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Song: "True Love"
January 2001 // Produced by Elliott Smith
Recorded at Jon Brion's studio with Tom Biller & Jon Brion.
Mixed by Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording Studio.

KEVIN MOYER: This was one of the songs that Elliott would often demo and play after hours at Largo, and also one of the last songs that Elliott ever performed at Largo on Valentine's Day in 2001. This was around the time that Elliott and Jon Brion went into a small studio to record the song, partially as an attempt to help him get to focus on non drug activity. I've heard I think two or three different versions of this song and the lyrics evolved and shifted from a love interest to a major drug interest instead. One of the versions seemed really scathing too, and I wondered if some of those references were about the intervention and the anger he had towards his friends in the aftermath.

MARK FLANAGAN: I recall Elliott playing me early versions of songs. "True Love" had been brewing for a bit, other songs like "Stickman", "Memory Lane" and "Everything Means Nothing To Me"- he would keep chipping away at. The first set of lyrics he wrote really impressed me, they were very personal and he told me he was self-conscious of releasing that version. I suggested he make it third person like Dylan did with Blood on the Tracks. "They sat together in the park" instead of "We sat together in the park". He deduced from that, he sucked in comparison to Dylan!! Fucker knew he was good. I also have a rough copy on cassette of him playing "True Love" on Valentines Day... He performed it live at Largo in the middle of a comedy show in front of a stunned audience... and I remember being bummed that he had made the love song into a druggy song. That's where he was then and as he was playing it live sitting on the floor, pretty much in the dark, I remember thinking that 'I hope this fella makes it through this hell'. I still miss the guy from before all that.


2001 shows

Sunset Junction Street Fair - 2001

Great American Music Hall - December 17, 2001

Performance at Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, 2000

Janet Weiss's house in South East Portland off Hawthorne Blvd

Unknown Song (instrumental) was recorded in May 1994 at Janet Weiss's house in South East Portland off Hawthorne Blvd

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Elliott and Larry Crane open their recording studio Jackpot! in Portland early February 1997
2420 SE 50th Avenue, Portland 97206

Figure 8 Memorial outside Solutions Audio at 4334 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles

Sonora Records
3222 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

Elliott buys New Monkey Studios in the 1990s.
New Monkey Studio in Van Nuys, California

Santa Paula, California
"Plainclothes Man" music video directed by Ross Harris was shot entirely in Santa Paula, California

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Colonia, Oxnard
"Coming Up Roses" music video directed by Ross Harris was filmed in the Colonia District in Oxnard, California.

May 3, 1997
Elliott Smith
Stinkweeds, Phoenix, AZ, US

September 19, 2003
Redfest 2003
Pedro the Lion, Elliott Smith, and The Gunshy
Salt Lake City, UT, US

November 6, 2000
Elliott Smith
Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO, US

Steven Paul "Elliott Smith" is born August 6, 1969 at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska

March 15, 2000 - March 19, 2000
SXSW 2000
Cypress Hill, Patti Smith, At the Drive-In, Meat Puppets, Ugly Casanova, and Elliott Smith Austin, TX, US

October 20, 2000
Elliott Smith
Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA US

April 1, 1997
Elliott Smith
400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN, US

February 26, 2000
Elliott Smith
The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, US

April 8, 1997
Elliott Smith
Sudsy Malone's, Cincinnati, OH, US

April 5, 1998
Elliott Smith
The Point, Atlanta, GA, US

May 10, 2000
Elliott Smith
Ritz Theater, Raleigh, NC US


April 17, 1998
Elliott Smith
Black Cat, Washington, DC, US


Elliott performs "Waltz #2" on Saturday Night Live, October 17, 1998
New York

MAR 31, 1997

Elliott Smith at First Avenue, Fargo, ND, USA


APR 10, 1999

Elliott Smith at The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS, USA


Apr 7, 1997

Elliott Smith at The Club Soda, Kalamazoo, MI, USA


NOV 2, 2000

Elliott Smith at Southgate House, Newport, KY, USA


MAR 19, 1999

Elliott Smith at Exit/In, Nashville, TN, USA


MAR 15, 1999

Elliott Smith at Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL, USA


OCT 27, 2000

Elliott Smith at Recher Theatre, Towson, MD, USA