Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Well, the rain’s gonna come, and wash away all of our sins

Since this is my directorial debut, I’d like to say a few words regarding this clip. You all know that Ryan Adams is slightly more than a hobby for me. Mangled B-sides and garbled concert clips are Mozart to these ears. One-off web clips are collectors items and treasured additions to my music collection. So when I got a hold of a number of Ryan Adams’ unreleased sessions a while back, (back when trading was done with bubble mailers and postage stamps…..none of this torrent malarkey), as you can imagine, I was amazed that the wealth of material that D.R. Adams had “tossed aside” was viable and desirable as good, quality music. 48 Hours, The Destroyer Sessions, The Suicide Handbook, The Heartbreaker Demos. My roommate, Marty and I would latch onto different albums, for the same reasons. Mainly, there were no reasons.

Marty had cemented this song for me, a few years back, on a road trip to New Haven. It was a few weeks after I had handed him a stack of new music. He popped in the newest latest greatest mix cd into the dashboard player. I think it was called “You Could’ve Looked Better”. This one song came on about 20 minutes down the highway. He said, “This is the best song ever written”.

We were going too fast and had too many things passing through our bloodstream. But being weary and being on the road, and working on what little sleep we could afford between drinking Narragansett tallboys after last call at the Decatur and a midmorning breakfast at the Classic Cafe. That day was ours, and this WAS the greatest, most perfect song ever written. It’s still pretty damn good. Glad I didn’t move to New Haven that fall. Wish I had those times back….

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Ryan Adams – 48 Hours- 02-Walls.mp3

March 11, 2008 Posted by | 48 hours, alt country, alternative, americana, bootleg, indie, jamesonian, lost highway, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, walls | Leave a comment

Jacko surfaces, makes his best album in a decade, thanks to RHYMEFEST

Chicago rapper Rhymefest teams up with producers Mark Ronson, Best Kept Secret, and a slew of guests on “Man in the Mirror”. Oh yeah, and a whole heaping pile of unauthorized Michael Jackson samples….

Excerpt from Greg Kot’s Chicago :

The Michael Jackson revival is in full swing. A 25th anniversary edition of “Thriller,” his biggest album, is scheduled for release next month, and Jermaine Jackson says there will be Jackson 5 reunion tour this year that includes his most famous brother. Bottom line is that Jackson is still an icon, despite a litany of tabloid indiscretions that would’ve crushed most careers and reputations.

But Jackson also hasn’t made much in the way of compelling new music in at least decade. And I doubt that any of the Michael-is-back projects will equal the artistic inventiveness (or the affordability) of the latest release from South Side rapper Rhymefest, who just released “Man in the Mirror (The Michael Jackson Dedication Album)” as a free download on his Web site, rhymefest.com.

The release is musical contraband; it flouts copyright law and freely dips into the Jackson back catalog for source material, including a trove of audio interviews. It rearranges this material into a fascinating virtual collaboration between two artists of different generations who have never met. Gimmicky as it sounds, sparks fly. Jackson hasn’t had such a provocative and inspired collaborator since he was working with producer Quincy Jones — back when “Thriller” reigned. [cont.]

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2008/01/michael-jackson.html#more

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Track # Title
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01 The Cipher (Rhymefest & Michael Jackson)
02 Can’t Make It (Rhymefest) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
03 “Thriller” Skit
04 Get Up (Rhymefest ft Wale)
05 Dancin’ Machine (The Jackson 5 ft Rhymefest)
06 Flip It Skit
07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
09 No Sunshine (Rhymefest) [prod. by Emile]
10 Caught Up Skit
11 Foolin’ Around (Rhymefest ft Dres) [prod. by Mark Ronson]
12 Set The Mood
13 Breakadawn (Rhymefest ft Daniel Merriweather & alpha.)
14 Windbreaker Skit
15 Higher Intro
16 Higher (Rhymefest)
17 Mark vs. Mike
18 All That I’ve Got (Rhymefest ft Ghostface Killah & Mary J. Blige)
19 Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Jackson)
20 Sunshine Skit
21 Coolie High (Camp Lo ft Rhymefest)
22 Family Reunion (ft Tito, Randy, Mike & Rhymefest)
23 Much Love Skit
24 Man In The Mirror (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)

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head over to rhymefest.com to d/l your free copy. or go here:

http://rhymefeststore.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=page&id=1&chapter=0

or here:

http://sharebee.com/7975d7b8

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Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 17 Mark vs. Mike
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror – 08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
Rhymefest – Man In The Mirror -07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
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January 17, 2008 Posted by | best kept secret, bootleg, chicago, hip hop, mark ronson, mashup, michael jackson, mixtape, pop, rap, rhymefest, rock | Leave a comment