february 2007

new moon record cover, larry talks about new moon, & autumn de wilde book!

thank you so much to maggie for sending us the final album cover for the upcoming elliott smith record, new moon! :) the cover was created by mike king, who is a desinger and poster artist from portland, or and who has done a lot of wonderful work. mike also created the artwork for one of elliott's shows at the crystal ballroom on june 3, 2000. here is a link to the poster he created. if you are interested in checking out more of his work, please go to: crashamerica.com. the album cover along with the music from new moon is coming out on may 8, 2007! so far, the record is not available for pre-orders just yet, but the minute we hear that they are through krs or any other outlets, we promise to let you know! if you want to see a larger image of the record cover, please click on the image. (please click this link for a high resolution copy of the album cover)

thanks to timothyedward from sweet addy for posting info from the latest issue of tape op (jan/feb 2007) about the work larry crane did on a specific song that will be featured on new moon and generally speaking about bring new moon together. this info comes up in a review larry did about the beatles' love record. the mention about the work larry did is pretty insightful and timothyedward was kind enough to post it on sweet addy. if you would like more info about the wonderful recording magazine larry publishes, please go to tapeop.com. anyway, here is what larry said:

"the beatles love this cd brings up an interesting thought: how much messing around with an artist's back catalouge and master tapes is ethical? i recently started working with the estate of elliott smith, researching and archiving my late friend's music for his family and for the future. one of the first jobs entailed working with kill rock stars and the estate on a collection of mostly unreleased material. i researched what tracks might be out there, dug through the reels to find unreleased masters, and then transfered tracks into protools and did the mixes. one song which consisted of double tracked vocals and an acoustic guitar, i found that the guitar track had a prominent scraping flange sound all through it--see "last hour" on elliott's basement on the hill album which is on the same reel-- i tried mixing it and was unhappy with the flange noise, and then i remembered that i'd found a take of the same song on another reel, yet with no vocals. so i flew the tracks together, matching the instrumental take with the acoustic guitar track where the vocals were instead of just flying the vocals on top of the other take in order to keep the vocal phrasing dead on. over eight hours later i had something that worked pretty good. thankfully he had used the same arrangement and key. the tempo is just a little off, so i used a time compression program to get it closer. so i made it work but was it okay to do this? we made sure that the liner notes were clear on what had been done to this track and noted that the rest of the album wasn't created this way. i felt that in this rare case of having a flawed guitar track and perfectly fleshed out instrumental take that showcased elliott's arangement skills, the option was laid out in front of me what should be done."

thanks to molly for alerting us to a listing on amazon.com about the upcoming photo book by autumn de wilde! it looks like the photo book will be simply called 'elliott smith' and that chronicle books is publishing the book. the date listed for release is september 1, 2007 (which can change at anytime) and the listing does not include a photo of book's cover yet. jen, a representive & friend of autumn's, was kind enough confirm that it is for real and she said that more details are coming and would let us know. thanks to jen too! if you are interested in checking out the listing and pre-ordering the book, please go to amazon.com! you can also check out autumn's pictures at autumndewilde.com. (2.17.07)

new moon

happy valentine's day everyone! we are so happy to help announce the release of the upcoming double cd of elliott's music, new moon :) elliott's family and kill rock stars were nice enough to send us the press release about the upcoming record and a previously unreleased photo of elliott to share. thank you to them for releasing more of elliott's music! :) as you will read, the 2 disc record is coming out on may 8th of this year and features 24 of elliott's songs (below is the tracklist) from the time he worked with kill rock stars. so here is the press release and picture that elliott's family and kill rock stars were nice enough to share:

On May 8, 2007, Kill Rock Stars will release a double CD of music by Elliott Smith entitled New Moon. The album contains 24 songs recorded 1994-1997, a prolific time in Smith's career, when he recorded his self-titled album and Either/Or (both also released by Kill Rock Stars).

Arguably the most gifted song-writer of his generation, Elliott Smith produced a large body of work that includes five solo albums, as well as From a Basement on the Hill (2004), a collection of songs completed before his death in 2003. Like his other work, New Moon reflects the power of Smith's ability to integrate rich, melodic music with poetic, multi-layered lyrics.

The final mixing for the double cd was done by Larry Crane, who is the archivist for the estate of Elliott Smith A significant portion of proceeds from the album sales will go directly to Outside In, a Portland-based social service organization dedicated to providing diverse services for homeless youth and low-income adults.

Elliott Smith died October 21, 2003, in his home in Los Angeles. To date the coroner has been unable to determine the cause of death, and the investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department remains open.

(Kill Rock Stars)
Release date: May 8, 2007

Disc 1

Angel In The Snow
Talking To Mary
High Times
New Monkey
Looking Over My Shoulder
Going Nowhere
Riot Coming
All Cleaned Out
First Timer
Go By
Miss Misery (early version)

Disc 2

Georgia Georgia
Whatever (Folk Song in C)
Big Decision
New Disaster
Seen How Things Are Hard
Fear City
Pretty Mary K (other version)
Almost Over
See You Later
Half Right

please click on image for a larger view :)

at this time, no album cover has been released but if we are lucky to get a copy of the image, we will post it as soon as possible. new moon is also a double lp and it will be on domino records in europe. it will be on krs everywhere else in the world. but a big thank you to everyone involved for releasing more of elliott's beautiful music. thanks to elliott's family, maggie, slim and everyone at krs, larry crane, friends & loved ones, everyone we don't know about, and fans (neil, patrick and philip). i hope you all go out and pick up new moon on may 8th. not only to rock but to be a part in helping out a wonderful organization, outside in. i hope this news makes your day bright! xo (2.14.07)