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  • Heartbreaker Heartbreaker Quick View

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    Heartbreaker

    With a touch of Robyn Hitchcock in his vocal timbre, a smidgen of Steve Earle in his narratives and instrumental writing, and a heap of Gram Parsons in the fullness of his overall sound and structure, Ryan Adams steps well above Whiskeytown with Heartbreaker, his solo debut. By turns raucous, wistful, raspy, and simply sweet, Adams makes the most of a top-shelf acoustic band, including Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and even a guest spot from Emmylou Harris on the tenderly yearning Oh My Sweet Caroline. There's little dependence on the usual alt-country twang and a far more rounded sense of textures here (the multiple vocal tracks on Amy, for example, sound Beatles-esque), with glockenspiel, organ, and more signaling a sonic field of extensive depth. His spare guitar and stretched-thin vocal delivery alternate smartly with a bigger-shouldered guitar and throaty voice, never leaving behind a band conception straight out of Parsons's oeuvre. Adams signals occupancy of the post-alt-country vanguard--if there is such a thing. --Andy Bartlett
    1. (Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)
    2. To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
    3. My Winding Wheel
    4. Amy
    5. Oh My Sweet Caroline
    6. Bartering Lines
    7. Call Me On Your Way Back Home
    8. Damn, Sam (I love a Woman That Rains)
    9. Come Pick Me Up
    10. To Be The One
    11. Why Do They Leave?
    12. Shakedown on 9th Street
    13. Don't Ask for the Water
    14. In My Time of Need
    15. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/ 1st)
    Ryan Adams
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    Strangers Almanac

    Whiskeytown, a highly acclaimed founding band of the alt-country/No Depression scene, launched the solo career of four-time Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter-guitarist Ryan Adams as well as that of fiddler-singer-songwriter Caitlin Cary. Now the groups 1997 major label debut album, an overlooked gem from a band considered one of the genres most promising, is being released for the first time ever on vinyl.


    1997's Strangers Almanac was Whiskeytown's major-label debut and the album that first introduced Ryan Adams to a wide audience, but at the same time it marked the beginning of the end for the group. When Whiskeytown went into the studio to record Strangers Almanac, the band had undergone the first of what would become a long line of personnel shakeups, and in addition to Ryan Adams, the only proper members of the group on hand for the sessions were violinist and vocalist Caitlin Cary and guitarist Phil Wandscher; session musicians filled out the lineup, while the new rhythm section, Jeff Rice (bass) and Steve Terry (drums), was hired only two weeks before recording began. Despite its chaotic creation, Strangers Almanac sounds stronger and more cohesive than its ragged but forceful indie predecessor, Faithless Street, and there's a deeper resonance in Ryan Adams' tales of wasted nights and wasted lives, such as Inn Town, Losering, and Dancing with the Women at the Bar. Strangers Almanac doesn't rock as hard as Whiskeytown's earlier material, but when the guitars kick into high gear on Yesterday's News and Waiting to Derail, it reveals just how good a match Ryan Adams and Wandscher were, and Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight and 16 Days are as strong and moving as their country gestures got. Strangers Almanac captures Whiskeytown when they still had some business calling themselves a band rather than just Ryan Adams' backing musicians, and the glorious world-weariness of its best moments makes it a far more satisfying listen than most of what would follow once Ryan Adams struck out on his own.

    1. Inn Town
    2. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
    3. Yesterdays News
    4. 16 Days
    5. Everything I Do
    6. Houses on the Hill
    7. Turn Around
    8. Dancing with the Women at the Bar
    9. Waiting to Derail
    10. Avenues
    11. Losering
    12. Somebody Remembers the Rose
    13. Not Home Anymore


    Live in the Studio Radio Performances September 1997 Houses on the Hill*
    14. Nurse with the Pills*
    15. I Dont Care What You Think About Me*
    16. Somebody Remembers the Rose*
    17. Turn Around*


    *previously unreleased
    Whiskeytown
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  • Too Far To Care Too Far To Care Quick View

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    Too Far To Care

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    Includes Insert


    The Old 97's are an alternative country/rock band from Dallas, Texas formed in 1993.


    They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 90s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets.


    Too Far To Care is the third studio album by the band, originally released in 1997. The album's title comes from the song Streets of Where I'm From.


    Lyrically the band's constant touring is evident in songs like Barrier Reef (with references to Chicago), Broadway (in New York City), and Niteclub (inspired, according to the band, by clubs in Cleveland, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan).


    Four Leaf Clover was originally recorded on Hitchhike To Rhome, the first Old 97's album. Rhett (vocals/guitar) was searching for a duet to record with friend Exene Cervenka and had started work on an old-fashioned duet that I thought we might sing, but Exene proclaimed it 'too pretty'. That song later became Fireflies. Instead, Exene sang on Four Leaf Clover, replacing the lyric nothing to impress you with nothing to attract you which Rhett found much sexier.

    1. Timebomb
    2. Barrier Reef
    3. Broadway

    4. Salome

    5. W. Tx Teardrops

    6. Melt Show

    7. Streets Of Where I'm From

    8. Big Brown Eyes

    9. Just Like California

    10. Curtain Calls

    11. Niteclub

    12. House That Used To Be
    13. Four Leaf Clover
    Old 97's
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  • Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants Quick View

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    Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants

    Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a new project from Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United. Steeped in his love for classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Rolling Stones, The Replacements), this new album is packed with soulful pedal steeland twang guitar-accented songs. The album highlights his talent and versatility not only as a skillful guitarist, but also as a songwriter. These infectious Americana-laced rock songs are some of the best hes penned, from the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars of Get Along to the pedal steel- and mandolin-lined heartache of Bandaged, and from the spry, Old 97s-ian Baby, Let It Out to the rueful country swing of Death March.


    Shiflett wrote the songs on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008-09, inspiration first striking when a friend asked him to perform at Orange Countys punk-rockabilly Hootenanny festival in 2008. After re-immersing himself in his Americana and old country music collection to prepare a short set and then playing a brief acoustic tour with friend Joey Cape of Lagwagon, he began writing what eventually became the new album. Recorded at the Foo Fighters Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, this past December and January, the core band on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is Shiflett (vocals, guitar), 606 house engineer John Lousteau (drums, in addition to engineering), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). The albums additional instrumentation was performed by an array of fine musicians, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, and Audra Mae on backing vocals.

    1. Helsinki
    2. Get Along
    3. Bandaged
    4. God Damn
    5. Burning Lights (Joe Strummer cover)
    6. An Atheists Player
    7. Not Going Down Alone
    8. Baby, Let It Out
    9. Death March
    Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants
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  • 29 29 Quick View

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    29

    On his third release of a most prolific year, Ryan Adams takes a break from his band, the Cardinals, to fashion an introspective song cycle with stripped-down arrangements focused on acoustic guitar or solo piano. After the propulsive, self-mythologizing title track opens the album in brazen fashion, forging an unlikely bond of comparison between John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and the early '70s Grateful Dead, much of the rest of 29 finds Adams at his dreamiest (the reveries of Strawberry Wine and Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part) and most rapturously romantic (the aching falsetto on the lovesick Starlite Diner). He continues to take chances and not all of them pay off, with the underwatery echo of Night Birds and the over-the-top dramatics of The Sadness showing the downside of self-indulgence, though Carolina Rain suggests he can return to the alt-country prime of Whiskeytown whenever the mood strikes. With the intimacy of the closing Voices, Ryan Adams sounds less like he is singing a song than sharing a secret. Refusing to rein himself in or pin himself down, he sings on the title track, You can't hang on to something that won't stop moving.
    1. 29

    2. Strawberry Wine

    3. Nightbirds

    4. Blue Sky Blues

    5. Carolina Rain

    6. Starlite Diner

    7. The Sadness

    8. Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part
    9. Voices
    Ryan Adams
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  • White Noise Bed White Noise Bed Quick View

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    White Noise Bed

    Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Stanton McConnell, drummer Steven Plock, bassist Otto Stuparitz and Tommy Trafton on keyboards, Santah met at the University of Illinois and with their debut full-length record, White Noise Bed, they have assembled a kaleidoscopic opus whose reach extends far beyond the Midwest.


    Recorded at the late Jay Bennett's Pieholden Studios, where the band found its niche among the studio's forbearers of psychedelic Americana, White Noise Bed has a yin and yang aesthetic: sometimes sunny and sometimes stormy, but always running on audible elation. The band takes its cues from the power pop greats of the '70s such as The Raspberries and The Cars, and dresses them in a twangy haze, full of clever, lyrical nooks and crannies ala Wilco and Whiskeytown.

    1. Irish Wristwatch

    2. No Other Women
    3. Chips of Paint
    4. Cold Wave
    5. White Noise Bed
    6. Overgrown
    7. When I Couldn't Move
    8. Merry Ann
    9. Bat Suite
    10. Dragonfly Papers
    11. Neighbors and Cousins
    Santah
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  • Fine Art Of Self Destruction Fine Art Of Self Destruction Quick View

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    Fine Art Of Self Destruction

    Jesse Malin segued from a decade as frontman for NYC's D Generation, a band whose glam-metal pose was as ironic as it was misunderstood, to this reincarnation as shrewd, stripped-down Gotham singer-songwriter. Comparisons to Bruce Springsteen have already been floated, but Malin's sensibilities here are as subtly shaded and introspective as the Boss's are broad and declamatory. Midwifed by producer/ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams, Malin's affection for the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Steve Earle is obvious, but filtered through a savory, pop-conscious mÉlange of musical textures that evoke everything from Motown to Tex-Mex. Malin's lyrical sense is no less evocative, with simple lines conjuring up worlds of possibilities. It's a debut whose heartfelt country-by-way-of-Delancey-Street songs may bolster notions that irony is indeed dead in the post-9/11 world, but also one whose honesty of voice and purpose ensures the wake will be brief. -Jerry McCulley
    1. Queen of the Underworld
    2. TKO
    3. Wendy
    4. Downliner
    5. Brooklyn
    6. The Fine Art of Self Destruction
    7. Riding on the Subway
    8. High Lonesome
    9. Solitaire
    10. Almost Grown
    11. Xmas
    12. Cigarettes and Violets
    13. Brooklyn (Band Version)
    Jesse Malin
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  • Songs Of Patience Songs Of Patience Quick View

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    Songs Of Patience

    The title of Alberta Cross' new studio album, Songs of Patience is, in many ways, literal. It's been three long years since the band last released a full-length album. The highs and lows of their journey raised a grander set of ideas, infusing the 10-song set's title with additional universal meaning.


    After touring extensively on their debut, Broken Side of Time, with bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and stopping at festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, Alberta Cross headed to an old, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere near Woodstock, NY. There, they braved the freezing winter and embraced a sense of the building's haunted past to envision ideas for a new records.


    In the end, the record is the sum of three years' worth of parts, a struggle that concluded in victory. Three difference producers: Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket), Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Young the Giant) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Muse, Interpol). It opens new possibilities for the band's visceral live show, a notable facet of the group defined by their raucous, gritty onstage performances that swell the tracks into bigger, more expansive versions of themselves. Song of Patience has also, in many ways, become a decided source of inspiration for the band members, one they hope magnifies the personal battles and upsides of their fans.

    1. Magnolia
    2. Create Of Gold
    3. Lay Down
    4. Come on Maker
    5. Ophelia On My Mind
    6. Wasteland
    7. I Believe In Everything
    8. Life Without Warning
    9. Money For The Weekend
    10. Bonfires
    Alberta Cross
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  • The Damnwells The Damnwells Quick View

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    The Damnwells


    Indie rock band the Damnwells, will be releasing a new, self-titled album featuring the original four band members which is the first album since 2006 to include the original band lineup. (The original members of the Damnwells are Alex Dezen [lead vocals, guitar, piano], David Chernis [lead guitar], Ted Hudson [bass], and Steven Terry [drums/percussion].) Since 2006, Dezen continued to make Damnwells records with a cast of talented musicians to fill in the blanks. But for the forthcoming self-titled album, he and his former comrades decided to "get the band back together" for real and joined producer Salim Nourallah (Old 97s) in the studio to capture the magic. They recorded at the intimate Tree Fort Studios in Austin, TX, where they sought, as Dezen says, to "capture as much live as possible." "What this record represents is four guys, 15 years, a few defeats, and a ton of tiny victories," says Dezen. "What this record means to me is more than what you hear carved into the wax. This is about coming together. It's about brotherhood. It's about making music together. We have never been more excited to share anything with the fans." Dezen and Hudson met at Bard College in 1996 and played in a string of college bands together before they both moved to Brooklyn in 2000. There they met Terry (who was fresh off a stint playing with Ryan Adams' former band, Whiskeytown) and started jamming together. The trio began playing shows at now-defunct clubs throughout Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, sometimes with various guitar players and sometimes as a three-piece. At the end of 2000, Chernis joined them and they christened themselves the Damnwells. The band released its first EP ("PMR") in 2001, then signed to Epic Records and released "Bastards of the Beat" in 2003. The follow-up, "Air Stereo" (which was the last album featuring the original line-up), was recorded for release on Epic but was instead picked up and released by Rounder Records in 2006. "Golden Days," the single from "Air Stereo," was a top 20 Triple A charting song and was also the name of a documentary film about the band released in 2007. Over the years, the Damnwells toured relentlessly, sharing stages with The Fray, the Dixie Chicks, Old 97s, Cheap Trick, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The Damnwells release "One Last Century" (2009), featured Hudson and Dezen and was given away for free via Paste magazine's website. It was followed by the fan-funded record, "No One Listens to the Band Anymore," which came out in 2011.

    1. Money And Shiny Things
    2. Kentexas
    3. The Girl That's Not In Love With You
    4. Lost
    5. Wreck You
    6. She Goes Down
    7. Heavy Heart
    8. Kill Me
    9. This Ship Of Ours
    10. Too Old To Die Young
    11. None Of These Things
    The Damnwells
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