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#181: Lambchop, “This (is what I wanted to tell you)”

Lambchop wants to tell you something. We think you should pay attention, even if you’re not a fan of Kurt Wagner’s experiments with vocoders that are carried from 2016’s FLOTUS. Under the surface, the classic Lambchop sound is still there. Plus: new songs by ANOHNI, Weyes Blood, Cate Le Bon, Dave Depper and Laura Gibson, Roosevelt, Altın Gün, Ex Hex, Nilüfer Yanya, Caroline Spence, Luther Dickinson & Birds of Chicago, Mavis Staples, Strand of Oaks, Damien Jurado, Calexico and Iron & Wine, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, John Paul White, Dylan LeBlancA.A. Bondy, Orville Peck, and Bill MacKay.

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#177: Julia Jacklin, “Crushing”

We knew from the first couple of singles that Julia Jacklin’s new album would be at least almost as good as her debut. We also know she never wrote a bad song, so a disappointment sounded very unlikely. Still, we weren’t prepared for how great it really is – and we’re so goddamn lucky she’s playing Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura next August. See you all there.

Plus: new songs by Buck Meek, Damien JuradoBaptiste W. Hamon, James Yorkston, Lowland Hum, Aldous Harding, Kalyn Fay, Molly Sarlé,Strand of Oaks, Orville Peck, J.S. Ondara, Justin Townes Earle, Reed Foehl, Harlem, Vandoliers, The Yawpers, Filthy Friends, and Black Country New Road.

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#172: Pedro the Lion, “Phoenix”

Pedro The Lion’s first record since David Bazan went solo after 2004’s Achilles Heel is our album of the week. Here’s to hoping an European tour is in the works: it’s been almost six years since we hosted one of the most beautiful concerts we ever promoted. Plus: new tracks by Night Beats, Ryan Bingham, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Blank Range,Strand of Oaks, Ex Hex, Cass McCombs, The Comet is Coming, Lala Lala & Why?, Alice Phoebe Lou, Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, Mandolin OrangeH.C. McEntire, Townes Van Zandt, Twain, Bob Sumner Music, Steve Gunn, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Wild Reeds, and Teddy and the Rough Riders.

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#159: Richard Swift, “The Hex”

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

He has left us alone but shafts of light sometimes grace the corner of our rooms. Richard Swift’s posthumously released final album, The Hex, was released last week and is our record of the week. Plus: new songs by Alejandro Escovedo, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Goshen Electric Co. (Strand of Oaks + Magnolia Electric Co. – JMo), The Hold SteadyHiss Golden Messenger, The Black Lillies, Dawn Landes, Nathan Bowles, Scott H. Biram, J MascisOkkervil River, Buxton (the New West Records signed artist, not the British brewery), St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Arve Henriksen + Eivind Aarset + Jan Bang, Niagara (Príncipe Discos), HEALTH +Soccer Mommy, Sylvan Esso + Collections of Colonies of Bees, Mutual Benefit, Sandro PerriDestroyer’s Dan Bejar, Lonnie Holley, and Marissa Nadler.

Bolachas Now Playing, 32/2018 (#159):

Richard Swift – The Hex

Richard Swift – Broken Finger Blues

Alejandro Escovedo – Teenage Luggage

Jeff Tweedy – Some Birds

Goshen Electric Co. – The Gray Tower

The Hold Steady – Confusion In The Marketplace

Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock Holy

The Black Lillies – Snakes and Telephones

Dawn Landes – Traveling

Nathan Bowles – Now If You Remember

Scott H. Biram – Chickens

J Mascis – Everything She Said

Okkervil River – New Blood

Buxton – Jan

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Concave

Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang – Nymphs and Eurasian Horses

Niagara – França

HEALTH, Soccer Mommy – MASS GRAVE

Sylvan Esso, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Funeral Singers

Mutual Benefit – Waves, Breaking

Sandro Perri, Dan Bejar – Everybody’s Paris, Pt. III

Lonnie Holley – How Far Is Spaced-Out?

Marissa Nadler – I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore

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#91: Hand Habits, “Wildly Idle”

Meg Duffy is also known as the bassist in Kevin Morby’s live band, but she’s making a name for herself as Hand Habits. Her first album for Woodsist is our album pick for this week.