"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)
The Pew Research Center finds that fewer adults are annoyed by loud and obstructive cellphone users than in the past. In March 2006, half of all adults frequently encountered boorish gabbing. By last year only 39 percent frequently encountered it.
This data correlates almost perfectly with the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and the subsequent ascent of sophisticated Android phones. While BlackBerrys existed before 2006, it was with the Apple product that smartphones began their rapid evolution from communication devices to full-on distraction machines equipped with devilishly addictive casual games like Angry Birds and the capacity to, for example, play video or obsess over social media. Twitter also had its breakout moment in 2007 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Talking on the phone has lost cachet. Talking is just another thing people do on their phones.
The number of adults who admit to being scolded or shamed for their own obnoxious talking was far lower, at 6 percent, down a mere 2 percent from 2006. Technology might change but human nature remains the same.
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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)