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This Elliott Smith Documentary Clip Will Make You Wanna Listen To “Tomorrow Tomorrow”

The new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You opened in select theaters this weekend, and a short clip from the film has made its way online via Billboard that breaks down the process behind recording and putting together the XO track “Tomorrow Tomorrow.” Watch the clip and revisit the song below. More »

By: James Rettig / May 9, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Watch Jason Lytle & Troy Von Balthazar Cover Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 With A Chamber Orchestra

The 2000 chamber-pop opus Figure 8 is the last studio album Elliott Smith completed before his death in 2003; it’s the one with the album cover that was turned into a mural in Los Angeles in tribute to Smith. And although I’m partial to Smith’s hushed, lo-fi early work, my heart flutters at the thought… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 6, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Ben Gibbard & Mark Kozelek Discuss St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, & Elliott Smith In Another Published Email Thread

Last November, Ben Gibbard and Mark Kozelek shared a chain of email exchanges about alienating their fans, living in California, and the gentrification of San Francisco. In the latest installment of The Thread, Ben Gibbard and Kozelek correspond about their lives on the road and the difficulties of touring (Kozelek claims to be “Europed the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Hear A Previously Unreleased Elliott Smith Interview On Blank On Blank

The latest installment of PBS Digital Studios’ Blank On Blank animated series features a previously unheard interview with Elliott Smith, which was recorded shortly after his famed performance at the 1998 Oscars. In the fragmented interview, Smith speaks to British music critic Barney Hoskyns about his decision to start playing music acoustically, growing up listening… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 21, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Marissa Nadler – “Pitseleh” (Elliott Smith Cover)

Near the beginning of the year, the spectral folk singer Marissa Nadler released a soft glow of an album called July. Today, she’s hitting us with Before July, a digital-only EP that includes four demos — two July songs and two unreleased songs. And it’s also got Nadler’s atmospheric, vaguely gothy cover of “Pitseleh,” a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Roman Candle Turns 20

Talking about the dead — especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies — is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists often get trapped in discussions about their legend — how they died, why they died, what their trajectory means in a broader context, what death does to fans — making… More »

By: Sameer Rao / July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Watch The First Few Minutes Of Elliott Smith Documentary Heaven Adores You

Heaven Adores You is a new, Kickstarter-funded Elliott Smith doc from director Nickolas Rossi, promoted as “an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith” and featuring previously unreleased songs. The film opens with a 1998 interview on Dutch TV in which Smith discusses his newfound fame after performing “Miss Misery” atMore »

By: Peter Helman / June 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

Juliana Hatfield – “Needle In The Hay” (Elliott Smith Cover)

The new two-disc compilation I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson collects covers of songs from the soundtracks of Anderson’s movies — Telekinesis covers the Kinks’ “This Time Tomorrow,” Mike Watt does the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s (a band named after an Anderson character) takes on “Ziggy… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2014 - 10:03 am

Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best

Elliott Smith at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony: When it’s mentioned, it’s as one of those cautionary anecdotes, an example of the fundamental incompatibility of the underground with commercial artistry. But it’s all there, or if it isn’t, we can pretend it is. Trisha Yearwood has finished her performance, and the onstage columns drift apart… More »

By: Brad Shoup / February 11, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Download Elliott Smith’s EDM Demos

Apparently, during the same sessions when Elliott Smith recorded his Oscar-nominated “Miss Misery,” he was laying down some sick EDM tracks. Ex-Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty posted three songs today under his UUL guise — “The Record,” “Dogs,” and “Burn (Aah Fuck)” — that contain Smith’s vocals sliced and diced over electronic beats. Doughty say… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014 - 3:29 pm

FIDLAR – “Whatever (Folk Song In C)” (Elliott Smith Cover)

It’s fitting that while so many artists spent last Monday playing covers and sharing memories of Elliott Smith, the ever surly punk band FIDLAR show up a week late with their own tribute. Released via Tumblr with the simple message “WHOOPS totally forgot to post this… RIP Elliot Smith :_(” this isn’t a noisy and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 28, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Watch Sky Ferreira & DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Cover Elliott Smith

Last night, in remembrance of the 10 year anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death, several musicians gathered at Glasslands in Brooklyn to celebrate his songs. An Elliott Smith Tribute Show performers included Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Aaron Pfenning (ex-Chairlift), Marissa Nadler, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), and others. Check out our photos from… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013 - 11:20 am

Musicians Pay Tribute To Elliott Smith, Who Died 10 Years Ago Today

There are lots of words to toss around when Elliott Smith comes up — brilliant, troubled, influential, tragic, one-of-a-kind — each of which fit the music as much as the man. But if pressed for a single descriptor, I’d choose fragile. More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 21, 2013 - 7:19 am

Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith, Sky Ferreira To Play Elliott Smith Tribute Show

It feels like a swift kick to the stomach to say, but on 10/21 it will be 10 years since iconic singer/song-writer Elliott Smith passed away. On that day this year, Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, and more will pay tribute to the singer at a concert at Brooklyn’s Glasslands. Other performer… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Watch Madonna Cover Elliott Smith’s “Between The Bars”

Here’s an interesting new mutation for Elliott Smith’s cultural legacy. Madonna and fashion photographer Steven Klein have this new 17-minute short film with called SecretProjectRevolution, which apparently functions as some sort of protest against the prison industrial complex. Last night, there was a launch party for the event at Gagosian Gallery in New York, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013 - 10:46 am

Elliott Smith – “Ballad Of Big Nothing” (Alternate Version)

As we mentioned in our list of Elliott Smith’s 10 best songs, Kill Rock Stars has deemed August to be Elliott Smith month, in honor of his 8/6 birthday, and they’ve been kindly flooding the market with alternate versions of some old tracks, mostly from Elliott’s third and final KRS LP, Either/Or. “Ballad Of Big… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 23, 2012 - 10:48 am

The 10 Best Elliott Smith Songs

Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969, and thus, August is Elliott Smith Month, according to his onetime label, Kill Rock Stars. To celebrate, KRS has been generously offering fans alternate versions of some old Elliott tracks: previously unheard versions of songs that appeared on Smith’s 1995 and ’97 releases, Elliott Smith and Either/Or,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Elliott Smith – “Angeles” (Alternate Version)

Kill Rock Stars has been generous with the Elliott Smith alternate takes this August — Elliott Smith Month, they’re calling it, in honor of his 8/6 birthday. First we got “Alameda,” then “Punch And Judy,” plus an offer of a scrapped trumpet-led version of “Needle In The Hay” in exchange for an email address. “Angeles”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 16, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Elliott Smith – “Punch And Judy” (Alternate Version)

All these years later, it’s amazing that there are still unheard Elliott Smith recordings out there, but there totally are. The man would’ve turned 43 this week, and Kill Rock Stars is marking the occasion by posting things like an alternate version of “Alameda” and now this. The unheard version of “Punch And Judy” i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 9, 2012 - 11:52 am

Elliott Smith – “Alameda (Alternate Version)”

In celebration of what would have been Elliott Smith’s 43rd birthday, Kill Rock Stars is releasing some rare and previously unreleased tracks from their archives. Today, they put forth an alternate version of “Alameda” from the Either/Or sessions that features some different lyrics. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 2, 2012 - 1:58 pm
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