"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)
In the fight for streaming movie dominance, YouTube is winding up to throw a haymaker.
The video-sharing website is in negotiations with movie studios to launch a pay-per-view video service by the end of 2010, according to the Financial Times. The plan is to introduce the service first in the U.S. then spread it across the globe. Newer movies will reportedly cost $5 a pop.
The move is a strong counter to streaming content providers Netflix and Hulu, and aims at spoiling Apple‘s rumored unveiling of iTV — the redux of the failed Apple TV, which allows viewers to rent their favorite television shows for 99 cents.
This isn’t the first attempt by Google, which acquired YouTube in late 2006 for $1.65 billion, to expand its Internet video business. In April, the site began offering 48-hour rentals of Sundance Film Festival movies for $3.99. It bombed — reportedly generating a total of just 1,500 rentals.
Tech Crunch calls this streaming movement a “full-on assault on cable.” If so, YouTube isn’t just trying to punch out the other contenders online. It’s going after the heavyweight champ.
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)