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#263: Buck Meek, “Two Saviors”

It’s hard to talk about Buck Meek without referring to him as “Big Thief’s Buck Meek”. But his solo work – with a little help from some of our favorite handymen of indie music such as Mat Davidson (Twain) and Adam Brisbin – is its own thing, with Meek’s characteristic voice paving the way to beautifully arranged songs. Songs that we’re definitely going to use as an argument when, come November, you’ll say, as always, that “this wasn’t a very good year for music”.

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#254: The Mountain Goats, “Getting Into Knives”

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John Darnielle is Getting Into Knives! And it’s probably his best album in almost a decade, when ‘All Eternals Deck’ brought us some of the most memorable the Mountain Goats songs. Closing the album, the title track is the standout here – a repeat affair right after the first listen.

Plus: new tracks by Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Helena Deland, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), WoodsOkey DokeyThe ShilohsAaron Lee Tasjan, Matt Berninger (The National), The Besnard Lakes, Plastic War, Strange RangerSon LittleNilüfer YanyaAriana GrandeHot Chip (with Jarvis Cocker), Harolddd (with Faye Webster), Skyway ManJulien BakerSkullcrusherAdrianne LenkerSierra FerrellOliver WoodMandolin OrangeGrace Gillespie, and Valley Maker.

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#206: Matana Roberts, “Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis”

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.

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#191: Bill Callahan, “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest”

Time for our return after the usual early June festival break. Bill Callahan is back with his first long play in six years, an unusually twenty songs long record called Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. It sounds like, well, exactly what you would expect from Callahan.

Go have a listen after you’re done with our ridiculously long playlist – 31 songs by 30 different artists over almost two hours: House and Land, Jambinai, Shellac, Kate Tempest, RF Shannon, Whitney, Bruce Springsteen, Richard Hawley, Lower Dens, Julia Shapiro, Stef Chura, The Divine Comedy, Adam Green, Tim Heidecker, David Berman’s Purple Mountains, Will Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Michael Fracasso, Fruit Bats, Eilen Jewell, Bedouine, Joan Shelley, Julien Baker, and Shannon Lay.

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164: Becky Warren, “Undesirable”

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Back to normal 🤠this week as we focus on “Undesirable”, the captivating second album by ‘genuine American rock n roller’ Becky Warren. A great week all around as we showcase new and recent songs by Jessica Pratt, Laura Gibson, Eliza Shaddad, Miya Folick, The Furrow CollectiveBlonde Redhead, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Moonface, Geir SundstølBeach House, Protomartyr, Ryley Walker, Bob Mould, Mountain Movers, Ben Dickey, Steve GunnDean Wareham and Cheval Sombre, boygenius (the collaboration between singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus), and David Crosby.

Bolachas Now Playing, 37/2018 (#164):

Jessica Pratt – This Time Around

Laura Gibson – Goners

Becky Warren – Dabbs Avenue

Becky Warren – Carmen

Eliza Shaddad – My Body

Miya Folick – Thingamajig

The Furrow Collective – False True Love

Blonde Redhead – We Should Be Holding Hands

The Good, the Bad & the Queen – Merrie Land

Moonface – Minotaur Forgiving Knossos

Geir Sundstøl – Warszaw / Alabama

Beach House – Alien

Protomartyr – Forbidden

Ryley Walker – Diggin’ a Ditch

Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock

The Mountain Movers – Bridge to This World

Ben Dickey – I Think It’s All Different

Steve Gunn – New Moon

Dean Wareham and Cheval Sombre – Grand Canyon

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus – Ketchum, ID

David Crosby – Janet