Flirting With The Flicks

The new Elliott Smith documentary puts the focus where it belongs: His music.


Music Stories
The phrase “a documentary on Elliott Smith” must induce a twinge of post-traumatic stress in fans of the late singer-songwriter, not to mention those who actually knew him. The last time s   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Mike Doughty Responds To The "Elliott Smith-Goes-EDM" Controversy

"It has taken on a significance that it doesn't deserve."

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By now, you've likely heard about the brouhaha surrounding the release this week of previously unheard Elliott Smith material. Normally, this would be treated as a grand occurrence, given that, unlike many of his peers in the gone-too-soon club, Smith's recorded legacy seemed to more or less end when he died in 2003. Sure, there have been posthumous albums—2004's From a Basement on the Hill, half-completed ...   More
 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Last of the Sad Bastards

10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland.


Cover Story
Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong. So the photo of him at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest songwriter in the world—a man who co   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

William Todd Schultz, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

In search of the man behind the misery.


Books
In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pieces of Elliott

A brief guide to finding Elliott Smith in Portland.


Music Stories
Southeast 29th Avenue and Taylor StreetThe home where Smith recorded Roman Candle. According to his then-girlfriend, J.J. Gonson, she returned years later and knocked on the door to find the Shins   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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