Written by | October 6, 2015 6:47 | No Comments

Ryan is aging really badly, he looks like a recovering alcoholic with a pudgy tired face. He is 40 years old but he looks 60 and he has an intensity that borders on the tedious. I really loved him circa Gold, but in 2015 that joke ain’t funny anymore…

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Written by | September 22, 2015 11:57 | No Comments

‘My ongoing tribute to the classic Ryan Adams album ‘1989”, he writes below his cover of Welcome to New York’… ‘My reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album ‘1989’’ he writes below Blank Space’. And there is a twist, it’s Father John Misty covering Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift in the style of the Velvet Underground, my head is spinning with the idea, but Tillman’s take on Lou Reed is actually right on, and Ryan Adams’ input has been lost in translation.

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Written by | September 20, 2015 17:24 | No Comments

If you don’t like Taylor, maybe this will introduce you to her but other wise except for the first four songs, which would make a great EP, it ain’t happening. After awhile the entire concept staggers to a stand style. Why do I want to listen to slow depressing versions of songs I already own to much much better effect? Answer: I won’t.

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Written by | August 8, 2015 11:49 | No Comments

  I stumbled on this story and it took me a while before realizing it was not a joke…. Is Ryan Adams’ creative pipe drying out that he is recording a whole album of others’ songs? Or is he riding the Taylor Swift’s successful wave? I am not sure this new project is quite bizarre: Ryan Adams is recording Taylor Swift’s famous album 1989 in its entirety in the style of the Smiths.

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Written by | April 26, 2015 11:43 | No Comments

Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams – I offered up Ryan’s name as a musician as great as any in rocks golden age and got pooh poohed the othe day. He is too prolific not to be hit and miss. And this souvener from a two day stand late last year proves his problem is the same as Prince’s in the 1990s and maybe Steve Earle’s today… he doesn’t know when enough is enough. Still, a gorgeous version of a great song – B+

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Written by | January 24, 2015 0:06 | one response

That whole idea [actors making music] for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick’… Err, hello Johnny, aren’t you constantly making or playing music with all your musician best friends? Friends like Marilyn Manson, Patti Smith, Ryan Adams, and so many others?

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Written by | December 28, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

Paul didn’t play the nostalgia vibe too much, of course there were plenty of old songs, but some new ones too, and his dynamism on stage and simplicity while talking to the huge crowd was so comforting. From my seat, he looked like a tiny ant at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but he ignited the sea of people, and the sing-alongs were heart warming

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Written by | December 24, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

At the end DeRogatis’s review is just this, a review, an opinion from a single guy. Why does it matter so much to Ryan Adams that a fat guy sitting behind his computer doesn’t like him? DeRogatis is just writing some blurb for some dark corner of the internet

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Written by | September 13, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

So what do we make of the setlist? Quite a bit from the new one, a handful of oldies, some obscurities, tons of stuff I want to hear but he won’t be playing. Tracks off that double that wasn’t a double with Cardinals. “Oh My Sweet Carolina” as close to a must play as there is. Personal fave “Crossed Out Name”.

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Written by | August 15, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

I’m too old to care who likes my records. It’s all bullshit anyway. People make judgments about records but the music is eternal. I like ‘Be Here Now’. I don’t even care if Noel Gallagher doesn’t like it, because you know what? I will take two bong hits and that record will blow my mind.’

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Written by | July 4, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Do You – Spoon – Here is a song even Spoon agnostics but unequivocally approve of, a sticky, handclapping, nonsense syllabicating masterstroke, which I noticed when I caught em at Governors Ball and am now insane about – A

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Written by | June 29, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

Adams’ confident (and very male) vocals, at the sonic image of the iconic bands of this period. The only fragile, emotional and insecure part of Adams may only seen through the lyrics, ‘All my life been shaking wanting something/
Holding everything I had like it was broken
/Gimme something good
/Gimme something good
/Gimme something’…

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Written by | April 7, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

The struggling, stranger rocker before he straightened his life out takes a love of his life and ties it to a specific time and place (nyc the week before 9-11), struggles through a freezing cold and adds an image for all time: “I was holding your arm, you were holding my trust like a child” and then it’s over. “I’ll always love you, love New York”.

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Written by | March 19, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

Roving Eye – James Chance – Not only does Chance blow like a dream that is emerging out of a nightmare, he sings like a white boy coked out yelping twitching basket case channeling James Brown in the best way and this is a Ze Records peak from the early years.

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Written by | October 2, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

As the song is blasting through my speakers, I can tell you this is not a joke, this is a furious tune with a hardcore spirit – more in the vocals than in the music – and a fast rock n’ roll pit-moshing number. It’s short and fast like a bullet (or a Black Flag song), with several aggressive punches in the stomach and some fun madness

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