I’m not always cynical

Just in time for the holidays, Elvis Costello has a new $225 box set for sale — and he’s telling fans NOT to buy it. … “Unfortunately, we at http://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,” Costello wrote on his website. Costello tried to get the record company to knock the price down, but was unsuccessful. So he is recommending buying the work of another legendary artist. Not everyone is buying Costello’s mea culpa. He’s pandering to the Occupy crowd. “Oh, I’m sorry; I wasn’t trying to…

be more cynical

Duane makes a surprising confession: See, I have this thing, that whenever someone gets a bunch of hype, and everyone under the sun seems to be singing their praises, for no reason at all, I am instantly turned off at the prospect that said artist could actually be that amazing. I’m confused, especially after reviewing his list of the year’s best CDs. The nominees include Jesse McCartney, Mariah Carey and Dannity Kane, an all-girl group created by MTV (never one to excessively promote). And he’s worried about being too cynical? Maybe hype has gotten a bad rap. Maybe Must-See TV is just…