We took a week off because we can. It gave us a few extra days to dive deeper into Snapped Ankles’ excellent “Forest of Your Problems”. The noisy London post-punk (if we can define it like that…) band refines their sound further, bringing us some hip-moving motorik we can use to pretend the world is back to normal and we can all dance again. Responsibly.
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 LeBlanc, A.A. Bondy, Orville Peck, and Bill MacKay.
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 Jurado, Baptiste 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.
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 Orange, H.C. McEntire, Townes Van Zandt, Twain, Bob Sumner Music, Steve Gunn, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Wild Reeds, and Teddy and the Rough Riders.
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 Steady, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Black Lillies, Dawn Landes, Nathan Bowles, Scott H. Biram, J Mascis, Okkervil 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 Perri + Destroyer’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