Elliott Smith, the troubadour behind haunting acoustic compositions such as “Needle in the Hay” whose life came to an untimely end in 2003, will be memorialized with Elliott Smith, a 200-plus-page photo book compiled by renowned photographer Autumn de Wilde, the same lady behind the lens of the cover shot from the singer/songwriter’s 2000 album Figure 8. The book, also containing Smith’s handwritten lyrics and interviews from Ashley Welch, Smith’s sister, Beck, Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla (Death Cab), and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), among others, will arrive in November courtesy of Chronicle Books, alongside a five song CD of previously unreleased live material. The project’s proceeds will be donated to the SIMS Foundation to supply affordable mental health care to musicians, and Outside In, a Portland, OR-based homeless youth non-profit group…
De Wilde then recorded chats with the likes of Beck and Walla — whose discussion on being photographed will become the book’s forward — Caws, and Welch, as well as Mark Flanagan, owner of L.A.’s Largo Club, Neil Gust (Heatmiser), Sam Coomes (Quasi/Heatmiser), producers Rob Schnapf and Jon Brion, and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), the latter an individual who had never known Smith, but divulged the late musician’s deep influence unto his music.
Autumn De Wilde has worked with Beck on a number of occasions, I believe. I seem to remember her taking a whole bunch of photos for him and his albums. Anybody know which ones?
Sound Scene Revolution has a podcast up with an 8-Bit interview. 8-Bit, of course, made the Ghettochip Malfunction remix of Hell Yes and the Gameboy/Homeboy remix of Qué Onda Guero. They discuss the Beck mixes about 2/3 of the way through the interview.
This interview is most definitely not safe for work. At all.
Wired’s Steve Silberman wants you to know about this interview he did with Beck last year. It never ended up getting published but, thankfully, he’s put it online for us to see. It’s a neat interview in which Beck discusses the relationship art and music.
ITunes has a new 30-minute free interview about Guerolito. It consists of a series of interviews with different remixers who were involved with the release (Mario C, Doseone from Subtle, etc.).
This is the link to the US ITunes store if you would like to download it. If you’re in another country, just do a search. It is pretty interesting, and gives history to how Beck found remixers, how they were inspired to remix, how they went about remixing, etc.