"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)
Eric Cantor will resign his post as House majority leader following his stunning primary election defeat last night, Politico and the Washington Post are reporting. Cantor, who has occupied that position since Republicans took the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, will vacate the position by July 31, according to the Post.
Cantor’s loss to relatively unknown economics professor Dave Brat — which took the Washington establishment by surprise — caps a seven-term career in Congress that saw him rise swiftly through the ranks of the GOP. Conventional wisdom held that Cantor was next in line for the House speakership following the retirement of John Boehner’s, speculated to occur following this year’s midterm elections.
No word yet on who Cantor’s replacement will be, although the AP reports that a number of candidates, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R- Calif., and Rep. Pete Sessions, R- Texas, are already “jockeying” for the position.
Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.More Peter Finocchiaro.
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)