Laura Marling’s spring tour got cancelled and suddenly there was a seemingly unfillable void inside of us. Fortunately, the British songwriter has decided to release her new album earlier than it was supposed to, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that. Besides two songs off “Song for Our Daughter”, we have 26 brand new tracks from Jackie Lynn, OHMME, neubauten.org, Scottibrains, Hoops, Phoebe Bridgers, Tristen, Woods, Alex Nicol, AZITA, James Elkington, Buck Curran, The Orbiting Human Circus & The Music Tapes, Bia Maria, Anna Burch, Jenny O., Camille Delean, Becca Mancari, Kellen of Troy, John Anderson, Steve Earle, Pokey LaFarge, Caleb Caudle, Tommy Alexander, Jaime Wyatt, and Eilen Jewell.
We’re back and we’re bringing you a ton of music. Unusually, August was kinda eventful, with plenty of great single and album releases. So we had to exaggerate a bit and make a 33 song playlist (and we had to leave quite a few tracks out to make it reasonable). Our focus this week is The Hold Steady’s new album “Thrashing Thru the Passion”, probably their best since 2008’s “Stay Positive”. There’s no way we’re tagging every single artist this time around, so just scroll down for the track list.
Eleven years after the Silver Jews’ swan song “Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea”, David Berman finally resurfaces as Purple Mountains. And the new record is everything we ever wanted and more, with members of Woods as their backing band and producers adding extra catchiness to Berman’s superior songwriting. It jumps straight to the top of our list of favorite albums of the year.
Plus: new tracks by Divino Niño, B Boys, Tijuana Panthers, Drab Majesty, Kyle Craft, Lower Dens, Gruff Rhys, Jenny Hval, Carnivorous Plant Society, Sandro Perri, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Bad Heaven Limited, Olympia, Jade Jackson, Michaela Anne, Eilen Jewell, Kelsey Waldon, Emma Russack, Erin Durant, Asia, and Joanna Sternberg.
Time for our return after the usual early June festival break. Bill Callahan is back with his first long play in six years, an unusually twenty songs long record called Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. It sounds like, well, exactly what you would expect from Callahan.
Go have a listen after you’re done with our ridiculously long playlist – 31 songs by 30 different artists over almost two hours: House and Land, Jambinai, Shellac, Kate Tempest, RF Shannon, Whitney, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Hawley, Lower Dens, Julia Shapiro, Stef Chura, The Divine Comedy, Adam Green, Tim Heidecker, David Berman’s Purple Mountains, Will Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Michael Fracasso, Fruit Bats, Eilen Jewell, Bedouine, Joan Shelley, Julien Baker, and Shannon Lay.
Bolachas Now Playing, 32/2017 (#117):
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Anthem for No State, Pt. III
Timber Timbre – Les Egouts
The Deep Dark Woods – Fallen Leaves
Torres – Helen in the Woods
Cut Copy – Black Rainbows
Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks
The Lemon Twigs – Why Didn’t You Say That?
BadBadNotGood – Confessions Pt. III
Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr. – Ohio
Hiss Golden Messenger – Harder Rain
Hiss Golden Messenger – Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind
Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast
Rodney Crowell – Tobacco Road
Willie Nelson – Mind Your Own Business
Twain – Little Dog Mind
The Texas Gentlemen – Superstition
Conor Oberst – Southern State
Eilen Jewell – The Poor Girls Story
Holly Macve – All I Have To Do Is Dream