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Ryan Adams’ uneven 2003 LP, Rock N Roll, includes a song called “1974,” co-written with Alanis Morissette, named after the year both artists were born. Now, Adams is set to release a new 10-song 7″ that will celebrate some of the music made a decade after Adams’ (and Morissette’s) birth. The 1984 EP “pays homage to the halcyon days of the earliest releases from Dischord, SST, Touch & Go and their ilk.” The EP is entirely distinct from Adams’ forthcoming self-titled LP (which features the excellent lead single “Gimme Something Good“), although perhaps its arrival indicates that we can expect to see a return of the Ryan Adams who used to drop two or three LPs ever year, rather than the one who’s been largely silent since 2011. Check out the 1984 tracklist and release info below along with some new tour dates.

Earlier today, Spoon released a video for new album track “Do You,” and now, only a few hours later, they drop a new single: “Inside Out.” It’s a luxuriant slow-burner with a sweet harp (!) solo, and you should listen.

Weezer debuted the new song “Back To The Shack” on the Weezer Cruise back in February. Many suspected that song would appear on the band’s forthcoming LP, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and those suspicions have been confirmed. Today — in one of the few instances of Weezer not using their YouTube channel to dribble out details of the new album — the band announced “Back To The Shack” would serve as Everything Will Be Alright In The End’s lead single, and they premiered the studio version of the song on KROQ, followed by “radio stations throughout the country.” And now, you can spin it here.


 +1Posted on Jul 23rd | re: Ryan Adams Announces Hardcore 10-Song 7" 1984 (4 comments)

Is that right? I remember reading about him doing a song called “1974″ with Alanis back in the Gold days, and I guess I just assumed the track that appeared on Rock N Roll was that song. Thanks for the heads up! Good eye!

 +2Posted on Jul 22nd | re: Album Of The Week: Courtship Ritual Pith (19 comments)

I wrote a bunch about it here. Definitely one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, if not the best.

 +3Posted on Jul 16th | re: Hear A Bit Of Weezer's "Da Vinci" (7 comments)

My fault! Thanks for the heads up guys. I have erased this mistake from the annals of history.

 +2Posted on Jul 10th | re: Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best (30 comments)

This is a Top 10 list I’d like to see!

 +21Posted on Jul 9th | re: Interpol - "All The Rage Back Home" Video (62 comments)

It’s funny you say that! There was absolutely zero condescension intended, although I worried maybe I came off a little too pithy. To be clear, I both was and am a fan of the albums you mentioned, and I actually like this song a lot, but I couldn’t find much to say about it that was more insightful than, “It sounds like Interpol.” I mean that as a compliment! This is a good song, and if the rest of the album is this good, El Pintor will probably be the third best Interpol album. But that’s basically definitely its ceiling, right? Honestly, this song doesn’t suggest to me that the band’s best days are ahead of them. Also, FWIW, I loved “The Heinrich Maneuver” when that song came out, and I couldn’t wait for Our Love To Admire, and that album was a total letdown, so I’m inclined to approach this one with cautious optimism. But I am optimistic, and I’d be much happier if Interpol were to release a great album that makes my pithiness here look shortsighted than a mediocre (or bad) album that makes my pithiness look prescient.

It will be nothing less than raditude!

(That’s Babymetal with Jeff Walker from Carcass btw.)

 +1Posted on Jul 3rd | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (69 comments)

At least I apologized? I’ll keep it to a minimum in the future, I promise!

 +1Posted on Jul 3rd | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - June 2014 (69 comments)

Damn, thanks Derek! It’s really nice of you to say that.