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#195: Purple Mountains, “Purple Mountains”

Eleven years after the Silver Jews’ swan song “Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea”, David Berman finally resurfaces as Purple Mountains. And the new record is everything we ever wanted and more, with members of Woods as their backing band and producers adding extra catchiness to Berman’s superior songwriting. It jumps straight to the top of our list of favorite albums of the year.

Plus: new tracks by Divino Niño, B Boys, Tijuana Panthers, Drab Majesty, Kyle Craft, Lower Dens, Gruff Rhys, Jenny Hval, Carnivorous Plant Society, Sandro Perri, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Bad Heaven Limited, Olympia, Jade Jackson, Michaela Anne, Eilen Jewell, Kelsey Waldon, Emma Russack, Erin Durant, Asia, and Joanna Sternberg.

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#172: Pedro the Lion, “Phoenix”

Pedro The Lion’s first record since David Bazan went solo after 2004’s Achilles Heel is our album of the week. Here’s to hoping an European tour is in the works: it’s been almost six years since we hosted one of the most beautiful concerts we ever promoted. Plus: new tracks by Night Beats, Ryan Bingham, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Blank Range,Strand of Oaks, Ex Hex, Cass McCombs, The Comet is Coming, Lala Lala & Why?, Alice Phoebe Lou, Tiny Ruins, Weyes Blood, Mandolin OrangeH.C. McEntire, Townes Van Zandt, Twain, Bob Sumner Music, Steve Gunn, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Wild Reeds, and Teddy and the Rough Riders.

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#171: Angelo de Augustine, “Tomb”

Welcome to the fifth season of Bolachas Now Playing. We’re back with a packed double playlist. We tried hard to limit it to 30 songs. Our pick from the first Friday of releases of 2019 is Angelo De Augustine’s new record Tomb, the closest thing to a Sufjan Stevens new album you’ll get this year (nah, we hope not). Plus: new songs by Nicholas Krgovich (actually by Ariana Grande, but his version is too good to not be featured), Sharon Van Etten, Hand Habits, Stella Donnelly, Adia Victoria, The Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, The Delines, Lana Del Rey, Michael Chapman, William Tyler, J. Mamana, Beirut, Juan Wauters, Sarah Louise, Jards Macalé, Nick Waterhouse, Kid Dakota, The Growlers, Half Japanese, Girlpool, Kim Lenz, Bill MacKay, Steve Gunn, Scott Hirsch, Leah Senior, Kaia Kater, and Tiny Ruins.

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163: Current 93, “The Light is Leaving Us All”

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

Current 93’s new album “The Light Is Leaving Us All” is probably David Tibet’s best work since 2006’s “Black Ships Ate the Sky”. Yes, there’s no modern cowboy or cowgirl in the cover this week. Deal with it. But there’s one hour and a half of new music by Ty Segall, Pip Blom, The Black LilliesNight Shop, The Skiffle Players, Beirut, Daniel Romano, The Watson Twins, The Weather StationJennifer Castle, Tiny Ruins, Julia Holter, John Carpenter, Tim HeckerMatthew E. White, Calvin Johnson, Colter WallTwain, Angelo De Augustine, Yowler, and Will Oldham.

Bolachas Now Playing, 36/2018 (#163):

Ty Segall – Class War

Pip Blom – Pussycat

The Black Lillies – Weighting

Night Shop – The One I Love

The Skiffle Players – Cara

Beirut – Gallipoli

Daniel Romano – All The Reaching Trims

The Watson Twins – Call to You (ft. The Cactus Blossoms)

The Weather Station – I Tried to Wear the World (ft. Jennifer Castle)

Jennifer Castle – Midas Touch (ft. The Weather Station)

Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls

Julia Holter – Words I Heard

John Carpenter – The Shape Burns

Current 93 – The Policeman Is Dead

Current 93 – 30 Red Houses

Tim Hecker – Is a rose petal of the dying crimson light

Matthew E. White – No Future In Our Frontman

Calvin Johnson – Another Teardrop Falls

Colter Wall – Wild Dogs

Twain – Young God (gotta lotta feeling)

Angelo De Augustine – Time

Yowler – Angel

Will Oldham – Party With Marty

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#113: The War on Drugs, “A Deeper Understanding”

Bolachas Now Playing, 28/2017 (#113):

Action Bronson – The Choreographer

Shilpa Ray – Shilpa’s Got a Heart Full of Dirt

LCD Soundsystem – tonite

Queens of the Stone Age – Head Like a Haunted House

The Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down

The War on Drugs – Up All Night

The War on Drugs – Nothing To Find

Fog Lake – Rainy Days

Marlon Williams – Vampire Again

Grizzly Bear – Aquarian

Iron & Wine – About a Bruise

Eilen Jewell – It’s Your Voodoo Working

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Silver Wings

David Rawlings – Airplane

Van Morrison – Transformation

Slow Dancer – I Would

Ian Felice – Will I Ever Reach Laredo

This Is The Kit – Bullet Proof

Tiny Ruins – Feathers

Joshua Hedley & Erin Rae – Old Habits