07 Mar 2011 @ 11:35 AM 

The Oscars were last week and though predictably unfunny, the most common thing that united this year’s Academy Awards with every other year’s shows were the music nominees– They were terrible, as always. Even when someone gets nominated who’s worth a shit, ‘Nope, the asshole who wrote the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire wins because he is amazing!’ Does it make sense? Not in the least unless you consider that the people voting for the songs know so much about movies that somehow that same knowledge has pushed out their artistic intuition to recognize good music. I mean, these guys can’t be bothered to listen to anything other than the radio; they’re too busy making Transformers 3! So, should Hollywood give up their best song category? Yeah, but they won’t. If they did, we’d probably have to sit through even more jokes about how rich and beautiful everyone is in the room… hilarious. That being said, I’ve decided to highlight some of my favorite songs and artists from over the years who for some reason weren’t nominated or managed to make it to the Oscars and lost to awful, awful musicians… and Bob Dylan.

The Graduate (1967)

Simon And Garfunkel: The Sound Of Silence

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Pretty In Pink (1986)

The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Elliott Smith: Miss Misery

Dancer In The Dark (2000)

Björk w/Thom Yorke: I’ve Seen It All

 14 Oct 2010 @ 8:45 PM 

This November 2nd will mark the release of yet another Elliott Smith record. No, this isn’t anything new like New Moon‘s ‘lost’ tracks or even an unfinished album like From A Basement On A Hill… although coincidentally, Kill Rock Stars re-released it earlier this year. No, its merely a quick introduction to Elliott Smith. A brief, ‘Hello, I used to write great music, but now I’m dead. But don’t let that stop you…’ snapshot of Smith’s life through some of his best works… or at least someone’s opinion of his best work. This is my problem with people putting these out. Look, I know his family doesn’t wanna work for a living so they put out ‘greatest hits’ records every 2 or 3 years, I get that. Working for a living sucks. My problem is that these sort of records only give a narrow scope of his work. I personally have 78 tracks by him and if I had to pick a handful of songs for a record like this I’d say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. Thats artistically dishonest, not to mention lazy’. But I suppose everyone is a bit lazy nowadays. That being said, this is actually going to be stocked with some quality tracks. So, if you’re new to Elliott Smith and you’re wondering why everyone speaks so highly of a dead guy even after 7 years, you could probably do a lot worse than An Introduction To… Elliott Smith. But really, just fucking download any one of his original LPs. I’m not saying you have to pay for it, I’m merely saying you should really be as big a fan of his as I am and thats the best way for it to happen. Thats all. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to finish polishing my Elliott Smith statue… In the meantime, please enjoy my top 5 songs by him in no particular order.

Happiness

Junk Bond Trader

Needle In The Hay

Oh Well, Okay

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Posted By: thelittlefield
Last Edit: 14 Oct 2010 @ 09:09 PM

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