"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)
Topics: Bob Menendez, Tucker Carlson, Fidel Castro, Cuba, Communism, Communist, Conspiracy, the daily caller, right-wing journalism, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, alex seitz-wald, Media News, News, Politics News
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is asking the Justice Department to look further into evidence gathered by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government was behind a 2012 story in the Daily Caller alleging Menendez had paid for sex with underage prostitutes, a conspiracy potentially intended to derail Menendez’s reelection campaign in advance of his ascension as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the CIA has gotten its hands on “credible evidence” indicating that Cuban agents were behind the story and were responsible for pushing it in U.S. and Latin American media. Per the CIA’s work, it appears that the Cuban government created a phony source named “Pete Williams” who informed members of the FBI and others that he knew of Menendez joining poolside parties featuring underage sex workers.
While most of the media treated the story with skepticism, the right-wing Daily Caller, founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, ran with it. Reached by the Washington Post via phone, Carlson said that he would be shocked if it turned out his journalistic organization was used as a useful idiot by the Communist government of Cuba in order to smear a strongly anti-Castro American politician. “I really can’t assess it without more information,” Carlson said, before describing the situation as “bizarre on its face, but also fascinating.”
Salon alum and current National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, however, long saw this coming. (We think the fact that he was probably joking should not reflect poorly on his judgment. The Daily Caller, on the other hand, is a different story.)
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)