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by Poor Deportee
Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

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: 205291

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: 205291

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: 8211

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: 6060

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.
by Poor Deportee
Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Article about partners in crime Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve
Replies: 6
Views: 3621

Re: Article about partners in crime Pete Thomas and Steve Ni

Great stuff! Some offhanded zingers from Zuel about EC in that piece as well. I'm still trying to figure out whether this - "Costello...is usually - and incorrectly - described as the former punk rocker who made a country album at the height of his pop fame, learnt classical scoring to work wit...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Pono
Replies: 1
Views: 3170

Re: Pono

All I know is that apparently it is a huge improvement on MP3s sonically...and its files will be more expensive than the average iTunes song or whatever. I can't claim to be an audiophile at all, so unless I notice a MASSIVE difference I'll personally be unlikely to pursue it, assuming it costs sign...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: NPR - Wost Songs of All Time
Replies: 1
Views: 3340

Re: NPR - Wost Songs of All Time

I listened to this podcast on my way to work and I was laughing through it. The NPR group was analyzing and demolishing all the songs on the list. All the songs were hits and I disagreed with some of the comments, but, for the most part, the discussion is valid. http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/20...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Kathleen Edwards contracts Elvis Costello disease!
Replies: 3
Views: 4156

Re: Kathleen Edwards contracts Elvis Costello disease!

Yes, Jack, it would not surprise me at all if finances play a role in her malaise. I don't know her situation, but I suspect that it's basically akin to living like a student - permanently. That's great when you're 25, but the older you get the more soul-destroying such poverty typically becomes, a ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

Re: Recently viewed films

Interesting that there seems to be a recurring theme of "emotionally stunted, dysfunctional males" in these movies. I wonder if they're putting their finger on a genuine social phenomenon/problem, of if it's a ricochet off a more mythological and Boomer-centric narrative about the Millenni...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: R.I.P
Replies: 61
Views: 35482

Re: R.I.P

That's a great post, Chris. Thanks for that. Beyond the music itself, you are describing a man who was, perhaps above all else, a great citizen of his town and his republic. This is an old idea of civic virtue that used to be commonplace and has now almost completely sunk down below a conception of ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: R.I.P
Replies: 61
Views: 35482

Re: R.I.P

How can nobody has referenced Pete Seeger's passing in this thread???

Seeger's folk style wasn't really my cup of tea, but only a fool would fail to recognize the scale of his contribution to American music. Fare thee well, Mr. Seeger.
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

Re: Recently viewed films

Watched "Jeff, who Lives at Home" on Netflix last night - the result of a compromise with the missus who wanted something "light" while I, as usual, pushed for dramas etc.. A somewhat contrived little tale about two adult, loser brothers (Ed Helms and Jason Segal) and their mom (...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

Re: Recently viewed films

My goodness, Chris, this thread is turning into your private blog entry site! Not that that's not great and all, but... :( Where are all the thoughtful interlocutors to respond to all of these well-developed reflections on cinema?? (I can't add much value here myself - I'm busy out of my mind at wor...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: books, books, books
Replies: 1556
Views: 735970

Re: books, books, books

Very much immersed in poetry these days, in particular, the glorious new translation of The Divine Comedy done by Clive James. But I have found time to finish this- Soul Mining - by Daniel Lanois, his memoirs as provided by a friend to me over the holidays. Not near as muscular or atmospheric as ma...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: What will bring 2014?
Replies: 18
Views: 6992

Re: What will bring 2014?

But this sort of pricing structure combined with a cumbersome apparatus is just another example of getting "new" technology wrong. Sure, a chunk of the audience will always rip you off. But I think another, significant chunk will not do that IF they feel they're being treated fairly and no...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1270659

Re: What are you listening to right now?

No tumbleweeds on my screen! I appreciate the reviews, Chris. Unfortunately your review of HH suggests that it's heavy on Springsteen's Evil Twin Bruuuuuuce!!! - the one I don't like. I might buy it anyway just to hear for myself, because when he IS on he's definitely worth heeding, but any optimism...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1270659

Re: What are you listening to right now?

I'll probably buy this...

http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/1/Firs ... High-Hopes

I swear I can hear a Tom Waits influence on some of these cuts. Strange but true. Or maybe I just hear Tom Waits everywhere (you could do worse! :mrgreen: )
by Poor Deportee
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1270659

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Courtest of one Mr. Parades, I am presently digging Nick Lowe's Quality Street , a seasonal treat if ever there was. The star attraction is the hilarious "Christmas at the Airport," but "I Was Born in Bethlehem" is probably a more signifcant entry into the canon of Christmas musi...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4054
Views: 1270659

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Oops- double post. Deleted this. Sorry for that - my profound insights can be found directly below 8)
by Poor Deportee
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

Re: Recently viewed films

That one is on my radar for a holiday cinema visit- now more so thanks to your review even if it is a tired trope- that cast is killer 8) Harleson alone was worth the price of admission for me, in full-bore Natural Born Killers psychopath mode and inhabiting the role with unspeakable relish :mrgreen:
by Poor Deportee
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recently viewed films
Replies: 1602
Views: 753196

Re: Recently viewed films

Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. An entertaining movie that brings riveting performances from Bale and Harrelson in particular (and Forest Whitakker is remarkably squirm-inducing as the archetypical weasely fat-assed small-town police chief, wearing the wor...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recent CD Purchases
Replies: 2208
Views: 609681

Re: Recent CD Purchases

PD- I am so happy we have it in November. Boston is special this year as the weather has a nip to it and all the family is here. That photo is sad of me as we had not even started the meal yet and it would appear I have already consumed more than my alloted portions. Did you spot the owl perched up...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Recent CD Purchases
Replies: 2208
Views: 609681

Re: Recent CD Purchases

"Santa" requires nothing. Enjoy and have a warm, safe Thanksgiving holiday with your family and the great Horned owl in the neighborhood[Minerva's messenger and celebrated nicely on that Gillian Welsh album cover with David Rawlings]. Off to Boston to celebrate with mine. 8) And if Facebo...

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