Elliott Smith’s “Come to Me”, Elliott-related event and Fond Farewells zine

Yo Zushi: I thought I’d record this to mark the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death. Back in 2003, his death affected me in a way not too far removed from how Princess Diana’s death affected other people – it was weird to mourn a stranger.

I’m currently involved in making a zine called Fond Farewells about Elliott Smith, Mark Linkous and others – musical heroes who were around long enough to inspire us, then suddenly died. Sounds morbid but it won’t be!

An event to launch it – and also to celebrate the music of Elliott Smith – will take place on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London E5 0LH. More details (line-up, etc) to be confirmed. Come back here for updates. Thanks…

As far as I know, I don’t think there’s a studio/8-track version of “Come to Me” circulating: I’ve heard a few live versions, that’s all. I got the tune and words from a dodgy bootleg. I arranged and recorded this in the style Elliott used to go for in his Kill Rock Stars era. I had my Tascam 4-track to hand but… this is 2013. Hope you like it. My sister sang harmonies in the choruses. I did the video.

On a related note, here’s my recent interview with long-time Smith-collaborator Sam Coomes of Quasi: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/08/sam-coomes-quasi-internet-has-demystified-idea-being-band

Video for Yo Zushi’s “Something New”

Better late than never… Here’s my video for “Something New”, taken from the zine album Smalltime, which launched in May. By “zine album”, I mean an album of songs that is accompanied by a zine. For some reason, I did it as a cassette, too. You can download mp3s of it at yozushi.bandcamp.com. The video was my attempt to do a John Lennon / “Mind Games” sort of thing, but it came out more Elliott Smith / “Coming Up Roses” (minus paranoia). I shot it at my local launderette on Blackstock Road, which is in Finsbury Park! By the way, the zine album is in low supply – most have been sold or given away!