Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith’s story told by his Portland compatriots.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The title is wrong. It sounds like a soft-focus TV movie about an angel who dreams of being a runway model. But Heaven Adores You is the most complete, least icky attempt to date at telling the stor   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland this Weekend

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Features
FRIDAY, MARCH 27Natasha Leggero[COMEDY] “Looks like Audrey Hepburn, jokes like Pryor,” according to Amy Schumer. Natasha might perform in satin gloves and tote her wig-topped Chihuahua on one hip, but she’s known for debauchery and a record-breaking, pantless bull ride on Burning Love. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30 and 10 pm. $20-$25. 21+.The Velvet Teen, Slow Bird, ...   More
 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Neil Gust's Post-Heatmiser Band, No. 2, Gets Reissued By Jackpot Records

Check out the teaser video, featuring Elliott Smith...and his underwear.

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Music
In the classic '90s Portland band Heatmiser, Neil Gust was the Mick Jones to Elliott Smith's Joe Strummer—the one with the more enhanced pop sensibility and less severe demeanor.  After the band broke up following 1996's Mic City Sons, Smith went on to sign with a major label, get nominated for an Oscar and become one of indie rock's most treasured songwriters. Gust, meanwhile, formed another ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Oct. 21, 2003: A singer-songwriter commits suicide...


40th Anniversary
On the morning of Oct. 22, I was startled awake by a ringing phone. It was my editor calling to tell me that Elliott Smith had killed himself. We were bumping the upcoming issue’s big featur   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARK BAUMGARTEN

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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Music
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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