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Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl - 9/16/2013
There's a lot of strategic repurposing throughout "Wise Up Ghost," and there was even more in the show. Some of this was as straightforward as an older tune given a fresh makeover: the Roots, working with a strong horn section, brought a sinister funk vibe to "Shabby Doll" and turned up the heat on "Spooky Girlfriend," which also featured a spirited vocal turn by La Marisoul of the Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia.Elvis Costello & The Roots celebrated the release of their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, on Monday (9/16) with a show at Brooklyn Bowl. In addition to playing much of the new record, EC peppered the set with a few classics like "Watching the Detectives" and "Pump it Up" and covered The Specials' "Ghost Town." They also welcomed Diane Birch and La Marisoul to sing on a few songs too. Pictures and setlist from the show are in this post and you can stream an archive of the show over at WFUV.
And in the accumulative, deep-swirl crescendo on "I Want You," there was a knowing echo of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," by John Lennon. It's not hard to picture Questlove and Mr. Costello arriving together at that idea; in any case, another Lennon tune, "I Found Out," served as a rawboned final encore, plunging toward Afro-punk. - [NY Times]
Then last night (9/17) Costello stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon -- where The Roots are the house band -- to play "Walk Us Uptown" on the show and "Tripwire" as an online exclusive. Costello, ever the witty raconteur, also talked with Jimmy about how the collaboration came to be. Video of that is in this post too.
While EC & The Roots don't have any other collaborative shows happening just yet, Costello does have some solo shows coming up next month, including two at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. The first (11/11) is sold out but tickets are still available for the second (11/12).
Video from Fallon, plus check out more pics and the setlist from Brooklyn Bowl, below...
STREAM: Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl 9/16/2013
SETLIST: Elvis Costello & The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl 9/16/2013
Wake Me Up
Refuse To Be Saved
Stick Out Your Tongue
Watching The Detectives
Sugar Won't Work
Tripwire - with Diane Birch
Spooky Girlfriend - with La Marisoul
Cinco Minutos Con Vos - with La Marisoul
Ghost Town - with La Marisoul
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Walk Us Uptown
I Want You
Wise Up Ghost
Pump It Up
I Found Out