…until the new Ryan Adams CD, EASY TIGER, is in my hot little hands.
I have mentioned before that Ryan Adams is my favourite artist, so anything new from him is always a big thrill. As several tracks from the new CD are on Ryan’s My Space page, I have listened to a portion of it already and that has sharpened my interest in hearing the complete album, on the stereo system at home in all its glory. I find mp3s to be somewhat limited in sound quality, especially as the home stereo is a very good one. It reproduces CD quality sound with all its nuances, so anything less than perfect is very noticeable to me.
For once, there appears to be more promotion for this new CD than any of Ryan Adams other records. There is a very interesting interview with the man in the New York Times (may require registration). Reading this interview, I am astounded that Adams is still alive, as his drug habits strike me as being unbelievably destructive to mind and body. How he maintained his extraordinary productivity is beyond me.
Reviews of Easy Tiger have been universally glowing, and judging by the tracks I’ve already heard I’m certain to love it.
Jeff VanderMeer has a new blog called Ecstatic Days and very pretty it is too. I’ve been reading Jeff’s old blog since its inception. It’s always interesting as well as being fun. The new blog incorporates all his various web sites as well, putting them within easy reach.