I Am Mist, You Are Steam, We Are Clouds...We Are Drifting Away

Posted by Miss Ess, July 20, 2007 05:47pm | Post a Comment
I just read that rock photographer Autumn DeWilde is going to be putting out a book of Elliott Smith photos in November.  She's an LA based photographer that took many of the pics of Elliott toward the end of his career.

The book is going to come with a CD of songs from a performance at Largo.  Here's a tracklisting:

'Between the Bars'
'Clouds' (Quasi)
'All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down' ( Hank Williams Jr.)

God, "Clouds" is one of my favorite songs ever.  It was written by Sam Coomes, one of Elliott's best friends.  Elliott always had the most impeccable taste in covers. 

Largo is a club in LA that Elliott started showing up at right after he moved there in the late 90s.  Jon Brion still performs there every Friday night.  There are many stories of Elliott drinking at the bar, then being coaxed up onstage, sometimes with Jon, sometimes with whomever was performing that night, and taking requests, jumping from instrument to instrument effortlessly, covering Beatles and metal songs.  I still want to go!

Autumn DeWilde also came to my attention through Elliott when she took the promo and album shots for Elliott's album Figure 8.  Now she takes pics for bands like the Foo Fighters and White Stripes.  Big time.

She made the video for "Son of Sam" -- most of it is a collection of stills threaded together into a film!  Fabulous.  The quality's kinda crap (thanks, youtube), but check it out:

This book is gonna be fantastic and even though I bet I already have the recording of the show somewhere in my stacks of CDs, whatever comes with the book is bound to sound a lot better than whatever bootleg I have.   Exciting!

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