Posts Tagged With: The War

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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Ryan Adams drops by “The War”

RyanBobMouldSo good old Jon Wurster, who was one of Whiskeytown’s drummers back in the day, is playing in Bob Mould’s band nowadays amongst many other activities (some of which are cataloged here). In that capacity, he’s in Mould’s very fine new video for “The War,” a song off Mould’s current album Beauty and Ruin (Merge Records) that is brimming with intimations of mortality:

This war has worn me down
Broken dreams and a hole in the ground
Don’t give up
And don’t give in.

Lo and behold, Wurster’s old Whiskeytown bandmate Ryan Adams (who has been known to cover the occasional Mould song) also turns up in the video right about as Mould is murmuring those words. Ryan appears in the final 30 seconds of “The War,” in a cameo that seems to imply a passing of the torch. He comes in just before the 4:20 mark, looking pretty 420 himself (heh); check that out here.

While I’m at it, Wurster also appears in Mould’s first Beauty and Ruin video, for “I Don’t Know You Anymore” (which features another high-profile cameo, by Colin Melloy of Decemberists). And Mould is quoted speaking at length about Ryan in this very fine interview feature.

ADDENDA (9/11-13/14): When Mould played New York City on Sept. 10, Ryan joined him during the encore. Ryan was in New York to play Letterman.

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