It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Frazey Ford – our playlist wasn’t even around when she released “Indian Ocean” back in 2014. Fortunately, the wait is over, and we’re delighted to have our favorite soulful Americana singer-songwriter back. This week, we bring you a couple of songs off “U Kin B The Sun” plus new tracks from John Moreland, Lilly Hiatt, Whitney Rose, Lady Lamb, Heather Woods Broderick, Sharon Van Etten, Brandy Clark, Nicole Atkins, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Christopher Paul Stelling, Desure, James Steinle, Nathaniel Rateliff, Built to Spill, Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Toby Hay, Alex Rex, Califone, Shopping, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Amanda Shires.
20 days into the new year and we’re already in love with one of the most beautiful albums 2020 will have to offer. Bill Fay’s third album since breaking a decades-long absence is not only a spotless collection of new songs by the veteran singer-songwriter. The deluxe version is where the true gems are: full band versions of some of the best tracks off the album, plus two bonus tracks and a new arrangement of an old favorite. Fortunately you don’t need to buy a fancy Japanese version of it or stand in line for a RSD release. It’s all on Spotify, just like all these new tracks by The Innocence Mission, Nadia Reid, Aoife Nessa Frances, Samantha Crain, Madison Cunningham, Possessed by Paul James/Official, James Steinle, Margo Price, Soccer Mommy, TORRES, Nap Eyes, David Dondero, The Panhandlers, John Moreland, Hawktail, Thundercat, John Carroll Kirby, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Swamp Dogg ft. John Prine, Alabaster dePlume, and LINA_ RAÜL Refree.
Our first playlist of the year looks back into December, picking some of the best singles released last month and focusing on Duster’s self-titled record, their first album in 19 years. The lo-fi indie rock trio’s first two albums were largely forgotten by the general public after they were released in the twilight of last century, but an online cult following surged in the last few years. This has culminated on the release of a Numero Group issued boxset earlier in 2019, and a new studio album followed later in the year.
Plus: new singles and songs from forthcoming albums by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Son Little, Caroline Rose, Los Coast, Whiskey Wolves of the West, The Yearlings, Jonathan Wilson, Spider Bags, Jung Shackleton & Buck Meek, LEYA, Pop. 1280, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE/ official, Bill Fay, John Moreland, Terry Allen Art/Music, Holly Macve, Nadia Reid, Squirrel flower, Shannon Lay, Soccer Mommy, Marem Ladson, Branko / Ana Moura / Conan Osiris, and Natalia Lafourcade Oficial.
The fourth volume of Matana Roberts’ “Coin Coin” series on Constellation Records, “Memphis”, is our album of the week. It finds the American composer and saxophonist developing her ethnographic work through spoken word traditionals and blues, punctuated by free jazz bursts that make it an essential listen. Plus: new tracks by Dead Combo, Jaimie Breezy Branch, Yazz Ahmed, Vive la Void, Warmduscher, Comet Gain, Wolf Parade, Peggy Sue, Allah-Las, Jennah Barry, Julien Baker, The National’s Matt Berninger & Phoebe Bridgers, Gus Seyffert, Cass McCombs, John Moreland, Christopher Paul Stelling, Richard Dawson, Lankum, Daniel Martin Moore, and Andre Ethier.
We chose Joan Shelley’s new self-titled record to shine on our 101th playlist. It’s not even on Spotify on its entirety, but it’s simply too good for you not to buy it. It has the likes of James Elkington (who also has a brand new track out), Nathan Salsburg and the Tweedy father and son combo playing on the record, could it not be perfect?
Bolachas Now Playing, 17/2017 (#101):
LCD Soundsystem – Call the Police
Joe Goddard – Lose Your Love
Perfume Genius – Just Like Love
Slowdive – No Longer Making Time
Big Thief – Shark Smile
Grizzly Bear – Three Rings
Feist – Any Party
Tica Douglas – Down + Out
Lydia Loveless – Desire
Gianna Lauren – Will You Come
Joan Shelley – We’d Be Home
Joan Shelley – If the Storms Never Came
James Elkington – Wading the Vapors
Charlie Cunningham – Lights Off
Christopher Paul Stelling – A Day Or a Lifetime
John Moreland – Latchkey Kid
Chris Stapleton – Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning