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#267: Black Country, New Road, “For the first time”

Black Country, New Road was supposed to have exploded all over Europe in 2020, but the world had different plans for them. The hype created by a band with two released songs to their name was unusual, but it had roots on their explosive live shows that some of us were fortunate to witness before all of this crashed down. Dubbed (by themselves) the world’s second best Slint tribute act, the London post-punk-ish septet sounds like nothing we’ve heard recently, except maybe their peers Black Midi (probably the best Slint tribute act, who knows). Here’s a band whose entire first record managed to find its way into our playlist. Enjoy.

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#265: Arlo Parks, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

Feel-good pop doesn’t seem to fulfil its promise these days. But Arlo Parks‘s debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”, manages to bring a little bit of sunlight-infused pop into our hearts and ears. Extra points for the poetic-feel and the whimsical but very accurate Portra 400 reference.

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#114: LCD Soundsystem, “American Dream”

Bolachas Now Playing, 29/2017 (#114):

Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Alex Cameron – Runnin’ Outta Luck

LCD Soundsystem – other voices

LCD Soundsystem – change yr mind

Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington – Deathless

Vince Mira – Mujer Perdida

Jillette Johnson – In Repair

Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane

Ratboys – The Record

David Rawlings – Cumberland Gap

Hiss Golden Messenger – When the Wall Comes Down

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Over Everything


The Rural Alberta Advantage – Brother

Deer Tick – Card House

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band – Have We Mistaken the Bottle for the Whiskey Inside

Michael Nau – I Root

Iron & Wine – Summer Clouds