Slim Moon who started Kill Rock Stars

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“Slim Moon, who started the label, was documenting the Riot grrrl scene in Olympia, Washington, in the 1990s. He put out Bikini Kill’s record and records from Bratmobile and Huggy Bear. Before you know, it was a hotbed of what became the Riot grrrl scene. Not too many years later he discovered singer-songwriter Elliott Smith and put out his first record to very little acclaim, because in those days putting out a record in your own name was a death knell. In 1997, Slim put out Elliott’s second record, “Either/Or.” Elliott got invited to put some music on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. Continue reading

Something that people don’t know about Elliott

“Something that people don’t know about Elliott is he was loose all the time, always just cracking jokes. It’s the type of experience where you get to become really good friends with someone really quickly. We were playing at this place called Jabberjaw in Los Angeles, which was a small all-ages punk rock club, and the sound went out, and there was no light. And so they went out back to the backyard, which is this tiny little courtyard. Like 50 or 75 kids poured out into this courtyard. And Elliott just sat on a chair, and played an acoustic guitar completely unplugged with no amplification, and he was so gripping that all of those kids stayed dead silent for an hour listening to every song. This was well before he was famous. Most of the kids had come to see the other bands playing that day. Continue reading

The biggest bands that Kill Rock Stars ever put out

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“The biggest bands that Kill Rock Stars ever put out each got their momentum in a different way. Sleater-Kinney’s biggest momentum was from the press — second to Radiohead, they got more positive press than any other band in America in the 90s. With the Decemberists, it was the public: the indie rock record-buyers, the kids, went crazy for that band, but critics kind of shrugged at the time. When Elliott Smith came out, it was falling on deaf ears. But artists were reacting to it. So there was a Fugazi interview where they mentioned that they’d heard the record and liked it. And then John Doe took Elliott on tour, and Sebadoh took Elliott on tour, and in a Beastie Boys SPIN interview, they mentioned his record.”

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