Ryan Adams Says And Does Stuff So We’ll Write About Him

ryanadams540January 16 was as busy a day in the life of Ryan Adams as ever. For a man who supposedly has a stockpile of hundreds of unreleased songs tucked away in his archive for a rainy day (god knows whether they’re any good, but that’s beside the point), “work rate” has never been an issue with Ryan Adams. It’s more a matter of direction for the Kid, and since voluntarily kicking his heroin/cocaine cocktail habit back in 2007, he’s appeared to be on what passes in Ryan Adams’ world as a socially acceptable, productive course of activity: He assembled the Cardinals, a terrific (and more importantly, stable) backing band, released several mediocre albums with occasional flashes of old brilliance and even announced plans for his first work of “soul poetry,” Infinity Blues (to be released later this year). But on that fateful Friday, our boy Ryan Adams got bizzay, but in a manner more befitting his old, substance-tainted lifestyle, telling the world in no particular order via his blog:
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15 In Philly: Philly Future

Spend 15 years in Philadelphia and you’ll figure out that things in MAGNET’s native city aren’t always sunny or bursting with brotherly love. But underneath the tough exterior are some pretty sweet sounds. In honor of our anniversary, we pay tribute to our hometown scene.

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Today’s installment: Philly Future, five bands—Shot X Shot, Tickley Feather, the Swimmers, Hoots & Hellmouth and Make A Rising—that just might define the shape of the local scene to come.

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From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: “Rock Of Love”

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

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Newman: I’m not even sure I enjoy watching some of these VH-1 shows. I really think it’s an addiction. It’s like heroin crossed with a car accident. With Rock Of Love and Rock Of Love Charm School, you hate everybody on the show yet you watch it somehow. I hate being manipulated by them. I wish I could stop. It’s just too easy to relapse.

 

News Roundup: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, Dresden Dolls, Gomez, Mission Of Burma, Depeche Mode

orangetwinbAthens, Ga., scene mainstays Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power (both pictured) have hit the road in support of last year’s Dark Developments collaboration. The 37-date tour extends into spring and includes the March 11 R.E.M. tribute concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall … On-hiatus Boston cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls played a one-off show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on January 20 as part of the inauguration festivities for President Obama. (That’s fun to say.) For better or worse, the evening also featured a set by the Honey Brothers, Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s vanity project … Brooklyn/Great Britain band Gomez is releasing its sixth LP, A New Tide, on March 31. The record was created in studios in Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) manning the board … The post-punk legends in Mission Of Burma have released a Rhapsody-only EP, creatively titled Rhapsody Originals. The five tracks, including “Academy Fight Song,” come from the band’s 2008 CMJ performance … Depeche Mode checks in with its first album in four years, Sounds Of The Universe, on April 21. As with 2005’s Playing The Angel, multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore shares songwriting duties with frontman/suicide-attempt denier Dave Gahan … British indie band Comet Gain releases Broken Record Prayers on March 24. The album, which compiles singles from 1998-2008, includes six unreleased tracks; two of them (“Love Without Lies” and “Books Of California,” both from last year) will be reissued as a limited-edition seven-inch, playable on functional turntables … NYC songwriter Jesse Harris’ new album, Watching The Sky, drops on March 3. Norah Jones sings harmony on “It Will Stay With Us,” a tune Harris performed solo on the soundtrack to the 2007 Ethan Hawke film The Hottest State … After 10 years and six albums, Canada’s Buttless Chaps have decided to split. We don’t have anything to add—we just wanted to type “Buttless Chaps” again.

Comet Gain’s “Love Without Lies” from Broken Record Prayers:

Listening To “The Best Show”: 1/13/09 Episode

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A weekly recap of The Best Show On WFMU, Tom Scharpling’s call-in/comedy/music show broadcast every Tuesday night from Jersey City. The three-hour program is available for free download at iTunes.

Tom fields a call from a local proprietor of a chain of hot-dog carts; the entrepreneurial fellow has to be talked down from inking a distribution deal with Merge Records to sell a Scruffy The Cat five-CD boxed set at all his carts. Already in the works, however, is the hot dog vendor’s cassette release from a supergroup called MickNickPickMickNick:

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From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: The Seekers

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

seekers-1Newman: I was really into the Seekers years ago. I re-bought all their stuff on iTunes because I didn’t know where my vinyl was. There’s something amazingly hopeful and joyous in their music. It’s joyous in the way that church music should be. There’s something kind of cheesy about it—you could look at it and compare it to A Mighty Wind: that white-bread folk music. Like Dylan is authentic and the Seekers are these weird Peter Paul And Mary-style also-rans. I always loved them. “Georgy Girl” was a great song. They’re a real guilty pleasure of mine.

The Seekers’ “I’ll Never Find Another You”:

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15 In Philly: Jim Boggia

Spend 15 years in Philadelphia and you’ll figure out that things in MAGNET’s native city aren’t always sunny or bursting with brotherly love. But underneath the tough exterior are some pretty sweet sounds. In honor of our anniversary, we pay tribute to our hometown scene.

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Safe In Sound, Jim Boggia’s 2005 sophomore album, found the fortysomething West Philly musician juggling jangly power pop and solemn singer/songwriter fare buoyed by his frazzled, soul-kissed tenor. With its tight hooks, fat production and guest spots from Aimee Mann and the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, the LP was championed by fans and critics alike. Yet, to this day, Safe In Sound leaves Boggia cold.

“To And Fro” from Safe In Sound:

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From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: Hiroshi Teshigahara

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

womandunes1Newman: Oddly enough, the thing that got me obsessed with Barcelona was a documentary on Antoni Gaudí that showed at the cinematheque in Vancouver. I just realized it was directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. It came out on the Criterion Collection a few months ago. His famous movie is called Woman In The Dunes, from the mid-’60s. It got nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (in 1964) and Teshigahara was later was nominated for Best Director (in 1965). Most of his movies were written by Kobo Abe, who I’m also a big fan of.

Van Morrison To Issue Live “Astral Weeks”

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Famed blue-eyed soul singer Van Morrison‘s first-ever live performance of career-defining 1968 album Astral Weeks gets a February 10 release on his EMI-distributed Listen To The Lion label. The Northern Ireland-born R&B belter played the jazz- and blues-tinged milestone twice with a band that included a full string section last November at the Hollywood Bowl. Spotlighting swirling Morrison gems such as the title song and the gender-bending “Madame George,” Astral Weeks was Morrison’s first solo release for Warner Bros. after his Belfast-based beat combo Them topped the U.S. charts with British Invasion stalwarts “Gloria,” “Here Comes The Night” and “Mystic Eyes.” Morrison repeated his early chart success with his 1967 debut solo single “Brown-Eyed Girl” and a follow-up longplayer, Blowin’ Your Mind!, that featured such tortured classics as “Who Drove The Red Sports Car” and fabled nine-minute opus “T.B. Sheets.” Morrison will perform Astral Weeks as well as some of his other songs February 27 and 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Astral Weeks” from 1968’s Astral Weeks: