The previous installment from the Turntable Examiner focused on the quirky, curious, cool collectable that is the 7-inch. Well something else that fits that description is the career of Ryan Adams. Now that the musical chameleon has dropped a new 7-inch in the laps of record collectors he is also out on the road again and soon to land in Indianapolis.
Ryan is no stranger to the seven-inch or to the short bursts of energy that are the 10 songs comprising it. Yes, 1984 (the title of the new release) is 10 songs compressed on to one seven-inch piece of vinyl that plays at 45 RPM. Set aside a little less than 15 minutes and you can listen to the entire thing. While many reviewers are calling it a ‘punk album’ it is still a far cry from the raucous harshness of 7 Minutes in Heaven (the 2012 7-track punk release on his PAX-AM label) and a lifetime removed from his foray with The Finger over a decade ago. These songs are classic Adams, albeit sped up a bit. His classy melodicism is present throughout this set of, mostly, love songs. He does venture out of his typical comfort zone on “Rats in the wall” where topics of religion and politics swirl about in this standout track.
Not all of Mr. Adams tiny collectables have been punk rock releases either. The 2003 free-with-another-purchase release Hey Parker, Its Christmas is a sweet ode to the holiday and the then girlfriend Parker Posey. 2008’s Cardinology had a limited edition 7-inch included and earlier this year Gimme Something Good was released as a single. Other singles and special editions have dotted the landscape of Ryan’s discography over the years.
What is quite exciting about this release is that it is accompanied by a tour! Yes, after three years of silence Ryan Adams has returned to the stage. His Indianapolis date is in early November and is on sale now. It will be his first Indy date since the epic show he gave in support of Easy Tiger back in 2007. Fans and curiosity seekers alike are encouraged to show up; you never know what will happen when Ryan is in town.