June 15, 2009 – 4:18 am

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Bronx 2009 [no label, 1CD]

Words & Music from Studio A, WFUV-FM, Bronx, NY, USA, June 2, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.

On June 9, Elvis Costello released his latest album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, which was recorded in three days and produced by T-Bone Burnett.

This WFUV-FM show is an interesting curtain-raiser to the new album - for those who have yet to listen to it - or a companion piece to the album - a sort of like those audio commentaries that accompany your movies on DVDs. The acoustic songs are vintage Costello and fans might have wished the musician had spent more time performing than explaining his music and how the album came about. There is a 22-minute interview segment which even includes a look at Johnny Cash and his “gunfighter” songs.

About the new album, in a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Costello said: “Rather than set The Ugly Duckling to music, which has probably been done, I was fascinated with [Hans Christian] Andersen’s obsessive love for [Swedish singer] Jenny Lind. So many people feel themselves unfit and unsuitable for love, and Andersen, in this romantic era with a capital ‘R,’ had this tortuous relationship with love.

“Another piece of it came out when I got to the details of Lind’s tours of America with P.T. Barnum. I like the idea of one man regarding Lind as his ideal, on a pedestal, and the other [Barnum] seeing her entirely as a commodity to be exploited. That had many possibilities for writing. The story was set [around 1850], when some of the instruments we used [in the album] were the common instruments - fiddles, mandolins and such things.”

In a review, The Los Angeles Times wrote: “Mystery abounds in oblique stories such as Hidden Shame, which might have remained more effectively mysterious without the concluding details of a long-kept secret. Red Cotton is more powerful, a theatrically dramatic example of the price of human greed.

“The highlights are Sulphur to Sugarcane, the kind of bawdy blues Ma Rainey or Bessie Smith would have loved, and The Crooked Line, a beautiful plea that Costello describes as ‘the only song I’ve ever written about fidelity that is without irony’.”

Thanks to tamlyn for sharing the show on the Dime site and to DavePas63 for the artwork.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Track 01. interview [8:15]
Track 02. Complicated Shadows [2:50]
Track 03. How Deep Is The Red [3:33]
Track 04. Down Among The Wine And Spirits [ 3:20]
Track 05. Sulphur To Sugarcane [ 4:34]
Track 06. The Crooked Line [2:26]
Track 07. interview [22:55]

Click here to order Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.

  1. 2 Responses to “ELVIS COSTELLO - BRONX 2009”

  2. Thanks–great sound; interesting interview. This is GREAT.

    By Eric on Jun 16, 2009

  3. Nice download. Thanks

    By Matt on Jun 23, 2009

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