New album for 2013: "Wise Up Ghost" (with The Roots!)

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Postby FAVEHOUR » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:52 pm

Natasha wrote:Not sure if this interview is already linked in this thread:

"Elvis Costello On New LP with The Roots
Elvis Costello talks about a new project with ?uestlove and The Roots, and the difference between hearing music digitally and on vinyl."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=&v=mA8rO_akF-s#!

Could someone please tell me what does he say after "scratches" at 2:10? Thanks in advance.




I think it's "scratches and hiss"

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Postby Poor Deportee » Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:52 pm

I never know what to do with guys who wear sunglasses and touques indoors. :| What's with that, anyway.
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Postby Natasha » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:32 pm

FAVEHOUR wrote:I think it's "scratches and hiss"

dave


Thanks! It was driving me crazy that I could understand ALL he said except for this tiny word. His interviews are always a challenge for me and my English listening skills. :)
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Postby And No Coffee Table » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:16 pm

http://twitter.com/nedhepburn/status/344574873982623744

Listening to the new Roots / Elvis Costello collaboration album and ITS FUCKING GREAT.


just got sent it by the label. it's fucking stellar!

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Postby seanpointblank » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:17 am

And No Coffee Table wrote:http://twitter.com/nedhepburn/status/344574873982623744

Listening to the new Roots / Elvis Costello collaboration album and ITS FUCKING GREAT.


just got sent it by the label. it's fucking stellar!

That guy's a dick.

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Postby sulky lad » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:40 am

only one ? :wink:

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Postby Lester Burnham » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:32 am

He's a bowl of dicks. :x

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Postby Jack of All Parades » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:01 am

Not the only new thing to be opening, or coming out, for Mr. Questlove- witness from today's Dining section of the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/dinin ... ref=dining
"....there's a merry song that starts in 'I' and ends in 'You', as many famous pop songs do....'

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Postby bronxapostle » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:19 am

A MESSAGE TO ALL UK'ers ETC who are thinking of making it to NEW YORK if indeed we get an announcement of exclusive NY area EC/ROOTS fall shows:

i sure hope all that can swing it...VG, Sulky, King Foyle and maybe Mr. A Mace & more will ALL make it to NYC when the inevitable run of NEW YORK shows are announced. for the UK and rest of the world contingency, i have a little hunch to share. about thirty minutes outside of NYC in Westchester County, they have recently re-opened a LEGENDARY concert hall from the 1970's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Th ... ,_New_York) you should see the listing of some of the double/triple bills back in those days!!! for an example...FACES opening for BLACK SABBATH! YES opening for HUMBLE PIE! and LOADS more.

anyway, this past September was the reopening after years of inactivity and if memory is correct, i think THE ROOTS did a three night stand around New Year's Eve. hence, i got a feeling that this might indeed be the place for the shows or at least 1 or 2 with another 1 or 2 at the Apollo or Beacon in NYC! so, if i am correct, do not be intimidated as it is actually within walking distance from the trains that begin in Manhattan that do head up to the suburbs and i believe would be quite easy for all tourists to get to if indeed staying in the Big Apple! AND as the Capitol Theatre in neighboring New Jersey was my FIRST EC show in 1979. i sure would dig seeing him at this GREAT sister venue. two ACE theatres, so sad the one in Passaic, NJ is gone, goodbye. Razed i do believe. but, trust me...this remaining one is a gem, both visually and acoustically.

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Postby Top balcony » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:45 am

As a counter rumour -

Elvis and the Roots to play The Picket, details of venue here:-

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6447

12 day residency June / July 2014

As supporting evidence, the Picket was the first venue to host EC & Allen,Liverpool hosted the first full UK gig of the 'Canes, and as a clincher it co-incides with his Mum's birthday.

You know it makes sense!

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Another writer claims he has heard the album:

Listening to the new Elvis Costello + The Roots album ahead of my interviews with them this week and I am BLOWN AWAY by how great it sounds.

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Postby bronxapostle » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:01 am

Top balcony wrote:As a counter rumour -

Elvis and the Roots to play The Picket, details of venue here:-

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6447

12 day residency June / July 2014

As supporting evidence, the Picket was the first venue to host EC & Allen,Liverpool hosted the first full UK gig of the 'Canes, and as a clincher it co-incides with his Mum's birthday.

You know it makes sense!

Colin Top Balcony



Hope so..not a rumour, a HUNCH! :lol: :lol:

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:10 pm

Here we go! The world premiere of six seconds of music from "Wise Up Ghost"!

Questlove wrote:Hearing the results of the Brent Fischer string sessions for Elvis record for 1st time. Brent is son of legendary Clare I spoke of in book

http://vine.co/v/huHEuYtlg30

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:01 am

...and don't miss the "High Fidelity" 12-inch single on the shelf behind him.

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:13 pm

Steven Mandel tweets:

Mastering for #wiseupghost tomorrow. @ImposterSpeaks @questlove @theroots @bluenoterecords


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Postby Yanyna » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:22 pm

Questlove tweeted: "Guess What Just Got Mastered Kids? The New #WiseUpGhost by Elvis Costello & The Roots. Gotta say this…"

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:25 pm

There are 15 songs listed there, but there are said to be only 12 on the album. Bonus tracks?

I wonder whether "Wake Me Up" and "Can You Hear Me" sample "The River In Reverse" and "High Fidelity," respectively.

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:40 pm

And No Coffee Table wrote:I wonder whether "Wake Me Up" and "Can You Hear Me" sample "The River In Reverse" and "High Fidelity," respectively.


For that matter, "Refuse To Be Saved" is a line from "Invasion Hit Parade" and "Stick Out Your Tongue" a line from "National Ransom."

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Postby The Gentleman » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:18 pm

Could "Sugar"= "Burnt Sugar (Is So Bitter)?"

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:36 pm

Radio industry website FMQB says Elvis Costello & The Roots' "Walk Me Uptown" (identified as "Walk Us Uptown" in Questlove's pic) will be available for airplay on July 29-30. So I guess that's the lead single.

http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=16774

The Gentleman wrote:Could "Sugar"= "Burnt Sugar (Is So Bitter)?"


My guess is no. There was an earlier report that the album would include "Sugar Won't Work," which I assume is the same song, and the phrase "sugar won't work" does not appear in "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter."

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Postby johnfoyle » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:47 pm

http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/07/ques ... aboration/

Wise Up Ghost Tracklist:

1. Walk Us Uptown
2. Sugar Don’t Work
3. Refuse To Be Saved
4. Tripwire
5. Stick Out Your Tongue
6. Come The Meantimes
7. Grenade
8. Cinco Minutos Con Vos
9. Viceroy’s Row
10. Wise Up Ghost
11. If I Could Believe
12. Can You Hear Me
13. My New Haunt
14. Puppet

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:52 pm

johnfoyle wrote:http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/07/questlove-confirms-tracklist-for-elvis-costello-collaboration/

Wise Up Ghost Tracklist:


They left off "Wake Me Up" when they transcribed Questlove's Instagram pic.

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:38 pm

Assuming the album really is going to include all 15 tracks, that means the album is 72 minutes and 3 seconds long, which I'm pretty sure makes it the longest studio album of EC's career.

Even the Japanese edition of When I Was Cruel (with both "Oh Well" and "Smile") is only 69:11.

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Postby sweetest punch » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:33 pm

http://entertainment.ie/music/news/Inte ... 200094.htm

Interview: Elvis Costello and Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson on the making of 'Wise Up, Ghost'

Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday September 13th

The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard Magazine in January. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on the 20th of April but the full release will follow later in the year.

Elvis and ?uestlove explain the collaboration to us further...



How did this project start?

Ahmir Thompson: Elvis first came on the Jimmy Fallon show in 2009. I knew he was a fan of theVoodoo album I did with D'Angelo, so we asked if he would be open to the idea of “remixing” his stuff. He was into it, so we did these radical versions of “High Fidelity” and “I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea,” and he loved it. Then we did that a second time the next year, and then last year he was on when the show did a Bruce Springsteen tribute week.
At that point, I kinda subliminally put out the idea of a larger collaboration. I was passive-aggressively suggesting it—I was too afraid to actually say, “Let's make a record together.”

Elvis Costello: We were walking off the set of the show together after we did “Brilliant Disguise” and Quest dropped this little code phrase to me. I don’t think I ever want to tell people which band, which singer, and what record he named, but I knew what he meant right away. While I knew we couldn’t make that record, I hoped that we might be able to make this record.
It seemed like a good playground, a fabulous ride, to go in and play with a great band that has a broad-minded view of music. It felt like anything was possible.

What was your actual process for writing these songs?

Costello: Somebody would lead the way, the same way as any song construction. It was done in dialogue rather than in performance—like the game Exquisite Corpse, where one person's story follows the other, or when you fold a paper doll and then draw the legs on. We had already played together, we knew what that felt like, but we wanted different perspectives.
We were really about a work-in-progress, mixing from day one, and developing as the ideas came through. But we didn't need to discuss it very much. We never had one conversation about what we were trying to do, we just did it. We played and the picture emerged, and then you try to sharpen the picture.

Thompson: Most powerful songs first have to sound powerful as a skeleton. So usually we started with just drums and piano, and if it was strong as a two-man project, then we'd go to next level and bring in the band. We would riff ideas, nonsensical words, then flesh that out once we had format down, and then Elvis would come back with lyrics and vocal parts intact.
We started last August and, through December, once or twice a week he'd stop by. Initially we were emailing tracks, but we wanted real-time exchange. We recorded a lot of it in our tiny little dressing room at 30 Rock, not a traditional studio, but Elvis had no hang-ups about that.

When could you tell that it was turning into an album?

Thompson: We have like 4000 tracks in a database, so we gave a drum track to Elvis, and days later he came back with a full-fledged demo. We tried two more, then three more, and the next thing you know, we had something on our hands. With no label and no deadlines, the process could stay really relaxed.

Costello: We didn’t know what form it might take, whether it was a song or an EP or what. But ideas kept tumbling out, and they seemed connected by an approach to rhythm and lyric writing.
I don't know the name for this music. It's a cauldron full of powders and potions, frogs and fingers, and that's what I call rock and roll—because that's what it was, originally. I'm not much bothered about the labels, though. What I care is whether we like it and can stand by it.

Did you have any sound in mind, any target on the wall when you started out?

Costello: The last thing you want is for people to say, “Ah, I know what they're doing.” Then they've already heard half the record in their mind. But just to be clear: this is not my hip-hop record. That would be an easy dismissal, and would be doing the Roots a huge disservice that that's as far as we would think, just some gimmick.

Thompson: The way society is now, lines are blurring, people are trying to amalgamate everything and get rid of velvet ropes as best they can. The Roots and Elvis Costello are both known for doing a lot of experimenting—certainly, no group in hip-hop has tested the limits of patience and stretched the knowledge base of their fans like we have.
I just knew that I didn't want to do anything less than an album that will hold up in twenty years, a Top Ten Elvis Costello album. An album that a 24-year-old me would freak out about.

Costello: When you do something wildly different from that which you're known for, it can surprise or even outrage people. But you don't make music based on who might not listen to it. You follow your heart.

Let’s talk about the lyrics - for a recording process that sounds so pleasurable, the words on this album are pretty relentlessly apocalyptic.

Costello: I didn't set out to write something bleak, but you can't deny the things you see and feel. If you look out the window, turn on the TV, read a newspaper, it's all true. I'm not saying anything unprecedented—it seems we’re settling for things the way they are, accepting the idea that happiness comes at the expense of someone else and that's just the way it is.
It’s really an accumulation of images over a number of years, seeing the commonality of events. I think there used to be a bigger dream, and I'd rather we have something better to look forward to.

Thompson: I wondered if Elvis would be as wordy and dense as he was on his classic albums, and he was right on it. Even the love lyrics are vividly descriptive; it's been a long time since I've worked with a singer that made me see what I'm listening to, who's not just trying to get a rhyme scheme going—it's rare to find someone who pushes the limits of lyrics and still maintains a sense of accessibility.

And still, the album ends with a glimmer of hope, with an open-ended yearning for faith on “If I Could Believe”

Thompson: The method inside the Roots has always been me as the music guy—I don't even like recording vocals. But listening to this record, looking for video ideas, I started to think, “Yo, this is the most apocalyptic love story I've ever heard!” I mean, there’s also songs like “Tripwire,” which is just beautiful and lush, like a lullaby. But I felt like we needed a breather at the end, something to land the plane a little bit, and Elvis was open to the idea, so “If I Could Believe” was one of the last things we worked on.

Costello: “If I Could Believe” is a straightforward and heartfelt question, with just the barest arrangement—which I suppose is appropriate to this End of Days theme park. But I think that throughout, the music is joyful, deliberately playing a counterpoint to the lyrics. It’s all about trying to feel some life, some humanity.
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