Mojo, January 2014

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Inside Llewyn Davis

The Best Thing I've Heard All Year

Elvis Costello

T Bone Burnett put together a concert at Town Hall, NYC, celebrating the music from the Coen Brothers' new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Patti Smith strung 20 acoustic musicians across the stage to tell us "People Have The Power." One of them was Joan Baez. Jack White and Oscar Isaac sang. I was Justin Timberlake's understudy, while Lake Street Dive stole the first half with "You Go Down Smooth."

Various Secret Sisters and Punch and Avett Brothers raised the roof or said their piece and Mr. [Marcus] Mumford and his missus sang a pretty song or two. The music continued under the stage throughout the concert while waiting your turn; Levon Henry tearing off a tenor saxophone break on "Keep It Clean" with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Willie Watson and Keb' Mo'.

Back on the stage, Bob Neuwirth stepped up to the mic and delivered a version of Utah Phillips' "Rock Salt And Nails" that was worthy of Hank Williams. That's something you cannot learn and best thing I've heard all year.

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Mojo, No. 242, January 2014

Elvis Costello writes about the Inside Llewyn Davis concert, Sunday, September 29, 2013, Town Hall, New York.

Phil Sutcliffe writes about Wise Up Ghost, No. 31 on the Top 50 Albums Of 2013.


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Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello And The Roots

Phil Sutcliffe

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The writing's so deep and murky-dense. While Costello keeps you pearl-diving 'til the last bubble of oxygen, The Roots play bleak and funky, smooching and glowering to the beat of dirty times when nothing's right (despite best hopes). A friendship to be continued?

Standout track: "Refuse To Be Saved."

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