In 1997, Elliott Smith arrived at the University of Maryland’s student-run WMUC-FM station to tape a session; at the time, Smith was riding a wave of underground and critical respect for his 1997 LP Either/Or. The session was broadcast live on the station and taped via MiniDisc for posterity. Before the session began, though, Smith warmed up with “Misery Let Me Down,” a stark, two-minute ode, which was not broadcast. The recording then mysteriously disappeared before surfacing recently. Head to The Washington Post to hear the track.
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