May 24, 2007

Ryan Adams Down In A Hole, and two new songs from Easy Tiger

Moderate apologies for the punny picture (I couldn’t resist), but I nearly fell out of my chair the other night when I read reports that Ryan Adams had spiced up his Kingston, NY set with an acoustic cover of Alice in Chains‘ “Down In A Hole.” AIC? No one covers AIC, but they had a proprietary chunk of my musical heart back in 1993 when I first started to get into, shall we say, decent music. Before AIC and Pearl Jam I was trapped in a world of oldies (which actually comes in handy now, since I can sing along with most any tune on the AM radio), Bel Biv Devoe, and Petra.

In any case, Alice in Chains has aged moderately well for me and they’ve certainly got some evocative lyrics and construction behind even their heaviest scream-tastic stuff, more readily apparent in their duo of fantastic EPs, SAP and Jar of Flies.

Down In A Hole (Alice in Chains cover) – Ryan Adams
(alternate Savefile link)

Down In A Hole – Alice In Chains (from Dirt)

Got Me Wrong – Alice in Chains (from SAP)

Don’t Follow – Alice in Chains (from Jar of Flies)

AND – these just hit my inbox, so I’ll throw ‘em on here too: Two new tracks from Easy Tiger, coming out June 26th. It’s nice to hear a non-radio-rip of Two, and Everybody Knows is growing on me in a big way:

Two – Ryan Adams

Everybody Knows – Ryan Adams


  • Wow! AIC’s Dirt is IMO the darkest album of all time. Love it and love this cover. Thanks

    Christian — May 24, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  • Petra! No doubt.

    I bet you could get behind some old school dc Talk too. Hang on, old skool.

    Andy — May 24, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  • down with the one
    that is known as the son
    of the g to the o to the d
    never done
    with the flow
    in the know
    on the go
    like a pro
    not for show
    cuz I ain’t in the biz for the dough
    or the me
    or the ray
    all the dough’s gotta stay
    cuz i can’t no i can’t
    take it home anyway
    never trite when I write
    cuz the lord is my light
    and his word is my bond
    so you know
    he’s alright

    Does that answer your question, Andy? Cuz I could go on.

    heather — May 24, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

  • another new track, halloween head, is posted here:

    Anonymous — May 24, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  • You forgot “Brother” from SAP, which is a great tune, Heather!

    Archimidis P. — May 24, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

  • Picking just one track from each EP was tough, Archimidis. I wanted to post em all. I esp love Right Turn from SAP with Chris Cornell on it. “Iiiiiiiiit’s hard to believe somebody tricked you….”

    LOVE IT.

    heather — May 24, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

  • Is there any more word out there as to whether Lucinda Williams is the special headline guest at Carved In Stone (Ryan Adams) show at Red Rocks? Guess it doesn’t matter. I got tickets anyway, but it sure would be an extra special treat.

    Anonymous — May 24, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

  • I could join the DC Talk party!!!
    let’s see, it’s been a number of years…

    Back in place
    and I’m all up in your face
    with a rhyme that I embrace
    like a mother to her child
    i’m kicking it jesus style
    and to those who think they heard
    i did use the ‘j’ word
    and I aint to proud to say it
    even if DJ’s won’t play

    I just may have to dig that cd out and put it on my ipod now. Awww the memories.

    jakehutch — May 25, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  • jakehutch, you rock my socks off.

    heather — May 25, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

  • Enjoying the new Ryan songs. Hope the album’s a little more exciting, though.

    Dave Rawkblog — May 25, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

  • Thank you for posting the two new songs from Ryan Adams. I’m looking forward to getting Easy Tiger next month.

    Selena — May 27, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  • I go away for the weekend, and I come back to find all kinds of dcT on this blog. Nice.

    Yo, s-e-x is a test when Im pressed
    So back up off with less of that zest
    Impress this brother with a life of virtue
    The innocence thats spent is gonna hurt you
    Safe is the way they say to play
    But then again safe aint safe at all today
    So just wait for the mate thats straight from god
    Dont give it up til you tie the knot

    Andy — May 29, 2007 @ 10:39 am

  • Seemingly everyone I “internet” know that’s my age was rocking BBD in 6th grade, but nobody that I know in real life was. Stupid real friends.

    JJ — June 2, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  • posted “oh my god, whatever, etc.” from easy tiger on my blog at

    probably my favorite so far on the first few listens – “everybody tips but not enough to knock me over”

    - very solid album overall.

    keep up the great posts!

    butter team — June 12, 2007 @ 10:26 am

  • this is funny… i googled “ryan adams down in a hole” and your blog was the first to pop up… and i was surprised to find a fellow “Petra-turned-Ryan-
    Adams” fan…

    and i can join the “decent christian talk”, too:

    the other night i met a girl
    and she looked at me so nice
    i asked her what she did
    she said she didn’t think twice
    a couple’a days lata,
    called her up and asked her out
    she said with you i said with me
    and then she said without a doubt.

    nice to meet ya.

    @ — March 3, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  • never, and forever –

    Anonymous — August 26, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

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