Elvis Costello

Going Steady: New Singles 8-6-21 – 8-12-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 9, 2021

wouldn’t you rather have modelo de este año?

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 490 to 481

By Steve Crawford | April 14, 2021

She had a face for which a ship might have once been named

Elvis Costello – from isolation – Artists4NHS (March 27th, 2020) Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 30, 2020

brimming with love and affection and hope for all of us… 

The End Of Listening To Albums Over And Over Again

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2020

Over two years I listened to it at least once a day but more than that, over and over again

A Store Of ‘Cultural Mashups’ Is Illustrating Every Song You Can Imagine

By Alyson Camus | December 4, 2019

each illustration is carefully picked to fit the mood of the song

Things Have Changed: What Happens When We Stream All Music

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2019

I will never, ever be left guessing

The 1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1980s – 500 to 491

By Steve Crawford | June 3, 2019

Disgusted, disenchanted, and occasionally in love

rock nyc’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration: Elvis Costello At The Beacon Theater Last Night: First A Mistake And Then Brilliant

By admin | February 2, 2019

he is EC and he is always a blast to watch once he gets going

rocknyc, Thanks for The Memories!

By Helen Bach | December 22, 2018

Hit it, Mr. Hope

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, NOVEMBER 26TH TO DECEMBER 2ND

By Alyson Camus | November 23, 2018

 Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus are at the Wiltern on Friday

Mastertapes… with Elvis Costello

By admin | August 31, 2018

Sign Up for an Opportunity to Attend this Special Q&A Event!

Viva Elvis Costello! What If Elvis Didn’t Play Vegas But Moved The Show To Port Chester?

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2018

Viva Elvis, I say

Elvis Costello And Me In 2013

By Helen Bach | February 11, 2018

He’s old and haggard

Albums That Changed My Life

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2017

The disruptive force of romance

L.A. BURNING: WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, May 29th To June 4th, 2017

By Alyson Camus | May 26, 2017

a good week to discover tons of new bands!

Chrissie, Morrissey And Costello: A Barrage Of Biographies

By Helen Bach | February 26, 2017

Biographies are crazy things.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Orpheum Theater Boston, Tuesday October 25th, 2016, Reviewed

By Helen Bach | October 26, 2016

He morphed into Elvis the Pelvis

Elvis Costello’s “Detour” At The Town Hall, Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2016

One lucky fella

Elvis Costello Back On The East Coast

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2016

He needs the money

Elvis Costello Solo Tour

By admin | June 14, 2016

Disarmingly revealing

10 Songs: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2016

I still love that verse he cut

These Days: Sunday March 6th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | March 6, 2016

my current favorite is the Loretta meets Costello song on her newbie

Elvis Costello’s “Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 10, 2016

You come out considering the man less gnomic and more borderline autistic

Elvis Costello Calls Me Scum…

By Iman Lababedi | December 27, 2015

Costello is known for posting unfavorable reviews so this hasn’t really gone to my head

Elvis Costello Insults His Audience And Shows His True Nature In Current Memoir

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2015

I don’t know when I’ve resented a rock star more.

Elvis Costello, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” – Book Review

By Steve Crawford | November 28, 2015

My ultimate take away is in his songwriting, as in this book, Costello doesn’t have the self-discipline to harness his enormous talents into consistent greatness

Unbound: Elvis Costello with Rosanne Cash At Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2015

He is still a chatty, sincerely, crooked guy. He still doesn’t know when to shut up or when to talk, still is always in service to his hybrid version of pop superstardom, still talking when he should listen, still unwilling to take that chewing gum out of his ear.

Four Obscure Elvis Costello Songs Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2015

There is truly no one in the world more ambivalent about Elvis Costello than I am. In 1977, I officially switched boy crushes from David Bowie to Elvis and from 1977 till 1982, he could do no wrong. And then from 1893 till 1986 he could do some wrong and some very right.

Even Elvis Costello Realizes His First Decade Was The Keeper

By Iman Lababedi | October 12, 2015

Elvis Costello was asked to choose his life in 10 songs. Of the ten songs, seven of them were from 1975 to 1986, and the other two from 1987 – 2015. This is pretty strange from a man so obsessed with being contemporary. A man whose last album was written with the Roots. What gives?

Medium Cool: Best Talk SHow Guests, Week Of October 12th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2015

The worst sort of songwriting is the one where songwriter’s believe they are writing “important” songerly songs, as though their mere presence adds depth where none exists. The new (old) Kris, Rosanne and Costello “April 5th” is insufferable, smug and plain bad news. Elvis is on Colbert on Monday with Darlene Love on Monday.

Oldies But Goldies: Elvis Costello Loads His Revolver In 2011

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2015

A purely excellent two and a half hour set. I always write exactly what I believe and I have ragged on Costello for a couple of years now, but credit where it is due. He reformed the Attractions (c’mon, that’s what he REALLY did) and played an Attractions set. Just like that. And he was so good he made iffy songs sound like masterpieces.

Elvis Costello: Best Of The Stuff You Probably Don’t Know

By Iman Lababedi | July 29, 2015

Not unlike Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, U2 and the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello is a white rock and roll superstar who has lost the knack and can only very occasionally write a killer song. Of course, occasionally isn’t never, and since I have a working knowledge of, well, everything he has ever written, I thought I’d try and find some of the better tracks you may have missed. In order of release (more or less). I passed on the opera and I passed on great great covers album called For The Stars.

Elvis Costello Has Written A Memoir And Is Talking About It November 10th At BAM

By Iman Lababedi | July 21, 2015

So not the longest story ever told by any stretch of the imagination and what is strange is the man is a gasbag and so you’d expect him to tell the story long and hard. I remember seeing him at the “Spectacle” gig years ago and he kept on stepping all over his guests line…

Oldies But Goldies: In 2009 I Reviewed And Graded All Of Elvis Costello’s Albums

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2015

Why was Costello the great rock and roll savior? I might claim he was my savior because he was the first rock start to look like me but he didn’t really, he was better looking than me in 77 and he is fatter than me in 09. And his love life wasn’t mine -he may have been getting fucked over but he was getting fucked anyway unlike, well, certain unfortunate 18 year olds.

Oldies But Goldies: An Elvis Costello Overview Called “Growing Up Angry” From 1982

By Iman Lababedi | May 17, 2015

I wrote this Elvis Costello overview back in 1982 for a Creem “New Wave” special. Kinda funnily, I claimed I’d always put Get Happy!! in the center of his career. Which, considering this was some six years into a career still going nearly 40 years later, has proven inaccurate. Though it is still my finest EC moment

Some Girls Belong To Some Songs

By Iman Lababedi | April 28, 2015

Sure, songs remind you of times and places but does it remind you of some girls. For me I tend to let the girl dictate to me the song and I don’t mean our song, she might not even know it is our song, but somethings a song and a girl will come together…. Here is five such times.

Oldies But Goldies: I Go To A Taping Of Elvis Costello’s “Spectacle” In 2009

By Iman Lababedi | March 28, 2015

Here is a story I wrote after watching Costello go on and on and on at a taping of his actually excellent when you see the finished product “Spectacle” talk show way back in 2009. Needless to add, Costello fans didn’t like it.

Steely Dan And China Plate Elvis Costello Hit The Road

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2015

Why is Costello opening for Steely Dan on what is a really pretty big tour? What sense does that mean. To be fair, Costello has played a whole lot over the past two years, you can’t throw a brick without seeing him and I personally have seen him something like five times since he opened for the Who at a charity gig a coupla years ago.

Personal Bests: January 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2015

If “We Can Be Together” sounded like a good trip (man, that Grace Slick can sing, how did you lose her cool?) it wasn’t, it was based on Black Panther’s war cry, “Up against the, motherfucker”) and from there it blows blues hot (try a terrific “Wooden Ships” and folk cool. Add on top two of the best songs, the title track and “Somebody To Love” and you have a career peak.

Starbucks Song Of The Week: 'Florida Key' By The New Basement Tapes

By Alyson Camus | November 15, 2014

‘Florida Key’ is one of these tracks, and it seems to me that the project is part too-ambitious, part already-doomed … how can you possibly adapt a lost, abandoned Dylan song? isn’t Dylan totally untouchable? absolutely iconic?

The A+ List: 11-15-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 15, 2014

As Costello notes on one of these songs, poverty is a different sort of enlistment but anyhow, three songs about war and all A Plusses

Two Songs Off The Bob Dylan Tribute Album "The New Basement Tapes" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2014

Costello sounding much like he did with the Roots nevertheless comes up with a nice bluesy low key very rhythmic take that works for me, Rihannon Giddens, of Carolina Chocolate Drops,sings back up. And it took me back to “Nothing to It”and it is better than I thought it was.

1983 – A+ List

By Steve Crawford | August 14, 2014

“Age of Consent,” New Order. Three years after permanent mope Ian Curtis offed himself, New Order effectively established a new post punk sound, sounding a bit like a less attention needy version of the The Cure. An unexpected entry on your “Songs About Jailbait” playlist.

10 Songs: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 15, 2014

Point of No Return – Gene McDaniels – the early 60s pop star made a sweet, masterful samba out of a little know Goffin-King new romance ode, you just can’t get out of its way, a gorgeous romantic work – A

A Look Back At One Of My Favorite Albums: Elvis Costello's "My Aim Is True"

By Iman Lababedi | July 8, 2014

“Oh I know that she has made a fool of him” Costello sings in “No Dancing”, “Hey girl I wanna shake your hand, all I ever do is bow”, “I wanna get right through the way I feel for you”, “I can’t be wounded because I’ve got no heart”, “they told me everything was guaranteed, somebody somewhere must have lied to me”, “if I was a Saint with a silver cup…” , “I can hear you whispering as I crawl by your door”… it is like every line goes bing in the back of your pain valve.

Best Concerts Through June 30th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2014

Elvis Costello – Carnegie Hall – June 25th, 2014 – The second of a two night stand but this is the one to have watched. A solo performance, started with half of My Aim Is True, ended with a brand new song, a good one, and “Peace Love And Understanding” and in between he spend two and half hours wandering round his future history with unvarying, unwavering and very thrilling results

10 Songs: Friday, July 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2014

Do You – Spoon – Here is a song even Spoon agnostics but unequivocally approve of, a sticky, handclapping, nonsense syllabicating masterstroke, which I noticed when I caught em at Governors Ball and am now insane about – A

That Was The Week Of June 23rd That Was

By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2014

Yes, the US lost against Germany in the World Cup, but they still made the next round and considering the Germans had control of the ball an astonishing 70% of the time and only managed one goal, this is something in the nature of a miracle and the miracle has a name: Tim Howard., US Goalie. By the time you read this, they may be out but it doesn’t matter any way, Tim did well.

Elvis Costello At Carnegie Hall, Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 26, 2014

It is a real achievement, performing solo and invitingly and interesting so the audience isn’t dozing, for 165 minutes. The penultimate song of the evening found him strapping on his electric song for the first time all night for the new and excellent “The Last Days Of My Youth”. Perhaps it is, or perhaps he will never grow old.

The A+ List – 1977

By Steve Crawford | June 25, 2014

“Alison,” Elvis Costello. Declan MacManus delivered a debut album that couldn’t be ignored; pairing pub rock licks with punk rock attitude and the wordplay/songwriting skills of a learned veteran, not a rookie that had just quit his day job. On “Alison,” he stumbles across an old flame that is drowning in unsalvageable sorrow