THE NEW BASE­MENT TAPES Mar­ried to My Hack

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

Har­vest Record­ings ★★ The New Base­ment Tapes are a muso su­per­group (in­clud­ing Elvis Costello, T Bone Bur­nett, Jim James and Mar­cus Mum­ford) as­sem­bled to record a batch of re­cently dis­cov­ered song lyrics orig­i­nally writ­ten by Bob Dy­lan in the late 1960s. An ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence point here is Mer­maid Av­enue, Wilco and Billy Bragg’s 1998 record­ing of lost Woody Guthrie songs. The dif­fer­ence, of course, it that Dy­lan is still alive and could record this song him­self, but has cho­sen not to – per­haps be­cause it’s half-formed, sex­ist and just not very good.

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