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by Poor Deportee
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Amy Winehouse
Replies: 3
Views: 1282

Re: Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was a gigantic talent - a generational one, really - and her demise was a loss to all of music. 'Back to Black' is one of the top albums of its decade for me. Her death wasn't just caused by drug abuse, but also by bulimia, which rendered her system incapable of enduring what she put i...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Least favourite lyric
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

Re: Least favourite lyric

I have a lot of trouble with these 'least favourite' threads...there's such a body of work to sift through, and (shamefully) I'm not familiar with all its nooks and crannies. One lyric that has always bothered me is 'All This Useless Beauty.' The first verse is great, the refrain is a great line. Bu...
by Poor Deportee
Fri May 20, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

A rope leash wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHJbSvidohg


:lol:
by Poor Deportee
Fri May 20, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"It's worth asking why NO song since the economic meltdown of 2008 seems to have channeled the rage and frustration on a mass scale. Art is supposed to reflect the times, yet all we seem to get are Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, breathlessly discussed by musical and pop culture critics as if they a...
by Poor Deportee
Thu May 19, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

Erey, in terms of 'layers of meaning' in EC's memoirs: I have no trouble at all with 'layers,' but almost none of EC's readers have discerned any strong structure to that book. It is self-indulgent of an author to expect his readers to read his 600-page tome three times before the putative structur...
by Poor Deportee
Thu May 19, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"But this raises the question of how a song attains that wider 'canonical' status, outside the narrow circles of an artist's hard-core following. It's comforting to think that time just naturally does its work, sifting wheat from chaff. I'm not so sure about this, though." A great questio...
by Poor Deportee
Wed May 18, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

I must demur also at the idea put forth frequently -- including by no less august a personage than John Foyle -- that the book is like listening to EC tells stories in a pub. Not worthy! Point accepted. I really must try & make time to post a more considered comment on the book. I'm , however, ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue May 17, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

"Elvis has the chance to become truly great, and not simply in the annals of popular music. Jimmy Standing in the Rain/Can you Spare a Dime on the Detour DVD quite literally forced unexpected tears from my eyes." I think I know what you are feeling, A Rope Leash. There are four songs in t...
by Poor Deportee
Tue May 17, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis (solo) plays Paris , May 17 2016 -cancelled/postponed
Replies: 9
Views: 1742

Re: Elvis (solo) plays Paris , May 17 2016 -cancelled/postponed

Forgive my ignorance - I tend not to pay attention to show reviews, etc. - but what is wrong with Elvis? Is he sick, or is his voice simply giving out on him as he ages?
by Poor Deportee
Tue May 17, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

Jack, I share your enjoyment of those vignettes. (Being a big Dylan fan, I was especially amused by that anecdote of these two giants reciting new lyrics to one another over a beer, amidst a tour in which they shared the bill - with Dylan giving EC a sharp look over that great 'tuberculosis' couplet...
by Poor Deportee
Mon May 16, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "I might do something expectedly..."
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Re: "I might do something expectedly..."

I take cwr's point as less about wanting EC to be a song factory, and more about his rather conservative approach to the whole internet thing. And this seems to be right - the youthful EC would have been all over the web as a way of getting his material out there. I'd even be tempted to argue that E...
by Poor Deportee
Mon May 16, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015
Replies: 513
Views: 90824

Re: UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK - Oct. 2015

My copy has a weird defect. The last 150 pages or so are out of place, so that the final chapters appear about 2/3 of the way through the book. :shock: All the content is there, just out of order. I trust that in 100 years my descendants will be able to cash in on Antiques Roadshow. I could have don...
by Poor Deportee
Sun May 15, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

No one here listening to PJ Harvey's "Hope Six Demolition Project?" There is, to my ear, a dip in quality about 1/3 of the way in, but after 2-3 duds it gets back on course, piling powerful song upon powerful song and, by the end, leaving you agog with its sonic and lyrical force. She's no...
by Poor Deportee
Sun May 15, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "I might do something expectedly..."
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Re: "I might do something expectedly..."

The only people collecting live recordings of new songs are hard-core fans. Those people are guaranteed to buy your official release when it comes out, so it's not costing you a dime. If and when the song ends up on YouTube or wherever, that constitutes free advertising (assuming it to be any good)....
by Poor Deportee
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: NY Times - Interesting take on Elvis and Diana's relationship
Replies: 15
Views: 4760

Re: NY Times - Interesting take on Elvis and Diana's relationship

That was a great interview - Diana Krall and the Son of Mordecai.

I must say, her singing sounds tremendous on the clips they played. She gets into trouble when she makes weird timing/phrasing decisions - but it sounds like she's staying out of her own way on this.
by Poor Deportee
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: NY Times - Interesting take on Elvis and Diana's relationship
Replies: 15
Views: 4760

Re: NY Times - Interesting take on Elvis and Diana's relationship

First of all, while Diana Krall has undeniable charisma and presence, and can certainly tickle the ivories, it's not as though she was ever much of a singer; the whole idea that her work has 'declined' relative to some high point of past excellence sounds more like a standard fan cliché (has there E...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 340
Views: 68065

Re: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River

As usual, I came late to this party, after leerily keeping my distance from this project based on my initial aversion to both the concept and 'Married to My Hack.' But I did finally buy the CD at a discount. Having read many positive reviews on this site and elsewhere, I was expecting some strengths...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

More obscure Canadian content...Jenn Grant's new album Compostela . I just loved the predecessor to this record, which was called The Beautiful Wild and featured well-crafted songs framed by tastefully baroque production and winsome vocals that both delight and crack the heart. This effort is more s...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

First- I do not have the record yet. But that will be rectified. I have been following with pleasure his previews on his blog posts. Over the years since you introduced his music to me I have seen an artist grow. His rhymes are as natural and unforced and muscular as any halfway decent poet and his...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Renegade Canadian hip-hop artist Buck 65's newest, "Neverlove." This finds the artist in a "Euro-pop/Bjork-ish" sort of mood, and also rummaging through the trauma of his own divorce. His gravelly-voiced raps encircle highly melodic, sometimes soaring choruses usually sung by swe...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Jeff Tweedy weighs in on the 'still viable album'-well done!
Replies: 2
Views: 2021

Re: Jeff Tweedy weighs in on the 'still viable album'-well d

A nice piece. I don't know if I feel as strongly about it as he does, though. I was never one for albums as a 'single, cohesive statement,' preferring that artists just record a bunch of songs; the artistry in the album then lies in the sequencing and the packaging. The danger in fetishizing the 'al...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Here is what Sasha Frere Jones had to say about the record and Apple dumping into it our Itunes: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/sasha-frere-jones/u2s-forgettable-fire :lol: My favourite line in there is "The Apple Watch looks like a Happy Meal prize." :D :D A relentlessly hostile review...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Costello absent on star-studded McCartney tribute album
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: Costello absent on star-studded McCartney tribute album

But several of those names are of inferior commercial stature to EC, aren't they? Owl City? The Airborne Toxic Event? I wonder if the decisions were calculated to appeal to a range of very well-defined demographics, and that EC was made redundant because they only had a certain number of slots for p...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: A Case for Song: So Like Candy
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Re: A Case for Song: So Like Candy

Near one hundred views and yet not a single comment. Shameful. Your commentary on the lyric play ['at play'] here requires no forbearance. It is delightful and it rightfully pays a playful homage to the fun aspects of this writer and this particular song. I know of no contemporary song writer, outs...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4051
Views: 374999

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Ugh- like you lost major interest in this band awhile ago- they seem to be hanging on to hang on. Well, why was Achtung Baby so brilliant? Because the band had discovered a new sound and because Bono had developed new lyrical themes (moving away from abstract cause-mongering and sloganeering toward...

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