Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Hey, Remember This Guy?

The Onion A.V. Club has a great little feature this week (last week?) consisting of excerpts from Elvis Costello's self-penned liner notes to the albums included in Rhino Records' reissue set. Some great stuff, including this "perspective" on the making of Punch The Clock (released in 1983):

"Between 1979 and 1983 something strange happened. The British government mutated from an annoying and often disreputable body that spent people's taxes on the wrong things into a hostile regime contemptuous of anyone who did not serve or would not yield to its purpose."

Sound at all familiar?

Anyway, the article provides a great reminder of just how great Costello and the Attractions were back in the day (2 of the 16 greatest albums of the '70s and 1 of the 19 greatest albums of the '80s).

If you're at all interested in what he's up to these days (I'll admit that I'm basically not), here is a terrific live set and interview from "Morning Becomes Eclectic." This is the aptly named KCRW (Santa Monica, CA public radio) show -- hosted by the eminently British Nic Harcourt -- that is unparalleled when it comes to in-studio live sets from great bands. A great number of these are archived in RealVideo on the KCRW website (as is this set from Costello). Other archived acts include: Jem, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Beck, M. Ward, Bloc Party, The Arcade Fire, and PJ Harvey. Check it out.


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