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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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#246: Bright Eyes, “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was”

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While 2020 has certainly been a shitshow of a year, we could only have hoped Bright Eyes‘ first record in almost a decade would have saved it. We weren’t wrong to hope. The brilliance that is “Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was” is here and please excuse us while we take the rest of the year off to plunge into this sturdy pool of sadness, death and divorce.

Plus: new tracks by H.C. McEntireThe ShilohsFenne LilyThe Lemon TwigsJosh RitterChuck ProphetLydia LovelessSteve Gunn / John Truscinski, Nubya Garcia, Rhodri Davies, TFS Band, Still House Plants, METZiLiKETRAiNSNaked GiantsGuided By VoicesOld 97’sThe Nude PartyHoly MotorsNo JoyKate BollingerGrace Gillespie, and Angel Olsen

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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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#238: Jessie Ware, “What’s Your Pleasure?”

We should all be listening to the new collection of bangers from Jessie Ware on our favourite dance floor, but well, here we are. Start your summer right with one of the last great releases of the first half of 2020. Plus 28 other new tracks by David BrunoGabriel Garzón-MontanoCut CopySilverbacksThe SuffersCountry WesternsPotteryNana GrizolMountain TimeKalen & AslynMark FredsonCorb LundLuka KuplowskyRoy AyersSkinshapeKhruangbinNadine ShahFenne LilyNative HarrowH.C. McEntireJess Williamson & Hand HabitsBecca MancariLou Canon, Alasdair Roberts, Bill CallahanOur Man In The FieldBonny Light Horseman, and Foy Vance.

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#231: Blake Mills, “Mutable Set”

Blake Mills has been over the place over the past few years, including this very setlist (that’s also him on Perfume Genius’ new track). You can find him producing, playing or singing on albums such as Laura Marling’s “Semper Femina”, Dawes’ “We’re All Gonna Die”, Conor Oberst’s “Salutations”, Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising”… you know the drill. They’ve all been featured here. After adding some guitar tracks on Cass McCombs’ “Mangy Love” a few years back, he has now invited back the fellow Californian for some collaborative songwriting on his exquisite, brilliant new album, “Mutable Set”.

Plus: brand new tracks by A.O. GerberSkullcrusherFenne LilyDana GavanskiModern StudiesWoodsBlitzen TrapperDougie PooleWillie NelsonSarah Siskind, Matthew Tavares, Masaki Batoh, Fontaines D.C.Disheveled CussRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverWhite DenimGia Margaret MusicDirty ProjectorsJessie WareTei ShiKehlaniThundercat, and Bad Bunny.