A visitor from the East came for the past few days, which gave me an excuse to be a bit of a tourist in Seattle. Along with the Seattle Aquarium, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, we saw Ryan Adams in concert at Benaroya Hall ("Soccer Sticker!"), ate at Benihana's (the novelty has worn … Continue reading A Weekend in Seattle
Today, Ryan Adams releases his first true album in nearly two years, and his first without the Cardinals in far too long. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed a good portion of his work with his backing band, but I long for the solo years of Heartbreaker. We'll likely never get an album as solidly … Continue reading Ashes and Fire
With about a month before the release of Ryan Adams’ first new album since the unimpressive Cardinals team up, “Cardinology,” I think it’s well worth looking back at the album that truly initiated Ryan’s solo career almost exactly ten years ago, “Gold.” While his technical first (and still best) solo album was “Heartbreaker,” “Gold” often … Continue reading 10 Years On: Revisiting Gold
As a teenager, it was simple to say I didn't listen to country music. It was a definitive statement, easy to defend. I liked rock and punk and even some pop. Country music need not apply. But it's harder to dismiss the genre whole hog these days.
My Nashville Tattoo: This makes my 11th tattoo since I began getting them in college, and represents my tattoo for my 6th city (I've gotten at least 1 in every city I've lived in since I started this project). The whole collection can be seen here (sans the new one, of course). All of my … Continue reading Let It Ride
I'm bad with names. I'm also bad with faces. And places. Chances are, if I haven't seen you in the last 15 minutes, I'm not going to remember you. 5 if I've been drinking. This puts me at a considerable disadvantage when I'm in a bar, because there's always bound to be That Guy, Who … Continue reading BARchetypes: That guy who remembers me
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for Best Of lists and Top 10 anything. I'll read through a Best Opera of the Year list if I see it. I eat it all up. So when my favorite sites/magazines/bloggers put out their annual Best of the Year lists, I read them religiously, listen and watch … Continue reading Year End Lists
Some stories are funny when they happen. Some stories require distance before the underlying humor can be obvious. And then there are stories that are too dark to ever really be funny. I'm not sure if this next story falls into the second or the third category, but I'm going to tell it here and … Continue reading The Worst Date