"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)
We haven’t had a spring as warm as the one we just got through (from March through May) in at least 120 years, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported Monday. And May was the hottest measured since 1891, when record-keeping began.
Preliminary results from NASA also suggest that May set heat records, although the agency’s still waiting on “missing reports from China” before it confirms that last month was indeed the hottest. And before you say that your spring wasn’t that warm, here’s what that heat looked like beyond just where you live:
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on El Niño, that “atmospheric pattern driven by water temperature changes in the Pacific Ocean” that’s likely to develop later this year. As several people have pointed out, it may combine with the underlying pattern of rising temperatures (see above), elevating the planet’s heat to previously unseen extremes.
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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)