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The premise of this podcast is very simple - in each episode, we speak to a famous fan of Elliott Smith's to discuss their favourite song of his and how they got into his music.

My Favourite Elliott Smith Song My Favourite Elliott Smith Song

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    • 4.9 • 58 Ratings

The premise of this podcast is very simple - in each episode, we speak to a famous fan of Elliott Smith's to discuss their favourite song of his and how they got into his music.

    Ruth Radelet

    Ruth Radelet

    Our guest for the opening episode of season 5 of My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is Ruth Radelet.

    Ruth is a musician based in Portland, Oregon, who has recently started a solo career, after a long and successful stint with the band, Chromatics, a group she joined back in 2006. One of her first releases as a solo artist was, in fact, a cover of Twilight by Elliott Smith, which she recorded for the 30th anniversary celebration of the record label, Kill Rock Stars.

    In this interview we talk about that cover, why Ruth wanted to do that song in particular and what it means to her. As an added bonus, the conversation was recorded at New Monkey Studio in Los Angeles, California and we're very grateful to Greg, Robert and Joel for allowing us to use the space, and for being such great supporters of the podcast.

    In this episode, we also announce to new additions to the podcast for this season - a newsletter and the chance to have your cover featured. You can find links to these below.

    Extra things to look at / listen to:





    Twilight by Elliott Smith: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/track/twilight-2

    From a Basement on a Hill by Elliott Smith: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/album/from-a-basement-on-the-hill

    Twilight by Ruth Radelet: https://killrockstars.bandcamp.com/track/twilight-elliott-smith

    Subscribe to our newsletter: https://myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=1jzwzn&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    Send us your Elliott Smith cover to covers@myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    More about New Monkey Studio: http://newmonkeystudio.com




    My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong.

    • 27 min
    Carmen Perry (Remember Sports)

    Carmen Perry (Remember Sports)

    Our second guest of this season is Carmen Perry from the band Remember Sports. 

    Remember Sports formed back in 2012, when Carmen and her bandmates were studying at college/university. Since then, they've released five albums, most recently Like a Stone, which came out last year. 

    It was as a teenager that Carmen became an Elliott Smith fan. She discovered his music when she was searching indie artists on download sites and immediately connected with it.

    In this episode, we discuss her Elliott Smith origin story, how he made the piano cool and, of course, we talk about her favourite song choice too. 

    We close out the episode with a cover of Angel in the Snow from the band Sam and Me. 

    Extra things to look at / listen to: 





    Pitseleh by Elliott Smith: https://open.spotify.com/track/1Q0sk7b7PAGjgC3R5zyuWt?si=964479edaa854f6e

    XO by Elliott Smith: https://open.spotify.com/album/1zOxlHQGGV6EH7n4OIFTyh?si=dqsoX_oGQ9mX8WajvucG9g

    Find out more about Remember Sports: https://remembersports.bandcamp.com

    Listen to Sam and Me's cover of Angel in the Snow: http://www.samandme.com/downloads.html

    Subscribe to our newsletter: https://myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=1jzwzn&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    Send us your Elliott Smith cover to covers@myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com


    My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong.

    • 23 min
    Orono (Superorganism)

    Orono (Superorganism)

    Our guest for episode three of season five is Orono from Superorganism.

    Superoganism are a band now based in London, though they started out more geographically dispersed. When the group formed, Orono would record her vocals separately from Maine, where she attended boarding school.

    After finding prominence with their debut single Something for Your M.I.N.D in 2017, Superorganism followed it up with their first album - a self-titled record - a year later. The group released their second album, World Wide Pop, in July 2022.

    Orono has been an Elliott Smith fan since her dad introduced her to his music as a teenager. In this interview, Orono shares more about how she discovered his music, we talk about how the self-titled album accompanied her through some very difficult times, discuss learning to play Elliott songs and, of course, we go in depth on her favourite song pick too.

    Our listener cover today comes from Andrew Alarcon (featuring Tawnie Lucas). 

    Photo by Jack Bridgland.

    Extra things to look at / listen to:





    St Ides Heaven by Elliott Smith: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/track/st-ides-heaven

    Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/album/elliott-smith

    Orono's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/oronooo

    Andrew Alarcon (featuring Tawnie Lucas) playing St Ides Heaven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct5YH1EPD2k

    Read our newsletter #1: https://myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.substack.com/p/newsletter-1-ruth-radelet-carmen

    Please send us your cover to covers@myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com. 

    My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong.

    • 23 min
    Toledo

    Toledo

    Our guests today are Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz, who together make up the band Toledo. 

    The pair have been making music together since they were 11 years old, growing up in Newburyport in Massachusetts After parting ways for college, Dan and Jordan are now reunited and living in Brooklyn, New York, and are steadily building a big following, with their debut coming out in September this year. 

    For this episode, Dan and Jordan took a slightly different route, and instead of picking one track, we compare two well known recordings of the same song. 

    It was a lot of fun chatting to Dan and Jordan - you really get a sense of their friendship and chemistry as a double act - and I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation.

    Extra things to look at listen to:





    Miss Misery (early version) on Bandcamp: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/track/miss-misery-early-version

    Miss Misery (movie version / on XO extended edition): https://open.spotify.com/track/4zetUxeSCCDwrr1jJT0SuD?si=a014d56aa5ea4fb9

    Good Will Hunting closing scene with Miss Misery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5qajitmZd0

    Toledo website: https://www.thebandtoledo.com

    Our cover today comes from Jake Lamb - you can find it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vXsIoJ4Wdk

    Subscribe to our newsletter: https://myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=1jzwzn&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    Send us your Elliott Smith cover to covers@myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com


    My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong.

    • 26 min
    Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing)

    Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing)

    Our guest for the opening episode of Season 4 is Mike Doughty.

    • 22 min
    Rebecca Gates

    Rebecca Gates

    Our guest today is the musician Rebecca Gates.

    Rebecca is based in Portland, Oregon and was one half of The Spinanes before she left to release music as a solo artist. The Spinanes were a firm fixture on the Portland music scene and it was there that she met Elliott Smith for the first time and established a friendship that would lead to her recording backing vocals on the song St Ides Heaven, which appears on his self-titled album.

    That makes Rebecca - as far as I understand - one of only three people to have sung backing vocals on an Elliott Smith album track. Thank you to Reddit for the answer!

    So, you might have guessed that St Ides Heaven is the song we discuss. Rebecca very kindly shares her memories of recording her vocals for the song, what she thinks of it now and a few other Elliott related stories besides as well.

    Extra things to look at / listen to:





    St Ides Heaven by Elliott Smith: https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/track/st-ides-heaven

    St Ides Heaven performed by Rebecca Gates: https://rebeccagates.bandcamp.com/track/st-ides-heaven-live

    Madding by The Spinanes: https://thespinanes.bandcamp.com/track/madding

    For No One Else by The Spinanes: https://thespinanes.bandcamp.com/track/for-no-one-else


    My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is produced by Rob Comba and Elizabeth Withstandley. 

    Find us on social media @myfavesmithsong.




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Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Magen from Atlanta ,

YES

I love this podcast. It evokes huge waves of nostalgia and is weaved with discovery all in the same. Elliott Smith it’s so special to me.

DaznSucks! ,

Fantastic and so important

Thank you so much for doing this podcast. Outstanding and I’m truly enjoying it. Elliott was so important to me while he was alive and still brings me so much joy to listen to.

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Love this podcast

Thank you for making this! I love the length of the episodes. It’s nice to connect through Elliott. What special music.

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