Ryan Adams Returns to Blogging

What can I say, the man just cannot help himself. Kinda like how peanut butter goes with jelly, Ryan Adams and insane internet postings kinda go hand in hand. The onetime prolific marijuana-fueled message board poster cum mp3 recording artist cum infamously broken-hearted video blogger has now unleashed yet another new project in the form of a Tumblr blog which you can find at DRAdamsFilms.com–a domain name that was purchased on March 11, 2008 by a representative from Ryan’s management company.

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Post so far have given props to buddy Jesse Malin and Jonny T on “The Bowery Electric” (whicH I’m presuming is some kinda of music venue or studio (?) on Bowery and 2nd/3rd–complete with a crazy song. He’s also name dropped Albert Einstein and Anne Frank. Funnily enough, even though he’s clearly a crazy person, I still kinda sorta find him all sorts of attractive/appealing.

Thanks to SS for the tip. More info on LA Times’ Music Blog and Gawker.

UPDATE: ARUGH! It appears as though Ryan has gotten blog-shy and deleted all the entries to his Tumblr account. So no more potential blog flirting and intriguing insights into the wonderful world of David Ryan Adams’ brain. Too sad. I’m sure it won’t be long until he surfaces again in some other form. He’s to emotive to resist.

R.I.P. HORION74: Ryan Adams Says So Long to YouTube

As those AT&T Blackberry Valentine’s Day commercials featuring Ryan Adams keep telling me, “it’s only gonna make you love me more.” Perhaps that’s the message budding auteur D.R. Adams was trying to tell us by deleting his YouTube account.

Gone are the genius videos of RyRy stomping around to metal music in sky-high hooker boots. Gone are his videos lamenting his break-up with Jessica Joffe. (Jack White could have told him a thing or two about the trouble with lovin’ red-haired women.) And gone are his most recent additions, devoted to the love of Rodarte and Fashion Week.

Now all we have left are the memories, and these photos of Ryan KILLING UP A FASHION STORM during NYC Fashion Week:

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More deliciously dandy fashions follow…
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Ryan Adams Wants His Fashion, Damnit!

Ryan just posted a new video 4 hours ago telling the tale of being “cock-blocked by a ghost”–aka, removed from a Fashion Week show guest list by an unnamed person from his past. In the video he sings a song threatening the person who caused his anguish tonight by basically vowing to get them blocked out of as many parties as he can and repeating over and over, “New York City ain’t yours, baby.”

Hmmmm…. what’s your best guess about who was the soul responsible for banning Ryan from carousing with models?
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Ryan Adams Laments a Breakup with Jessica Joffe In a Series of YouTube Videos

What do the aforementioned Ryan Adams‘ helmed HORION74 videos “Sad Days” and the newly uploaded “Jessica”, “Gloria”, and “Why Heartache Wins” have in common? Well, they all feature (or feature allusions to) (ex?)-girlfriend Jessica Joffe.

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On the bright side, Ryan is probably now single… on the down side, he’s probably not ready to mingle. I guess he can’t bounce back as quickly as Elyse Sewell.

Oh Ryan, sometimes you are just too emo for your own good. Sorry to see you hurting.

The descriptions of the videos are all pretty bleak:

“Jessica” (which features the line, “Jessica, I ain’t no good” and images of “Sorry” and other similarly downcast imagery):

if shit is gonna be out there in no matter how small a dose, i thought i would rust off this tune.
better days now mean reflecting on better days. eh

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David Ryan Adams as HORION74: Movie Making Genius?

Ah, it feels so so good to be writing about the one, the only, David Ryan Adams once again. There has been a significant lull in Ryan news since the last time I saw him on Halloween 2007 at Hammerstein Ballroom, but it appears as though Ry Ry has been hard at work fine-tuning his directorial skills, as displayed in a 18 YouTube video series posted under the username “HORION74” and credited to “DR Adams.”

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Photo snatched off of Andy Willsher’s site.

The videos definitely have a low-budget feel–with bad dubbing and hilariously cheesy sound effects…not to mention 80s neon graphic titles and undulating geometric drawings. The series is amazing and humorous. A boggling look into the mind of that mad musician (now musician/director), Mr. Ryan Adams. It’s heartwarming in that cringe-worthy sort of way–like watching old tapes of yourself filmed at all the bar/bat mitzvahs you went to in the early 90s.

The amazing videos… after the jump.
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Ryan Adams Brings His Halloweeenhead

Last night I went to Ryan Adams’ show at Hammerstein Ballroom for Halloween. (I was dressed as… the ubiquitous Amy Winehouse, which I planned a few weeks ago. Although I gotta say, this guy’s project to photograph tons of people wearing an Amy Winehouse cardboard head cut-out is pretty hysterical.)

The show started at 8pm on the DOT and lasted until a few minutes after 11pm, curfew be damned. They played two sets with an intermission. The band and Ry didn’t dress up, but Ryan made three outfit/(costume?) changes–sweater and jeans, t-shirt and jeans, and er… another sweater and jeans. A jack-o’-lantern rested on the piano. When Ryan sat down at the piano, if you had the angle *just right*, he became a true “Halloweenhead”, with the pumpkin replacing his face on his body.

He sang mainly songs from Easy Tiger, but threw in the occasional oldie like “Dear John” and “Stars Go Blue.”

Ryan was sober–swigging Pellegrino through the course of the set. Did his steadfast sobriety influence the staging of the bar areas at the back of the house, which were blocked from sight in the ballroom area after being shrouded with black curtains? Who knows.

Girlfriend Jessica Joffe was there supporting her man, lookin’ like she stepped out of a J.Crew catalog with skinny jeans tucked into classic zip-up riding boots, and a cropped blazer, her red hair pulled back into a sloppy ponytail.

Overall the night was pretty tame. No crazy outburst from Ryan or the crowd. “Halloweenhead” was performed in a slowed down piano version, with the crowd members singing along as best as they could. Some fans were disappointed with the mellow set, others felt differently. I appreciated the lack of jerks yelling and crazy people dancing in the aisle, especially b/c I was having a hunger attack since I didn’t get a chance to eat before the early show start.

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Full set list from Alt-Country.org:
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Ryan Adams to Release New EP

From the official mailing list:

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals’ New EP Out This Week!

October 23rd marks the release of a new EP from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals. Entitled “Follow The Lights,” the EP will feature both new and old compositions, several of which were recorded live in the studio this summer. The two new songs on the disc, “Follow The Lights” and “My Love For You Is Real” will both be featured prominently in this fall’s season of the ABC primetime drama “October Road” (airing 10pm on Mondays). The complete tracklist is as follows:

1. Follow The Lights (new song)
2. My Love For You Is Real (new song)
3. Blue Hotel (first official release, recorded live in studio)
4. Dear John (live in studio)
5. This Is It (Cardinals version, live in studio)
6. Down In A Hole (Alice In Chains cover, live in studio)
7. If I Am A Stranger (live in studio)

The European version of the EP is entitled Everybody Knows and has the same tracklist with the addition of “Everybody Knows” from Easy Tiger as the lead track.

In related news, Ry Ry’s girl, Jessica Joffe is gracing the cover of the J. Crew catalog.

Ryan Adams, Beck, and Razorlight Cover Book Jackets

Long-time reader Beat Royalty sent over these rad links to custom book covers that musicians have done of some of the world’s most famous pieces of literature. It’s all part of a campaign to promote the “My Penguin” book series in which you can design your very own book cover to the book of your choice.

Says Ryan Adams about his version of Bram Stroker’s Dracula, “[It represents] how suffocating the Victorian times were. The bonus is, you get vampires! I can’t reveal my secrets but I can reveal no garlic was harmed in the making of this cover.”

Check out his cover version:

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covered The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier:

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And Kirsten Dunst’s boyfriend, Johnny Borrell from Razorlight, “designed” a cover for The Great Gatsby:

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