Time for the yearly meeting of the Cate Le Bon Appreciation Society, on the occasion of the release date of the Welsh songwriter’s fifth album, “Reward”. The goddaughter of the 90s Welsh indie pop of Gruff Rhys et al has long outgrown her own scene, and her exquisite avant-pop reached a level of uniqueness that makes it impossible to lump her together with anyone at all. It’s yet another magnificent record from Le Bon and we’re thrilled to live in the same era as she’s making music.
In this week’s playlist: new tracks by Alex Lahey, Lydia Ainsworth, Carly Rae Jepsen, SAMIA, Stef Chura, Los Retros, Faye Webster, Okey Dokey, Night Beats, Amyl and The Sniffers, Institute, Black Mountain, Earth, Bill Callahan (smog), Mavis Staples, Dylan LeBlanc, Frankie Lee, Justin Townes Earle, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Doug Tuttle, and Los Coast.
If you’re immediately sold on a record just by knowing Matthew E. White has put a finger on it, we don’t need to convince you further. If, on top of that, you’re a fan of Jonathan Rado-produced albums (like the most recent Father John Misty, Weyes Blood, Whitney, or Alex Cameron), you’re in for a treat. Fortunately for everyone else, Jackie Cohen’s debut LP is much more than its indie dream team of producers. We’ve been anxiously waiting for it to drop since we first heard (and featured) “FMK” back in March, and now it’s all ours.
Plus: new songs by Pile, Idles, The Dream Syndicate, Black Mountain, Alex Rex, John Southworth, A.A. Bondy, Kelly Finnigan, The Teskey Brothers, Buddy & Julie Miller, Old Man Luedecke, John Prine, Carl Anderson, Johnathan Rice & Courtney Marie Andrews, Kacy & Clayton, Kassi Valazza, Lola Kirke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Cameron, Olympia, Mara Connor & Langhorne Slim, and Joe Kaplow.
This week in Bolachas Now Playing, while we write our Vodafone Paredes de Coura roundup, we present the new great Zachary Cale record, out now on No Quarter. There are also new songs by Destroyer, Panda Bear, Kevin Morby, Low, Carly Rae Jepsen, James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg, Lindi Ortega, Rayland Baxter, and Roosevelt, along with a Glen Hansard cover of an old Songs: Ohia song, off his tribute EP to Jason Molina. Playlist and tracklist below.