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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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#109: Fleet Foxes, “Crack-Up”

Bolachas Now Playing, 24/2017 (#109):

Fleet Foxes – I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar

So Much Light – Be Afraid

Lambchop – The Hustle Unlimited

Ride – Rocket Silver Symphony

Broken Social Scene – Skyline

Protomartyr – A Private Understanding

Thurston Moore – Smoke of Dreams

Beach House – Baby

Will Samson – Welcome Oxygen – Day Five

Kronos Quartet & Sam Amidon – Oh Where

Roselit Bone – By the Glint of Your Horns

House and Land – The Day is Past and Gone

Offa Rex – Sheepcrook and Black Dog

Richard Thompson – Gethsemane

Kevin Morby – Pearly Gates

Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers – She’s Leaving in the Morning

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton – You Are Not Needed Now

Karima Walker – Indigo

Demen – Flor

Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up