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Elvis Costello: adenoidal

I want to share a small snippet from the latest MetaFilter Podcast. To anyone but the most hardcore users of MetaFilter, the podcast I do with the other moderators of the site (Jessamyn and Josh) is oddly impenetrable to most. We talk about the things we see on the screen, so it makes it difficult to listen to anywhere besides in front of a computer. But I don't want this snippet to be lost forever so I've plucked 30 seconds out of our hour long recording to share this:

It's based on this comment at MetaFilter, which uses NYT's own search to skewer them slightly (Daily Show megaclip-style) for repeating a phrase about a great performer.

  1. Oh but Costello is adenoidal. It’s not unique to the Times. It’s like saying Tom Waits growls. Everyone uses it to describe him.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/25/elvis-costello-barbican-review
    http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/on_first_listen/elvis-costello.htm
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080818/yaffe
    Then there are the articles I won’t link where critics describe other up-and-coming singers as having the Costello adenoidal style — often in a negative.

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