"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)
After a week-long hiatus, Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show,” surprised by the news that Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy faced a standoff with the U.S. government last week after allegedly refusing to pay grazing fees for the federal land he’s raised about 900 cattle on for the past 20 years. It’s the classic tale of “boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow story,” joked Stewart.
The federal government, Stewart points out, is an entity that exists (maximum irony when Bundy guards the land while toting around the American flag). Bundy does have his fair share of supporters, however, including Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Apparently Sean Hannity thinks laws are served buffet-style in that you can pick and choose the ones that you like best. The ones that you don’t like, you don’t have to abide,” said Stewart.
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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)