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RYAN Adams & the Cardinals – Elizabethtown Sessions [2005]

By request:

1. Cemetery Hill
2. The Sewers At The Bottom Of The Wishing Well
3. Clementine (possibly Madeline?)
4. Everybody Knows
5. When The Wild Wind Blows (or Wild Wind)
6. Dreams Of A Working Class Clown (or Dreams Of The Working Class)
7. Words
8. Lions Of Broadway
9. Who Were We?
10. Willows
11. Lighthouses
12. Saturday Night
13. Everything Dies
14. Two
15. Maps
16. Don’t Get Sentimental On Me
17. Elizabeth Town
18. Elizabeth

Tom Schick, producer of Cardinology, produced these sessions.

Download “The Elizabethtown Sessions”

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February 9, 2009 Posted by | alt country, alternative, americana, cameron Crowe, cardinals, elizabethtown, free, ghost of electricity, rock, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, unreleased | 1 Comment

Ryan Adams – Extra Cheese [Ghost Of Electricity Alternate Mix]

Today be a Ryan Adams day. To truly make it a Ryan Adams day, I am going to recreate, to the best of my ability, Ryan’s upcoming Extra Cheese EP (using key alternate takes and choice live tracks).

K here goes….

Extra Cheese – Ghost of Electricity Alternate Mix

1. Two – Live in Boston, MA 9/7/2008

2. Blossom – Live in Morgantown, WV 5/17/2007

3. Answering Bell – Live in Jamaica 08/2002

4. Evergreen – Live in Southampton, England 11/22/2008

5. My Love For You Is Real – from the Cowboy Technical Sessions

6. Desire – from the unreleased album 48 Hours

7. Hey There, Mrs. Lovely – Live at the Tressel Tavern, Seattle 9/9/2000

Zip file [17 mb]

No one’s really sure what the EP will truly bring, just yet, but my hopes are for some alternate takes, unheard sessions and key live tracks…sorta what I culled here. It’s not much, and the Lost Highway camp isn’t rolling out the red carpet or anything, but any little bit of new music would be truly welcomed…. and at $3.99, that might just be worth it.

later, TDTD


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February 5, 2009 Posted by | alt country, alternative, americana, cardinals, ghost of electricity, indie, live, music, ryan adams, toodrunktodream | 2 Comments

Ryan Adams and 48 Hours Revisited

In 2001, Ryan Adams made one of the best albums of his career, and never released it. It’s pretty safe to say that its one of my favorite albums that has never seen the light of day. A Youtube-er asked me if I could locate the album for him, and I gladly obliged… so there’s no sense in not sharing with everyone, right?

And the other reason for re-posting, Marty is on his way back to New England, right now, interviewing for a job and hoping to move back east. I’ll be seeing him tomorrow, sharing stories and comparing notes over a tallboy, and some good food at Angelo’s Civita Farnese.

Download the “48 Hours” album at :


Ryan Adams – 48 Hours – Walls
Ryan Adams – 48 Hours – Like The Twilight (Drunk and Fucked Up)


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….

Excerpt taken from: The full, original post from early 2008

Further Reading:


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February 4, 2009 Posted by | 48 hours, alt country, alternative, americana, cardinals, Ethan Johns, ghost of electricity, rhode island, ryan adams, toodrunktodream, video, walls | 3 Comments

Dylan versus Springsteen: A Musical Heavyweight Superbowl showdown

Last night’s Super Bowl EX-ELL-Eye-Eye-Eye has proved once again that the biggest NFL game of the year can ACTUALLY CONTAIN a really good football game.

The Arizona Cardinals came so damn close, but Pittsburgh would prevail, with Santonio Holmes making one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history, in the closing minute of the game.

But in terms of us, and our legions of musically obsessive Moggers, Bloggers, and readers…. which musical moment blew you away the most??

Was it Bob Dylan and updating “Forever Young” for Pepsi?

Or was it halftime performer Bruce Springsteen face-f&%king the entire universe?

I personally think it’s a tie.

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February 2, 2009 Posted by | bob dylan, bruce, cardinals, commercials, ghost of electricity, halftime, music, pepsi, springsteen, steelers, super bowl xliii, toodrunktodream, | Leave a comment

My Review: Ryan Adams and The Cardinals – CARDINOLOGY

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – CARDINOLOGY [2008]


[Thanks Blogspot for erasing my 1st post assholes]

Ryan wears his heart on his sleeve. No doubt. He tried so hard to get his new album stamped with the name ‘Cardinals’, just Cardinals…No Ryan Adams, no Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, just Cardinals. When he eventually lost that battle with his record company, Lost Highway, he found the need to apologize to his band, and to remind his listeners that his band is one solid entity, one solid creative force. And after a couple of years playing together, it appears that CARDINOLOGY aims to prove the case. The band is still Ryan’s, and that’s thankfully still evident. He’s always going to be the spark plug of the engine, perhaps quite literally.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cardinology in Stores NOW!

With his continued sobriety comes greater focus. I’m not gonna talk about Ryan’s ability to write and record 3 albums in a year. It’s clear that he can write that much above average material in that amount of time, regardless of mental or physical health. It’s possibly in the execution of this material where some of wheels have come off in the past. With Ryan figuring himself out, and dealing face to face with issues that, a few short years ago he would have confronted with a barrage of alcohol and pills, the music has finally met the lyrics. And with the partnership that Ryan has fostered with his bandmates, the music that is being produced is intelligently written, beautifully sung, even-keeled, and definitely holds far fewer surprises than with Ryan’s output in the past. Neal Casal, Jon Graboff, Brad Pemberton, and Chris Feinstein are all at the wheel, providing Adams with a new sense of direction.

At first listen, CARDINOLOGY doesn’t grab me. Sure a couple songs did. ‘Fix It’ and ‘Magick’ are easily singled out after a listen or two. What I found after subsequent listens is that this album slowly unveils itself to be a subtle, well-crafted Cardinals record. Now, on listen number ten, I’m convinced that this is an album to really like. talk to me in a month and I may be nominating it for a place high on my best-of 2008 . But you knew that already…I’m a fan, I admit it. but take that for what it’s worth. I was ready to NOT like this album…I was sold on CARDINOLOGY. It earned it.

Born Into A Light

echoes of Cold Roses, but a distant echo. A fitting opener and it sets a great tone.

For everyone alone I wish you faith and hope
And all the strength to cope
To be your own best friend have confidence and keep the faith
Be patient oh the past is just a memory and heal
Heal,you evangel,heal inside eventually

Go Easy

A sleeper that grabbed a hold of me after a couple of listens

If only to say this to you now
I love you still,
And I always will
If only to say this to myself
I will always love you,
I will always love you
So go easy on yourself

Fix It

The single. When I hear it played in Boston, it was an immediate yes. I love it. I hear it at night and wake up humming it in the morning.

I know it’s not a game
But it feels like losing
when someone you love throws you away


Hold on. Strap in. Hit the gas pedal. This tune is such a guilty pleasure. I want to dislike it, but there’s no way. It’s so fun. Every time I hear it, it gets better. I start off the song with a sinister smile on my face. Then Neal Casal comes in around 1:10 singing back-up on ‘zombies runnin’ all around’, and that smile grows to diabolical. Then they start singing about superpowers, and giving radios to evil clowns and making them disappear. And that’s when my head explodes. Love it. Guiltily.


A favorite for sure. Simple. Sparse, Atmospheric, and layered to hell.

I always pause if I can on 5th avenue
Look uptown with my head in the stars
Somewhere the buildings give way to sunlight
Give way to east and west Central Park

If I fall will you catch me?
If I’m sorry, sorry enough?
If I fall will you pity me?
Will you confuse my love for the cobwebs?

Let Us Down Easy

One of the highlights. Channeling Dylan at his lyrical and musical best. And Casal’s guitar playing on the last half of the song is perfect.

In patches of pink clouds, thick smoke
Comes rising off them hillside slopes
Down here in this neighborhood
It’s the dumps
With cars iced up
perfect for writing on if
you’re wearing gloves

Every season I spend alone
Feels like a thousand to my heart and to my soul
So let me down if you must, but let us down
Easy Lord oh, let us down easy Lord, oooo let us down.

Instead of praying I tell god these jokes
he must be tired of himself so much
he must be more than dissapointed
christmas comes we eat alone
a pretty girl surrounds some pretty thought
who takes your order she yells it and
she cries alone in the backroom once
it stops then she smiles
So let her down if you must
But let us down easy, lord

Crossed Out Name
this song is one that completely unfolded for me

Natural Ghost
another unfolded song.

And you, you make me feel like I’m here when I’m not
And it, it makes me feel like I’m not here
You, you make me feel like I’m not here
But I am, I am
More than you think I am

Sink Ships

silly lyrics and serious music. It makes for a really good song.

Evergreen and
Like Yesterday

nothing bad to say. I just want to get to:


My other highlight. Wow depressing! What is this, Love is Hell?

Stop is a confessional song about drug use and self help and is a testament of someone overcoming their demons. This fucking song gives me chills. 100 percent on board the Ryan train on this one. I feel like I’m inside his brain, and he’s inside mine, fighting those urges that scar soooo deep.

I know a sickness ancient and cross
No crucifix could ever fix enough
But in the basement of a church, these people they talk
There is a line that must be walked

If you want to make it stop
Then stop

I know a place where the future is denied
I know a hand that twitches inside
For some of us the glass is filled with lights
But if the honey makes you sick, honey there is the line
That must be walked

If you want to make it stop
Then stop

Call in the backup and the backup comes
But nobody can help you if you wont
Inside your chest your heart is just hurt
Behind your eyes a need replaced a want

I know a sickness so ancient and cross
No crucifix can ever fix enough
I know a past where the future is lost
I know a line that must be walked
There is a darkness and there is a light
And there is a choice
For a balance to be made every night
A weakness must be found

If you want it to stop

November 1, 2008 Posted by | alt country, cardinals, cardinology, lost highway, ryan adams, ryan adams and the cardinals | 1 Comment

Ryan Adams – Cardinology comes out tomorrow…go buy it.

Rolling Stone : 4/5

Ryan Adams’ drug problems and public tantrums have often overshadowed his music. But Cardinology may put an end to that. His first release in a year — notable for a guy who put out three (albeit spotty) full-lengths in 2005 — it’s the record he has spent the past few years promising but never quite delivering. Drunk on melody, high on musical history, but all his own, the record throbs with great playing and singing, and thrums with hope without pimping easy platitudes. It’s one of the best things he’s ever done.

Stereogum: Premature Evaluation:

Even though “Magick” tells us to turn the radio up (and “Go Easy” has a stronger Adams’ bellow in its power ballad moments) on the whole it’s a quieter affair. Actually, maybe that’s just because the best songs are the hushed ones — even when they have some uplift like “Cobwebs” — and they end up sticking in the mind. Cardinology also closes with its most spare moment, “Stop,” five minutes of Closing Time piano plus strings and Ryan’s voice in a fragile, higher register. It’s a kind of lament filled with religious imagery and moving to worries about the future, a visit to an ad hoc psychiatrist (i.e. the singer/songwriter and Cardinologist Ryan Adams), and a repeated whisper to “stop” (the last word on the record).

Let Us Down Easy


Cardinology Preorder at ITunes Store

October 27, 2008 Posted by | cardinals, cardinology, jameson, let us down easy, lost highway, rock, ryan adams, ryan adams and the cardinals, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment