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The Anniversary

Either/Or Turns 20

Death becomes Elliott Smith. His music is so fragile, so biting yet subtly sweet, that he fits especially well into the tortured genius narrative often…
Chris DeVille | February 24, 2017 - 12:13 pm

The Anniversary

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…
Sameer Rao | July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Counting Down

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…
Brad Shoup | February 11, 2014 - 12:22 pm

More Elliott Smith stories

Hear No. 2’s Previously Unreleased Elliott Smith Collaboration “Who’s Behind The Door?”

No. 2's 2002 album What Does Good Luck Bring? is getting reissued later this month, and the band's Neil Gust -- who started Heatmiser with…
James Rettig | April 14, 2017 - 3:22 pm

Hear Unreleased Elliott Smith Song “I Figured You Out” From Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Elliott Smith's incredible 1997 album Either/Or will reach its 20th anniversary this year, and his old label Kill Rock Stars is commemorating the milestone by…
Chris DeVille | January 4, 2017 - 9:51 am

Stream New Elliott Smith Covers By Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, & More

Everyone loves Elliott Smith, and that includes other musicians. A whole bunch of indie rock heavy-hitters came together to contribute to the new Elliott Smith…
Peter Helman | October 14, 2016 - 9:13 am

J Mascis – “Waltz #2″ (Elliott Smith Cover)

The late Elliott Smith is one of the most universally beloved songwriters in the history of indie rock, and many of his admirers have contributed…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2016 - 8:55 am

Frank Ocean Blonde Comment Party

After a seemingly endless series of teases, but not at all long after Endless, Frank Ocean has really, truly, honestly delivered The Album Formerly Known
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2016 - 7:09 pm

Watch Elliott Smith In A 1994 Devo Tribute Band

We don't get to hear too many stories of Elliott Smith being straight-up silly, but here's one. In 1994, shortly after releasing his first solo…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2016 - 9:47 am

Yuck – “Bled White” (Elliott Smith Cover)

An Elliott Smith tribute album featuring contributions from Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Belly/The Breeder’s Tanya Donelly, and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 5, 2016 - 10:54 am

Julien Baker – “Ballad Of Big Nothing” (Elliott Smith Cover)

Later this year, the Elliott Smith tribute album Say Yes! will be released. It'll feature covers from Waxahatchee, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow,…
James Rettig | April 4, 2016 - 10:21 am

Waxahatchee, Julien Baker, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Contribute To New Elliott Smith Tribute Album

Earlier this year, we finally got the soundtrack to the 2014 Elliott Smith doc Heaven Adores You, and it looks like interest in the legendary…
James Rettig | March 3, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Watch DIIV Cover Elliott Smith’s “Ballad Of Big Nothing”

We already knew that DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith was a huge Kurt Cobain admirer. And it's not a huge surprise that he also idolizes…
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2016 - 2:25 pm

Stream The Soundtrack To Elliott Smith Doc Heaven Adores You

In 2014, the crowdfunded Elliott Smith doc Heaven Adores You was released, and the film is getting a requisite soundtrack to accompany it, featuring several…
James Rettig | January 28, 2016 - 10:03 am

Elliott Smith – “Plainclothes Man (Solo Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

The official soundtrack for the 2014 Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You includes several previously unreleased tracks from the late, great singer-songwriter. One of those…
Chris DeVille | January 25, 2016 - 9:42 am

Watch Julien Baker Cover Elliott Smith, Get Interviewed By A Kid

Julien Baker played the Big Room Bar in Columbus last night. It was the talented young singer-songwriter's third straight show here at an unconventional venue…
Chris DeVille | January 19, 2016 - 11:10 am

Mark Kozelek Teases El-P Collab, Elliott Smith Cover, Piano/Vocal Album Feat. Mike Patton

Mark Kozelek followed his tumultuous 2014 with a tempestuous 2015, but as Kozelek tells it, 2015 has been "a wonderful year of playing music." So…
Chris DeVille | December 8, 2015 - 1:59 pm
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