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.
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”.
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 Williams, The Weather Station, Sharon Van Etten, Steady Holiday, Jane Weaver, Ohmme, SUUNS & Jerusalem In My Heart, Viagra Boys, Woods, Jeremy Ivey, Cordovas, Langhorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, The Slim Kings, Elvis Perkins, Kevin Morby, Julia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of Cardboard, Tomberlin, Pearl Charles, Holy Motors, and Jennifer Castle.
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