Today, the world has lost a truly beautiful soul. Bill Doss has passed at the age of 43 today. He was a founding member of Olivia Tremor Control and a Co-founder of the Elephant 6 record label/community. Without him, the world would not have the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, Apples in Stereo, Nana Grizol, and many more. A prolific songwriter, he has been a member of numerous bands including The Olivia Tremor Control, Sunshine Fix, and at the time of his death Apples in Stereo. He will be sorely missed and my heart goes out to his family, his wife Amy Doss, and to his friends and band mates.
What else did you expect? Take and take for so long. There will be a push back. You can only keep people down for so long until frustrations turn to anger. Now you are frightened. Fear turns to violence when fate is coming. Fear turns to violence when people stand up. Calling for change, violence is your answer. Fate is coming. Resist, stand up, fight back. Fate is always coming, fate has frowned on us, fate is always on your back.
And I will always be there to hold you up, and I will always forgive you when we fight, and after all this time I have learned that all those wishes lead to was bad decisions and failure. But you are the one thing that I got right.
You dropped off my favorite cassette near the end of the summer. My brother’s best friends brother standing sweaty at our side door. Never could have imagined you would drown in the river that runs through our failing city
You loved my sister. She thought you were pushy. The tape was for her but I stole it away. You saved me from a boring life.
I still carry the tape with me with me. It is filed away with memories. It has traveled all around this country The sticker you put on it is rubbing off but the tape still plays.
Who are the rest of those songs by? I wish I could ask you but Death came to early. The river wrapped you up in death and returned you to the earth.
Our brother’s drank a case of beer lying near your grave every summer on the date - of your funeral for years. I was never invited but I was still there. Playing that dissonant string you hit laying face down on your bed. Had friends who were there.
Your charitable objectivity doesn’t exist. Aesthetic historical is not dialectical because the reference is gone. Where did it go? A past so far gone. My body of work is exploitation and I must say it’s astounding.
"Documentary film/photo/video can end up being something that helps straight white people feel more connected to their progressive sensibilities. There is no objectivity in the championing of a charity case."
If I knew you’d guard your heart so jealously then I’d fight for you. There’s nothing in this joyless world to see, there are no places that are left to see, there’s just the wilderness, it’s shame, if I knew you pushed away so savagely then I’d back off.
So now you know where i come from My secret’s come undone My heart revealed my cause I’m lying naked at your feet Don’t crush the heart that bleeds Take me at my word, it may sound absurd but I want you…