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#282: black midi, “Cavalcade”

black midi is making prog and avant-jazz palatable for the kids. Makes us want to put a hat on just to tip it. Their second album, “Cavalcade”, is our record of the week. Of course it is.

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#272: Michael Feuerstack, “Harmonize the Moon”

Michael Feuerstack is a living legend of the Canadian underground. Between his work as Snailhouse and in his own name, “Harmonize the Moon” is his thirteenth LP. Its ten songs, drifting between classic folk and soft indie rock, are the perfect soundtrack to welcome Spring, if that’s a thing where you live.

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#267: Black Country, New Road, “For the first time”

Black Country, New Road was supposed to have exploded all over Europe in 2020, but the world had different plans for them. The hype created by a band with two released songs to their name was unusual, but it had roots on their explosive live shows that some of us were fortunate to witness before all of this crashed down. Dubbed (by themselves) the world’s second best Slint tribute act, the London post-punk-ish septet sounds like nothing we’ve heard recently, except maybe their peers Black Midi (probably the best Slint tribute act, who knows). Here’s a band whose entire first record managed to find its way into our playlist. Enjoy.

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#232: Jess Williamson, “Sorceress”

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 JohnsonTommy Alexander, Sumbuck, The JayhawksRose City Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Chris Maier, OwenSilverbacks, Crack Cloud, Hanni El KhatibKhruangbinSINEAD O’BRIENKATE NVJim White and Marisa Anderson musicneubauten.orgI Break HorsesPhoebe BridgersNicole AtkinsPerfume GeniusLA PRIESTCharli XCXHappyness, and Lily Hayes.

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#230: Damien Jurado, “What’s New, Tomboy?”

You know Spring has arrived whenever there’s a new Damien Jurado album to marvel at. The prolific American singer-songwriter is probably the most featured artist in our playlist since we started five years ago, and he doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down any time soon. We’re not complaining. Plus: new tracks by Lavinia BlackwAll, Alasdair Roberts, Johanna WarrenTalitha FerriBig ThiefAndy JenkinsCourtney Marie AndrewsChristian Lee HutsonLanghorne SlimZachary CaleRose City BandCar Seat HeadrestMan ManBC CamplightChicano BatmanAmerican AquariumGrutera, João Pais Filipe, neubauten.orgProtomartyrFantastic Explosion, and Diet Cig.