Signing singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley for his Oh Boy Records was probably one of the last gifts John Prine gave us. With a full powered Memphis-based band backing him, “Die Midwestern” is a goldmine of western folk-rock tunes. Plus: new tracks by Will Johnson, Jeremy Ivey, Paul Cauthen, Jerry Joseph, Ulver, Protomartyr, Julianna Barwick, Sufjan Stevens, Jupiter Sprites, Tomberlin, Orville Peck, Sam Rae Music, Liz Simmons, Kathleen Edwards, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charley Crockett, Samuel Úria, Puerto, The Two Tracks, Jeremy Tuplin, Daniel Romano, THE EELS, Father John Misty, The Avett Brothers, and Warren Givens.
Plenty of familiar faces on our 16th playlist of the year, and 64th overall. Bolachas Now Playing is getting old, but it won’t retire. Just like the Jayhawks.
Damien Jurado’s Visions of Us on the Land comes out tonight and is our album of the week! Listen to three more songs off it (we had already featured a couple of tracks in the past weeks) along with more songs by Caleb Caudle, Daniel Romano, Mexrrissey, Palehound, Julia Jacklin, Britta Phillips, Esperanza Spalding, Juliana Barwick, Sara Não Tem Nome, Jozev van Wissem, Filho da Mãe, Mr. Fingers, Bibio, and Moodymann.