Ryan Adams + Karen Elson, 02 Academy, Bournemouth, 19th September 2017

In a rare moment of chat towards the end of this show, Ryan Adams took a swipe at a previous live review where he was accused of being self-indulgent. “Man” he proclaims, “That’s like eating a dessert and then complaining that it’s sweet.” He does have a point. Although perhaps Ryan Adams’ stage presence is often closer to shoegaze indie than fist punching stadium, tonight he plays for over two hours straight through and picks from a set list that spans his entire songbook. What more he could or should do, he’d be excused for thinking. Continue reading “Ryan Adams + Karen Elson, 02 Academy, Bournemouth, 19th September 2017”

Ryan Adams contributes to new covers album

Although happen you won’t see many of the other names on AUK anytime soon. Also, Cyndi Lauper’s Christmas Conga must rank in the top 100 worst songs ever recorded. Stereogum reports: “Earlier this year, Tegan And Sara announced that they would be releasing a The Con covers album in honor of its 10th anniversary. Today, they’ve released the list of who is covering what and it’s pretty wild! Ryan Adams, Hayley Williams, CHVRCHES, Bleachers, Shura, Shamir, Mykki Blanco, Cyndi Lauper, and more are all contributing, plus there’s a team-up between Grimes and Hana called Trashique.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams contributes to new covers album”

Ryan Adams plays “On My Life” live for first time

Stereogum are reporting today that while he’s not busy ripping into the Strokes on Twitter (tweets which have since been deleted – repent at leisure) he’s been playing shows including one in Minnesota on Sunday night in which he played “On My Life” live for the first time, the track having originally appeared as a b-side to his single “Blue Light” from 2015.  You can see the performance below, along with the audio of that single. Ryan Adams arrives in the UK on 17th of this month to play the Green Man festival. Continue reading “Ryan Adams plays “On My Life” live for first time”

Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes

This will cheer you up over your cornflakes. Stereogum reports: “Did Ryan Adams just get around to reading Meet Me In The Bathroom? There’s a moment in the book, Lizzy Goodman’s great oral history of the early-’00s New York rock scene, where we learn that the Strokes got together to hold a meeting banning Ryan Adams, once a friend of the band, from hanging out with any of them anymore. The problem, it seems, was that the members of the band, Julian Casablancas in particular, thought Adams was a bad influence on Albert Hammond, Jr., who was starting to have serious problems with addiction. Continue reading “Ryan Adams wages Trump-style Twitter war on the Strokes”

Ryan Adams releases b-sides collection

Morning americanees or whatever the collective of an americana consumer is. NME reports: “Ryan Adams recently released new box set “Prisoner: End of the World” and it features 17 previously unreleased B-sides. Fans needn’t buy the boxset to hear these B-sides, as they appear to have surfaced online. Track titles include ‘What If We’re Wrong’, ‘Are You Home?’, ‘It Will Never Be The Same’ and ‘Hanging on to Hope’ hinting that many of the songs were inspired by Adams’ split with his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The boxset also features 12 7-inch records and 2D action figures of Adams and his bandmates. You can steam the B-sides below. Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases b-sides collection”

Ryan Adams cancels UK shows next month

Like a roller coaster ride, no sooner are they announced – we’ve just had this note through: “Due to an unforeseen personnel change, Ryan Adams has been forced to cancel his April UK trip – including recently-announced shows at Parr Hall, Warrington and The Assembly, Leamington Spa. Ryan regrets the inconvenience and looks forward to returning to the UK for performances already scheduled for later in the year including two newly announced dates that go on sale this Friday, March 31 at 9am GMT.”  Ryan Adams cancelled some US shows earlier this month due to illness.

Ryan Adams announces more UK dates

And some European ones. On this provincial day for the UK, NME report: “Ryan Adams has added more dates in the UK and Europe to his upcoming 2017 ‘Prisoner’ tour. Full dates and ticket details are below. In support of his acclaimed new album ‘Prisoner‘, Adams has now added two new shows in Warrington and Leamington Spa in March, along with two more in Bournemouth and Cambridge in September. Tickets to the new shows are on sale at 9am on March 31.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams announces more UK dates”

Ryan Adams improvises a song about long-lasting freshness – Watch

News from Stereogum on the best product placement since Half Man Half Biscuit sang in National Shite Day: “There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets”: “Ryan Adams is currently on tour in support of his most recent album, Prisoner, and last night at his show in Charleston, SC, he improvised a song about the odor eliminator Febreze. According to tipster Douglas Thompson, the song came about after someone in the audience yelled out a suggestion to play a song that sounded like “Febreze.” “What the fuck song is ‘Febreze? Sometimes people yell out songs and I’ll be like what the fuck because I can’t hear shit up here,” Adams apparently said. “They could be calling out ‘Free Bird’ and I’d be like ‘ok ‘Too Legit To Quit,’ here we go.” He incorporates some of that intro into the song itself. Watch below.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams improvises a song about long-lasting freshness – Watch”

Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts

And he’s number one in the UK’s americana chart too. Billboard reports: “Ryan Adams takes no prisoners as he arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts (dated March 11) with his new LP, Prisoner. Adams’ 16th studio album, and first of new material since his self-titled 2014 set, opens with 45,000 equivalent album units (42,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Feb. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Continue reading “Ryan Adams hits number one in 3 US Charts”

Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs

Are you sick of Ryan Adams news yet?  Fear not, plenty more to come. Pitchfork reports: “Ryan Adams’ inaugural episode of his Beats 1 radio show “The Midnight Wave” aired last night, and featured music selections from the singer-songwriter as well as discussions between Adams and his friends Todd, Marshall, Charlie, and Robox about various topics. The group play a game of “Who Said It: Trump or Morrissey?”, talk about what “taking an L” means, and even write a song on the spot. Check out the full episode here and watch a trailer for the show below. Adams recently released Prisoner.”  You can listen to the show on iTunes or via Pitchfork hereContinue reading “Ryan Adams’ inaugural Beats 1 Radio Show airs”