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#283: Japanese Breakfast, “Jubilee”

Michelle Zauner’s first two albums as Japanese Breakfast sounded promising, but not really that exciting – not that it aimed at that. But, as soon as the horns in “Paprika” kick in, you can’t help but feel this *is* the breakout album we were waiting for from a stellar songwriter. Ironically enough, it was the inward-looking, gorgeous slow burner album closer “Posing for Cars” that made us pick “Jubilee” as our album of the week. Go get it.

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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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#276: Cory Hanson, “Pale Horse Rider”

Cory Hanson’s sophomore solo record, “Pale Horse Rider”, is our album of the week! Better known for fronting LA psychedelic rockers Wand, Hanson’s solo work is more on the mellower side, flirting with cosmic country – an unsurprising turn of events considering his whereabouts.

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#254: The Mountain Goats, “Getting Into Knives”

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

John Darnielle is Getting Into Knives! And it’s probably his best album in almost a decade, when ‘All Eternals Deck’ brought us some of the most memorable the Mountain Goats songs. Closing the album, the title track is the standout here – a repeat affair right after the first listen.

Plus: new tracks by Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Helena Deland, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), WoodsOkey DokeyThe ShilohsAaron Lee Tasjan, Matt Berninger (The National), The Besnard Lakes, Plastic War, Strange RangerSon LittleNilüfer YanyaAriana GrandeHot Chip (with Jarvis Cocker), Harolddd (with Faye Webster), Skyway ManJulien BakerSkullcrusherAdrianne LenkerSierra FerrellOliver WoodMandolin OrangeGrace Gillespie, and Valley Maker.

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#248: Bill Callahan, “Gold Record”

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We’re back from a short vacation with a packed playlist where we feature one of our old favorites. “Gold Record” is midlife Bill Callahan (smog) at his finest: a bunch of non-ordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Plus: new tracks by Rodney CrowellJerry David DeCiccaWilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Daniel RomanoJeremy Iveythe Mountain GoatsThe Nude PartyHen Ogledda Hawk and a Hacksaw‘s Heather Trost, New OrderGarcia Peoplesshame, Badge Époque Ensemble, William TylerNative HarrowBella White MusicLomeldaAdrianne LenkerSkyway ManLuceroMonster RallyNight ShopKEVIN MORBYDylan LeBlanc, Wyatt C. Lewis, Ben PiraniOkey DokeyFraser A. Gorman, Sumbuck, Thin Lear, and Jim White.