"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)
Legendary comic Jerry Seinfeld visited Jimmy Fallon on his second night hosting the “Tonight Show,” which Fallon brought back to their native state after 42 years in Los Angeles. The two comedians, who are both parents, lamented about the trials of modern-day parenting.
“We’re too into it,” Seinfeld told Fallon. “When we were kids, our parents didn’t give a damn about us.”
Seinfeld described the bedtime routine for his children as a “royal car nation jubilee centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental appliances and the stuffed animal semi-circle of emotional support.” “And I’ve got to read eight different moron books,” he added.
“You know what my bedtime story was when we were kids?” asked Seinfeld.
“Darkness!” he exclaimed.
The comedian also performed stand-up commenting on society’s ridiculous reliance upon cellphones, which are filled with not-so-important contacts whose names we scroll through “like a gay French king,” though we rarely use that “juiced-up hard rectangle” for phone calls anymore.
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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)