"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)
Amid the Olympic bedlam, with London businesses gone quiet, the New York Stock Exchange went nutty this morning with 30 minutes of unusual trading activity. As the New York Times reported, the NYSE is investigating the so-called “irregular trading” that resulted in severe price fluctuations for numerous popular stocks, among them Citigroup and Bank of America. Many traders suspected Knight Capital Group, a high-powered brokerage firm, of mucking things up.
A statement from Jersey City-based Knight claimed that “a technology issue occurred,” which could have resulted from the Retail Liquidity Program implemented by the NYSE today. The new program, which mimics quick trading firms, will compete with Knight for retail investment business. Regardless, the hectic scene reminded some of the “flash crash” of May 2010, when the American market saw a 10 percent decline in about 15 minutes.
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)