"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)
Thomas Ricks, a defense reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, went on Fox News to talk about how John McCain is backing off his plan to block Susan Rice’s nomination to secretary of state. But the interview was rather unceremoniously cut short after Ricks told host Jon Scott that “Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party.”
Ricks first said of McCain that he thinks “Benghazi generally was hyped by this network especially. And now that the campaign is over, I think he’s backing off a little bit. They’re not going to stop Susan Rice from being secretary of state.”
When Scott objected to Ricks calling the controversy over Benghazi “hype,” Ricks replied: “I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party.” The interview ended there.
Ricks told Politico’s Dylan Byers: “I had told the producer before I went on that I thought the Benghazi story had been hyped. So it should have been no surprise when I said it and the anchor pushed back that I defended my view.”
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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)