The world might have changed a lot since we’ve started doing this playlist. But there’s one thing that doesn’t: every time Nap Eyes releases an album it goes straight to our playlist as our top pick of the week. Go get your literate guitar pop fix. Plus: new tracks by Lola Kirke, Craig Finn, Dawes, Damien Jurado, Low Cut Connie, Roger Eno & Brian Eno, Maria McKee, Margaret Glaspy, Katie Von Schleicher, Waxahatchee, Lilly Hiatt, Say Sue Me, Chuck Prophet, Lewsberg, Mush, Egyptian Blue, We Versus the Shark, Melt Yourself Down, Hailu Mergia, Tony Allen, Noveller, and Bob Dylan.
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.
I need a new playlist. The fourth solo LP by the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, “I Need a New War”, has won the race to spearhead our playlist, following one of the year’s strongest Release Friday. Ten more sublime songs by one of the greatest songwriters of the century century. Plus: new tracks by Bedouine, Aldous Harding, Honey Harper, Olden Yolk, Lucy Dacus, Kevin Morby, Dylan LeBlanc, Starflyer 59, Josh Ritter, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Wand, Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Kyle Craft, Marika Hackman, Jackie Cohen, Better Oblivion Community Center, Esther Rose, I am Oak, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Willie Nelson, and the Mountain Goats.
Andrew Bird’s “My Finest Work Yet” might not be exactly his best, but it’s definitely his most interesting record in ten years. It sounds familiar, it sounds like it has always been there, but it never sounds redundant. There has never been a better time to get back into his discography. What’s more: new songs by Kevin Morby, Bedouine, Olden Yolk, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Justin Townes Earle, Lily & Madeleine, Drugdealer, Dark Tea, Sam Outlaw, Son Volt, Richard Dawson, HRNS, Blanco Palamera, Ryan Pollie, C Duncan, Chris Forsyth, Black Midi, Low Life, and American Football.
Blank Range’s second album, “In Unison”, is our record of the week. If you’re into rocky americana with plenty of pop hooks a la Blitzen Trapper or Deer Tick, they’re your new guys. Plus: new tracks by Beirut, Avey Tare, Eriksson Delcroix, Ozuna, Jards Macalé & Tim Bernardes, Nilüfer Yanya, Harlem, Guided By Voices, FIDLAR, Robert Forster, Craig Finn, Josh Ritter, Motel Mirrors, Hayes Carll, Nils Frahm, Cass McCombs, Orville Peck, Andrew Bird, Soccer Mommy, and Stella Donnelly.