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.
It’s hard to talk about Buck Meek without referring to him as “Big Thief’s Buck Meek”. But his solo work – with a little help from some of our favorite handymen of indie music such as Mat Davidson (Twain) and Adam Brisbin – is its own thing, with Meek’s characteristic voice paving the way to beautifully arranged songs. Songs that we’re definitely going to use as an argument when, come November, you’ll say, as always, that “this wasn’t a very good year for music”.
Katy J Pearson is a Bristol-based singer-songwriter who does Western inspired pop music with folkish undertones. We first heard of her while touring with the likes of Cass McCombs or Olden Yolk, and her debut record, “Return”, is out now.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday.
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.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist updated every Tuesday.
Dre Babinski’s second album as Steady Holiday has been out in the US for a while now, but it has only been released in Europe last Friday. We love it too much to not promote it as our album of the week, even though so many potentially great records were released last October 5. We didn’t even have enough time to listen repeatedly to most of them, so here’s another 1h30 playlist. Songs by Motel Mirrors, Colter Wall,Phosphorescent, Adia Victoria, Swearin’, Fred Thomas (with Anna Burch), Ancient Shapes, Broken Social Scene, Fucked Up (with J Mascis and Jennifer Castle), Super Doppler, Titus Andronicus, Action Bronson, supersilent, Jerusalem In My Heart, Nathan Bowles, Bedouine, Molly Burch, Gabby’s World, Julia Jacklin, Dee White, The Wild Reeds, and Night Shop.
Bolachas Now Playing, 34/2018 (#161):
Motel Mirrors – I Wouldn’t Dream of It
Colter Wall – Thinkin’ on a Woman
Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie No.2
Adia Victoria – Dope Queen Blues
Swearin’ – Dogpile
Fred Thomas – Altar (feat. Anna Burch)
Ancient Shapes – Mental Slavery (We Can’t Quit)
Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young
Fucked Up – Came Down Wrong (feat. Jennifer Castle and J Mascis)
Super Doppler – I Can Breathe
Titus Andronicus – Home Alone (on Halloween)
Action Bronson – White Bronco
Supersilent – 14.10
Jerusalem in My Heart – Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam, Pt. II
Nathan Bowles – Elk River Blues
Bedouine – Hey, Who Really Cares?
Steady Holiday – All Aboard
Steady Holiday – Desperate Times
Molly Burch – Dangerous Place
Gabby’s World – Winter, Withdraw
Julia Jacklin – Body
Dee White – Tell the World I Do
The Wild Reeds – Fall With Me
Night Shop – Road to Carolina