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Ryan Adams – Prisoner

I’m not going to write a lengthy review of Ryan Adams’ fantastic new album Prisoner, I’m just going to share some quick thoughts.

  1. Ryan Adams isn’t quite the songwriter that he used to be. I think he reached his poetic pinnacle at Cold Roses. The lyrics aren’t terrible, but there’s some cheesiness and cliche that aren’t found on some of his earlier albums.
  2. Musically, however, he’s the best he’s ever been and I think that’s what carries this  album. The alt country days are far behind him. This album is more an ode to The Replacements and Tom Petty than to Willie and Waylon.
  3. Everyone see’s this as a comeback album, but common the last album was nearly as good.
  4. This is a solid record by a prolific musician.
  5. Listen to it.
  6. These got shorter as my list grew.
  7. Love, Zach

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I saw Ryan Adams live. I’m not lying

 

This past October I saw Ryan Adams live in Ames, IA and it was everything I hoped it would be. He’s been my favorite musician since I was 18 years old. Lot’s of things have changed in my life in the last 12 years, but not my love for Ryan Adams, so driving six hours to see him play and forking out $100 for two tickets wasn’t even an afterthought.

Maybe this is a sign of my age, but going to shows where you have to stand up the whole time exhaust me lately, so walking into a huge seated auditorium made this even more special. He could have played anything and I probably would have loved it, but he played a variety of songs from almost every album he’s released.

I’m not going to write too much more about it, just know that it was amazing and I was as happy as I’ve ever been while listening to live music. He was funny and very personal between songs. The stage looked amazing (decorated with 80’s arcade games), and he sounded even more perfect live than he does on his albums.

You can stream the set list below in a playlist I made on Spotify.

Au Revoir, iPod Classic

Today with the announcement of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple did what I think we’ve all seen coming for a while, They discontinued the iPod Classic. It’s the end of an era and I have to admit I’m a little sad. I don’t even own an iPod Classic anymore, but for six years it was such a big part of my life. If someone would have asked me what my favorite item I owned was I would have undoubtedly answered, “My iPod”.

I started with the Shuffle, then graduated to a Nano, and finally forked over the $220 and bought a Classic. That was a lot of money for struggling college student but I never regretted for one second. That black, square hunk of metal carried within it’s hard drive my heart and soul. Music is one of the biggest parts of my life and my iPod could hold all my favorite songs with ease of access. It went on cross country road trips, weddings, dates, hangouts. All the songs I associate with the best parts of college were played on either my iPod or someone else’s.

Finally one day just after my wedding probably in April 2011 my iPod met it’s fate. The spin cycle of the washing machine was too much for it’s circuits and LED panels. Did I cry . . . like a baby, I cried. My friend with whom I had been through so much had passed on to the other side.

I never bought another iPod and soon after I got an iPhone, but to this day it’s still not the same. Nothing will every compare to my iPod Classic, and now with the news of it’s end I feel a little melancholy tonight. It’s as if an old friend is leaving and I’ll never see them again. So to you, iPod, I bid you a fond farewell. Au revoir