Here’s a welcome surprise: NPR is now streaming Ryan Adams’ first LP in three years, Ashes & Fire, three weeks ahead of its October 11th release (via Pax-AM/Capitol). As previously reported, the 11-track effort was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns (Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash) and features guest appearances by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals on several tracks.
Other albums available to hear early:
— The Damon Albarn-led super collective DRC Music releases their album Kinshasa One Two on October 4th via Warp Records, with all proceeds benefiting Oxfam’s work in the Congo. Hear it now at Hype Machine.