Favorite Albums of 2011…
Here are mine. What are yours?
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
The Strokes: angles
Nick Lowe: The Old Magic
Tom Waits: Bad As Me
Wilco: The Whole Love
The War On Drugs: Slave Ambient
Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest
Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
The Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee pt. 2
Our tenth anniversary issue features an new, in-depth look at the life and work of Elliott Smith. Under the Radar was the last publication to interview Smith before his untimely death. The original article ran in our Spring 2003 issue.
For the new article, writer Matt Fink spoke with friends and family of the late musician. People interviewed include: owner of Portland’s In Music We Trust label Alex Steininger, musician Jason Lytle, From a Basement on a Hill producer David McConnell, touring guitarist and keyboardist Shon Sullivan, Jenny Lewis, curator of fan website Sweet Adeline Charlie Ramirez, archivist Larry Crane, pianist Christopher O’Riley, and Searching for Elliott Smith director Gil Reyes.
The article also includes previously unpublished photographs of Smith, taken in his Los Angeles home. The digital issue also contains additional quotes and photos.
“I don’t think Elliott really wanted to die.” – David McConnell, Elliott Smith’s producer and friend
“The day [Elliott] passed, Conor [Oberst] was staying with me in L.A. We were both pretty devastated. I remember walking with him to the Figure 8 mural from my apartment in Silverlake.” – Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis
“I put [Elliott] in the pantheon of great American songwriters, with George Gershwin and Cole Porter, rather than his peers.” – Christopher O’Riley, classical composer and NPR radio host.