While it is easy to focus on Elliott Smith’s death when recalling the beloved artist, Kill Rock Stars is taking the month of August to celebrate his life, noting that the songwriter would be 43 had he not taken his own life in 2003.
For this occasion, the label is offering up a ton of Elliott Smith goodies, including new versions of some of his tunes. The first of these is an alternate take on “Alameda” from his 1997 classic Either/Or, which Pitchfork premiered earlier today. The song features some changed lyrics and is different enough to be required listening for fans of the artist.
In addition to these tracks, which will be trickling out as the month progresses, Kill Rock Stars is also offering up a deal on the Elliott Smith compilation, An Introduction to… Elliott Smith. In an attempt to reel in a new generation of listeners to Smith’s work, the label will sell the compilation for $4.99 on Aug. 6 only.
Lastly, Elliott Smith’s entire KRS catalog will be available in lossless digital file format for the month of August, and two of Smith’s records (Either/Or and Elliott Smith) will be available on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. For now, check out the new version of “Alameda” below.
Alameda (alternate version) by Elliott Smith