Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Elvis Costello, Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and Adele’s “Hello.”

The Culture Gabfest Music Episode 

The Culture Gabfest Music Episode 

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Nov. 4 2015 4:28 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Radio Radio” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Elvis Costello, Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and Adele’s “Hello.”  

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Culture Gabfest's Julia Turner, left, Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Steve McFarland.

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This week on Slate Plus, Dana, Steve, and Chris Molanphy reveal the songs they’re the most ashamed to have on their workout playlist. Go to slate.com/cultureplus to learn more about Slate Plus and join today.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Carl Wilson joins to discuss Elvis Costello’s new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. What new light does it shed on his prolific career? Next up, Drake’s music video ”Hotline Bling” has gone fully viral: Leon Neyfakh joins the gabbers to unpack it. What made this video so compelling and so instantly meme-able? Finally, Adele’s “Hello” beat Drake’s “Hotline Bling” on the charts last week. Chris Molanphy joins to discuss the forthcoming album, 25.   

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

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Dana: Interviews with Elvis Costello by Dan Kois on Slate and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show

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Outro: “I’m the Greatest” by Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.