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by Poor Deportee
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recent CD Purchases
Replies: 2208
Views: 606014

Re: Recent CD Purchases

Quality Street by Nick Lowe. My annual Christmas album purchase and this one is an unqualified winner. Funny, never winsome or mawkish, this album puts an understated swing and sweetness into the holiday album format. Sticking to the 'mature' bent of his recordings over the last decade Nick gives l...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recent CD Purchases
Replies: 2208
Views: 606014

Re: Recent CD Purchases

Quality Street by Nick Lowe. My annual Christmas album purchase and this one is an unqualified winner. Funny, never winsome or mawkish, this album puts an understated swing and sweetness into the holiday album format. Sticking to the 'mature' bent of his recordings over the last decade Nick gives l...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Favorites of 2013 in CD
Replies: 24
Views: 19285

Re: Favorites of 2013 in CD

"Live Oak" vies with Vampire Weekend's "Step" for Song of the Year in my book. Very different songs, but both absolutely outstanding. I can't add to Jack's list (I was going to nominate AC Newman's Shut Down the Streets , but a quick search reveals that it was actually released i...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Another ABBA fan here. :-) I think one of the things that attracted Elvis to ABBA was how quite often "serious" lyrics dealing with the break-up of relationships was married with upbeat, enjoyable tunes. Knowing Me, Knowing You is a perfect example. Elvis himself is no stranger to similar...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Love that- one of my guilty pleasures from the past few years was the ABBA infused musical film that featured Meryl Streep :mrgreen: Besides no less than EC enjoys them[witness For the Stars , not that we need his validation to enjoy the music. :wink: As we know from Bruno's terrific book, Armed Fo...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Some of you may find this amusing. In cleaning out my garage, I discovered a stash of old CDs long stored away, including "ABBA's Greatest Hits." A band I really haven't paid attention to since I was a kid. I started playing this as I made the long drive downtown to my daughter's practices...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1087
Views: 480108

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

Not from me, old chum, I was dying to love this record and when the first songs were aired and a journalist pronounced it a future classic, I was salivating. I also enjoyed hearing Brooklyn Bowl a lot ahead of the album. My objection to the insertion of those lines from Nat Ran into SOYT is not so ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Richard Thompson question
Replies: 5
Views: 6412

Re: Richard Thompson question

Can't claim to be an aficionado, but "Rumour and Sigh" is a winner for sure. Plus it has one of the great anti-Thatcher songs on it. Can't go wrong.
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1087
Views: 480108

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

This record is a triumph. Fully agree with you, the_playtypus What' most annoying to me about WUG is that lukewarm complaining about this fabulous record on this board. I don't get it, EC is once again heading for new land and delivering such wonderful gems as Walk us uptown, Sugar won't work, Trip...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1087
Views: 480108

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

I still don't get the lukewarm response hereabouts. Perhaps there is an impatience with the 'reworked" tracks. To my ear, "Refuse to Be Saved" and "Wake Me Up" are like revelations, so vastly superior to the original cuts as to practically be new songs. By contrast, "St...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Otis Westinghouse wrote:WUG wouldn't be in my top 5, for sure.


Well, penury leads me to be fairly sparse in my music gathering, so I'm not one to judge on this question...but I will say that I can't fathom ranking Bowie's serviceable album ahead of WUG, that fabulous record. Just my two cents.
by Poor Deportee
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

I'd say that, as a rule, humour is not a requirement of great music (though it helps); but humourless ness is incompatible with it. Of course, this rule isn't absolute. Sometimes dire anger or naked woe are just what the doctor ordered. It's more that a sustained exercise - e.g., a whole album or bo...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 749729

Re: Recently viewed films

I love nothing more than experiencing the sensation that we are mere tiny specs of matter adrift in a vast eternity of nothingness. Can't beat a bit of persepctive. Dying to see this film. Essential to do so in 3D? Finally saw this last night. However, the experience was compromised by the fact tha...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

This piece that appeared in Slate this week gets at my growing frustration with the new Arcade Fire album: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2013/11/arcade_fire_s_reflektor_reviewed.html Interesting review (is it - vaguely but intentionally? - reminiscent of Greil Marcus's "What is ...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: The wonder of the game!
Replies: 111
Views: 71173

Re: The wonder of the game!

Congrats to Boston. As much as I'd like to see their hockey team run over repeatedly by a fleet of Zamobnis, it's hard to hate the Red Sox IMHO. No World Series at home since 1918 - I think they're due! :shock:
by Poor Deportee
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

PD-that record has begun to haunt me- I am currently listening to the new Arcade Fire "Reflector". There is simply too much to absorb as it it is two packed discs of material. This one is going to require quite a few listens. I suppose I will lose all credibility hereabouts in confessing ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway
Replies: 94
Views: 95982

Re: 'Painted From Memory' on Broadway

From the Apatow interview: There’s a scheme that Chuck Lorre has come up with to turn Painted from Memory into a musical. He’s a great fan of the record, and he and Steven Sater, who wrote Spring Awakening, have conceived a story which winds through a number of the songs from Painted from Memory. W...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Lou Reed RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 7951

Re: Lou Reed RIP

I always enjoyed "New York" in particular and listen now and again, with much enjoyment, to the hokey VU compliation album I have. (Yes, I really should do the decent thing and buy proper Velvet Undergound albums). A distinctive musical and lyrical voice; and one whose utter intolerance f...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance" docu.
Replies: 179
Views: 97459

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

BBC write-up http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gq719 Fri 8 Nov 2013 21:00 BBC Four Sat 9 Nov 2013 01:10 BBC Four Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance Elvis Costello is one of the uncontested geniuses of the rock world. 33 albums and dozens of hit songs have established him as one of the most versatile an...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Lou Reed RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 7951

Re: Lou Reed RIP

I always enjoyed "New York" in particular and listen now and again, with much enjoyment, to the hokey VU compliation album I have. (Yes, I really should do the decent thing and buy proper Velvet Undergound albums). A distinctive musical and lyrical voice; and one whose utter intolerance fo...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

I don't have any of their earlier work and have only been vaguely aware of them until now; I'd pegged them as the sort of sweet-sounding folkies that I generally stay away from (preferring my folk music to be of the down-and-dirty Harry Smith Anthology type). But the new record, which I bought yeste...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1262257

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Anyone know anything about this erotically-charged pair of Canadian folk rockers?

http://whitehorsemusic.ca/music/

Holy crow, she can really sing!
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: This Year's Model Sleeve Variation (Fourth?)
Replies: 22
Views: 13084

Re: This Year's Model Sleeve Variation (Fourth?)

krm wrote:some versions (I dont have the picdisc version):


To me, the middle one - Costello hunkering low behind the camera and looking out with a feverish pornographer's intensity - is by far the best of the bunch. He looks too gentlemanly in the others, and insufficiently perverse.
by Poor Deportee
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1087
Views: 480108

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

It's a surprisingly complex lyric...I don't have Jack's gift for lyrical/poetic interepretation, but the pronouns seem decidedly shifty here, in patented Elvis fashion. It seems to me pretty clear that the entire lyric could be spoken by God Himself (the "he" referring to his son); or, mor...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)
Replies: 1087
Views: 480108

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

:lol: He's baaaAAAAaaack.

Is this fellow bipolar, or what? One interview, he's sweetness and light. The next, his ripping his hardcore fans :lol: Funny stuff.

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