Monday, June 4


I'm not the world's biggest RYAN ADAMS fan. It's not that I despise the guy; it's just that I'm somewhat mystified by his ongoing hyper-popularity in certain folk-rock quarters. Often times, it seems to me, people who have too much to say end up saying nothing at all, and Adams's almost pathological prolificness keeps him cranking out competent -- but largely unremarkable -- material for the masses. Before you know it, the name-brand has gone generic. Kleenex. Jell-O. Band-Aids. Q-Tips. Yet another Ryan Adams song from yet another Ryan Adams album. Buy it at Wal-Mart. Before it morphs to Muzak.

Alas, it was Ryan Adams who helped get New York-centric singer-songwriter
JESSE MALIN's solo career going. He produced 2002's THE FINE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION, and Malin hasn't looked back since. The Adams-free THE HEAT followed in 2004. And 2007's made-in-L.A. GLITTER IN THE GUTTER emerged in March. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and JAKOB DYLAN were guests on GUTTER. And BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG's ADELINE RECORDS put it out.

So, in six years, Jesse Malin has released three albums. In those same six years, Ryan Adams has released seven (or WILL have, once EASY TIGER drops later this month). Sometimes, less is more.


JESSE MALIN troubadoring >>>

Jun 6 2007 7:00P/John Varvatos and Spin Magazine Presents Concert for Free Arts NYC w/Radio 4, DJ Josh Madden/NYC
Jun 7 2007 8:00P/Club Cafe - U.S. Death & Taxes Magazine Tour/Pittsburgh
Jun 8 2007 8:00P/Reverb - North by Northeast/Toronto
Jun 9 2007 8:00P/Shelter/Detroit, Michigan
Jun 10 2007 8:00P/The Double Door/Chicago
Jun 12 2007 8:00P/Pop's/Sauget, Illinois
Jun 13 2007 8:00P/The Bottleneck/Lawrence, KS
Jun 15 2007 8:00P/The Bluebird/Denver
Jun 16 2007 8:00P/Kilby Court/Salt Lake City
Jun 18 2007 8:00P/Cafe Du Nord/San Francisco

From the LP GLITTER IN THE GUTTER, 2007 >>>
MP3] "Prisoners of Paradise"
MP3] "N.Y. Nights"

From the LP THE HEAT, 2004 >>>
MP3] "Swinging Man"
MP3] "Hotel Columbia"

MP3] [VID] "Queen of the Underworld"

From the EP WENDY, 2003 >>>
MP3] "The 3 Martini Lunch"


hope said...

Thanks for the new songs! I wondered what had become of him.

molotov said...

You're very welcome. And he's just pacing himself, Hope. Unlike that damned Mr. Adams (who, honestly, I don't despise -- well... maybe just a little....).