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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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.
‘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!!’
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.’
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
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?
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
‘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.’
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.
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?
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
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
In 1999, Elliott spent some time in Paris
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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
‘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…’
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
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.
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.
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,…
‘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
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
“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.”
‘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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
His new version is more stripped down, with less instrumentation, focusing on Elliott’s naked and fragile vocals, as if he was playing in the same room, right in front of you
Because she witnessed so many strange and disturbing things at the time, we wanted to talk to her, and it may happen a little bit further during this week.