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#253: Jerry David DeCicca, “The Unlikely Optimist…”

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Almost a decade after the last The Black Swans release, frontman Jerry David DeCicca keeps putting out great solo albums. Which are not strictly solo, if you look at the cast of musicians enlisted here, a list that includes the legendary Augie Meyers (of the Texas Tornados and the Sir Douglas Quintet). The result is an instrumentally rich set of Americana songs that are probably your best introduction to DeCicca’s work as a songwriter.

This week, we have new tracks by Kacy & Clayton & Marlon WilliamsThe Weather StationSharon Van EttenSteady HolidayJane WeaverOhmmeSUUNS & Jerusalem In My HeartViagra BoysWoodsJeremy IveyCordovasLanghorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous GuysThe Slim KingsElvis PerkinsKevin MorbyJulia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of CardboardTomberlinPearl CharlesHoly Motors, and Jennifer Castle.

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#252: Cut Worms, “Nobody Lives Here Anymore”

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Max Clarke, aka Cut Worms, sounds a bit like if Jim James was sent back to the 60s in a time capsule to perform in folk-rock and Merseybeat outfits. His new double LP “Nobody Lives Here Anymore” has to be our most anticipated release of the year. We tried very hard not to include all of the nine (!) advance songs Jagjaguwar has slowly put out in the past five months. Now that it’s all out, its 77 minutes will take a lot of time to digest – mostly because it’s impossible to not get hooked in one or another of the nuggets hidden inside this record.

Plus: new tracks by DawesDrive-By TruckersCAAMPWendy EisenbergSlow PulpFast FriendsPearl CharlesCaroline SpenceLiz Longley, Magik Markers, The AntlersPsychic TempleNorth AmericansMary LattimoreGarcia PeoplesMdou MoctarThe Budos BandRob MazurekGustafMETZWild PinkBuck MeekThe Bad OatsShaela Miller, and Jackson Emmer.

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#251: The Nude Party, “Midnight Manor”

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The Nude Party are 2020’s kings of cool. Which is kinda unfortunate, since in a normal world they would be everybody’s pick for the next festival season. Feel-good and groovy as it gets, “Midnight Manor” was clearly made for an older world where we’re all out partying. Let’s pretend it never changed.

Plus: new tracks by Esther RoseDeep Sea DiverThe ClienteleJustin Wade TamCartalkAdrianne LenkerAnna McClellanHamilton Leithauser, Jeff Tweedy of WilcoHalf JapaneseFuzzTe Voy A Matar, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!Shilpa RayEartheaterJennifer CastleSam AmidonAndrew BirdJim Audet MusicJonathan WilsonLuka KuplowskyBrent CobbKurt VileSteve EarleFruit Bats, and The Good Ones.

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#250: Lydia Loveless, “Daughter”

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Five and a half years later, we reach the round number of 250 weeks providing you with fresh new music. That’s a lot of hours of music and a whole lot of hours of work put into this. Congratulate us. This week we bring you “Daughter”, the new record by singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless. It’s probably the most brilliant effort yet from someone we can start shamelessly call the heir to Lucinda Williams’ throne.

Plus: new tracks by Tim HeideckerBruce SpringsteenChris StapletonBlitzen TrapperBrandy Clark & Brandi CarlileBella WhiteThe MastersonsFleet FoxesThis Is The KitGianna LaurenThe Slim KingsKiwi jrSunflower Beantune-yardsSufjan StevensSarah DavachiHen OgleddSad13Ian Daniel KehoeChristian KjellvanderKevin MorbyCut WormsTre Burt, and Grace Gillespie.

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#249: Daniel Romano’s Outfit, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered”

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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.

Plus: brand new tracks by Sam AmidonDawesRandall BramblettGrant-Lee PhillipsNative HarrowFaye WebsterThe ShilohsRudy de AndaTiñaThrowing MusesJohn DaveyPorridge RadioMary LattimoreTomberlinTrummorsJennifer CastleFenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler ChildersWaylon PayneBecky WarrenGus ClarkThe Bad OatsMatt CostaTyler RamseyYo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.