The Hold Steady was the last band (part of) our team saw before the world has changed, in a year that started recreational, but ended kinda medical. Our yearly pilgrimage to London will unfortunately not happen in 2021, but they’re making up for it with their first proper album since 2014 (not counting 2019’s single collection “Thrashing Thru the Passion”). Our favourite rock band is back. Let’s celebrate like it’s early March 2020, minus the getting ourselves crammed inside a room with no masks on. At least for now.
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Almost a decade after the last The Black Swans release, frontman Jerry David DeCicca keeps putting out great solo albums. Which are not strictly solo, if you look at the cast of musicians enlisted here, a list that includes the legendary Augie Meyers (of the Texas Tornados and the Sir Douglas Quintet). The result is an instrumentally rich set of Americana songs that are probably your best introduction to DeCicca’s work as a songwriter.
This week, we have new tracks by Kacy & Clayton & Marlon Williams, The Weather Station, Sharon Van Etten, Steady Holiday, Jane Weaver, Ohmme, SUUNS & Jerusalem In My Heart, Viagra Boys, Woods, Jeremy Ivey, Cordovas, Langhorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, The Slim Kings, Elvis Perkins, Kevin Morby, Julia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of Cardboard, Tomberlin, Pearl Charles, Holy Motors, and Jennifer Castle.
We’re pretty sure you won’t run out of interesting things to keep you occupied during your forced quarantine period, but we’ll still add something to that. The Deslondes’ Sam Doores has just released his first solo LP in quite a while, and you can use it to remember how nice life could be when it was still normal. Plus: new tracks by Shabaka & the Ancestors, Soccer96 & Alabaster dePlume, Protomartyr, LIFE, Porridge Radio, The WIYOS, Viagra Boys, SINEAD O’BRIEN, U.S. Girls, Girlpool, Yves Tumor, Seasick Steve, Margo Price, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jim White & Marisa Anderson music, Willie Nelson, Whiskey Wolves of the West, Don Gallardo, Norah Jones, Mandy Moore, Anna Burch, Kate Bollinger, Sharon Van Etten, and JFDR.
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.
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers have just dropped a surprise in the form of a collaborative LP, Better Oblivion Community Center. It ended up being, of course, our album of the week. Plus: brand new songs by Heather Woods Broderick, Sharon Van Etten, Lambchop, Lady Lamb, Vampire Weekend, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams, Robert Ellis, Michaela Anne, I’m With Her, Sallim, Hand Habits, White Fence, Julia Jacklin, the Mountain Goats, Michael Chapman, and Twain.