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There’s a paradox with some artists — the legends who stand apart from so much of pop music history in such a way that would seemingly make their music untouchable. Nina Simone is one of those artists. Her influence is vast, and her voice is so distinctive that it’d seem impossible to have her music… More »

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 »

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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Stereogum | January 14, 2005 - 12:03 pm

Napoleon Dynamite Vs. Elvis Costello

Did you guys realize that Napoleon Dynamite is an old pseudonym of Elvis Costello. He used it in the credits of Blood & Chocolate. Is…
Stereogum | July 10, 2004 - 1:50 pm

Two Way Monologue

Norwegian songwriter/guitarist Sondre Lerche looks back to greats like Steely Dan and Elvis Costello. Stream his new disc.
Stereogum | March 2, 2004 - 4:19 pm
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