26 October 2009

"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with. . ." To Return

The unique music interview show hosted by Elvis Costello, "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with. . .," is to return for a second season on The Sundance Channel. Paste reports that the premiere is set for December 9. The program is devoted to delving into the influences of artists and the craft of instrument playing and song writing, making it a music geek's dream. Reportedly, guests set to appear this go-round include Bruce Springsteen, Neko Case, The Edge & Bono, Lyle Lovett and Ray LaMontagne. The official Spectacle web site still has a backlog of video shorts from the first season. [DVD box set of the first season is coming to Canada on November 10, but no announcement yet on release for US and UK.] Make sure you check out the Smokey Robinson clip on how he first met Barry Gordy.

And speaking of Smokey Bill, the man Bob Dylan once famously dubbed "America's greatest living poet" will be delivering the keynote address at next March's SXSW Festival in Austin.

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