Silversun Pickups is the alt/rock band from California that broke on to the music scene with the release of their sophomore effort “Swoon”. The bands genesis can be traced to Los Angeles’s premier club scene, most notably Silverlake Lounge. The Silverlake scene was also home to such artists as Elliott Smith and Rilo Kiley.
In 2005, Silversun Pickups released their EP Pikul which contains twenty-three tracks. Seventeen of those tracks are untitled and 44 sec. long. Not sure the reasoning behind this but it is not uncommon for artists to get creative with the CD tracks, spacing, and hidden tracks.
In 2006 they released their full length debut Carnavas that spawned two Top 10 hits “Lazy Eye” and Well Thought Out Twinkles”. The latter made it on the soundtrack for “Tony Hawks Proving Ground” In 2007 they opened for Foo Fighters a few times during their European tour.
Swoon was their sonically diverse follow up that was released in 2009. It was a critical and commercial success with their first single “Panic Switch” getting heavy rotation on the radio as well as MTV and VH1. The success of the album resulted in a five song performance on MTV’s Unplugged as well as some of their songs finding their way in to television shows like The O.C. and The Vampire Diaries. 2009 ended with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist which elicited some controversy due to the reasonable success of their previous work and their standing in musical realm.
Silversun Pickups Discography
- Pikul (EP)
Top 5 Silversun Pickups Songs:
- Panic Switch (Swoon)
- Well Thought Out Twinkles (Carnavas)
- There’s No Secrets This Year (Swoon)
- Lazy Eye (Carnavas)
- The Royal We (Swoon)
The band has a certain, familiar sound that is likened to the grunge sound of the 90’s but with melody and a sense of structure. Comparisons to The Smashing Pumpkins seem a bit premature given their comparatively small body of work but are reasonable due to their use of overdub and distortion on guitar.
Check out Silversun Pickups at www.silversunpickups.com
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Ryan Adams is the brilliant yet mercurial singer songwriter who broke on to the music scene in the early 90’s with the alt/country group Whiskeytown. The oft troubled singer has carved out a prolific and somewhat unpredictable solo career that has seen both critical and commercial success.
His solo debut “Heartbreaker” was released in 2000 with critical praise but lacked commercial clout. In 2001, he released “Gold” but was reluctant to work the media circuit to promote the album but eventually capitulated to the powers that be and made a video for his single “New York, New York” which eerily and fortuitously for him featured Adams playing with the city skyline behind him. The video was filmed four days prior to the 9/11 attacks and was put into heavy rotation on both MTV and VH1 which helped Adams find an audience with mainstream, commercial America.
Following the success of “Gold” Adams released “Demolition” with the similar results; critical attention but low volume sales. He then went on to produce Jesse Malin’s debut the aptly titled “The Fine Art of Self Destruction”. During 2002-03 Adams worked on the album “Love is Hell” which he eventually had to release as Pt. 1 & 2 EP’s due to his labels (Lost Highway) insistence that the album as a whole was not commercially viable. He went back and made another album “Rock N Roll” which was released in Nov. 2003 along with “Love is Hell Pt. 1” with Pt.2 following in December. Much to the surprise of Lost Highway “Love is Hell Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” were well received and in 2004 released it as intended, a complete album. This album features the cover of the Oasis classic “Wonderwall” which Adam’s earned a Grammy nomination for his rendition of the song.
In 2005 Adams brought together “The Cardinals” and released two albums “Jacksonville Nights” and “Cold Roses”. Rachel Yamagata covers backing vocals on several songs from “Cold Roses” while Nora Jones lends her dusky, dulcet tone to one song from “Jacksonville Nights”. In 2006 he produced Willie Nelson’s album “Songbird” and Adams and The Cardinals performed as Nelson’s backing band.
Currently, in true unpredictable Adam’s form, he has quit The Cardinals, become disillusioned with the musical world, is releasing some books, and spurring rumors of a Whiskeytown reunion. He also married singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Ryan Adams Discography:
- Rock N Roll
- Love Is Hell
- Cold Roses
- Jacksonville Nights
- Easy Tiger
- Follow the Lights
Top 5 Ryan Adams Songs:
- Wonderwall (Love Is Hell)
- Two (Easy Tiger)
- My Love for You Is Real (Follow the Lights)
- New York, New York (Gold)
- Cold Roses (Cold Roses)
Ryan Adam’s music is available on iTunes and record stores.
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