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#247: Colter Wall, “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs”

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

One of the greatest mysteries of contemporary western music is how on earth can a Canadian in his early 20s so easily pass for a veteran country troubadour from another time. That sounds natural for Colter Wall, and he’s here to stay. Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is his third album in four years, and probably the easiest to get into.

New tracks by Andrew GabbardThe Slim KingsNick Garza’s Get AlongTK & The Holy Know-NothingsBrent CobbChris StapletonThe Avett BrothersSquirrel Nut ZippersRae FitzgeraldNorth AmericansAdia VictoriaNative HarrowMaya HawkeLomaHalf GringaSamiaAshley RayDeep Sea DiverDawesNap EyesNight ShopJacob FaurholtUlverKelly Lee OwensThe Budos Band, and Lalalar.

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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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#192: Bedouine, “Bird Songs of a Killjoy”

Azniv Korkejian’s first album as Bedouine, drawing in equal parts from 60s folk music and the easygoing vibes of LA’s Echo Park (some sort of 21st century Laurel Canyon?), got us hooked for weeks. We can already tell the same is bound to happen with her second LP, “Bird Songs of a Killjoy”, finally released last week. Plus: new songs by The Hold Steady, Illiterate Light, Frankie Cosmos, Jesca Hoop, Mega Bog, Palehound, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Courtney Hartman, Erin Rae, Slaughter Beach, Dog, Los Retros, Bamboo, Chelsea Wolfe, Leslie Stevens, Honeysuckle, Rickie Lee Jones, Don DiLego, Jacob Faurholt, Paper Beat Scissors, Alan Power, Calexico and Iron & Wine, and Jamestown Revival.

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#178: The Cactus Blossoms, “Easy Way”

After featuring Julia Jacklin’s Crushing as our record of the week in the same day she was announced in our beloved Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura, we wanted the same thing to happen to The Cactus Blossoms… we hope they’re listening. Their second album, “Easy Way”, is just as catchy as their debut, which landed them a spot in the last Twin Peaks season. But there’s so much more than cult TV show appearances to the coolest band coming out of the US in the last couple of years. If you haven’t found it all by yourself yet, feel free to start here.

Plus: one and a half hour of new songs by the Mountain Goats, Hand Habits, Anna Burch, Big Thief, Kevin Morby, Sam Cohen, Sebadoh, Jess Ribeiro, Alex Lahey, Royal Trux, Jackie Cohen, Stella Donnelly, Solange, Sensible Soccers, Cavalheiro, Living Hour, Jacob Faurholt, Robert Forster, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Hiss Golden Messenger, Quaker City Night Hawks, Murray A. Lightburn, and The Tallest Man On Earth.

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#112: Kacy & Clayton, “The Siren’s Song”

Bolachas Now Playing, 27/2017 (#112):

Son Little – Demon to the Dark

Hand Habits – yr heart

Destroyer – Sky’s Grey

Randall Bramblett – Mali Katra

Protomartyr – My Children

Jacob Faurholt – A Lake of Distortion

Gill Landry – Berlin

Lilly Hiatt – Everything I Had

Kacy & Clayton – The Light of Day

Kacy & Clayton – This World Has Seven Wonders

Lucinda Williams – Six Blocks Away

Courtney Marie Andrews – Near You

Julien Baker – Appointments

Jen Cloher – Waiting in the Wings

The Dodos – Mirror Fake

The National – Carin at the Liquor Store

Josh Ritter – Thunderbolt’s Goodnight

Richard Thompson – Bathsheba Smiles

Noah Gundersen – Bad Desire