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#298: Ada Lea, “one hand on the steering wheel…”

Ada Lea’s debut LP, ‘what we say in private’, was the soundtrack of a big chunk of my summer of 2019. Speak/sung vocals and big melodies reminiscent of recent albums by the likes of Big Thief or Katie von Schleicher. The Canadian singer-songwriter’s new album was just released and it follows up the debut perfectly.

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#287: Snapped Ankles, “Forest of Your Problems”

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.

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#279: Will Stratton, “The Changing Wilderness”

Will Stratton’s second album for Bella Union, “The Changing Wilderness”, is our album of the week. Pastoral folk for troubled times, Stratton’s seventh LP is yet another gem to be explored by fans of fingerpicking songwriters.

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#250: Lydia Loveless, “Daughter”

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

Five and a half years later, we reach the round number of 250 weeks providing you with fresh new music. That’s a lot of hours of music and a whole lot of hours of work put into this. Congratulate us. This week we bring you “Daughter”, the new record by singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless. It’s probably the most brilliant effort yet from someone we can start shamelessly call the heir to Lucinda Williams’ throne.

Plus: new tracks by Tim HeideckerBruce SpringsteenChris StapletonBlitzen TrapperBrandy Clark & Brandi CarlileBella WhiteThe MastersonsFleet FoxesThis Is The KitGianna LaurenThe Slim KingsKiwi jrSunflower Beantune-yardsSufjan StevensSarah DavachiHen OgleddSad13Ian Daniel KehoeChristian KjellvanderKevin MorbyCut WormsTre Burt, and Grace Gillespie.

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#245: Arlo McKinley, “Die Midwestern”

Signing singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley for his Oh Boy Records was probably one of the last gifts John Prine gave us. With a full powered Memphis-based band backing him, “Die Midwestern” is a goldmine of western folk-rock tunes. Plus: new tracks by Will Johnson, Jeremy Ivey, Paul Cauthen, Jerry Joseph, Ulver, Protomartyr, Julianna Barwick, Sufjan Stevens, Jupiter Sprites, Tomberlin, Orville Peck, Sam Rae Music, Liz Simmons, Kathleen Edwards, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charley Crockett, Samuel Úria, Puerto, The Two Tracks, Jeremy Tuplin, Daniel Romano, THE EELS, Father John Misty, The Avett Brothers, and Warren Givens.