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The Week in Rock: Nov. 20-26, 2011

The Week in Rock: Nov. 20-26, 2011

This week’s round-up of Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes posts about Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Vince Clarke, The Lucy Show, Simple Minds, Paul Weller, Throwing Muses, Elvis Costello and OMD, plus the opening of voting in the 2011 installment of the Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll.

Elvis Costello: ‘Steal’ my new $260 box set — or buy Louis Armstrong collection instead

Elvis Costello: ‘Steal’ my new $260 box set — or buy Louis Armstrong collection instead

Elvis Costello’s new live box set ‘The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!’ is currently listed at $262.39 on Amazon.com, and if you think that’s a ridiculous price for a release that features just one CD, one DVD and one 10-inch vinyl record’s worth of music, you’re not alone — Costello himself does, too.

The Week in Rock: Oct. 23-29, 2011

The Week in Rock: Oct. 23-29, 2011

This week’s round-up of headlines on Slicing Up Eyeballs includes posts about R.E.M., Talking Heads, New Order, Magazine, John Peel and Elvis Costello, plus not one but three contests involving Robert Smith, Peter Gabriel and Jane’s Addiction.

Elvis Costello to release ‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ live box set

Elvis Costello to release ‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ live box set

Elvis Costello will commemorate this year’s revival of his ‘Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ — which debuted during a 1986 trek that saw him choosing setlists onstage via a giant spinning wheel — with a limited-edition box set featuring a CD, DVD and 10-inch vinyl EP culled from the performer’s May 11 and 12, 2011, shows in Los Angeles.

Video: Elvis Costello covers ‘Purple Rain’

Video: Elvis Costello covers ‘Purple Rain’

No stranger to dropping unexpected covers into his sets, Elvis Costello currently is in the midst of his revived ‘Spinning Songbook’ tour and is treating fans at many of the trek’s stops to a show-stopping blast through Prince’s 1984 epic ‘Purple Rain.’

New releases: Primal Scream, David Byrne, Peter Hook, Blondie, Elvis Costello

New releases: Primal Scream, David Byrne, Peter Hook, Blondie, Elvis Costello

This week’s new releases include concert DVDs/Blu-rays from Primal Scream and David Byrne; a live album of Peter Hook performing ‘Unknown Pleasures’; a reissue of Elvis Costello’s ‘Get Happy!!’ on audiophile vinyl; and the U.S. CD release of Kate Bush’s ‘Director’s Cut.’

Vintage Video: Elvis Costello plays ‘Radio Radio’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1977

Vintage Video: Elvis Costello plays ‘Radio Radio’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1977

Thirty-three years ago tonight, Elvis Costello & The Attractions staged one of the more infamous stunts in ‘Saturday Night Live’ history, pulling the plug on their label-approved song ‘Less Than Zero’ less than 10 seconds in and instead ripping through ‘Radio Radio.’

Pixies’ ‘Minotaur’ box set earns Grammy nomination for best packaging design

Pixies’ ‘Minotaur’ box set earns Grammy nomination for best packaging design

The Pixies’ hefty box set ‘Minotaur’ scored a Grammy nomination tonight for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Video: Elvis Costello on ‘Fallon,’ ‘Letterman,’ ‘Colbert’ and ‘Morning Joe’ this week

With his new album, ‘National Ransom,’ now out, Elvis Costello made the television rounds this past week, appearing and performing on the ‘Late Show With David Letterman,’ ‘The Colbert Report,’ ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ and even Joe Scarborough’s cable talk show ‘Morning Joe.’

New releases: Pet Shop Boys, The Jam, INXS, Brian Eno, UB40, The Motels, The Fall

New releases: Pet Shop Boys, The Jam, INXS, Brian Eno, UB40, The Motels, The Fall

This week’s new releases include a brand-new best-of from the Pet Shop Boys, a 2CD reissue of The Jam’s ‘Sound Affects,’ a live DVD from INXS, new studio albums from Brian Eno and Elvis Costello, and reissues from The Fall, UB40 and The Motels.

Video: Elvis Costello plays ‘Jimmie Standing in the Rain,’ off ‘National Ransom,’ live on BBC

With his new album, ‘National Ransom,’ out in the U.K. this past week — and due to arrive on these shores on Tuesday — Elvis Costello dropped by the studios of BBC’s Radio 4 on Thursday to chat with host John Wilson and play this track, ‘Jimmie Standing in the Rain,’ off the new record.

New releases: Bryan Ferry, R.E.M., The Fall, Elvis Costello, Marc Almond, Prefab Sprout

New releases: Bryan Ferry, R.E.M., The Fall, Elvis Costello, Marc Almond, Prefab Sprout

This week’s releases include a new studio albums from Bryan Ferry (‘Olympia’) and Elvis Costello (‘National Ransom’), a live DVD from R.E.M. (‘Live From Austin, TX’), a 4CD ‘omnibus edition’ from The Fall (‘The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall’) and the belated U.S. release of Prefab Sprout’s new album (‘Let’s Change the World With Music’).

Video: Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe play ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?’ in San Francisco

Video: Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe play ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?’ in San Francisco

Last night, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall hosted a pair of special charity concerts dubbed ‘Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis,’ a benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund that featured Elvis Costello performing songs written by his onetime producer and collaborator Nick Lowe, and vice versa.

Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe to perform ‘Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis’ in San Francisco

Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe to perform ‘Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis’ in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall this fall hosts a pair of truly special concerts dubbed ‘Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis,’ a one-night charity event that will feature Elvis Costello performing songs by his onetime producer Nick Lowe, and vice versa.