the years of 1994 through 2002 are a complete blur. they may have well not existed at all. during those years i lived in some newcastle induced time negelected vacuum. which i guess was cool at the time but now looking back the details are sketchy at best. some time during that time i stumbled upon a bloodshot records block party, i think it was bloodshot, featuring whiskeytown. i dont think i was invited but i was there nonetheless. i dont remember much of the whiskeyton set, to be honest. i do remember walking away being smitten with mr adams and crew. after a few weeks i went and bought a copy of rural free delivery and faithless street. fastforward a few years and a whiskeytown breakup, i found myself in possession of ryan’s debut record heartbreaker. a record, that at the time i thought was the greatest thing i had ever heard, but now i feel falls flat. i still love the record, but time has not been very kind to it to my ears. hearbreaker pretty much sums up my feelings for ryan and his work. some of it is killer and some of it is filler. after listening to this npr interview i kind of understand and appreciate where he is coming from.
i am sure these demos have been passed around enough that they since become a bore but thats not my concern. here is part one of the suicide handbook.
this can now be found here
1. wild flowers 5. pretenders 6. famous eyes 8. firecracker 10. for no one
for those in atlanta, richard buckner, eric bachmann and the wunderkid know as beirut are playing at the variety tomorrow evening.