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Stay weird / Michael

Recent shows

17/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
Red Rocks, Morrison, USA
15/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, USA
13/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
The Wilma, Missoula, USA
07/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco, USA
07/08/2016 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco, USA
05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
04/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining
Santa Barbara Bowl , Santa Barbara, USA
03/08/2016 Ryan Adams
88.5 FM KCSN, Los Angeles, USA
01/08/2016 Ryan Adams
KCRW, Los Angeles, USA
26/07/2016 Ryan Adams
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, USA

Upcoming shows

"Ryan Recommends"

Latest cover versions

Latest audio recordings

If you didn't attend a show, how are you gonna hear it? Well, since the beginning of Ryan Adams' solo career people have been big enough fans and kind enough persons to record and share hundreds of Ryan Adams shows. As of now there are 550+ shows on Internet Archive, a highly recommended repository for recorded live shows of many artists.

The latest shows to be recorded are:

26/07/2016Ryan Adams
Lincoln Theatre, Washington
24/07/2016Ryan Adams
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
23/07/2016Ryan Adams w/ The Infamous Stringdusters feat. Nicki Bluhm
Newport Folk Festival, Newport
20/07/2016Ryan Adams & The Shining
Central Park Summer Stage, New York
19/07/2016Ryan Adams & The Shining
nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville
15/07/2016Ryan Adams & The Shining
PromoWest Fest, Columbus
13/07/2016Ryan Adams & The Shining
Stage AE, Pittsburgh
18/06/2016Ryan Adams w/ The Infamous Stringdusters feat. Nicki Bluhm
Telluride Bluegrass, Telluride
25/10/2015Ryan Adams
Bridge School Benefit Concert, Mountain View
24/10/2015Ryan Adams
Bridge School Benefit Concert, Mountain View

This just in

09/08/2016
EXCLUSIVE - RYAN ADAMS & THE SHINING “DND” T-SHIRT (Merchbar)
"Limited Time Offer for Top Ryan Adams Fans."
“1989 IS HELL” (Losering Books)
They’ve made 1989 Is Hell, a remake of Ryan’s 2003 album Love Is Hell with the songs rearranged as Taylor Swift-style pop — including “Wonderwall,” which is itself a cover of a 1995 Oasis song. Wow.
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS COVER THE KILLERS’ “WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG” (AV Club)
For our series, the Grammy-nominated band took on The Killers’ “When You Were Young,” from the 10-year-old Sam’s Town.
WATCH JASON ISBELL AND RYAN ADAMS SWAP GUEST APPEARANCES (Nashville Scene)
Pair rocks out together on The Rolling Stones' "Sway" and Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina" at Outside Lands.
RECAP: SUFJAN STEVENS AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL – A GREAT NIGHT ALL AROUND (Rock Cellar Magazine)
Kurt Vile opened "Dressed in a denim jacket outfit that would make Ryan Adams proud."
RYAN ADAMS AT THE S.B. BOW (Santa Barbara Independent)
"Adams Gives Them Something Good."
BROOKLYN COUPLE RELEASES RYAN ADAMS COVER ALBUM IN STYLE OF TAYLOR SWIFT (Gothamist)
Leibowitz and Ross have spent the past few months working on the project, called 1989 is HELL, and are now premiering three tracks ahead of the full album release on August 31st.
08/08/2016
OUTSIDE LANDS STRUGGLED TO FIND ITS GROOVE THIS YEAR (OC Weekly)
Why set up another smaller stage where singer/songwriters perform acoustic sets?
WHEN POP ART MEETS POP: 11 GREAT COLLABORATIONS (MTV)
Leah Hayes illustrations covered a beautiful alternative version of Ryan Adams’s album Cardinology, which also included a comic book insert.
OUTSIDE LANDS 2016 DAY THREE (SF Examiner)
Closing the evening at the Sutro, Ryan Adams and The Shining performed one the purest rock-and-roll sets of the weekend.
SEE JASON ISBELL AND RYAN ADAMS' HEAVY COVER OF THE ROLLING STONES' 'SWAY' (Rolling Stone)
Americana favorites make guest appearances in one another's sets at Outside Lands
06/08/2016
RYAN ADAMS TRIUMPHS IN 'HOMETOWN' SHOW AT L.A.'S GREEK THEATRE (Billboard)
From the opening moments of his concert at Los Angeles' Greek Theater on Friday night, as the clanging, drama-laden chords of "Trouble" rang out, Ryan Adams served notice to his eager audience that he and his four bandmates in The Shining intended to
05/08/2016
OUTSIDE LANDS DETAILS 2016 WEBCAST SCHEDULE (JamBase)
Sunday 6:35 p.m. – Ryan Adams & The Shining
OUTSIDE LANDS BEGINS, STREAMING SETS FROM LCD, GRIMES, SUFJAN, JULIEN BAKER & MORE (Brooklyn Vegan)
The fest wraps up on Sunday with Lionel Richie and Lana Del Rey headlining, and right before them it’s Ryan Adams vs Miguel vs Major Lazer.
JENNY LEWIS JOINS RYAN ADAMS IN SANTA BARBARA (JamBase)
Audience-shot video of Lewis fronting Adams & The Shining on “She’s Not Me” was captured by mano1971music, watch the sit-in followed by footage of “Halloweenhead” .

Latest blog post

Making a Ryan Adams site: The roadmap - the future of the site

By Michael Niebuhr

Come October I've been making this site for a year and I'm nowhere near finished. There's so much I'd like to add. Now let me say right off the bat, that making this site is an activity that involves standing on the shoulders of giants. A big part of my history with Ryan Adams is listening to the various unreleased stuff and visiting the dedicated fan sites Answering Bell and Ryan Adams Archive (and others). Setlists and info about his whereabouts and releases wasn't easy to find elsewhere. No Facebook groups or Setlist.fm, and YouTube wasn't full of high quality videos. So the sites served the core information to of us fans.

These days a site like this is in competition with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even the man himself, who has had a steady website for many years now, primarily centered around a webshop. There's also lots of Ryan Adams lyrics, chords/tabs and setlists on big sites that cover every artist out there, and finally there's the Internet Archive that has 550+ different recordings of shows. And let's not forget ToBeYoung (the fan forum) and Faithless Street (the other fan forum).

SEO

Between all of this it's easy to disappear on Google, and Google is the way people find the site, right? Not really. The SEO (Search engine optimisation) is a big endeavour to undertake, and I'm just getting into it now. What I immediately discovered is that the site is basically invisible on Google. If you search for Ryan Adams it's not in the first 20 pages of search results (!) and if you search for 'comepickmeup' or 'ryan adams come pick me up' it's not in the first page of results. Hence my advertising for the site on Facebook groups, the forums and Twitter. If people don't know about CPMU and can't even google its existence, the future of the site is pretty dark right?

Mobile optimisation

For a while it's been rough going visiting the site on a mobile phone. I've started doing mobile optimisation, and I think it's looking better. But how does it look on iPad? How does it look on Windows Phone? How does it look in Internet Explorer? Firefox? Chrome? Safari? On a 27" screen? These are things I have to (start to) keep an eye on, so users don't grow tired of the site, because it's frustrating to use. It also means looking at the size of the pages, size of the images, the time it takes to load a page, time it takes to do a "query" (searching for something, i.e. a show, a song, shows with a certain song performed, etc.). And it means continually returning to these areas and to see if something is broken.

Users on the site

Speaking of users, it would be great if it was possible to log in. That would allow the site to remember your preferences. That could be all the shows you've seen. All the recordings you own. All the chords/tabs you often return to. Or want to remember to learn to play. All the reviews, interviews and news you want to read later on a Reading List. It could be a way to review stuff or write on the blog here. It could be a way to do submissions of fan art, merchandise, cover versions, etc.

Fan art

And there's lots of great fan art out there. From drawings to tattoos, to homemade paper dolls, cover versions, murals, pizza menus (!), songs about Ryan Adams (yeah, they exist) and what not. It would be great to have a little "museum" of this stuff to browse. Same goes for:

PAX-AM Pilgrimages

I often see people posting pictures or selfies of themselves in front of the PAX-AM neon sign. I call it PAX-AM Pilgrimages. I'd love to have a gallery of these photos. It's a fun thing that came out of nowhere and now is its own thing.

And what about Adams' own art? Remember the exhibition after The Cardinals? Remember the comic book talk and little bits here and there? Bet there's more. A gallery would be nice.

Line-ups

Former webmaster, taper and superman Joel Swaney has sent me a dump of the entire database of the previous Ryan Adams Archive site (and some Answering Bell and Archive Asylum). There's so much information that needs to be mapped to what's already on this site. What I look forward to the most, is being able to add the lineups for every group behind Ryan since the earliest days. There's so many people that's been in Whiskeytown or the early Ryan-bands and it would be great to be able to click around and see some info and statistics or how this all fits together. I'd also like to be able to click on Neal Casal or Mike Viola and see what they've contributed on, what shows they played at, and what their solo careers look like. That's gonna be great! But there's also info on sessions, early recordings. A treasure trove indeed.

Full discography

Speaking of databases, there's a lot of info from Joel on every release up to about 2011. Info on what was released as an album, a promo, a limited edition, a 7", another 7", a double 7", a cd promo-single, and lots, lots more. As of now the discography on CPMU is pretty big, but eventually it will expand into a monster with 500+ or 1000+ different released items. 500 or 1000, I don't even know (yet). Until this happens Discogs.com is the best place to search. And because they're so good it's gonna be essential to make something better if this undertaking is gonna have any chance of being worthwhile.

Lyrics, Chords & Tabs

Someone wrote and asked me to include chords and tabs the other day. I've thought about it, but figured the info was readily available elsewhere. But it's in line with compiling everything in one place. So it makes sense. It's something I haven't looked into, but I will. Like lyrics I think it's best to embed them from another site, so that the info can be updated without having to re-upload the info to CPMU. Lyrics are embedded from Genius.com. I think it works well. They're not searchable as of right now, and the reason is that they're physically somewhere else than the CPMU database. Something to think about (in the future), and when selecting a strategy for Chords & Tabs.

Statistics

One thing that CPMU can offer, better than most sites, are statistics. It's not taken much advantage of yet, but what song was played most on a tour, from a record, with a certain band, or never played, or not played in 5, 10, 15 years, these things are easy to display when every bit of information is in one database. But I need to make a public "statistics generator" where you can select the exact info you want. Most played in Denmark with Whiskeytown, or Never played in France could be examples of searches you could put togethet on-the-fly.

Sharing

When all this is done it's gonna be important that you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or wherever you want to. Searches like mentioned above, show videos, reviews, albums, songs, whatever, it should have a dedicated share button beneath the info so it's easy to share that exact information and link straight back to it.

Facebook has its own rules and technology for sharing to your "feed" or groups, and I'm looking into how I can share specific pages with a photo/thumbnail, proper headline and the right link (so it won't all just show the front page on the link, as it does now). The other services, Twitter and Instagram, are easier, but that could change any day. It's something that needs to work and keep working, so it's an ongoing task.

And all the while I'm still doing...

The timeline

I just introduced it last weekend and just the task of editing the 2016-info took me a long time. I can programmatically select and display every release, show and interview in the database and "populate" the timelines from 1991 to 2016 that way, but it needs some editing of the text, and there's a lot of other stuff to add (events, studio work, collaborations, Twitter feuds and fun stuff, Foggy, videos, commercials). It's gonna be awesome when it's done, that's for sure. But it's something I could finetune forever. Also the many fine details from Headley's and Menconi's books would be nice to add, as well as the session details from Joel Swaney's database.

And I'm still adding

Cover versions

With more than 200 cover versions on CPMU already, and info on what record they're from, by which artist, from what year, there's still another good chunk to add.

Interviews

There's about 40 on the site. I've added the text as well as links to the sources, but there's so many more to find and add. I haven't decided if it's okay to display the interviews. I think I will in the cases where I have to scan physical copies, as no one's gonna be able to track down a copy in any near future. But is it okay to display an interview that's still up on Rolling Stone or SPIN's website? How many more interviews could there be? 100? 200? More? I know there are people out there with clippings. One day it will hopefully all be compiled. Same with the magazine covers of which there were a lot between 1997 and 2003...

The Blog

If you've read this far, thank you, you're too kind. If you're the kind of fan who cares deeply about some detail in the Ryan Adams catalogue, his bands, a particular album, song or sound, or have an idea you'd like to spread in this community, let me know, and maybe a blog post about it would be something you'd like to do.

Technical stuff

I myself need to look into making a backup functionality (so I won't have to do it manually). I need to make thumbnails for a lot of the photos on the site (so the pictures will load faster). The SEO needs work! I need to further redesign a lot of the pages. And I need a logo. Icons. I need feedback on all of the above and the design choices. I need to add hundreds of lyrics. I need more time ;-)

I keep doing this because I want to make a site that I'm proud of (as opposed to for instance starting another site on another topic). I wanna make a site people like and use. That's a reward in itself. A site that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ryan Adams Archive or Answering Bell. I'll keep working on it. Wish me luck.

Latest releases from PAX-AM

Heartbreaker Deluxe Edition by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 0561989 by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 057WIllow Lane by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 047Burn In The Night by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 046Ten Songs from Live at Carnegie Hall by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 053I Do Not Feel Like Being Good by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 045Killer by Phoebe Bridgers from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 050Diamonds by Daniel Clarke from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 049Stairway To Paradise by Mike Viola from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 058

Latest interviews

03/08/201688.5 FM KCSN The interview was announced on the same day of the show. It aired live at 4:35 PM local time and lasted 20 minutes. After the interview segment the station played 16 Days by Whiskeytown. Ryan played 3 acoustic songs, the last of which was an improvised song (I'm The Alt-Country Danzig). The song was a fairly detailed about the events of the day, and it was fun to hear an improvised song being made up and performed without the reaction and approval of a crowd. The interview didn't reveal anything
01/08/2016KCRW Ryan talks about playing festivals, The Shining, doing covers, moving to LA from New York, the Heartbreaker Deluxe Edition and his next album.
15/07/2016Kids Interview Bands Piper interviewed Ryan Adams at the Promowest Fest in Columbus, Ohio on July 15, 2016.
06/07/2016Relix “When I made Heartbreaker, I had just become of legal drinking age, which, if you ask anyone who knows me or knew me at the time, didn’t prevent me from partying before then— being a wild teenager playing metal and playing drums in punk-rock bands and having fun playing a lot of Sonic Youth-sounding music,” Adams says during a break from recording at his Los Angeles studio, where he is currently putting the final touches on a new album. “In the past, I didn’t know how to separate that this is my
03/05/2016Rolling Stone Singer-songwriter looks back on 2000 solo debut, set for deluxe Pax-Am reissue
00/03/2016NPR There's new music from Bob Mould. His latest album, Patch The Sky, comes out March 25. One of this legendary musician's biggest fans — from his punk days of Hüsker Dü to the land of Sugar and his prolific and exciting solo records — is musician Ryan Adams. And as a fan and friend, Ryan invited Bob to his PAX-AM Studio and pressed record.
19/10/2015GQ The show's own write up: "The day of our November cover shoot with Taylor Swift, we invited Ryan Adams out to the set in Malibu to interview her. She dominated the pop charts with 1989. He covered her whole album. In this exclusive interview, the pop star and the indie rocker talk songwriting, Siri, and how Taylor got inspired by a dream about her ex."
21/09/2015Beats 1 Zane Lowe talks with Ryan Adams about '1989'
26/05/2015No Depression Ryan Adams: 'It’s My Own Label, My Own Studio, and My Own Rules'
22/05/2015The Bulletin A short interview appearing before Ryan's tour stop in Bend, Oregon.

Latest videos in the database

Trouble from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Oh My Sweet Carolina from Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis on 09/07/2016
Oh My Sweet Carolina from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Sway from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Goodbye Two Balloons from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
When The Stars Go Blue from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Oh My Sweet Carolina from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Sway from Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016
Shakedown On 9th Street from Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016
Come Pick Me Up from Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016
Cold Roses from Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016
This House Is Not For Sale from Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016

Latest photos in the database

Ryan Adams & The Shining at Outside Lands 2016, San Francisco on 07/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Santa Barbara Bowl , Santa Barbara on 04/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Santa Barbara Bowl , Santa Barbara on 04/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Santa Barbara Bowl , Santa Barbara on 04/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles on 05/08/2016 Ryan Adams & The Shining at Santa Barbara Bowl , Santa Barbara on 04/08/2016 Ryan Adams at 88.5 FM KCSN, Los Angeles on 03/08/2016 Ryan Adams at 88.5 FM KCSN, Los Angeles on 03/08/2016 Ryan Adams at 88.5 FM KCSN, Los Angeles on 03/08/2016 Ryan Adams at KCRW, Los Angeles on 01/08/2016 Ryan Adams at KCRW, Los Angeles on 01/08/2016 Ryan Adams at XPoNential Music Festival, Camden on 22/07/2016 Ryan Adams at XPoNential Music Festival, Camden on 22/07/2016 Ryan Adams at XPoNential Music Festival, Camden on 22/07/2016 Ryan Adams at XPoNential Music Festival, Camden on 22/07/2016 Ryan Adams at XPoNential Music Festival, Camden on 22/07/2016

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