News for Now

Elliott Smith gets the greatest hits treatment, She & Him announces a presumably adorable tour, and Kanye West sort of looks like a lady on the cover art of his latest single.

If there's one singer-songwriter that everyone should know and listen to, it's Elliott Smith. Sure, I can't bear to listen to his songs most of the time (for fear of falling into a deep, yet beautifully soundtracked depression), but there's no doubt that he was one of the most talented musicians in recent history. Haven't gotten around to Mr. Smith yet? Check out this super-accessible compilation that'll drop on November 2. It's called Introduction to...Elliott Smith, and offers 14 of his best tracks.

In duo news, She & Him will embark on a tour starting in late August with scattered dates throughout late October. I hope to go check them out just so I have another way to describe them besides "awwww!" I'm sure they're actually talented live and stuff like that.

Alright, stick with me here--Kanye just released a new track off his forthcoming album called "See Me Now", and it features Beyonce. But in my one-track mind, that's not really newsworthy. What is newsworthy is the cover art for the single--doesn't he kind of look like Grace Jones? I mean, mentally airbrush out the chest hair, and you've basically got Gracie. I'm just saying, if he freaks out again and has to leave the spotlight, he could have a great second career as a female impersonator.

Posted by Alyssa Vincent on Aug 13, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

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