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#227: Laura Marling, “Song for Our Daughter”

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 LynnOHMMEneubauten.org, Scottibrains, HoopsPhoebe BridgersTristenWoodsAlex NicolAZITAJames ElkingtonBuck CurranThe Orbiting Human Circus & The Music TapesBia MariaAnna BurchJenny O.Camille DeleanBecca MancariKellen of TroyJohn AndersonSteve EarlePokey LaFargeCaleb CaudleTommy AlexanderJaime Wyatt, and Eilen Jewell.

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#198: The Hold Steady, “Thrashing Through the Passion”

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.

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#195: Purple Mountains, “Purple Mountains”

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.

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#191: Bill Callahan, “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest”

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.

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#117: Hiss Golden Messenger, “Hallelujah Anyhow”

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