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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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…
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…
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…
Miles Bowe | October 22, 2013 - 11:20 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…
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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.
Corban Goble | August 2, 2012 - 1:58 pm