Posted in music | pictures on October 28, 2008

words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals played a semi-secret show at Cafe Select today (10/28) on Lafayette Street. Nobody seemed to be able to confirm or deny allegations of the show until I got there for the (supposed) 2 o'clock show. I was told to come back at 4, and I'm glad I did. Ryan and the Cardinals played 8 acoustic songs for a crowd of 50 people - 6 off their new record, "Cardinology," out today, and 2 requests. The two requests were "If I Am A Stranger" (my request, actually), and "Cherry Lane," which we learned was based off of the Cherry Lane Theater.

Ryan was quite chatty as he tried to remember which songs were actually on the new album (he had to look at a copy to see the tracklist), and after the show he was as friendly as ever (no meltdown here). He even went so far as to call my friend Ian's boss to explain why Ian was late ("I needed his help during my set... I've been feeling sick"). All in all an excellent rainy afternoon. The guys were supposed to play another show at 6, but it was to be outdoors and was canceled due to the weather.

The show was the first NYC gig for Adams since Hammerstein last year, and he plays his next on Halloween at the Apollo. You'll also be able to catch them later this year with Oasis at MSG.

There's also a rumor of another possible secret show tonight (Tuesday, 10/28). More pictures and the full setlist from today below...

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Ryan Adams setlist

"Born Into a Light"
"Evergreen"
"Fix It"
"Magick"
"Natural Ghost"
"If I Am a Stranger"
"Cherry Lane"
"Let Us Down Easy"

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Comments (43)

i'd hit it. bad teeth and all

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 8:16 PM

I'm enjoying the new record. Didn't think I would, but it's pretty solid.

Posted by michaelways | October 28, 2008 8:17 PM

anyone know where the electric show might be?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 8:38 PM

ryan's the man, all who don't understand that are clueless

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 8:48 PM

it's shocking that bv doesn't know where the secret show is tonight. i thought he's always on their shit. no one on the fansite knows either. truly secret...crazy

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:19 PM

who says there's a show tonight?
ryan was quickly back to his house, dude said he was gonna nap

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:27 PM

themusicslut would be so much better with this new redesign if i didn't risk getting fired at work each time i open with. what with, you know, boobies.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:28 PM

said he was napping for the secret electric show tonight. still no word on where it's going down.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:29 PM

is it invite only?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:32 PM

this is like nick and nora's infinite playlist lol...a secret show that's actually secret.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:36 PM

Congratulations to everyone who was there. Not for seeing Ryan perform, but for not having to work for a living.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:36 PM

8:48, 9:36. your a couple of tool sheds.

Posted by sloweducation | October 28, 2008 9:43 PM

Takes one to know one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 9:51 PM

i heard the late electric show is at a gallery, but invite only (and over by now anyway)

Posted by kyle | October 28, 2008 9:58 PM

9:36
it's called a graveyard shift you fucking idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 10:16 PM

nice pics

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 10:16 PM

not everyone has 9-5's

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 10:27 PM

If you prefer to read about live shows rather than attending them then a graveyard shift might be the right choice for you. Many of us here barely make ends meet, but I could never take an evening job in NYC unless I am starving and have no other choice.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 11:17 PM

via ryan adams fansite:


There was no electric gig tonight... I feel bad posting this as I / others were anticipating it and was at the spot where the gig was to be... it was a private loft style place above an art gallery with about 50 or so people. It had a really great vibe and there were candles all over and free booze along with some excellent Lombardi's pizza. Yes, band members were present when I arrived at 9ish but no Ryan... Ryan arrived about 10:30 and stayed for 30 minutes and then left. That is fine...there was no show which was billed but Ryan did get me excited when he stated on the "cave" that there would be an electric performance tonight (which some chairs were set up for and some amps as well). I guess it was not meant to be... I would say, if this had gone down it would have been a night that I would remember in a positive light for a long time but I will still remember it but not with the music I was hoping to get. Anyhow, glad he treated all you to a wonderful afternoon of music and will just have to wait for my fix come Friday at the Appolo....

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 12:03 AM

yo i'm so glad he quit drinking

Posted by 2222222222 | October 29, 2008 12:42 AM

hey asswipe:
"Congratulations to everyone who was there. Not for seeing Ryan perform, but for not having to work for a living."

i would love to have a job but the economy sucks dick and i can't find one. so shut your fucking pie hole

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 1:50 AM

No one requested "Summer of '69"? FAIL

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 4:58 AM

basement band!

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 8:05 AM

Weird, I'm enjoying Easy Tiger right now. I think Cardinology has helped with this matter. I admire his soberness.

Posted by michaelways | October 29, 2008 8:53 AM

^I'm sober; do you admire me?

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 8:58 AM

Absolutely.

Posted by michaelways | October 29, 2008 9:03 AM

he was sober during the making and release of easy tiger as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 9:03 AM

stop making excuses and find a job already

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 9:09 AM

Sober Ryan = Boring Music

Speedballs are king.

Posted by Truth Machine | October 29, 2008 9:16 AM

Nice. Drummer goes for the discrete nose pick in photo #1. I hope he picked a winner.

Posted by Eggs1234 | October 29, 2008 9:48 AM

I want a bacon & onion pie.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 10:10 AM

Centerfield is his best song by far.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 10:13 AM

In the 5th pick up from the bottom, are some dudes from basement band. They're good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 11:25 AM

I took a picture:
http://flickr.com/photos/heatherfink/2983712703/
And ate the celery root soup.

Posted by Heather | October 29, 2008 11:47 AM

Hey, peeps in NY! Ryan sober is Ryan alive. Why would you wish him back on the road to death? Um, oh, yeah, cuz it would please YOU. Man, that's rank. Love Ryan any way I can get him. And I don't mean "hit" him, as some one said. What's up with that? That's just trashy talk. Maybe cuz I'm from the Midwest, I'm modest and dull and would never rate someone according to whether or not I'd fuck him. Oh, did I say fuck? That must be the German ancestry. Cheers, all!

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 2:09 PM

Hey, peeps in NY! Ryan sober is Ryan alive. Why would you wish him back on the road to death? Um, oh, yeah, cuz it would please YOU. Man, that's rank. Love Ryan any way I can get him. And I don't mean "hit" him, as some one said. What's up with that? That's just trashy talk. Maybe cuz I'm from the Midwest, I'm modest and dull and would never rate someone according to whether or not I'd fuck him. Oh, did I say fuck? That must be the German ancestry. Cheers, all!

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 2:21 PM

^n00b

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 2:33 PM

douche!

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM

i love how some dude playing at a cafe turns into this giant blog about the shitty economy and having a job or not having a job.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:44 PM

Seriously, words cannot express how much I love his man!

Posted by dearimpossible | January 5, 2009 11:29 PM

From all the posts I have read on brooklynvegan I knew only bands. Where do you get all of these musicians from.

Posted by Jeremy C. Torres | December 10, 2010 5:00 AM

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