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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: the review

Sometimes it’s hard to be objective and unbiased when writing about a festival that is such a big part of your life. Except for two (very) unremarkable lineups that made me stay home, since I was old enough to go to college all my summers involved a trip to Paredes de Coura (and a painful trip back, too). When you’re a kid, they say you’ll eventually get older and boring, in a process they call “becoming an adult”. This usually comes with amazing perks such as ceasing to listen to any new music whatsoever, stopping seeing your (also ageing) friends, having great conversations about changing diapers with your remaining friends (yes, the other couple with kids you always go vacationing with to some shitty beach full of other couples with kids and the odd mother-in-law). Obviously, a multi-day, non-kid friendly, rural music festival such as Festival Paredes de Coura seems like one of those things that are amongst the first to drop from your newfound “adult life”. Except you don’t have to be that person; and is there anything better to remind you of that than going there and finding all your friends in the same place, same month, year after year, all over again? (Well, other than imagining the smell of those diapers.)

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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: our top picks

Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2018. Photo by Hugo Lima.

Another summer, another missed opportunity to have a vacation somewhere because there’s nowhere else we’d rather be other than at our little paradise of Paredes de Coura, in northwestern Portugal. The festival runs from the 14th to the 17th of August, but, like always, the fun begins way earlier than that, with four fun-packed, free entrance days with concerts and DJ sets right in the center of the small Minho village.

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#158: Spiritualized, “And Nothing Hurt”

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

Of course you saw it coming. Spiritualized’s “And Nothing Hurt” is our album of the week and possibly our album of the year. Plus: a buncha songs by Chilly Gonzales, Víkingur Ólafsson,Mothers, JEFF The Brotherhood, Thee Oh SeesNo Age, Seasick Steve, The Skiffle Players, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Amos Lee,Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile, Doug Paisley, the Mountain Goats, Anna St. Louis, Emily Scott Robinson, Shannen Moser, and Eric Bachmann.

Bolachas Now Playing, 31/2018 (#158):

Chilly Gonzales – Treppen

Víkingur Ólafsson – For Jóhann

Mothers – Beauty Routine

Spiritualized – The Prize

Spiritualized – Damaged

JEFF The Brotherhood – Locator

Thee Oh Sees – Enrique El Cobrador

No Age – Drippy

Seasick Steve – Can U Cook?

The Skiffle Players – Local Boy

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – Start To Go

Amos Lee – Louisville

Phosphorescent – Christmas Down Under

Kurt Vile – Bassackwards

Doug Paisley – Drinking with a Friend

The Mountain Goats – Hospital Reaction Shot

Anna St. Louis – The Bells

Emily Scott Robinson – Borrowed Rooms and Old Wood Floors

Shannen Moser – Haircut Song

Eric Bachmann – Waylaid

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#155: Tony Molina, “Kill the Lights”

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

Last new music playlist before we switch to Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura mode, and it’s a long one as we don’t want to leave great songs on hold for a month. Contrasting with the length of this playlist, we highlight Tony Molina’s gorgeous, 14 minutes long new record, “Kill the Lights”. If you’re into Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, and 1min long tracks, you’ll be in heaven.

Plus: new songs by Andrew Combs, Sharaya Summers, Amber Arcades, Punch Brothers, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Phantastic Ferniture, Late Bloomer, The Hold Steady, Israel Nash, Phosphorescent, Spiritualized, Molly Burch, Jessica’s Brother, Petal, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Marem Ladson, Kristina Murray, Fraser A. Gorman, Ryan Downey, Iron & Wine, Lucius, and Wild Pink.

Bolachas Now Playing, 28/2018 (#155):

Andrew Combs – 4 x 10

Sharaya Summers – Prodigal

Amber Arcades – Alpine Town

Tony Molina – Afraid to Go Outside

Tony Molina – Now That She’s Gone

Tony Molina – Before You Go

Punch Brothers – Three Dots and a Dash

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Soft Stud

Phantastic Ferniture – Uncomfortable Teenager

Late Bloomer – Heaven

The Hold Steady – The Stove & the Toaster

Israel Nash – Sweet Springs

Phosphorescent – New Birth in New England

Spiritualized – Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go

Molly Burch – Wild

Jessica’s Brother – All the Better

Petal – Tightrope

Liz Cooper & the Stampede – Fondly & Forever

Marem Ladson – Woods

Kristina Murray – Lovers & Liars

Fraser A. Gorman – Silence Turns to Gold

Ryan Downey – Renewed

Iron & Wine – What Hurts Worse

Lucius – Right Down the Line

Wild Pink – All Some Frenchman’s Joke

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#148: Natalie Prass, “The Future and the Past”

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

We did not deserve the vacations we had. So, after a few weeks of absence, here’s a double playlist with two hours of new music, spearheaded by the great new Natalie Prass record, “The Future and the Past”. Plus new tracks by Public Service Broadcasting, Wild Pink, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Tony Molina, Israel Nash,The Nude Party, T. Hardy Morris, Fraser A. Gorman, Andrew Combs, Spiritualized, Father John Misty, Frazey Ford, Nicole Atkins, Jennifer Castle, Ainsley Farrell, Erin Rae, Sarah Louise, The Milk Carton Kids, Jeffrey Foucault, Neko Case,Frog Eyes, Luluc, Mutual Benefit, Fog Lake, Snail Mail, Aisha Burns, Lera Lynn, Desirae Garcia, and Sam Evian.