"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)
We asked this morning why the president keeps talking about his warrantless spying program if the leaks about it are supposedly so “damaging.” We meant the question rhetorically, but it turns out that Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has an answer.
See, the problem isn’t the president’s campaign-style chat about the program or his defense of it in his State of the Union address. It isn’t the Justice Department’s 42-page “white paper” on the program or Alberto Gonzales’ discussions of it at Georgetown University and on “Larry King Live.” It’s not Karl Rove’s speech about the program before the Republican National Committee; it’s not Scott McClellan’s attempts to spin the program in the White House press briefing room; and it’s not Gen. Michael Hayden’s discussion of the program at the National Press Club.
No, Sen. Chambliss says, the danger comes only when people speak of the spying program in critical ways. During proceedings Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chambliss said: “Those folks who continue to go out front and talk in a negative way about this program may be aiding and abetting the terrorists.”
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)
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