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Costello Cooking Up New EP, DVDs, Tour

Never one to rest on his laurels, Elvis Costello has a variety of projects on the horizon, including a 10-inch vinyl EP of previously unreleased recordings, two DVDs and a 2005 itinerary packed with touring. First up is the seven-song vinyl release “The Clarksdale Sessions,” due Jan. 25 via Lost Highway. The set chronicles a rehearsal session for Costello’s latest album with the Imposters, “The Delivery Man,” captured on tape at a one-room recording studio in Clarksdale, Miss. In addition to “The Delivery Man” tracks “The Monkey” (an alternate version of “Monkey to Man”) “Country Darkness,” “Needle Time,” “The Scarlet Tide” and the title song, “Sessions” sports a cover of the Chips Moman/Dan Penn composition “Dark End of the Street” and the previously unreleased original “In Another Room.” Costello and the Imposters recently released five additional live-in-the-studio versions of tracks from the album exclusively via Apple’s iTunes Music Store as “The Futurama Sessions.” A collection of music videos and TV performances, “The Right Spectacle,” will arrive on DVD Jan. 17 in the U.K. via Demon, with release plans in other territories still being finalized. And although details are still being nailed down, April 19 will bring the release of the concert DVD “Club Date: Live in Memphis” via Eagle Rock Entertainment, taped this summer at the city’s 250-capacity Hi-Tone Lounge. The artist already has a full slate of 2005 tour dates on tap, beginning Jan. 19 in Stockholm and wrapping Feb. 20 in Manchester, England. A two-month North American run is scheduled for March, but the only dates confirmed so far are three Florida engagements: March 2 in Orlando, March 4 in Miami and March 5 in Tampa. Finally, Costello was nominated for three Grammys last week: best rock album for “The Delivery Man,” best rock performance by a duo our group with vocal for “Monkey to Man” and best male pop vocal performance for “De-Lovely,” from the film of the same name.

Here are Elvis Costello’s tour dates:

Jan. 19: Stockholm (Concert House)

Jan. 21: Oslo (Rockefeller)

Jan. 22: Copenhagen (Vera)

Jan. 24: Utrecht, Holland (Music Centrum)

Jan. 26: Antwerp (Koningen Elizabeth Hall)

Jan. 28: Berlin (UDK)

Jan. 29: Hamburg (Kampnagel)

Jan. 30: Frankfurt (Mouson Turm)

Feb. 1: Murcia, Spain (Auditorio de Murcia)

Feb. 2: Valencia, Spain (Palau De La Musica)

Feb. 5: Milan (Auditorium Verdi)

Feb. 6: Rome (Parco Della Musica)

Feb. 9: Brighton, England (Brighton Dome)

Feb. 10: London (Hammersmith Apollo)

Feb. 12: Bristol, England (Colston Hall)

Feb. 13: Coventry, England (Warwick Arts Center)

Feb. 14: Edinburgh, England (Usher Hall)

Feb. 16: Liverpool, England (Royal Court)

Feb. 17: Sheffield, England (Octagon)

Feb. 18: Buxton, England (Opera House)

Feb. 20: Manchester, England (Bridgewater Hall)

March 2: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)

March 4: Miami (Jackie Gleason Theatre)

March 5: Tampa (Tampa Theatre)