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#247: Colter Wall, “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs”

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One of the greatest mysteries of contemporary western music is how on earth can a Canadian in his early 20s so easily pass for a veteran country troubadour from another time. That sounds natural for Colter Wall, and he’s here to stay. Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is his third album in four years, and probably the easiest to get into.

New tracks by Andrew GabbardThe Slim KingsNick Garza’s Get AlongTK & The Holy Know-NothingsBrent CobbChris StapletonThe Avett BrothersSquirrel Nut ZippersRae FitzgeraldNorth AmericansAdia VictoriaNative HarrowMaya HawkeLomaHalf GringaSamiaAshley RayDeep Sea DiverDawesNap EyesNight ShopJacob FaurholtUlverKelly Lee OwensThe Budos Band, and Lalalar.

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#242: Courtney Marie Andrews, “Old Flowers”

No matter your mood today, make sure you adopt a heartbreak album. Look no further. Courtney Marie Andrews can’t write a bad song. And the ones on her new collection of 10 not bad songs, “Old Flowers”, are so good that we just noticed we’ve featured one of them twice. Plus: new tracks by Fenne LilyNative HarrowLori McKennaH.C. McEntireSkullcrusherTaylor SwiftLydia LovelessAubrie SellersDaniel DonatoThe Nude PartyHoopsOld 97’sDawesJarvis CockerSylvan Esso, Walter Martin, Lala Lala, trayer tryon, Andy ShaufDurand Jones & The Indications, Grace Sings Sludge, Ora CoganIsobel CampbellTom BrosseauColter WallBrent Cobb, and the Tweedy family.

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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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#204: Wilco, “Ode to Joy”

Wilco’s eleventh full length is probably their most inspired since insert the name of your favorite Wilco record here. After two less remarkable albums and a small hiatus, they’re back with an album that may sound quieter because we’re really supposed to focus on Jeff Tweedy’s superior songwriting and Glenn Kotche’s exquisite drumming style, the stars of this show. It’s a pleasure to be living in the same timeline as Wilco.

Plus: new tracks by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Angel Olsen, Johanna Warren, Lightning Dust, Big Thief, Kacy & Clayton, Marinho, Carla dal Forno, Kelsey Waldon, Colter Wall, The Avett Brothers, Craig Finn, Mikal Cronin, The Growlers, Altın Gün, Chromatics, Land of kush, The Messthetics, and Penguin Cafe.

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#203: Moon Duo, “Stars are the Light”

Wow, every now and then we also feature non-“songwriter” music as our album of the week! It’s only been half a week of listening to it on repeat, but Moon Duo’s seventh LP is probably their most interesting offering so far. “Stars Are the Light” finds the American psych duo at their grooviest and we simply can’t get enough.

And there’s more: brand new tracks by The Deer, The New Pornographers, Chastity Belt, Vivian Girls, Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox, The Comet is Coming, Mão Morta, Weeping Icon, Xylouris White, Telefon Tel Aviv, Sturgill Simpson, Loving, Red River Dialect, Darrin Bradbury and Margo Price, Colter Wall, Molly Sarlé, Dori Freeman, Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron, Donivan Berube, Will Johnson, The Milk Carton Kids, the Mountain Goats, and Jim James with The Louisville Orchestra.