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#196: Ada Lea, “what we say in private”

‘what we say in private’ is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter/painter/visual artist Alexandra Levy, or Ada Lea. It’s been out for less than a handful of days but it’s already one of our indie rock albums of the year. Is it because its opening song sounds like a lost track off Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s recording sessions that eventually morphs into a more layered Big Thief song, while never sounding like a tribute to either bands? Or maybe it’s because of the stellar songwriting in it. We don’t know. Let’s just listen.

Plus: new tracks by Wilco (the new kind of Wilco, not the old YHF one), Andrew Combs, Strange Ranger, Long Beard, Aviva le Fey, Shannon Lay, Joan Shelley, Holy Golden (now known as Dolly Valentine), Summer Salt, Grace Lightman, Bleached, Roselit Bone, Trash Kit, Fly Pan Am, Adam Green, Tony Molina, Leon Bridges, Whitney, RF Shannon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joe Pug, Jim Lauderdale, and Twain + The Deslondes.

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#108: The Deslondes, “Hurry Home”

Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2017 (#108):

Delorean – Giro

Arcade Fire – Signs of Life

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Sevdaliza – Hubris

St. Vincent – New York

Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back at Ten

Chicano Batman – Passed You By

Rips – Losing II

Deer Tick – It’s a Whale

Beach Fossils – This Year

Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses

The Deslondes – Nelly

The Deslondes – Just In Love With You

Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers – I Do Believe I’ve Had Enough

Hiss Golden Messenger – Standing in the Doorway

Iron & Wine – Call it Dreaming

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Chaos and Clothes

Hayden Pedigo – Madrid

Holly Throsby – Aeroplane

Lowland Hum – Thirty Years Old

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#106: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, “Nashville Sound”

Bolachas Now Playing, 21/2017 (#106):

Julia Jacklin – Eastwick

Protomartyr – 580 Memories

Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Marika Hackman – Good Intentions

Big Thief – Watering

Ulrika Spacek – Modern English Decoration

Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used to Do

The War On Drugs – Holding On

Iron & Wine – Stranger Lay Beside Me

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Anxiety

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Something to Love

The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song

Songhoy Blues – Mali Nord

Daniel Romano – I Tried to Hold the World (In My Mouth)

Sammy Brue – Jealous

Minta & the Brook Trout – So This Has to Do

Kevin Morby – City Music

Benjamin Clementine – Phantom of Aleppoville

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#102: Nadia Reid, “Preservation”

Nadia Reid’s sophomore record, Preservation, is our album of the week for our 102th playlist. The New Zealander singer-songwriter will visit us soon – more on that later! – and her record’s been on repeat for weeks.

Bolachas Now Playing, 18/2017 (#102):

Wooden Wand – Mallow T’ward the River

Richard Dawson – Soldier

Nadia Reid – Preservation

Nadia Reid – The Arrow and the Aim

Julia Lucille – Plot of Ground

Girl Ray – Preacher

Waxahatchee – No Curse

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Heal Me

Girlpool – Powerplant

Cayetana – Certain for Miles

Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet

Sevdaliza – Marilyn Monroe

The Magnetic Fields – ‘71: I Think I’ll Make Another World

The Deslondes – Hurricane Shakedown

Emperor X – Brown Recluse

The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Cameron Avery – Disposable

Fleet Foxes – Fool’s Errand

Wilco – (What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Old 97’s – Those Were the Days

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#68: Car Seat Headrest, “Teens of Denial”

For many, Car Seat Headrest was the “winner” of last week’s NOS Primavera Sound. The young singer-songwriter had just released his latest output, now on Matador, Teens of Denial, the album we’ve chosen to highlight this week on our playlist.