2009 - Coughing Up Blood and Whiskey: A Ryan Adams Blog

Chris "Space Wolf" Feinstein Passes Away

From TwentyFourBit.com:

Cardinals bassist Chris Feinstein has passed away at his Manhattan home. He was 42.

Feinstein, endearingly known by the awesome nickname of Spacewolf by bandmates and fans alike, recorded and toured as a member of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals for their last two full-length albums, Easy Tiger and Cardinology. His discography also includes numerous songwriting credits for Santigold’s then-eponymous album Santogold, and bass performance on Albert Hammond, Jr.’s song “Scared” from his solo album, Yours to Keep.

Most recently, Feinstein and fellow Cardinals Jon Graboff, Brad Pemberton, and Neal Casal recorded and performed with New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore.

All three surviving Cardinals members have posted reactions to this sad news online, including a series of photographs on guitarist Neal Casal’s blog and drummer Brad Pemberton’s Facebook message: “This is the saddest day of my life. I lost my best friend today…things will never be quite the same.” Matthew Ryan a friend and former collaborator with Feinstein also posted a tribute on YouTube earlier today.

Though Feinstein’s family recently confirmed the story, as well, there are few details about his untimely death available at the moment. If/when important info comes to light, we will update this post accordingly.

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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-4-5-6

Nice trio of shows from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. My buddy sent me a low quality YouTube video of "Harder Now That It's Over" from the 12-5 show and Ryan played such a sweet solo on that track (around 3 minutes in) I had to see if possibly there were some soundboard copies of this show. While I haven't come across a soundboard yet, there are some great audience recordings. The quality is legit, just needs to be turned up a bit here and there. And yes, that is Norah Jones on the cover. She did "Dear John" with Ryan night dos.

Thank you
muzikspy for the photo, snagged it from flicker.

Thank you tapers! You guys are amazing.

Disc 1:
1. Magnolia Mountain
2. Please Do Not Let Me Go
3. Dear Chicago
4. Peaceful Valley
5. Mockingbird
6. Tears Of Gold
7. Nightbirds
8. Cold Roses
9. New York, New York
10. Arkham Asylum
11. break banter

Disc 2:
1. Kiss Before I Go
2. Let It Ride (false start)
3. Let It Ride
4. Bartering Lines
5. To Be Young
6. Blue Hotel
7. Beautiful Sorta
8. The End
9. Expressway to Yr Skull
10. Wharf Rat
11. Shakedown on 9th Street
12. I See Monsters

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-4

Disc 1:
1. What Sin Replaces Love
2. Nobody Girl
3. Harder Now That Its Over
4. September
5. Meadowlake Street
6. Freeway to the Canyon
7. Trouble on Wheels

-set break-

Disc 2:
1. Easy Plateau
2. Firecracker
3. G'night Rose
4. Trains
5. Cherry Lane
6. "Dr Who" banter
7. Dear John (w/ Norah Jones)
8. Stella Blue

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-5

1. Come Pick Me Up
2. When The Stars Go Blue
3. Oh My Sweet Carolina
4. Love Is Hell
5. This Is It
6. Afraid Not Scared
7. talk with Santa
8. La Cienga Just Smiled
9. introduction to second set
10. Hallelujah
11. Judy Garland
12. Wish You Were Here
13. Blue Sky Blues
14. Games
15. My Winding Wheel
16. Willow Jane
17. 29
18. The Rescue Blues

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Town Hall - New York City - 2006-12-6
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Ryan Adams - The Variety Playhouse - 2001-09-28

I've been a sucker for 2001-ish solo acoustic Ryan Adams lately and while this show isn't totally acoustic it is a fine example of Gold era live Ryan Adams. I'm aching for a proper release (I know I say this all the time) from Ryan Adams (in any form) and would slaughter puppies for a tour.

Disc One

01 Candy Doll
02 Firecracker
03 Answering Bell
04 Someday, Somehow
05 Nobody Girl
06 Lovesick Blues
07 Chat
08 Touch, Feel & Lose
09 To Be Young
10 La Cienega Just Smiled (Take 1)
11 La Cienega Just Smiled (Take 2)
12 The Rescue Blues
13 Oh My Sweet Carolina
14 Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues

Disc Two

01 Nervous Breakdown
02 New York, New York
03 Friendly Fire (solo acoustic)
04 My Winding Wheel (solo acoustic)
05 Don't Ask For The Water (solo acoustic)
06 Damn, Sam (solo acoustic)
07 Call Me On Your Way Back Home (solo acoustic)
08 Chat
09 Come Pick Me Up
10 Mega-Superior Gold
11 I Don't Wanna Work
12 Waiting For A Sign
13 Tennessee Sucks
14 Desire
15 New York, New York (Late Show with David Letterman)

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Ryan Adams - Fortress of the Spider Gods

Mr. David Ryan Adams posted a sweet little jam the other day at his site by a DRA mind group (that's what I'm calling all his aliases these days) called GALAXIAN.

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Ryan Adams Launches Pax-Am Label

From twentyfourbit.com:

Ryan Adams’ “step back” from music is officially over, the question mark from our previous story can be removed, and the Radiohead/Trent Reznor/Jack White post major label club has a new member. Adams’ first official Pax-Am digital release, “Lost and Found”/”Go Ahead and Rain,” is now available on Ryanada.ms for $1.49 as a digital download pre-order for this Friday (9/11).

Sure, an MP3 release doesn’t confirm our “Ryan Adams to Relaunch Vinyl Label?” post, but a video of the production for an upcoming Adams vinyl release pretty much does the trick. Meanwhile, Adams also posted a video of a third brand new track earlier this week.

Is it just me or are we starting to settle in to this whole self-released music revolution?

Can't wait for Friday!

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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - The War Memorial Auditorium - 2009-03-15

Our good friend Chris from Tennessee attended this show back in March near the end of The Cards' last tour and he just told me to check it out. Well, it's fantastic, a 39 track, 30 song set. Notice the new guitar parts in quite a few of the tracks, they were feelin' good that night. The download is courtesy of the Live Music Archive.

Superb sound on this one, better than most soundboards.

Disc I

01. intro
02. I See Monsters
03. Fix It
04. Everybody Knows
05. (false start)
06. Crossed-Out Name
07. Come Pick Me Up
08. Cobwebs
09. Two
10. Freeway To The Canyon
11. talking
12. "Same Shirt As Neal" improv
13. Beautiful Sorta
14. talking
15. Let It Ride
16. Natural Ghost
17. Grand Island
18. band introductions
19. Born Into A Light
20. When The Stars Go Blue
21. Evening Joke with Jon Graboff

Disc II

22. Goodnight Rose
23. Lost Satellite
24. The Rescue Blues
25. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc
26. The Sun Also Sets
27. Why Do They Leave?
28. Bartering Lines
29. Shakedown On 9th Street
30. A Kiss Before I Go
31. talking
32. Magick
33. encore break
34. Wonderwall
35. Sink Ships
36. Cold Roses
37. Mockingbird
38. Dear Chicago
39. This Is It

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New Norah Jones Album w/ Ryan Adams Collaboration

From Jambase.com:

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late.

Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones also enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris.

"I knew I wanted to try some different things on this album," Jones says. "I'd been playing with the same musicians for a long time. We're all still friendly and I hope we play together again, but it felt like a good time to work with new people and experiment with different sounds. As far as a producer, I wanted someone who could take me out of my comfort zone and find the right musicians to capture what I wanted to do with this collection of songs. I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits' Mule Variations. He was really eager to do it and we got along really well, which was important."

King helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). Jones and King tailored the songs to the musicians' strengths. "I think the record sounds different due to the variety of musicians we used," Jones says, "I knew I wanted to play with grooves more than I have on previous albums. Some of these new songs lent themselves to having driving rhythms underneath."

Another noticeable change on Jones' upcoming album is that she plays mostly guitar. "I actually write more on guitar than I do on piano," she says. "It just felt more natural for me to play it on these songs."

Since coming on the scene in 2002, Jones has sold a collective 36 million albums worldwide. Her three studio albums, 2002's eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004's Feels Like Home, and 2007's Not Too Late have each topped the Billboard top 200 album charts in the U.S. and gone to No. 1 around the world. All three have been certified multi-platinum, while Come Away With Me has been certified diamond. Since 2007, Jones has collaborated with a number of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Talib Kweli, Willie Nelson, Q-Tip, Irma Thomas, and Andy Samberg's comedy troupe The Lonely Island. She has also contributed to various soundtracks, including Ken Burns' The War, Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State, and Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights, as well as the Fats Domino tribute album Goin' Home. In 2007, Jones starred opposite Jude Law in My Blueberry Nights and made a cameo in this year's season finale of 30 Rock. Also this year, Jones was featured as a flagship artist on Apple's GarageBand, presenting a tutorial on how to perform her song "Thinking About You."

More details about Norah Jones' upcoming album will be announced soon.
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Ryan Adams - Rough & Mellow (1994-2009)

Our dear (and new) friend darkrendar passed this collection along to me. This is a shit load of amazing work. I'll let his words describe it, thank you so much darkrendar.

"A collection of live recordings of unreleased songs by Ryan Adams, of which no demo or studio recordings are available. I compiled and worked on it in my spare time for a couple of years. A lot of these were only played once, if not I picked the one that sounded best to me, when different recordings were available. Since there are so many great live recordings you can find nearly every song ever played. The last two discs are a collection of Jams & Improvs by The Cardinals. "

Ordinarily I would put the track listing up but this is packing 173 tracks, refer to the info file. Let me just say this is an amazing amazing amazing piece of work. Darkrendar, you out did yourself. He is also responsible for the Darkbreaker Live set up at Coughing Up Blood and Whiskey, our sister site. I'm taking donations to get this guy some upscale escorts, email me with donations!

Disc 1 (1994-1997)

Disc 2 (1998-1999)

Disc 3 (2000-2001)

Disc 4 (2001-2002)

Disc 5 (2002-2003)

Disc 6 (2004-2008)

Disc 7 - Cardinal Jams (2005-2006)

Disc 8 - Cardinal Jams (2007-2009)


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Ryan Adams - Fix It & Magick

Grabbed this from Sound Cloud. I LOVE this version of Fix It and it is absolutely one of my favorite versions. Magick is the acoustic demo that was on his website.

Ryan Adams Sound Cloud

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Ryan Adams - Mountain Stage - State Capitol Cultural Center Theatre - Charleston, WV - 2000-10-08

FM source.

I love "Gimme Sunshine."

1. Intro
2. Oh My Sweet Carolina
3. Gimme Sunshine
4. Sweet Lil' Gal
5. To Be Young, Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High

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Here are the songs that are streaming at www.werewolph.com

Dead People Unite
Evil Weekend
Mega Wizards

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Ryan on Twitter

We knew he couldn't tear himself away from the interweb for too long. The Cardinal Cave might be a thing of the past, but it's official: Ryan is on Twitter. I found this out yesterday when I attempted to go to his site and it redirected me to "ryanada.ms." The same thing happened to me when I attempted to go to Cardinology's website. Here's the link for all of you that are interested.


I'll put Mandy's on here, too, because Ryan hijacked it the other day and "tweeted" a bit (is that right? "Tweeted?"), and I found it pretty comical. 


ALSO, I had the opportunity to see the Cardinals TWICE last week, night two of Nashville and the "farewell" at the Fox. So I will be updating you on those late on in the week. But damn, they were delicious. Enjoy the tweets for now!
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Ryan Adams performs in The Current studios

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Wedding Story

From www.people.com


Mandy Moore's Simple Wedding Has Tears, Romance

Originally posted Thursday March 12, 2009 08:25 PM EDT

Forget the trappings of show business. All
Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams needed for the perfect wedding were a tiny old brick church, a pastor they just met, a pair of silver bands and each other.

"She was thrilled to be getting married. She was giddy but not in a childish way. She was obviously so happy," Pastor Steve Schulte, who married the couple this week at Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Home for Boys on the outskirts of Savannah, Ga., tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The couple, who just got engaged last month, arranged for a last-minute ceremony, with one of their reps calling Schulte just the day before, saying a judge wasn't available and asking if the pastor could officiate. "I thought it was either somebody famous or somebody really bad," says Schulte, who agreed to the job, bringing along only a friend, wedding planner Chad Baker – and that was because they had another wedding event later in the day.

Casual Dress

A little after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a black town car pulled up to the church on the breathtakingly beautiful grounds with blooming azaleas, dogwood trees, giant old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Out stepped Moore and Adams and two other men.

The couple dressed down: Moore, 24, wore a cream-colored, lacy tea-length dress and flat sandals, and Adams, 34, had on tight skinny jeans, a T-shirt with sport coat and sneakers. Schulte greeted them, and even when he heard their names, he didn't know who they were.

Only Moore, Adams and Schulte went inside the brick chapel with stained-glass windows and about a dozen wooden pews and a center aisle. (Baker stayed out in Schulte's car.)

In the eight-minute ceremony, the couple held hands and faced each other as they exchanged silver rings purchased from a local jeweler. Tears welled in Moore's eyes and her voice quivered as she took Adams to be her husband.

The Couple Kiss

"I now pronounce you husband and wife," Schulte said, and the couple kissed. After the pastor congratulated them, he shook Adams's hand and hugged Moore.

As the couple walked out of the church, Adams turned and took Moore's face in both of his hands and gave her another kiss. They then walked to a little footbridge near the chapel where they hugged and kissed.

"It was so romantic. It was awesome," says Baker. "I just can't stress how happy they seemed."
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Perez Hilton

Pink Is The New Blog


Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams got married on Tuesday!

The pair had a small, simple ceremony in Savannah, Georgia.

Moore and Adams got engaged last month and dated on-and-off for about a year.

A friend of Mandy's tells us, "She's very very happy." And another source confirms that Adams is completely head-over-heels about her and a changed man.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Ryan Adams - Live at The Boardwalk - 2000-11-19

Solo acoustic set from our boy. What I would give to see Ryan in this setting. Thanks Tears of Gold project.

Ryan Adams
Sheffield the Boardwalk, UK
19. november 2000

01. To Be Young
02. Oh My Sweet Carolina
03. Chin Up, Cheer Up
04. Call Me on Your Way Back Home
05. Damn Sam (I Love a Woman that Rains)
06. Memories of You
07. -Improv - Kayak Song
08. Tell It To My Heart
09. My Winding Wheel
10. Don't Ask For The Water
11. What Sin Replaces Love
12. Just Like a Whore


13. Come Pick Me Up
14. Dancing With The Woman At The Bar
15. Like the Twilight

Download - Ryan Adams - Live at The Boardwalk - 2000-11-19
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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - The Missouri Theater - 2009-2-26

The show that we just recently attended. I have to say, they sound great. Sadly, it is plagued by chatter. Still awesome. Thanks tapers!

01 Intro
02 I See Monsters
03 Everybody Knows
04 Fix It
05 Let It Ride
06 Two
07 Peaceful Valley
08 Mockingbird
09 Cold Roses
10 Oh My Sweet Carolina
11 Band Intros
12 Wonderwall
13 Grand Island
14 Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)
15 When The Stars Go Blue
16 Freeway To The Canyon
17 Rescue Blues (Graboff on guitar)
18 Oh My God, Whatever, Etc
19 Goodnight Rose

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - The Missouri Theater - 2009-2-26
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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation

This is really fantastic. Thanks RAA. All files are in FLAC format, sorry, no MP3.

MFC - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation

Disc I

01. Cobwebs (#)
02. Everybody Knows (+)
03. Sink Ships ($)
04. Born Into A Light (&)
05. When The Stars Go Blue (&)
06. Fix It (*)
07. Natural Ghost (*)
08. Evergreen (#)
09. Goodnight Rose (#)
10. Wonderwall (@)
11. Come Pick Me Up (~)
12. The Sun Also Sets (*)
13. I Taught Myself How To Grow Old (+)
14. Off Broadway (@)

Disc II

01. Grand Island (Neal Casal) (!)
02. Go Easy (%)
03. Crossed Out Name (&)
04. Let It Ride (^)
05. Desire (^)
06. Cold Roses (+)
07. La Cienega Just Smiled (%)
08. Freeway To The canyon (Neal Casal) (%)
09. band introductions
10. The Rescue Blues (%)
11. Like Yesterday (*)
12. Stop (~)
13. Two (!)
14. Easy Plateau / Witches Destroy Hospitol (!)

Disc III

01. The Gargle Song (improv) (~)
02. Please Do Not Let Me Go (+)
03. Why Do They Leave? ($)
04. How Do You Keep Love Alive? (!)
05. Peaceful Valley (!)
06. The End (^)
07. Games (^)
08. banter and bass solo
09. Magnolia Mountain (&)
10. Meadowlake Street (&)
11. Mockingbird (@)
12. Dear John (@)
13. A Kiss Before I Go (^)
14. Shakedown On 9th Street (~)
15. I See Monsters (*)

bonus track:
16. Times Like These (Foo Fighters) (BBC Studios, London, England 8th November 2008)

* = Ambassador Theatre, Dublin, Ireland 8th November 2008
$ = The Academy, Manchester, England 10th November 2008
! = The Academy, Newcastle, England 11th November 2008
^ = The Academy, Leeds, England 13th November 2008
& = The Picture House, Edinburgh, Scotland 14th November 2008
+ = Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England 16th November 2008
@ = The Academy, Birmingham, England 17th November 2008
# = The Dome, Brighton, England 19th November 2008
% = Brixton Academy, London, England 20th November 2008
~ = Guildhall, Southampton, England 22nd November 2008

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation 1-1
Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation 1-2

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation 2-1
Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation 2-2

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Euro Tour 2008 Compilation 3-1
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Alright, sorry for the delay, here goes:

We got into Columbia around 5 PM, doors opened at 7:30, show started at 8:30. We hung out at a few bars getting ready for the show. We got to the theater and all they served was beer and wine and no drinks were allowed in the seating area, so that was a bummer, but, we did get signed copies (softback) of Infinity Blues for $30 so that's cool. We had awesome seats, 2nd row right of center (Neal's side). The show opened with I See Monsters, they sounded great and I really did think it was going to be an amazing night. Well after about 4 tunes Ryan started talking way too much and the crowd was starting to get really annoying. Some asshole kept yelling out "Damn Sam" and people were yelling out a bunch of other Heartbreaker requests. After a long time of that frat boy douche bag yelling out DS I yelled "Let him play what he wants, shut the fuck up!" and then I leaned to my buddy Matt and said "If I Ryan plays DS, I'll look like an ass." Well, sure enough, The Cards improved Damn Sam, it was pretty good actually, and totally unexpected, since when does the diva that is Ryan Adams take requests? Afte he played it someone else yelled a HB request and he said to the crowd "No really, it was a miracle that happened." But that was the gist of the 17 song night, very disappointing. I guess they only played 16 songs at the Uptown in Kansas City, MO the following night, ridiculous. It was not all bad though, they sounded good for the most part, they just didn't play much and talked way too much. Peaceful Valley was pretty unique and watching Ryan throughout that song was a treat man, he was kind of staying back in this crouched position and he was fucking jamming man, it was awesome to see. Ryan is really becoming an amazingly solid guitar player and his tone and style are sick. And while he was talking too much, most of what he said was very funny, he seems to have a genuine sense of humor. After the show, stinging a bit from a short set list and no encore, we found a bar that was $10 all you can drink, which seemed like an appropriate way to end our time in Columbia.

I really can't wait for the show to surface, I spoke to 2 tapers at the show and they said they were going to get it up, hopefully soon. Those guys rule.

On at 8:42 CST

1. I See Monsters
2. Everybody Knows
3. Fix It
4. Let It Ride
5. Two
6. Peaceful Valley
7. Mockingbird
8. Cold Roses
9. Sweet Carolina
10. Wonderwall
11. Grand Island
12. Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)
13. Stars Go Blue
14. Freeway To The Canyon
15. Rescue Blues (Graboff on guitar)
16. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
17. Goodnight Rose

Off stage at 10:31 CST
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Off to Columbia!

Matt (contributor), Tim(contributor) and myself (Jason) are all headed to Columbia, MO tomorrow night for The Cards show. Full review and pictures maybe Friday, probably Monday.
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Ryan & Mandy Engaged?

Do you think its true? The Cardinal Cave says so...


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Live at The Forum - Melbourne, Australia - 2009-01-31

Sorry for the lack of posts lately guys. Once things slow down for myself (next few weeks) I will have more time to devote to the blog.

Ryan's voice sounds great and this Peaceful Valley is rockin. The show got cut short, here is a little recap/explanation:

Man that was frustrating. I was really getting into the show and then it all ended so unexpectedly 77 mins into it. Just last night I was bagging out Noel Gallagher, who I'd seen at the same venue a couple of years ago, because his gig was more than $1/minute (he played about a 65 min set for $75). Well tonight's show came damn close to repeating that feat.

The crowd was fine. Not sold-out, but still pretty packed. Someone yelled out a request to turn up the slide guitar, which Ryan mocked him about, but sound-wise the mix sounded awesome - much better than the previous night (which was still very good).

As reidca mentioned the only 'obvious' indication that there was a problem was Ryan pointing at his IEM and gesticulating and then shaking his head in obvious frustration - this happened a couple of times. Then he said something along the lines of 'some nights feel like the bad news bears, others like the worse news bears...tonight feels like the no news bears'...then they played maybe one more song and bid everyone good night
On 9.05pm

01. Intro [01:56]
02. When the Stars Go Blue [04:26]
03. A Kiss Before I Go [02:52]
04. Peaceful Valley [07:00]
05. Two [02:37]
06. Fix It [04:39]
07. Wonderwall^ [08:03]
08. Off Broadway [06:01]
09. Let It Ride [04:27]
10. Freeway to the Canyon * [06:04]
11. Games [03:23]
12. Shakedown on 9th Street [03:00]
13. Goodnight Rose [06:59]
14. Dear John [07:09]
15. The Sun Also Sets [05:51]
16. The Rescue Blues [04:39]

Off 10.30pm

Download - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Live at The Forum - Melbourne, Australia - 2009-01-31
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Ryan Adam's - Dear Impossible Foggy Demo's

These are the demo's he posted on Foggy of the songs for the possible album Dear Impossible.

Kaleidoscope Eyes
OK, I Surender
Roll Credits
The Lights (I Was Loved)
Yes, I Know That Color
Dear Impossible
Sunflowers and Rain

Ryan Adam's - Dear Impossible Foggy Demo's

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Farewell Tumblr's

Here are the songs Ryan posted in the last day. Will I Am Alone Again Today be the last new material from DRA (technically from the The Cardinals as that is the tag associated with the file) for a while? I hope not. Two and Born Into A Light are both older YouTube video's. The video's and MP3's are all in one file.

We wish Ryan well.

I Am Alone Again Today
Born Into A Light

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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Finished?

I don't know what to make of this. Is is DRA being a drama queen? I hope so.

From the Cardinal Cave

me- 34-a non smoker and happy, for the first time in my life.. i am excited to finish this wonderful time i have had with the cardinals and whatever new adventures may come after march. atlanta will be my last venture with the band and i am grateful for the time we have had and maybe someday we will have more stories to tell together. i am however ready for quieter times as i think it is very evident i am struggling with some balance and hearing issues.

also, no drama or anything but i am okay to step back from all of this right now and i think i did enough manic blogging when i felt alone and isolated during the last few years of travel. these last few years were the hardest i can remember and the most rewarding but i have loved ones to care for now and i am lucky i have been given a chance to turn around and see just what i am capable of as a friend and as someone who is not gone forever every year- it rendered me incapable of things i needed to be to myself and others- and my schedule sometimes never ended when the shows did- and some of that was my doing. and i lost someone i loved, and i lost myself.

that changed. i got to know just who i am in this little spell of time here recently. and change is the nature of the world and i naturally embrace that.

i won’t be blogging here anymore either- but not for effect- it just is not being kind to myself- i need a life that is mine- i need to grow up and grow in to who i have subtly been working back towards since i stopped all that nonsense and i know also no matter what i choose to do in the music world, because i chose to do things my way and never lie i will always be viewed as an “asshole” ( i hear and have seen things in the past) and i am not, and i know the truth and i know who i am.

also it is kind of ridiculous to blog as i am a musician and anything i say here just gets reprinted at some point out of context. i say NOT FAIR but it doesn’t matter what i say anymore or what is fair anymore really does it- the 21st century media has it’s own rules about what is true and what is not. it is not a life- not one i want to live anyway and i don’t really care to participate in narcissistic over-indulgent behavior anymore- that was never my intention- i just wanted to fight for my right to make music and to be given the benefit of the doubt. now, because i have stood up for myself and fought for myself i am labeled all kinds of awful things. well, i will walk away now and it will not matter what anyone say’s. there are other things i can do in this life, other ways to be creative and to try and help others and be expressive without being demonized for attempting to gain the same things any other human being desires- love- friendship- understanding- and being able to express yourself without constant fear of being mistreated for speaking up

i have friends to make, brand new books coming (two of em’ not counting that one already printed and on it’s way out there and i LOVE writing….yay!) and a whole lot of living and learning to do.

i am excited to step away. i lost more than anyone will ever know (hearing, someone i loved, my sense of dignity, a never ending losing battle with stage fright and now my hearing and balance due to an inner ear issue- people accusing me of not being sober when i am suffering tremendous pain and nausea from my inner ear symptoms- people accusing me of theft (THEFT- ….awful) and this is not much of a life, not glamorous like those ridiculous video’s a long time ago television played and no it is not monetarily as rewarding as people would like you to believe and yes, it is soul destroying. especially when you spend your life trying to write about the really difficult stuff and you stand there losing your way and people yell at you like you were in a circus. when it was your dream to matter and you realize one day, it never mattered- i mean, i am a punch-line and a footnote in what is worse to yell at someone besides “free-bird”. i mean, i lost. and it’s okay because i seriously snuck some pretty neat idea’s in there in the work when i was making those mistakes or they were being made by others. this business is no science.

andf you know, whatever this is- it’s not my dream. and it is a punishing thing to endure when you are getting worse and worse- it’s not my dream, my dream was to try and tap into that energy i saw watching Minutemen vcr tapes when i was just a little shit in NC of mike watt’s crazy shaking leg and his electric fingers- or how sonic youth droned into beautiful clouds those guitars shaking, kim and steve rattling the pulsing lines into feverish thudding imaginary subway cars racing through my heart- and how it felt to just let go and static up a riff and find the sweet spot- but getting yelled at for just being a songwriter- to be called so many horrid things because i chose to love music so much, and also to look for peace and balance in my life- that is not kindness and just not my thing. at least not now.

and i loved somebody. and i let others decided if that was okay and that was wrong and i was wrong and no one should deny themselves or others love or understanding because people don’t get it. that was an awful mistake. i always make big mistakes. it’s like i let myself learn that because that was a role, a niche’ i filled that make sense to a loud voice of strangers who would never really play a real part in my life.

never become that if you choose this path- if you go this route with your art. never listen to those loud dissatisfied bystanders who only want to see you fail because that will be entertaining for that moment. hold fast to your dreams, hold faster to your heart and never step out of the light of that love that made you whole. i did. and i know better now. and better late than never i suppose.

but i am okay now. i see a peaceful way to better days now. i am healing. and most importantly i feel loved and i have learned to treat myself with that same curiosity and lover that i have been lucky enough to feel and to learn to let guide my life. love is the great teacher and i am happy to be learning now. happy to be listening to that over this never ending painful ringing. this is the great lesson of my life. for once i want to be dignified in my study and in one place long enough to hear and understand without my pride or my lack of faith in myself leading me further away from things i need to know once and for all.

this is the real work now. the rest is something else entirely.

quitting smoking was a good step and i am happy i also am just now beginning to understand how important it is i take better care of myself in every way right now. hell i am even beginning to sleep a little and i can feel the things good and bad that i did not have time to feel when i was running towards a new oblivion of work, hoping somehow someday what i did would be accepted and maybe that would make me feel loved. how foolish.

that is not love. love is being accepted for who you are. love is taking care of yourself and caring for others and dreaming out loud when it matters. not chasing rainbows. not hoping for some eventual collective sigh of approval which will never come. how did i ever think in those terms? i always knew better. thank goodness i know now how to be honest with myself.

anyway, enjoy these shows ( i will enjoy them immensely and i will miss them just as much) and know that i am not abandoning anyone, not the cardinals and not the fans, this is just something i need to do now, and that i loved playing music in the cardinals and hell, even before i was in a place to try and learn to be well, music was my life source- and cardinals was such a heavy crush and a real dream…i honor it too much to have any regrets right now, i am just proud.

maybe we will play again sometime and maybe i will work my way back into some kind of music situation but this is the time for me to step back now, to reel it in and i wish everyone peace and happiness and if music is your dream, or if just dreaming is your dream, may you find your way through the rough patch with ease and i hope you let go and it takes you all the way there-

loving kindness to all.


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Ryan Adams & Neal Casal - The Black Cab Sessions

Nice version of Sink Ships from the back of a cab that apparently only drove in a straight line because Ryan gets car sick.

From Black Cab Sessions:

It's amazing that a London cabbie had to travel all the way to Nashville, Tennessee to hear about us. But that's what happened with Jason Brown, our cabbie for this Session. A keen music fan, he went over there for an event and heard a talk from BBC2 radio DJ Bob Harris who apparently mentioned what we're up to. Jason loved the idea, and on his return looked us up and offered his services for a Session. What is more, he just so happened to be a pretty big Ryan Adams fan. Perfect. There was a slight concern at the start of the Session though: Ryan gets car sick. Ryan's manager warned us of this and asked that, as much as possible, we drive in a straight line. It's definitely one of the stranger requests that Jason's ever had, but he did his best while in the back Ryan manfully rose above the nausea to sing his heart out. Hope you enjoy it - Jason certainly did.

Download - Ryan Adams & Neil Casal - The Black Cab Sessions - Audio

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Ryan's Songwriting - By Joel Mooneyhan

I read this over at www.ryanadamsarchive.com and it really struck me. Joel Mooneyhan did a great job writing this up! Thanks for letting me post this Joel.

Check out his MySpace, he has some good original tunes on there.

MySpace for Wyeuca- www.myspace.com/wyeuca

Ryan’s Songwriting.

DRA is a masterful songwriter. Even if you don’t like his style of music, he is without doubt one of the greatest contemporary songwriters. I could say the same about many others, but since this is a DRA board, he’ll be the center. And I’m not going to do anything as cliché as comparing him to this songwriter or another, because for starters, everyone already knows those, and second, none of them are that accurate. I’ve heard him compared to people so diverse that it gets a little absurd—not that his skill isn’t that diverse, but the people to whom he compared are just as much so, and so comparisons are a bit redundant. Let’s just say he’s great, okay? Okay.

Now, as a songwriter, one of the ways I decide who I admire is when someone says something in a way that I wish I had come up with. Take, for example, lines from “Crossed-Out Name:” ‘I kiss her mouth and I know/For everything there is a word, everything but this.’ Seriously. There are so many ways to express the schmaltzy sentiment of, “No words can describe how I feel, etc.,” but he puts it so simply that it’s exquisite. It’s not over-the-top, it’s not even remarkably lyrical, but its simplicity is amazing. Or take a line from “Let It Ride:” ‘Tennessee’s a brother to my sister Carolina . . .” The first time I heard that I couldn’t believe my ears. Again, it’s not reinventing the wheel, and the same thing’s been said a million different ways, but he manages to put his finger on it in a way that is so effortless that it’s striking.

Another strength of his writing is in how evocative he can be with just a few words. “Twenty seven years of nothing but failures and promises that I couldn’t keep.” “We married young, stayed where we came from, and gave those children everything we had.” Or the entirety of songs like “Thank You Louise,” and the often discussed “Carolina Rain.” Within the economy of language and words in these verses is a story that anyone can sort of piece together in their own way. We get a sense of the narrator (and his perception of himself) in “Let It Ride,” in around a dozen words, and if the song had no other words, we’d still know who he was. We understand the breadth of life that the man has had with his wife in “In My Time of Need,” without really knowing what has happened—and in fact we probably have people in our own lives of whom that line or even the whole song could be true. And he gives us just enough dots to connect and make a story about Louise, Caroline &/or Rose, and any number of characters that exist in the world that he crafts, whether it’s a large, devouring city, or a small town that’s barely as wide as the police station is tall. Whichever the case, it doesn’t take DRA many words to give us a picture worth a thousand of them, and a story that is ever-changing in the imagination of the listener.

For me, one of the more endearing aspects of the way DRA writes is how conversational or colloquial he can be. Certainly, his songs have a lyrical quality to them, with good images and word play and all of those things you learn about in high school that make for good writing. But what stands out the most is the deftness with which DRA throws in phrases and words that are (or at least could be) part of someone’s everyday conversation. Take lines from “English Girls,” “Halloween,” or “Suspicion”—and not really the whole songs, but just flourishes that almost come off as after-thoughts. “You said you didn’t love me, it was right on time, I was just about to tell you, but okay, alright.” It doesn’t even sound like a song lyric, it sounds like one side of an amusing conversation, or a guy recalling a memory to a lover after the fact, with a sense of humor about things, and with his tongue placed firmly in his cheek. “Suspicion,” is, as I stated in a previous thread, so understated that you almost forget about it. But it’s elegant in the way that it sounds like two people sharing both the pain they caused each other and the pain that they’ve felt from others, and the way that DRA urges the person to move on and “Get used to it, kid.” It’s a conversation being had. My favorite part in “Halloween” is at the end of two lines in the last verse where he ends each phrase dismissively: “Well, okay. . . .Whatever.” It’s hard to use a phrase popularized by a movie popularized by Alecia Silverstone in the late 90’s in a song and not have it sound completely stupid. But he does it, and it’s artful, and it even makes me laugh.

What makes a great songwriter great and makes their songs feel timeless and appealing to a lot of people is how accessible the things they write are. Take a song like, “Crazy,” by Willie Nelson (I know Patsy Cline made it famous, but Nelson wrote it), or “Gulf Coast Highway,” by Nancy Griffith. These are songs that are at once specific enough to tell a story, but vague enough to remind each of us about someone different. The lover in “Crazy” isn’t going on and on about the details of the failed relationship (like so many Dashboard Confessional songs) or pouring out syrupy confessions of unrequited love (like “Every Rose Has a Thorn” or “The Reason is You”). “Crazy” is about the elemental part of romance and heartbreak, that anyone can understand, not just the self-indulgent few of us who’ve made a million dollars, wasted it on blow, and been dumped by exotic dancers from payphones while we were on tour. “Gulf Coast Highway” is about two people, for sure, but they are archetypes, not stereotypes. We provide their faces and their names, and we provide most of the story ourselves. That’s why I, a 26 year old guy from the South, can love the songs as much as a 59 year old woman from California.

And this is why DRA is such an effective songwriter. He certainly writes his share of intensely personal songs, but they never cross the border into self-indulgent, heart-on-his-sleeve self-pity. His most personal songs feel like the shy confessions of someone who’d just assume you leave him alone, but is relieved to get it off his chest. But by and large, his songs feel more like Everyman. You don’t have to be a lonely high school kid who’s just had his first taste of heartbreak and thinks that the world is going to end (Screaming Infidelities). You don’t have to be a 20-something woman angry at a bad boyfriend (Goodbye Earl). You certainly can be, of course, but a good songwriter doesn’t demand that you be his or her clone to understand where they are coming from, whereas some songwriters are so insistent on you being like them that if you’re not, you’re almost shut out completely (and better for it, really).

And DRA doesn’t demand that of his audience. He just opens the window so you can hear his ramblings if you happen to be passing by. His personal experiences feel like something anyone could have seen or heard or felt. His towns and people, even when they are named, are just cardboard facades that hide the towns we all grew up in and the faces of people we all grew up with.
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