Last week, I got a chance to chat extensively with a personal hero of mine, Butch Walker. We talked about Butch's new album, Afraid of Ghosts, including how the recent loss of his father inspired a new direction for his music, why he decided to have Ryan Adams produce the disc, and why his trademark sarcasm and upbeat songwriting is nowhere to be found. We also touched upon Walker's back catalog, the woeful reasons why no one should be expecting to find Letters on vinyl anytime soon, and why Butch's protege Jake Sinclair took over most of the production duties on the new Fall Out Boy LP.
Butch Walker is releasing a new record called Afraid of Ghosts on February 3, 2015. It was produced by Ryan Adams and features Johnny Depp, Bob Mould, and Mike Viola, and others. You can hear the gorgeous new alt-country-tinged single, called "Chrissie Hynde," here.
If anything, Ryan Adams disproves this thesis. This is Adams in buckle-down-and-study mode, and the methodology didn’t produce a masterpiece; it resulted in another Ryan Adams album, though that ought to be enough. In my 2011 interview, Adams complained about how his latest work is constantly dismissed in comparison to his old work, even when that old work was itself dismissed in its time: “I made Love Is Hell, and people panned it really unnecessarily; there was harshness around it. Then, only a little bit of time passed, and people would fucking bring that record up as something I wasn’t doing, which is why my current records were...
Tour dates for Ryan Adams… with special guest.. ME! This is gonna be a fun one, to be on the road with my pal and former metal head in crime. i’m gonna be playing a lot of new stuff from the new record (which will be ready for release by the Tour) and some familiar jams too. Me, a guitar or 3, and new songs to boot… what’s NOT to get excited about?? i would love to see as many familiar faces as possible so please click HERE to get tickets before they all sell out (they will..) this will be the only time to see me this year, so...
You can listen to a new Fall Out Boy song titled "Love, Sex, Death," at Rolling Stone. It's off the band's upcoming album, Pax Am Days. It's an eight song album that was recorded with Ryan Adams. The record will be available digitally and on a limited-edition Save Rock & Roll double disc reissue on October 15th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes. The band also announced a fall European tour as well as a special Pax•Am Black Friday Chicago Show benefitting the GRAMMY Foundation on November 29th at the Metro in Chicago, IL (tickets on sale October 5th at 12 PM).
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I think it was an exercise, but I do think it’s definitely the antithesis of Save Rock and Roll. Kids can say whatever, like, “Oh, where’s the guitars if you’re gonna call it Save Rock and Roll?” And there was a part of us that really wanted to withhold that. Rock and Roll needs to be challenged right now. The most Rock and Roll thing you could do is do what, like, Skrillex is doing right now. It felt good to get in there and make some noise that was what people would have thought of as standard “Rock and Roll.”
Now, Pete Wentz reveals to Rolling Stone they recorded "eight or nine" songs over two marathon nights, with Adams directing the sessions. "It was punk rock – the stuff that makes you want to kick the shit out of your bedroom at your parents' house," says Wentz. "It's impossible to deny the spirit of what was happening there." The session came together through Butch Walker, their mutual friend and collaborator. Wentz says he was thrilled with working with Adams: "I used to like listen to his stuff growing up!"
Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü) has started a Kickstarter to help release See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould. It's a film/concert shot at The Walt Disney Theater Hall featuring artists such as Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, No Age and more performing Bob's songs with him on stage. You can watch Bob and Dave's performance of "Ice Cold Ice" in the replies.
Ryan Adams is releasing a 15xLP vinyl box set of live songs called Live After Deaf. The box set comes with a download code for all 144 songs on the vinyl, plus an additional 74 bonus tracks as well. It will be made available for preorder here on Friday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. EST. A photo of the box is in the replies.
UK residents can watch this week's Live From Abbey Roadhere which features live performances and interviews with Laura Marling and Ryan Adams. If you live outside of the UK you can head to the replies to watch a short interview and a duet of the two artists performing "Oh My Sweet Carolina".