Swifts And Swallows

Written and performed in memory of Mark by Angela Faye Martin…

Irwin street
End of winter
You shoved away
Boot sole and cinder
We kicked the campfire
We walked the mountain down
We got the call
You took your guns to town
You shoved away
All soot and boot sole today
Said you were okay
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to say?
You said that you were okay
But not today
Let’s lay a track down and we’ll go see Tom
Here comes a girl singer
But I like the song
I’ll make the coffee
If you take the clip out
You say you’re sorry
Let’s take the bike out
Swifts and swallows arrive on hall of fame
We’re met by tribes of birds who say
Things are not to ever be the same
Since the branches spelled your name
Across the sky

Creaky Mutes: Part One

Lost instrumentals from the studio and the road…

Abundance (Live):

Abundance (Live)

Live cover of the Campervan Beethoven violin jam. This song was an encore favourite in 1998 and 1999 when ex-Camper Jonathan Segel was a member of Mark’s touring band. Recorded on the 27th March 1999 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Mark and Jonathan are joined here by Scott Minor and David Dreiwitz.

Blind Rabbit Choir:

Blind Rabbit Choir

This rare Sparklehorse B-Side is hidden away on the 1998 Slow River Records issued 7″ single Come On In. The track is no longer commercially available…

Sparklehorse & Fennesz (Live):

Sparklehorse & Fennesz (Live)

In late August 2003 Mark and Scott headed to Switzerland to embark on what would turn out to be the first of several collaborations with Austrian musician Christian Fennesz. Following rehearsals the trio performed two live shows of original material, the first in Geneva (La Batie Festival) on the 8th September and the second in Paris the following night. For me the highlight of these mostly instrumental sets has to be the exquisite closing number included here…

To be continued……….

Golden Crows Archive…

David Lowery Quote…

“On a personal level, I have witnessed the impoverishment of many critically acclaimed but marginally commercial artists. In particular, two dear friends: Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) and Vic Chestnutt. Both of these artists, despite growing global popularity, saw their incomes collapse in the last decade. There is no other explanation except for the fact that “fans” made the unethical choice to take their music without compensating these artists. Shortly before Christmas 2009, Vic took his life. He was my neighbor, and I was there as they put him in the ambulance. On March 6th, 2010, Mark Linkous shot himself in the heart. Anybody who knew either of these musicians will tell you that the pair suffered from addiction and depression. They will also tell you their situation was worsened by their financial situation. Vic was deeply in debt to hospitals and, at the time, was publicly complaining about losing his home. Mark was living in abject squalor in his remote studio in the Smokey Mountains without adequate access to the mental health care he so desperately needed.”

Please visit here to read David’s full letter…

Homecoming Queen…

The Bernardo Sassetti Trio’s 2010 album Motion includes a beautiful instrumental reworking of Homecoming Queen. Here’s a live performance of the piece filmed at the São Luiz Jazz Festival in Portugal: