This week’s highlight: CIRCLE and RICHARD DAWSON’s collaborative record, “Henki”!
After featuring Julia Jacklin’s Crushing as our record of the week in the same day she was announced in our beloved Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura, we wanted the same thing to happen to The Cactus Blossoms… we hope they’re listening. Their second album, “Easy Way”, is just as catchy as their debut, which landed them a spot in the last Twin Peaks season. But there’s so much more than cult TV show appearances to the coolest band coming out of the US in the last couple of years. If you haven’t found it all by yourself yet, feel free to start here.
Plus: one and a half hour of new songs by the Mountain Goats, Hand Habits, Anna Burch, Big Thief, Kevin Morby, Sam Cohen, Sebadoh, Jess Ribeiro, Alex Lahey, Royal Trux, Jackie Cohen, Stella Donnelly, Solange, Sensible Soccers, Cavalheiro, Living Hour, Jacob Faurholt, Robert Forster, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Hiss Golden Messenger, Quaker City Night Hawks, Murray A. Lightburn, and The Tallest Man On Earth.
Bolachas Now Playing, 04/2018 (#131):
Fire! – The Hands
Steep Canyon Rangers – Farmers and Pharaohs
Red River Dialect – Gull Rock
Trembling Bells – Christ’s Entry Into Govan
Tune-Yards – Honesty
Shopping – The Hype
The Men – Maybe I’m Crazy
They Might Be Giants – All Time What
Hop Along – How Simple
Camp Cope – How to Socialise & Make Friends
Vincent Van Gold – The Ticket
Cavalheiro – Remocei
Khruangbin – Lady and Man
Khruangbin – Cómo Te Quiero
Lucy Rose – All That Fear
Jay Som – Pirouette
H.C. McEntire – Baby’s Got the Blues
Brandi Carlile – Sugartooth
Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads
It’s somewhat ironic that our series of concerts, the Bolachas Sessions, was born on All Souls’ Day. Some of our favorite Portuguese and international artists will come by our favorite venue in the town of Aveiro, Portugal, Mercado Negro (at least for the next few concerts) to show why they managed to find a place in Bolachas peeps’ hearts… and also their music, of course. Wanna know who’ll be next for making an appearance at Mercado Negro and right here on bolachas.org? I’ll tell you by the end of this review.
Cavalheiro and his buddy Maroto
While I don’t reveal that (and while you forget scroll down exists), why not telling you how off we flied in an ambitious start with Cavalheiro? In no need to get in an airplane to arrive at Aveiro city, this fine gentleman Tiago Ferreira born and raised in Santo Tirso, Porto – only actually born in the big city – decided it was time for Aveiro to know and appreciate some of his charming songs. Only accompanied by his acoustic guitar and an additional lead guitar player, they presented their latest EP Ritmo Cruzeiro (which you can all listen to on his bandcamp), along with songs from their other EP releases, Primeiro and Farsas.
Right, enough ass kissing already. How did it go?
Pretty good, in fact, aside from a little annoying amp problem, which decided that the middle of the concert would be the perfect time to start choking and losing voltage. Nice little prima donna, you stinking guitar amp. I guess the choosing of equipment for room concerts sure seems criterial. Oh yeah, it took place in the big red room of Mercado Negro, instead of the auditorium. No tickets, completely free for the public! Well, little it matters now, it’s over. Session #02 will not be free, but you don’t get to see both Zachary Cale and The Black Swans everyday, right? Here’s your spoiler.
Wait, I’m not finished, few more things to say. As for example the dry and disguised humor of mr. Cavalheiro, hard to get reaction from the crowd (less timid by the end for it, it all ended well), or the fullness “Carmo” achieved missing half of the instruments, as well as an even better than the record “Boa Sorte”. And how to forget those two bonus tracks, and here’s the second surprise, two covers! Because let’s make a big finale switching singing language and doing “Dancing in the Dark”, by Bruce Springsteen – impossible of ruining and confirmed – and “Desire Lines” of Deerhunter. Man, how I missed an encore. To be solved by attending other Cavalheiro’s concert. If not possible, next Bolachas Session is up to next November, the 23rd, see you there!
Mercado’s Red Room
As for the bands performing at #2, I’ve already told somewhere in the article. Never too late for a Halloween trick. The treats are on us.
All photos by João Peça