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 Augustine, John Paul White, Lizanne Knott, Hazel English, Katie Von Schleicher, Jennie Lawless, Jenny O., Jaime Wyatt, Whitney Rose, Israel Nash, The Texas Gentlemen, Garrett T. Capps, Lithics, No Age, Built to Spill, Sammy Brue, Okey Dokey, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John K. Samson, Chuck Prophet Official, Zachary Cale, Modern Nature, Blake Mills, Sam Prekop, and Khruangbin.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
Multi-instrumentalist and frequent Elvis Perkins collaborator Vera Sola has just released her first LP. We caught her live last week at the Le Guess Who? festival and were instantly mesmerised by the trio. Of course “Shades” is our album of the week. But there’s more, so scroll down for a playlist full of new stuff by The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson, Deer Tick, Pedro The Lion’s first song in 14 years (!), Fruit Bats, Stephen Steinbrink, Gooby Jim and the Goobs, State Champion, Ryan Downey, Julia Jacklin, Dominique Pruitt, Kim Lenz, Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore, Josephine Foster, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Mandolin Orange, Hayes Carll, J Mascis, and Sufjan Stevens.
Bolachas Now Playing, 39/2018 (#166):
John K. Samson – Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway
Deer Tick – Strange, Awful Feeling
Pedro The Lion – Yellow Bike
Fruit Bats – Getting in a Van Again
Stephen Steinbrink – You Could Always Leave
Gooby Jim and The Goobs – Butter
State Champion – Death Preferences
Ryan Downey – No More Miracles
Julia Jacklin – Head Alone
Dominique Pruitt – High in the Valley
Kim Lenz – Slowly Speeding
Vera Sola – Black Rhino Enterprises
Vera Sola – By Mothlight
Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore – Between Two Worlds
Josephine Foster – Challenger
Darren Hayman – Bigby
The Wave Pictures – I Came To You Once
Mandolin Orange – Golden Embers
Hayes Carll – None’ya
J Mascis – Web So Dense
Sufjan Stevens – Lonely Man of Winter
Brand new Kevin Morby single? Count us in, especially if the b-side is a beautiful Townes van Zandt cover. We also wanted an excuse to publish this picture of his concert at the Vodafone Paredes de Coura festival earlier this year.
The past and the future are always present. Leonard Cohen and Weyes Blood – and their brand new records – are our highlights of the week.
Our new favorite Julia Jacklin and her debut album, Don’t Let the Kids Win, is our highlight of the past week.