Sunday, December 05, 2021

Elliott Smith Archive – The Moon is a Sickle Cell [2021]


The Moon is a Sickle Cell has been updated for 2021, with the goal of collecting and preserving every rarity track currently out there in circulation in the best quality possible, to make them available to the public into the future.

The original collection from 2016 had 180 tracks in it. This archive for 2021 has more than 650.

Every download that can be found by searching anywhere online is in this archive. This includes Grand Mal, Confusion, Either/Or Sessions, Jackpot/XO Sessions, Place Pigalle Demos, Basement Tapes Unfinished/Suppressed, From A Basement On The Hill II, The Moon is a Light Bulb Breaking, etc. And there’s even more songs that aren’t in any other collection from recent leaks. 


Saturday, December 04, 2021

Elliott Smith - The Moon is a Sickle Cell Collection [2021] - Best of the Archive Compilation

 This collection is a "best of the archive" compilation. It contains ONLY one version of each solo rarity track. The track is either the best quality version or the most well known version of the track. There are 80 songs in total, so it’s like an 80 track rarities album. 


Friday, December 03, 2021

Elliott Smith - From a White Basement on the Hill

Elliott Smith's last album, From a Basement on the Hill, wasn't finished before he died in 2003. What was released in 2004 was an album that had been mixed by Rob Schnapf and supervised by Joanna Bolme. The album wasn't the vision that Elliott had for it, and it couldn't be, because a lot of the recording was left unfinished. 

The bit of controversy that surrounds the posthumous album's creation is that the main producer that Elliott was working with to record the album, David McConnell, wasn't consulted. He supposedly has 3 years worth of handwritten notes by Elliott about the direction he wanted to take the album. 

This lead to things like the song "Ostriches and Chirping" being included in the final product, which wasn't anything that Elliott had ever touched, but a little experiment that McConnell had created himself. Also, Elliott apparently didn't intend for the song "Pretty (Ugly Before)" to be on the album either.

Elliott had wanted From a Basement on the Hill to be a double album, and was inspired by The Beatles  White Album. That's why this mix is called From a White Basement on the Hill.


Thursday, December 02, 2021

Elliott Smith - Fritz Michaud's New Moon (Comp of All Fritz Michaud Mixes)

Before his death, Elliott Smith asked Fritz Michaud to master a lot of his rarities. The album New Moon album was released in 2007, and audio engineer Larry Crane was chosen to remix a lot of the same tracks for its release. Many fans consider the Fritz mixes to be better and more in line with Elliott’s style. This compilation collects all of the mixes by Fritz Michaud that are available. 


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Elliott Smith - Thirteen (Best Live Covers Comp)

This is a more condensed version of Part 9 of the archive, The Moon is a Sickle Cell. The first part is a collection of all of the highest quality live versions of cover songs that are available and the second part are all the lower quality cover songs, but the best quality tracks available. There is at least one track of each cover song Elliott played live that was recorded. 


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Elliott Smith - Smile at Confusion (Live Rarities Comp)

One of the earliest collections of any Elliott Smith material was called Confusion and it was a bunch of live versions of unreleased and off album songs. This compilation reimagines that collection by incorporating songs from all of the new live sources that have been collected over the years. The title Smile at Confusion comes from the song “Dancing on the Highway.”


Saturday, August 22, 2020

The 15 Most Depressing Bright Eyes Songs of All Time (Number 1 Will Shock You!)

We've finally seen the release of the 8th Bright Eyes album (that's right, 8th) as well as maybe actually the final final Bright Eyes album this time, Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was (August 21, 2020). 

In celebration, here is a list of the 15 most depressing Bright Eyes songs.

When doing ruminations on the "saddest" Bright Eyes songs, the word "sad" could mean many many things. There are a lot of sad tunes that are really beautiful and leave you with a sense that things are going to be better for our little Conor Oberst in the future.

This is not that list.

This is a list of the songs that are the most depressing, most downer, no hope slogs that Bright Eyes has to offer us for when you need a good cry.

I DID make a few other playlists to go along with this post: the most heartbreaking Bright Eyes songs, the most surprisingly fun Bright Eyes songs, the most hopeful Bright Eyes songs, the most dirtbag Bright Eyes songs. Check them out here

15. Arienette
14. Feb. 15th
13. It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends
12. When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
11. Going For The Gold
10. If Winter Ends
09. Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come
08. Napoleon's Hat
07. A New Arrangement
06. The Big Picture
05. Hot Car in the Sun
04. A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever and A Necklace
03. No Lies, Just Love
02. Padraic, My Prince
01. Amy in the White Coat
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