"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)
Howard Dean didn’t get the Cabinet spot he wanted, but he does have a new job. The former head of the Democratic National Committee is joining CNBC as a regular contributor, a gig he kicked off Monday morning with a spot as the guest-host of the network’s show “Squawk Box.”
The announcement is especially interesting given the context provided recently by the fire the network has taken from “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and the approving reaction Stewart’s criticisms have gotten from the kind of people who make up Dean’s base. The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports CNBC’s decision to bring Dean on was coincidental and unrelated, though. Stein quotes an unnamed source “close to the former Vermont governor” as saying, “This was in the works long before the Jon Stewart stuff.”
Dean has some background in financial matters — he did some time as a stock broker before going to medical school, and his father worked in finance.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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)