There’s a Roller Skate Edition of Damian Lillard’s Signature Adidas Shoe

On Friday, Damian Lillard launched his newest shoe, the adidas D Lillard 2. He also got a special gift: a special customized pair that is actually roller skates.

According to Nice Kicks, the skates, called “Dame 2 Skate,” were created by Portland company Recon Northwest as a gift from Adidas to Dame, who is apparently a lover of the Snowball and “known to frequent Portland area rinks with friends and family to cruise around for a couple hours on an off day.”

Sadly though, the skates are a special thing only Damian Lillard gets to have. Sorry! Maybe when you are a huge Portland basketball/rap star full of loyalty and integrity, you can have your own magical roller skates too.

Oregon Coast Town of Gold Beach Getting a Marijuana Drive-Thru

Would you like highs with that?

A rural Oregon coastal town is getting a recreational marijuana store with a drive-thru window.

Green Life Oregon plans to open this April in Gold Beach, a town in the economically strapped timberlands of Curry County.

The owners bragged this morning to the local newspaper, the Curry Coastal Pilot, that Green Life Oregon’s drive-thru window will be the nation’s first.

That’s almost certainly not true. A medical-marijuana dispensary in Olympia, Wash., added a drive-thru window in 2012. As recently as last September, Detroit officials were fretting about several dispensaries with weed drive-thrus.

“Dozens of dispensaries line 8 Mile and other major thoroughfares in the city,” wrote the Detroit Free Press, “and a Free Press investigation found that at least three offer drive-through service.”

Green Life Oregon can still probably claim a spot as Oregon’s first weed drive-thru: The state’s medical marijuana program had barred drive-up and cart sales of cannabis.

Federal Judge Denies Release for Ammon Bundy and Five Others

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman denied Ammon and Ryan Bundy release from Multnomah County Jail at a detention hearing today.

The Bundys, along with eight other co-defendants, appeared this afternoon in federal court in Portland for their role in the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Judge Beckerman determined that the Bundys—along with co-defendants Ryan Payne, Jason Patrick, and Dylan Anderson (aka Captain Moroni)—posed a danger to the public, and ordered them detained.

“I’m worried about him occupying another government building,” Beckerman said of Ammon Bundy.

Bundy’s attorney Lissa Casey argued that her client posed no risk to the public and that he had no intentions of returning to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

“The only place Mr. Bundy wants to be is home,” Casey argued. “He’s done in Harney County.”

In a prepared statement, Bundy urged the remaining militants in Harney County to stand down.

“I also publicly want to say, as I’ve said multiple times before, that I have asked the people at the refuge to go home,” he said.

Bundy’s attorneys plan to appeal the ruling on Tuesday.

Two of the 10 defendants, Brian Cavalier and Duane Ehmer, had their hearings postponed. In the case of another, Pete Santilli, host of the right-wing radio program The Pete Santilli Show, the judge made no decision and expressed a desire to deliberate further.

Two other defendants, Joseph O’Shaughnessy and Shawna Cox, were allowed a conditional release. But Beckerman ordered that Cox not be released until the occupation was over.

Speaking to reporters after the 4 1/2-hour hearing, Bundy’s attorneys, Mike Arnold and Lissa Casey, highlighted the conciliatory tone that Bundy has struck since his arrest.

“What Mr. Bundy wants to express about this hearing is that we respect the decision, we respect the judge, and we respect the process,” Casey said.

Dear People of San Francisco: We Invite You to Take Refuge in Portland for Super Bowl 50

Dear People of San Francisco:

A plague on your fair city is underway. A traffic and parking disaster of epic proportions. Superbowl 50. The NFL money-making juggernaut, which, OK, is actually technically in snooze-central Santa Clara but is being billed as “in San Francisco,” is coming at you. Streets are being shut down, temporary structures erected, people in unfortunate sandals are suddenly flooding your streets.

It’s time to put your apartment on Air BnB, buy a plane ticket, and come to Portland for a week or two.

Don’t worry, the thing about us hating Californians is mainly hype.

We are not a people who love full contact sports, and we are the closest reasonable West Coast city to you (Seattle is too wet, Los Angeles is Los Angeles and Vegas is not a place one stays for longer than two days). So we will happily offer you temporary asylum. And we guarantee you will feel right at home.

In Portland, like you, we have artisanal ice creams that sometimes veer off the tracks into inedible territory. You have Bi-Rite for the good stuff and Humphry Slocombe for the epically weird; we have Ruby Jewel and Salt & Straw.

We also have plenty of places where an attractive man/woman will serve you an over-priced cocktail with a cute name. Bonus: our overpriced cocktails are still only $10. Downside: no Trick Dog.

If you’re worried about the weather, well, don’t be! Yeah, it’s probably going to rain but you never get a chance to wear your cute raincoat and boots anyway. And if you’re the type of person that spends winter weekends skiing in Tahoe, well guess what: we’ve got a great mountain, Mount Hood, with a bunch of places to ski, less than two hours away and with one thousand times less traffic than Tahoe.

It is our deepest wish that you feel at home when you visit us. Luckily, we too are in the middle of a bit of a gentrification/housing crisis. Half the people here love to talk about being priced out while the other half have that familiar “I’m-biting-my-tongue-till-this-rant-is-over” expression of a person who works in tech or marketing (here it’s at Adidas, Nike or maybe Intel), who is clearly the reason the other person can’t afford to live alone in a studio in Gresham anymore.

Okay, you don’t know what Gresham is. It’s like…Richmond, the town not the neighborhood. Don’t worry about it. You won’t be going there.

We have so many food carts you won’t even know what to do with yourself.

Note: we call them “carts” not “trucks.”

The best part? You probably don’t even have to get a hotel or Airbnb (though you can afford it with what you’re making on your apartment) because this town is full of San Francisco defectors. You must know at least three people who will let you crash for a week. (Full disclosure: I am one but you can’t stay with me unless I know you and like you and you bring me salsa.)

One thing to remember: bring your own burritos. We don’t quite have that worked out yet. Also, and this should go without saying, Beyonce will not be here. But there will be an Aaliyah and Outkast Tribute night at Spare Room for a very affordable $5. Less Beyonce but also less Coldplay, so it basically comes out a wash.

See you all soon! But probably don’t fall in love and move here. I can’t be blamed for another citywide rent hike.

Prosecutors: The Bundys Pose “Substantial Danger to the Citizens of Harney County”

Federal prosecutors are trying to keep Ammon Bundy and fellow militants from bailing out of Multnomah County Jail.

This afternoon, they filed a court motion explaining why.

The motion, filed by U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams, says Bundy and his followers pose flight risks, lack ties to Oregon, and aren’t likely to comply with pretrial supervision because they don’t believe the federal government has any legal authority over them.

Williams also argued the Bundys are likely to try to take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge again.

“Their release poses substantial danger to the citizens of Harney
County,” Williams writes.

Ammon Bundy, who was arrested Tuesday on a rural Oregon highway, will seek pretrial release in a hearing in downtown Portland this afternoon. He’s crowdfunding bail money online.

Among the most interesting revelations in the motion filed by prosecutors: Ryan Payne, the security chief at the Malheur occupation, explained himself to FBI agents after his Tuesday arrest.

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You’ll Have to Wait a Little Longer to See the Greatest Cat Painting Ever in Portland

It’s a good thing the sun is out and it’s a Friday, because otherwise today sucks.

The world’s greatest cat painting  won’t be unveiled at the Portland Art Museum today after all.

Severe winter weather delayed its journey from New York, where the 1891 painting just sold for $826,000 at Sotheby’s. Set to arrive in time for PAM’s $5 Friday tonight, it’ll probably be delivered next week instead.

photo from - portlandartmuseum.org
photo from – portlandartmuseum.org

“Sadly, no joy from the cat herders this morning,” wrote PAM PR manager Ian Gillingham in an email to WW. “I just got off the phone with the registrar, and it looks like the cat painting will probably be here after the weekend—probably installing Tuesday, probably.”

The museum knows it’s breaking hearts: “Sorry for the shifting dates! I know we’re all shivering with antici…pawtion.”

So close your eyes and imagine, if you will, the 8-foot-wide, 227-pound canvas covered in 42 cats. Or go to the museum and take a selfie in the photo booth reproduction of the painting, like these cool people:

See all the cat photobooth photos on the Portland Art Museum's flickr page - www.flickr.com/photos/portlandartmuseum
See all the cat photobooth photos on the Portland Art Museum’s flickr page – www.flickr.com/photos/portlandartmuseum

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If all else fails, YouTube.

GO: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 5 pm Friday, Jan. 29. $5.

Paul Allen’s Yacht Accidentally Damages Protected Coral Reef

Portland Trail Blazers owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 300-foot yacht is causing trouble in the Cayman Islands, The Guardian reported yesterday.

The MV Tatoosh, a 300ft yacht owned by the billionaire Allen, ripped up 14,000 square feet of coral reef in the West Bay replenishment zone, according to local officials. About 80% of the reef, situated in a protected area, was destroyed by the ship’s chain. It is thought that Allen was not on board at the time.

According to a statement from Allen’s investment firm Vulcan, the incident occurred on 14 January. “When [the MV Tatoosh] crew was alerted by a diver that her anchor chain may have impacted coral in the area, the crew promptly, and on their own accord, relocated their position to ensure the reef was protected,” it said, adding that the crew was aiding investigations into the damage.

The incident is particularly embarrassing for Allen given his foundation’s work supporting marine conservation and tackling overfishing.

Allen, who owns the Seattle Seahawks in addition to the Blazers, also owns two other yachts, including the 414-foot Octopus, which carries two helicopters and a 10-person submarine.

Ammon Bundy Is Crowdsourcing Bail Money

Ammon Bundy’s attorneys have set up a crowdfunding site to pay his legal bills.

Speaking Tuesday after his arraignment, Bundy attorney Michael Arnold told reporters that he had been authorized by his client to set up the web page.

“This crowdfunding site is just to give him access to funds for initial attorney fees,” Arnold said, “and hopefully for help with bail.”

Arnold will make the case for Bundy’s pretrial release today at 1:30 pm.

The argument for bail will prove difficult if four militants are still occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: A federal judge has said she won’t consider release of any of the 10 defendants in Multnomah County Jail until the refuge is cleared.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police arrested Bundy and four followers Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 395. The FBI took the remarkable step Thursday of releasing video of the arrests—including the killing of militant LaVoy Finicum.

Bundy’s crowdfunding site was set up Jan. 27 on fundedjustice.com, a crowdfunding platform specifically designed to help pay legal fees.

Bundy’s attorneys hope to raise $100,000 by Feb. 27. The site has so far raised $1,979 from 21 supporters.

“Money donated will be placed into an attorney trust account for Ammon Bundy’s representation,” says the funding page’s description, which notes that people should “feel free not to contribute to Ammon and instead contribute to another defendant.”

Ammon Bundy and seven others face federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats. The maximum penalty is six years in prison.

Attorneys at Arnold Law, which has offices in Portland and Eugene, could not be reached for comment.

A statement attributed to Ammon Bundy posted to the crowdfunding page says:

“The world is listening. We will use the criminal discovery process to obtain information and government records. We will continue to educate the American people of the injustices that are taking place. We can do this through an Article 3 Court in front of an Article 3 judge. This is the Constitution.”

Here Is the FBI Video of LaVoy Finicum’s Death

The FBI has released video footage of the fatal shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum.

WARNING: The video includes graphic footage that may be disturbing.

The FBI says an Oregon State Police officer shot Finicum during the arrests on Tuesday evening, when Finicum reached for what the FBI says was a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.

The shooting occurs at about 5:35 into the video below, which was edited by the FBI for brevity. (The unedited video can be found on the FBI’s YouTube channel.)

Finicum, driving a white pickup truck, swerves off the highway to avoid a police roadblock, then gets out of the vehicle. He initially raises his hand as if to surrender but then appears to reach under his jacket. That’s when he was shot.

The video was taken from a police plane flying above the arrests on rural U.S. Highway 395 in Eastern Oregon.

Here’s the video.

FBI Special Agent Greg Bretzing released the video to media tonight with a statement narrating the events.

Here’s the full text of Bretzing’s statement.

Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have… but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

*The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other… a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

*Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI’s YouTube channel.

*Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

*I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep — the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck — driven by LaVoy Finicum — continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

*The driver — who was not charged and will not be named
*Ammon Bundy
*Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck… about four minutes into the video … Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It’s difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI’s YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can’t comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance… quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting — law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

*Ryan Bundy
*Shawna Cox
*And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI’s YouTube channel.

Finally — again — I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.

A Guide to the Unreleased Elliott Smith Songs on the Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Elliott Smith was not Tupac. He recorded a lot during his lifetime, but in the decade since his death, a relatively paltry amount of unheard material has made it out of his vault. After From a Basement on the Hill—the album Smith was working on when he died, issued posthumously in 2004—and the two-disc compilation New Moon, it didn’t seem like there was much left to excavate.

But in the process of making Heaven Adores Youthe excellent documentary about the adored singer-songwriter’s life, the producers turned up a trove of undiscovered music—demos, sketches and alternate versions, stretching as far as back Smith’s teenage years, which, taken together, provide a glimpse into the creative process of one of the most revered artists of his generation. On Feb. 5, those songs, along with a handful of familiar studio versions, will be released as a companion soundtrack to the film.

You can listen to the whole thing now NPR’s First Listen.

We asked Kevin Moyer—the soundtrack supervisor and an acquaintance of Smith’s from when they both attended Lincoln High School in Portland—for a track-by-track guide.

1. “Untitled Guitar Finger Picking,” 1983

This one is young Elliott recording with his friends in Texas at a sleepover. Elliott plugged his electric guitar straight into a four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder that Steve’s dad had. Later on the same tape there is a recording of Elliott performing “Soul Cake,” a traditional English folk song recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary which uses the same finger-picking style.

2. “Untitled Melancholy Song,” 1993

This unreleased song comes from the same cassette as “Last Call” during the Roman Candle era. I love this one—all the changes throughout. It has so many different parts that we could have used this anywhere in the film really, and we only used a small part of it. I included it on the soundtrack because I think the whole thing is worth hearing. Also note that the soundtrack’s opening two recordings are unfinished instrumentals that represent a world of music where Elliott’s voice is missing, and that is really fucking sad.

3. “Don’t Call Me Billy” (early version of “Fear City”), 1993

This unreleased song would eventually evolve drastically into the song “Fear City,” which was recorded for the Either/Or sessions but appears on the posthumous release New Moon. But this version is very different and comes from a cassette that also included “Carl’s El Camino,” which was another early song that would eventually become a different released song called “Kiwi Mad Dog.”

4. “Christian Brothers” (performed with Heatmiser), 1995

This is Elliott with Heatmiser doing an unreleased full-band version of his released solo song “Christian Brothers.” Sam Coomes is playing bass on this one. The band recorded it during the sessions for Mic City Sons, but it was not mixed at that time because by then Elliott had decided to use his solo version on his second solo album. Tony Lash mixed this version after Larry Crane dug it up from the archives. I really love all the layers and waves of warm sound that it becomes.

5. “Hamburgers” (performed with Neil Gust), 1995

This unreleased track was recorded at the Heatmiser House temporary studio. Neil Gust of Heatmiser is on drums and Elliott is on keys. I love this one because you would never know it was Elliott or Neil. It sounds more like Money Mark and the Beastie Boys. Just a fun improv jam, I am sure, of which Neil had no recollection when I asked him.

6. “Plainclothes Man” (solo version), 1996

I included Elliott with Heatmiser doing a song that would be released solo instead (“Christian Brothers”), and I wanted to do the inverse too and include Elliott doing a solo version of one of my favorite Heatmiser songs. In the movie, we transition between both versions. I think this is another example of Elliott trying songs out in different ways to see which he liked better, solo and stripped down or more layered, bigger version with Heatmiser.

7. “Unknown Song” (instrumental), 1994

This song was recorded at Quasi House in Portland. Larry Crane recalled Janet Weiss telling him that Elliott would sometimes stay at her and Sam’s house when they were out of town, and he would use Quasi’s Fostex 8-track 1/4-inch reel-to-reel and mixer. This song was probably from one of those times.

8. “Say Yes” (live at Yo-Yo Festival), 1997

I remember the first time I heard this live performance and the audience banter at the beginning (“Play the one about the girl!”) and I thought this would be a perfect way to set up and introduce Joanna [Bolme, Elliott’s onetime girlfriend] in the film. It was one of the ideas that I offered that stuck and made it in the final edit, and I’m glad because it is such a very sweet part of the film about two very sweet people who were often very sweet to each other. It’s also a good way to subtly talk about how much of an influence Joanna was on Elliott, and also the breakup that would come along with it. The line “I just wish it was delivered under better circumstances” speaks volumes without getting into the details.

9. “Unknown,” (instrumental), 1994

This unreleased instrumental comes from the sessions for Elliott’s second album, found on the same 1/2-inch, 8-track reel with “Needle in the Hay,” “Alphabet Town,” “Big Decision,” “Whatever (Folk Song in C),” “Some (Rock) Song” and is listed simply as “Unknown.”

10. “Coast To Coast” (early version), 1995-96

Another example of Elliott’s recycling. This is a very early and unreleased version of “Coast to Coast” which would later be posthumously released on the album From a Basement on the Hill. This one starts off with similar lyrics to the released version. The lyrics are the same for about the first verse or so—he does change the “If you can’t help it, then just leave it alone” to “If you can’t help me, leave me alone,” although he goes back to the “it” version later in the song when he comes back and repeats the first verse. But other than that first verse or so, the rest of the words are almost completely different from the two versions. He mentions “Mary,” who appears in many other songs, and instead of “still you’re keepin’ me around,” he sings “go home, go home.”

 11. “Waltz #1″ (demo), 1997

This is the demo version that was from Larry Crane’s original DAT of the mix and was recorded at Jackpot! Studio here in Portland. Larry recalls that they originally labeled this demo “Bushmills,” probably because of activities the night before. They only spent a few hours recording it, and then walked over to the bar and grill where Joanna’s sister worked and had drinks.

12. “Untitled Soft Song in F,” 1993

This another unreleased instrumental, and the song name “Untitled Soft Song in F” is actually Elliott’s given title for this track. It’s another on that cassette with “Carl’s El Camino,” “Last Call,” “We’re All Friends Now” and “Don’t Call Me Billy,” which we heard and talked about earlier.

 13. “True Love,” 2001

This was one of the songs that Elliott would often demo and play after hours at Largo when hanging out with friend and owner Mark Flanagan and musician Jon Brion. This was recorded around the time Elliott and Jon Brion went into a small studio to record the track, 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.

14. “Miss Misery” (live on Late Night With Conan O’Brien), 1998

Everyone knows this song because its the one that got him the Academy Award nomination, where he performed it in the white suit. In the film, we probably did the opposite of what people expected by showing the Conan O’Brien performance instead of the Academy Awards. But we do show both in the film, we just hear this one and sit with it longer. This is Elliott’s first TV appearance, 18 days before he would perform at the Academy Awards accompanied by the house orchestra.

15. “L.A.,” 1999

This song is from Elliott’s Figure 8 album and is used to illustrate Elliott’s move to Los Angeles. It feels triumphant and energetic when the song kicks in with visuals of the car rolling into town with the palm trees and sun flying past the car windows of downtown L.A.

 16. “Son of Sam” (acoustic), 1999

We included the alternate version here rather than the released version. Although the release sleeve on the single doesn’t specify this as the acoustic version, it is much different from the Figure 8 release, and this version appears as a B-side on that album’s first single, “Happiness.” Elliott really only pick strums on this acoustic version, whereas he had an electric riff on the Figure 8 version. “Something’s happening, don’t speak too soon I told the boss off and made my move…”

17. “The Last Hour” (early version), 1999

This is an early unreleased version of the song that would later be released on the posthumous album From a Basement on the Hill. There was also a third version with all instrumentation performed on an organ that we considered to use here, too, but when put into the edit with all of the emotionally loaded interviews, the organ sound just seemed a bit too funeral-like and was too haunting for an already heartbreaking part of the movie. We didn’t want to stomp too hard on hearts.

18. “Everything Means Nothing To Me,” 1999

In the film we use a live performance with Jon Brion that we mixed into the studio version. Since we couldn’t use half of each version like that on the soundtrack, I included the released version because it really is so beautiful. I remember that Elliott said it was one if his favorite songs at the time because it was idiosyncratic, which I would agree with and I remember him also saying that it might seem dreary to others but that the song is a very positive sentiment to him.

19. “Happiness,” 1999

Another one of the very few songs to appear on the soundtrack that was already released, but for good reason, because it closes our film. It was also the last song to be performed as an encore with all friends onstage at the four charity shows that Elliott’s sister put on in Portland, L.A., N.Y. and Dallas to celebrate what would have been his 44th birthday. Elliott once said that there has to be a certain amount of darkness in his songs for the happiness to matter. And to me this song feels like that sentiment put to music, because this song kind of has both, like his life had both, like all of our lives have, and he is talking about the dark but then asking for it to be put away in exchange for happiness instead.

20. “I Love My Room,” 1985

This was recorded in spring of 1985 in Portland, recorded partly in the basement of Garrick Duckler’s parent’s house, during a time when Elliott was looking to get his own apartment. Garrick was a friend from high school who would write and record with Elliott under the moniker of Stranger Than Fiction and other names. We thought it might be from that, but Garrick says it isn’t a Stranger Than Fiction song, so I think it is just a really young Elliott track. Because this song is so young, we used it early in the film and then also at the end of the movie during the credits, but I put it at the end of the album since it is so long and just kind of seemed out of place in terms of album flow amongst all the other more mature stuff.

I think also the intention is also to send the listener away with that aural sense of young innocence and purity, pointing back to how Elliott began and what he always was—someone’s brother, someone’s son, someone’s childhood friend. And, if you listen to the very, very end, even after it seems like the song is over, you hear this haunting part of Elliott singing, “See you in a while my baby/See you under the willow tree,” which then fades away. I think that last line makes for good final sentiment of goodbye from Elliott.


HEAR IT: Heaven Adores You (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out Feb. 5.