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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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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
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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. I…
Stereogum | July 10, 2004 - 1:50 pm
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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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