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#271: Azita, “Glen Echo”

We haven’t heard of AZITA Youssefi for a while, until one day we get the news that the Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Drag City labelmates Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy on a cover of “Blackness of the Night”. There, she played all the instruments and did all the arrangements, just like on her first album in nine years, “Glen Echo”, which also serves as a great introduction to her world of song. Enjoy it, and make sure you dig deeper into her discography later.

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#263: Buck Meek, “Two Saviors”

It’s hard to talk about Buck Meek without referring to him as “Big Thief’s Buck Meek”. But his solo work – with a little help from some of our favorite handymen of indie music such as Mat Davidson (Twain) and Adam Brisbin – is its own thing, with Meek’s characteristic voice paving the way to beautifully arranged songs. Songs that we’re definitely going to use as an argument when, come November, you’ll say, as always, that “this wasn’t a very good year for music”.

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#253: Jerry David DeCicca, “The Unlikely Optimist…”

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

Almost a decade after the last The Black Swans release, frontman Jerry David DeCicca keeps putting out great solo albums. Which are not strictly solo, if you look at the cast of musicians enlisted here, a list that includes the legendary Augie Meyers (of the Texas Tornados and the Sir Douglas Quintet). The result is an instrumentally rich set of Americana songs that are probably your best introduction to DeCicca’s work as a songwriter.

This week, we have new tracks by Kacy & Clayton & Marlon WilliamsThe Weather StationSharon Van EttenSteady HolidayJane WeaverOhmmeSUUNS & Jerusalem In My HeartViagra BoysWoodsJeremy IveyCordovasLanghorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous GuysThe Slim KingsElvis PerkinsKevin MorbyJulia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of CardboardTomberlinPearl CharlesHoly Motors, and Jennifer Castle.

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#127: Jane Weaver, “Modern Cosmology”

Bolachas Now Playing, 42/2017 (#127), the ones that got away:

Colleen – November

Kelly Lee Owens – Keep Walking

Jane Weaver – H>A>K

Jane Weaver – Slow Motion

Wye Oak – Spiral

DJ Lycox – Solteiro

Loney Dear – There Are Several Alberts Here

Susto – Hard Drugs

Curtis Harding – Wednesday Morning Atonement

Nicole Atkins – A Little Crazy

Lee Ann Womack – Shine On Rainy Day

Kathryn Williams – Common Ground

Amy O – Lavender Night

Bec Sandridge – I’ll Never Want a BF

Hippo Campus – way it goes

Luís Severo – Planície (Tudo Igual)

Jay Som – (Bedhead)

Flotation Toy Warning – Controlling the Sea

Chastity Belt – 5am

John Murry – Come Five & Twenty

Ian William Craig – Arrive, Arrive

Chuck Johnson – Riga Black

Jim Ghedi – Home for Moss Valley

Bernice – Gemini

Do Make Say Think – Horripilation

Vessels – Erase the Tapes (ft. John Grant)

Forest Swords – Exalter

Metz – Cellophane

Thee Oh Sees – Jettisoned

Moon Duo – Cross-Town Fade