Archive for the ‘Ryan Adams’ Category

I gave Ryan Adams’ new album a second try a few weeks ago, and realized it’s actually very good. It’s not as good as his first two albums (which are two of my favorite records, like, ever), but it’s easily as good as any of his other records. Really, really solid. And he’s on tour. So you can see him play the whole album, live . . . Or you can keep your fat ass on the couch and listen to it right here on the corner!

That’s my preference, of course.

1. Goodnight Rose. A majestic track, and a perfect set closer. Actually, it’s a rare example of a song that introduces an album as well as it would have ended the album.
2. Two
3. Everybody Knows. Ryan Adams doing his best Jerry Garcia imitation.
4. Halloweenhead. Because it’s so much cooler to do this than to make a Christmas song.
5. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
6. Tears Of Gold. Breakin’ out the honky tonk.
7. The Sun Also Sets
8. Off Broadway
9. Pearls On A String
10. Rip Off. A piano-driven track, reminiscent of the time Elton John performed with Ryan Adams in one of the greatest shows ever.
11. Two Hearts and 12. These Girls. I couldn’t find live versions of these tracks.
13. I Taught Myself How To Grow Old

Bonus cuts from the ’07 tour:

Down in a Hole. From the EP he just released, because Ryan can’t seem to go 24 hours without laying down wax.

The rap about throwing up in my own mouth. Wherein Ryan proves his dedication to his audience.

Arkham Asylum. True fans know that Ryan loves Batman comics, so it should be no surprise that he named a song after the D.C. prison hospital that houses The Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and all the other literally batshit crazy Dark Knight villains.

. . . Continuing where we left off, with the 70s, including the greatest rock double album in history.

“Let it Bleed” (1969)

Featuring one of the greatest songs ever written, “Gimme Shelter.”

Gimme Shelter-Back Forty

Gimme Shelter-Local H

Gimme Shelter-Phil Lesh and Friends

Let It Bleed-Mumbouli

You Can’t Always Get What You Want-The Radiators

“Sticky Fingers” (1971)

Brown Sugar-Ryan Adams

Honky Tonk Women-Prince

Tina Toledo/Can’t You Hear Me Knocking/Tina Toledo-Ryan Adams

Sway-Alejandro Escovedo

And of course the song that has been covered ad nauseam. Here’s just a few examples of what I thought were particularly good takes on it:

Wild Horses-The Sundays

Wild Horses-The Rolling Stones with Eddie Vedder

Wild Horses-Guided By Voices

Dead Flowers-Local H

Dead Flowers-New Riders of the Purple Sage

Moonlight Mile-The Drive-By Truckers

“Exile on Main Street” (1972)

Shake Your Hips-The 101ers (Joe Strummer pre-The Clash)

Sweet Virginia–Local 28

Sweet Virginia-Camper Van Beethoven

Sweet Virginia-Derek Trucks Band

Sweet Virginia-String Cheese Incident

Loving Cup-Patterson Hood

Loving Cup/Easy Morning Rebel Jam-My Morning Jacket

I Just Want to See His Face-Blind Boys of Alabama

Cocksucker Blues-The Rolling Stones. A prize in my possession. This tune was *ahem* whipped out during the Exile tour and was, understandably, never officially released.

“Goats Head Soup” (1973) Lots of folks will say that Sticky Fingers, with it’s operable zipper, was the greatest album cover of all time. But I actually prefer this one: A goat, in a bowl of soup, looking supremely pissed.

Angie-Tori Amos

Silver Train-Patterson Hood

Star Star-Patterson Hood

To be continued again . . .

I’ve always been more of a Stones guy–more of a Richards than a Lennon, more of a Jagger than a McCartney. I like the Beatles and all, but to me rock and roll will always be The Rolling Stones. I know that after about 1985, the band kind of went to shit (although I do like much of Steel Wheels), but before that how many bands could release a solid album–and many classic albums–nearly every year for almost a decade? Not many. And none did it while snorting Columbia up their nose, dating supermodels, and having their penises bitten by bees to increase girth.

I’ve been trying to think of what to do with all the Stones covers I’ve amassed over the years, so I decided to do a massive tribute: Covers of my favorite tunes from most of their pre-1982 U.S. releases. Now, before 1967 most of their U.S. albums were compilations and repackages and most of their tunes were covers of other guys work, so I’ve only included a few of those. But other than that, this should be a fun project. Enjoy.

“England’s Newest Hitmakers” (1964)

Route 66 (Bobby Troup cover) – The Replacements

Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly cover)-Grateful Dead

“Aftermath” (1966)

Mothers Little Regulator-Snoop Dogg vs. The Stones (mash up)

“Big Hits (High Tide at Green Grass” (1966)

Satisfaction-The Grateful Dead

Cross Bones Style/I Can’t Get No Satisfaction-Cat Power

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows-The Records

It’s All Over Now (Bobby Womack/Shirley Jean Womack) (with Rod Stewart’s Gasoline Alley)-Amy Correia

“Under My Thumb-Social Distortion

19th Nervous Breakdown-The 5,6,7,8’s

The Last Time-Gomez

“Their Satanic Majesties Request” (1967)

2000 Light Years from Home-Son Volt

“Beggars Banquet” (1968) Right about here is where their albums start getting to be amazing. One after another, for over ten years.

Sympathy for the Devil-Max Creek

Sympathy for the Devil-Rusted Root

Sympathy for the Mekons-The Mekons

No Expectations-Zero

No Expectations-Grace Potter

Street Fighting Man–The Rolling Stones (Live on Mick’s Birthday, 1972)

Stray Cat Blues-Bloodkin

Stray Cat Blues-Smashing Pumpkins

Jumping Jack Flash-The La’s (As I understand it, JJF was a B-Side from the Beggar’s Banquet sessions.)