British rocker Elvis Costello made his debut with the album My Aim is True 30 years ago. He got his start with the band The Attractions before going solo; he’s since performed, recorded or collaborated with artists as diverse as The Brodsky Quartet, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and Burt Bacharach. An anniversary edition of My Aim is True was released this week. This interview was first broadcast on Feb. 28, 1989. Singer-songwriter Joe Henry has worked with everybody from soul great Allen Toussaint to jazz giant Ornette Coleman to Madonna (his sister-in-law, who recorded his “Don’t Tell Me” on her album Music). Henry’s songwriting has been compared to that of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Civilians, his latest album, was released this week. This interview was first broadcast on Jan. 18, 2006.
The rise and fall of democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu. We’ll talk with Wall Street Journal senior staff writer IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN who is covering this story about who Hsu is, and how he raised millions for democrats — and why he is now in jail. Then we’ll look at the post McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform era with MARY BOYLE of Common Cause. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
The Eagles return to the field Monday night after a messy loss to the Green Bay Packers We talk about last Sunday’s game, look ahead to Monday Night Football and the rest of the season with two veteran sports analysts, RAY DIDINGER and SAL PAOLANTONIO. Didinger’s new book is One Last Read, a compilation of some of his favorite columns. PAOLANTONIO has just published The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Teams, Coaches and Moments in NFL History. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Host David Dye welcomes guitar virtuoso David Bromberg to the World Cafe. With his command of styles from folk, to blues, to jazz, to country, Bromberg started off as a highly valued sideman in the 1960s, and in the ’70s went on to release a string of his own folk-blues albums. He made a welcome return this year with Try Me One More Time, his first record since 1990. In the second hour, we’ll hear about his most recent work backing the organically formed Angel Band. Developed from a series of informal jams at a Wilmington, Delaware cafe, the band is comprised of some of the area’s best musicians, including his wife Nancy Josephson.
ELVIS COSTELLO: Pump It Up