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#235: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sideways to New Italy”

Is there anything more typical of music publications in the 21st century than waiting for an indie rock band to fail miserably with the release their second record? Don’t let them tell you “Sideways to New Italy” is lacking something important. The new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album has all the melodies and hooks you need to survive this festival-less summer so you can pretend everything’s fine. We’re adding a fourth sentence to this paragraph because it seems like it’s mandatory to reference the Go-Betweens and/or the Feelies every single time we talk about this band.

Plus: new tracks by Run The JewelsDJ LycoxPop Dell’ArteNo Age, Lithics, OhmmeDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the WestSwampmeat Family BandCrystal ShipsssHelvetiaMuzzThe ClienteleLA PriestBecca MancariSarah LouiseBrigid Mae PowerThe World of DustSamantha CrainCamille DeleanModern NatureMt. JoyJoan Shelley, and Torres.

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#231: Blake Mills, “Mutable Set”

Blake Mills has been over the place over the past few years, including this very setlist (that’s also him on Perfume Genius’ new track). You can find him producing, playing or singing on albums such as Laura Marling’s “Semper Femina”, Dawes’ “We’re All Gonna Die”, Conor Oberst’s “Salutations”, Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising”… you know the drill. They’ve all been featured here. After adding some guitar tracks on Cass McCombs’ “Mangy Love” a few years back, he has now invited back the fellow Californian for some collaborative songwriting on his exquisite, brilliant new album, “Mutable Set”.

Plus: brand new tracks by A.O. GerberSkullcrusherFenne LilyDana GavanskiModern StudiesWoodsBlitzen TrapperDougie PooleWillie NelsonSarah Siskind, Matthew Tavares, Masaki Batoh, Fontaines D.C.Disheveled CussRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverWhite DenimGia Margaret MusicDirty ProjectorsJessie WareTei ShiKehlaniThundercat, and Bad Bunny.

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#226: M. Ward, “Migration Stories”

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 RealLoose KooziesWestern CenturiesBrent CobbDoug TuttleAlex IzenbergTOPS, Irma Vep, Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverNo AgeIceageYves TumorPsychic IllsOrville PeckJess WilliamsonWhitney Rose, Superwolf, Andrew BirdSharaya SummersLaura MarlingTalitha FerriBasia BulatLogan Ledger, and Mavis Staples.

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#218: Frazey Ford, “U Kin B the Sun”

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 MorelandLilly HiattWhitney RoseLady LambHeather Woods BroderickSharon Van EttenBrandy ClarkNicole Atkins, Jason Isbell, Brent CobbChristopher Paul StellingDesureJames SteinleNathaniel RateliffBuilt to SpillSufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Toby HayAlex RexCalifoneShoppingRolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and Amanda Shires.

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#186: Craig Finn, “I Need a New War”

I need a new playlist. The fourth solo LP by the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, “I Need a New War”, has won the race to spearhead our playlist, following one of the year’s strongest Release Friday. Ten more sublime songs by one of the greatest songwriters of the century century. Plus: new tracks by Bedouine, Aldous Harding, Honey Harper, Olden Yolk, Lucy Dacus, Kevin MorbyDylan LeBlanc, Starflyer 59, Josh Ritter, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Wand, Psychedelic Speed Freaks, Kyle Craft, Marika Hackman, Jackie Cohen, Better Oblivion Community Center, Esther Rose, I am Oak, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Willie Nelson, and the Mountain Goats.