FTC: Whiskeytown

I’ve been heavily into the alt-country scene these days so I thought I’d continue that trend with a quick look back at Ryan Adams and his old band Whiskeytown.  Now it’s been awhile since I’ve sung the praises of Mr. Adams (course with his recent material can you blame us?) and I thought it would be fun to glance back at how great he used to be.  Most of us know by now that Adams fronted this great alt-country band that never really soared to the heights of fame seen on Adams solo career.  The group only existed for about a 6-7 year period and released just the 3 official albums with countless B-sides and singles along the way.  Below I’m bringing you “Easy Heart” off Whiskeytown’s final album Pneumonia which came out in 2001.  I’d probably say that Strangers Almanac is my favorite from the band and where interested parties should begin their Whiskeytown tour.  I like this song below because it’s the last song on the last album from the band and you can really hear the transition from this tune to Adam’s solo career.

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FT5: Disappointing Albums Of 2008

In 2008 we saw all kinds of releases across the board. Noise-pop seemed to be a pretty big deal, as did lo-fi production. But when preparing for our year-end lists, we came across the conundrum of deciding the biggest disappointments in 2008. Today’s Friday Top 5 is full of albums that our staff really looked forward to listening to when they were released, but instead fled in fear as to what our ears had just heard. List is after the jump

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