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by Lester Burnham
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 298
Views: 20956

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Driving back from the beach to the airport for a flight to SF, WXPN’s Dan Reed played Unwanted Number. So cool! It’s XPN’s “Gotta Hear” song of the week Nice. Sounds great on the radio! (Old school) Nice! Love me some XPN. They're the one Philly radio station I listen to exclusively, and also donat...
by Lester Burnham
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 341
Views: 101005

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

Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers are utterly unbearable. If you want good folk music, listen to the Low Anthem :D
by Lester Burnham
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis plays Philadelphia, Nov. 10 '13
Replies: 23
Views: 4958

Re: Elvis plays Philadelphia, Nov. 10 '13

The teleprompters didn't bother me as much, because, like you said, a lot of these were deep cuts, and he still made it sound like he wasn't reading from them. Speaking of smart phones and toys (I saw somebody taking a picture with his iPad! oh my), at the same venue two weeks prior, I saw Fiona App...
by Lester Burnham
Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis plays Philadelphia, Nov. 10 '13
Replies: 23
Views: 4958

Re: Elvis plays Philadelphia, Nov. 10 '13

Also, a seemingly impromptu version of Indoor Fireworks just as he sat down and asked, "What shall I play you?"
by Lester Burnham
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: names of tours listed anywhere please?
Replies: 11
Views: 3199

Re: names of tours listed anywhere please?

Wake Up Canada - November 1978
More Than You Deserve Tour - 1994
What Goes Around Comes Around Tour - 1996
by Lester Burnham
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

I'm prepared for Elvis to once again start shouting that he won't ever be making any new music again, like he does every few years, and to return to touring, perhaps debuting a new song here and there, perhaps recording an album whenever he feels like it. He's obviously struck gold with the Spinning...
by Lester Burnham
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST
Replies: 369
Views: 67356

Re: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST

A splendid record, practically flawless, apart from My Lovely Jezebel and The Spell That You Cast. In fact, if you removed those two and replaced them with Condemned Man and Poor Borrowed Dress, respectively, then it becomes flawless. Even the title track has grown on me in recent years. I didn't li...
by Lester Burnham
Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST
Replies: 369
Views: 67356

Re: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST

Sugarcane was an album I very much enjoyed at the time, but the magic of the performances – and they are lovely – dissipated once I discovered the backgrounds of the songs. To me, it's a lot like the Rolling Stones' Tattoo You : excellent songs, excellent performances, but I can't get over knowing ...
by Lester Burnham
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST
Replies: 369
Views: 67356

Re: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST

I liked River in Reverse at the time, but treated it more as a side-step than a full-on musical project (oh, how I bet Elvis would love to hear that!). It was born from catastrophic events, and part of me views it as a way of helping out Allen Toussaint – one of the most underrated songwriters I can...
by Lester Burnham
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

That's what this feels like - not a collection of songs, which is what we usually get - but a single, pulsating piece which swims in and out of focus - it's almost like the planet has a brain, and this is its stream of troubled consciousness. Exactly my thoughts; I couldn't have put it better myself.
by Lester Burnham
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:15 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Live at Apple's iPhone event
Replies: 53
Views: 9245

Re: EC Live at Apple's iPhone event

Well, that performance of Tripwire just solidified it as my favorite track not only from Wise Up Ghost, but probably from the last dozen years or so.

Looks like Elvis has gained some weight back, too, which is good. His gaunt appearance over the past few years has been concerning.
by Lester Burnham
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

I guess I always thought it was about an old-timey burlesque dancer who set the fellas' tongues a-flappin' when she let her hair fall down! :oops: Man, that country-ish arrangement really threw me off!
by Lester Burnham
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

I'll adopt my usual way of playing a new Elvis album for the first time: lying in bed, in total darkness, with headphones on full blast! If you indeed do that, you will be blown away by Wise Up Ghost. Oh God, I hope so. I'm really nervous as the reviews seem mixed! Don't listen to them, even my ini...
by Lester Burnham
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

I was put off initially by the sampled songs (Refuse to be Saved, Grenade, Wake Me Up, and Stick Out Your Tongue), and still prefer the less blatantly sampled ones (Tripwire is absolutely gorgeous, and I'd completely forgotten its backing was Satellite), but the whole thing plays as one long song to...
by Lester Burnham
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

Also, agreed 100% on Tripwire. What a gorgeous song.
by Lester Burnham
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

While it's nice to "have" this album now, I will be first in line to pick it up on vinyl. Something tells me the album is supposed to be listened to that way.
by Lester Burnham
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST
Replies: 369
Views: 67356

Re: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST

At least he avoided the pastels and floppy, baggy suits that were en vogue later in the 1980s.
by Lester Burnham
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST
Replies: 369
Views: 67356

Re: 40 DAYS OF ELVIS COSTELLO: A Countdown To WISE UP GHOST

Except for that horrendous purple-and-black-striped sweater in 'High Fidelity'.
by Lester Burnham
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: November Shows on Presale as of Aug 7
Replies: 15
Views: 5012

Re: November Shows on Presale as of Aug 7

Eugene wrote:Philly for me....7th row center. Side note: tickets in NY/NJ much more $$$ than Philly.

Same here – my fiance and I are in the balcony, 9th row. Can't wait!
by Lester Burnham
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 2013 US North East Coast solo tour just announced
Replies: 26
Views: 7023

Re: 2013 US East Coast solo tour just announced

Awesome, totally gonna grab tickets for the Philly show.
by Lester Burnham
Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

While we're talking about Elvis' voice breaking, my favorite is on the alternate 'You'll Never Be A Man', where his voice practically explodes in the middle of the second chorus, during "foreign bodies"; it sounds more like "f*AHRR*eign" than "foreign".
by Lester Burnham
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1086
Views: 246915

Re: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

Oh man, this album is gonna be amazing.

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