Butch Walker made me cry. His new song was inspired by the death of his father and features a guitar solo by Bob Mould, who also lost his father in recent years. I guess that makes three of us.
Walker’s new album, Afraid of Ghosts, will be released on February 3rd. The album was produced by Ryan Adams, whose influence can be heard in the sparsely arranged, melancholy melodies. I especially connect with the title track.
Children’s author Sandra Boynton penned the 12 country and children’s songs on the new compilation, Frog Trouble, then she gathered several country and rock stars to record them. Among the singers on the album are Allison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Fountains of Wayne and Linda Eder. You can download free, legal mp3s of the tracks “Heartache Song” by Kacey Musgraves, “When Pigs Fly” by Ryan Adams and “Broken Piano” by Ben Folds at Noisetrade and buy the entire album at Amazon.
I have been spending a lot of time with Richard Swift’s The Atlantic Ocean this week. I sought him out having noticed that his production elements on recent albums from The Mynabirds and Foxygen were a huge part of their appeal. The Atlantic Ocean has a similar retro vibe. There is something comfortable about the production values in his work – this album felt like a place I could go for solace.
Several tracks stand out. “Bat Coma Motown” is a beautiful, smile-inducing song. Here’s the chorus:
I wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t right
You’re thinking it over with an easy mind
Well, if I did you wrong I apologize
But if I had the chance I might do it twice to you now
My favorite track on the album is “Ballad of Old What’s His Name,” which features the catchist hook ever, and somehow combines the guest instrumentalist talents of Ryan Adams, Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon and Pat Sansone of Wilco.
The album concludes awesomely with the Motown-inspired gem “Lady Luck.” You can download the mp3 and watch the video below.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals will release their Follow The Lights EP tomorrow, October 23rd. The seven-track EP is a nice companion piece for the Easy Tiger album, with Adams’ signature mellow rock sound.
Follow The Lights features two new songs – the pretty title track and “My Love For You Is Real” – as well as several live in studio performances. The stand out track is the Alice In Chains cover “Down In A Hole”, in which Adams really lets his voice go. I’m still waiting for him to record a rap/soul/heavy metal covers album.