It’s hard to do Ryan Adams when you want Taylor Swift.
You can’t help but wonder why. What is alt-rock god Ryan Adams doing covering Taylor Swift’s zeitgeist of an album, 1989? Is it a joke? Is the rocker taking the piss out of Swift? Is it, like Father John Misty’s Swift covers, a critical jibe? Or is this real? Does Ryan Adams, a musician with serious music cred, actually admire the album?
Turns out he does. Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sincere. It’s an authentic homage to what many agree is already a timeless album. Whether Adams’ take is any good or not is an entirely different question.
A review of Jason Isbell's newest album, Something more than free
The release of Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free was as much of a mainstream media event as one can expect in this age of audience fragmentation. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts in country, rock, and folk, and it garnered Isbell profiles everywhere from The New Yorker to NPR.
Directed by Crystal Moselle (Kotva Films, 2015)
The Soul of a Pilgrim
By Christine Valters Paintner (Sorin Books, 2015)
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (Self-released, 2015)
Inventing a Christian America
By Steven K. Green (Oxford, 2015)
Love and Mercy
Directed by Bill Pohlad (River Road Entertainment/Battle Mountain Films, 2015)
Brian Wilson was a gifted yet troubled songwriter. In Love and Mercy, Bill Pohlad explores two critical periods in Wilson's life: the mid ‘60s, when he produced the Beach Boys’ highly regarded Pet Sounds album, and the ‘80s, when Wilson was under the dangerous influence of therapist Eugene Landry (Paul Giamatti).