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#287: Snapped Ankles, “Forest of Your Problems”

We took a week off because we can. It gave us a few extra days to dive deeper into Snapped Ankles’ excellent “Forest of Your Problems”. The noisy London post-punk (if we can define it like that…) band refines their sound further, bringing us some hip-moving motorik we can use to pretend the world is back to normal and we can all dance again. Responsibly.

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#280: Johanna Samuels, “Excelsior!”

“Excelsior!” is the first LP by NYC-based singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels. Produced by Sam Evian, the album features contributions by the likes of Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, A.O. Gerber or Lomelda’s Hannah Read. If you’ve followed us long enough, you know this means we’ve already sticked our seal of approval five times. Come for the copious namedropping, stay for some of the best lyrics of the first half of 2021.

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#277: Dinosaur Jr., “Sweep It Into Space”

It’s not common for a reunion to last longer than the original run of a band. Also uncommon for the reunion-era records to be as consistently good as Dinosaur Jr.‘s. Produced by Kurt Vile, “Sweep It Into Space” is the band’s twelfth LP and the fifth since 2005’s original lineup reunion. It sees the band mostly exploring its melodic side without straying much from the typical Dino Jr sound – exactly what we all want from them.

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#244: Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Dirt and the Stars”

Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday. 

It’s been a while since Mary Chapin Carpenter was topping charts and earning Grammies while on a major label, but her songs – the rootsy, the country, and the folky ones – have never sounded wiser and personal than they do now. Plus: new tracks by the one and only Chico da TinaMelt Yourself DownMoor X JewelryIdris Ackamoor & The PyramidsThe Budos BandJaga JazzistKamaal WilliamsLianne La HavasKate BollingerYellow DaysTim HeideckerHelvetia, Dehd, Daniel Blumberg, Jason Ogden (of Penny Blacks), Jason Molina MusicSarah DavachiShirley CollinsGarcia Peoplesthe Mountain GoatsJenny O.WIDOWSPEAKDawes, and Shabason, Krgovich & Harris.

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#235: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sideways to New Italy”

Is there anything more typical of music publications in the 21st century than waiting for an indie rock band to fail miserably with the release their second record? Don’t let them tell you “Sideways to New Italy” is lacking something important. The new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album has all the melodies and hooks you need to survive this festival-less summer so you can pretend everything’s fine. We’re adding a fourth sentence to this paragraph because it seems like it’s mandatory to reference the Go-Betweens and/or the Feelies every single time we talk about this band.

Plus: new tracks by Run The JewelsDJ LycoxPop Dell’ArteNo Age, Lithics, OhmmeDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the WestSwampmeat Family BandCrystal ShipsssHelvetiaMuzzThe ClienteleLA PriestBecca MancariSarah LouiseBrigid Mae PowerThe World of DustSamantha CrainCamille DeleanModern NatureMt. JoyJoan Shelley, and Torres.