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#236: Kate NV, “Room for the Moon”

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 PrineNorah JonesLeah SeniorMargo PriceLori McKennaNick LoweBedouineLowland HumDrab CityThe Cactus BlossomsSondre LercheLos RetrosJarvis CockerRon GalloLeon BridgesChancha Via CircuitoMulatu Astatke, Sonic Boom, Dougie PooleBuilt to SpillBlitzen TrapperNaked GiantsIdlesSammy BruePert Near SandstoneMatt Costa, and Lionlimb.

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#219: Nathaniel Rateliff, “And It’s Still Alright”

Nathaniel Rateliff has loved and lost. It really shows on his first solo album since 2013, going back to his roots after a successful stint with his Night Sweats. Serving as a tribute to late friend and collaborator Richard Swift, this is not your average “look, I’m divorced now” bearded dude folk record.

Plus: new tracks by Nap Eyes, The Men, Lucinda WilliamsSpanish Love SongsU.S. GirlsTame ImpalaTennis MusicLala LalaNadia ReidAnna BurchMolly BurchMiss TessAnna AshWaxahatcheeBillie EilishJozef van WissemWilliam PrinceLogan LedgerJonathan Wilson, and Khruangbin + Leon Bridges.

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#215: Bill Fay, “Countless Branches”

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.

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#196: Ada Lea, “what we say in private”

‘what we say in private’ is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter/painter/visual artist Alexandra Levy, or Ada Lea. It’s been out for less than a handful of days but it’s already one of our indie rock albums of the year. Is it because its opening song sounds like a lost track off Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s recording sessions that eventually morphs into a more layered Big Thief song, while never sounding like a tribute to either bands? Or maybe it’s because of the stellar songwriting in it. We don’t know. Let’s just listen.

Plus: new tracks by Wilco (the new kind of Wilco, not the old YHF one), Andrew Combs, Strange Ranger, Long Beard, Aviva le Fey, Shannon Lay, Joan Shelley, Holy Golden (now known as Dolly Valentine), Summer Salt, Grace Lightman, Bleached, Roselit Bone, Trash Kit, Fly Pan Am, Adam Green, Tony Molina, Leon Bridges, Whitney, RF Shannon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joe Pug, Jim Lauderdale, and Twain + The Deslondes.

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#146: Jess Williamson, “Cosmic Wink”

Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.

Jess Williamson’s third record “Cosmic Wink” is our album of the week! We first heard her voice when she was touring Europe with Kevin Morby a couple of years ago and now we can’t get enough. Give it a spin or ten. Plus: new songs by Arctic Monkeys, Ryley Walker, Wild Pink, En Attendant Ana, Rayland Baxter, courtney barnett, DawesThe Milk Carton Kids, Brent Cobb, Luke Winslow-King, Buck Meek, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Leon Bridges, Mason Jennings, Erin Rae, Half Waif, The Magic Lantern, The Innocence Mission, and Many Rooms.

Bolachas Now Playing, 19/2018 (#146):

Arctic Monkeys – Star Treatment

Ryley Walker – Spoil with the Rest

Wild Pink – Lake Erie

En Attendant Ana – The Violence Inside

Rayland Baxter – Casanova

Courtney Barnett – Sunday Roast

Dawes – Crack the Case

The Milk Carton Kids – Big Time

Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon

Luke Winslow-King – Blue Mesa

Buck Meek – Joe by the Book

The Bones of J.R. Jones – Enemy

Leon Bridges – Mrs.

Mason Jennings – Race You To the Light

Jess Williamson – Awakening Baby

Jess Williamson – White Bird

Erin Rae – Bad Mind

Half Waif – Lavender Burning

The Magic Lantern – Lydia

The Innocence Mission – Green Bus

Many Rooms – Hollow Body