"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)
Judging by her off-kilter lip-syncing of “Chandelier,” Lena Dunham shouldn’t engage in a lip-sync-off with Jimmy Fallon any time soon. But the writer and “Girls” creator showed off her pop star appeal on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Monday when she parodied the music video of Sia’s “Chandelier” with a live performance. Riffing off the original video, which features a ballerina twirling in a room and playing in curtains, she added props that included weird hole-punching, toilet paper, a loft bunk bed, another person’s legs. Let’s hope this is the first of many Dunham performance art pieces.
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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)