Questlove and Elvis Costello team for stark, “hammy” collaboration

By Brandon Goei
May 30, 2013

Combine the ideas of all music enthusiasts, record executives, and stoned couch surfers and there are some combinations that still cannot be predicted. Some, like the Thom Yorke / Flea / Nigel Godrich combo Atoms for Peace, are actually decent, while others, like the short-lived Metallica / Lou Reed project LuLu, were doomed from the start.

The newest addition to the list of oddities is a collaboration between longtime hip-hop heroes The Roots and new-wave poster boy Elvis Costello, titled Wise Up Ghost and slated to be released on September 17 by legendary jazz label Blue Note Records.

In describing the record, Costello offers mysteriously terse statements, describing the record as “the shortest distance between here and there.” Questlove, drummer for The Roots, goes into further detail, saying, “It’s a moody, brooding affair. … I went stark and dark on the music; Elvis went ham on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”

And for the record, anyone going “ham” on anything is probably something to look forward to.

By Brandon Goei May 30, 2013
  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

Amon Tobin - ISAM Live

Amon Tobin @ Metro (Chicago)

On Saturday night in Chicago, Ninja Tune sample wizard Amon Tobin took the stage ...

Marnie Stern: In Advance of the Broken Arm

Has your jaw ever dropped, and you just can’t get it off the floor ...

Paintings from the Rapture: Alexia Stamatiou

Looking through the gallery window, Alexia Stamatiou’s paintings seem like a celebration of color ...

David Karsten Daniels: Sharp Teeth

David Karsten Daniels’ fourth full-length effort initially sounds like a run-of-the-mill folk record, but ...

Bleubird: RIP USA

With RIP USA (Endemik), Bleubird’s deep and socially introspective lyrics beg you to listen ...

The Glasspack: Dirty Women

Louisville’s The Glasspack wears its Southern heritage like a badge of honor. Tales of ...

High Priest: Born Identity

Many times in the musical sphere, when different elements from different genres are combined, ...

Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Watina

For the past decade, producer Ivan Duran from Stonetree Records of Belize has gathered ...