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Elliott Smith (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 30 April 1998

Elliott Smith on discomfort, vocal styles, solo vs. electric bands, more discomfort, playing waltzes and art with a capital A.

File format: mp3 File size: 39.3mb Interview length: 42 minutes 57 seconds Sound quality: ***

Elliott Smith (1999)

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Rock's Backpages audio, 16 December 1999

The singer-songwriter talks about his upcoming album Figure 8 and its being rockier than his previous work; his love for George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass; recording at London's legendary Abbey Road; peoples’ perceptions of his happiness or otherwise; moving from Portland to New York to Los Angeles; his previous album XO being more produced and slick... and his favourite Beatles songs.

File format: mp3; file size: 46mb, interview length: 47' 57" sound quality: **

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Something Happened: Elliott Smith's real-life blur

Interview by James Hunter, L.A. Weekly, May 1997

BORED BY stories, interested in the unruliness of things. Portland's Elliott Smith is a singer-songwriter suspicious of singer-songwriter certainties. Angles, hypotheses, probabilities, lucid emotions arising ...

Elliott Smith: Either/Or (Domino) ****½

Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, 30 May 1998

THE FIRST thing you'll hear is a slight whisper, a lone voice sighing with warm-hearted devotion. Then a few similarly sensitive souls will chip in, ...

Elliott Smith: Interview Transcript

Interview by Neil Mason, unpublished, June 1998

I'D BEEN TO SEE Elliott Smith's first UK show a week earlier, can't recall where, but it was clearly enough to get me back a ...

Elliott Smith: Acoustic Splendour

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, 27 June 1998

CATEGORIES and pigeonholes and genres. They sure make our job easier. Everyone fits neatly in somewhere. Elliott Smith isn't too sure. ...

Mojo Rising: Elliott Smith

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1998

IS THIS a fairy tale or a corporate rock nightmare? Taciturn 28-year-old indie songster is taken up by maverick movie director and wakes to find ...

Elliott Smith: Roman Candle; Elliott Smith (Domino)

Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, 8 August 1998

PORTLAND, OREGON singer/songwriter Elliott Smith is the man responsible for this year's most vital album release, the mesmerising Either/Or. Imagine a more focused Sebadoh or ...

Elliott Gold: Elliott Smith: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, 12 September 1998

WE'RE A sad bunch of buggers, us lovers of soothing, emotional country rock. ...

Elliott Smith: An Interview in NYC, 30th April, 1998

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, unpublished, Spring 1998

Listen to the audio of this interview here. ...

Elliott Smith: He's Mr Dyingly Sad, And You're Mystifyingly Glad

Profile and Interview by RJ Smith, Spin, January 1999

ELLIOTT SMITH recovers nicely. Just one hour ago he was sitting in a tiny backstage room, enjoying a postshow libation and breathing in a blue ...

Elliott Smith: ULU, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 2 January 1999

CRITICS AND musicians love him. He can do no wrong. And that's when you get suspicious. That's when you start to wonder if something so ...

Pretty Barfly: Elliott Smith

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 1 May 1999

ELLIOTT SMITH is a philosopher, a jocular barroom buddy, but he's also a loner, the Bukowski-esque malcontent with a great American sadness etched into his ...

Elliott Smith: Alas Smith And Moans

Interview by Robin Bresnark, Melody Maker, 8 May 1999

On the road in the US, we find the unassuming ELLIOTT SMITH still likes a drink, has put drugs behind him, but can't manage a ...

Elliott Smith: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, 15 May 1999

AT FIRST, THE hushed, respectful, masses can't believe their eyes. They've come to sit and worship at the feet of the man who redefined sensitive, ...

The Best of 2000

Guide by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 18 December 2000

FOR A MUSIC whore like myself, even a good album can be a little like a one-night stand. There's that lovely moment of courting, checking ...

Coming Up Roses: Elliott Smith

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Revolver, Spring 2000

ELLIOTT SMITH indulges in a poor man's speedball – coffee and a camel light – while an engineer loads a tape containing rough mixes from ...

Elliott Smith: Bottle Up And Explode

Retrospective by Dorian Lynskey, The Word, January 2004

Elliott Smith never managed to get past Step One of any 12-step recovery programme, yet he made quixotic music that lifted the lonely and the ...

Elliott Smith: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Retrospective and Interview by RJ Smith, Spin, 18 February 2004

WHEN ELLIOTT SMITH played Los Angeles in the fall of 2002, after more than a year of semi-seclusion, he didn't look so good. His hands ...

Elliott Smith: From A Basement On The Hill (Domino)

Review by Jude Rogers, The Word, November 2004

The posthumous album from the quiet American idol, written From A Basement On The Hill ...

Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill (Domino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

WHEN ELLIOTT SMITH died last year, he left behind a large number of tracks from which he was assembling the follow-up to 2000's Figure 8. ...

Shooting Star: Elliott Smith

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, November 2004

A YEAR AGO I was sitting in the Los Angeles living room of Mr. Roger Steffens, curator of a huge Bob Marley archive that was ...

Elliott Smith: Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, March 2005

First three from masterful songwriter who committed suicide in 2003. ...

Elliott Smith: New Moon

Review by Dan Gennoe,, May 2007

IT'S A TESTAMENT to the immense songwriting genius of Elliott Smith that even his decade old cast-offs are worth hearing. It's also a massive relief. ...

Elliott Smith: New Moon

Review by Mark Kemp, Paste, 8 May 2007

ONE DAY in the late 1990s, not long after his sublime performance of 'Miss Misery' in between the bombast of Celine Dion and bravado of ...

Elliott Smith et al: It's All Too Beautiful

Report by Graeme Thomson, The Word, June 2007

Pale eulogies on fan sites are giving even obscure dead musicians a career in the afterlife. But does the net build an idealised version of ...

Elliott Smith: New Moon

Review by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, June 2007

Astonishing Two-Disc Trove Of Unreleased Mid-'90s Vintage. ...

Elliott Smith: The Lost Boy

Retrospective by Keith Cameron, Q, January 2011

He was the modern-day Nick Drake: a brilliant, troubled troubadour whose life was cut tragically short in mysterious circumstances, leaving a small but influential legacy. ...

Gaz Coombes: The World's Strongest Fan

Interview by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, July 2018

Ever been curious about what's pumping on Gaz Coombes' stereo? RC's Jamie Atkins was, so he headed to Oxfordshire to find out. ...


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