"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)
You’d think the public couldn’t be appalled or surprised by anything related to ‘True Blood” anymore. Season 2: Lafayette dug a steel plate out of a severed leg to release himself from his Fangtasia chains. Season 3: Bill broke another vampire’s neck and turned her head around while he was having sex with her. Evidently seeing series stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard naked and covered in blood on the cover of September’s Rolling Stone is just. too. much.
People magazine wades into the debate, asking if the cover is too racy, while Monsters and Critics lauds Alan Ball for making vampires sexy again. Indie Wire covers a history of the sexiest vampires, and E!Online has excerpts from the interview with Ball. And yesterday Zap2it asked if you can be a fan of “True Blood” and homophobic at the same time — a question spurred by football player Todd Herremans and his Twitter account.
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)