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Elvis Costello

Costello performing at Glastonbury in 2005

Well, it’s the holiday season, and people are out purchasing gifts for themselves and others. It is the perfect time for CD box sets to come out, which is why Universal Music Enterprises has released Costello’s box set, “Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook.” The box set includes three CDs, a vinyl record, a concert DVD and a 40-page coffee table book; but it costs $225. Costello says that this amount of money is a “hoax” and recommends that if fans really want certain parts of the box set they should just wait until after the holidays when they might be able to purchase individual items separately. He also went on to explain that he tried to get the record label to lower the price, but they would not budge. So, he actually ended up recommending another artist’s works for the holiday season, releasing the following statements:

“Unfortunately, we at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire…. If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can whole-heartedly recommend, ‘Ambassador of Jazz‘ — a cute little imitation suitcase, covered in travel stickers and embossed with the name ‘Satchmo’ but more importantly containing TEN re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived – Louis Armstrong. The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats. Frankly, the music is vastly superior.”

Bravo, Elvis. Well done. However, if fans still wish to purchase the whole Costello box set, Music Sumo would like you all to know that you will be able to find it cheaper on Amazon. Starting December 6th, you should be able to find it for about $202, here. There’s a little gift of savings for you from Music Sumo!

FUGAZI!!!

Fugazi will reveal an archive of 800 live shows from 1987 to 2003.

Though Fugazi have been on extended hiatus since 2003, their rabid fanbase follows the band with no less passion: just last year my roommate told me, in an only-half-joking tone, “the only thing I listen to anymore is NPR and Fugazi.”

The punk band’s loyal following will be thrilled to learn that the Fugazi Live Series, a massive archive of Fugazi shows spanning from 1987 to 2003, will launch to the public on December 1st. 130 videos will be available at launch, with a whopping 800 to be posted in the archive when all is said and done. That’s an average of 50 shows a year, for any current artists taking notes on how to carry themselves like total badasses (remember, 800 doesn’t even count the ones they didn’t record).

As is fashionable these days, you can preview a show for free and download it through a pay-what-you-want scheme…

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It’s a scene seen at almost every large show these days… Hundreds, or even thousands of fans holding up their smart phones to record snippets of the show and then post them online and/or send them to their friends in real-time. Well, with Apple obtaining a massive foothold on the smartphone market, this occurance might be a thing of the past. Why? Seems Apple has filed for a patent for their iPhone that will prevent users from recording video with the device at live shows.

“A patent application filed by Apple revealed how the technology would work.

If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it.

These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function.

People would still be able to send text messages and make calls.

The new technology is seen as an attempt to protect the interests of event organisers and broadcasters who have exclusive rights to concerts.”

Seems like a good thing for the business side of the performer and their management, but a bummer for fans.

You can read more about this news, here.

What are your thoughts about this? Is this a good thing, a bad thing, or both?