"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)
The fight against the planned Muslim community center near Ground Zero has a new champion: tea partier and New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.
Paladino, who is challenging fellow mosque-opponent Rick Lazio for the GOP gubernatorial nod, is out with the following radio ad that reveals Paladino’s plan to use eminent domain to defeat the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” when he is elected governor. (Never mind that that’s probably not possible.)
Paladino, a businessan who has pledged to plow $10 million into his campaign, has been hounded by criticism of e-mails he sent or forwarded to dozens of people that showed, among other things, a video of a woman having sex with a horse, a picture of President Obama decked out in stereotypical pimp clothes, and a “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal” video clip that showed a traditional African tribal dance.
So, to round up, those opposing the mosque now include Paladino, a Birther pastor who wants you to send him your gold, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich. On the other side are Mayor Bloomberg, the local community board, and the progressive Muslim Americans behind the project.
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott.
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)