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Mark Linkous Estate Blocks Sparklehorse Charity Tribute Album

Was to Feature Covers by The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Phantogram, and More

Apr 10, 2015 Sparklehorse Bookmark and Share

Back in 2013, Box of Stars, a non-profit aimed at furthering the awareness and treatment of mental health launched a crowd-funded campaign to release a tribute covers album in tribute of Sparklehorse‘s Mark Linkous, who tragically ended his own life in 2010. Titled Last Box of Sparklers, the compilation was to feature contributions from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr. Mark Lanegan, The Joy Formidable, Phantogram, Califone, and others.

For unknown reasons however, the current estate of Linkous has halted any future release of the album. In a letter to those provided the funds to back the project Box of Stars wrote, “The estate of Mark Linkous decided that it will not support the project and has threatened legal action if we continue. Our silence on this matter has been neither willing nor willful, and it has been extraordinarily difficult to remain quiet while receiving the comments and reading the speculations that have understandably arisen in the past several weeks. For a variety of reasons, we believe it best not to release the album without the support of the Linkous estate ... While we sincerely hope that these recordings will see the light of day at some point in the future, we can’t promise that, and it will not be in the form of the tribute album we originally planned.”

Since all $46,000 raised had already been spent in the production of the album, Box of Stars also had to give the bad news that those that contributed to the album wouldn’t be seeing any of their money back. Obviously frustrated by the current situation, they write that “We can and will offer future projects to you for your support, with perks over and above the value of each original individual contribution.”



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