"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)
Jimmy Fallon has handed upcoming “Late Night” host and fellow “SNL” alum Seth Meyers the proverbial torch, which, for late night television hosts, is a giant pickle.
David Letterman started the tradition in 1993, when his staff handed it over to Conan O’Brien, who then gave the large plastic pickle to Fallon in 2009.
Meyers, who will be leaving “SNL,” admitted that he is worried “about the interviewing” on late night television. “Obviously, that’s a thing you have to learn by doing,” he said to Fallon — though he’s become a pro by interviewing his old stuffed animals in the meantime.
But Meyers shouldn’t face too much of a challenge with his first guest, who is “SNL” colleague Amy Poehler.
Fallon, who has edged out Jay Leno as the “Tonight Show” host, will move to the 11:35 p.m. time slot starting Feb. 17. Meyers will replace Fallon as NBC’s “Late Night” host on Feb. 24.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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)