Monthly Archives: October 2008

Is there anything that I could do…

Today is October 21st, and until a few minutes ago I had forgetten that fact, and what it means: five years ago today, we lost the excellent Mr. Elliott Smith.

How could I forget? Maybe it was just my memory being kind — part of me wants to forget the day anyway, to deny it, even after this much time has gone by.

In any case, it’s worth saying that he’s missed more than even his expansive imagination could ever have grasped.

It’s not a day to be sad. It’s a day to remember, and to enjoy what once was, and what continues on.

Here’s a show that might just do the trick.

Elliott Smith, Key Arena, December 9, 1998

And if you don’t already have Autumn de Wilde’s outstanding compilation book of Elliott pics, this might be the perfect day to go out and plunk down the change to get a copy of your own. It’s bittersweetly wonderful to browse through it, and see his face again.

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Grab ’em quick: Beach Boys rehearsals, 1967

Aquarium Drunkard has come through yet again, posting 7 songs from the Beach Boys rehearsing in 1967. The sound is so gentle, clear and loose, with them feeling each other out on the harmonies and getting comfortable in the sound, and includes a bit of the studio chatter and noise that makes recordings really come to life — “Heroes and Villains” is particularly fun. And “God Only Knows”… well, it’s beautiful in an entirely different way here, and I didn’t know that was possible.

The links have been up for almost 14 days and will be taken down at any time now, so go grab ’em, quick-like!

Get The Beach Boys 1967 rehearsals here.

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