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 Johnson, Tommy Alexander, Sumbuck, The Jayhawks, Rose City Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Maier, Owen, Silverbacks, Crack Cloud, Hanni El Khatib, Khruangbin, SINEAD O’BRIEN, KATE NV, Jim White and Marisa Anderson music, neubauten.org, I Break Horses, Phoebe Bridgers, Nicole Atkins, Perfume Genius, LA PRIEST, Charli XCX, Happyness, and Lily Hayes.
We thought about not posting anything else for a day except John Prine tunes. But hey, there’s 1h43min of new tunes to listen to, and we’re not holding them hostage. This week, we focus on M. Ward’s tenth LP, Migration Stories. Which is, basically, more of the same. Fortunately for us, was there a time where “more of the same” from the American singer-songwriter meant anything other than good news?
Plus: new tracks by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Loose Koozies, Western Centuries, Brent Cobb, Doug Tuttle, Alex Izenberg, TOPS, Irma Vep, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, No Age, Iceage, Yves Tumor, Psychic Ills, Orville Peck, Jess Williamson, Whitney Rose, Superwolf, Andrew Bird, Sharaya Summers, Laura Marling, Talitha Ferri, Basia Bulat, Logan Ledger, and Mavis Staples.
This is going to be a long one! We were tired of snubbing over half an hour of music almost every week due to the sheer amount of great singles and albums coming out this season. This means you have two hours of new music to listen to until next Wednesday. Our highlight of the week is Soccer Mommy’s “Color Theory”, her sophomore (properly released) record which pretty much sums up what an indie rock album will like in the 2020s. Plus: brand new tracks by Jessie Ware, Margaret Glaspy, Brooke Bentham, Tristen, Hazel English, Brigid Mae Power, The Secret Sisters, Phoebe Bridgers, Jess Williamson, Land of Talk, Katie Pruitt, Hailey Whitters, Tami Neilson, Sam Doores, Damien Jurado, Kikagaku Moyo, Archers of Loaf, Moaning, Woods, Western Centuries, Loose Koozies, Matt LaJoie, Jeremy Cunningham, Christian Kjellvander official & Tonbruket, Moses Sumney, Kevin Krauter, Jarvis Cocker, and Perfume Genius.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
Jess Williamson’s third record “Cosmic Wink” is our album of the week! We first heard her voice when she was touring Europe with Kevin Morby a couple of years ago and now we can’t get enough. Give it a spin or ten. Plus: new songs by Arctic Monkeys, Ryley Walker, Wild Pink, En Attendant Ana, Rayland Baxter, courtney barnett, Dawes, The Milk Carton Kids, Brent Cobb, Luke Winslow-King, Buck Meek, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Leon Bridges, Mason Jennings, Erin Rae, Half Waif, The Magic Lantern, The Innocence Mission, and Many Rooms.
Bolachas Now Playing, 19/2018 (#146):
Arctic Monkeys – Star Treatment
Ryley Walker – Spoil with the Rest
Wild Pink – Lake Erie
En Attendant Ana – The Violence Inside
Rayland Baxter – Casanova
Courtney Barnett – Sunday Roast
Dawes – Crack the Case
The Milk Carton Kids – Big Time
Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon
Luke Winslow-King – Blue Mesa
Buck Meek – Joe by the Book
The Bones of J.R. Jones – Enemy
Leon Bridges – Mrs.
Mason Jennings – Race You To the Light
Jess Williamson – Awakening Baby
Jess Williamson – White Bird
Erin Rae – Bad Mind
Half Waif – Lavender Burning
The Magic Lantern – Lydia
The Innocence Mission – Green Bus
Many Rooms – Hollow Body