Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Thermals - Ballad of Big Nothing (Elliott Smith cover)

I have a confession to make... I don't know much about Elliott Smith, and haven't heard much of his music beyond the obligatory "Needle in the Hay". Now that I've completely blown all my indie cred, let me tell you what I thought about this tribute album, To: Elliott, From: Portland. It's a little more personal and less of a cash grab than most tribute albums since the songs are done by bands from Portland who all knew him prior to his death. In addition to the Decemberists track that's been posted in a few places, Sub Pop's The Thermals give us a surprisingly stripped-down "Ballad of Big Nothing" with the help of Smith's ex-girlfriend Joanna Bolme. Swords also have an interesting almost Flaming Lips-esque take on "I Didn't Understand". The tribute album is out on February 7th from Expunged Records.

» Bonus Track: Swords - I Didn't Understand
» Pre-order it on Amazon

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah - that cover sucks. The guitar isn't even played right and no girl should ever be allowed to sing an Elliott Smith song. Thanks for butchering it!