Elvis Costello’s Sundance Channel show really is a perfectly packaged hour for music nerds. EC is an adept interviewer, and never shy about joining in the jam during his guest’s performance segments. As at the wrap party, last night’s Spectacle had Costello perform with Jenny Lewis on her Acid Tongue cut “Carpetbaggers.” Only this time Zooey Gibbard was there to side-step and to sing and to guarantee that you click to watch the videos below. The whole hour had nice overlapping themes: Elvis started with a spin through “Show Biz Kids,” explaining the evening’s guests had familial industry roots (Jenny, Zooey, Jakob Dylan), later discussing Matt Ward’s Acid Tongue guitar solos during a cute interview with She & Him. They talk favorite records and guitar playing; Matt mentions John Fahey’s work as having a revelatory effect on his right-hand technique, and earlier today we mentioned Fahey for having created the new Sonic Youth album cover. (If you’re new, I’ll save you the Wiki search.) You really should have this show on your DVR, so go set a season pass. And then watch the clips:
This vid has Elvis doing “Show Biz Kids,” followed by a Q&A with She & Him and Costello joining Matt and Zooey on “Change Is Hard.”
Here Elvis welcomes Jenny to the stage for a quick interview, followed by Matt taking a solo on Jenny’s “Pretty Bird.”
Finally, Zooey comes out to sing with Elvis and Jenny on Acid Tongue‘s “Carpetbaggers,” followed by “Go Away.”
Showtimes and more info are up at the Sundance mini-site.