“Excelsior!” is the first LP by NYC-based singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels. Produced by Sam Evian, the album features contributions by the likes of Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, A.O. Gerber or Lomelda’s Hannah Read. If you’ve followed us long enough, you know this means we’ve already sticked our seal of approval five times. Come for the copious namedropping, stay for some of the best lyrics of the first half of 2021.
We thought about not posting anything else for a day except John Prine tunes. But hey, there’s 1h43min of new tunes to listen to, and we’re not holding them hostage. This week, we focus on M. Ward’s tenth LP, Migration Stories. Which is, basically, more of the same. Fortunately for us, was there a time where “more of the same” from the American singer-songwriter meant anything other than good news?
Plus: new tracks by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Loose Koozies, Western Centuries, Brent Cobb, Doug Tuttle, Alex Izenberg, TOPS, Irma Vep, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, No Age, Iceage, Yves Tumor, Psychic Ills, Orville Peck, Jess Williamson, Whitney Rose, Superwolf, Andrew Bird, Sharaya Summers, Laura Marling, Talitha Ferri, Basia Bulat, Logan Ledger, and Mavis Staples.
Two more hours of brand new music, this time with a focus on the incredible new album Jonathan Wilson has just put out. Apparently back to his “Frankie Ray” days of some more traditional Americana via Laurel Canyon songwriting, this a record that is going to keep us busy for months. What’s more: new songs by Nadia Reid, Courtney Marie Andrews, Talitha Ferri, Cabane, Matt Elliott, Arbouretum, Real Estate, Chase Weinacht, James Elkington, Doug Tuttle, Nicole Atkins, Dirty Projectors, Hailu Mergia, Skinshape, Lithics, Irma Vep, Diet Cig, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Chris Acker, Adam Green, Kevin Morby, Rose City Band, The Mastersons, Brandy Clark, Western Centuries, Luka Kuplowsky, Swamp Dogg, and Honey Harper.
Bolachas Now Playing, 31/2017 (#116):
Deer Tick – Cocktail
Deer Tick – S.M.F.
Alex Cameron – Marlon Brando
Morrissey – Spent the Day in Bed
Destroyer – Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
Plastic Flowers – How Can I
Hammock – When the Body Breaks
Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
The Weather Station – Kept It All to Myself
Julia Jacklin – Cold Caller
Jen Cloher – Regional Echo
San Fermin – Asleep on the Train
Jesse Woods – Buckle Bunny
Gill Landry – Denver Girls
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – Just Outside of Austin
David Crosby – Sky Trails
Sumie – Leave Me
Florist – Understanding Light
Phoebe Bridgers – Funeral