So, here is the link to Ryan Adams' most recent blog post wherein he says the this tour with the Cardinals will be his last. It's tough to say whether or not he is serious about his taking a step back from the music world, but in contrast to other blog posts he has written he doesn't sound defensive and, at points, absolutely sincere about his desire to move away from music. Although it comes with the caveat that he might play music again "at some point," this still sounds rather serious. However, I do feel like it should be said that starting to play music again at some point could simply mean a year or two off. Although I believe his sincerity when he says he wants to take some time to take stock of his life, I refuse to believe a man who is as prolific a songwriter as Ryan Adams is could simply put down his guitar and walk away from music.
That being said, his (potentially) last American tour begins February 20th in Connecticut and ends exactly a month later in Atlanta.
Here is the link to the blog post.
Just in case this is Ryan Adams for good, let's remember the good times, shall we?
The Shadowlands - Ryan Adams
Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
So, according to an article in some Ann Arbor newspaper, I'm not sure which one and when I update this post a little bit later I'll have a link to give you, guitarist and founding member of The Stooges, Ron Ashton, has died at his home in Michigan. According to the article the police found Ashton dead on his couch. Read the article, get the details. But what we should definitely do is remember just how badass Ron Ashton fucking was. Ashton, along with Iggy Pop and his fellow Stooges bandmates, plus bands like the MC5 and The Velvet Underground were the main groups of the garage-punk movement in the late 1960s. These were the bands that laid the groundwork from which punk rock could spring about a decade later, and Ashton and his axe were an integral part of that. And thank God he was. Without him rock history would be definitely lacking.
Ron, here's to you.
Ron, here's to you.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Whatsup kids? I hope your new year is starting off swimingly. If it isn't, well, this might cheer you up. A new Dan Deacon track! Everyone's favorite full-of-himself fat dude with a beard has a new album that is due out on March 24th, insanely creepy cover and all (go check out Pitchforks brief on the album to see the tracklist, if you want). Rumor has it the album will be darker and I personally think that he's moving toward M83 territory. Not necessarily a bad place to be, but it's definitely different from Spiderman of the Rings. Now, here's the track.
Get Older - Dan Deacon