Spider House Ballroom
"...Last week, the world glimpsed insight into the life and death of Kurt Cobain, thanks to Brett Morgen’s impeccable Nirvana documentary Montage of Heck. This week brought the release of director Nickolas Rossi’s quest to shed light on another late songwriting sage, Elliott Smith..."
"...Fans of Elliott Smith gathered Aug. 9 at the Scottish Rite Theater to celebrate the late singer-songwriter, in the third of four benefit concerts held around the country..."
"...According to Elliott's attorney Clive Stafford Smith, an open records request uncovered 40 witness statements that had never been provided to Elliott's trial attorneys (court appointed, although they had neither capital nor even criminal-defense experience). Some of those statements pointed to the state's star witness as the actual murderer..."
"...Elliott was defended by an international group of volunteer lawyers led by British-born Clive Stafford Smith, director of the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre and founder of Reprieve, an English human-rights group. Elliott had been convicted in part on the basis of testimony from witnesses who may have actually committed the brutal murder..."
"...-- Raoul Hernandez ELLIOTT SMITH..."
"...And maybe this somebody is gonna accidentally send his best friend to the wilderness of Manhattan Island long before the giant sloths were extinct, and when this somebody enlists the aid of a young punk physicist whose hefty feminine corpus displays a tattoo of the same Elliott Smith lyric that he’s got a tattoo of, maybe the various timestreams of past, present, and future are going to wind up as basically fucked as the connections of their yearning hearts...."
"...Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute (World Village)..."
"...Elliott SmithSteamboat, May 3, 2003 "I need to write more pleasant songs," admitted Elliott Smith late one night in early May. He smiled and shook his head and continued strumming his Siren strings, pulling us closer to his rocky shore..."
"...Although at first he might sound like a better candidate for the Suspicious Middle Name Department of "News of the Weird," Steven Wayne Smith is in fact the Republican candidate for the state Supreme Court, Place 4. Smith is semi-famous as the Austin lawyer who won the Hopwood lawsuit against the affirmative-action admissions system at the UT Law School (which, by the time of his suit, had already been abandoned)..."
"...Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Warren Zevon, Elliott Smith, Barry White, Benny Carter, Celia Cruz, Robert Palmer, Earl King, Johnny Paycheck, Gregory Hines, Al Hirschfeld, Donald O'Connor, Felice Bryant, Herbie Mann, Compay Segundo, Rubén González, June Carter Cash, Maurice Gibb, Mongo Santamaria..."
"...Elliott Smith and the Big Nothingby Benjamin Nugent..."
"...Elliott SmithLa Zona Rosa, May 5 It's a bit bizarre watching an adoring crowd fill up a hall for a toadish little fellow who skitters away like an insect when the glare of a light shines his way. Not showy, not pretty, and not a hitmaker, Elliott Smith has arrived at the point in his career where a full house will applaud him for just being him..."
"...Elliott SmithFrom a Basement on the Hill (Anti-)..."
"...E.C.F.A.: Jazz Is Dead! So proclaimed local record store/indie stronghold Sound Exchange in a series of snide promotions aimed at Ken Burns' snub of modern jazz. Joining the crusade is saxophonist Carl Smith, who leads a duo and trio on an assault of local clubs, record stores, coffee shops, and theatre houses in an exhaustive effort to share a vision of absolute musical freedom that continues to pump fresh blood into the heart of jazz..."
"...I was born and raised in Dallas, primarily in the suburb of Duncanville, the same place where Elliott Smith spent most of his youth before moving to Portland to live with his dad as a teenager. Strangely, we had similarities in that suburb, both children of divorce at a very young age, him with an abusive stepfather, my mom with an abusive, alcoholic boyfriend..."
"...What makes de Wilde's appearance at SXSW extra-special is that she opened an exhibit on Thursday afternoon at 4 Walls Fine Art (115 E. Fifth) called "pictures of me: rare photographs of elliott smith." The exhibit features photo outtakes with the dearly departed singer-songwriter, many of which can be found in her recently released tribute book, Elliott Smith (Chronicle Books), on sale at the exhibit..."
"...How the most famous DJ in the world snuck into the midst of SXSW without a showcase and with barely a smattering of pre-gig publicity is a mystery akin to the Sphinx, the Mona Lisa, and how Tamale House gets away with such big portions for so little dinero. And it's no exaggeration to say that, yes, this London-based trance and progressive house wunderkind is the most popular DJ working these days; the Guiness Book of World Records has declared it to be official, based on an arcane tally of attendance at Oakie's past gigs, his immoderate performance fees, and of course his legendary remix work, which cuts across the musical spectrum from Will Smith to Björk to the Rolling Stones..."
"...Until this summer, Largo was a small nightclub in a primarily Jewish district of Los Angeles. Nestled amid shoe stores and across the street from a deli, it opened in 1992, and soon enough, its diminutive stage became a regular spot for musicians such as Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Elliott Smith, and Rickie Lee Jones..."
"...Jana Hunter's 2005 debut, Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom, is akin to Elliott Smith's Roman Candle: ghostly, engaging tales of death and anxiety. Her latest finds the paranoia sliding away slightly..."