The Figure 8 Mural Who Loves It (2)
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Address: 4334 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Cross street: Fountain Ave)
Neighborhood: Los Feliz
Specifics: NFT Pick
Landmarks Former cover art, this mural is now a tribute to departed indie fave Elliott Smith.

    
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Posted by:  Emerson Dameron

Stephen Paul "Elliot" Smith wrote some painful, painful music. Nothing in his catalogue can be heard passively--to listen to Smith's records is to behold and absorb the hopeless agony that, uh, his characters felt. Smith grew up in the South and made his name in the Pacific Northwest, but he died in LA. Supposedly from self-inflicted a stab wound to his chest. Which is a tad suspicious. Aren't there martial artists that spend their whole lives learning to do something like that? No one is quite sure what really happened, and Silverlake has not gotten over Smith's death--he's still the Smokey Robinson of the protracted breakup. This swirly mural, which was featured on the cover of his 2000 LP Figure 8, has become a living shrine, with flowers and graffiti. Figure 8 includes the song "Easy Way Out," which is, going-on nine years after Smith's early exit, still confusing as all hell.

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