If you haven’t had your weekly crying session yet, Christian Lee Hutson‘s debut record, Beginners, has got you covered. Even if the quarantine hasn’t gotten to you yet, prepare to get drenched in beautiful nostalgia (the good kind). But there’s more: new tracks by Zachary Cale, Skullcrusher, Leah Senior, Katy Kirby, Nicole Atkins, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Deer, Bright Eyes, Jaime Wyatt, Ray LaMontagne, Pax (feat. Kate Bollinger), Josephine Foster, Mary Lattimore, Orville Peck, Shirley Collins, Lawrence Rothman and Marissa Nadler, Wilder Maker and Gabriel Birnbaum, Hailu Mergia, Nubya Garcia, Natalia Lafourcade, Cut Worms, Logan Ledger, Night Shop, Waltzer, and Psychic Markers.
Other than a vague idea of how her debut album sounded like, we knew almost nothing about Jess Williamson the moment we walked into the dark backroom of a Nijmegen venue to listen to her songs. Or at least try to, as the audience seemed to be more interested in catching up with their buddies before Kevin Morby took the stage. That being said, our most vivid image of that night is staring at the stage as Williamson played the broodingly gorgeous “Heart Song” off her forthcoming album. We had to go up and tell her we could get her to play a few shows back in Portugal. That never happened, but 100% of her future albums ended up being featured here. Of course they were. “Sorcerer” is the latest instalment in a perfect streak of stellar records. It’s out now.
Plus: new tracks by Josiah Johnson, Tommy Alexander, Sumbuck, The Jayhawks, Rose City Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Maier, Owen, Silverbacks, Crack Cloud, Hanni El Khatib, Khruangbin, SINEAD O’BRIEN, KATE NV, Jim White and Marisa Anderson music, neubauten.org, I Break Horses, Phoebe Bridgers, Nicole Atkins, Perfume Genius, LA PRIEST, Charli XCX, Happyness, and Lily Hayes.
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.
It’s been too long since we’ve heard from Frazey Ford – our playlist wasn’t even around when she released “Indian Ocean” back in 2014. Fortunately, the wait is over, and we’re delighted to have our favorite soulful Americana singer-songwriter back. This week, we bring you a couple of songs off “U Kin B The Sun” plus new tracks from John Moreland, Lilly Hiatt, Whitney Rose, Lady Lamb, Heather Woods Broderick, Sharon Van Etten, Brandy Clark, Nicole Atkins, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Christopher Paul Stelling, Desure, James Steinle, Nathaniel Rateliff, Built to Spill, Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Toby Hay, Alex Rex, Califone, Shopping, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Amanda Shires.
Every week we try to focus on brand new music, if possible by newcomers that might or might not be semi-stars tomorrow. But, every now and then, we eventually cave in and cannot resist the urge to celebrate some of our favourite records’ anniversary editions. Songs: Ohia’s ‘The Lioness’ got its deluxe treatment through ‘Love & Work’, an extremely limited 2xLP boxset now sold out; in it, eleven outtakes from the same sessions that brought us one of the most heartbreaking albums of the last twenty years see the light of day for the first time.
Similarly, on its 20th anniversary, Calexico’s masterpiece ‘The Black Light’ got the same treatment and if anyone wants to donate the record our way, we’ll welcome it with open arms. Plus: new tracks from Angelo De Augustine, Shannon Lay, Josephine Foster, Grandaddy, Jens Lekman, Daniel Romano, Parker Gispert, Half Japanese, Piroshka, Nicole Atkins and Mark Lanegan, Gwenifer Raymond, Ryley Walker, Snapped Ankles, J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Little Dragon, and Foxwarren.