“…the march afternoons, the sun and the moon…”

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Mark saddled up his sparkly horse and rode off into the sunset. We still mourn the loss of a brilliant artist and a friend, and we ache for all of the music that we will never get to hear. But we are thankful for the memories and especially for the music that has been left behind.

So in honor of Mark and in tribute to him, we present two recordings that we think you’ll probably have never heard until now. They are especially fitting as tributes to Mark, as between them, they well encapsulate Sparklehorse’s musical and emotional range.  And both come from Good Morning Spider, my own favorite Sparklehorse album.

First, A very rare live recording of Hey Joe recorded in Richmond in the Summer of ’98, in excellent quality:

Hey Joe (Live In Richmond)

Secondly, something very exciting indeed; perhaps what could be considered a ‘holy grail’ for Sparklehorse aficionados: The unreleased Sound of Music studios mix of Happy Man, in all it’s unfettered glory. This is not the “Memphis Version” that Mark later disavowed. It is a re-recorded version that was made in 1998 and which preceded the “Memphis Version”, but which was never released. It’s basically like the studio version from GMS – without the radio static stuff obliterating half of it. According to Daniel’s notes, the band consisted of Mark, Scott Minor, Scott Fitzsimmons, and Jonathan Segel, with John Morand and Jonathan DeMaio behind the boards, with a little help from David Lowery. And it’s amazing. And yes, we have it. And now so do you:

Happy Man (Unreleased SOM Mix) No longer available

We hope you enjoy these, and we would like to thank our friends at SOM for sending these our way and allowing us to share them with you.

Rest well Mark. You are missed every day…

the envelope, please…

(or “souvenirs I saved, part 2…”)

It’s funny how with the passage of time, we can lose track of some of even the most beloved and cherished possessions and mementos that we acquire over the years. Today, while browsing another Sparklehorse fan site, my memory was stirred about a promotional Sparklehorse item I acquired years ago. And I then realized I had absolutely no idea where it was.

I have a lot of stuff here, and a small house. I am not a hoarder but I have a lot of stuff stashed in storage bins in a tiny attic. So I proceed up the stairs and started going through the bins. And of course, it was in the last one left. But it was there. Hallelujah!

The item in question is a promotional packet that was assembled for theatrical screenings of the short films that were made to accompany It’s A Wonderful LifeYes, these actually happened. Although I believe it was limited to perhaps two or three screenings. The package consists of a black envelope sealed with Sparklehorse IAWL sticker, which contains a copy of the CD, 5 photos of Mark, and a promotional flyer about the album.

So I have fired up the camera and the scanner to share some more rare memorabilia of Mark.  Enjoy…

 

Articles Archive…

Seventy new articles added to our articles archive tonight…

Plenty to explore in there now including over one hundred interviews with Mark…

This is an ongoing project and we would really appreciate your help! Please send us the links to any relevant interviews / reviews / articles / blogs you uncover on your online travels! And we would especially love scans of any magazine or newspaper articles you have squirreled away over the years!