Ryan Adams: 1989 Out Now

Ryan Adams: 1989 Out Now

“Ryan’s music helped shape my songwriting. This is surreal and dreamlike.” – Taylor Swift


Ever since word first leaked (or rather he tweeted it) that alt-country, hipster-beloved indie darling Ryan Adams was working on a cover version of Taylor Swift’s multi-platinum 1989 album (in the style of The Smiths, natch), not only has Swift herself – America’s sweetheart and reigning pop princess been breathless with anticipation, but the entire internet community has been in waiting. Here at The Garb Wire, we’ve been buzzing with the excitement of this previously unthinkable meeting of musical minds. As Adams teased us with musical bites via Twitter and Instagram (he’s very modern), the world wondered if this musical goodness would see the light of day, given that his much rumoured, never-revealed cover version of The Strokes Is This It? album never made it to iTunes. That album remains an urban legend to this day (apparently only a few of his ex-bandmates in The Cardinals have ever heard it. However, legend holds that it was gooood).

Ryan Adams’ take on 1989 is finally here. And yes, it’s just as good as you hoped. Every slice of the album that Adams has tempted us with has added to our anticipation — not least with Swift herself, who tweeted in response to Adams finishing her song Style

“Cool I’m not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again and I’m going to celebrate today every year as a holiday. I’M CALM.”


We can report that this album truly delivers on our fevered expectations, from the bluegrass-tinged slow tempo beauty that is Blank Space to the sparse, metronome driven lilt of Shake It Off.

Ryan turns 40 in November and in a way it may be that milestone has allowed him to cast off the angst of his past He truly seems to be enjoying himself here. Mid life crisis writ large? Though, as Gavin Allen at the Daily Mirror brilliantly put it: “I did not suggest he was having a mid-life crisis. He’s enjoyed a whole-life crisis so far. Why limit yourself?”

This truly is the Cardinals meets Heartbreaker meets Love Is Hell album of our dreams.


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Grab 1989 by Ryan Adams now on iTunes, or for the traditionalists stay tuned for the impending release on CD and vinyl.

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Must Watch: The Look Part 1 Runway, 1992

Must Watch: The Look Part 1 Runway, 1992

Just in time for this weekend’s bedtime viewing is the unearthing of what I consider to be:

“The BEST fashion documentary series of all time.”

A strong proclamation, I know, but I’ve been trying to find it online for years.

The Look is a six-part BBC Four series from the early 1990’s, made by Marion Hume with independent film makers Freelance Film Partners.

Part One goes behind the scenes at runway shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, and examines who sat where on the political map of fashion at the time, and it also explores the evolution of the supermodels.

All six episodes are fascinating! Start watching now.

Yes, it’s really dated, but that’s the point. It’s a perfectly captured moment in time. Seeing how Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and André Leon Talley looked 25 years ago is great, plus cameos from Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace and Michael Hutchence will have you breathless.

Lastly, it’s the supermodel era revisited. Mind you don’t drown in all that 90’s Chanel, dears.


Watch it here:


Read: The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr

Read: The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr

The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York is a fascinating glimpse into the perfume industry by Chandler Burr, formerly the scent critic for T” The New York Times Style Magazine.

Burr offers the reader a  window  into the fragrance industry from two staggeringly different perspectives,  as he follows the creation of two perfumes;

The first, Un Jardin sur le Nil, a perfume crafted by  Jean Claude Ellenanose for luxury brand Hermès, based in the original centre and capital of the perfume world, Grasse in France. It is a fragrance concieved with pure artistry at its core.

The second, chronicles Sarah Jessica Parker’s journey as she directs the development of her first fragrance, Lovely, in partnership with global fragrance leaders, Coty, providing an insight into the commercial centre of the perfume world, where commerce and celebrity dominate.

Written by Craig Tinker (@takeasecondofme)