Elliott Smith Documentary Producer Details Soundtrack

September 2, 2015

The Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You was released to DVD and Blu-ray this July, and like Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, work on the film uncovered a treasure trove of unreleased music and home recordings that will be boiled down...


Watch Elliott Smith Grapple With Success in New Doc Clip

July 15, 2015

Heaven Adores You, the Nickolas Rossi-directed documentary about late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on July 17th. In anticipation of that release, Rolling Stone presents an exclusive clip...


Seth Avett, Jessica Lea Mayfield Cover Elliott Smith

March 18, 2015

Seth Avett remembers the first time he heard Elliott Smith.  "I was in college, and a good friend of mine was trying to learn the guitar," says the Avett Brother. "He knew I could play, so he asked if I'd help him transcribe a song he really...


Elliott Smith Questions Happiness in Rediscovered Interview

January 21, 2015

"I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not," said Elliott Smith in a 1998 interview with journalist Barney Hoskyns. The audio recording of the pair's conversation is the latest interview to get the animation treatment for PBS' Blank...

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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith

March 17, 2015

Elliott Smith's all-too-brief career inspired a generation of artists taken by his piercing lyrics and delicate melodies. On this loving, hit-or-miss tribute, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield draw largely from Smith's 1997 breakthrough, Either/Or,...



Elliott Smith Documentary Unearths New Unreleased Songs

May 24, 2014

A new documentary about Elliott Smith will feature more than a dozen previously unreleased songs by the late singer-songwriter. NME reports that more than half of the songs used in Heaven Adores You were dug out of record label vaults just for the film. Where...


Hear Three Unreleased Elliott Smith Recordings

January 28, 2014

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty shared three previously unreleased and unusually dancey Elliott Smith recordings on his SoundCloud today. He said on Facebook that Smith recorded the tracks in 1998 "to be sliced/diced over beats," and, as Smith...



New York Show Closes Week-Long Tribute Series to Elliott Smith

August 11, 2013

Elliott Smith opened his own tribute show Saturday night at Bowery Ballroom in New York and proved to be, even in his absence, an impossible act to follow. A short film preceding a lineup of artists to honor the late musician captured Smith's first attempt...


Elliott Smith Jams in Lost VH1 Pilot

January 18, 2013

A lost TV pilot featuring Elliott Smith has surfaced online thanks to director Paul Thomas Anderson. In 2000, Anderson helped out on a pilot for The Jon Brion Show, a variety show with guest musicians. Brion unsuccessfully pitched the pilot to VH1, but...


Summer's Must-See Documentaries

June 25, 2013

Sometimes the free-flowing beer and searing summer sun need to be counteracted with a little brain food and air-conditioning. Fortunately, a smattering of strong documentary films marks this year's solstice, with topics ranging from fracking to public...



Elliott Smith 'Figure 8' Mural Revamped

October 22, 2012

To mark of the ninth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death yesterday, a group called Punk Rock Marthas revamped the mural that was featured on the cover of Figure 8, the last album Smith released before his death, NME reports. The mural, located on the...



Roger Waters: David Gilmour Is "Uninterested" in Touring 'The Wall'

May 5, 2010

Later this year, Roger Waters will celebrate the legacy of Pink Floyd's The Wall with a 30th anniversary tour that will update what was already one of the greatest stage shows of all time as a 21st century rock spectacle. David Gilmour, who provided the...



Elliott Smith Reissues Due in April, Free Download of Unreleased "Cecilia/Amanda" Out Now

December 15, 2009

Elliott Smith's 1994 debut album Roman Candle and 2004 posthumous LP From a Basement on the Hill will both be reissued by Kill Rock Stars, the label home of Smith's other independent releases, on April 6th, 2010. To celebrate the releases, Kill Rock...



Last Smith Songs in Film

September 12, 2005

Thumbsucker features new tracks from Elliott Smith, who died before he could complete the film soundtrack. Smith's contributions are the original "Let's Get Lost" -- which would appear on the 2004 posthumous release From a Basement on the Hill -- as well...



John Doe Finds His Blues

December 22, 2004

Though known as both a founding member of Los Angeles punk band X and, later, a rootsy solo artist, John Doe's Forever Hasn't Happened Yet, due March 22nd, is his unabashed love letter to the blues. "Current music like the White Stripes and Black Keys...

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From A Basement On The Hill

October 28, 2004

For many fans, Elliott Smith's greatest gift to the world was his sadness. He was thirty-four when he died on October 21st, 2003, from two stab wounds to the chest. But the more we learned about his death, the less we knew. For a while, everybody (including...


Folds Pens Smith Tribute

November 3, 2004

Ben Folds has recorded "Late," a tribute to Elliott Smith, who died last year from an apparent self-inflicted knife wound. The song will appear on Folds' second solo album, due in February. Smith and the piano man toured together back in 1998, when Folds...



Smith Autopsy Inconclusive

December 31, 2003

Two months after Elliott Smith's death, the Los Angeles coroner's office said that it could not conclusively confirm that the fatal knife wound to his chest was self inflicted. "The trauma that he sustained could have been inflicted by him or by another...


Beck, Conor to Honor Elliott

October 27, 2003

Beck, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst, Beth Orton and Grandaddy have signed on for a memorial service/concert honoring Elliott Smith on November 3rd at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Additional acts will join the lineup for the show, during...


Barlow to Lead Smith Tribute

November 4, 2003

Lou Barlow will front a tribute to Elliott Smith during what would have been Smith's time slot at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Los Angeles on November 9th. Backed by members of Smith's band, Barlow will cover six of the late singer-songwriter's...