Spider House Ballroom
"...Despite a few funny moments, and some richly colored and fluid animation, The Rugrats Movie simply cannot sustain the frenetic charm and imagination of the shorter TV segments. Particularly ill-advised are the musical numbers that seem artificial and de rigueur despite some pretty heavy musical artillery (Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Laurie Anderson, and Iggy Pop to name but a few)..."
"...Played by the invaluable Phil Costello, Saittham (that’s Matthias spelled backwards, but “usually he lets people figure it out themselves”) was a member of an actual band, Mysticum (with a “c,” not a “k” – Mystikum is made up) that was signed to a “very selective” Asker-based record label. As Hill explains, around 2003 he began sending obtuse, hostile emails to record companies as the frontman of Witch Taint, a vicious (and fake) black metal band whose imaginary music was so “dark,” so “kult,” and so “brutal” that the walls of an unprepared musical venue might collapse at any second when it was played...."
"...TUBE TOP: Ex-Popsickle, ex-Yellow Snow, ex-Peach, ex-Flop, ex-Posies, ex-Love Battery, current-Fastback. This Seattle all-star band has a new album due out soon on Laundry Room Records (some of it produced by Peter Buck), which churns out intelligent, crafty pop of the Beatles or Elvis Costello variety. You can also expect a guitar or two..."
"...2) Elvis Costello & the Imposters, October, 2002: Costello drew from When I Was Cruel, his best disc in ages, and mixed in some golden oldies. I'd seen him many times, but this was one of his most frantic and alluring, easily earning him three encores...."
"...MARVELOUS 3: Because ASCAP's in the business of songs, even their showcase's 8pm band has a string of catchy tunes. Math and Other Problems, the Deep South debut from Atlanta's Marvelous 3, winds up solving itself: one part Everclear, two parts Cheap Trick, and three parts Elvis Costello..."
"...They were doing what songwriters do, writing about what's around them and expressing it in song. Nevertheless, a great deal of the politically conscious songs of our day come from celebrated songwriters of all stripes, from Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and Patti Smith to Dan Bern, Buddy Miller, and Ani DiFranco...."
"...Then Johnny Rotten spit in the face of an NME reporter and it was all over. They were going to have Nick Lowe produce us, and then came Elvis [Costello] and Wreckless Eric, and the Damned..."
"...RON SEXSMITH: Toronto's Ron Sexsmith is perhaps the most critically acclaimed songwriter of the past five years. He's been compared to Ray Davies and Bob Dylan, and even Elvis Costello raves about him..."
"...44 LONG: Hailing from Portland, this fourpiece might land in the alt.country column, but there's more to them than meets the eye. Their Sideburn Records CD, Inside the Horse's Head, has its share of twangy pop hooks, but melancholy lyrics add a brooding side to a band that has more in common with Elvis Costello than Bloodshot Records' stable..."
"...SPOON: Since the Soft Effects EP, his plastic will no longer bear the Matador imprint, but Britt Daniel and Spoon are moving to Elektra and the anticipation of the next CD has been growing for months now. Thoughtful construction and intelligent lyrics make Daniel one of Austin's best songwriters, and he only gets better, mixing jarring guitar with pop hooks that would make Elvis Costello wish he were a young man..."
"...The two love playing with each other, for each other. Many great comedy teams did work this good – Bob and Ray, Nichols and May, Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello – but you won't hear that kind of love shine through the material anywhere else..."
"...It's amazing that anyone in Central Texas would negate the efforts of Sal Costello and the Austin Toll Party ["CAMPO Gets Toll Road Weary," News, Dec. 17]..."
"...This time, Faye marinates in a Sixties girl-group sound – Shirelles, Supremes, Shangri-Las – and doesn't update the sound as much as immerse herself in it. Aided by fantastic players – drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello's Attractions), bassist Eric Holden (Bodeans), keyboardist Roger Manning (Jellyfish), and the Fayettes, BettySoo and Akina Adderley (accomplished artists on their own) – the frontwoman sings perky pop tunes straight out of the Brill Building with back drops worthy of the Wrecking Crew or Phil Spector's Wall of Sound..."
"...Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France) Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello (World Premiere)..."
"...• Blondie rocking "Call Me," and Elvis Costello reuniting with the Attractions to knock out "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding."..."
"...1am, Esther's Follies Considered Australia's premier singer-songwriter, Kelly has drawn comparisons to such heavy hitters as Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello for his energizing story songs. His 25th album in a 30-year career, the diverse Stolen Apples (EMI International), was released Down Under in 2007, with a North American release forthcoming..."
"...Allusions to glam rock and New Wave abound on the quintet's Infinite Jest EP (Unborn Media/East West). Greg Beets END OF FASHION10:45pm, Exodus End of Fashion is coarse but catchy volatile guitar pop, as heard on the band's single "O Yeah." Seeing how the quartet traveled from Perth, Australia, to Oxford, Miss., to record their Dennis Herring-produced (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse) self-titled debut, they were probably waist-deep in it..."
"...The Latebirds put encyclopedic pop smarts to work in assembling a new classic rock playlist of the mind. The quintet's third disc, Radio Insomnia (Grandpop), kicks off with the anthemic "Set Free the Radio," a Costello-style excoriation of commercial radio featuring DJ patter from MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer...."
"...In the same issue, the photo caption to "Full Campaign Disclosure: Here Comes Late Money" incorrectly stated that Wes Benedict and Sal Costello filed suit against Betty Dunkerley. Actually, the suit was filed against the Real Estate Council of Austin Good Government PAC and the Austin Police Association PAC...."