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Invisible Riverside

It’s been quite a tough week really. On Thursday I was supposed to go to see Ryan Adams at the Union Chapel in Angel which would quite literally been my dream concert; sat right at the front of my favourite venue to see Ryan would have been wonderful. Unfortunately the website selling my ticket let me down and the ticket never came leaving me incredibly disappointed. On reflection though this was perhaps a blessing in disguise as it meant I could get a little more work done.

I have to spend all Sunday at work so we are taking it easy today. I picked up a parcel from the post office this morning which turned out to be my Ashes & Fire Limited Vinyl set. So although I didn’t get to see Ryan this week as planned, I have been lying on the floor listening to his latest album all afternoon. And yes, those ARE official Ryan Adams 3D glasses… : )

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Ryan Adams – Barbican (Monday)

I think it’s incredible that despite being quite a long-time listener of Ryan Adams, at an acoustic set, old songs can suddenly seem new again. Some were played differently but other songs I simply hadn’t listened to in ages. He’s probably released around 14 albums in 10 years and there is a wealth of unreleased material too, so that’s a lot of songs.

As he flipped through his songbook on-stage, there were a few nice surprises last night, a couple of tracks I never would have dreamed to hear and it was totally different to Sunday, he seemed a little more at ease with things and there was less guitar-tuning.

Many people think I am crazy to see him once, let alone twice in a row, but the chances to see him are few and far between so I am really happy we saw him both nights. People were again pretty respectful of the no-pictures rules through the show, I have just this one picture as he settled on-stage for the encore.

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Ryan Adams – Barbican (Sunday)

I had been waiting a while since the last time I saw him, but Sunday finally came and we went to see Ryan Adams play the first night of his two ‘Acoustic Nightmare’ sets in London.

The fact that this was a no-phones / no-taping / no photography gig really did make a difference; no bright screens to distract from the music. There was a very short burst of photographs as he left at the end of the show, and I took advantage of that, but to sit in darkness for 2.5 hours listening to him play acoustically alone was heaven. Despite a few guitar-tuning issues, the sound in the Barbican was amazing, it shocks me every time to hear just how good his voice sounds and how skilled a guitar player he is.

The acoustic black-metal / spanish-guitar improvised song made us laugh, as did his stories of norway. The two new songs he played were brilliant and I can hardly wait to hear the new album.

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Ryan Adams III/IV Limited Vinyl

We slept in a little this morning and missed the postman. I went to pick up the parcel later, completely expecting it to be one thing but ended up picking up another. I ordered Ryan Adams’ limited edition vinyl release of III/IV November last year and had completely given up on ever receiving it but now here it is. It sounds and looks amazing, I am so happy.

And it is double-special because tomorrow we will be seeing his acoustic set at the Barbican, supported by Jesse Malin. To see these two friends play together again is like a dream come true. I am so excited and even a little nervous for tomorrow night, expect another post about Ryan soon but I guess photos will be difficult since it’s an all-seated concert.

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Los Angeles Sessions

Terrifically excited to report that I understand Ryan Adams is back in the studio recording new material. Not only does it seem he has decided to pick up the guitar again after ‘quitting music’ early 2009, he also seems to have got the extreme-heavy-metal out of his system too (thankfully). Just seeing these, the latest pictures from his ongoing LA Sessions, makes me so happy and I literally cannot wait to hear these new acoustic tracks… Who knows when these will surface?

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(All photos by David Black via Facebook)

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Oblivion

It would seem to be thecalm before the storm outside, we were woken by thunder and lightening this morning but its sunny now. The TV says the gales will come soon… We are off to Borough Market shortly but not before I have listened to my new Ryan Adams EP a few more times; released on limited edition Pink vinyl, Ryans 2 latest tracks Oblivion and People Need Sunshine seem quite suited to this morning…

On rotation now… Eggs for breakfast…

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ryan adams @ brixton

Most that know me know I am really into Ryan Adams in such a big way, and I know it isn’t interesting to hear people’s over enthusiastic talk of favourite musicians really so this will be short. Thursday night was, I think, the fifth time I have seen Ryan and each gig has been totally different as he has been through depression and various drug and / or alcohol related periods in his life. This time around Ryan has been sober and clean for ages, his band are amazingly good at keeping up with Ryan’s brilliant unpredictable jams and musical explorations on stage and the gig was amazing.

On stage for 2.5 hours, he played tracks off most of the 10 albums he has released in the last 8 years. I was so lucky, I was on the barriers at the front, super nerdy fan, and had a great great time. Here are some pictures….

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