Michelle Zauner’s first two albums as Japanese Breakfast sounded promising, but not really that exciting – not that it aimed at that. But, as soon as the horns in “Paprika” kick in, you can’t help but feel this *is* the breakout album we were waiting for from a stellar songwriter. Ironically enough, it was the inward-looking, gorgeous slow burner album closer “Posing for Cars” that made us pick “Jubilee” as our album of the week. Go get it.
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.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
Of course you saw it coming. Spiritualized’s “And Nothing Hurt” is our album of the week and possibly our album of the year. Plus: a buncha songs by Chilly Gonzales, Víkingur Ólafsson,Mothers, JEFF The Brotherhood, Thee Oh Sees, No Age, Seasick Steve, The Skiffle Players, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Amos Lee,Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, Doug Paisley, the Mountain Goats, Anna St. Louis, Emily Scott Robinson, Shannen Moser, and Eric Bachmann.