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This third tribute to the forlorn, tragic Smith, whose odd 2004 death was ruled a suicide—fourth including a one-man piano instrumental LP—is the finest. Say Yes is less emotionally tear-jerking than 2005’s collection of valiant little-knowns on 2005’s A Tribute to Elliott Smith or 2006’s better, more localized/poignant To Elliott From Portland, but perhaps that’s helpful—with 12 years distance now, just the songwriting’s moving qualities govern this soulful, graceful, measured look at a unique talent that—for once—was recognized in his prime. The marquee names deliver, especially Tanya Donelly, Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin, Lou Barlow, his Dinosaur Jr. bandmate J Mascis, and Massachusetts contemporary Juliana Hatfield. But the darkly lovely coolness of Julien Baker, ex-Dresden Doll singer Amanda Palmer, and acoustic-pretty William Fitzsimmons and Wild Sun are the clear winners. Overall, Smith’s gifts are herein preserved and rediscovered anew. – Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith is available on CD, LP, Cassette.
Many thanks to Allan Raible for the outstanding album review on ABC News. Check it out!
Our Elliott Smith tribute officially releases today worldwide. We are extremely proud of this project and eternally grateful to all the outstanding artists who covered tracks exclusively for this tribute. Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith is available on CD, LP, Cassette, and Digital. We've provided some links below for easy purchase.
Hear Amanda Palmer cover Elliott Smith's "Pictures Of Me" from Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith out October 14th on CD, LP and Cassette.
“I’ve been an admirer and constant listener of Elliott’s whole catalogue since someone first gave me XO in the 90s. It’s just impossible to get bored of listening to his songwriting, which is so sonically quiet yet emotionally loud. He was always curating this paradox of himself for the listener, giving you pieces of the puzzle. ‘Pictures of Me’ has always been one my favorites of his, lyrically, because, like his best stuff, he deals with the struggle by putting the struggle on display. I tried to keep the arrangement personal and simple, just piano and voice, because I felt like adding any more was going to just get in the way of the intimacy. And as a blanket commentary on fame and image, c’mon: ‘Everybody’s dying just to get the disease’ as a double entendre? It’s genius….I mean that’s up there with the best Leonard Cohen lyrics. I so wish Elliott was around to keep sharing his genius. The best we can do now is just keep the songs and his soul in circulation." - Amanda Palmer
Hear J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) cover Elliott Smith's Waltz #2 from Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith out October 14th on CD, LP and Cassette.
World Premiere! Hear Tanya Donelly cover Elliott Smith's Between The Bars from Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith out October 14th on CD, LP and Cassette.
Tanya Donelly's gorgeous Swan Song Series is now available in all its vinyl glory on an exclusive 3-LP set. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Purchase today!
Due to popular demand, we've done a very special reissue of "Whatever, My Love" on black vinyl. The first pressing sold-out in pre-orders. This new one is another small run of 500 copies. All LP's include a vinyl-exclusive bonus track and a digital download card + promotional decal inside the jacket. Buy direct or from Amazon.
We are extremely proud to announce Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith will be released worldwide on October 14th. The 15-song tribute will be available on CD, LP, Cassette, and Digitally. We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes this past year and it’s been a pleasure to work with all the amazing artists to celebrate the music of Elliott Smith. Pre-orders are available exclusively here.