Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

An unreleased Elliott Smith live track is Planned Parenthood’s newest 7”

Fundraising team 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood continues to announce tracks for its upcoming box set, with all proceeds going to the titular women’s health organization. The group previously tapped Chvrches, John Legend, St. Vincent, and Zach Galifianakis to build enthusiasm for its efforts; now, it’s reaching back…

Gus Van Sant and Lance Bangs remember Elliott Smith in an exclusive episode of Say Yes

One week ago, we told you about a new podcast miniseries that’s all about the life and music of the patron saint of depressed indie rockers, Elliott Smith. Produced by Louisville Public Media’s The Guestlist in conjunction with Kill Rock Stars—Smith’s old record label—the podcast is called Say Yes, and features…

What song is inextricably linked to a film or TV show for you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What’s your favorite Oscar memory?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Read This: Elliott Smith’s old band Heatmiser speaks out for the first time

On October 10, Portland-based alt-rock group Heatmiser, notable as the launching pad for singer-songwriter Elliott Smith’s widely acclaimed solo career, will be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame. To help mark the occasion, writer David Greenwald of the Oregonian tracked down all of the living members of the…

20 great songs orphaned by their namesake albums

Between November of 1984 and November of 1985, Scottish indie-pop act The Jesus And Mary Chain blended pretty melodies and abrasive noise across four singles and a debut LP, Psychocandy. In that first flourish of activity, the JAMC churned out more songs than it could use, including the fan-favorite “Some Candy…

What 1995 pop culture would you want to experience again for the first time?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…