"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)
It has been a week characterized by extreme weather events: Intense heat and wildfires in California, and tornados touching down in Ohio, Florida and just moments ago in North Carolina. (Thomas Friedman characterizes these events as “global weirding” — or intensified weather events that are the result of climate change.)
In the calm after a tornado in Cedarville, Ohio, a meteorologist found an unlikely survivor, in the debris of a smashed barn. WHIO reporter, Rich Wirdzek found a small kitten shaking in the rubble. He took the kitten and wrapped in a jacket and kept it warm in the news-van.
The EF3 category tornado hit yesterday evening at around 6:03 PM, and according to the National Weather Service, there were no injuries or fatalities reported. Two homes, and the barn where the kitten was discovered, were destroyed.
The sweet kitten was apparently one of several who had recently been birthed in the barn. According to WHIO, it has been reunited with its owners.
Watch videos of the kitten and tornado aftermath below:
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)