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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
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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
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Essay

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…
Chris DeVille | October 21, 2013 - 7:19 am
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More Elliott Smith stories

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Watch Laura Stevenson Cover Elliott Smith’s “Angel In The Snow”

Laura Stevenson is the latest musician of repute to stop by The A.V. Club's Chicago studio and cover a famous song for the A.V. Undercover…
Chris DeVille | December 8, 2015 - 10:42 am
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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…
James Rettig | May 9, 2015 - 3:39 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | May 6, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 21, 2015 - 6:03 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2014 - 12:28 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…
Peter Helman | June 16, 2014 - 11:13 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | May 5, 2014 - 10:03 am
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