Stream Ryan Adams' Moody, Smiths-Inspired Self-Titled Album

'Ryan Adams' influenced by Velvet Underground and the singer's struggles with Meniere's disease

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Ryan Adams has revealed his latest studio LP Ryan Adams a week early. Adams had previously unveiled the moody album tracks "My Wrecking Ball" and the Elvira-starring video for the single and album opener "Gimme Something Good," but now you can stream Ryan Adams in its entirety over at NPR.org. Adams told Rolling Stone that his 11-song self-titled affair, due out September 9, was inspired by the Smiths and the Velvet Underground as well as his struggles with the inner ear disorder Ménière's disease.

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Prior to recording Ryan Adams, the singer/songwriter laid down an entire stripped-down album in the studio with producer Glyn Johns. However, that LP was eventually scrapped, but not before Adams spent $100,000 recording it. Adams told Rolling Stone that he instead recruited bassist friend Tal Wilkenfeld and a drummer that was working at a local record store and bunkered down at Adams' newly built Pax Am studio in Los Angeles. "I was like, 'I'll go in with a couple bros at seven o'clock and just jam. We would, like, smoke a bowl and drink some tea – and the words came free-flowing out of me'," Adams said. "It gives me chills just talking about it."

In addition to his self-titled album, last month, the ever-prolific Adams also dropped a limited edition 7" he dubbed the 1984 EP through his Pax Am label; listen to it here. Over the course of 10 songs and just 15 minutes, Adams' EP is his homage to the influential punk and hardcore groups of that titular year. Even with his self-titled out on September 9th, Adams is already planning beyond that: His Pax Am record club will receive the "Jacksonville" 7" that features three unreleased cuts about a week later.

Adams will begin an eight-week tour on September 8th at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club, with singer-songwriter Butch Walker joining him beginning October 6th at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

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