Friday, October 16, 2009

Figure 8 off 8th: Elliott Smith Tribute at Mercy Lounge Oct. 18

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 10:20 AM

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You know what sucks? When you come across a really brilliant and worthwhile video that some local artists posted in order to promote an upcoming charity show, but then you see they've only uploaded it to Facebook--thus, no embeddy, and if you aren't on Facebook, no watchy either. Well, Caitlin Rose, Korby Lenker, Jordan Caress of Korean Is Asian, Josh Foster of Parachute Musical and Don Gallardo put together this fantastic cover of Elliott Smith's "Say Yes" that you can view if you're on Facebook. If you aren't on Facebook (status update: You're old), you can just read the following excerpt from a Critic's Pick I wrote regarding Sunday night's tribute show.

Nearly six years after his death, the emotional transcendence and overall relevance of Elliott Smith's material remains. From the intimate, lo-fi sounds of Roman Candle to the ornately arranged baroque pop of Figure 8, Smith's entire catalog sparkles with poignancy and a sort of thoughtful, introspective songwriting rarely matched in its consistency and grace. [Sunday night], several local artists are paying homage to the fallen performer by covering his material, and while there's no charge for entry, donations will be accepted on behalf of the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. One hundred percent of donations made to the fund will be turned over to Outside In, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving homeless youths in Smith's adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Brian Ritchey, Angel Snow and several others will also be playing. They'll get two originals and three covers apiece, and hopefully they won't all just play "Miss Misery." Fingers crossed for "Ballad of Big Nothing." Or "Angeles." Either/or.

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