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R.I.P. Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

Mark Linkous, best known for his work in Sparklehorse, has committed suicide, according to a report by Rolling Stone. His family has issued the following statement: 

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.

Linkous first came to prominence in the alt-rock world with his 1995 release, Vixadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, which was followed by high-profile tours with R.E.M. and Radiohead. After a near death experience in 1996, Linkous built a distinctive body of work that combined traditional songwriting elements with experiments with production, lo-fi samples, and noise. Over the past decade, he released three more Sparklehorse albums - Good Morning Spider (1998), It's a Wonderful Life (2001), and Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006) - and just last year, collaborated with Fennesz on In the Fishtank, and with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul.  A publicist stated that Linkous had nearly completed a new album due on Anti- Records.


Watch a live performance of the haunting title track from 2001's It's a Wonderful Life below.


[Rolling Stone]


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This is terrible news...

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In the interest of celebrating a great musician: favorite Sparklehorse album? Mine changes often, but generally settles on It's a Wonderful Life. Thoughts?

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'It's a Wonderful Life' floored me when I first heard it. That album sounded like it'd literally been unearthed - had the crackle and wobble of old 78s, the mellotrons seemed rusted, and then, Linkous' voice strained as if he was trying to convince himself. The songs were just as good on 'Dreamt for Light Years,' and I know there are folks who prefer the older stuff. Maybe it's just one of those things - right time, and right place for me - but 'Wonderful Life' sounded like the perfect album, front to back. I was really sad to hear the news.

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That would be mine, too. Very sad news.

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I would also go with 'It's a Wonderful Life,' though I've enjoyed everything I have heard from Linkous. Sad news indeed.

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I had Good Morning Spider on earlier -- it was the album I've been away from the longest -- and it is also excellent. As is Dream for Light Years, Thumbu. Crap, it's all so fantastic. The more I listen again, the bigger this loss feels.

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I'm all about Dreamt for Light Years, all though all the ones I've heard are ace. Major loss.

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