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#246: Bright Eyes, “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was”

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While 2020 has certainly been a shitshow of a year, we could only have hoped Bright Eyes‘ first record in almost a decade would have saved it. We weren’t wrong to hope. The brilliance that is “Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was” is here and please excuse us while we take the rest of the year off to plunge into this sturdy pool of sadness, death and divorce.

Plus: new tracks by H.C. McEntireThe ShilohsFenne LilyThe Lemon TwigsJosh RitterChuck ProphetLydia LovelessSteve Gunn / John Truscinski, Nubya Garcia, Rhodri Davies, TFS Band, Still House Plants, METZiLiKETRAiNSNaked GiantsGuided By VoicesOld 97’sThe Nude PartyHoly MotorsNo JoyKate BollingerGrace Gillespie, and Angel Olsen

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#240: My Morning Jacket, “The Waterfall II”

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

The upside of not having concerts to go to is the fact that we have even more time to listen to new music than before. There are 32 songs in our playlist this week, but that’s only because we try to keep it below two hours. And on the spotlight this time around is My Morning Jacket’s surprise release of The Waterfall II, the second set of songs coming from the same session that gave us one of the best rock albums of the past decade. This would be the time for me to beg Jim James and the guys to come over to Europe, but it looks that won’t happen any time soon.

New album tracks/singles by Holy WavePeel Dream MagazineHUM, Coriky, Bob Mould, Silver Scrolls, Songhoy BluesArt FeynmanbdrmmNaked GiantsThe BethsMargo PriceThe JayhawksRobert ChaneySkyway ManRay LaMontagneKalen & AslynGrace GillespieKate BollingerLomeldaSlow PulpM. WardDevendra BanhartSummer SaltThe ClienteleMatt CostaGillian Welch & David RawlingsTheo LawrenceJoshua Ray Walker, and Jeannie Seely.

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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.