Tag Archives: Elliott Smith

My Top 10 Songs of 2015

Every December, my buddy Sam invites a bunch of his friends to share their ten favorite songs from the previous year. It’s a fun little exercise to go back over all the stuff I listened to from the past year … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Songs About Drugs

When my friend and fellow blogsmith Juan Alvarado Valdivia suggested we continue our dueling Top 10 lists by compiling our favorite drug songs, my immediate reaction was, “Won’t that just be a list of our favorite songs?” He laughed, and … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Breakup Songs

Breaking up with someone is one of the worst experiences we have in life. Truth be told, the only thing that’s worse is having someone close to you die, and even that pain comes from a similar place: the pain … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Album Closing Songs

Last week, Juan and I did our Top 10 album opening tracks. This week, I’m back with my 10 favorite album closers. The criteria, at least for me, is a little bit different here. While an opening track is a … Continue reading

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Concert Review: The Elliott Smith Tribute at the Bowery Ballroom

Music is probably the topic I write about the most on this blog. I can’t help it; I’m a music geek. I spend a ton of time writing those posts, even though I know they typically get fewer page views … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Song: Happiness

As always, before we get started breaking down the song, listen to it here. Recorded and released as a single in 1999, Happiness is a beloved late-period Elliott Smith song. It’s one of the finer tracks on his 2000 album … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #3: Elliott Smith

The album cover: A bleak, nearly monochromatic image of a couple of figures falling (perhaps having jumped?) from a building. Elliott Smith’s name appears to hover in midair in Smith’s handwritten script, barely legible due to its pale yellow color. … Continue reading

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