.

Live Stream: Elvis Costello Performs New Songs

Watch Costello and the Sugarcanes play tracks from 'National Ransom,' which hits stores Tuesday

November 1, 2010 6:53 PM ET

Elvis Costello's new album, National Ransom, comes out tomorrow — but you can stream Costello and the Sugarcanes performing songs from it tonight, starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The album was recorded with a hybrid electric-acoustic band that mixes members of the garage-rocking Imposters and a crew of top Nashville pickers. It "juxtaposes time and place," Costello says. "It includes old ballads, gospel, rhythm & blues, rock and roll and some country elements. I don't know what kind of music it is."

Watch: Elvis Costello Talks New Disc, 'National Ransom'

National Ransom includes historical narratives ("Jimmie Standing in the Rain" is about a 1930s British country singer) and classic Costello male-female turmoil (the rockabilly shuffle "Five Small Words"). And there's even a first for Costello: the whistle solo on the jaunty acoustic swing tune "A Slow Drag With Josephine." "I've kept that talent under wraps," he says. "You've gotta keep something in reserve for the third decade, you know?"

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com