RIP Bill Doss

2 Aug

Yesterday Bill Doss passed away at the age of 43.  Doss was a co-founder of The Elephant Six Recording Company which championed the American neo-psychedelic resurgence in bands like The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal and Doss’ own band, The Olivia Tremor Control.  Doss is mourned sorrowfully by his family, fans and his Elephant Six brothers and sisters.

Bill performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival and had been touring as recently as five days ago.  Olivia Tremor Control, which had been defunct for over a decade released a single last year, The Game You Play is In Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3, rekindling an unexpected flame.

What’s entirely eerie is that yesterday I received an ordered copy of one of my favorite albums, Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle complete with its sonic companion Explanation II.  It has been playing ever since.

The causes of Doss’ death are still unknown.  His family has asked that those fans who are interested in celebrating Bill’s life and achievements send donations to Nuci’s Space, an Athen’s, GA-based NFP geared towards suicide prevention and treatment of musicians suffering from depression.

Between The Olivia Tremor Control and his work with The Sunshine Fix, Doss solidified himself as one of the forefathers of the neo-pysch movement, not to mention his involvement and promotion of the Elephant Six Collective.  He will be missed…

2 Responses to “RIP Bill Doss”

  1. markweiss86 April 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    I just posted about six streaming tracks from Olivia Tremor Control, live at Cubberley Community Center, April, 1999, a concert I produced. I randomly grabbed the cdr a fan burned and sent me at the time, 14 years ago, and was experimenting with how to post such. Only when researching some of the actual song titles did I learn about Bill Doss’s passing, seven months past. I am contemplating doing something like selling a limited edition cdr copy, along with the poster, or giving them away if people agree to donate to Nuci’s Place, a center in Atlanta that the band supports. What do you think?
    – Mark Weiss, earthwise productions of palo alto, calif
    “plastic alto” blog on wordpress

    • the self-hating hipster April 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm #


      I think the limited edition CDR with proceeds donated to Nuci’s Space outside of production costs is a great idea. I encourage you to contact them ( Please let me know if you need any help promoting it. I would be very happy to help!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: