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by the_platypus
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC song of the week
Replies: 39
Views: 8077

Re: EC song of the week

Hey guys. Bumping this old thread to announce that our weekly blog was "picked up" by Trunkworthy, the very publication that originally inspired it. We'll be posting some refurbished favorites from our blog for the next few weeks, while we build up a cache of fresh content. Here's our firs...
by the_platypus
Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC song of the week
Replies: 39
Views: 8077

Re: EC song of the week

Here's another one. One we disagreed on!

There's a Story in Your Voice
by the_platypus
Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums - PTC & GCW just added, April 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 4731

Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

I love what he's doing here. Fantastic job. Very impressive.

That said, does anyone find the extreme close-ups of his face on the youtube videos slightly unsettling?
by the_platypus
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC song of the week
Replies: 39
Views: 8077

Re: EC song of the week

Hey! Sorry I kinda dropped off the board. But I'm still around. Thanks for all the kind words on these blog posts.

KD and I did a few more songs since he last posted

Possession

Do You Know What I'm Saying?

Favourite Hour
by the_platypus
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's Worst Song And Why
Replies: 48
Views: 6494

Re: Elvis's Worst Song And Why

Oh man. There are a few ones that I find really annoying. "The Stamping Ground" has a really irritating hook. "Turning the Town Red" too.

Count me among the fans of "Tokyo Storm Warning". I understand the criticisms against it, but I find it such deranged fun.
by the_platypus
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast
Replies: 9
Views: 2586

Re: Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast

Here's the song list. (Not including the song snippets that play in the background during the commentary.) the song snippets that play in the background. "Welcome to the Working Week" (My Aim is True, 1977) "Big Boys (Alternate Version)" (Armed Forces outtake, 1979) "Girls T...
by the_platypus
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast
Replies: 9
Views: 2586

Re: Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast

Thank you! It was fun to put together.
by the_platypus
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast
Replies: 9
Views: 2586

Elvis Costello 60th Birthday Podcast

Hey guys. In celebration of Elvis's 60th birthday, I made a two-and-a-half hour podcast featuring over thirty songs as well as commentary from various podcasters and writers who are Elvis fans (including Costello biographer Graeme Thomson and a few members of this forum). If you'd like to check it o...
by the_platypus
Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:35 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 43 reviews of North
Replies: 7
Views: 2992

Re: 43 reviews of North

Maybe this is the appropriate place to post this. Here's a recent look at North by this board's own Kevin Davis, who was kind enough to contribute this piece for my blog: http://jorgefarah.com/2014/03/17/everyi ... vin-davis/
by the_platypus
Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:46 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 1994 Letterman Appearance
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

1994 Letterman Appearance

Hey guys. Long time no post. I was wondering if anyone here had any idea what this was all about. I love this 1994 performance of 13 Steps Lead Down on Letterman. But I'm puzzled by Letterman's introduction. What does it mean when he says "their first appearance in over... eight years" whi...
by the_platypus
Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Wanna know what's kind of weird? "North" songs reversed
Replies: 3
Views: 1234

Wanna know what's kind of weird? "North" songs reversed

Clearly not the most profound of discoveries (any song played backwards is obviously going to sound weird ), but I thought some of you might find this mildly interesting. I was playing around on Audacity today and reversed "Someone Took the Words Away". You can listen to it here: http://jo...
by the_platypus
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance" docu.
Replies: 179
Views: 41105

Re: "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance" - docu. - BBC4 Nov. 8 '1

Otis Westinghouse wrote:
the_platypus wrote:I got the BBC iPlayer to work in Argentina, but I can only find the 60 minute version. Could somebody please link to the 90 minute version?

No sign of it on BBC site that I can see, only the 60 min.

https://twitter.com/Rivers47/status/399625531940823040
by the_platypus
Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance" docu.
Replies: 179
Views: 41105

Re: "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance" - docu. - BBC4 Nov. 8 '1

I got the BBC iPlayer to work in Argentina, but I can only find the 60 minute version. Could somebody please link to the 90 minute version?
by the_platypus
Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC plays Bridge School Benefit, Oct. 26 & 27, 2013
Replies: 44
Views: 6776

Re: EC plays Bridge School Benefit, Oct. 26 & 27, 2013

Jim Harrington is the same guy who tweeted "Just the thought of an Elvis Costello Meets The Roots album makes me want to run and hide"-- to which Elvis responded "once a twat, always a twat". He does seem like a bit of a grump. For some reason, he follows me on Twitter (I'm guess...
by the_platypus
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: WISE UP GHOST Deluxe
Replies: 25
Views: 4489

Re: WISE UP GHOST Deluxe

Picked up the deluxe edition for only 3 dollars more than the regular version, which feels about right. Lovely booklet. The extra tracks are nice to have, but I think "The Puppet Has Cut His Strings" is the only one I'll be returning to consistently.
by the_platypus
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

I picked up the deluxe edition for 14 dollars at an FYE store in upstate NY. I really like the booklet.
by the_platypus
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

I think Costello went out of his way to make NR something special, and he promoted the hell out of it, only to have it get a kind of shrug-- the usual mix of good and bad reviews that pretty much every Costello record gets now, but no lingering energy keeping it in the conversation, and poor sales....
by the_platypus
Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

It sounds to me like the reviews have been largely positive, yes? Someone said something about "mixed reviews" earlier in this thread but it doesn't look that way to me.
by the_platypus
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

Yeah. There's also the fact that putting out these files-- even if the message board does feel insular and self-contained-- we may be ruining the surprise for other folks. Anyway, I know I personally won't be clicking on any more of these links. The album comes out in a few weeks. I think I can exer...
by the_platypus
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

People from the EC/Roots camp have expressed that they don't want these recordings available, so I took down the "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" BBC rip mp3. I encourage you guys to do the same with the others.
by the_platypus
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

I love the song. Love it. If I have one piece of criticism, it's the Spanish-language lines by Marisol are a little awkward (the words, not her voice-- she's amazing). The rhymes are a bit off and they stress the wrong syllables to make some of the words fit the meter. A bit of nitpicking on my part...
by the_platypus
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1085
Views: 170617

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

Here's a direct link to my rip of "Cinco Minutos Con Vos", in case anyone's having trouble with the radio feed.
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by the_platypus
Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's new producer is hilarious!
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Re: Elvis's new producer is hilarious!

Yeah, I like him. He seems like a fun dude to hang out with.

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