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#273: Esther Rose, “How Many Times”

As you probably noticed already by our playlists, we’re big fans of the New Orleans country scene and its retro-y sound. One of its rising stars is singer-songwriter Esther Rose, whose third album, “How Many Times”, is out now.

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#263: Buck Meek, “Two Saviors”

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”.

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#257: Gillian Welch, “Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs”

“Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs” is a three volume collection of lost unreleased tracks straight from the Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings vault. The third and final part was just released last Friday and it’s in our spotlight for week 45.

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#252: Cut Worms, “Nobody Lives Here Anymore”

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

Max Clarke, aka Cut Worms, sounds a bit like if Jim James was sent back to the 60s in a time capsule to perform in folk-rock and Merseybeat outfits. His new double LP “Nobody Lives Here Anymore” has to be our most anticipated release of the year. We tried very hard not to include all of the nine (!) advance songs Jagjaguwar has slowly put out in the past five months. Now that it’s all out, its 77 minutes will take a lot of time to digest – mostly because it’s impossible to not get hooked in one or another of the nuggets hidden inside this record.

Plus: new tracks by DawesDrive-By TruckersCAAMPWendy EisenbergSlow PulpFast FriendsPearl CharlesCaroline SpenceLiz Longley, Magik Markers, The AntlersPsychic TempleNorth AmericansMary LattimoreGarcia PeoplesMdou MoctarThe Budos BandRob MazurekGustafMETZWild PinkBuck MeekThe Bad OatsShaela Miller, and Jackson Emmer.

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Our sound snippet for the day comes from Port St. Willow, a project of one Nick Principe. If you google his name, you are as likely to come across “childhood friend of that dude from The Antlers” as you are to find “frontman of Port St. Willow”. There’s a reason critics keep pointing out the connection with the Antlers frontman though. Childhood friends, it turns out, sometimes share magical musical bonds. And in this case: if you like one, you’ll probably like the other.

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