Hey there Elliott Smith kinfolk,
I used to frequent this board more than a decade ago when it had a different name and Elliott himself used to post here -- indirectly or in some sort of fashion. It was a long time ago. I was in college and remember admonishing a professor for announcing before our final that Elliott had died, not having the good sense to let us know after. (I was studying the music business, and the final was in the history of the industry.) I remember walking around the rest of that day stunned and lost, beneath a tree and trying to process.
That was a long time ago. I wound up not pursuing a career in the music industry as the rise of Napster made it quite clear there were only browner pastures ahead there. Instead, I pursued the equally browner pastures of entertainment journalism. I never got an opportunity to interview Elliott but last year I did interview Kevin Moyer, who I know a lot of you here have interacted with here on this board. Some of you, maybe not. I'm unsure whether the link to this interview floated to Sweet Addy / Alphabet Town, and feel it's kinda tacky for a journalist to hop on a board linking to their own work. But in the off chance some of you haven't already seen my conversation with Kevin about Elliott, about how posthumously releasing music actually works, and how the death of radio spells trouble for us all. I hope you'll find some insights you didn't have before in my interview: [url]http://www.unwinnable.com/2016/11/08/keep-your-things-in-a-place-meant-to-hide/
I interviewed Kevin over the summer and it was published -- buried, really -- on Election Day here in the U.S. Next week that will be three months ago, so I think I've waited the requisite period of time to do something tacky in hopes that it will be helpful and heartening.
I don't come around these boards all that often anymore, but I'm still an Elliott fan. And I still spend a lot of time under trees trying to process.
Be well and be good,
David Wolinsky (edited)