Elliott Smith Jams with Jon Brion in Lost VH1 Pilot
A lost TV pilot featuring Elliott Smith has surfaced online thanks to director Paul Thomas Anderson. In 2000, Anderson helped out on a pilot for The Jon Brion Show, a variety show with guest musicians. Brion unsuccessfully pitched the pilot to VH1, but the clip has surfaced on Anderson's Al Rose Promotions YouTube page.
In the episode, Smith jams with Brion and pianist Brad Mehldau, playing "Everything Means Nothing To Me," "Son of Sam" and another tracks while also including covers like the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" and John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." The VHS-era footage crackles and warbles, but Smith's presence shines through the bare-bones setup. Smith died on October 21st, 2003.