"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)
Bipartisanship, everybody; isn’t it great?
On Tuesday, the Senate passed — on a bipartisan basis, no less — the so-called farm bill. The bill will lead to 850,000 families on food stamps seeing their benefits cut by about $90 per month, a cut to the program’s budget of about 1 percent. The president is expected by all to sign it.
The bill is the product of roughly three years’ worth of on-and-off negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate. Its total spending is roughly $956.4 billion. It ends direct subsidy payments to farmers worth billions of dollars, and it is expected to cut somewhere around $16 billion in government spending over the coming 10 years.
In a statement released after the Senate vote, President Obama said that while the bill “isn’t perfect” he believes “it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation.”
Obama’s sentiment was echoed by Senate Republicans and Democrats. North Dakota’s John Hoeven described the bill as “really … fair to both sides,” and Washington’s Maria Cantwell remarked that, while the bill cuts food stamps “far more than I would have cut it” she still considers it “time that we move forward.”
Salon’s Blake Zeff had a different interpretation of this Congressional coming together. As he put it recently, this bipartisan bill will “make hungry people hungrier at a time of rampant poverty.”
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)