Posts Tagged With: Don Was

Coming in November: New Ryan Adams LP

DRANovLPRyan Adams will release his still-untitled next album on Nov. 4, and from the sound of things this seems to be the project he was working on back in February when he claimed to have recorded more than 80 songs. Studio svengali Don Was is back behind the board in what Ryan calls his “Gandalf” mode. And in Entertainment Weekly’s announcement interview about it, Ryan goes into excitable-boy mode and mentions the following sonic reference points:

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Smiths, Meat Is Murder
Bruce Hornsby
AC/DC, Fly on the Wall
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Electric Light Orchestra

I have no idea what a combination of all that might sound like, but I guess we’ll find out! Below is a live version of a new song Ryan debuted at Red Rocks recently, “Do You Still Love Me.” If the rest of the record is anything like this, well, I would not call that a good omen.

ADDENDUM (10/11/2016): Timeline for this album, titled Prisoner.

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Ryan Adams and the parakeet in the coal mine

DRAcommercialI’ve always thought Ryan Adams had pretty fantastic comedic instincts (gotta give it up for his “black metal” version of “16 Days,” among many other very funny onstage moments from over the years). But this “commercial” he’s done for tomorrow’s release of his new eponymously titled album…well, I’m sorry, but the two words that come to mind are “excruciatingly” and “awkward,” despite some impressive star power including Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould. Guess they must have banged this one out while making that video for Mould’s “The War.”

Anyway, take a look. Maybe you’ll find it funnier than I did…

ADDENDA: Wow, looks like they made yet another video, this one in starkly noirish black and white — check it out. And a third, this one, which is genuinely funny. But the soup one, man, I just don’t know…

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