Kate NV’s third record, Room for the Moon, is our album of the week. The Moscow-based musician takes us on a trip through 70s and 80s Russian and Japanese pop music and film with 47min of synth- and bass-heavy melodies. Plus: new tracks by John Prine, Norah Jones, Leah Senior, Margo Price, Lori McKenna, Nick Lowe, Bedouine, Lowland Hum, Drab City, The Cactus Blossoms, Sondre Lerche, Los Retros, Jarvis Cocker, Ron Gallo, Leon Bridges, Chancha Via Circuito, Mulatu Astatke, Sonic Boom, Dougie Poole, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Naked Giants, Idles, Sammy Brue, Pert Near Sandstone, Matt Costa, and Lionlimb.
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.
If you’re immediately sold on a record just by knowing Matthew E. White has put a finger on it, we don’t need to convince you further. If, on top of that, you’re a fan of Jonathan Rado-produced albums (like the most recent Father John Misty, Weyes Blood, Whitney, or Alex Cameron), you’re in for a treat. Fortunately for everyone else, Jackie Cohen’s debut LP is much more than its indie dream team of producers. We’ve been anxiously waiting for it to drop since we first heard (and featured) “FMK” back in March, and now it’s all ours.
Plus: new songs by Pile, Idles, The Dream Syndicate, Black Mountain, Alex Rex, John Southworth, A.A. Bondy, Kelly Finnigan, The Teskey Brothers, Buddy & Julie Miller, Old Man Luedecke, John Prine, Carl Anderson, Johnathan Rice & Courtney Marie Andrews, Kacy & Clayton, Kassi Valazza, Lola Kirke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Cameron, Olympia, Mara Connor & Langhorne Slim, and Joe Kaplow.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
If you really have to have an idol, and if that idol, for some unknown reason, is not called “Dolly Parton”, John Prine would be your best bet. His first album of new music since 2005’s “Fair & Square” is out now, and it could only be our album of the week. Plus: 1,5 hours of new songs by Willie Nelson (oh wait, he’s our idol too), Old Crow Medicine Show, Olivia Chaney, Grouper, Mind Over Mirrors, Janelle Monáe, Chromeo ft DRAM, Mike Skinner and The Streets, FACS, Ryley Walker, a Hawk and a Hacksaw, Buck Curran, Simone Felice, Damien Jurado, Josh Rouse, Josh T. Pearson, L.A. Salami, Laura Veirs, Erin Rae, Stephen Steinbrink, and Amber Arcades.
Bolachas Now Playing, 15/2018 (#142):
John Prine – Caravan of Fools
John Prine – Lonesome Friends of Science
Willie Nelson – Something You Get Through
Old Crow Medicine Show – Whirlwind
Olivia Chaney – IOU
Grouper – Driving
Mind Over Mirrors – Oculate Beings
Janelle Monáe – I Like That
Chromeo, DRAM – Must’ve Been
The Streets – You Are Not the Voice in Your Head
FACS – Primary
Ryley Walker – Opposite Middle
A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Alexandria
Buck Curran – Song for Liam
Simone Felice – Hustler
Damien Jurado – Allocate
Josh Rouse – There Was a Time
Josh T. Pearson – Whiskey Straight Love
L.A. Salami – Who’s Cursing Us Now?
Laura Veirs – Heavy Petals
Erin Rae – Putting on Airs
Stephen Steinbrink – Broken Down to Defeat Again
Amber Arcades – Goodnight Europe
Bolachas Now Playing, 13/2018 (#140):
Andrew W.K. – I Don’t Know Anything
Let’s Eat Grandma – Falling Into Me
Hop Along – Prior Things
King Tuff – Thru the Cracks
Kacy & Clayton – Bend in the Water
Matt Costa – Sharon
Wilder Maker – Closer to God
Ray LaMontagne – Such a Simple Thing
RF Shannon – Black Madonna, So Divine
Stella Donnelly – Mean to Me
Alasdair Roberts, Amber Skuse and David McGuinness – The Fair Flower of Northumberland
Bernice – Glue
Wye Oak – Lifer
Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What a World
Kacey Musgraves – Love is a Wild Thing
Joan Shelley, Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Bridge
John Prine – God Only Knows
Renata Zeiger – Follow Me Down
Caitlin Canty – Cinder Blocks
Lindi Ortega – Forever Blue