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New Matthew Ryan: From a Late Night High Rise

Many who check in here from time to time most likely share a lot of my tastes in music. A time or two, I’ve passed along a few of my favorites from Matthew Ryan, both as a solo artist, and as a member of the short lived but very impressive Strays Don’t Sleep.

I’ve devoured everything Matthew has released like that Japanese guy at the Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island (yeah, I need to work on my analogies). You know who I’m talking about, right?

His name is Takeru Kobayashi. I looked it up. The fella knows how to eat hot dogs.

Shifting gears…

Matt is poised to release his next album on December 5th, the introspective From a Late Night High Rise.

There’s a cool timeline page on Matt’s web site, where he takes you through his career, year by year. His 2006 entry says this about the album:

In early 2006 I completed a new record of solo songs called From A Late Night High-Rise. It’s a collection of songs inspired by the death of a dear friend and the sentencing of my brother to 30 years in prison. Between 2004 and 2006 there were a lot of “life in the teeth” things happening. I felt like I had to make From A Late Night High-Rise so I could find some peace with everything. Trouble and sorrow are not unique experiences. But when we’re in their weather, we can feel isolated, burdened, alone. From A Late Night High-Rise is the most beautiful collection of songs I’ve made yet. It looks and sounds like traffic from 52 floors above- ambient, warm and human.

Yes, the man has a way with words, and putting them to music. Take a listen to the great first single off the album. Then mark December 5th on your calendars and pick up a copy of From a Late Night High Rise (don’t worry, I’ll remind you). If you’re in the eastern half of the U.S., check out the tour dates below, and go check him out live. If you’re in the western half, don’t lose hope, because dates out west are being booked as we speak for early next year, including right here in Phoenix. I’ll finally get to see ol’ Matt live.

Matthew Ryan: Never Look Back (mp3) – from the forthcoming release, From a Late Night High Rise, out December 5th.

www.matthewryanonline.com
www.myspace.com/matthewryan
www.2minutes59.com
Available @ i-Tunes on December 5th, 2006

Other MR Albums you should check out:
May Day
East Autumn Grin
Concussion
Regret Over the Wires
Strays Don’t Sleep

Fall Tour Dates

11/01/06 Atlanta, GA The Melting Point
11/02/06 Charlotte, NC Evening Muse
11/03/06 Decatur, GA Eddies Attic
11/04/06 Knoxville, TN Corner Lounge
11/05/06 Raleigh, NC The Pour House
11/06/06 Arlington, VA Iota Club and Cafe
11/07/06 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe
11/10/06 New York, NY The Living Room
11/11/06 New York, NY The Living Room
11/12/06 Boston, MA Paradise Lounge
11/13/06 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
11/14/06 Syracuse, NY Mezzanotte Cafe
11/15/06 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
11/16/06 Lexington, KY The Dame
11/17/06 Chicago, IL Schubas
11/18/06 Springfield, IL Underground City Tavern

Watch Matt perform “Return to Me”… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv0x3LZ5RlQ

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve listened to “Never Look Back” a bunch of times today. I like it a bunch. I’ll be checking it out come December. Thanks so much for posting it.

  2. Py – that is a travesty! All employers should know that good music boosts productivity. Oh, wait, I gotta get back to work!

  3. I came over here from Jefito’s site, and am really interested in checking out Ryan’s music. Sadly, I have to wait until I get home because our IT director has blocked downloads at work. 🙁

  4. Good news, great scoop! I didn’t know he was releasing a new album!

  5. Yeah, you know me, I guess i have a soft spot for those tortured singer / songwriters!

  6. Bo-bella Bo-bella

    He definitely puts on a good show! Very sad sad song though…

  7. As ever, Pete, your taste in music is imp-ick-able. I’ve found Ryan’s music spottier than you have, but fuck if “Return to Me” isn’t one of my favorite songs of the last five years. I’m definitely going to get a copy of this new one. Thanks!

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