The Washington Post has posted a previously unreleased Elliott Smith song recorded back in 1997, which was thought to have been lost. The tune “Misery Let Me Down” was captured by microphones when the late Smith, then 27, performed at the University of Maryland's student-run radio station, WWUC-FM. Smith died in 2003 of two stab wounds to the chest following an argument with his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba. Whether Smith stabbed himself or was stabbed by someone else has yet to be determined by law enforcement.
The recording, which you can listen to on the Post's website, features Smith's meek voice asking his hosts if he can warm up before they start taping. He then launches into a song bearing a complex, bluesy guitar progression–beautifully finger picked–and accompanied only by his lonesome warble.