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#209: Xylouris White, “The Sisypheans”

We’re back from Le Guess Who?, one of the few festivals in Europe where we could choose between four or five quality club nights in various venues or a packed Xylouris White gig post-midnight on a Saturday. We were lucky to get in and witness one of the best concerts of the festival, which doubled as a release show, since the duo composed of Greek singer/laouto player George Xylouris and Dirty Three’s Jim White has just released their fourth album in six years, The Sisypheans. Plus: new tracks by Oiseaux-Tempête, 10 000 Russos, Katie Gately, FKA twigs, SebastiAn, Moor Mother, Vanishing Twin, Gus Seyffert, Wolf Parade, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Wilson, Itasca, Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron, The Delines, Twain, Sea Lion, and The Good Ones.

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#202: Hiss Golden Messenger, “Terms of Surrender”

Hiss Golden Messenger’s eleventh record in eleven years, “Terms of Surrender”, is our album of the week. Another gem, as usual from one of our favourite songwriters of the 2010s. Plus: new tracks by Andrew Combs, Longriver, Vetiver, Wilco, Jonathan Wilson, Kacy & Clayton, Caitlin Jemma, Leonard Cohen, Simon Joyner, Itasca, Brittany Howard, Leslie Stevens, Anna Ash, Soccer Mommy, Karl Blau, Jim Lauderdale, Jason James, Giant Sand, LIFE, Mikal Cronin, The New Pornographers, Nico LaOnda, YĪN YĪN, and Les Big Byrd.

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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: the review

Sometimes it’s hard to be objective and unbiased when writing about a festival that is such a big part of your life. Except for two (very) unremarkable lineups that made me stay home, since I was old enough to go to college all my summers involved a trip to Paredes de Coura (and a painful trip back, too). When you’re a kid, they say you’ll eventually get older and boring, in a process they call “becoming an adult”. This usually comes with amazing perks such as ceasing to listen to any new music whatsoever, stopping seeing your (also ageing) friends, having great conversations about changing diapers with your remaining friends (yes, the other couple with kids you always go vacationing with to some shitty beach full of other couples with kids and the odd mother-in-law). Obviously, a multi-day, non-kid friendly, rural music festival such as Festival Paredes de Coura seems like one of those things that are amongst the first to drop from your newfound “adult life”. Except you don’t have to be that person; and is there anything better to remind you of that than going there and finding all your friends in the same place, same month, year after year, all over again? (Well, other than imagining the smell of those diapers.)

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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: our top picks

Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2018. Photo by Hugo Lima.

Another summer, another missed opportunity to have a vacation somewhere because there’s nowhere else we’d rather be other than at our little paradise of Paredes de Coura, in northwestern Portugal. The festival runs from the 14th to the 17th of August, but, like always, the fun begins way earlier than that, with four fun-packed, free entrance days with concerts and DJ sets right in the center of the small Minho village.

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#144: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, “Seedlings All”

Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.

British folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker are back with a new album, “Seedlings All”, which is our record of the week! This week’s playlist brings you more than an hour and a half of new music, from the epic new The Milk Carton Kids number to another trademark Grouper track at the end. Plus: Jonathan Wilson, The Tallest Man On Earth, emma tricca, RF SHANNON, Willie NelsonBonnie Prince Billy, Katie Von Schleicher, Ólafur Arnalds, Speedy Ortiz, Jim James, Buck MeekStephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Super DopplerKacy & Clayton, Dr. Dog, The Green Apple Sea, Cullen Omori, and Frog Eyes.


Bolachas Now Playing, 17/2018 (#144):

The Milk Carton Kids – One More for the Road

Jonathan Wilson – There’s a Light (Acoustic Version)

The Tallest Man on Earth – Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York

Emma Tricca – Winter, My Dear

RF Shannon – Tooth Ache

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – Chicago

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – Bathed in Light

Willie Nelson – Heaven is Closed

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wild is the Will

Katie Von Schleicher – Party Dawn

Ólafur Arnalds – re:member

Speedy Ortiz – Can I Kiss You?

Jim James – Just a Fool

Buck Meek – Maybe

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Refute

Super Doppler – Gas Station

Kacy & Clayton – Calgary

Dr. Dog – Critical Equation

The Green Apple Sea – Floaters

Cullen Omori – Four Years

Frog Eyes – Your Boss’s Shirt

Grouper – Thanksgiving Song