"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)
April Fools’ Day is among the worst days of the year for a reporter; just ask the gossip bloggers who, late last night, stopped short of reporting that Lindsay Lohan was pregnant after she said she was with child on Twitter. (Good one, L.L.!)
But Variety forget to tear the page off its desk calendar yesterday morning, and when “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer tweeted that Lady Gaga had joined the upcoming mutant action movie, Variety rushed a story online — one that it’s now taken down. On the Hollywood trade publication’s Twitter feed, the publication noted that “Variety just got April Fooled! Lady Gaga will NOT co-star in the next ‘X-Men’ movie.”
Variety recently shuttered its daily edition in favor of a weekly magazine, which launched in late March. The publication’s woes have been well-chronicled on Deadline. Nikki Finke’s site has an owner in common with Variety and fights with it as well as sites like The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter for scoops — a category into which an unconfirmed tweet from a director announcing casting would fall 364 days a year.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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)