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a Jigsaw, “Even You”

Yet another video off Drunken Sailors and Happy Pirates, the latest LP by Portugal’s finest band from the last 10 years. Now available on vinyl.

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Pocket Chestnut, “Outness EP” (selfreleased, 2012)

Italian folk-rockers Pocket Chestnut had just put out a new four song EP for free download. To celebrate it, the band – old fans of our website – was kind enough to provide our readers a Bolachas-exclusive Mediafire download link so you can listen to it anywhere. Grandaddy fans will certainly find Outness to be seriously interesting… Stream it below and take your own conclusions. There’s also a limited edition of 200 CD-rs available on their upcoming live shows; if you don’t live in Italy just contact them and they’ll send it to you for 3 euros + shipping.

<a href=“http://pocketchestnut.bandcamp.com/album/outness-ep” data-mce-href=“http://pocketchestnut.bandcamp.com/album/outness-ep”>Outness* EP by Pocket Chestnut</a>

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Something for Someone by And the Giraffe

Meet And the Giraffe, an american dream-folk duo with ambient elements, composed by Gainesville, Florida born and raised friends Josh Morris and Nick Roberts. I’ve found out about this band thanks to a little spam by these guys on Twitter (I guess it was worth it, so feel free to bother us), and I did like what I heard. Really got into the simple but out of the blue electric guitar, and I think I also enjoyed the singer, although it kinda reminds me of John Mayer (well, a “now we’re serious” John Mayer at least). Go listen you “choninhas” fans.

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Penny Blacks, “Harbour” (selfreleased, 2011)

That awkward moment when you’re listening to a great album and realize no label, big or small, bothered to release it. Canadian songwriter Jason Ogden did it all by himself – or perhaps he didn’t, as his project Penny Blacks eventually grew to be a full 7-piece band – and selfreleased his first LP, Harbour, without any help from the big ones. The result is a stellar folk-rock album from a group of musicians who clearly look like they’ve been doing this for a long time now; although they’ve been compared to The Dears or Decemberists in the past I would place them somewhere between Americana acts Richmond Fontaine and Centro-matic – Ogden’s vocals definitely sound like Will Johnson’s, which is one of the best compliments you can give to anyone who sings in a band like this. Listening to Harbour while working on a cafe (like me, as I write these words) could be your favorite thing to do on these cold Fall afternoons. You can do it below on their Bandcamp – and buy the digital for a tenner if you like it enough.

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Cliff Dweller, “Ghosts of the Dust Bowl” (2011)

I intended to post about this in a long time now, but work has since piled up and I forgot about it. “Ghosts of the Dust Bowl” is the latest recording from Cliff Dweller, a multi-media collective from LA. I found this album while browsing the “folk” tag on Bandcamp – something that I should probably do more often – and it sounds like a homage to the Old West, the lonesome music being reminiscent of early, Spoke-era Calexico. I’m currently reading the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy and this might be the perfect album to read it along to. Feel free to stream or download it for free below, courtesy of the artists themselves.