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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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#229: Lucinda Williams, “Good Souls Better Angels”

Fourteen LPs into her career, Lucinda Williams is roots music’s biggest treasure. Not sure how she hasn’t crossed over enough into an ocean of indie reverence. Their loss. “Good Souls Better Angels” is yet another gem from the Louisiana singer-songwriter. Plus: new tracks by Angelo De AugustineJohn Paul WhiteLizanne KnottHazel EnglishKatie Von SchleicherJennie LawlessJenny O.Jaime WyattWhitney RoseIsrael NashThe Texas GentlemenGarrett T. Capps, Lithics, No AgeBuilt to SpillSammy BrueOkey Dokey, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John K. Samson, Chuck Prophet OfficialZachary CaleModern Nature, Blake Mills, Sam Prekop, and Khruangbin.

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#106: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, “Nashville Sound”

Bolachas Now Playing, 21/2017 (#106):

Julia Jacklin – Eastwick

Protomartyr – 580 Memories

Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Marika Hackman – Good Intentions

Big Thief – Watering

Ulrika Spacek – Modern English Decoration

Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used to Do

The War On Drugs – Holding On

Iron & Wine – Stranger Lay Beside Me

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Anxiety

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Something to Love

The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song

Songhoy Blues – Mali Nord

Daniel Romano – I Tried to Hold the World (In My Mouth)

Sammy Brue – Jealous

Minta & the Brook Trout – So This Has to Do

Kevin Morby – City Music

Benjamin Clementine – Phantom of Aleppoville

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#105: Big Thief, “Capacity”

Bolachas Now Playing, 20/2017 (#105):

Big Thief – Mary

Big Thief – Black Diamonds

Vikesh Kapoor – Down by the River

Justin Townes Earle – What She’s Crying For

Pokey LaFarge – Going To the Country

The Mastersons – Transient Lullaby

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Hope the High Road

The Shilohs – Sleep City

Deer Tick – Sea of Clouds

The Growlers – Late Bloomers

Amber Arcades – Wouldn’t Even Know

Mt. Joy – Cardinal

Howe Gelb – Ownin’ It

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Beargrass Song

Micah P. Hinson – Lover’s Lane

Richard Dawson – Beggar

Bedouine – Solitary Daughter

Aldous Harding – Swell Does the Skull