VIDEO: Elvis Costello & The Imposters “Mr. & Mrs. Hush”

June 26th, 2019 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Elvis Costello & The Imposters “Mr. & Mrs. Hush”

Mr. Costello returned last fall from his brief cancer scare with his finest record in 15 years. Look Now! is a tour de force journey through the man’s kaleidoscopic musical songbook. The Burt Bacharach-isms mesh effortlessly with the storied yet always acerbic lyrics. As one of the finest backing bands in the business, The Imposters […]

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Amazing Clips from Old Punk & New Wave Documentary 1976-1978

September 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

An old friend and fellow WUSC alum pointed me to this amazing documentary of early punk and new wave compiled from Tony Wilson’s “So It Goes” series that was originally shown on Granada TV on Channel 4 in the UK. It features (in order) Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury, […]

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Elvis Costello readies “Return of the Spinning Songbook” Limited Box Set

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Elvis Costello readies “Return of the Spinning Songbook” Limited Box Set

Elvis Costello revived his “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” for a brief tour this past spring. The last time Master Costello had spun the wheel on stage was during his 1986 “Spinning Songbook” tour, wherein the setlist was chosen by the random spin of the wheel with various and sundry hits to choose from the prolific songwriter’s […]

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FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

It’s often hard for me to believe it when bands say they have no direct influences on their sound. And when I recently spoke with The Joy Formidable’s bassist, Rhydian Daffyd, I heard a familiar refrain: “Sometimes we feel like we live in a bubble.” Yeah, yeah. Bands always hem and haw when asked to […]

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If Have a Couch And a Satellite Feed, Elvis Costello Will Show UP

November 12th, 2010 · Comments Off on If Have a Couch And a Satellite Feed, Elvis Costello Will Show UP

If you happened to have turned on a television in the past week, you’re well aware that Elvis Costello has a new record out. The man is no slacker on the promotional front, having graced the couches of everyone from Letterman to Fallon to Colbert to Joe Scarborough  (!?!). Costello’s gagillionth album is entitled National […]

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The Natural History “Watch This House” video

March 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Listening to the iPod on shuffle in the car always packs a few unexpected surprises, and yesterday proved no exception, as The Natural History popped up and I had to turn the randomizer off to let the album play out. Great stuff. I had forgotten how much I dug this band’s 2003 LP, Beat Beat […]

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Costello to CD’s: Momofuku

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Elvis Costello’s been very public about his annoyance with making records in today’s iPod culture of instant consumption, so to acknowledge the impending death of the compact disc, Costello has issued his new record, Momofuku (explanation here), in only digital and vinyl formats. That’s right, no CD’s. So, he’s taking care of the hardcore fans […]

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