Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
Everyday I Write The Book
Elvis Costello has gotten a deal to write a couple books in 2005. The first will be a “series of intimate narrative chapters taking their cue from the styles, themes and characters found in a number of Costello’s lyrics,” and the second is “work of comic philosophy” entitled “How to Play the Guitar, Sing Loudly and Impress Girls … or Boys.” If only I’d had the latter on my bedstand when I was growing up. My experience has been that great songwriters do not necessarily make great authors – more often, they make authors whose work reads like their songs but without the ripping guitar solos, which tends to be kinda ‘bleh’. But – if anyone is going to be the exception to the rule, ol’ Declan is as good a candidate as anyone. Unless they turn out to be romance novels devoted to Diana Krall. No one needs that. Either way, at least I know what I’m getting Five Seventeen, the world’s #1 Elvis Costello fan, for his next couple birthdays!
More CBC love – Just Concerts is a massive, ginormous archive of complete concerts in both audio and video formats. I can’t even begin to get into who they’ve got on tap, but if you’ve never been you absolutely owe it to yourself to go digging through the vaults.
Flak considers Preston School Of Industry’s Monsoon in the context of other sidemen gone solo. I can’t tell if they’re taking a dig at Tanya Donelly or not, but if they are… oh, boy is someone gonna pay. PSOI are at the ‘Shoe next Thursday. From LHB.
Lists, lists, everywhere a list. Stylus has compiled their Top 200 records of all time but excluded the first 100 as being too predictable. A neat idea, it makes for a much more interesting read. Kinda reminds me when I ran a hockey pool and to mix things up a bit, eliminated the top, like, 20 scorers from the year before from eligibility, leaving only the lesser lights of the NHL to duke it out. Nothing like spending a season pulling for the guy on the second penalty-kill unit and hoping he doesn’t get sent down to the minors, let me tell you. Go Paul Ranheim!
And speaking of hockey, the Leafs disgust me. They really do.
Tonight will be our first proper show in seven months or so. These seasonal layoffs between gigs have simply got to stop.
np – Galaxie 500 / This Is Our Music