30 March 2022

Nebraska band BRIGHT EYES fronted by emotive songwriter and
spellbinding vox CONOR OBERST had their latest, magical album,
their 10th, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was out
two years ago.

Now they have planned reissues from early albums under the banner
of Companion Series. The first part features the band’s first three LPs.
More info here.

Ahead of that Bright Eyes recorded their version of ST. IDES HEAVEN.
A beloved song from the late great ELLIOTT SMITH‘s self-titled debut LP
from 1995. Their take is much heavier and rocks out with vehemence .

Listen here… .

The Elliott Smith original…


BRIGHT EYES: Facebook – All Albums

Emotive Singer/Songwriter ELLIOTT SMITH Passed Away In 2003 – Only 34

22 October 2020

It’s already 17 years – 21 October 2003 – since emotive singer/songwriter ELLIOTT SMITH took his own life. He was only 34. He was born in Ohama, Nebraska in 1969, but spend most of his life in Portland, Oregon.

After playing in a few bands he went his own way. He made 5 albums between 1994 and 2000. Now playing on my stereo is his final LP Figure 8. A varied, melancholic beauty…



ELLIOTT SMITH Released Fourth Longplayer ‘XO’ Twenty Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

25 August 2018


Album: XO – his 4th longplayer

Released: 25 August 1998 – 20 years ago

AlL MUSIC wrote: “A year before his major-label debut, XO, was released, it seemed unlikely that Elliott Smith would even be on a major, let alone having his record be one of the more anticipated releases of 1998. He had certainly earned a great deal of critical respect with his low-key, acoustic indie records and was emerging as a respected songwriter, but he hadn’t made much of an impression outside of journalists, record collectors, and indie rockers.
An Oscar nomination can change things, however. “Miss Misery,” one of Smith’s elegantly
elegiac songs for Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, unexpectedly earned an Academy
Award nomination, and he was immediately thrust into the spotlight- XO proves that not
only can Smith craft a song, but he knows how to make an alluring pop record as well.”

Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

Turn Up the Volume! says: A heavy-hearted songsmith par excellence. Nobody will
ever know what was really going on in Elliott Smith‘s world. Rest in peace.

Album in full…

ELLIOTT SMITH: Facebook – Bandcamp