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#281: Robert Finley, “Sharecropper’s Son”

Robert Finley’s story as a musician that finally has their breakthrough on their 50/60s is not unique – see Charles Bradley or Seasick Steve – but always impressing to hear about. After decades of obscurity, blues/soul songwriter Finley was spotted busking outside a music festival in Alabama, and the rest is history. His second album, “Sharecropper’s Son”, produced by Dan Auerbach, is out now. It’s our album of the week.

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#277: Dinosaur Jr., “Sweep It Into Space”

It’s not common for a reunion to last longer than the original run of a band. Also uncommon for the reunion-era records to be as consistently good as Dinosaur Jr.‘s. Produced by Kurt Vile, “Sweep It Into Space” is the band’s twelfth LP and the fifth since 2005’s original lineup reunion. It sees the band mostly exploring its melodic side without straying much from the typical Dino Jr sound – exactly what we all want from them.

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

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

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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#243: Mike Polizze, “Long Lost Solace Find”

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Purling Hiss frontman Mike Polizze has gone solo, and the result is our album of the week, “Long Lost Solace Find”. With a little help from buddy Kurt Vile and engineer Jeff Zeigler (KV, the War on Drugs, etc), he’s crafted one of the nicest feel-good folk-pop records of the season. Go get it while it’s hot.

+: new tracks by Robert ForsterCool SoundsCayucasS.G. GoodmanLe RenLaura VeirsHen OgleddSorryThe Lemon TwigsSurfer Blood (with Pip Blom), Fontaines D.C.Hockey DadThee Oh SeesKatie DeyDavid Bruno Luka KuplowskyMadeline KenneyHeartless BastardsAngel OlsenLand of TalkLomelda, Thomas Bartlett, Jerry David DeCiccaBlitzen TrapperCut Worms, and The Slim Kings.

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#204: Wilco, “Ode to Joy”

Wilco’s eleventh full length is probably their most inspired since insert the name of your favorite Wilco record here. After two less remarkable albums and a small hiatus, they’re back with an album that may sound quieter because we’re really supposed to focus on Jeff Tweedy’s superior songwriting and Glenn Kotche’s exquisite drumming style, the stars of this show. It’s a pleasure to be living in the same timeline as Wilco.

Plus: new tracks by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Angel Olsen, Johanna Warren, Lightning Dust, Big Thief, Kacy & Clayton, Marinho, Carla dal Forno, Kelsey Waldon, Colter Wall, The Avett Brothers, Craig Finn, Mikal Cronin, The Growlers, Altın Gün, Chromatics, Land of kush, The Messthetics, and Penguin Cafe.