"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)
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who is making the rounds on Sunday’s political talk shows, warned that the nation will default unless Congress raises its $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by Oct. 17.
“If the United States government, for the first time in its history, chooses not to pay its bills on time, we will be in default,” explained Lew on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is no option that prevents us from being in default if we don’t have enough cash to pay our bills.”
According to Lew, the government has about $30 billion in cash, which is not a “responsible amount of cash to run the government on.”
“I’m telling you that on the 17th, we run out of our ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire,” Lew said.
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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)