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#249: Daniel Romano’s Outfit, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered”

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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.

Plus: brand new tracks by Sam AmidonDawesRandall BramblettGrant-Lee PhillipsNative HarrowFaye WebsterThe ShilohsRudy de AndaTiñaThrowing MusesJohn DaveyPorridge RadioMary LattimoreTomberlinTrummorsJennifer CastleFenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler ChildersWaylon PayneBecky WarrenGus ClarkThe Bad OatsMatt CostaTyler RamseyYo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.

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#248: Bill Callahan, “Gold Record”

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We’re back from a short vacation with a packed playlist where we feature one of our old favorites. “Gold Record” is midlife Bill Callahan (smog) at his finest: a bunch of non-ordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Plus: new tracks by Rodney CrowellJerry David DeCiccaWilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Daniel RomanoJeremy Iveythe Mountain GoatsThe Nude PartyHen Ogledda Hawk and a Hacksaw‘s Heather Trost, New OrderGarcia Peoplesshame, Badge Époque Ensemble, William TylerNative HarrowBella White MusicLomeldaAdrianne LenkerSkyway ManLuceroMonster RallyNight ShopKEVIN MORBYDylan LeBlanc, Wyatt C. Lewis, Ben PiraniOkey DokeyFraser A. Gorman, Sumbuck, Thin Lear, and Jim White.

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#245: Arlo McKinley, “Die Midwestern”

Signing singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley for his Oh Boy Records was probably one of the last gifts John Prine gave us. With a full powered Memphis-based band backing him, “Die Midwestern” is a goldmine of western folk-rock tunes. Plus: new tracks by Will Johnson, Jeremy Ivey, Paul Cauthen, Jerry Joseph, Ulver, Protomartyr, Julianna Barwick, Sufjan Stevens, Jupiter Sprites, Tomberlin, Orville Peck, Sam Rae Music, Liz Simmons, Kathleen Edwards, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charley Crockett, Samuel Úria, Puerto, The Two Tracks, Jeremy Tuplin, Daniel Romano, THE EELS, Father John Misty, The Avett Brothers, and Warren Givens.

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#169: Jeff Tweedy, “Warm”

Everyone seems to be publishing their 2018 lists one month before the end of the year, and here we are pretending we’re surprised by that. We still have one more before we hibernate for a few weeks. Simultaneously with the release of his book, Wilco’s frontman Jeff Tweedy has just put out WARM, his first solo album of original material, and probably one of the best Wilco-related releases since 2007’s Sky Blue Sky.

Plus: new tracks from Michael Chapmanthe Mountain GoatsRyan BinghamDaniel RomanoFoxwarrenThe Green Apple SeaHollow HandDBUKPavo PavoBlake MillsSharon Van EttenJessica MossThese New PuritansГШ / Glintshake, Harlem, and Conor Oberst.

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#168: Songs: Ohia, “The Lioness Sessions”

Every week we try to focus on brand new music, if possible by newcomers that might or might not be semi-stars tomorrow. But, every now and then, we eventually cave in and cannot resist the urge to celebrate some of our favourite records’ anniversary editions. Songs: Ohia’s ‘The Lioness’ got its deluxe treatment through ‘Love & Work’, an extremely limited 2xLP boxset now sold out; in it, eleven outtakes from the same sessions that brought us one of the most heartbreaking albums of the last twenty years see the light of day for the first time.

Similarly, on its 20th anniversary, Calexico’s masterpiece ‘The Black Light’ got the same treatment and if anyone wants to donate the record our way, we’ll welcome it with open arms. Plus: new tracks from Angelo De Augustine, Shannon Lay, Josephine Foster, Grandaddy, Jens Lekman, Daniel Romano, Parker Gispert, Half Japanese, Piroshka, Nicole Atkins and Mark Lanegan, Gwenifer Raymond, Ryley Walker, Snapped Ankles, J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Little Dragon, and Foxwarren.