Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith's life was cut short on Oct. 21, 2003, in Los Angeles. The LAPD confirms that the investigation is still open, and questions surrounding the circumstances of his death continue to loom.
Smith may be gone for good, but his music will be around forever. As Billboard reports, a collection of the unreleased music by the once-eclectic musician will be released this spring. New Moon will rack up 24 tracks recorded during the span of 1995-1997, and it is expected to hit shelves May 8 via Kill Rock Stars records (yes, that is a real label).
New Moon will also be available as a double vinyl set. Some of the material is produced by Smith’s longtime collaborator Rob Schnapf, although the final mixing was commenced by engineer Larry Crane, who is now the archivist for the Smith estate.
An early version of Smith’s Oscar-nominated “Miss Misery” and an alternate “Pretty Mary K” will be on the album. A portion of the proceeds will go to Outside In, the Oregon-based social service organization for homeless youth. It’s amazing the kind of good a person can do even years after his death.
Here are the tracks for the double-disc New Moon:
Angel in the Snow
Talking to Mary
Looking Over My Shoulder
All Cleaned Out
Miss Misery (early version)
Whatever (Folk Song In C)
Seen How Things Are Hard
Pretty Mary K (other version)
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