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Watch Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You FREE for the Next 72 Hours

Thanks to everyone who tuned in for today’s Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You livestream. It was great to celebrate this man’s life and music with you all.

The link to watch the film for free will be up for the next 72 hours. Go watch! 🖤 —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1-3Ss3z3Go

Logan Lynn, Mary Lou Lord and Others on This Week’s Elliott Smith Documentary Livestream

Really looking forward to being a guest this Sunday at the Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You livestream event celebrating our friend Elliott Smith’s life and music.

Tune in on Twitter to hear those of us who knew this magic man share stories from way back when as we watch this beautiful film together! ❤️

Heaven Adores You, Elliott Smith: An Interview with Filmmakers Nickolas Dylan Rossi and Kevin Moyer

Elliott Smith

A stunning new documentary, “Heaven Adores You“, about the life and music of Elliott Smith, has just started making the festival rounds. I had the pleasure of privately screening the film this past week in advance of upcoming public showings in Detroit and Portland, and I suggest you go see it the first opportunity you get.

The film is an intimate tribute to Elliott Smith’s greatness and light, told by his closest friends and collaborators, and woven through original music and stories from his time in Portland, New York City and Los Angeles. “Heaven Adores You” is a beautiful experience, start-to-finish — just as Elliott’s life was.

Watch the “Heaven Adores You” trailer, then read our conversation below.

Logan Lynn: I just finished the film, which I watched through a mix of tears and laughter – very appropriate for the man it is about, I’d say. The music is such a big piece of the story, and you used it expertly. How did you decide which songs to use?

Kevin Moyer: It was such an honor to be able to use Elliott’s own music, and of course it was also crucial for us because we have said all along we wanted the focus to be on his creative output rather than more sensational aspects of his life and death. But have to also show his life if you are intending to show Elliott progressing as an artist, so we did that again using the music as the anchor — as the tent poles for the journey. We take you through his life by using the music he created and the albums he released as the kind of life chapters or sections of the film, starting with music he made as a young kid in Texas all the way up to the album he was working on when he died. We you where he was at when creating each one and we used those physical and tangible artistic achievements as the musical check points to tell the story. We wanted to use stuff that would be new and interesting to the existing fans who can be very hardcore and already knowledgeable of almost everything he ever did, balanced with stuff that was already familiar to the casual fan who only slightly knew his music, and also include stuff that was accessible and representative for the people who had never heard his music at all. And we wanted to also show his progression as a song writer.

Moyer: You can feel his sound forming and his evolution as an artist as you move through the film. I got to look into the vaults of both labels (Universal and KRS) and spent a good amount of time with friend and Elliott archivist Larry Crane, too. Basically, I dug through lots and lots of music and then narrowed it down to just the stuff that that I thought would be interesting and most relevant for us to use — probably about 150 tracks or so — and then that’s what I brought to the team; stuff from both labels, as well as stuff from friends, his high school days, his childhood in Texas, tapes from rehearsals, live performances, alternate versions of studio recordings, etc. I slowly began sending them to Nickolas (Rossi) who was huddled up in New York editing the footage together to tell the story. Every morning for about two weeks I would send him a batch of tracks — usually stuff he had never heard before, two or three songs at a time — because I wanted to give them each space to breathe so they could each be considered on their own accord. With each one, I’d tell him how I felt it might fit with different things we were discussing, what energy or vibe it might bring, what the lyrics might help to showcase, and so on. On his end, Nickolas compiled all of what I was sending him and then he did the same and put them through his own creative filter…

Nickolas Dylan Rossi: The short answer of course, is that some of these tracks were chosen for personal reasons, some for utilitarian reasons, but more often than not, they were the melody and the words that paired best with the visuals for the feeling that I had experienced while listening to Elliott that I wanted to share with an audience. The music is one of the main characters in the film, as are the locations. Throughout the process making the film, Read the rest of this entry »

“LIVE FROM NOWHERE NEAR YOU” IS #3 ON ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S MUST-HAVE LIST THIS WEEK!

It’s been a REALLY big couple of weeks since the release of “Live From Nowhere Near You” (the charity record I’m on with The Strokes, Pearl Jam, Spoon, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, Wilco and dozens of other killer bands). Not only is the record blowing up radio (and selling out everywhere in-stores) but the press has been all up in it since the beginning of July!

After being featured by Pitchfork Magazine, Under The Radar Magazine, and a TON of other awesome media outlets all praising the record, it was picked as #3 on this week’s Must-Have list in Entertainment Weekly! Pick up the current issue on stands everywhere now or click the front cover below to check out the electronic version! YEAH BUDDY!

To get your copy of “Live From Nowhere Near You” go to any record store anywhere or CLICK HERE.

LISTEN TO LOGAN LYNN’S “MOVIES” FROM “LIVE FROM NOWHERE NEAR YOU” HERE 1ST!

Live From Nowhere Near You” is a benefit record I was a part of for homeless youth at Outside In and it was released today. Actually, last night at midnight. By 1:00am they had sold 5,000 CD’s and were sold out. Good times, right?! OMG.

New songs by me, Elliott Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Pink Martini, Spoon, The Helio Sequence, The Strokes, Wilco, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Gang of Four, Sleater-Kinney, Viva Voce, Modest Mouse & so many more!!! You can read the full list HERE.

Here’s my contribution to the project:

Logan Lynn: “Movies” (2011 Greyday Records)
Words and Vocals by Logan Lynn.
Programming by Carlos Cortes.
Horns: Chris Frazier.

Logan Lynn: “Movies” (Taken from “Live From Nowhere Near You” – A Benefit For Homeless Youth) by LoganLynn

This psycho little song sure is in good company with this one. Geezuz.

LOGAN LYNN, ELLIOTT SMITH, PEARL JAM, THE STROKES, PINK MARTINI, BRIGHT EYES, SPOON, THE DANDY WARHOLS AND MANY MORE WORK TOGETHER ON “LIVE FROM NOWHERE NEAR YOU” COMING JULY 19TH FROM GREYDAY RECORDS!

I contributed to this epic collaboration record called “Live From Nowhere Near You” & it’s about to be released on 7/19 by Greyday Records. The project paired street musicians with professionals. All profits go to homeless & street youth programs at Outside In. The pre-release is happening NOW. Order yours today by clicking HERE or on the album cover below. All the songs on “Live From Nowhere Near You” are previously unreleased. More info on the release HERE.

Here’s the full list of contributing artists on this 3 disc set:

Aaron Trueb (of Tango Alpha Tango)
Adrian McEldery
Aimee Nash (of The Black Ryder)
Aja Kim
Albert Hammond Jr (of The Strokes)
Alex Barwick
Anita Robinson (of Vive Voce, Blue Giant)
Archi Read
Arion Salazaar (original member of Third Eye Blind)
Benjamin Weikel (of The Helio Sequence)
Bill MacBeath
Bob Graham Mild (of The Upsidedown)
Bosko
Brad Hargreaves (of Third Eye Blind)
Brandon Summers (of The Helio Sequence)
Brant Taylor (of Pink Martini)
Brent DeBoer (of The Dandy Warhols)
Brett Hartenbach:
Brett Kron (of The Upsidedown)
Brian Sage
Brian Winkle
Britt Daniel (of Spoon)
Carlos Cortes
Carlos Guitarlos
Carlos Vamos
Catherine Kamei
Chris Ballew (of The Presidents of the United States of America)
Chris Denham
Chris Frazier
Chris Friel (of The Rockfords)
Chris Funk (of The Decemberists, Blue Giant)
Christian Zammit
Christine Zieverink
Cole Peterson (of Sweetwater)
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
Corin Tucker (of Sleater-Kinney)
Courtney Taylor Taylor (of The Dandy Warhols)
Dan Reed (of The Dan Reed Network)
Dan Wienstien
Dand Lee Strickland
Daniel Johnston (solo, himself))
Dann Gallucci (of Modest Mouse)
Danny Seim (of Menomena and Lackthereof)
Danyel Smith
Dave Allen (of Gang of Four, Faux Hoax, and Shriekback)
Dave Dederer (of The Presidents of the United States of America)
David Black
David Brown
David Maverick
Dirk Wallace
DJ Sirround
E.L. James
Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam)
Elliott Smith (solo, formerly of Heatmiser)
Erik McDowell
Evan Railton (of Swords)
Evan Stroum
Fabrizio Moretti (of The Strokes)
Freddie Thomas
Goldie Davich
Goldxilla
Greg Montplaisir (of Station Zero)
Greg Oden (of The Portland Trailblazers)
Greg Snell
Imani Coppola
Isaac Brock (of Modest Mouse)
James Mercer (of The Shins)
Jason Adams (of The Upsidedown, Pete International Airport)
Jason Finn (of The Presidents of the United States of America)
Jay Bennett (of Wilco)
Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco)
Jeremiah Green (of Modest Mouse)
Jeremy “Jem” Cohen (of The Ettes)
Jerry Carnathan
Jill Wilson
Jim Talstra
Jodi Huffman
Jody Linscott
Joe Berardi
Joe Purdy (solo, himself)
Joe Whaley
Joey Morales (of Top Jimmy and The Rhythm Pigs)
John Askew (of Faux Hoax, Tracker, FILMguerrero)
John Doe (of X)
John Moen (of The Decemberists)
Jonathan Maron
Jordan White
Josh Brown (of The Robots)
Joshua Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures)
Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes)
Kachina Dechert
Keith Schreiner (of Dahlia, Suckapunch)
Kevin Moyer
Kevin Robinson (of Vive Voce, Blue Giant)
Leah Shapiro (of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Raveonettes)
Licky Noir
Lindsay “Coco” Hames (of The Ettes)
Lindsay Buckland
Lisa Lengwenus
Logan Lynn (solo, himself)
Marc Cappelle
Maria “Poni” Silver (of The Ettes)
Matt Brown (of The Robots)
Matt Moore (of The Upsidedown)
Max Butler
Mic Crenshaw (of Hungry Mob, Suckapunch)
Michael Childers
Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam)
Mike Sweeney (of Criteria and Bright Eyes)
Mike Watt (of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, reunited Stooges)
Mirabai Carter-Trueb (of Tango Alpha Tango)
Mr Ricky Maymi (of BJM and The Imajinary Friends)
Nathan Jr (of Duover, M Ward)
Nathan Trueb (of Tango Alpha Tango)
Neal Clark (of Station Zero)
Neil Gust (of No. 2 and Heatmiser)
Nicholas Crosa (of Pink Martini)
Nick Valensi (of The Strokes)
Nikolai Fraiture (of The Strokes)
Otto Papasadero
Patrick Kempfer
Paul Cobb
Paul Immanuel Owens
Paul Lingas
Pete Droge (solo, himself)
Pete Mazich
Pete Miser (solo, of The Five Fingers of Funk)
Peter Hayes (of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
Peter Holmstrom (of The Dandy Warhols)
Phillip Dieter aka Skeeter
Portland Street Elvis AKA John Schroeder
Rich Milock (of Station Zero)
Robert Been (of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
Rory Merrit Stitt
Ryan Adams (solo, formerly of Whiskey Town, The Cardinals)
Ryan Bernstein
Sarah Jane (of The Upside Down)
Scott Von Ryper (of The Black Ryder)
Seth Lorinczi (of the Golden Bears)
Shawn Smith (of Brad and Satchel)
Skeeter
Stephan Jenkins (of Third Eye Blind)
Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree)
Stic.man (of Dead Prez)
Stone Gossard (of Pearl Jam)
Street Freddie
Street Keith
Streetkid SkunkE,
Suzy Coté
Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini)
Tim Jensen (of Pink Martini)
Tobin Herrera
Tom Fabre
Tristan Evans (of The Upsidedown)
Tyler Coyle
Vince Meghrouni
Vini Miranda
Walker Beckman (of Tango Alpha Tango)
Wally Hendrickson (of Station Zero, The Hip Replacements, Sinus Rhythm)
Woodie Guthrie
Various anonymous street musicians and artists

HOLY SHIT, RIGHT??? I’m in some REALLY good company with this one.


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