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#232: Jess Williamson, “Sorceress”

Other than a vague idea of how her debut album sounded like, we knew almost nothing about Jess Williamson the moment we walked into the dark backroom of a Nijmegen venue to listen to her songs. Or at least try to, as the audience seemed to be more interested in catching up with their buddies before Kevin Morby took the stage. That being said, our most vivid image of that night is staring at the stage as Williamson played the broodingly gorgeous “Heart Song” off her forthcoming album. We had to go up and tell her we could get her to play a few shows back in Portugal. That never happened, but 100% of her future albums ended up being featured here. Of course they were. “Sorcerer” is the latest instalment in a perfect streak of stellar records. It’s out now.

Plus: new tracks by Josiah JohnsonTommy Alexander, Sumbuck, The JayhawksRose City Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Maier, OwenSilverbacks, Crack Cloud, Hanni El KhatibKhruangbinSINEAD O’BRIENKATE NVJim White and Marisa Anderson musicneubauten.orgI Break HorsesPhoebe BridgersNicole AtkinsPerfume GeniusLA PRIESTCharli XCXHappyness, and Lily Hayes.

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#223: Sam Doores, “Sam Doores”

We’re pretty sure you won’t run out of interesting things to keep you occupied during your forced quarantine period, but we’ll still add something to that. The Deslondes’ Sam Doores has just released his first solo LP in quite a while, and you can use it to remember how nice life could be when it was still normal. Plus: new tracks by Shabaka & the AncestorsSoccer96 & Alabaster dePlumeProtomartyrLIFEPorridge RadioThe WIYOSViagra BoysSINEAD O’BRIENU.S. GirlsGirlpoolYves Tumor, Seasick Steve, Margo Price, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jim White & Marisa Anderson musicWillie NelsonWhiskey Wolves of the WestDon GallardoNorah JonesMandy MooreAnna BurchKate BollingerSharon Van Etten, and JFDR.

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#218: Frazey Ford, “U Kin B the Sun”

It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Frazey Ford – our playlist wasn’t even around when she released “Indian Ocean” back in 2014. Fortunately, the wait is over, and we’re delighted to have our favorite soulful Americana singer-songwriter back. This week, we bring you a couple of songs off “U Kin B The Sun” plus new tracks from John MorelandLilly HiattWhitney RoseLady LambHeather Woods BroderickSharon Van EttenBrandy ClarkNicole Atkins, Jason Isbell, Brent CobbChristopher Paul StellingDesureJames SteinleNathaniel RateliffBuilt to SpillSufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Toby HayAlex RexCalifoneShoppingRolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Amanda Shires.

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#152: Damien Jurado, “The Horizon Just Laughed”

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Two months after its release, one of our favorite albums of the year is finally streaming. “The Horizon Just Laughed” is (yet another) landmark in Damien Jurado’s vast discography and our album of the week. Plus: new songs by Colter Wall, Donnie Fritts, the Mountain Goats, Jim James, Jason Isbell, The Donkeys, The Nude Party, The Essex Green, Let’s Eat Grandma, Angélique Kidjo, Gorillaz, Underworld & Iggy Pop, The Beths, BODEGA, Ulaan Markhor, Marc Ribot, and The Innocence Mission.

Bolachas Now Playing, 25/2018 (#152):

Colter Wall – Calgary Round-Up

Donnie Fritts – You Better Move On

Damien Jurado – 1973

Damien Jurado – Lou-Jean

The Mountain Goats – Song for Sasha Banks

Jim James – Throwback

Jason Isbell – Crystal Clear

The Donkeys – Unusual

The Nude Party – Wild Coyote

The Essex Green – Sloane Ranger

Let’s Eat Grandma – It’s Not Just Me

Angélique Kidjo – Once in a Lifetime

Gorillaz – Lake Zurich

Underworld & Iggy Pop – Get Your Shirt

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

BODEGA – Jack in Titanic

Ulaan Markhor – At the Gate

Marc Ribot, Steve Earle & Tift Merritt – Srinivas

The Innocence Mission – Green Bus

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#108: The Deslondes, “Hurry Home”

Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2017 (#108):

Delorean – Giro

Arcade Fire – Signs of Life

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Sevdaliza – Hubris

St. Vincent – New York

Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back at Ten

Chicano Batman – Passed You By

Rips – Losing II

Deer Tick – It’s a Whale

Beach Fossils – This Year

Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses

The Deslondes – Nelly

The Deslondes – Just In Love With You

Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers – I Do Believe I’ve Had Enough

Hiss Golden Messenger – Standing in the Doorway

Iron & Wine – Call it Dreaming

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Chaos and Clothes

Hayden Pedigo – Madrid

Holly Throsby – Aeroplane

Lowland Hum – Thirty Years Old