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by Poor Deportee
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4053
Views: 884673

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: 4053
Views: 884673

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: 4053
Views: 884673

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: 3447

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: 4053
Views: 884673

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: 3503

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: 4436

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: 4053
Views: 884673

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...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4053
Views: 884673

Re: What are you listening to right now?

I'm listening to the new U2 album thrust upon my computer by the good people at iTunes. (This, of course, is the only way I and millions of others would bother with an album from a band that has basically been tired since All That You Can't Leave Behind ). It seems solid enough...no new ideas, surpr...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: A Case for Song: So Like Candy
Replies: 8
Views: 4436

A Case for Song: So Like Candy

Much of the craft - and fun - in a pop lyric consists in the variations and games the author plays with its central conceit. Mr. Costello has a gift for this (think of the numerous turns through which he steers the phrase 'Almost Blue'); and it's an especially important art when a song's origins cle...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 348
Views: 175495

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

Listening to it again, I can't help but think that this track would've been twice as good with some self-harmonies or someone doing tight harmonies with EC throughout. The support vocals by Rhiannon Giddens are fun, as are the "whooooos" at the end, but I personally think a large number o...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis & Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sept 5 & 6, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 14496

Re: Elvis & Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sept 5 & 6, 2014

Sounds like an especially intriguing show. I wouldn't mind hearing a recording, just to see how EC fulfilled the very well-articulated intentions expressed in the pre-show interview...perhaps they can issue it as a 'bonus CD' on some future release, or something.
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 348
Views: 175495

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

Married To My Hack doesn't do much for me. Lack of melody is a problem. Elvis seems to stumble around " A carburator" or is it just my ears? I actually think Elvis has grown less nimble as a vocalist over the years. It's as though he's traded dexterity for texture and power. And it hurts ...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 348
Views: 175495

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

Count me among the indifferent. I rather like the lyrics to 'Married to My Hack' - a bit of fun - but I don't get much out of EC's version. Part of it is the total absence of melody. But more important is that EC's just isn't a nimble enough vocalist to deliver all those syllables in such a way as t...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 509121

Re: Recently viewed films

Watched Under the Skin last evening with Lisa- most unsettling. The director, Jonathan Glazer, he did Sexy Beast with Ben Kingsley many years ago, may be a legitimate heir to Stanley Kubrick in his visual abilities. The opening sequence of this film is startling as the images morph into the eye of ...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: books, books, books
Replies: 1556
Views: 431494

Re: books, books, books

I do tend to sell Sir Paul short and you are quite correct to point out that there must exist something below the surface facile nature that kept Lennon intrigued. I just have had trouble over the years trying to uncover what it is. I suspect it was and is his superiority as a musician. To have a m...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: books, books, books
Replies: 1556
Views: 431494

Re: books, books, books

'Daft' is a particularly evocative word and you use it wonderfully to describe the man. He has always struck me as one of those 'naifs' who blissfully pass through their life, in this case a most charmed one. Your piece confirms for me a long held judgement that I would care little to spend any qua...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: books, books, books
Replies: 1556
Views: 431494

Re: books, books, books

I took Tom Doyle's Man on the Run out of my local library the other day and had finished it two days later. Normally, I ignore "rock books" recounting the lives of performers (preferring critical discussions of the work, when I do read about these things), but I found myself intrigued by t...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4053
Views: 884673

Re: What are you listening to right now?

There's a new Jill Barber album out. 'nuff said. :wink:
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis taking questions on Twitter, June 5 '14
Replies: 25
Views: 9257

Re: Elvis taking questions on Twitter, June 5 '14

Ha ha, many of those are hilarious ("misspelling your name" - :lol: ) Clearly a lark, not the medium through which to have a meaningful exchange with The Man.
by Poor Deportee
Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 509121

Re: Recently viewed films

This thread has turned into "Jack's Movie Blog." :( (taps mic) Anyone alive out there? Is this thing on???? Trouble is, I don't see many films, so my contributions hereabouts are scarce. I did watch Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan , a Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominee from around 20...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 348
Views: 175495

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

Phrased perfectly-PD and Otis. Bludgeoned is so evocative of the sound they often produce. It frequently lacks subtlety. PD, as we have discussed before on this page, our boy can occasionally suffer from the same affliction. My immediate reaction to Mumford and Sons, when they appeared on the Gramm...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: T-Bone / Dylan project: Lost On The River
Replies: 348
Views: 175495

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

Mumford and Sons are awful. Just tactless folk histrionics. The older I get, the less tolerance I have for this idea that you have to bludgeon a song into submission. Good singers let the song be itself and get out of the damned way. Yet this lesson - the lesson of singing with taste - seems almost ...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis during the early beard years-Mischievous Ghost Video
Replies: 13
Views: 6465

Re: Elvis during the early beard years-Mischievous Ghost Vid

I wonder what it's like to have a part of your life known to hundreds of thousands of people as The Beard Years? :?:

I never minded the look, he resembled a total Tom O'Bedlam. Suited the utterly mad material he was doing at the time.
by Poor Deportee
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis remixes Johnny Cash song, March 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 4737

Re: Elvis remixes Johnny Cash song

The remix doesn't do much for me, either. It seems to just lose the focus of the straight "Cash" version. Oh well, no harm done, really.

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