Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Season of 'Spectacle'

Elvis Costello has made a spectacle of himself... again. He's been spending his evenings peddling the DVD for the first season of his acclaimed Sundance Channel show on programs like the 'Colbert Report' and 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (see below).

If you have never seen 'Spectacle', Costello interviews a musical artist or two before they perform each other's songs (or that of a shared influence) together. The shows are taped live either at the Apollo in Harlem or Masonic Theater in Toronto. For me, if the artist is someone I like, it's a must see. The best of last season included The Police, She & Him and Jenny Lewis. Costello has always been a fantastic guest on talk shows, but he really spread his wings when he filled in for David Letterman as host of 'The Late Show' back in 2003. It was only a matter of time before he became a master of ceremonies.

The second season of 'Spectacle' begins Dec. 9, and the seven-part series includes quite a roster of artists. The first show features Bono and The Edge from U2. Future shows I most want to see include Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case and Nick Lowe. Big names like Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Lyle Lovett will be stopping by, too. For more info, click here, and check out Costello with Jenny Lewis and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him from last season.

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