Ryan Adams @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 5/21/06

Ryan Adams @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 5/21/06

Last night we endured an entire set of Jesse Malin on the tip that Ryan Adams would be out for a few songs. He finally came out during the encore, by which point our ears had nearly been rotted through. Worth the wait? Tough to say. All we got from the guy were a few lines of harmony and an occasionally functioning guitar. No waifish actress types waiting in the wings, but we’re still pretty sure it was Ryan. The guy put more cool into his few minutes on stage than the rest of the night in aggregate. And he looked nothing like that Grizzly Adams bit he’d been pulling a while back.

Amazing how he much he rocks even while napping. And look how someone rediscovered soap and shaving cream! Now, Ryan, how about taking those four discs worth of tunes you’re writing and releasing one kick ass album instead? We promise we won’t put it on the P2Ps.

We couldn’t resist a before-and-after…

More pics at Village Indian.

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