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#298: Ada Lea, “one hand on the steering wheel…”

Ada Lea’s debut LP, ‘what we say in private’, was the soundtrack of a big chunk of my summer of 2019. Speak/sung vocals and big melodies reminiscent of recent albums by the likes of Big Thief or Katie von Schleicher. The Canadian singer-songwriter’s new album was just released and it follows up the debut perfectly.

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#249: Daniel Romano’s Outfit, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered”

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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.

Plus: brand new tracks by Sam AmidonDawesRandall BramblettGrant-Lee PhillipsNative HarrowFaye WebsterThe ShilohsRudy de AndaTiñaThrowing MusesJohn DaveyPorridge RadioMary LattimoreTomberlinTrummorsJennifer CastleFenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler ChildersWaylon PayneBecky WarrenGus ClarkThe Bad OatsMatt CostaTyler RamseyYo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.

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#248: Bill Callahan, “Gold Record”

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We’re back from a short vacation with a packed playlist where we feature one of our old favorites. “Gold Record” is midlife Bill Callahan (smog) at his finest: a bunch of non-ordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Plus: new tracks by Rodney CrowellJerry David DeCiccaWilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Daniel RomanoJeremy Iveythe Mountain GoatsThe Nude PartyHen Ogledda Hawk and a Hacksaw‘s Heather Trost, New OrderGarcia Peoplesshame, Badge Époque Ensemble, William TylerNative HarrowBella White MusicLomeldaAdrianne LenkerSkyway ManLuceroMonster RallyNight ShopKEVIN MORBYDylan LeBlanc, Wyatt C. Lewis, Ben PiraniOkey DokeyFraser A. Gorman, Sumbuck, Thin Lear, and Jim White.

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#247: Colter Wall, “Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs”

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One of the greatest mysteries of contemporary western music is how on earth can a Canadian in his early 20s so easily pass for a veteran country troubadour from another time. That sounds natural for Colter Wall, and he’s here to stay. Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is his third album in four years, and probably the easiest to get into.

New tracks by Andrew GabbardThe Slim KingsNick Garza’s Get AlongTK & The Holy Know-NothingsBrent CobbChris StapletonThe Avett BrothersSquirrel Nut ZippersRae FitzgeraldNorth AmericansAdia VictoriaNative HarrowMaya HawkeLomaHalf GringaSamiaAshley RayDeep Sea DiverDawesNap EyesNight ShopJacob FaurholtUlverKelly Lee OwensThe Budos Band, and Lalalar.

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#242: Courtney Marie Andrews, “Old Flowers”

No matter your mood today, make sure you adopt a heartbreak album. Look no further. Courtney Marie Andrews can’t write a bad song. And the ones on her new collection of 10 not bad songs, “Old Flowers”, are so good that we just noticed we’ve featured one of them twice. Plus: new tracks by Fenne LilyNative HarrowLori McKennaH.C. McEntireSkullcrusherTaylor SwiftLydia LovelessAubrie SellersDaniel DonatoThe Nude PartyHoopsOld 97’sDawesJarvis CockerSylvan Esso, Walter Martin, Lala Lala, trayer tryon, Andy ShaufDurand Jones & The Indications, Grace Sings Sludge, Ora CoganIsobel CampbellTom BrosseauColter WallBrent Cobb, and the Tweedy family.