The amount of music I have by Ryan Adams is ridiculous. In fact, I could probably write an mp3 blog dedicated solely to his music and have enough material for at least a year or so. (I won’t be doing that, in case you were wondering.) In fact, because space on my computer is limited, I have literally 18-20 CDs of music by him that’s not immediately accessible to me on my computer.
But last night, after I turned off the Mets game out of frustration, I was scrolling through my iPod, listening for something to write about, and I came across all of my songs by Mr. Adams. And here are two of my favorites of his extensive list of b-sides and alternates. One you’ve heard in a different form, the other you may not have heard at all. Who knows? Maybe he won’t record anymore, and we’ll never hear a new song from him. We’ll all just have to live off of compilations released by his former labels. Let’s hope not.
Ryan Adams – La Cienega Just Smiled (The Suicide Handbook Version) (mp3)
This is a simpler, prettier version of a song I liked in its released version. It seems a lot more sad, too.
Ryan Adams – Hypnotixed (mp3) from the UK/Japan release of Rock N Roll
Fans of Ryan Adams are divided on how good Rock N Roll actually is. (Great album? Or greatest album?) I personally like the album a lot. “So Alive” is an incredible song, and it’s worth the album’s price in and of itself. (There are other good songs on there too, however.) This track is one I’m surprised wasn’t on Rock N Roll, because I would put it in the Top 3 of Ryan’s from that era. (And, yes, it’s spelled with an “x,” not “z.”)