The prolific Ryan Adams returns with a new album tomorrow that is sort of a return to the alt.country focus of his much lauded debut, Heartbreaker. The album's title, Easy Tiger, serves as a mantra to the hyper-kinetic songwriter who's spread himself pretty thin since his reach-for-the-golden-ring album Gold in 2001. Couple that with his recent sobriety and you have Adams' most focused release since his debut. To get an idea of what to expect Wednesday night on Letterman, check out this earlier performance of album opener "Goodnight Rose" on The Henry Rollins Show from a couple months ago.
Also gracing Letterman's stage is Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry, who's latest solo release (Dylanesque - out tomorrow,) is made up entirely of Bob Dylan covers. Never one to play it straight, Ferry ups the irony of the album's title by making sure none of the songs sound at all like Dylan. Meanwhile, The Henry Rollins Show features one of my heroes, Robyn Hitchcock, along with his backing band The Venus 3 which features REM's Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Explosions in the Sky (REPEAT)
Wednesday, June 27
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Teddy Bears (REPEAT)
Thursday, June 28
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Midnight Movies (REPEAT)
Friday, June 29
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Nightwatchman (REPEAT)
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1