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Ryan Adams, New York City 2014
Ryan Adams week is still going strong IN MY HEART.
I made this mix for Cassie!
If you wanted a little autobiographical information on the song choices…
1. Jay-Z, “Can I Get A…” You might notice that this playlist is almost entirely made up of sad white dudes. I’m not real proud of that, but I was an emo kid growing up in suburban Michigan. This was the first rap song I memorized all the words to. That was a big deal in like, the whitest Catholic school on the planet.
2. Bedford Drive, “Four Years Later.” My favorite band in our local “scene.” I saw them at more VFW halls than I can remember.
3. Ben Folds, “Bruised.” I don’t remember how exactly I got into Ben Folds Five, but I had a cool piano teacher who, in between Chopin and Beethoven, had me practice pop songs. I played a lot of Ben Folds, including this song.
4. Saves The Day, “Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots.” This was my favorite song for a very long time, really epitomizing the whiny sad white boys genre. I still like it a lot.
5. The Anniversary, “The D In Detroit.” Growing up outside Detroit (and sneaking into the city for shows), I had a lot of pride in my hometown. I liked pretty much any song that even referenced the city. This was around the start of the jangly keyboards and girl backup vocals trend, so that just added fuel the fire.
6. Matthew Sweet, “Sick of Myself.” I used to tape this off the radio in maybe the fifth grade. Not sure what that said about me.
7. The Supremes, “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Wouldn’t be a Detroit kid’s mix without some Motown. Probably should have listened to the lyrics more closely as an impressionable young makeout artist.
8. Sufjan Stevens, “Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!” I worshipped the weirdly Christian ground Sufjan walked on for YEARS. And I like his use of collaborating with all his pals on basically every song, even though he recorded almost every instrument on this album by himself. I would still go see him live, today.
9. The New Amsterdams, “Stay On The Phone.” This is in that shadowy place between emo bands and singer-songwriters, and I hung out there for a long time.
10. Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” My very first favorite song. My aunt had a tape deck in her room, and when I was three, she’d play this and let me play with her makeup. It was 1988. I looked like a baby Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. This is still a jam.
11. The Aquabats!, “Super Rad.” Before I was into emo, I was a stupid ska kid (checkerboard and all). I think I found this album for $5 used at my local record store. I was there religiously every Sunday.
12. Ryan Adams, “When the Stars Go Blue.” I worked as a page at my local library in high school, and grabbed this album because I thought Mr. Adams was pretty attractive on the cover. Thus began an obsession with alt-country. (Note: Tim McGraw does a pretty nice cover of this one!)
13. Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams.” My dad was always into an eclectic mix of music (think Van Halen alongside Moody Blues, aka the most incongruous but dad-est bands ever). He never explained his thing for Stevie Nicks.
14. Idina Menzel, “Still I Can’t Be Still.” Oh, to be a young theatre geek again. Just kidding, those kids, including me, were insufferable. I bought whole-heartedly into Idina Menzel’s attempt at a pop career. It was a bad move for both of us, and I like to think we’ve both recovered.
15. The Get Up Kids, “Impossible Outcomes.” I still know all the words to this song.
16. Sinclaire, “Mr. Right Now.” Growing up a literal stone’s throw from Canada, we got some pretty great Canadian radio stations, and I listened to their college rock stations like it was my homework. Sinclaire is still the only band I loved that, when I talk about them, no one else has ever heard of.
17. Superchunk, “Detroit Has A Skyline (Acoustic).” What teenager doesn’t believe the lines “I had a crush/nothing works out” was written just for them?
18. Piebald, “American Hearts.” I loved the shit out of Piebald in high school and college. At my first real reporting job, I got to interview the band and then dance around with them during The Format’s set. I had peaked, and I was only 22!
19. Minus The Bear, “Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse.” I would listen to this song on repeat with my high school best friend and our dear friend in their dorm room when we were 19 years old. Andy is married, Nick died last year, but when I hear this song, we’re still back there. Same as it ever was.
This is the sound of a genius who’s recently relearned what it’s like to walk on steady footing.
Ryan Adams week!!