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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed several of their albums from Spotify after excoriating the online music streaming company for not supporting smaller artists.
The two took to Twitter to say that the company is “bad for new music.” Yorke retweeted Godrich’s statements that they are staging a “small meaningless rebellion.” Godrich’s “Ultraista,” Yorke’s recently collaborative project by Atoms for Peace, “AMOK” and his solo album, “Eraser” have been pulled from the site:
Anyway. Here's one. We're off of spotify.. Can't do that no more man.. Small meaningless rebellion.— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
Someone gotta say something. It's bad for new music..— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
This is just eraser and amok and ultraista..— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
The artists claim that the service pays next to nothing in royalties, thus crippling bands who aren’t as established:
The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
Meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) July 14, 2013
Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013
“your small meaningless rebellion is only hurting your fans ... a drop in the bucket really” No we're standing up for our fellow musicians— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013
for me In Rainbows was a statement of trust .people still value new music ..that's all we'd like from Spotify. don't make us the target.— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 15, 2013
Spotify is currently the world’s largest music streaming service and told the BBC that it has paid $500 million to artists since its launch in 2008, and expects to pay another $500 million to rights holders this year.
“We’re 100 percent committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers,” the site told the BBC.
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)