Camus | July 30, 2014

People were jumping from electric poles, the crowd was pushing and the barricades were not holding up, it was scary! I have seen a guy passing out at a Shins in-store show at Amoeba, the poor kid had been waiting too long in the sun without water probably, but what else out of the ordinary could I remember?

Not With The Band: From Homage To Exploitation

By Alyson Camus | July 18, 2014

Since his death, two books (biographies) and two movies have been made, beside the numerous articles printed in magazines. Before accusing the authors and filmmakers of anything, I just wanted to point out a few things I have noticed which make me cringe, more or less

Portland Adores You

By G. Havrilla | July 4, 2014

As someone who has spent some years along with 2 other colleagues researching what is known of Elliott Smith’s passing, maybe I’m the wrong kind of person to review this film. Watching it felt a lot like a slow drive from a respectful distance past the remnants of a collision with the white sheet draped over the aftermath, far from hiding what remained beneath.

Jerry Schoenkopf, Long Time Elliott Smith's Drug Counselor Speaks

By Alyson Camus | April 26, 2014

‘Elliott was interested in the dark side, but I don’t remember any obsession with death, I don’t know that he had a death wish’, but interestingly, Schultz relegates another part of the conversation to the notes at the end of the book, in tiny print: ‘Schoenkopf told me that, if Elliott had wanted to commit suicide he would have done it by heroin overdose not stabbing!!’

Peaches Geldof Was An Elliott Smith's Fan And The Media Love It!

By Alyson Camus | April 10, 2014

A month ago she wrote a lengthy post on the meaning behind Smith’s song “Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands”, which she described as “his most vitriolic song” about friends who sought to rescue him from drug abuse.’

Elliott Smith Gets A New Documentary (And A Coffee Shop)

By Alyson Camus | April 4, 2014

A coffee shop will open this summer/fall in the same building that is home to the Sunset boulevard Figure 8 mural, or if you prefer, the Elliott Smith memorial. Ben Hantoot and his wife want to open there ‘Dinosaur Coffee’ but fans should not worry as the mural will be kept intact

Mike Doughty Responds To The Outrage Following The Release Of His EDM Tracks Sampling Elliott Smith

By Alyson Camus | February 2, 2014

All this focus on the respect of the music has always made me laugh a bit when so little respect is accorded to Elliott the person… Aren’t there other people using Elliott persona to sell books and movies, molding him according to their preconceived ideas of the Elliott Smith myth?

Elliott Smith’s College Classmate Discusses Their Last Meeting And The Circumstances of His Death

By Alyson Camus | December 11, 2013

She had known Elliott for sixteen years and she is one of these friends who strongly think that more should be done to uncover the facts surrounding Elliott’s death.. Needless to say, she isn’t not one of these friends interviewed by W T Schultz, and absolutely convinced it was a suicide

Elliott Smith's Supposed Previous Suicide Attempt: Let's Revisit The Cliff Story

By Alyson Camus | November 18, 2013

‘I don’t like when people talk about all the bad things that have happened to them as if that makes them unique. Because I don’t think I’ve had a harder time than other people.’

Not With The Band: 10 Years Later And Still A Ton Of Discrepancies In Elliott Smith's Case

By Alyson Camus | November 5, 2013

Ten years have passed, magazines have published their homage, people have made movies and books but nobody is facing all these discrepancies, and Schultz and Reyes have chosen to believe one version when the story presents so many contradictions they refuse to see.

Elliott Smith, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain: How They Died Mattered

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2013

Justice always matters but past the question of the LAPD either investigating or closing the file on Elliott, or punishing wrongdoers if indeed there are any, what does it matter whether Smith jumped or was pushed?

Listen To FIDLAR's Gentle Cover Of Elliott Smith's Whatever (Folk Song in C)’

By Alyson Camus | October 30, 2013

They play the tune very gently, close to the way Elliott was playing it. Zac Carper takes his most fragile-broken-tired voice whereas the soothing guitars and beach-like noise in the background fit perfectly the melancholic, intimate and sweet ambiance of the song

Not One Of Elliott Smith's Friends Doubt He Committed Suicide? Really?

By Alyson Camus | October 27, 2013

There were too many people in Elliott’s life and he only talked to a few of them, so he should not have made some grandiose declaration as if he had interviewed everyone close to him. It’s not the case at all. Actually, at this level he didn’t do much better than Benjamin Nugent

The ‘Place Pigalle’ French Girlfriend Reacts To Some Pages Of Schultz’s Biography

By Alyson Camus | October 22, 2013

In 1999, Elliott spent some time in Paris

The Four Times I Met Elliott Smith

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2013

I almost didn’t recognize him first. He was looking a bit fuller, in really great shape, jumping behind the drum set at times, moving fast, looking quite different from the weak Elliott I had met at the Echo in October. After the show, I talked to him once again, I guess it had become a habit!

Christopher O'Riley Shares With Us His Opinion About 'Torment Saint' And Elliott's Music

By Alyson Camus | October 17, 2013

always great when a talented and famous musician, who has a clear insight into Elliott Smith’s work, speaks up his mind the way he does, as so many other people remain silent, probably too concerned by their own career? It’s always hard and courageous to take a stand

Gil Reyes' Documentary 'Searching For Elliott Smith' Was Originally Supposed To Take A Totally Different Direction

By Alyson Camus | October 15, 2013

it is interesting to note that he was very unwilling to recognize he had felt that way a few years ago. Of course, it was before he had met with Jennifer Chiba… She approached him later on, said she wanted to participate in the movie, and everything changed.

Excerpts From Upcoming Elliott Smith Biography, 'Torment Saint', Have Made Me Mad!

By Alyson Camus | September 28, 2013

I dare her or Schultz to find any misquotation in what I wrote. Unlike Schultz, I didn’t twisted what I have heard one way or another. ‘This interview did not bring any answer’ I wrote at the end of the post, and this was true. Conversely, Schultz seems to have found his, the one that fits so well with the title of his book

Madonna Performed Elliott Smith's 'Between The Bars' At Her Short Film Launch

By Alyson Camus | September 28, 2013

Her performance is a bit strange, dragged on stage by some sexy prison guards (everything is always a bit about rough sex with Madonna), she kneels down and sings the song in a very emotional way,… and her voice isn’t that bad after all.

Rhett Miller Of Old 97's On Elliott Smith's Death: "cottage industry of lurid speculation"

By Alyson Camus | September 8, 2013

Schultz told me he spoke for three days to Dr Scheinin, who did the autopsy… and he doesn’t bring any new insight? He doesn’t put the controversy to bed, he ignores it.

No Name #1: A Celebration Of The Life And Music Of Elliott Smith At Largo, Tuesday August 6th 2013

By Alyson Camus | August 9, 2013

August 6th should have been his 44th anniversary but it was not the occasion for tears and sadness, on the contrary it was a fun fun night, with the right amount of laugh, smile, and moving moments.

More On Cell Phones During Concerts, Or An Idea How Elliott Smith Would Have Handled Them

By Alyson Camus | July 11, 2013

I respond very badly to such authority, if you tell me I can’t use my phone because you, people in the band, are soooo important right now, I certainly will use my cell

Another Elliott Smith Benefit Concert To Be Held In London Next October

By Alyson Camus | June 28, 2013

It is interesting that this series of benefit concerts is spreading over seas, may be it is the beginning of more of these events, as Elliott Smith’s music becomes more and more influential?

Elliott Smith Tribute Concert August 10th, 2013 Will be Performed At Bowery Ballroom

By Iman Lababedi | June 15, 2013

Smith communes very well with troubled souls; his is the music for the emotionally disenfranchised as surely as Strummer is the music for the politically disenfranchise -tickets go on sale Monday at noon

Mary Lou Lord Will Include A Song For/About Elliott Smith In Her Next Album

By Alyson Camus | June 2, 2013

‘Well I’m just over here to do a few shows and really say hello to England, then I’m going back to Seattle on Tuesday and then I’m going on a tour in America with this kid called Elliott Smith who sings with a sort of punk band called Heatmiser and he’s got a seven inch out on Kill Rock Stars and we’re going to do like a two month tour of the States…’

Elliott Smith's Music At The Movies

By Alyson Camus | May 14, 2013

There is also an astonishing long list of short movies and TV series that have used one of his songs, and there are actually a lot of them I have never seen! But among the TV series, I have just noticed two of them concerning crime investigations

What Does Elliott Smith Mean to You? A Few Fans Answer

By Alyson Camus | March 12, 2013

It is very hard to write about the music you like the most, or to express what you feel about your favorite musician. We asked a few fans to write about what Elliott Smith mean to them and here are the results, combined with a few others found on the internet.

The Elliott Smith Wall Once Again Repainted And Tagged In Just A few Days

By Alyson Camus | February 10, 2013

I remember having this weird vision of this odd Elliott statue in front of the wall,…Elliott, the last person on earth who would have wanted to have a statue erected for him…Today, I have the feeling we will never see this sculpture.

Elliott Smith's Posthumous Songs Reviewed Reposted

By Alyson Camus | February 2, 2013

All the drug references in the song have nothing to do with his own addiction since he was not taking any drugs at that time, many people could confirm this. But the myth will persist forever,…

Elliott Smith Reviews Reposted

By Alyson Camus | January 28, 2013

‘I liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection. But I have a problem with perfection. I don’t think perfection is very artful. But there’s something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn’t have any real endpoint

A Little Gem Surfaces From Paul Thomas Anderson's H.Q.: Watch The Jon Brion Show Pilot With Elliott Smith

By Alyson Camus | January 21, 2013

The video is hard and very comforting to watch at the same time, observing up close the friendship between Brion and Smith, their real complicity through music while joking about TV interviews… There isn’t a lot of talk, but a lot of music

Elliott Smith Could Have Made A Record For Fugazi?

By Alyson Camus | November 24, 2012

“I think Ian was hoping to encourage Elliott to make a simpler, more stripped down, organic (Ian’s words, not mine) record than Figure 8, which was his previous recording. Figure 8 (which I love) had a very far-reaching, ornate, psychedelic presentation.”

Elliott Smith's Memorial Wall Restored For The 9th Anniversary Of His Death

By Alyson Camus | October 23, 2012

‘Everyone gets bummed when they pass the Figure 8 Wall on Sunset and it has been yet hit again by a tagger. Originally our idea was to just restore the mural with paint. But we got talking to Stephon at Solutions and Bart at Malo– and other people– and we decided to do something cooler.

Elliott Smith Died Nine Years Ago Today And His Death Is Still An Incomplete Puzzle

By Alyson Camus | October 21, 2012

I have read that the more we remember an event, the more we try to assemble this little movie of what happened in our head the more our memory of it drifts away from reality. Memory is a strange animal, it actually doesn’t work like a movie, more like a puzzle we try to put together each time we remember an event, and we don’t necessarily get the same assemblage each time.

Why Are Elliott Smith's Friends So Reticent To Talk?

By Alyson Camus | October 15, 2012

The truth is what counts. Elliott, especially being a philosophy major, would tell you that is what matters, not what you or anyone else would like to believe or like not to believe, as the case may be.

Some Rare Elliott Smith's Pictures Posted by Audio Archivist Larry Crane

By Alyson Camus | September 17, 2012

Larry Crane, who worked on ‘New Moon’, the posthumous album released in 2007, and on ‘An Introduction to Elliott Smith’, released two years ago, has declared he was now working on an extensive essay/liner note about Elliott’s recording career. I am sure a lot of fans will be interested!

From A Basement To The Top Of The World, Elliott Smith Unites The Lost Souls Of The World

By Stephanie Elliott Lowther | September 15, 2012

I am a pre-op transexual female who never even heard of Elliott Smith when he was alive, but his essence is firmly ensconsed within my heart and always will be, so much so that when I chose my new name I felt compelled to recognise his effect by using his chosen name as my middle name.

Elliott Smith Is Unstuck In Time

By Iman Lababedi | September 12, 2012

Maybe it is like a Mom who lets go of her sons and in a shopping mall, turns round and he is gone never to be seen again. The mother is left to relive the moment only this time she doesn’t let go of his hand.

Kill Rock Stars' Latest Elliott Smith Release, The Alternate Version Of 'Ballad Of Big Nothing'

By Alyson Camus | August 27, 2012

I have always loved this song but honestly you can think for hours and conclude whatever you want to about the lyrics; but soon, with their subtle drug metaphors and their apparent nihilistic meaning, you will get stuck with some idea of doomed freedom and delusional liberty.