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#249: Daniel Romano’s Outfit, “How Ill Thy World Is Ordered”

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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.

Plus: brand new tracks by Sam AmidonDawesRandall BramblettGrant-Lee PhillipsNative HarrowFaye WebsterThe ShilohsRudy de AndaTiñaThrowing MusesJohn DaveyPorridge RadioMary LattimoreTomberlinTrummorsJennifer CastleFenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler ChildersWaylon PayneBecky WarrenGus ClarkThe Bad OatsMatt CostaTyler RamseyYo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.

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#241: Protomartyr, “Ultimate Success Today”

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We have been waiting for this one for months. After some delays, Protomartyr’s fifth album is finally out now. Our favorite contemporary post-punk band is back and it brings a bunch of guitar-heavy tracks along. Because it’s the summer and that’s how we roll when it’s warm outside. Plus: new tracks by Crack Cloud, SilverbacksMetz, Zombi, BullyTiña, Asher Gamedze, Ambrose AkinmusireYin YinFuture IslandsGenevieve ArtadiKacy HillWye OakSamantha CrainWidowspeakShe Keeps BeesSylvie SimmonsMary LattimoreCat ClydeBill CallahanGillian WelchBuck MeekAstral SwansDavid RamirezDogwood TalesThe Texas GentlemenEl Michels Affair, and Dojo Cuts.

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#237: Phoebe Bridgers, “Punisher”

Though it helps, you don’t have to be a 25 year-old millennial to deeply empathise with Phoebe Bridgers’ sophomore album, “Punisher”. The star-studded ensemble of guests (Conor Oberst, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and its universal and hauntingly beautiful themes of lost love, impostor syndrome and the end of the world will leave their mark on you. We dare you to try to listen to it only once. +: new tracks by Bob DylanBright EyesHayley Thompson-King, Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss), TiñaThe Fiery FurnacesElephant Stone, Sun on Shade (Heath Fogg from Alabama Shakes), Los Retros, Gum Country, Sports TeamFontaines D.C.Noveller, Jeremy Fetzer, Wilder Maker & Gabriel BirnbaumThomas CsorbaColter WallJohn CraigieNeil YoungWillie NelsonRonnie FaussArlo McKinleySteve Gunn & Cass McCombs, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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#216: Andy Shauf, “The Neon Skyline”

Four years after his last solo album, Andy Shauf is back with “The Neon Skyline”. Just like its predecessor “The Party”, it’s (you guessed) another concept album about something that happened over the course of one night. So, of course, feel free to our selection and go listen to the record with the lyrics in front of you. In case you’re not into it, well, we got you covered with one hour and a half of new tracks by U.S. Girls, 070 Shake, Rosalía, Margaret Glaspy, Mitski, Okay Kaya, Waxahatchee, Squirrel Flower, Wye Oak, M. Ward, Bonny Light Horseman, Terry Allen, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Nathaniel Rateliff, Natural Child, Drive-By Truckers, Watkins Family Hour, Tiña, Wolf Parade, Kiwi jr, and Haha Charade.