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#190: Cate Le Bon, “Reward”

Time for the yearly meeting of the Cate Le Bon Appreciation Society, on the occasion of the release date of the Welsh songwriter’s fifth album, “Reward”. The goddaughter of the 90s Welsh indie pop of Gruff Rhys et al has long outgrown her own scene, and her exquisite avant-pop reached a level of uniqueness that makes it impossible to lump her together with anyone at all. It’s yet another magnificent record from Le Bon and we’re thrilled to live in the same era as she’s making music.

In this week’s playlist: new tracks by Alex Lahey, Lydia Ainsworth, Carly Rae Jepsen, SAMIA, Stef Chura, Los Retros, Faye Webster, Okey Dokey, Night Beats, Amyl and The Sniffers, Institute, Black Mountain, Earth, Bill Callahan (smog), Mavis Staples, Dylan LeBlanc, Frankie Lee, Justin Townes Earle, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Doug Tuttle, and Los Coast.

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#182: Andrew Bird, “My Finest Work Yet”

Andrew Bird’s “My Finest Work Yet” might not be exactly his best, but it’s definitely his most interesting record in ten years. It sounds familiar, it sounds like it has always been there, but it never sounds redundant. There has never been a better time to get back into his discography. What’s more: new songs by Kevin MorbyBedouineOlden YolkJosh RitterCraig FinnJustin Townes EarleLily & MadeleineDrugdealerDark TeaSam OutlawSon Volt, Richard Dawson, HRNSBlanco PalameraRyan PollieC DuncanChris ForsythBlack MidiLow Life, and American Football.

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#177: Julia Jacklin, “Crushing”

We knew from the first couple of singles that Julia Jacklin’s new album would be at least almost as good as her debut. We also know she never wrote a bad song, so a disappointment sounded very unlikely. Still, we weren’t prepared for how great it really is – and we’re so goddamn lucky she’s playing Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura next August. See you all there.

Plus: new songs by Buck Meek, Damien JuradoBaptiste W. Hamon, James Yorkston, Lowland Hum, Aldous Harding, Kalyn Fay, Molly Sarlé,Strand of Oaks, Orville Peck, J.S. Ondara, Justin Townes Earle, Reed Foehl, Harlem, Vandoliers, The Yawpers, Filthy Friends, and Black Country New Road.

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#105: Big Thief, “Capacity”

Bolachas Now Playing, 20/2017 (#105):

Big Thief – Mary

Big Thief – Black Diamonds

Vikesh Kapoor – Down by the River

Justin Townes Earle – What She’s Crying For

Pokey LaFarge – Going To the Country

The Mastersons – Transient Lullaby

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Hope the High Road

The Shilohs – Sleep City

Deer Tick – Sea of Clouds

The Growlers – Late Bloomers

Amber Arcades – Wouldn’t Even Know

Mt. Joy – Cardinal

Howe Gelb – Ownin’ It

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Beargrass Song

Micah P. Hinson – Lover’s Lane

Richard Dawson – Beggar

Bedouine – Solitary Daughter

Aldous Harding – Swell Does the Skull

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#100: Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

Welcome to our 100th weekly playlist! Of course we invited God Emperor Willie Nelson to the party. He brought his new record God’s Problem Child with him. It’s yours now.

Bolachas Now Playing, 16/2017 (#100):

Gorillaz – Charger (ft. Grace Jones)

Raekwon – This Is What It Comes Too

Why? – George Washington

Hoops – On Letting Go

The New Year – The Beast

Gold Connections – Popular Fiction

WATERS – Molly Is a Babe

Descendents – Who We Are

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Cumberland Gap

Chris Stapleton – Second One to Know

Steve Earle – Lookin’ for a Woman

Willie Nelson – Still Not Dead

Willie Nelson – He Won’t Ever Be Gone

The War on Drugs – Thinking of a Place

Alex Rex – Gift of Weeping

Fog Lake – Ventriloquist

Palace – Bitter (Acoustic)

Justin Townes Earle – Graceland

Ryan Adams – The Empty Bed