"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)
Romney aide Rick Gorka told some noisy reporters to “shove it” and “kiss my ass,” Politico reported today. The flap came in Poland on the last leg of an international trip that was supposed to make Americans comfortable with Romney as a world leader. Instead, it has resulted in one misstep after another.
After the Republican candidate questioned London’s ability to hold a successful Olympics, he revealed a secret meeting with a British spymaster and unnerved a string of political honchos including Prime Minister David Cameron. Then in Israel he badmouthed Palestinian culture.
Poland provided some relief in a reasonably successful meeting with national hero Lech Walesa. Still, Gorka’s outburst could be a sign of frustration bubbling in Romneyland, as many conservative supporters haven’t been shy about venting their frustration at home.
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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)