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YouTube is magical, so is Ryan

Father Scott

Video record of last night’s Ryan Adams concert in Boston is already up on YouTube. Gotta love it. I imagine Pax will have a more complete recap later (thanks to his iPhone capturing some of our more…interesting parts of the night), so I’ll leave out the details, except that it was a thrill to see probably my second-favorite musician in concert for the first time.

Here’s what was probably the showstopper, Ryan’s most universally loved song. If you go here, you can see the videos that are posted already.

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More Monday filler: Bum rush the bums!

Perry Ellis

Ryan Adams prefaced “Wonderwall” with a shout-out to his buds Oasis last night, and Perry Ellis groaned out loud in disgust. The only thing I hate more than Oasis is that song and RA’s version brings it to a new low (it’s a crappy version of an already shitty ditty, as I mentioned to the Padre from our fifth-row seats*).

But I never contemplated physical violence, which is deplorable, inexcusable and occasionally downright hilarious (fast-forward to about the 1:30 mark):

That may be the single most inspiring thing ever to come out of an Oasis show.

* from the back

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Friday Random 10: Unwanted Music Edition

Pax Arcana

In the mid-1990’s a pair of Russian artists decided to create the most unwanted song ever. Based on feedback from a survey, they determined that people hate things like holiday music, children’s choirs, bagpipes, tempo changes, sopranos rapping, and other affronts to auditory health.

Then a guy named David Soldier combined those elements into a 25-minute song that combines all of those elements.

Here is how musicologist Phil Ford describes the song:

The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and “elevator” music, and a children’s choir sings jingles and holiday songs.

You can hear the whole thing here. It’s not as bad as Soundgarden, but it definitely sucks. The rapping soprano is the mothereffing bomb.

The songs:

Ashamed — Deer Tick
Of the Sea — A.A. Bondy
The suspension bridge at Iguazu Falls — Tortoise
Thru the Eyes of Ruby — Smashing Pumpkins
Should I Stay or Should I Go? — The Clash
Barstow — Jay Farrar
Not the Same — Ben Folds
Black Math — The White Stripes
Watcha Drinkin’ — Hüsker Dü
No Surrender (Live) — Bruce Springsteen

Bonus Video:

Down in a Hole (Live) — Ryan Adams

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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Good Morning, Perry Ellis!

Father Scott

Bob Mould. Ryan Adams. Enjoy.

(Wait, is it OK not to end fragmented statements like this with “Ever.”?)

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Tuesday Tubby Tearfest

Father Scott

There’s nowhere to go but up, people.

That’s my approach to this week’s Biggest Loser, coming on the heels of the worst episode of the year. Hopefully it’s just a speed bump on the way to an exciting finale.

Last week saw Danny go home, which is unfortunate only in that the show seems determined to eliminate the more entertaining people each week. Now we’re stuck with two people who have already been eliminated and come back (which seems a little unfair) in Mark and Ali, plus Kelly, Roger, and Jay.

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You can eat this shit all you want now, Danny

Forgive me for being negative, but it seems like this week could be another dull one. Is there any way the boys don’t gang up on Ali or Kelly this week and send one packing? It was already remarkable that Danny was sent home, and he only was because he got lazy. That’s not happening with Mark, Roger, and Jay. Hell, Roger can’t afford to be sent home, ’cause he’s no longer gainfully employed (hat tip: Pax).

And since Kelly poses absolutely zero threat as an overall winner (as opposed to Ali’s 0.0001%), she’ll stick around. Ali is the overwhelming favorite to leave this week. It’s probably for the best anyway — her crazy mom Bette Sue needs the company.

Given that no one cares about Ali (she hasn’t been around in months, and she and Kelly only have a forced bond), I forsee little crying this week. I’m going with 6, figuring that most of it will come from Jillian beating the everloving shit out of Ali and Kelly in the workouts.

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Peace, homey

Now for some Padre Linktastica, boosted by my introduction to RSS feeds (hat tip of sorts, again, Pax) to jumpstart this overcast Tuesday.

PADRE LINKTASTICA, 4.1.08

I. Ryan Adams will play a few dates with Oasis. If only I lived in Alberta. [Paste]

II. Ryan Adams shops at Ralph Lauren, then takes a bunch of pictures of himself. I think if someone ever does a blog-related thesis, they’ll have to include Ryan’s just to examine the way he deconstructs how goofy it is. [DRAdamsFilms]

III. My favorite instructional basketball blog covers how not to hedge, and conversely, how you can break down an entire team’s defense in two dribbles (if you’re as quick as Raymond Felton). [The X’s and O’s of Basketball]

IV. One of my favorite basketball commentary blogs kills Internet April Fools jokes. [Hardwood Paroxysm]

V. The disappearance of Darin Erstad’s maddening stickiness predates the War on Terror, motherfuckers![Fire Joe Morgan]

VI. Some archaeologists found a gold necklace on a body dated roughly 4,000 years ago, proving that even in rudimentary cultures, the ladies still love the bling. [LiveScience]

VII. The official baseball transaction blog of Father Scott is running a chat at 3 pm. Tim knows his stuff, and is doing some great stuff with his site after committing himself to it full-time. [MLBTradeRumors]

VIII. Next Tuesday, don’t miss Jillian and Bob live blogging after The Biggest Loser at 10. I mean, really, how can you resist that? [NBC]


Jiskairumoko, what?

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Ryan Adams: The Curt Schilling of rock

Father Scott

In my minutes of aimlessly surfing the Intertubes before my fantasy baseball draft tonight, I came across this story on Paste (via Tripwire): Ryan Adams has started a blog.

Due to said draft, I don’t have time to comment on this, but suffice it to say that it is awesome. Maybe this dumping ground of nonsense will allow Ryan to focus more when pumping out album after album (by the way, he suggests there might be a new one coming).

To let it speak for itself, watch Ryan play “Writing the Hits with Stupid” (you have to click on the link below, my WordPress embedding skills are less than perfect) which I think is supposed to be somewhat self-mocking but mostly a criticism of the American public. Either way, it includes the line “writing the hits that America loves/slightly country, slightly modern/like Wilco in designer clothes.” It remains to be seen whether Ryan is funny, but dradamsfilms.com will entertain you, dammit.

Writing the Hits with Stupid from Ryan Adams on Vimeo.

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Monday Unrandom Random 10: Ryan Adams

Father Scott

Pax Arcana has no regular Monday post. We have Tuesday Tubby Tearfest (my personal favorite) and Friday Random 10 (Pax’s favorite, because he’s lazy), but Monday gets no love. Well I’m attempting to change that.

May I introduce Monday Unrandom Random 10, in which I (or Perry or Pax, or, I suppose, Reverend E, when he’s not trying to figure out what a zapfino is) choose an artist (which is unrandom), click the play button on my iPod, and see what 10 songs come up on shuffle (which is random…get it?). I promise commentary, who knows what the others will do (if they ever do).

Continue after the jump of the inaugural Monday Unrandom Random 10, staring the Pax Arcana-approved and uneditable Ryan Adams.

1. Luminol. One of my favorite songs from the album that confirms that Ryan was indeed on coke, Rock N Roll. Rock N Roll is uneven (well, it is by Ryan, what else should we expect?), but this song has a lot of the album’s best qualities. Great singalong chorus, visual lyrics that are either really cool or really stupid depending on my mood (I’m spinning ’round a room of holes?) Anything from this album sounds weird among the rest of his material because it’s so different, but they’re good songs at heart, as evidenced by Ryan’s remake of “This Is It” on Follow the Lights.


Cocaine is a hell of a drug

2. Trains. Lucky two tracks in a row: “Trains” is probably the best song from — by far — Ryan’s worst album, Jacksonville City Nights. The weird thing is, I love twangy Ryan, but JCN just kinda sucks.

3. Pa. Speaking of, here’s an example. “Pa” just isn’t interesting. You know how Heartbreaker is filled with touching simple songs that tear at the fabric of your being? JCN is not. Stop trying to remake Heartbreaker if the tunes don’t hold up, Ryan.

4. The Hardest Part. Another JCN tune…what the F, iPod? Actually, I like this one too. Great singalong song in the car, and another strong chorus. JCN still kinda sucks though. Let’s hope the tide turns.


Oh, cruel fortune

5. In My Time of Need. Ask and ye shall receive. iPod atones for its sins and pumps out my favorite Heartbreaker song. Simple F-C-G progression, nothing that’s shattering your notions of music, but if you don’t feel what he’s singing, you might need to go the doctor and get checked out for Belichickitis. I can’t imagine how he articulates some of these feelings — it seems to be written from the perspective of about a 60-year old (Lord we married young/ stayed where we came from/ gave those children everything we had).

6. If I Am A Stranger. One of the finest songs from what should have been Ryan’s finest album, if only he’d have sent me the tracks from the two-disc Cold Roses session and let me choose the 12 good ones. Ryan would have received album of the year accolades from pretty much everyone. Instead it was just another uneven RA attempt. He frustrates me. This song rules, though, and for a guy whose lyrics are often stuck in a hopelessly romantic kind of vibe, he’s a little more self-confident in this one, if only in his realization that if this person doesn’t indeed know who he is, they never will, and that’s their problem and not his. Attaboy, RA.

7. Political Scientist. Eh. Whispering doesn’t make you deep, Ryan.


Did political scientist Aftab Ahmed like Love is Hell? I don’t know, he’s dead.

8. When the Stars Go Blue. Before every country artist on Earth remade this song, Ryan put it out on 2001’s Gold. Simple and pretty and evidence that when indie artists try to go mainstream, the results sometimes work. Stop hating.

9. The Shadowlands. I guess I don’t like Love is Hell that much either. Eh. Ryan gets stuck on these slow songs too often, and it’s almost never a good idea for him to A) put effects on his voice or B) isolate his voice with piano. They’re just not good sounds, dude.

10. Voices. From 29, which I still haven’t listened to much. It has the same kind of waltzy beat that “Strawberry Wine” (which is excellent) does. It’s also a good showcase of the unique qualities of Ryan’s voice. This is a talented guy, even if he has never edited a single note he’s ever written.

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