Either/Or was the first Elliott Smith album I bought. Like a lot of people outside the Pacific Northwest my first exposure to Elliott Smith was the movie Good Will Hunting. Or maybe a pal put something on a mixtape. I can’t remember why but at the time I was opposed to buying soundtracks, so I … Continue reading Remastered, expanded edition of Elliott Smith’s Either/Or coming in March
I maintain a playlist called Golden that pulls together a bunch of songs that give me fall shivers and nostalgic heartstring tugs. There’s loads of Beck’s Sea Change, Kurt Vile’s Walking on a Pretty Day, Steve Gunn’s Sundowner, Elliott Smith, Damien Jurado, Lord Huron, and now…Chris Staples. Staples’ new album, Golden Age, shares more in … Continue reading Chris Staples – Golden Age
Vimeo: Elliott Smith – “Coming Up Roses” (raw play back take) This is wonderful. Ross Harris recently transferred the original 16mm negative from his 1995 video for Elliott Smith’s “Coming Up Roses” and this is the entire play back take. Harris says, “I was overcome with emotion watching the tenderness in which Elliott gently prompts … Continue reading Watch a newly digitized Elliott Smith video: Coming Up Roses
Elliott Smith is giving Warren Zevon a run for his money. Or is this just the second time I’m highlighting work by Elliott Smith? Either way, you can expect more. This one will be the most painful. The year was 2003. I had just arrived at my hotel in York, England (business trip). I called … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Elliott Smith in 2003
Elliott Smith always picked interesting songs to cover. Some that were well known, some that were more obscure. But they were all good. They certainly hit my musical sweet spot. These five selections are just a sampling — he was a serial covererist — and you can find more just browsing through the shows available … Continue reading Five From the Archive: Elliott Smith’s Best Covers
To celebrate An Introduction to Elliott Smith, KRS offers his Big Star cover.
An upcoming compilation introduces the songwriter to potential fans.
New releases from Bettie Serveert, Mose Allison, Scorpions, et al.
Hear the new version of “Last Call” and read Larry Crane’s thoughts on the album.
For lush melodies, sly guitar solos, and backbeat drums, here’s a playlist.