Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Spectacle - Show Biz Kids

It should've been my favorite episode, given 2/3 the musical guests, but all together seemed kind of listless... like M. Ward's answers to questions. I really wanted to hear more from Ward, but he was obviously not the attraction, and spent most the time in the shadows.

Ward mentioned John Fahey as an influence, which was someone's clue to edit in a clip, or Costello's cue to have him play something by Fahey (which might very well have happened and was edited out due to time constraints -- either way, we'll provide the love here). Outside of Jenny Lewis' high-waisted blue jumpsuit (or were those just fancy overalls?) my highlight was the lap steel guitar playing on "Carpetbaggers" -- who was that? He was up high in the mix and yet lost in the shadows.

Hearing the 'all star jam' version of "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understanding" oddly enough reminded me of the ending to A Colbert Christmas. I mean, how many all-star jamz can you do of that song. It also reminded me, where was the songwriter Nick Lowe this season?

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... (She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan)
1. "Showbiz Kids" - Steely Dan - Costello sings as intro to first theme
2. "Change is Hard" - She & Him
3. "Pretty Bird" - Jenny Lewis w/ M. Ward
4. "Carpetbaggers" - Jenny Lewis w/ Elvis Costello
5. "Go Away" - Elvis Costello w/ Jenny Lewis
6. "One Headlight" - The Wallflowers
7. "On Up the Mountain" - Jakob Dylan - performing w/ Costello
8. "Straight to Hell" - The Clash - Costello and Dylan
9. "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understanding" - Elvis Costello - all star jam


Anonymous said...

the pedal steel player was Farmer Dave Scher, who plays on Acid Tongue and Elvis' Momofuku. Weird that he wasn't acknowledged although maybe that was edited out.

drake lelane said...

thank you for that bit of info!