New contest #2: Easy, tiger (Ryan Adams lithograph and new album)
And here's the second contest of today, this one to celebrate the official release of Ryan Adams' ninth studio album Easy Tiger (out today on Lost Highway):
That snarly, wild piece of wall art is a limited edition Ryan Adams lithograph, hand-numbered out of 100, that I have to give away. It would fit nicely if you live in Alaska, or maybe have one of those urban-wolf decoration schemes. It also showcases (assumedly) Ryan's hand quite nicely, and . . . it's cool.
The contest also includes a copy of the Easy Tiger album, which I have been enjoying quite often these last few weeks. Although it has not risen to "absolute gem" status for me yet, I definitely think that it is a familiar step into a very good direction for Ryan. There is, as you have likely read in any of a dozen other reviews, a greater focus from Ryan here and a tighter feel to the album.
It is still Ryan, though, so it wanders some (though not unpleasantly) and feels a little bit jarring to me in places. But all nine of his albums have always varied wildly in their style and mood from one to the next. From burnished alt-country, to gorgeously sad rock ballads, to humid Southern jams, to squealing punk, Ryan doesn't stay the same and I do appreciate that creativity. I hope Easy Tiger does very good things for him; combined with a newfound sobriety, I also hope that he delivers a string of focused live shows to reinforce that talent and convert a new round of folks to his musically-winning ways.
TO WIN THE PACKAGE: Since I've been in a pensive lyric mood lately, I would like to discuss your favorite lyric ever penned by Mr. Ryan Adams. I will pick a winner this weekend, make sure to give me a way to contact you.
RYAN ADAMS TOUR DATES
26 - New York, NY - Hiro Ballroom
28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
29 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theater
10 - Charlottesville, VA - Paramount Theatre
11 - Louisville, KY - Brown Theatre
12 - Germantown, TN - Germantown Performing Arts Center
14 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wilshire Ebell
21 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
23 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
24 - Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theater
26 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
27 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
28 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
2 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre (AAA Records & Radio conf)
3 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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