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#198: The Hold Steady, “Thrashing Through the Passion”

We’re back and we’re bringing you a ton of music. Unusually, August was kinda eventful, with plenty of great single and album releases. So we had to exaggerate a bit and make a 33 song playlist (and we had to leave quite a few tracks out to make it reasonable). Our focus this week is The Hold Steady’s new album “Thrashing Thru the Passion”, probably their best since 2008’s “Stay Positive”. There’s no way we’re tagging every single artist this time around, so just scroll down for the track list.

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#196: Ada Lea, “what we say in private”

‘what we say in private’ is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter/painter/visual artist Alexandra Levy, or Ada Lea. It’s been out for less than a handful of days but it’s already one of our indie rock albums of the year. Is it because its opening song sounds like a lost track off Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s recording sessions that eventually morphs into a more layered Big Thief song, while never sounding like a tribute to either bands? Or maybe it’s because of the stellar songwriting in it. We don’t know. Let’s just listen.

Plus: new tracks by Wilco (the new kind of Wilco, not the old YHF one), Andrew Combs, Strange Ranger, Long Beard, Aviva le Fey, Shannon Lay, Joan Shelley, Holy Golden (now known as Dolly Valentine), Summer Salt, Grace Lightman, Bleached, Roselit Bone, Trash Kit, Fly Pan Am, Adam Green, Tony Molina, Leon Bridges, Whitney, RF Shannon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joe Pug, Jim Lauderdale, and Twain + The Deslondes.

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#194: Jesca Hoop, “STONECHILD”

 

Last time we checked on Jesca Hoop she was busy touring a collaboration album with Iron & Wine and recording a (mostly acoustic) new album with Blake Mills. In 2019, she’s taking a different approach by teaming up with John Parish and recording what’s probably the most interesting record of her career, his subtle electronic touches complementing her fingerpicked guitar without ever even approaching “folktronica” territory (good to know they both know it’s not 2005 anymore).

This week’s playlist also features new tracks by Belle and Sebastian, Vanishing Twin, Moon Duo, Rayland Baxter, The Raconteurs, Okey Dokey, TFS Band, Titus Andronicus, Necking, Giant Sand, 75 Dollar Bill, Claire Cronin, black midi, Kacy & Clayton, Aviva le Fey, Alasdair Roberts, Erin Durant, Leif Vollebekk, Jonah Tolchin, and RF Shannon.

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#191: Bill Callahan, “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest”

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.

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#144: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, “Seedlings All”

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

British folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker are back with a new album, “Seedlings All”, which is our record of the week! This week’s playlist brings you more than an hour and a half of new music, from the epic new The Milk Carton Kids number to another trademark Grouper track at the end. Plus: Jonathan Wilson, The Tallest Man On Earth, emma tricca, RF SHANNON, Willie NelsonBonnie Prince Billy, Katie Von Schleicher, Ólafur Arnalds, Speedy Ortiz, Jim James, Buck MeekStephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Super DopplerKacy & Clayton, Dr. Dog, The Green Apple Sea, Cullen Omori, and Frog Eyes.


Bolachas Now Playing, 17/2018 (#144):

The Milk Carton Kids – One More for the Road

Jonathan Wilson – There’s a Light (Acoustic Version)

The Tallest Man on Earth – Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York

Emma Tricca – Winter, My Dear

RF Shannon – Tooth Ache

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – Chicago

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – Bathed in Light

Willie Nelson – Heaven is Closed

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wild is the Will

Katie Von Schleicher – Party Dawn

Ólafur Arnalds – re:member

Speedy Ortiz – Can I Kiss You?

Jim James – Just a Fool

Buck Meek – Maybe

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Refute

Super Doppler – Gas Station

Kacy & Clayton – Calgary

Dr. Dog – Critical Equation

The Green Apple Sea – Floaters

Cullen Omori – Four Years

Frog Eyes – Your Boss’s Shirt

Grouper – Thanksgiving Song