New Release: Elvis Costello & The Roots – ‘Wise Up Ghost’

 

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Elvis Costello and The Roots today dropped their collaborative Wise Up Ghost album on Blue Note Records. The majority of the recording was done in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios with production by Steven Mandel, Elvis Costello, and Questlove.

Look out for Elvis Costello and The Roots performing live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight and this Thursday! Tune in below to watch the video for the single, “Walk Us Uptown.”

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Throwback Thursday: Jamiroquai US Debut Show @ Supper Club – Nov 4, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes it back to Jamiroquai’s US debut! We know you’ve got some Jamiroquai memories – serve ‘em up!

This was Jamiroquai’s US debut. We first became familiar with them in the very early 90s when they released the “Too Young To Die” single on Acid Jazz. Very quickly, they were signed to a major deal on Sony in the UK. This was first artist we worked with from the “acid jazz” scene that really garnered major label interest. You had the Brand New Heavies before that, but this was huge – it was a massive, massive deal.

The album came out in the UK; it was a double album called Emergency On Planet Earth and it went straight to number one – #1 in Europe, #1 in Japan – massive. Keep in mind that before this all happened, the type of music we were all promoting was underground and not mainstream at all – but this was total mainstream.

With that said, it was then time for Jamiroquai to come to the US. Leading up to the show, the band came out to the states a few times to do bits of promo, and each time they’d come to the club and hang out with us; we got to get to know the guys pretty well.

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Throwback Thursday: The Roots at Irving Plaza – Jan 23, 1994

 

As many of our readers know, Giant Step has a pretty epic history when it comes to breaking acts and producing landmark events in the New York music scene. Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Throwback Thursday series! Join us as we dig into our archive of flyers to give you the lowdown on the get down from back in the day.

Giant Step President and Co-Founder Maurice Bernstein shares the background on this early show with The Roots circa 1994.

This was part of a series we did for Dewar’s called Straight No Chaser – that was our first branded foray, series wise. At the time we were doing our club at the Supperclub, which was a great venue. And Dewar’s wanted to tap into the stuff that Giant Step was doing at the time.

We’d already worked with The Roots a few times at this point – this was not our first show with The Roots; we did their New York debut and ultimately, their first 10 to 15 shows in New York. And this was one of the biggest. We had the Groove Collective opening up – Groove Collective were the band that grew out of the Giant Step club, and at the time we were also managing the band. It was a great night, an iconic show. Beautiful venue. Definitely a night to remember.

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Video: Lupe Fiasco – “Battle Scars” ft. Guy Sebastian (Live on Jimmy Fallon)

 

With Food & Liquor II now up for a Grammy, Lupe Fiasco has seamlessly made a return into the limelight. Last night, he gave an incredible performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alongside Guy Sebastian of his latest single, “Battle Scars.” Backed by none other than The Roots, this live rendition was full of spirit and fervor as they all lit up the stage for an unforgettable moment. Not gonna be able to get this out of our head, either.

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