"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)
Last week, CBS’s “The Good Wife” returned from a long and disheartening hiatus. Last night, Julianna Margulies appeared on “The Tonight Show,” presumably to raise awareness of the hit show’s return. CBS recently announced that, despite “The Good Wife’s” susceptibility to preemption by awards shows, sporting events and whatever else the network chooses to start the week with, the program has been renewed for a sixth season.
In addition to leaving both Fallon and fellow guest Patton Oswalt practically stammering in her wake, the impeccably styled Margulies also dropped a tidbit about this Sunday night’s episode: Apparently, “A Few Words” will feature a cameo from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio when Margulies’ character Alicia Florrick is asked to speak at an American Bar Association conference in the city. (Oddly, “The Good Wife” is set in Chicago, but films primarily in New York.)
De Blasio is unlikely to face the same volume of slings and arrows that President Obama has weathered as a result of his appearance on an Internet sketch. But seeing as how the mayor is currently embattled on at least one major front, let’s hope his dalliance in a bit of entertainment levity does not cause him to appear weak to his opponents. Then again, considering that “The Good Wife” paints most politicians as conniving if not utterly corrupt, de Blasio should be more worried that he not come off as too much of a badass.
Neil Drumming is a staff writer for Salon. Follow him on Twitter @Neil_Salon.More Neil Drumming.
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)