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#18: The Weather Station, “Loyalty”

We hosted her last January in a sold out show at the Mercado Negro in Aveiro. Just four months later, she puts out the best album of her career on her Paradise of Bachelors debut. The Weather Station’s Loyalty is out now and you can listen to two songs off it on our weekly playlist. But there are plenty of reasons to listen to this one and to subscribe our ever-changing playlist.

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#2: Dawn Richard, “Blackheart”

We got a bit deeper than the usual on our second installment of our weekly Spotify playlists. Panda Bear and Justin Townes Earle make it to the list again with two new songs, but it’s Dawn Richard who steals the show with two songs off her new record, Blackheart. Brand new songs from singer-songwriters whose new albums were just announced (Waxahatchee and Matthew E. White) also make the list; and please don’t miss on the magnificent treatment country singer Lee Ann Womack gave to ol’ Uncle Neil’s classic Out On The Weekend. And please give the new Siskiyou a spin – their new album Nervous just came out on the superb Constellation (GY!BE, Silver Mt Zion, Matana Roberts, Vic Chesnutt, etc etc etc – you didn’t even need me to point that out to you) and it’s both amazing and available on Spotify.

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The band to watch in 2013 + one of my favorite songwriters of the last five years, winner of the Bolachas Top Album of 2012 Award, together in one song. It delivers.

Pickwick’s long awaited debut LP, Can’t Talk Medicine is out next March 12th. May the Gods of the Internet make it so we can hear some more of it sooner than that.

DSS

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Bolachas’ Top 40 Albums of 2012

Check this out, a best of 2012 list that actually wasn’t posted until the year ended! A typical characteristic of a list like this – composed of the individual lists of some people whose music tastes I enjoy enough to ask them to contribute to the blog – is a certain conservatism (although there are some newcomers ranking pretty high, like Hundred Waters, Purity Ring, alt-J or Point Reyes) with some albums that manage to sneak into the top 10 despite not being the artists’ top moments (GY!BE, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird). Was 2012 that boring or are we the boring ones who only listen to boring music? Have your say in the comments section and post your own lists. Enough with the small talk…

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Sharon Van Etten, “Tell Me”

Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp will be reissued in a 2xCD deluxe edition next November 13. The package includes a bonus CD with demo versions of the songs from the album. Thank God I still haven’t bought it – she plays in Guimarães at the Optimus Primavera Club festival on November 30 and perhaps I’ll get it there. Here’s a demo of an unreleased song you probably knew about if you’ve seen her 2010 KEXP session, “Tell Me”.

DSS