A lifelong native of the glorious Midwestern United States, Kevin has written sporadically over the years for such publications as Alternative Press, All About Jazz, and Pop Matters, in addition to self-publishing his essay collection Mystery Pill in 2012. He first came to Elvis Costello during the summer of 2002 by way of the When I Was Cruel album, which he blindly purchased on his nineteenth birthday after reading multiple record reviews praising – as he would soon identify as something of a cyclical trend in Costello’s relationship with the media – the songwriter’s renewal of vows to rock and roll following a series of professional trysts with Anne Sofie Von Otter, Burt Bacharach, and other non-rockers of the like. By day, Kevin enjoys hanging out with his wife and four kids, grilling burgers, and doing other all-American family guy stuff; by night, he enjoys cultivating his CD collection, watching Frasier reruns, and an assortment of other activities which suggest his life is stuck on pause in 1997. He has seen Costello live twice – once in 2004 with Steve Nieve, and once in 2011 with the Imposters – and his favorite of the man’s songs run the gamut from the rockingest (“Tokyo Storm Warning,” “Bedlam”) to the unrockingest (“Toledo,” “Someone Took the Words Away”), and all in between.
Jorge Farah was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and has spent the last decade falling out of taxis in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a film school graduate, but he hopes you won’t hold this against him. His days are spent writing scripts, putting things in front of lenses, editing video, listening to side A of Disintegration, and reciting lines from Silence of the Lambs to himself, quietly, in a raspy kind of half-whisper, half-whine. It’s unnerving. Jorge’s favorite Elvis Costello album varies regularly; most days it’s This Year’s Model, other times it’s Blood and Chocolate, but it’s also often North, which he realizes would probably raise an eyebrow for most Costello enthusiasts but you know what? That’s a beautiful fucking album and he will fight you over this. Like Kevin, he has seen Costello twice– a festival show with The Imposters in 2005, and a life-changing collaboration with The Roots in 2013. Jorge blogs and podcasts semi-regularly at Every –ist and Every –ism, and he tweets obnoxiously and with no regard for others at @everyist. He knows what he did, and he should apologize.