If you were a hip young thing in the late nineties or early aughts (or at any time since then), chances are that you met and fell in love with the music of Elliott Smith. Now, 20 years since the release of his seminal album Either/Or, and 14 years since his mysterious death at the age of 34, we have this tender podcast, produced by his record label Kill Rock Stars in collaboration with The Guestlist. Deliberately non-linear in structure, it revisits Smith's origin story, reexamines his particular genius, and asks what his music has meant to other artists. Slated guests include The Flaming Lips, Regina Spektor and Gus Vant Sant, and we'll also hear a previously unreleased interview featuring Smith. One episode is out now, with five more to come.
Gateway episode: 1. Kevin Devine, Sadie Dupuis, Jessica Lea Mayfield (3 Feb 2017)