Elliott Smith, Live at Sam Bond’s Garage, 9.25.96
He was at his best, or at least right up near it, at this show. A year or so before Good Will Hunting made him a bit more known, before the Oscars, before Dreamworks, before everything else, there was this: a guy, his guitar, and a handful of some of the finest songs ever written.
In honor of the still unbearably sad anniversary of his passing, nine years ago this week, take a long listen and realize all that was lost when he left the world on October 21, 2003.
No Confidence Man
Antonio Carlos Jobim
(talking, re: Xena the Warrior Princess)
Between the Bars
See You Later
(stream the show and/or download the whole set as a zip file for free, via Archive.org)