With his tragic suicide on October 21st, 2003, the world lost one of its best songwriters in Elliott Smith. Known for beautiful, haunting melodies, the music Smith could've gone on to create will linger unheard in the minds of many for years to come. The only small consolation that can be offered to fans is the appearance of some of the singer's unreleased material due to his death.
November 30th will see the release of a DVD called 'Elliott Smith: Olympia, Washington'. The disc contains a 40 minute set by Smith, taken from the 1999 Yo Yo a Go Go Festival. Performed on the final night of the five-day festival, Smith took to the stage solo to play what would become one of his last shows without a backing band.
Smith played a total of thirteen songs at the Yo Yo a Go Go Festival, including: 'Son of Sam', 'Angeles', 'Rose Parade', 'Happiness', 'Easy Way Out', 'Southern Belle', 'Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?', 'Division Day', 'The White Lady Loves You More', 'Stupidity Tries', 'See You Later (Heatmiser)', and 'Independence Day'.
Also set for release later this month is Elliott Smith's final studio-album. The singer/songwriter worked on the material for two years, but ended his life before he was able to complete it. With final production done by friends and family, Smith's record is called 'From a Basement on a Hill' and is set for release next month on October 19th.
The track-listing of 'From a Basement on a Hill' is to be:
'Coast to Coast'
'Let's Get Lost'
'Pretty (Ugly Before)'
'Don't Go Down'
'Strung Out Again'
'Ostriches & Chirping'
'A Passing Feeling'
'A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free'
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt