"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Love, exploitative and new … Love Cruise: The Maiden Voyage (9 p.m., Fox) sets sail into “Temptation Island” waters with 16 singles changing partners every two days and voting off the incompatibles; $200,000 goes to the last couple standing. Well, maybe not standing. What would Captain Steubing say about this? Mysterious Ways (9 p.m., PAX) begins a new season of weirdness. The new HBO comedy series The Mind of the Married Man (10 p.m., HBO) premieres. Apparently, the mind of the married man is filled with thoughts of cheating on his wife. Comedian Mike Binder created and stars in what he thinks is the male version of “Sex and the City.” The best comedy on TV, Curb Your Enthusiasm (10:30 p.m., HBO), returns with new episodes, and not a moment too soon. Larry David plays Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” now living crankily off his royalties in L.A. splendor. In this episode, Larry gets the opportunity to be a car salesman, something he’s always wanted to do. And Jason Alexander shows up to complain that he never liked George Costanza. (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” moves to Sundays after this special airing.)
The Latin Grammy Awards (9 p.m., CBS) honor the year’s best Spanish-language recordings. The show was moved from Miami to Los Angeles because of feared political protests from Miami’s Cuban-Americans. Presenters and performers include Jennifer Lopez, Luis Miguel, Celia Cruz, Lou Diamond Phillips and Thalia.
Phillies at Braves (7:30 p.m., TBS)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) “Everybody Loves Raymond” cast
David Letterman (CBS) Antonio Banderas (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Charlie Sheen, Gillian Welch
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Wynton Marsalis
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Brad Garrett, Robert Urich
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Topher Grace
All times Eastern unless noted.
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)