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#427: The Felice Brothers, “Valley of Abandoned Songs”

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

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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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#251: The Nude Party, “Midnight Manor”

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The Nude Party are 2020’s kings of cool. Which is kinda unfortunate, since in a normal world they would be everybody’s pick for the next festival season. Feel-good and groovy as it gets, “Midnight Manor” was clearly made for an older world where we’re all out partying. Let’s pretend it never changed.

Plus: new tracks by Esther RoseDeep Sea DiverThe ClienteleJustin Wade TamCartalkAdrianne LenkerAnna McClellanHamilton Leithauser, Jeff Tweedy of WilcoHalf JapaneseFuzzTe Voy A Matar, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!Shilpa RayEartheaterJennifer CastleSam AmidonAndrew BirdJim Audet MusicJonathan WilsonLuka KuplowskyBrent CobbKurt VileSteve EarleFruit Bats, and The Good Ones.

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#249: Daniel Romano’s Outfit, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered”

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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.

Plus: brand new tracks by Sam AmidonDawesRandall BramblettGrant-Lee PhillipsNative HarrowFaye WebsterThe ShilohsRudy de AndaTiñaThrowing MusesJohn DaveyPorridge RadioMary LattimoreTomberlinTrummorsJennifer CastleFenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler ChildersWaylon PayneBecky WarrenGus ClarkThe Bad OatsMatt CostaTyler RamseyYo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.

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163: Current 93, “The Light is Leaving Us All”

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Current 93’s new album “The Light Is Leaving Us All” is probably David Tibet’s best work since 2006’s “Black Ships Ate the Sky”. Yes, there’s no modern cowboy or cowgirl in the cover this week. Deal with it. But there’s one hour and a half of new music by Ty Segall, Pip Blom, The Black LilliesNight Shop, The Skiffle Players, Beirut, Daniel Romano, The Watson Twins, The Weather StationJennifer Castle, Tiny Ruins, Julia Holter, John Carpenter, Tim HeckerMatthew E. White, Calvin Johnson, Colter WallTwain, Angelo De Augustine, Yowler, and Will Oldham.

Bolachas Now Playing, 36/2018 (#163):

Ty Segall – Class War

Pip Blom – Pussycat

The Black Lillies – Weighting

Night Shop – The One I Love

The Skiffle Players – Cara

Beirut – Gallipoli

Daniel Romano – All The Reaching Trims

The Watson Twins – Call to You (ft. The Cactus Blossoms)

The Weather Station – I Tried to Wear the World (ft. Jennifer Castle)

Jennifer Castle – Midas Touch (ft. The Weather Station)

Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls

Julia Holter – Words I Heard

John Carpenter – The Shape Burns

Current 93 – The Policeman Is Dead

Current 93 – 30 Red Houses

Tim Hecker – Is a rose petal of the dying crimson light

Matthew E. White – No Future In Our Frontman

Calvin Johnson – Another Teardrop Falls

Colter Wall – Wild Dogs

Twain – Young God (gotta lotta feeling)

Angelo De Augustine – Time

Yowler – Angel

Will Oldham – Party With Marty