by Adam Gold
Good album covers are hard to come by these days — unless you’re an Elvis Costello fan. Check out cartoonist Tony Millionaire’s cover illustration for Costello’s forthcoming National Ransom LP. We’re a little more than a month away from the Nov. 2 dropping of said record — which the spectacular singer recorded with T Bone Burnett at the producer’s Belmont-area studio earlier this year. In case you’ve gone all Darryl Worley with this shit and forgotten, I gave all you fellow Costello-philes some of the deets on this record back in August. Having now heard it, I can assure you that now is most definitely not the time to stop being a Costello completist. In other words: It’s good. You can expect to see some more extensive coverage of National Ransom in the Scene as its release date approaches. In the meantime, get a taste of what you can expect to hear by following this link and watching the trailer for the record that was posted by rollingstone.com — where embedding is not a standard practice. Also not a standard practice these days: releasing 78s. But Costello's doing that.