Silver Lake’s Elliott Smith wall gets a very homemade touch-up


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We really appreciate the kindness motivating several anonymous artists associated with the music/art/activist collective FMLY to spruce up the Elliott Smith tribute wall outside of the Solutions speaker shop. The mural, seen on the cover of Smith’s album ‘Figure 8,’ was under constant assault from taggers and had become an especially hurtful eyesore for fans of Smith’s tender, virtuoso folk.

We even think the black and white stencil of Smith’s visage, as seen on the ‘Figure 8’ cover, was a sweet touch, especially on the occasion of his birthday last weekend. And we get it that painting murals costs time and money, and anybody who volunteers for such a job doesn’t undertake it lightly, and L.A. music fans should be grateful to anyone who does it freely out of respect for an artist.


That said, would it have been that much extra work to tape off some lines for the stripe design?

-- August Brown


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Bike ride and a concert with the FMLY