Ryan Adams has been quiet lately (other than marrying Mandy Moore last year). After releasing three records in 2005 he slowed down a bit with the Cardinals releasing Easy Tiger in 2007 followed by Cardinology in 2008. However, during that period Ryan was still recording stuff that never got released. These sessions were sometimes “solo” and other times with the Cardinals and it looks as though some of those unreleased records are about to see the light of day through Ryan’s website.
One is called Cardinals III/IV while the other is called Blackhole. Ryan’s been talking with fans about the records around the internetz and I’ve collected some relevant quotations regarding the records below.
According to Adams, Cardinals III/IV will consist of 20 tracks, all of which were written by him. He describes the album, which he says was the “first record I made when I got off the booze and the drugs,” as “basically a rock record but not a punk record and not a record like [2003's Rock N' Roll]… it’s rock like Cardinals rock and not at all jammy.” He continues by proclaiming that it hears The Cardinals at their peak and even goes as far to say it “sounds the best of any record we made.”
The photo above is a test pressing of Cardinals III/IV which has Breakdown Into The Resolve as the opening track. Who knows if things end up that way but you can check out a live version of that song from 2006 below. I think this is the only time this one was ever performed.
You can download the entire show that performance is taken from here.
In addition to that Cardinals record, Ryan also has a solo record ready to go. It’s called Blackhole. Describe it, Ryan.
The “Blackhole” LP (recorded over Christmas in 2005) is also back from the mastering plant. I f’n love this thing. It took 4 years to make it and to me it is basically Love is Hell Part 3… lots of shimmery guitar love on this. Exciting times!!!
It is expected that both those records will be available very shortly. Even better? In addition to opening up some of the vast DRA archives, Ryan is also working on two new records:
Tomorrow starts the first day of two weeks of recording a new solo album. The songs are based around my acoustic with some stark drums/bass/piano in there. And I’m keeping these recordings simple……THEN in two weeks I am off to NYC to record part two of the crazy NYC sessions I started last month by accident. What started as a weekend studio hang with Johnny and Tom Schick turned into some kind of Smiths/Simple Minds/Love Is Hell throw-back and just way too much fun to not finish. So two coasts, two sessions happening. The new daze are here… fingers crossed these things turn out!
What about touring, Ryan?
Might do some solo dates this winter. Might do some dates this fall with a new band. As for Cardinals I don’t know – everyone is pretty busy.
So there you go. If you’re into Ryan Adams the next few months might be pretty cool.