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Ryan Adams Plots 2008 Tour; Aimee Mann Unveils ‘Smilers’ LP

Coming head-to-head with Spoon in a bid for 2007’s ceaseless touring honor, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals have plotted yet another spattering of gigs in support of Easy Tiger, and to show off a few new tunes, which appear on EP Follow the Lights.The freshly minted jaunt, set to unroll Jan. 16 in Tulsa, OK, will thenhit western U.S. cities like Tucson, San Diego, Seattle, and LosAngeles.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals tour dates:

1/16, Tulsa, OK (Cain’s Ballroom)
1/18, Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)
1/19, San Diego, CA (Spreckels Theatre)
1/21, Santa Barbara, CA (Arlington Theater)
1/22, Claremont, CA (Bridges Auditorium)
1/23, San Rafael, CA (Marin Center)
1/25, Salem, OR (Elsinore Theater)
1/26, Seattle, WA (Paramount Theater)
1/28, Berkeley, CA (Zellerbach Hall)
1/30, Los Angeles, CA (UCLA Royce Hall)

Aimee Mann Unveils ‘Smilers’ LP

Songstress Aimee Mann has detailed Smilers, the title of her seventh album to date and follow up to 2005’s solo studio effort The Forgotten Arm, tentatively dropping in the spring of 2008 via her own Superego label, reports. Produced by Paul Bryan, who also plays bass on the new record, Smilerswill deliver a new sound that’s “a little bit different for me,” saidMann. “It’s got a lot of Moog (synthesizer) on it (and) sometimesalmost sounds like the Cars a little bit,” she revealed. “From song tosong, everything gets a different treatment.”

Adding to thedeparture, Mann said, “there’s no electric guitar at all, which youweirdly don’t miss. It’s kind of this all-keyboard situation, which isgreat. It’s an interesting amalgamation of sounds.” Drummer JayBellerose and keyboardist Jamie Edwards joined Mann and Bryan on therecord, which also features string and horns. “I formed a band that wasperfect for this project and stuck with it,” Mann said.

‘Working Man’ Ray Davies Preps Sophomore Solo Set

Legendary Kinks principal Ray Davies has announced the stateside release of his sophomore solo album, entitled Working Man’s Café,due Feb. 19 via New West/Ammal Records. Co-produced by GrammyAward-winning producer/engineer Ray Kennedy (Fleetwood Mac, SteveEarle, Delbert McClinton), recorded in Nashville, TN at Kennedy’s Roomand Board Studios, and mixed at North London’s Konk Studios, Working Man’s Café arrives with 12 fresh tracks and follows up Davies’ debut, 2006’s Other People’s Lives.

What’smore, is fervent fans can also snatch up a deluxe CD/DVD album versionfeaturing bonus artwork, exclusive live performances, and a videointerview concerning the inspiration behind the new opus. And for vinylenthusiasts, the set will also arrive as a limited edition 180-gramrecord. Though details have yet-to-be confirmed, Davies will hit NorthAmerican in spring 2008 for an extensive tour.

Working Man’s Café tracklisting:

1. “Vietnam Cowboys”
2. “You’re Asking Me”
3. “Working Mans Café”
4. “Morphine Song”
5. “In a Moment”
6. “Peace in Our Time”
7. “No One Listen”
8. “Imaginary Man”
9. “One More Time”
10. “The Voodoo Walk”
11. “Hymn for a New Age”
12. “The Real World”