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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: the review

Sometimes it’s hard to be objective and unbiased when writing about a festival that is such a big part of your life. Except for two (very) unremarkable lineups that made me stay home, since I was old enough to go to college all my summers involved a trip to Paredes de Coura (and a painful trip back, too). When you’re a kid, they say you’ll eventually get older and boring, in a process they call “becoming an adult”. This usually comes with amazing perks such as ceasing to listen to any new music whatsoever, stopping seeing your (also ageing) friends, having great conversations about changing diapers with your remaining friends (yes, the other couple with kids you always go vacationing with to some shitty beach full of other couples with kids and the odd mother-in-law). Obviously, a multi-day, non-kid friendly, rural music festival such as Festival Paredes de Coura seems like one of those things that are amongst the first to drop from your newfound “adult life”. Except you don’t have to be that person; and is there anything better to remind you of that than going there and finding all your friends in the same place, same month, year after year, all over again? (Well, other than imagining the smell of those diapers.)

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#189: The Felice Brothers, “Undress”

In the beginning of the month, Americana heroes The Felice Brothers quietly released “Undress”. Their new collection of songs focuses on, well, 2010s USA, and it turns out to be possibly their most cohesive album – and its fantastic harmonies make it one of the catchiest records of the year so far.

On this week’s playlist: new songs by Ryan Pollie, Olden Yolk, David Berman’s Purple Mountains, Sam Cohen, Mikaela Davis, Pearl Charles, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, The National, Lowland Hum, Native Harrow, William Ryan Fritch, Michael Fracasso, Tōth, Luís Severo, Mega Bog, Joseph Shabason, Aviva le Fey, Little Mazarn, Shannon Lay, Matt Kivel, and Siskiyou.

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#183: Weyes Blood, “Titanic Rising”

It doesn’t take long for the listener to realize Natalie Mering is an artist in her prime while listening to her fourth record as Weyes Blood. While the already remarkable “Front Row Seat to Earth” had its number of high peaks coupled with a couple of less remarkable moments, “Titanic Rising” is a serious contender for album of the year, and definitely a career best for someone we once thought was just Enya for people who order matcha lattes at modern coffee establishments. (Sorry about that.)

Plus new tracks by the likes of Vera Sola, Heather Woods Broderick, Siskiyou, Jake Xerxes FussellPhil Cook, Laura Stevenson, Alex Rex, M. Lockwood Porter, Los Coast, Super DopplerJonah Tolchin, Carl Anderson, Drunken PrayerPUP et al.

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#112: Kacy & Clayton, “The Siren’s Song”

Bolachas Now Playing, 27/2017 (#112):

Son Little – Demon to the Dark

Hand Habits – yr heart

Destroyer – Sky’s Grey

Randall Bramblett – Mali Katra

Protomartyr – My Children

Jacob Faurholt – A Lake of Distortion

Gill Landry – Berlin

Lilly Hiatt – Everything I Had

Kacy & Clayton – The Light of Day

Kacy & Clayton – This World Has Seven Wonders

Lucinda Williams – Six Blocks Away

Courtney Marie Andrews – Near You

Julien Baker – Appointments

Jen Cloher – Waiting in the Wings

The Dodos – Mirror Fake

The National – Carin at the Liquor Store

Josh Ritter – Thunderbolt’s Goodnight

Richard Thompson – Bathsheba Smiles

Noah Gundersen – Bad Desire

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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