Elvis Costello Celebrated an Uncertain Independence Day by Covering Paul Simon’s “American Tune

Elvis Costello’s Imposter alias has lain dormant since the dark days of Thatcherism, when he released the policitally charged singles “Pills and Soap” and “Peace in Our Time” under the musical nom de guerre.

“21st. Century Lupe-O-Tone: "American Tune" Available Now

“21st. Century Lupe-O-Tone: "American Tune" by The Imposter is available now from the digital vendor of your choice.”

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LUPE-O-TONE

We at Lupe-O-Tone are always looking for exciting new ways to bring music to you. From July 4th, the new mystery release by The Imposter will be available from the digital vendor of your choice.

It Was 35 Years Ago Today….

100 Best Albums of the Eighties. From synth pop and rap to metal and funk, 100 best albums of the Eighties selected by the editors of Rolling Stone.No 38. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, 'Imperial Bedroom'

One on one: Elvis Costello and the making of his masterpiece, 'Imperial Bedroom'

“Imperial Bedroom,” perhaps his finest hour, begins with a whisper of “History repeats the old conceits/The glib replies/the same defeats,” and with that the British rocker opens the curtains on a “windup world” of domestic bliss, artifice and duplicity.

Elvis: his 'Bedroom' is more like a mansion

After years of furious parrying with his obsessions in a long ride that's taken him from arsenic tinged punk psychodramas to gin-mill country & western weepers, Elvis Costello has made his masterpiece. Imperial Bedroom doesn't make its point by hurling bolt after bolt of hard-rock epiphany; rather, its intensity is cumulative, the depth of feeling evident in the hard-won wisdom of Costello's lyrics and his extraordinary attention to musical detail.

How Paul McCartney Saved Classic Rock From Extinction

An album that impressively reclaims the artistic credibility that was nearly derailed by his creative output in the mid-’80s, McCartney’s eighth studio album is an absolute pleasure to rediscover today.

‘Back On My Feet (Demo)’ - Exclusive First Play

We’re pleased to announce the first play of the demo for ‘Back On My Feet’. The song – a co-write between Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello – tells the story of a man down on his luck, but ending on a hopeful note: “Give me your hand, til I’m back on my feet”.

A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership

Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio

The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss.

The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss. It is also the rarest of things: a McCartney record where you can sense his need to be loved.

Paul McCartney "Flowers In The Dirt"

The long awaited 10th release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection is available now, March 24, 2017. Paul’s 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world’s most revered catalogues to get the special treatment across a multi-format reissue released by MPL/Capitol/UMe.

How Elvis Costello Helped Paul McCartney Get His Mojo Back

Costello recalls collaborating with the former Beatle in 1987—songs that are newly released on a reissue of McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt.

When Paul McCartney teamed up with Elvis Costello, the Beatle got back on track

The 1980s had not been going well for Paul McCartney. A series of commercial flops left even the artist taking stock. “It was time to prove something to myself,” McCartney said back then. That he did. “Flowers in the Dirt,” released in 1989, marked a rebirth.

Listen To 'Twenty Fine Fingers' Demo From 'Flowers In The Dirt'

Co-written and performed with Elvis Costello - This rarity is taken from the forthcoming reissue of Paul’s 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album - available from March 24th

Jeff Miers: My 5 favorite Elvis Costello albums

I’ve been working my way through his catalog for the umpteenth time, trying to draw a definitive conclusion concerning his very best work in a canon that now numbers in excess of 25 albums, give or take a collaborative effort or two. I whittled it down to five essential releases. Which is a little bit reductive and stupid, if you think about it, but hey, these list-type things are all the rage on the internet, right?

Stars including Sting and Elvis Costello back song for global refugee crisis campaign

More than 175 world renowned artists including Sting, Robert Plant and Elvis Costello have joined forces to back a song that supports greater action to address the global refugee crisis.

Audra McDonald, Fellow Broadway Stars Release Benefit Song to Honor Orlando Victims

Audra McDonald joined her fellow Shuffle Along co-stars Brian Stoke Mitchell and Billy Porter, along with Lin Manuel Miranda, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Cerveris, Joel Grey, Carole King, Bernadette Peters, and scores and scores of fellow members of the Broadway community last week to record the beloved Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love" for a new charitable initiative, Broadway for Orlando

Elvis Costello's Momofuku Is All About Cup O' Soup, Jenny Lewis

By now, some of you may have heard rumour of an album called Momofuku and wonder what this record is…

Well, the real version is pressed on two pieces of black plastic with a hole in the middle. You may prefer other, more portable, less scratchable, editions that will soon become available for your convenience but this is how it sounds the best: with a needle in a groove, the way the Supreme Being intended it to be…

Indelible 'Ink'

“Unfaithful Music” proves that the man is a born writer, with or without guitar in hand. Costello’s abilities as a storyteller and shaper of sentences makes me wish he had written earlier and more often.

'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink': Elvis Costello pens his musical journey

Elvis Costello has an almost religious love of popular music and the people behind it, and the intensity of his love informs his eye, ear, timing and choice of words.

Post-Punk Polymath

Costello’s vast autobiography comes as a treat for this diehard fan of his first five or six albums. It is no surprise that one of the best lyricists of the punk rock wars should be able to deliver an engaging and articulate work.

When a Beatle Wrote with Elvis

In 1987, Paul McCartney acted on a suggestion by his then manager and invited Elvis Costello to be his songwriting partner. Their work together would produce a number of finely crafted songs, including Elvis’ biggest single in the U.S. and McCartney’s last top 40 hit.

Elvis Costello Looks Back

The book is partly a compendium of family reminiscences and true tales of the road and the studio, and partly an encyclopedia of musical influences and associations. There’s no index, but if there were, it would include the names of just about everyone in Britain and the United States who cut a side or played a concert between the invention of recorded sound and the day before yesterday.

Elvis Costello Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

But thank God for Costello’s acerbic sense of humour which makes the experience of reading his memoir such scurrilous pleasure as you read first-hand of the anarchy and insouciance of being an Attraction at large in Tokyo and in the USA.

Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music': Everyday he wrote the book

It's a big book: nearly 700 pages. But then it's been a larger-than-life career, one bigger than Declan MacManus seemed to believe possible.

Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello, review: 'fascinating and frustrating'

Both fascinating and frustrating, the result is, at least, utterly authentic and reveals much about Britain’s most brilliant songwriter of the post-punk era.

Elvis Costello memoir a truthful mirror

Unfaithful Music is a songwriter's memoir, focussed on craft. The structure is not temporal, but a life in songs. Creation is ineffable, a whole life brought to bear upon a few minutes.

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album

A compilation of rarities, deep cuts, and alternate mixes, Unfaithful Music serves as an excellent soundtrack and companion to Costello's new memoir.

Nuns banned Elvis Costello taking a Beatles name

Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school.

The Works Presents Elvis Costello on RTÉ One

Everyday he writes the book...

It starts with a touch of class. Before Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash walk onstage at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House last night, the room goes dark and a screen above the stage lights up with a video of the late, great Allen Touissant on the piano and Costello singing. “The Greatest Love” from “The River In Reverse”. It won’t be the only New Orleans’ tang to tonight’s event.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello: his aim is true

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is an acutely self-aware, scathingly honest, passionate and poignant review of family, fame, fortune, mishap and misdemeanours.

Elvis Costello promotes new memoir at New York Public Library

If Costello didn’t make the venerable building levitate, it certainly danced, its lions roaring along with one of the heaviest talents in rock ’n’ roll history and one of the loudest lions of modern music itself.

5 Complaints about Elvis Costello's Excellent Memoir

Elvis is the same great storyteller he is in song, though the terrain is markedly different. On record Costello may crowbar five different viewpoints into three minutes. On paper he’s gotta be way more linear over the course of nearly 700 pages, which reveals the first of my five complaints about this excellent new memoir.

Elvis Costello never wanted to be a pop star, but it happened

Costello, 61, is a raconteur now, riding a wave of positive reviews for his just-released memoir, “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink,” a 670-page work that seems to have completed his transformation from a brawling disco antidote to an elder statesman of popular songwriting.

The butterfly mind of Elvis Costello

Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink is a memoir written with enough distance for Costello to reflect honestly on his extraordinary place in music.

Elvis Costello's brilliant memoir spares no one, including its author

“A lot of people have got spoilt and ruined by sudden success and pushing too hard. I thought I was an exception but I wasn’t as smart or in control as I pretended to be.”
This is Elvis Costello, writing in his memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” in a style that permeates the remarkable book – confident, assured, but self-deprecating and self-aware, almost to a fault.

Elvis Costello Has Great News

I spoke to Elvis as he prepared for the release of his new autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, a zibaldone of Liverpool which darts back and forth through the last century of the families that raised him: What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. – Nick Curley

Elvis Costello - 'Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album' (UMe)

'Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album' is a compilation like few others, with more swaz than your average 'Best Of' and, at thirty-eight tracks in length, a true event of a listening experience.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

As far as music memoirs go, Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is in the upper echelon. It’s got it all: snide humor, tear-jerking tragedy, and plenty of dirty details about all your favorite rock immortals. Don’t let the 674-page bulk deter you; it’s a fluid, fun read

Elvis Costello Has Created A Soundtrack Album To His Memoir That Will Include Hits, Favorites And Two Unreleased Tracks

Elvis Costello has compiled a 38-track, 2-CD set 'Unfaithful Music &
Soundtrack Album' as a companion to his memoir
'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink', Out Now.

Elvis Costello's autobiography offers musical influences, celebrity anecdotes and rock and roll mythology

In Costello's deep and expansive autobiography, the man born in London as Declan MacManus sorts through the truths, falsities, exaggerations, contradictions, triumphs and tragedies found in that other guy, "Elvis Costello."

Elvis Costello Wrote the Perfect Campaign Song for Donald Trump

It’s tender and gritty; soaring and melancholic; it runs across forty years of rock music and stands alongside the great rock autobiographies (see Dylan; see Richards).

Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Penguin Viking) is, without doubt, one of the greatest self-penned appraisals of a popular entertainer’s life and work. It’s a scattergun narrative, leaping back and forth in time, but each remembrance, each assessment of people and places, each argument, each confession is presented in evocative, eloquent prose that mirrors the poetry of Costello’s own lyrics.

Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink' Is Too Clever for Its Own Good

Unfaithful Music doesn’t live up to those expectations, though there are flashes of brilliance. Costello has an eye for capturing a person with one quick observation

Elvis Costello Lets Down His Guard in New Memoir

A life story that jumps around in time from chapter to chapter (sometimes paragraph to paragraph), he chronicles the path from childhood and his career as a young star to playing a Paul McCartney tribute at the White House

Elvis Costello's aim is truth in memoir 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink'

"Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" is less a memoir as we've come to expect it than a kind of creative autobiography, a portrait of the artist from the inside out.

10 Things We Learned From Elvis Costello's Brilliant New Memoir

It's probably no surprise that Elvis Costello's memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, out today, is thoroughly engrossing. Costello's gift for storytelling in song is without question, but like Bob Dylan's Chronicles, his book is truly remarkable in the way it presents a riveting, honest portrait of the author and the many A-listers he's tread the boards with, while ricocheting through the years at an almost breathless pace.

Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music' Is Defiantly Fun

In short, writers like Costello because he has always taken writing seriously. That's obvious to anyone who pays attention to his lyrics, and it's even more apparent to anyone who reads Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, his charming new autobiography. The book is refreshingly free of salacious gossip and needless name-dropping; it's an intelligent self-assessment from a musician who went from angry young man to elder statesman of pop.

Elvis Costello: Rock Music's Biggest Fan

The topic of discussion is often his own songs, and he is, unsurprisingly, a witty and eloquent guide. There is none of the cryptic evasiveness of Dylan or McCartney’s chipper toss offs. Along the way we get a picaresque tale about how the only child of a Merseyside big band singer and a fiercely independent Liverpudlian woman became one of the great songwriters of the last fifty years.

Every day I write the book

The Sunday Times - Scathing, lachrymose and impassioned, Elvis Costello’s memoirs shine some light

Review: Elvis Costello's 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,' a Memoir

Mr. Costello’s book, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” manages to be all these things, and a pint of Guinness and a bag of chips. It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.

Elvis Costello has a new memoir, and it's even better than Bob Dylan and Keith Richards's books

In a world littered with uneven (and largely ghosted) celebrity memoirs, “Disappearing Ink” is a beautifully written revelation. Dare I blaspheme by declaring I liked it even more than the excellent memoirs produced by Bob Dylan and Keith Richards? Costello embraces the basic qualities of good storytelling: the use of detail, tension and humor. At 672 pages, “Disappearing Ink” is actually a breeze.

Elvis Costello's new memoir "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" will be published on Tuesday 13th October

The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic.

"A Great Artist Speaks"

In 2014, T Bone Burnett brought musicians Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith together to record a series of newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written just before the recording of his revered album with The Band, The Basement Tapes. These sessions were documented by acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones and turned into the Showtime documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. We talked with Jones about the project’s origins, the stories he aimed to tell and what was cut during the editing process.

Disappearing Ink: A tribute to Elvis Costello's Brutal Youth, released 21 years ago

Elvis Costello’s music has inspired a lot of book titles, most notably Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms. Last summer, EW senior writer Anthony Breznican published his own novel, a dark coming-of-age thriller called Brutal Youth. Here’s his personal tribute to the album that inspired it.

Jacket Art For Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink By Elvis Costello Revealed.

The long-awaited and greatly anticipated memoir by one of the music world’s most iconic and influential performers and songwriters, Elvis Costello, will publish in Fall 2015.

Four Performances From The One & Only Concert By The New Basement Tapes Now Available On Vevo

Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Banded Together For One Night In November at L.A.’s Ricardo Montalban Theatre.

Diana Krall: Defiantly pop and proud of it

If you pick up Diana Krall’s new album Wallflower, a good first play would be in the car late at night on a moonlit stretch of country highway.
That’s how I heard it for the first time and it was a great way to end a very long day.

The New Basement Tapes - Lost on the River

The New Basement Tapes, the band name assumed by these five songwriters, each of whom took turns composing arrangements for Dylan’s lyrics, speaks more to the notion of reviving the spirit of those storied sessions in the present than adding to their legacy by resurrecting and completing these once abandoned songs.

Supergroup head to the basement.

The result is a disparate, mysterious collection of music tied together through a common set of musicians, in a similar way to the original.

The New Basement Tapes: A Bob Dylan Supergroup

The legend’s lyrics are always poignant, but it is difficult to best him. The best a performer can do is provide beautiful artistic homage. The New Basement Tapes deliver on that in spades.

Lost On The River Is Available Now

The new album, Lost On The River, from The New Basement Tapes is available now! Download now at all retailers, and deluxe packages are available from our store that include exclusive photo lithographs, fan posters, vinyl, and more.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Set For November 2014 Release

Elvis Costello collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons),to create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 at the time he was creating the original Basement Tapes.

Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music From The HBO Original Series

Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Loudon Wainwright III,
David Johansen Among The Artists Featured On Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music From The HBO® Original Series, Out October 27 From ABKCO Records & iTunes.

Elvis Costello's "I Surrender Dear" now exclusively on Esquire.com

Elvis Costello is to join a stellar lineup of artists including Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Loudon Wainwright III on the new Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack.

The Singles from "Lost On The River" Keep Coming

This week, a funky, gritty single dropped -- remember singles?  It has the feeling of a classic 45, to be played by your local radio station until the disc scratches. From Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, it's sung by Elvis Costello, written by Bob Dylan (a 26-year-old Bob Dylan), and entitled "Married To My Hack."

"Married To My Hack"

Today a second track off the album Lost On The Rover: The New Basement Tapes, the terrific “Married To My Hack,” sung by Elvis Costello, was released.

Roy Orbison's studio demo of 'The Comedians'

USA TODAY premieres a studio demo of The Comedians, penned by Costello. Orbison's son, Alex, describes it as "a beautiful song about forlorn, twisted abandonment" and "one of the best 'Orbison' songs that Roy did not write, if not the best."

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Set For Autumn 2014 Release

Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Gather In Capitol Studios With Producer & Project Creator T Bone Burnett To Write Music For Long-Lost Bob Dylan Lyrics From 1967 And Record Completed Songs For New Album.

Out Among The Stars, A Lost Johnny Cash Album

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of "Out Among The Stars" (Columbia/Legacy), a remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Quick Questions for Steven Mandel - Producer/Engineer For Elvis Costello and the Roots

When I was finishing up the Top 12 Records of 2013 series, I reached out to Steven Mandel to get a few thoughts about MY #1 album of the year, Wise Up Ghost.

Wise Up: Thought - Now Available Digitally & on 10" Vinyl

Elvis Costello & The Roots Premiere Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown- Antibalas Rework: Available For Viewing Exclusively on Esquire.com
Wise Up: Thought Now Available Digitally & on 10” Vinyl.

Wise Up Ghost: A Conversation with Elvis Costello

"You took a different approach with Wise Up Ghost than most others have with their albums. What was the mission?"

Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up: Thought

Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced the release of Wise Up:
Thought – Remixes and Reworks.

Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance

Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance, the first-ever documentary portrait of one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time. Mark Kidel’s film is currently playing on BBC's iPlayer until Sunday 17th November 2013.

Steve Nieve of Elvis Costello and the Attractions & Imposters Talks Old, New & Vox

Steve Nieve, longtime keyboard player for Elvis Costello & The Attractions, adds another stellar recording to his list of credits via Together, an album featuring such artists as Costello, Sting, Laurie Anderson and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook.

Longtime Elvis Costello Bandmate Steve Nieve Releases "ToGetHer"

Legendary Attractions And Imposters Keyboardist Collaborates With Sting, Costello, Laurie Anderson, Glenn Tillbrook, Robert Wyatt, Ron Sexsmith, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Chamfort & More

Elvis Costello Talks to Judd Apatow About Wise Up Ghost, His Album with the Roots, and His Musical with Burt Bacharach

Judd Apatow’s big career break happened while he was waiting in line for an Elvis Costello concert. That’s kind of a long story (read on to hear him tell it), but it’s just one of the many reasons Vanity Fair was so excited to match up these two creative powerhouses for a conversation pegged to Costello’s recent album, Wise Up Ghost, and upcoming East Coast tour.

Meet The Third Man: The Producer Who Orchestrated A Roots/Elvis Costello Collaboration

Steven Mandel, the co-producer of Elvis Costello and The Roots' Wise Up Ghost, on dream projects, guerrilla tactics, and the magic of mistakes.

"Young People Today"

"Costello's unmistakeable vocal weaved in through the organised chaos of The Roots."

Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost - FUV Live Special - 2013

With Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in the same room, talk of music is inevitable, and it's sure to be seasoned with respect, history, and even a drop-in by Dave Chappelle.

Wise Up Ghost

Grooves are murky and loose, a melding together of soul, hip hop, ska and funk, discordant electronic sounds, some beautiful string arrangements, a nice brass section and more than a nod to the 1970s.

OKP TV: Elvis Costello x Questlove Trade TV War Stories & Um... Clear The Air About A Few Things

Recently Okayplayer had the unique opportunity to interview Elvis Costello and Questlove–the principal troublemakers behind the recent Wise Up Ghost album from Elvis & The Roots.

Elvis Costello on Roots Collaboration: 'I Don't Make Records for Fetishists'

"Sharp and soulful in equal measure, matching Costello's biting storytelling with The Roots' propulsive, funk-driven grooves"

Ronan McManus on Irish identity, BibleCode Sundays and Elvis Costello

Biblecode Sundays frontman Ronan McManus talks to Geraldine Gilmartin about family, his musical make-up and brother Elvis Costello.

A New Element Surfaces on Music's Periodic Table: Elvis Costello and Questlove Break Bad on Wise Up Ghost

Professor Costello, Professor Questlove: congratulations on your remarkable achievement for the greater good of music. You’ve done us proud.

"I've ended up with this strange career of basically doing what the f--- I want,"

"I've ended up with this strange career of basically doing what the f--- I want," Costello tells THR. His latest effort, "Wise Up Ghost," may be the musician's most rhythmic work yet."

This is certainly the best record I've heard all year.

"Each song begs the question, “Where has this pairing been for the past few decades?”

Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost

"The lack of any rapping whatsoever though means that Wise Up Ghost is in fact a funk album; and a damn good one at that."

Elvis Costello and the Roots Record 'Wise Up Ghost'

Costello, Questlove, and engineer/producer Steven Mandel reveal the process of making their groove-laden, song-driven, totally new, occasionally familiar-sounding album, Wise Up Ghost -

Elvis Costello and The Roots New Album: Wise Up Ghost

"A beautiful and entertaining fusion of seemingly disparate genres that come together flawlessly to make something altogether new and exciting"

Elvis Costello and the Roots pump it up

The dream date between UK punk standard-bearer and Philly’s polymath funk-and-beyond band heats up onstage in Brooklyn

Elvis Costello and the Roots

"This is that rarest of rare occurrences - a meeting of musical superstars that comes off as organic, inspired and necessary"

'Wise Up Ghost' surely deserves to be considered one of the top albums released this year.

"an abundance of metaphors, slick rhythms and an array of haunting yet jazzy melodies that brim with energy and Costello’s signature thought-provoking lyrics"

"Wise Up Ghost" is the collaboration of the year!

"On Wise Up Ghost, Elvis Costello and The Roots created the perfect balance of songwriting, soul, and hip hop"

Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost

"It’s hard to recall a record in recent memory that pays such rich rewards off of so much heightened suspicion and curiosity"

The Roots And Elvis Costello's 'Wise Up Ghost'

"Wise Up Ghost is littered with gems. The beautiful strings intro to “Sugar Won’t Work,” for example, leads right into a smooth, groovy 70s bass line"

"Wise Up/When You're Gonna Rise Up"

Wise Up Ghost is a perfect fall record. As a perfect soundtrack to the change of season, keep it on heavy rotation for the coming weeks.

The Roots join a reinvigorated Costello on the suave 'Wise Up Ghost'

The songs are gritty, moody and full of humidity — a thick, instrumental, vintage soul album infused with subtle hip hop.

Elvis Costello and the Roots: 'There's no such thing as too funky'

"For me, there's no such thing as sounding too funky," says Costello, and while Wise Up Ghost often sounds menacingly sparse, it is also propelled by thick grooves.

Elvis Costello and The Roots: 'Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs'

I hope the "Number One" etched into the album's cover is an indication that this is not merely a one-off collaboration but rather just the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship. This record is pure gold from every angle."

Somewhere An Orchestra Is Playing: Elvis Costello And Questlove Conspire To Change The Subject

"Wise Up Ghost just might be dressed in “the ghostly clothes of jazz” and be the thing that “shivered the cities down to the last radio,” to paraphrase the beardy Beat."

Elvis Costello and The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

"Lyrically, the album may paint things black, spewing one dire social and political pronouncement after another. But the music sweetens the dread with excitement"

The Roots & Elvis Costello - Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs

"Its legacy will be less a product of what section it finds itself in a record store than it is a reflection of the commonly arrived upon realization that there are only two types of music in the world, good and bad. Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great. "

Elvis Costello And The Roots - Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs

These tracks conjure up a late-night, cinematic feel reminiscent of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield’s 1970s output, yet their tasteful minimalism ensures that they also feel utterly modern.

Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs

If we are, as Costello seems to be suggesting, careening toward the apocalypse, at least we’re getting there in style.

Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost

It’s rare that a record comes along that so boldly states its own greatness, and it’s rarer still that such an album actually lives up to that promise. Wise Up Ghost does. [B+]

PopMatters: Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost

"Right place, right people, right time; those things aren’t even the half of it."

Elvis Costello And The Roots - Wise Up Ghost Review

”It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”

Elvis Costello, The Roots Wise Up Ghost

"the combination of one of England’s great lyricists and production from arguably America’s most forward-thinking band resulting in a crisp, funky, even dangerous sounding album as political and as relevant as anything this year. 9/10"

"Now we're in a hall of mirrors with my secret fears and terrors"

It’s amazing, and the Roots are ideal collaborators, intertwining their sound with the melodic bile Costello spits into the mic. It’s got grooves to spare"

Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up Ghost, review

The Telegraph: Elvis Costello and the Roots have created a very cool, politically charged collaboration.

Odd Coupling's Aim is True

Elvis Costello and the Roots team up for a marriage made in heaven.

Wiser and back to his roots

Questlove describes the result as an ''apocalyptic love story … It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ol' Ezra Pound shit.''

Elvis Costello & The Roots 'Wise Up Ghost' September 17th Release on Blue Note Records

Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday September 17th...

Big Wheel Keeps On Turning: Elvis Costello Interviewed

Terry Staunton spins the wheel with Elvis Costello and takes him back through the years, and discusses Thatcher's death, Britain today, and protest songs.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ROOTS

“Refuse to Be Saved,” “Wake Me Up,” “Viceroy’s Row” find Elvis spitting vitriolic wit over spare and menacing funk backings.

Listen to Elvis Costello's Exclusive Song From 'Boardwalk Empire'

“Elvis is steeped in the music and lore of the twenties and his ‘It Had To Be You’ is a classic take on a classic song that has entertained audiences for decades and decades.

Elvis Costello & The Roots

Premiere Single & Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown’ TODAY!
Available For Streaming & Viewing Exclusively via Pitchfork.com
Artists Also Unveil ‘Wise Up Ghost’ Album Art

"I'm The Original Hottie"

The all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern
gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John
Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, is now available to buy at Amazon & iTunes

In the Studio: Elvis Costello and the Roots Throw a Punk-Funk Party

"21st-century version of Watergate-era funk – Armed Forces by way of There's a Riot Goin' On"

"Quiet About It"

"Quiet About It", a newly recorded collection of the songs of Jesse Winchester is available now on iTunes.

Elvis Costello: The Hall-Of-Famer

"There are whole other decades of great Elvis music to discover.

Critic's pick: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, 'The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!'

"Get a hold of it, Brian, and spin it and don't let the fact that these people's happiness in the next five minutes is completely in your hands. Spin that wheel!"

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! Live CD and DVD Available April 3rd

On April 3rd, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release thedeluxe edition of Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of TheSpectacular Spinning Songbook!!! The digipak includes a CD, DVD and 28page booklet filled with musings from Napoleon Dynamite (aka ElvisCostello), the emcee of The...

Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

Amnesty is streaming all 76 tracks, including Elvis Costello's version of "License To Kill", on their Facebook page.

Exclusive performance of Elvis Costello's "Jimmie Standing in the Rain"

Exclusive performance of Elvis Costello's “Jimmie Standing in the Rain” now available on the T Bone Presents The Speaking Clock Revue album, which is the Amazon MP3 “Daily Deal” – Get it today for only $3.99!  In October 2010, T Bone Burnett organized an impressive...

"Song of the Day"

Song of the Day: 'Sparkling Day,' Elvis CostelloThe Star-ledger: Jay Lustig: 22nd August, 2011You would have never predicted it during his angry-young-man days, but Elvis Costello should now be considered one of the greatest crooners of his generation. He doesn't often work in a lushly romantic style,...

Soundtrack For "One Day", Features New Song From Elvis Costello

On August 16th, 2011, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases digitally the motion picture soundtrack for the new movie One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The soundtrack "One Day" features a brand new track written and composed exclusively for the movie by Elvis Costello;...

The Smartest Music Show On T.V

Current: Enrique Lopetegui: 3rd August, 2011.After a few seconds of a Hammond-driven version of U2’s “Mysterious Ways,” Elvis Costello puts his guitar down, grabs the microphone, and, while the band keeps playing the song, transforms himself into Spectacle’s master of ceremonies....

Elvis Costello's Tribute to Neil Young

On January 29, 2010, Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, superstar artists paid tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter and performer with inspired versions of some of his most memorable songs.Elvis Costello's performance of Neil Young’s...

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ...Season Two To Be Released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, 2011

Includes one-time-only performances and rare, in-depth interviews with Bono and the Edge of U2, Bruce Springsteen and many others....Video Services Corp. (VSC) and MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) will release the Sundance Channel hit, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two on June 7th in standard...