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#256: Heather Trost, “Petrichor”

You might know Heather Trost as one half of A Hawk and a Hacksaw (with Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeremy Barnes) and as a collaborator in various other projects, from Beirut to Swans. “Petrichor” is her third solo LP, and unlike her mostly acoustic endeavours as a violinist, it’s a psychedelic pop treasure that won’t take long to start looping in your head (and in your favourite music player).

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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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#237: Phoebe Bridgers, “Punisher”

Though it helps, you don’t have to be a 25 year-old millennial to deeply empathise with Phoebe Bridgers’ sophomore album, “Punisher”. The star-studded ensemble of guests (Conor Oberst, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and its universal and hauntingly beautiful themes of lost love, impostor syndrome and the end of the world will leave their mark on you. We dare you to try to listen to it only once. +: new tracks by Bob DylanBright EyesHayley Thompson-King, Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss), TiñaThe Fiery FurnacesElephant Stone, Sun on Shade (Heath Fogg from Alabama Shakes), Los Retros, Gum Country, Sports TeamFontaines D.C.Noveller, Jeremy Fetzer, Wilder Maker & Gabriel BirnbaumThomas CsorbaColter WallJohn CraigieNeil YoungWillie NelsonRonnie FaussArlo McKinleySteve Gunn & Cass McCombs, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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#234: Christian Lee Hutson, “Beginners”

If you haven’t had your weekly crying session yet, Christian Lee Hutson‘s debut record, Beginners, has got you covered. Even if the quarantine hasn’t gotten to you yet, prepare to get drenched in beautiful nostalgia (the good kind). But there’s more: new tracks by Zachary CaleSkullcrusherLeah SeniorKaty KirbyNicole AtkinsCourtney Marie AndrewsThe DeerBright EyesJaime WyattRay LaMontagne, Pax (feat. Kate Bollinger), Josephine FosterMary LattimoreOrville PeckShirley CollinsLawrence Rothman and Marissa NadlerWilder Maker and Gabriel BirnbaumHailu MergiaNubya GarciaNatalia LafourcadeCut WormsLogan LedgerNight ShopWaltzer, and Psychic Markers.

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#228: Fiona Apple, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”

Another week, another half-surprise release. We didn’t have access to a single song off Fiona Apple’s stunning new record (her first in 8 years) and we missed how good it is to be able to be surprised in an age where we already listened to a third of a record by the time it’s out. Plus: almost two hours of brand new music by the Mountain GoatsBright EyesHamilton Leithauser, King Khan, Malena ZavalaFaye WebsterLido PimientaRina SawayamaBedouineSarah SiskindCourtney Marie AndrewsHazel EnglishPacific RangeFruit BatsTrace MountainsNathan KalishDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the West, The Howling Hex, FlatwormsCar Seat HeadrestStereoboyMalojianSir Richard Bishop, and The Deep Dark Woods.