Sunday, March 15th, 2009
Ryan Adams covers Sonic Youth
Frank YangI don’t think many would argue the fact that Ryan Adams’ skull must be a fascinating and somewhat frightening place to be – probably less an efficient expressway than a random series of backwoods laneways, dead ends and cul de sacs. His entire career has been marked with odd public behaviour, countless career left turns, bizarre online personas and an incomparable creative prolificness punctuated with with moments of brilliance. Or put more succinctly, the man is batshit but it works for him.
And apparently he’s tired of it. He announced earlier this year that he was retiring from music after the end of this current tour, which wraps this Friday in Atlanta, and will instead be turning his attention to his burgeoning career as an author and new wife Mandy Moore. It’d be foolish to assume that this shift in professions will be permanent – a man who put out three albums in a year is not someone who can just hang it up – but it looks as though we might have a little less DRA to gawk at for the next while.
This Sonic Youth cover was a regular part of he and the Cardinals’ repertoire in the mid-00s, an interesting detour in a set heavy with Grateful Dead-ish numbers. This particular recording dates to a July 2005 show in Melbourne, Australia. Sonic Youth’s next album The Eternal is due out on June 9.
MP3: Ryan Adam – “Expressway To Yr Skull”
Video: Sonic Youth – “Expressway To Yr Skull” (live @ Bonnaroo 2006)