I wasn’t around to see Elliott Smith’s 2000 tour, but what remains of the shows is revelatory: the finest musician of his generation turns bedroom ballads into propulsive full-band jams, giving edge even to the more boldly produced efforts of XO and Figure 8. Here’s a full hour of Smith tearing through his catalog; you’re going to want to go full screen for this.
There are a number of audio bootlegs from this tour. This Roseland Theatre recording is a good starting point.
Elliott Smith – “Needle in the Hay” (live, electric): mp3
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