You know Spring has arrived whenever there’s a new Damien Jurado album to marvel at. The prolific American singer-songwriter is probably the most featured artist in our playlist since we started five years ago, and he doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down any time soon. We’re not complaining. Plus: new tracks by Lavinia BlackwAll, Alasdair Roberts, Johanna Warren, Talitha Ferri, Big Thief, Andy Jenkins, Courtney Marie Andrews, Christian Lee Hutson, Langhorne Slim, Zachary Cale, Rose City Band, Car Seat Headrest, Man Man, BC Camplight, Chicano Batman, American Aquarium, Grutera, João Pais Filipe, neubauten.org, Protomartyr, Fantastic Explosion, and Diet Cig.
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 Goats, Bright Eyes, Hamilton Leithauser, King Khan, Malena Zavala, Faye Webster, Lido Pimienta, Rina Sawayama, Bedouine, Sarah Siskind, Courtney Marie Andrews, Hazel English, Pacific Range, Fruit Bats, Trace Mountains, Nathan Kalish, Dougie Poole, Whiskey Wolves of the West, The Howling Hex, Flatworms, Car Seat Headrest, Stereoboy, Malojian, Sir Richard Bishop, and The Deep Dark Woods.
Mapache define themselves as “cosmic West Coast Pop Americana”, which is enough of a descriptor to deter me from writing anything else to try to explain what they sound like except for “They definitely know their Everly Brothers”. The Californian duo has just released their second album and we’re delighted to share it with you on our second (third?) week of quarantine. We didn’t even know it was Wednesday. New tracks by Bright Eyes, Waxahatchee, Car Seat Headrest, Modern Nature, Arbouretum, Hexvessel, Wax Machine, Empty Country, Squid, Dogleg, Tropical Fuck Storm, LEYA, Kenny Berg ft. Chico da Tina, J Balvin, Lil Yachty, Baxter Dury, Margaret Glaspy, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennah Barry, Blake Mills, Natalia Lafourcade Oficial & Los Cojolites, Dave Simonett, Carl Anderson, and Lucinda Williams.
Bolachas Now Playing, 02/2018 (#129)
Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
Loma – Relay Runner
Alela Diane – Ether & Wood
H.C. McEntire – Quartz in the Valley
Aurora Birch – Lark
Juanita Stein – I’ll Cry
Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
Josh Ritter – Miles Away
Khruangbin – Friday Morning
Camila Cabello – Havana
Camila Cabello – Real Friends
U.S. Girls – Pearly Gates
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – You Worry Me
Anderson East – King for a Day
Marlon Williams – What’s Chasing You
Nap Eyes – Every Time the Feeling
Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans
Ron Gallo – Happy Kid
Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth – Moonlight
For many, Car Seat Headrest was the “winner” of last week’s NOS Primavera Sound. The young singer-songwriter had just released his latest output, now on Matador, Teens of Denial, the album we’ve chosen to highlight this week on our playlist.