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#248: Bill Callahan, “Gold Record”

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We’re back from a short vacation with a packed playlist where we feature one of our old favorites. “Gold Record” is midlife Bill Callahan (smog) at his finest: a bunch of non-ordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Plus: new tracks by Rodney CrowellJerry David DeCiccaWilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Daniel RomanoJeremy Iveythe Mountain GoatsThe Nude PartyHen Ogledda Hawk and a Hacksaw‘s Heather Trost, New OrderGarcia Peoplesshame, Badge Époque Ensemble, William TylerNative HarrowBella White MusicLomeldaAdrianne LenkerSkyway ManLuceroMonster RallyNight ShopKEVIN MORBYDylan LeBlanc, Wyatt C. Lewis, Ben PiraniOkey DokeyFraser A. Gorman, Sumbuck, Thin Lear, and Jim White.

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#247: Colter Wall, “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs”

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One of the greatest mysteries of contemporary western music is how on earth can a Canadian in his early 20s so easily pass for a veteran country troubadour from another time. That sounds natural for Colter Wall, and he’s here to stay. Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is his third album in four years, and probably the easiest to get into.

New tracks by Andrew GabbardThe Slim KingsNick Garza’s Get AlongTK & The Holy Know-NothingsBrent CobbChris StapletonThe Avett BrothersSquirrel Nut ZippersRae FitzgeraldNorth AmericansAdia VictoriaNative HarrowMaya HawkeLomaHalf GringaSamiaAshley RayDeep Sea DiverDawesNap EyesNight ShopJacob FaurholtUlverKelly Lee OwensThe Budos Band, and Lalalar.

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#246: Bright Eyes, “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was”

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While 2020 has certainly been a shitshow of a year, we could only have hoped Bright Eyes‘ first record in almost a decade would have saved it. We weren’t wrong to hope. The brilliance that is “Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was” is here and please excuse us while we take the rest of the year off to plunge into this sturdy pool of sadness, death and divorce.

Plus: new tracks by H.C. McEntireThe ShilohsFenne LilyThe Lemon TwigsJosh RitterChuck ProphetLydia LovelessSteve Gunn / John Truscinski, Nubya Garcia, Rhodri Davies, TFS Band, Still House Plants, METZiLiKETRAiNSNaked GiantsGuided By VoicesOld 97’sThe Nude PartyHoly MotorsNo JoyKate BollingerGrace Gillespie, and Angel Olsen

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#245: Arlo McKinley, “Die Midwestern”

Signing singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley for his Oh Boy Records was probably one of the last gifts John Prine gave us. With a full powered Memphis-based band backing him, “Die Midwestern” is a goldmine of western folk-rock tunes. Plus: new tracks by Will Johnson, Jeremy Ivey, Paul Cauthen, Jerry Joseph, Ulver, Protomartyr, Julianna Barwick, Sufjan Stevens, Jupiter Sprites, Tomberlin, Orville Peck, Sam Rae Music, Liz Simmons, Kathleen Edwards, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charley Crockett, Samuel Úria, Puerto, The Two Tracks, Jeremy Tuplin, Daniel Romano, THE EELS, Father John Misty, The Avett Brothers, and Warren Givens.

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#244: Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Dirt and the Stars”

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It’s been a while since Mary Chapin Carpenter was topping charts and earning Grammies while on a major label, but her songs – the rootsy, the country, and the folky ones – have never sounded wiser and personal than they do now. Plus: new tracks by the one and only Chico da TinaMelt Yourself DownMoor X JewelryIdris Ackamoor & The PyramidsThe Budos BandJaga JazzistKamaal WilliamsLianne La HavasKate BollingerYellow DaysTim HeideckerHelvetia, Dehd, Daniel Blumberg, Jason Ogden (of Penny Blacks), Jason Molina MusicSarah DavachiShirley CollinsGarcia Peoplesthe Mountain GoatsJenny O.WIDOWSPEAKDawes, and Shabason, Krgovich & Harris.