I'm absolutely devastated. My favourite band ever. RIP.
RIP. great musician.
This has been the worst week ever and now it's worse.
Going to listen to Spirit Ditch, Saturday and Hundreds of Sparrows all day.
Man, that's absolutely awful :(
Absolutely horrible news. :-(
What the hell man. Why couldnt Vic Chesnutt and him have talked it out together a few months back?
I loved It's a Wonderful Life. A brilliant album.
most of the musicians I love are pretty young, so haven't had that many die. Am listening to Vivadixie now.
this is far more of a surprise than Vic Chesnutt. Granted obviously that listening to their music doesn't mean you know either of them but... fuck fuck fuck. Totally taken aback by this. Shit.
Totally stunned by this.
I LOVED Sparklehorse.
Another man who clearly had so much more left to give.
It's A Wonderful Life came out during one of the worst periods of my life, and it became the raft that I clung to, giving me optimism and hope to carry on when I had none. I'm filled with sadness that Mark did not manage to find his own raft.
We should count ourselves lucky that we had him with us for as long as we did, when he was so close to being taken from the world before he had the chance to create so much beautiful music. What he has left behind will never be enough, but it is even more precious now we know it is all we'll ever have.
Just saw this morning that Mark had taken his life.
As terminus says above, we don't know these people but it's a testament to how powerful their music is that we feel so awful that this has happened.
I remember when Elliot Smith went, I could hardly function for the rest of the week. Smith, Linkous and Mark Kozelek probably comprise my three favourite male songwriters of the last fifteen years and now two of them are gone, and I'll never see them play again. I'm finding today a very sad one indeed. What beautiful songs he has left us with.
Good Morning Spider and Vivadixie really got me through my teens. Absolutely wonderful albums.
until I heard this.
literally devasted. I can't think of many artists who meant as much to me.
big hug x
I hope the bit about his suicide that someone has added to his wikipedia page isn't true.
crazy detail in wikipedia!
it appears to have been removed
probably for the best. Bit ghoulish whether true or not to be honest.
but was still alive for 3 hours afterwards
Been listening to a load of sparklehorse recently as I've been ripping all my cds to mp3 and rediscovering old joys.
It's a wonderful life will always remind me of a really special time when I had no responsibilities and a load of good friends close by.
RIP Mr Linkous. I hope in some way you realised the comfort you brought to many.
His family confirmed it was suicide.
"It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there’s a star for you."
Commenting on any other thread on DIS just feels a bit ridiculous when this has happened to such an icon for so many on these boards. Some amazing stories above about how his music helped people through their own troubles, which I suppose is the best tribute possible. RIP Mark.
A fantastic artist whose music has meant so much to so many people.
First Vic Chesnutt and then Mark both in the space of a few months. This is devastating.
I echo the many sentiments above.
Sparklehorse soundtracked some of my lowest and highest times, for that i will be ever grateful.
But this one has really hit me hard. Mark Linkous was one of the most criminally underrated songwriters of his generation and 'Good Morning Spider' in particular is an outstanding collection of songs. R.I.P Mark.
Sparklehorse - Eyepennies (live for KCRW) ? http://blip.fm/~mdpss
yesterday i put on 'it's a wonderful life' remembering that i haven't listened to it in ages... seems damn creepy now
what a massive loss
Actually devastated. RIP
I'm pretty cut up about this. I've been playing Vivadixie... plus this rare 1996 single which also features Vic Chesnutt:
If you want to hear it go to the deerhunter forum.
What's up with that?
"It's a wonderful life."
and float upon a lake where the sun will be made of honey.
I'm starting to feel an overwhelming anxiety for John Darnielle.
I'm putting on It's A Wonderful Life right now. R.I.P.
I utterly love everything this man has recorded.
A true genius. May he rest in peace.
I always used to start my mixtapes in the 90s with Happy Pig
always started with 'Someday I will Treat You Good'.
Had been listening to loads of Sparklehorse recently... I´m lost for words really.
One of my fave ever gigs was them playing at Colchester Arts Centre a few years back.
Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd make a list of musicians Mark collaborated with. It shows how respected he was as a musician and producer.
Thom Yorke, David Lowery, Vic Chesnutt, Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, The Flaming Lips, Nina Persson, Dangermouse, Gruff Rhys, James Mercer, Dave Fridmann, Joan Wasser, John Parish, Adrian Utley, Sol Seppy, Christian Fennesz, Iggy Pop, David Lynch, Frank Black, Suzanne Vega, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas
a singularly talented songwriter
R.I.P Mark Linkous. 'Good morning Spider' was a huge landmark in my life, one of my fave albums ever.
The first time I saw Sparklehorse live, Neutral Milk Hotel were supporting. If I could relive one gig...
I'll never get to see either! Sad stuff.
alongside Baby Bird and The High Llamas (22 Jan 1996 @ The Astoria) ... it was an amazing gig ... think it was the night that he later had an overdose and knackered his legs (saw him playing in a wheelchair a couple of times afterwards)
but I have only listened to the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse music, but still..
RIP Mark. It was a wonderful life.
He was and will continue to be one of my absolute heroes. He made some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. This is devastating.
my alarm clock woke me up with this news yesterday, horrible.
there isn't loads i still love listening to from when i was young, sparklehorse is one of them.
Fuck no. The music of Sparklehorse had the capacity to bring tears to my eyes, and now Mark's suicide has done the same.
been into his stuff for years and each album always had a handful of songs that really did it for me. also loved to bits that daniel johnston 'mountaintop' song he had a lot to do with.
One of the few bands where I've enjoyed everything they released and Mark's voice had the power to reducde me to tears. So grateful to have seen him perform live as many times as I did. RIP.
totally gutted :( really really sad
the least this deserves is a news story DiS, for fuck's sake.
I came here for details when I'd heard, and... nothing. Very strange.
there hasn't been an official announcement or any more news since the pitchfork story yesterday. was waiting until a few more musicians paid tribute and to compile some of the things people have said. plus threads like these are more read than news stories on the site.
that I don't want to read. I'm almost thankful it's not on the front page as yet.
I've been crushed since I woke up yesterday. Without any exaggeration, I am heartbroken over this. Mark Linkous/Sparklehorse have been responsible for both the best gig I've been to, and my favourite song. Number 1 in an ocean of amazing music. Linkous' music broke me and built me back up, time and time again. Intensely personal, comforting, the gentle force between sadness and beauty.
I just can't listen to any music right now.
...and you're moaning about there not being a news story?
bit more detailed than most other media outlets.
he shot himself in the heart. man....
"Mr. Linkous had recently completed most of the work for a new Sparklehorse album and was in the process of moving to Knoxville and setting up a studio to complete the record, said Ms. Meade, his manager."
I want to hear those recordings :(.
“Everything that’s made is made to decay,” he sang in a whispery tenor on Sparklehorse’s debut album,“Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot” (Capitol).
Wut? That's one of the songs he sings most clearly on...
just in case anyone needed reminding what was so great about this man:
he was due to have played a concert in London this July with Kristin Hersh - that would have been amazing.
I've loved the man since my cousin leant me the wrong CD by accident and it was the Distorted Ghost EP, which I still think is my favourite Sparklehorse release. The clearer version of 'Happy Man' rivals 'Someday I Will Treat You Good' in the anthem stakes.
But that's not quite what he was about; those delicate ballads with that fragile voice. Songs like houses of cards that feel like they'll collapse and dissapear while you're not looking. Like most people here I took more optimism from Linkous than I care to admit and this is, frankly, horrible.
like, absolutely hollow and empty and gutted. i grew up with sparklehorse, he was my absolute hero and his songs were like blankets you could wrap yrself in to buffer the outside world. (apart from A Camp which was like a pretty holiday romance) sparklehorse eased me thru 2 family deaths, 3 breakups and a whole host of other dank emo shit, it seems so giantly fucking unjust that it wasnt enough for him. the first thing im doing when i die is floating to his cloud to see what he's working on.
People gotta stop killing themselves. :(
I love all the albums, especially Good Morning Spider, and I saw him a few years ago at Bush Hall in London, it was totally brilliant.
My band covered the EP version of Happy Man at our band practice last week and were really excited about it! We'll have to play it as a tribute now.
It seems all the more sad now considering what happened...
So fucking gutted about this. Truly a brilliant songwriter.
on Bernard Lenoir on France Inter on 15th March. 9-10pm UK time.
I saw DM Stith last night, and he did a really nice cover of Spirit Ditch. Providing the video comes out okay I'll stick it on youtube sometime.
I've always tried to stick to the principle of loving the music, not the artist. Having had a 'nervous breakdown at primary school and again in secondary, his musical has always been a real emotional anchor for me.
I always played his songs to the kids at bedtime when they were younger, hoping it would have the same calming effect on them.
Music has always been important to me but Good Morning Spider really was the wardrobe to my Narnia.
I have always been bewildered by people becoming emotional over people they have never met, I guess I understand now.
I can't say I love someone I've never even seen, but I love everything he has done for me.
and I can imagine I am not alone in knowing exactly what you mean. Myself, it is the song 'Sunshine' from Good Morning Spider that I find I return to when I wish to remember Mark Linkous (and all his music has done for me over the years). The calming beauty of that song is something quite special.
there will come a time gigantic
waves will crush the junk that I have saved
when the moon explodes or floats away
I'll lose the souvenirs I made
Have been listening to Sunshine a LOT in the past weeks.