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by redsfan720
Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Goodbye Cruel World" Redux
Replies: 31
Views: 11895

Re: "Goodbye Cruel World" Redux

Just gave this album a full listen for the first time in a while and found this thread. My thoughts: I would disagree with anyone that calls this a terrible album. It's not that; its songs are, for the most part, well written. Some are excellent. Some are timeless. The album, as it is very well docu...
by redsfan720
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:53 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: So It Goes 1977 - EC's appearances: An Appeal
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Re: So It Goes 1977 - EC's appearances: An Appeal

I'm not sure what I feel about the different attributions of the date, but I will say that the "So It Goes" recording of No Dancing is about the best damn thing I've ever heard.
by redsfan720
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 435405

Re: Recently viewed films

I watched "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" on Netflix streaming last night. I grew up watching Conan, and I also went to see him on the live tour around which the documentary centers, so I'm prone to being a bit biased. But I really thought it was a documentary done very well. It does a fantasti...
by redsfan720
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Fallon and Armisen Imitate EC
Replies: 11
Views: 4332

Re: Fallon and Armisen Imitate EC

I would guess that the Costello impressions of both Armisen and Fallon are pretty spot-on to those unlike us that don't spend as much time as we do listening to his music and analyzing every note on every album. I thought Armisen's was decent. It's a caricature, for sure, but most SNL impressions ar...
by redsfan720
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Battered Old Bird
Replies: 35
Views: 9804

Re: Battered Old Bird

Yeah, love this song - the singing, playing and sound of the recording. Glad to hear about you young Elvis fans - as ever, I'm curious as to what got you into Elvis so long after his original burst of fame. I was born in '88. My dad makes music for a living so there was always music (and good music...
by redsfan720
Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Battered Old Bird
Replies: 35
Views: 9804

Re: Battered Old Bird

This is one of my all-time favorite Elvis songs. Whether or not you connect with the song—it just so happens that I do—I don't think it can be argued that it's one of his most passionate recorded vocals. It's stunningly powerful. Beautiful, tragic ... all of the above. I'm young and didn't discover ...
by redsfan720
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North
Replies: 31
Views: 8319

Re: North

I think many of these songs will find their way into more repertoires as years go on, though I'm surprised they haven't yet. Sadly the style of music that North was about has lost so much of its grip in any sort of mainstream appeal, and artists like Buble and even Tony Bennett in his age still seem...
by redsfan720
Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Build my classical collection
Replies: 23
Views: 7426

Re: Build my classical collection

A few years ago I was given one of the best gifts ever bestowed upon me: A 10CD box set of the complete choir works of Felix Mendelssohn. I took a specific interest in Romantic music early on when I was studying music in high school and never let go, and I connected with Mendelssohn above others for...
by redsfan720
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Must-see unseen acts
Replies: 20
Views: 6967

Re: Must-see unseen acts

Just got tickets to my first time seeing Ryan Adams in January. That's one I'll be able to check off my list.
by redsfan720
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 435405

Re: Recently viewed films

Been a nice year for American Comedy- Midnight in Paris, The Descendents, and now Young Adult. I really enjoyed this movie. Loved how it subtly, and not so subtly, explodes those old myths of our youth that high school was the best time, that we can become better selves, that small town life is red...
by redsfan720
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 3952
Views: 758671

Re: Random Thoughts

I've never heard anybody say, "Not to be a jerk, but..." without intentionally saying something that makes them sound like a jerk.
by redsfan720
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Adele and Duffy
Replies: 11
Views: 4557

Re: Adele and Duffy

What's guilty about '21?' It's a fantastic album. Great production, quality songwriting, and Adele not only has an unbelievable voice, but she knows how to use it unbelievably well. I'm not sure if I'd choose it as my personal favorite album of the year, but I'm not seeing any way it doesn't win tha...
by redsfan720
Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis On SNL
Replies: 23
Views: 7734

Re: Elvis On SNL

And No Coffee Table wrote:
FAVEHOUR wrote:I thought GE Smith had passed away a year or two ago???


You're probably thinking of T-Bone Wolk.


Yeah, you're thinking of T-Bone Wolk, who spent a lot of time with G.E. between playing with Hall and Oates and the Smith-led SNL band.
by redsfan720
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis On SNL
Replies: 23
Views: 7734

Re: Elvis On SNL

I must also add that the attached performance of "Veronica" is just brilliant. The band behind him is an incredible crew, and Elvis is in pure form. Like always, he has full control over the audience, even though the audience in that case was a live television audience sitting at home past...
by redsfan720
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis On SNL
Replies: 23
Views: 7734

Re: Elvis On SNL

That performance of "Let Him Dangle" was spectacular. I agree with those that they've never heard it better. I know I haven't. One thing that stands out to me in that performance is the rhythm guitar of G.E. Smith. I've always held him in high regard, and his accents—especially throughout ...
by redsfan720
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Random Thoughts
Replies: 3952
Views: 758671

Re: Random Thoughts

I need holiday music suggestions. Yep, I'm a radical, "happy holiday-er"! Take that, Bible belt! On behalf of the Bible Belt, you're forgiven. :) Of course, many of the people here and south of here would be terrified if I were speaking for them. I'm just as out of place as any visitor. A...
by redsfan720
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 435405

Re: Recently viewed films

I would recommend The Muppets to anyone. It's the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time. Several of the songs new to the movie (if not all of the songs) were written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, and they're great songs. He's a very clever songwriter, and one perfect for this...
by redsfan720
Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: The wonder of the game!
Replies: 111
Views: 53368

Re: The wonder of the game!

I'm reserving judgment on this whole Braun thing. He (and anyone that tests positive) deserves the benefit of the doubt, a luxury that a few renegades took away from anyone else that may make a mistake. I work as a sportswriter covering college sports, and an athlete I covered tested positive for a ...
by redsfan720
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Hi everybody
Replies: 13
Views: 4442

Re: Hi everybody

Otis, love that Prince song. Anything off of Sign O The Times works for me. Wardo, it has been a long time. It's true. Good to see your name, too. Invisible Pole, it's nice of you to ask. And since you did, I am happy to announce that my wife wrote her first novel and that it is available on Amazon...
by redsfan720
Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear
Replies: 33
Views: 8263

Re: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear

Can't explain why I hear it, but I do:

My Morning Jacket — Battered Old Bird

Not sure if Jim James's voice is low enough for it. He has a high voice. I've always thought this song to be criminally underrated. One of my favorites.
by redsfan720
Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:30 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear
Replies: 33
Views: 8263

Re: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear

In terms of current artists who could promote Elvis's songs to a wider audience, I think Michael Buble would be the man to cover Impatience and A Voice In The Dark. Motel Matches should be a standard ballad - everyone should be covering it. I can also imagine Adele singing Little Triggers. Nx I'd l...
by redsfan720
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 435405

Re: Recently viewed films

"Page One- Inside the NY Times"- turns out the much ballyhooed death of print media may not be so fast approaching. At least that is how this wonderful and insightful documentary makes me feel. That and the dynamic, lucid advocacy of one, David Carr. He is the hero of this film and a 'sup...
by redsfan720
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear
Replies: 33
Views: 8263

Re: Cover Versions Of Elvis Songs You'd Like To Hear

I'd love to hear Beck sing Watching the Detectives. Sounds like his kind of song.

Two Elvis songs strike me as songs that would be great for Franz Ferdinand: Mystery Dance and Senior Service.
by redsfan720
Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Spinning Songbook North American Tour, Spring 2012
Replies: 17
Views: 4842

Re: Spinning Songbook US Tour, Spring 2012

Definitely wouldn't mind seeing this tour again. And it's in a time of year where I can afford (at least time-wise) to drive a few hours. Florida's too far, just. Keeping my fingers crossed as more dates trickle in.
by redsfan720
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why
Replies: 83
Views: 22334

Re: Your LEAST favorite Elvis song and why

Love Went Mad is a bit grating. Knew this one was going to come up. It's actually one of my favorite songs on Punch the Clock. The verses are a bit too vogue-ish but that chorus will stay in my head all day. Another brilliant piece in an endless list of Steve Nieve playing brings it to life for me,...

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