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Given their shared propensity for outward-looking creative excursions and a general excitement about the possibilities inherent in pushing the boundaries of musical genres,  the current collaboration between Greatest Living Songwriter candidate Elvis Costello and crackerjack all-star band the Roots might feel something like an inevitability. Provided enough turns around the firmament, two such massive comets cannot help but collide. Thankfully, the… More »

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn’t a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note, is a full-length collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots. And yes, full-length collaborations between well-known artists sometimes end up as mere historical curiosities (Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best OfMore »

Declan “Elvis Costello” MacManus was by far the most literate and diverse of the “angry young man” songwriters emerging from England in the late 1970s, no small achievement in light of competition that included first-rate talents like Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, John Lydon, Shane MacGowan, and the Strummer/Jones pairing of the Clash. Elvis’s terrific 1977 debut came at the height of… More »

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Jenny Lewis And Elvis Costello Sing For Letterman

OK first of all stop the internet and GO VOTE. Now back to distracting you from your anxiety about the election’s outcome. This here is another installment in the continuing documentation of Jenny making talk show hosts hold her blotter of Acid. Last time she made Conan do it by playing with some best friends,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2008 - 11:06 am

Elvis Costello Sings On New Fall Out Boy Single

But he’s not the only one. “What A Catch, Donnie,” the third single from the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album Folie à Deux features a whole case of characters singing lines from various Fall Out Boy songs. In an especially meta move, Costello handles Folie’s second single, “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet.”… More »

By: brandon / October 15, 2008 - 9:25 am

Stream New Lucinda Williams Tunes

Five songs up for listening over at Lost Highway. “Jailhouse Tears” features Elvis Costello. (The man is busy.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 17, 2008 - 12:56 pm

Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith To Join For A Colbert Xmas

Stephen Colbert’s very special Christmas Special, the one for which Fountains Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger is writing all the songs, just got a little more Special. The CC Insider (via Videogum) reports that Adam’s tunes will be performed by singers of bloggable (see: Elvis Costello, Feist), excitable (see: John Legend), and jingoistic (Toby Keith) varieties. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 16, 2008 - 3:36 pm

The Police, Smokey Robinson Join Elvis Costello For A Night At The Apollo

Last night cup o’ soup supporter Elvis Costello welcomed fans into a taping of his Sundance television series Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…. There was this note up at his site:

We’re announcing a unique opportunity for you to take part in a historic music television event in New York City next week. We have… More »

By: brandon / August 7, 2008 - 4:10 pm

Stream Elvis Costello’s Momofuku

Let’s just start with a nice nullus on the post title. We’ve told you about Momofuku, its initial formats, its meaning and its Jenny Lewis. Today Elvis Costello’s new one’s available digitally and on CD for those of you who eschewed the vinyl version. Starting NOW, you can also stream it in full right here. More »

By: brandon / May 6, 2008 - 9:16 am

Elvis Costello’s Momofuku Is All About Cup O’ Soup, Jenny Lewis

A ways back we mentioned Elvis Costello was releasing his new album Momofuku as a vinyl LP and that a unique “digital download code” comes with the package. Turns out, a couple weeks later, there’ll also be a CD. Now, in a bountiful update rightfully titled “ABSO-MOMOFUKU-LY” at his website, Mr. Costello lets us i… More »

By: brandon / April 22, 2008 - 6:18 pm

Elvis Costello’s Momofuku Coming, But Not On CD

Add Elvis C. to the list of artists with an unusual release angle in this ever turbulent music industry (Lefsetz, weigh in!). According to Billboard, his forthcoming album Momofuku — the tasty sounding follow-up to 2004’s The Delivery Man — is out 4/22 on Lost Highway as a vinyl LP and “digital download code” that… More »

By: brandon / March 21, 2008 - 9:35 am

Elvis Costello & Clover Revisit My Aim Is True

Last week Elvis Costello played two-sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, running through the entirety of My Aim Is True. His band for the nights was Clover, who backed him for the recording of the album in 1977 (the members went on to play with Huey Lewis, Lucinda Williams,… More »

By: Stereogum / November 14, 2007 - 4:40 pm

House Soundtrack Features Elvis Covering Christina, Makes Us Collect “Teardrop”s

A few years ago, Hugh Laurie set aside his Steven Fry-collaborating comic past and his British accent to take over FOX (and the Golden Globes) with his portrayal of Dr. House (although he is better remembered around here for calling us “sweet cheeks”). On top of his debonair charm, Hugh’s got a good voice (which… More »

By: Stereogum / August 16, 2007 - 3:33 pm

Toddler-Touring Tips From Mates Of State

Today, the folks at Nerve launch Babble, a site devoted to “the new urban parent.” And while that doesn’t quite include us yet, it does mean we get cool child-toting tips from indie-rock couple Mates Of State! More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2006 - 9:55 am

Eight Little Boxes

We stopped watching Weeds after a few episodes this season. It just got too silly. But, Showtime’s high comedy does deliver a cool, new version of Malvina Reynolds’s theme every week. The season kicked off with Elvis Costello’s funky, acoustic take. Since then, some of our favorite artists have taken liberties with the folk tune’… More »

By: Stereogum / October 30, 2006 - 11:50 am

New Elvis Costello – “Little Boxes” (Theme To Weeds)

Just doing some browsing of sho.com after smelling that wacky Weeds ad in Rolling Stone, and behold: they’re already streaming the season premiere’s opening tune. (A different artist will sing Malvina Reynolds’s “Little Boxes” in each episode.)

Check out Elvis Costello’s version here. (Can one of you turn into an MP3 for us?) The… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 12, 2006 - 11:32 pm

Elvis & Billie Joe Perform “Good Riddance”

It’s amazing, but not surprising, how Elvis Costello can make any song ten times cooler. Here he is with performing with Billie Joe Armstrong at VH1’s Decades Rock Live. Dig those harmonies!

I wish I had full clips of “Accidents Will Happen” and “Kinder Murder” (with Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer) to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 27, 2006 - 1:04 pm

Elvis Costello & Billie Joe Perform “Alison”

Cool clip (ok, half cool) from the Decades Rock Live tribute to Elvis Costello airing Friday on VH1 Classic.

Rolling Stone notes: Billie Joe is the nervous one in leather and eyeliner whisper/singing like he’s at a high school talent show and Costello is the badass in shades belting it out like he’s i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2006 - 1:28 pm

Death Cab, Fiona, Billie Joe Serenade Elvis Costello

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews VH1 Classic’s “Decades Rock Live” tribute to Elvis Costello, taped Friday at the “half-full, lousy-sounding Mark G. Etess Arena” in Atlantic City. The event featured Death Cab For Cutie, Fiona Apple, and Billie Joe Armstrong performing for and with Elvis.The show was smartly conceived, the material well-chosen. Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 23, 2006 - 10:15 am

“We Had A Horrible Winter At The Monastery Because Of Your Heating System”

Only David Chase can make a ten year old Moby song relevant.

Sopranos caught my attention as a purveyor of novel soundtrack songs when I heard Elvis Costello’s “Complicated Shadows” a few seasons back. Unlike The O.C. or your favorite future CW dramedy, the tunes are chosen with the plot in mind, not to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 21, 2006 - 10:47 am

Elvis Costello Gets Artsy Again

We love Elvis, whether he’s rocking out with the Imposters or delving into lite-fm with the Brodsky Quartet, Burt Bacharach, Anne Sofie von Otter, et al. His latest project is My Flame Burns Blue, a collaboration with Metropole Orkest, recorded live at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

Flame finds Declan reinterpreting his hits,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 27, 2006 - 2:24 pm

Stereogum Classic

Over Glenmorangies and Hoegaardens at dba last night, Jen and Jeff suggested Stereogum go classic rock today. Didn’t take much convincing ’cause these artists have been on my mind this week…

ELVIS COSTELLO
Rhino’s finally completed its four-year purge of everything Elvis ever recorded. Unlike the previous expanded reissues, King of AmericaMore »

By: Stereogum / June 1, 2005 - 4:40 pm

New Team 9 Mashups

Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” VS Air’s “Mike Mills”
> Team 9 – “Mike’s Blowin’ In The Wind”
A little creepy, but worth a listen.

The Cure’s “Lovesong” VS The Beatles’ “Taxman”
> Team 9 – “Lovetax”
A decent mix … honestly, I’ll listen to any Cure boot.

Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army”… More »

By: Stereogum / January 14, 2005 - 12:03 pm