Elvis Costello

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

10 Songs: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 24, 2014

I Could Easily (Fall In Love With You) – Cliff Richard And The Shadows – On Saturday, Cliff mentioned recording in Nashville and you might wonder how he would do with country, this is a modified country (not even rockabilly lick) drenched in melodic goodness – A

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks week Of June 23rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 22, 2014

I can’t predict this one though Elvis Costello, one man show, Carnegie Hall, you have to assume he is gonna bring out the heavy arsenal, though when I saw him a coupla years ago doing a coupla songs solo I thought he wasn’t happening. And that entire the Roots deal was a major bummer. So I dunno, Helen bach liked him so… I guess we will see Wednesday!

10 Songs: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 22, 2014

Tokyo Storm Warning – Elvis Costello And The Attractions – An astounding achievement, the words pull on and out and on and on till he has a dream of that revolver in her pure and but what dow e care of the world is just a joke? Now they’re hanging protest singers – A+

Elvis Costello's "The Last Year Of My Youth" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 7, 2014

For the first time in decades, Costello caught my mood, the sense of time passing by and of ends arriving and yes he over sings it and over writes the lyrics but I don’t care: it reminds me of a pop version of Kings Of America. In its own way it is a straight up masterpiece

10 Songs, Saturday, May 3rd 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 3, 2014

Hong Kong Gardens – Siouxsie And The Banshees – The purely disparaging colors Siouxsie is painted in Moz’s autobiography at least leaves some musical room to maneuver. Well, I’ll give her this one – A-

Elvis Costello Plays Carnegie Hall

By Helen Bach | April 30, 2014

Wonder how he got to Carnegie Hall anyway… practice practice practice. A two night stand June 24 and June 25, catch it if you haven’t already tired of this ‘solo’ tour.

Elvis Costello To Collaborate With Burt Bacharach And Much More

By Helen Bach | April 2, 2014

The songs I am working on with Burt Bacharach are not being prepared for recording. Initially they are being prepared for performance on stage and for a musical.

Costello To Add Music to '67 "Lost" Dylan Lyrics

By Iman Lababedi | March 27, 2014

Bloody Burnett. I am so tired of this guy, there isn’t a thing he does I approve of any more. I blame the Coen Brothers, it all delves from the O Brother Where Art Thou, where he took Harry Smith’s work and put his name on it.

The A+ List 3-18-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2014

Roving Eye – James Chance – Not only does Chance blow like a dream that is emerging out of a nightmare, he sings like a white boy coked out yelping twitching basket case channeling James Brown in the best way and this is a Ze Records peak from the early years.

10 Songs, Monday, March 17th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2014

It Takes A Woman – Walter Matthau – Jokey sexism turned on its tail with growly jowly and curt Walter claiming you need a woman to help clean the stables and shoe the horse, that all romantic. “The important things in life come gift wrapped” he tells his prospective fiancee… hard to disagree right? – B+

Johnny Cash: "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (Elvis Costello Mix) Reviewed

By Helen Bach | March 11, 2014

The original version of ‘She Used To Love Me A Lot”, chock full of slide guitar and pluckin’, with a two step sawdust floor back beat. Not a bad thing- it fits just right- but with the help of Mr Costello, this ’80s rarity gets the thump and momentum of a 2014 anthem.

Elvis and Elmo "Monsters Went And Ate My Red Two"

By Helen Bach | January 31, 2014

The tune tells the story of how Cookie Monster eats Costello’s red 2, thus making it impossible for him to count to ten. Set to the tune of “(The Angels Want To Wear My) Red Shoes”, its a perfect pairing for an adorable video.

10 Songs 1-27-14: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-27-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 27, 2014

Runaway Dreamer – Sophie Ellis-Bextor – The album drags me but this is a clever pop rock MORer which snapped the UK to attention, not least because Sophis is a popular model, but also because the song is as catchy as this kinda stuff can kind – A

There's A Place Where Time Stands Still

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2014

I went to visit Joseph and Donna and they had changed hospices by then and the new one was quieter, but it had the quiet of neutral, a place where everything was grounding out of time, where it felt like you had falled down a trap door, where you were floating in a sea of grief

Elvis Costello: Growing Up Angry!!!

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2013

you can tell the strength of a Costello album from the outtakes. ‘Watching The Detectives’ and ‘Radio Radio’ from My Aim Is True. The superb ‘Big Tears’ and ‘Tiny Steps’ from This Year’s Model. The weak ‘Talking In The Dark’, the awful ‘Wednesday Week’ and the touching ‘My Funny Valentine’ from Armed Forces. From the Get Happy!! sessions in Holland, a splendidly rewritten ‘Clowntime Is Over’ and a cover of Van McCoy’s ‘Getting Mighty Crowded’.

Hear Ye: What rock nyc is listening to 12-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 16, 2013

Runner – Laura Stevenson – Not only is her singing lovely, her lyrics are kinda great “Static transmit me to the other side of another room in pieces; like a steady beating, the summer hurts” but the guitars are all zoom lens Byrdsy excellence – A

Helen Bach's Top Concerts of 2013

By Helen Bach | December 14, 2013

hen all the planets are in line and all the cosmic pressures balance, magic happens. This year only three of those occured, but man oh man did they occur. Over the years I have seen many live shows and 2013 gave me ‘the show of my life’, and that’s no small feat

Worst Decade Ever? The 1980s

By Iman Lababedi | December 2, 2013

I remember the 1980s as one long nightmare, never ending, never pleasant, buying the new Costello album and discovering it was Spike, being so broke I couldn’t afford a gyro before work, contemplating suicide on a daily basis and no fucking music to get excited about.

Elvis Costello Solo, The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, 11-12-13

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | November 15, 2013

“Tonight’s all about love!,” he called out to the crowd after the first few numbers, though he later amended this to add, “But the other side of that is deceit, betrayal, and heartbreak.”

Elvis Costello Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, Reviewed

By admin | November 6, 2013

“”Tripwire/Peace, Love, and Understanding”. I knew that he went from one to the other by reading setlists and hearing about it, but I had no idea how it would work. It was like the two songs were made for each other. It was an overwhelming sense of his true talent, with combining the old and the new, the classic and the contemporary.

Elvis Costello, Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA Sunday November 3rd, 2013, Reviewed

By Helen Bach | November 5, 2013

The Calvin Theater sits under a shabby marquis and the staff were kind, greasy and bespectacled. as if it were the costume required to work the Costello gig. With fabulous seats I was prepared for just about anything. Seeing Elvis is always a hit or miss.

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Benefit Concert At The Town Hall, Sunday, September 29th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2013

Folk isn’t the most exciting of visual life forms and though Willie Watson was a revelation, I still didn’t learn much from the proceedings. Except that the Folk music revival has stalled and that Tom Paxton wasn’t there, is awesome, and I plan to catch him next time he plays.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2013

Still Into You – Paramore – Perhaps their finest song, an astounding, very addictive piece of power pop that held their pretty damn good anyway current album together – A

The Global Citizens Festival With Stevie Wonder, the Great Lawn, Central Park, Saturday, September 28th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

On a glorious Saturday afternoon drifting into Saturday evening, 60,000 New Yorkers became “Global Citizens”. Well helping the poor is one thing and music is something else entirely and I for one, actually, will be happy to dismiss the entire enterprise for you.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-24-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2013

Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes – The apex of the Southern boogie boy’s coolness came with this Otis Redding cover which they whitened while shaking it up – A