Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith



Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery",[5] and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums.[6] Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.[7]

Smith had trouble with alcohol and other drugs throughout his life, while suffering from depression, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California, from two stab wounds to the chest.[8] The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted.[9] At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously completed and released in 2004.



Pretty is a song by musical artist Elliott Smith, released on May 5, 2017.
Pictures of Me
Pictures of Me is a song by musical group Elliott Smith, released on February 16, 2017.
Angeles is a song by musical group Elliott Smith, released on January 24, 2017.
I Figured You Out
I Figured You Out is a song by musical artist Elliott Smith, released on January 17, 2017.

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Review: Decades of Philip B. Price of Winterpills
  –  January 2, 2018
“Cold Nickels” from 2002’s 13 Songs for Right Now is the more depressing side of Price’s work in line with Elliott Smith’s songwriting sensibilities. There’s grandiose strings that emphasize a sense of world weariness. “Looking through me/ Th ...
Lomelda’s Hannah Read brings her highway-wandering album Thx to Norman
  –  January 2, 2018
On the song “Out There,” Read alludes to a tall tale her brother told her when she was a young child about meeting Texas-raised singer-songwriter and former Kill Rock Stars record label signee Elliott Smith at a club. Read said in a later interview ...
Women Rule This Best of Music List in 2017, Led by One Super Mann — Aimee Mann, That Is
  –  December 28, 2017
I would say I’m not as depressing as Elliott Smith and … I always found his stuff uplifting on some level because it was so honest.” Interview: Oct. 15, via email. Articles: The Accidentals Know How to Draw a Full House on This Odyssey (June 9); With ...
The Five Plays We’re Most Excited About Seeing in 2018
  –  December 28, 2017
The second show in their season has been in the works for a while, too. A Fond Farewell is an Elliott Smith tribute that reimagines his songs as a staged classical song cycle. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., hand2mouth.org. April 12-13.
Fantasy Football: Noteworthy and trending pickups for Week 17
  –  December 27, 2017
Smith has touchdowns in four of his last five games, with 11 receptions in the last three. With the return of Ezekiel Elliott, Smith wouldn't typically receive the touches or the targets to be relevant, but Week 17 is a different animal when your team has ...
Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing
  –  December 23, 2017
Rakei is no also-ran. At the two-minute mark, he surrenders any notion of being Elliott Smith reborn when the music left-turns into a Radiohead-esque angular guitar maze. After two more minutes of vocal vamping, it morphs again into a synthetic anthem that ...
This album changed my life: Elliott Smith – XO (1998)
  –  December 23, 2017
The train from Dublin to Limerick these days is a far cry from the often freezing, rickety, rolling carriages of 1998. The traditional Friday evening dash from the slightly beleaguered students of bedsit Dublin towards the warm fires of home was marked by ...
The Ghost Of Portland Past: Remembering Elliott Smith
  –  December 22, 2017
Kill Rock Stars' new expanded remaster of "Either/Or" includes live and previously unreleased versions of Elliott Smith songs. Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon (center) and Jackpot! Recording Studios' Larry Crane (right ...
Cowboys still have chance at playoffs with Ezekiel Elliott returning
  –  December 20, 2017
PHILADELPHIA With how the Eagles were playing, maybe the Cowboys would have lost had they had Elliott, Smith and Lee playing. But they ran the ball effectively against a top run defense. They could do nothing in the passing game, failing to make one play ...
Emo Kylo Ren Is Tweeting Again Thanks to 'The Last Jedi'
  –  December 15, 2017
Emo Kylo Ren was an active presence surrounding the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015 (and well into 2016), routinely delivering quick gems about Holden Caulfield, Elliott Smith, craft beers, and other items of interest to a young and misunderstood ...
Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ star Gwendoline Christie stan Madonna in hilarious interview
  –  December 8, 2017
Watch below. Madonna is between album cycles, but recently shared a stripped back cover of Elliott Smith’s ‘Between The Bars’ on Instagram. Meanwhile, Gwendoline Christie has said she would consider appearing in a Game Of Thrones spin-off.
People Are Finally Recognizing Ringo Starr as One of Rock's Great Drummers
  –  November 27, 2017
George Harrison’s reputation, both as songwriter and guitarist, has been on the rise since musicians including Elliott Smith advocated for him. Throw in the competition — Moon and Watts playing in the other big British bands of the ’60s — and it ...
Madonna Shares an Intimate Cover of Elliott Smith Performed While 'Everyone Else Is Asleep'
  –  November 9, 2017
The Grammy winner, 59, shared a cover of Elliott Smith‘s “Between the Bars” on her Twitter page, where she’s softly singing and playing guitar during a late-night music session. “Strumming my favorite song when everyone else is asleep,” she ...

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