R.I.Y.L.- Nick Lowe Elvis Costello \nXTC. Athens Georgia's Casper & the Cookies have been creating a peculiar \nbrand of power pop since 1999 tirelessly testing new waters in their \nsongwriting & sonic pallet. Jason NeSmith (aka Casper Fandango ex- of Montreal) shares writing & recording duties with Kay Stanton. Guitarist Jim Hicks drummer Davy Gibbs & a rotating cast of unsavory characters round out the lineup. The new record the Optimist's Club finds them greatly expanding their.