Ryan Adams Retires Songs, Summons Reckoning
On Saturday, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals played a sold-out show at San Franciscos Fillmore Auditorium. Recalling both the spirit of the lauded room and spectator Phil Lesh, Adams stacked his setlist with a number of cuts from 2005s Grateful Dead-inspired Cold Roses, including Magnolia Mountain, Let it Ride, Beautiful Sorta, Easy Plateau and Cold Roses,’ among others. But, according to a post on his blog, the show was also something of a final hurrah for these songs before Adams begins to focus on material from his forthcoming album.
In a post titled New/Old Jam Report, Adams says the following:
The s.f. gig, at our lil lovely home away from home west coast- was a saying fare-the-well of sorts to our beloved last tour jams. now we enter new areas/ new songs.things you will hopefully be happy to glimpse now, in their early stage powers- before they get, well, weird and lovely. also, from the old-stock, we have selected some surprises, some things electrified from the Blue Cave (Cardinal-speak for acoustic/fragglerock/ G-D-Reckoning_ style set-up) and well a few things to amp things up.HEADS UP.we are the middle act on a THREE BAND BILL..and have been given a generous hour, giver or take someso, it will be LESS TALK/ MORE ROCK- and some tightening up you might not be used to if you are a regular.otherwiseif you are a CARDINALFAN and seen us a few clickshang on,cause this is where we brake off the braces and step by step, learn to channel more energy into a smaller bracket of time.and old jams in old tunes are now FREE ZONESso, you know when we make the scary noise- and then it gets all tripped out and pretty..well, we dont know what the fuck is happening there either..and that is exploration..and that is the new game._
In other news, Adams appears to be one of the few musicians more traditionally associated with the alt-country and indie-rock realms comfortable using the word jam to describe his music. The singer/songwriter describes his band by saying, Cardinals love to jam. We’re just a little gang of music fans that played hard for a long time, and you know, just want to contribute if we can to some good tunes and music, on this planet, floating at the edge of a spiral galaxy called the milky way,but probably called something else by people in the Andromeda Galaxy, because we are two thousand years behind them too…....can u imagine if they jam-or whatever jams I guess the universe is one big weird jam
Adams and the Cardinals will open for Oasis at Vancouver, BCs General Motors Place this evening. The groups next headlining performance will take place at Bostons Bank Of America Pavilion on September 7.