It’s been ten years since Sarah Harmer last released a record. The Canadian singer-songwriter spent the last decade advocating for environmental rights, but she’s now back on track with an album that feels like a successor of her 2000 breakthrough, “You Were Here”. Folk-rock folks, please gather around here. Plus: new tracks by Willie Nelson, Samantha Crain, Jay Som, Ada Lea, Katie Von Schleicher, Lilly Hiatt, Trace Mountains, Real Estate, Spinning Coin, King Tuff, Six Organs of Admittance, Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree, Califone, Oiseaux-Tempête, Agnes Obel, Katie Gately, Jessy Lanza, Grimes, Beatrice Dillon, Yves Tumor, Bib, No Age, Guided By Voices, and Josh Ritter.
It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Frazey Ford – our playlist wasn’t even around when she released “Indian Ocean” back in 2014. Fortunately, the wait is over, and we’re delighted to have our favorite soulful Americana singer-songwriter back. This week, we bring you a couple of songs off “U Kin B The Sun” plus new tracks from John Moreland, Lilly Hiatt, Whitney Rose, Lady Lamb, Heather Woods Broderick, Sharon Van Etten, Brandy Clark, Nicole Atkins, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Christopher Paul Stelling, Desure, James Steinle, Nathaniel Rateliff, Built to Spill, Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Toby Hay, Alex Rex, Califone, Shopping, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Amanda Shires.
Field Music’s new record is an odd but interesting one – a concept album about the after-effects of the First World War (and not about the war itself), worth reading about on the band’s Bandcamp page. It’s a slow first half of January when it comes to album releases, as always, but there are plenty of singles coming out every day. On our second playlist of the year, enjoy new tracks from the likes of The Men, MICH, Wolf Parade, Alan Power, Destroyer, Aoife Nessa Frances, The Shins, Califone , Nathaniel Rateliff, Christopher Paul Stelling, Andy Shauf, Grandaddy, Susanne Sundfør, Kyle McEvoy & Ed Askew, Moses Sumney, Bonny Light Horseman, Frazey Ford, Lilly Hiatt, Frances Quinlan, Anna Burch, Tennis, and The Black Lips.
Hailing from Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Francisco da Concertina – or Chico da Tina – is the only trap star we know that plays concertina, would rather have a 18th century neoclassical painting on his neck instead of golden chains, buys his wares from local markets instead of “flea markets” or vintage shops, and whose notion of a good time is more likely to be a small village romaria instead of a club in the city. You won’t get it if you don’t know the language, but it’s your fault anyway. Plus: new tracks by Destroyer, Girl Ray, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Lalalar, Health&Beauty, Black Bombaim & João Pais Filipe, Clark, Maria Reis, Josienne Clarke, Basia Bulat, Frances Quinlan, Hoops, Tōth, Califone, SUSS, Twain, Futurebirds, Tuomo & Markus, Drive-By Truckers, Honey Harper, and Leonard Cohen.
Bolachas Now Playing, 08/2017 (#92):
JFDR – Airborne
Molly Burch – Downhearted
Nadia Reid – Right on Time
Emma Ruth Rundle – The Distance
Sam Outlaw – Everyone’s Looking For Home
Andrew Combs – Blood Hunters
John Moreland – It Doesn’t Suit Me (Like Before)
Son Volt – Promise the World
Califone + oRSo – Slowness
The Feelies – In Between
The Feelies – Make It Clear
Tall Tall Trees – The Riverbend
Shelby Earl – The Man Who Made Himself a Name
Duquesa – Better Men
Ride – Home is a Feeling
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Methyl Ethel – Groundswell
The Molochs – Ten Thousand
Justin Townes Earle – Champagne Corolla
Christopher Paul Stelling – Destitute
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge – Sleeping By Myself