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Ryan Adams' new album just killed Jeff Garlin's bird

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Ryan Adams’ new, self-titled record drops tomorrow, and it might just kill you.

The mopey singer pokes fun of the fact that he’s a mopey singer in two new promo videos. The first features Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin lamenting that the record’s lead single “Gimme Something Good” killed his parakeet. “It’s just such an emotional album,” Garlin cries over the phone to “Ryan Adams’ manager” Garry Shandling, who then tells producer Don Was to have Adams make a new album “that doesn’t kill anything.” A flashback to the song’s recording shows Husker Dü alum Bob Mould backing up Adams as he lays down a comically bad vocal cut for the track.

Garlin also harasses Shandling by phone in the second video, which is shot in black and white and set to a Hitchcock-esque soundtrack. Garlin tells Shandling that Adams’ new record turns listeners to zombies, going on to caution viewers not to purchase the album. Upon receiving news of the zombies, Was says, “I think the zombies are supposed to happen.”

Ryan Adams is his 13th solo LP—if you can’t wait a day to get your hands on it, head over to NPR, where it’s streaming now.