Guitar prodigy Julian Lage‘s debut on Blue Note, “Squint”, is our album of the week. Produced by Margaret Glaspy and Armand Hirsch, Lage enlists bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King in this eleven-song voyage.
- Hugo Lima / NOS Primavera Sound
It’s starting to be too common: no matter how warm and sunny it is in the week leading up to the festival, NOS Primavera Sound (NPS) is doomed to be ruined by at least one day of rain. The first day did not look promising after the announcement of the passage of depression Miguel (no, not the rnb star who performed there a couple of years ago) through the north of Portugal. Flights were cancelled, Ama Lou and Peggy Gou could not reach Porto in time to perform, strong winds and rain showers threatened to turn Parque da Cidade into a muddy mess, the gates were opened almost an hour later than it was scheduled.
It doesn’t matter how conservative or liberal you are: people are naturally resistant to change, especially if the previous form of what’s changing was so dear to them. We get it: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Judging by the tone and content of most comments we can find online about this year’s Primavera lineup, both in Porto and Barcelona, folks ain’t happy about “the new normal”. Yes, some of the biggest pop artists in the planet have claimed most of the spots with the big font in it. Yes, there’s a shortage of loud, extreme music we often found at the long gone ATP stage, and every year there are less and less historical, cult indie rock bands reforming for a Primavera performance. But, other than that – tiny specks on a lineup of over 120 bands in Barcelona and over 60 in Porto – has it really changed that much? Is the Primavera DNA gone? (Was there really a “Primavera DNA” to begin with?)
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
T. Hardy Morris headlines our 150th playlist! The Dead Confederate frontman has a new album out on New West Records. Make sure you give it a go. Plus: new songs by John Calvin Abney, Dawes, Great Lake Swimmers, Israel Nash, Amanda Shires, Low, Stuart A. Staples, Saintseneca, Wilder Maker, Sean Henry, gobbinjr, Steady Holiday, Tomberlin, Tony Molina, Jeffrey Foucault, and The Milk Carton Kids.
Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2018 (#150):
John Calvin Abney – Always Enough
Dawes – My Greatest Invention
T. Hardy Morris – Purple House Blues
T. Hardy Morris – NY
Great Lake Swimmers – Alone but Not Alone
Israel Nash – Lucky Ones
Amanda Shires – Eve’s Daughter
Low – Dancing and Blood
Stuart A. Staples – A New Real
Saintseneca – Frostbiter
Wilder Maker – Impossible Summer
Sean Henry – Imperfection
gobbinjr – sorry Charlie
Steady Holiday – Nobody’s Watching
Tomberlin – Seventeen
Tony Molina – Wrong Town
Jeffrey Foucault – Pretty Hands
The Milk Carton Kids – I’ve Been Loving You
Highlight: Aaron Lee Tasjan’s Silver Tears