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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 • 72 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.

    Paul Rees

    Paul Rees

    Our first guest of the new season is author, Paul Rees.

    Paul has had a great career as a music writer. He's held senior positions at magazines such as Q and Kerrang, he's written several books including a best-seller on the life of Robert Plant, and most recently, penned a biography of Elliott Smith titled, Shooting Star.

    In this interview we discuss that book, how Paul decided to write about Elliott, the many stories he learnt along the way, and we also discuss his pick for his favourite song too.

    At the end of the episode, we also mention this brilliant Elliott Smith tribute from Adam Walton on BBC Wales and this unreleased interview from the year 2000 (courtesy of Mark Benton).

    Thank you for listening!

    Music in this episode:



    Kings Crossing by Elliott Smith
    From A Basement On the Hill by Elliott Smith

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

    • 31 min
    Kimbra

    Kimbra

    Our guest today is Kimbra.

    Kimbra is a musician originally from New Zealand but is now based in New York City. You may have first heard of her when she sang on the track Somebody That I Used To Know in 2011 alongside Gotye, who wrote the single. The pair went on to win two Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

    These two Grammy wins are part of a huge career, which includes signing with Warner Bros, multiple collaborations, an appearance on a Sims computer game soundtrack and a total of four albums, with her most recent, A Reckoning, coming out earlier this year.
     
    Before releasing this record, Kimbra made the decision to break away from her major label recording contract and work independently.

    In this interview, we talk about the reasons behind that decision, the parallels between her career and Elliott Smith's, and, of course, we cover her favourite song choice too.

    Extra links:





    Everything Reminds Me of Her by Elliott Smith
    A Reckoning by Kimbra
    Far Out: Elliott Smith's Favourite John Lennon songs

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

    myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    • 29 min
    John Vanderslice

    John Vanderslice

    Our guest today is John Vanderslice.

    John is a musician, producer and the owner of the legendary Tiny Telephone studio, which initially began in the Mission district of San Francisco. Bands who've recorded at Tiny Telephone with John include the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River, the Mountain Goats, St. Vincent and many, many more.

    Embarking on his musical odyssey as a singer/songwriter, John  has left an indelible mark with the release of 17 albums since 2000. Recently, he underwent a significant evolution by immersing himself in the vibrant realm of electronic music. Notably, he continues to manage Tiny Telephone Oakland.

    In this interview, he tells us about how Larry Crane introduced him to Elliott Smith, his experience of seeing him live and we also talk about John's changing relationship with narrative in music.

    Photo by Maria Brand

    Extra links: 



    Say Yes by Elliott Smith
    Dear Elliott by Graciela Maria and Sneaky
    Bellza on Bandcamp
    Gruesome Details on Bandcamp
    Tiny Telephone (website)

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

    myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    • 31 min
    Margaret Glaspy

    Margaret Glaspy

    Joining us for our last episode of the year is musician, Margaret Glaspy.

    Margaret, who is based in New York City, released her latest album - Echo the Diamond - in August this year. The record is Margaret's third full-length album, and follows on from 2020's Devotion and 2016's Emotions and Math.

    Margaret says Elliott Smith has been a big influence across her career, so in this episode we dive deeper into that, how she defines the Elliott 'vibe' and why her favourite song pick means so much to her.

    Extra things to look at and listen to:





    Stupidity Tries by Elliott Smith
    Margaret Glaspy's website
    Line of Best Fit review of Echo the Diamond
    Kolby Dickens plays us out with Say Yes

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

    myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    • 28 min
    Shannon Lay

    Shannon Lay

    Welcome to our first episode of 2024 with Shannon Lay!

    Shannon is a solo musician based in Los Angeles, who's released four solo albums, as well as a collection of covers that came out last year. And on that covers album is a version of Angeles (by Elliott Smith), which you can hear at the very end of this episode.

    Before that though, we have the full interview with Shannon, where she discusses Figure 8, listening to albums from start to finish and the lyrical mastery in her favourite song pick.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Extra things:





    Can't Make a Sound by Elliott Smith
    You can find Shannon's cover of Angeles here

    Shannon's website
    Photo of Shannon is by Kai McKnight

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

    myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    • 40 min
    Lily O'Farrell (@vulgadrawings)

    Lily O'Farrell (@vulgadrawings)

    Our guest today is Lily O'Farrell, who you may know by her online name @vulgadrawings.

    Lily is a cartoonist and writer based in London. She began publishing feminist cartoons on Instagram in 2018 and has since reached more than 300,000 followers. She's also published a book, released a podcast (her recent series No Worries If Not is well worth listening to) and, yes, even created a number of Elliott Smith memes.

    In this interview, we discuss what makes Elliott's music meme-worthy, whether or not you should date an ES fan and the impact her favourite song pick has had on her life.

    Hope you enjoy listening to it!

    Extra things:





    Happiness/The Gondola Man by Elliott Smith 
    Happiness by Elliott Smith live in Paris
    No Worries If Not - Lily's podcast
    Follow Lily on Instagram
    We also share a clip of Calebo playing Happiness at a recent tribute show in London - you can find them here

    Photo by Holly Whitaker

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

    myfavouriteelliottsmithsong.com

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 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.

sashoro ,

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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