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#253: Jerry David DeCicca, “The Unlikely Optimist…”

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Almost a decade after the last The Black Swans release, frontman Jerry David DeCicca keeps putting out great solo albums. Which are not strictly solo, if you look at the cast of musicians enlisted here, a list that includes the legendary Augie Meyers (of the Texas Tornados and the Sir Douglas Quintet). The result is an instrumentally rich set of Americana songs that are probably your best introduction to DeCicca’s work as a songwriter.

This week, we have new tracks by Kacy & Clayton & Marlon WilliamsThe Weather StationSharon Van EttenSteady HolidayJane WeaverOhmmeSUUNS & Jerusalem In My HeartViagra BoysWoodsJeremy IveyCordovasLanghorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous GuysThe Slim KingsElvis PerkinsKevin MorbyJulia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of CardboardTomberlinPearl CharlesHoly Motors, and Jennifer Castle.

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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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#245: Arlo McKinley, “Die Midwestern”

Signing singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley for his Oh Boy Records was probably one of the last gifts John Prine gave us. With a full powered Memphis-based band backing him, “Die Midwestern” is a goldmine of western folk-rock tunes. Plus: new tracks by Will Johnson, Jeremy Ivey, Paul Cauthen, Jerry Joseph, Ulver, Protomartyr, Julianna Barwick, Sufjan Stevens, Jupiter Sprites, Tomberlin, Orville Peck, Sam Rae Music, Liz Simmons, Kathleen Edwards, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charley Crockett, Samuel Úria, Puerto, The Two Tracks, Jeremy Tuplin, Daniel Romano, THE EELS, Father John Misty, The Avett Brothers, and Warren Givens.

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#156: Mitski, “Be the Cowboy” / The Devil Makes Three, “Chains are Broken”

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We’re back in style with a two hour long double playlist featuring new records by Mitski and The Devil Makes Three! This songwriter-heavy playlist features new and recent songs from OHMME, Steady Holiday, Anna St. Louis, boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus), Molly Burch, J Mascis, Scott Orr, Bill Ryder-Jones, Richard Thompson – RT, Micah P. Hinson, Carl Broemel, Kurt Vile, Super Doppler, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The GROWLERS, Jerry Paper & Weyes Blood, Laura Gibson, Send Medicine, Kevin Devine, Iron & Wine, The Tallest Man On Earth, Erica Buettner, Tomberlin, Marissa Nadler, Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief, Soccer Mommy, Mutual Benefit, infinite bisous, and Donnie Fritts. This took a while. We won’t be happy if nobody listens to it.

Bolachas Now Playing, 29/2018 (#156):

Mitski – Two Slow Dancers

Mitski – Me and My Husband

Ohmme – Water

Steady Holiday – Mothers

Anna St. Louis – Understand

boygenius – Bite The Hand

Molly Burch – To the Boys

J Mascis – See You At The Movies

Scott Orr – Seasons

Bill Ryder-Jones – Mither

Richard Thompson – The Storm Won’t Come

The Devil Makes Three – Castles

The Devil Makes Three – Can’t Stop

Micah P. Hinson – Small Spaces

Carl Broemel – Dark Matter

Kurt Vile – Loading Zones

Super Doppler – Welcome Back

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – GotItBad

The Growlers – Problems III

Jerry Paper, Weyes Blood – Grey Area

Laura Gibson – Tenderness

Send Medicine – Shakes Me Too

Kevin Devine – Prehistoric

Iron & Wine – Waves of Galveston

The Tallest Man On Earth – Down in My Heart

Erica Buettner – Sea Green Eyes

Tomberlin – I’m Not Scared

Marissa Nadler – Blue Vapor

Adrianne Lenker – cradle

Soccer Mommy – I’m on Fire

Mutual Benefit – Come to Pass

infinite bisous – @ Home

Donnie Fritts – I’d Do It Over Again

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#150: T. Hardy Morris, “Dude, the Obscure”

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T. Hardy Morris headlines our 150th playlist! The Dead Confederate frontman has a new album out on New West Records. Make sure you give it a go. Plus: new songs by John Calvin Abney, DawesGreat Lake Swimmers, Israel Nash, Amanda Shires, Low, Stuart A. Staples, Saintseneca, Wilder Maker, Sean Henry, gobbinjr, Steady HolidayTomberlin, Tony Molina, Jeffrey Foucault, and The Milk Carton Kids.

Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2018 (#150): 

John Calvin Abney – Always Enough

Dawes – My Greatest Invention

T. Hardy Morris – Purple House Blues

T. Hardy Morris – NY

Great Lake Swimmers – Alone but Not Alone

Israel Nash – Lucky Ones

Amanda Shires – Eve’s Daughter

Low – Dancing and Blood

Stuart A. Staples – A New Real

Saintseneca – Frostbiter

Wilder Maker – Impossible Summer

Sean Henry – Imperfection

gobbinjr – sorry Charlie

Steady Holiday – Nobody’s Watching

Tomberlin – Seventeen

Tony Molina – Wrong Town

Jeffrey Foucault – Pretty Hands

The Milk Carton Kids – I’ve Been Loving You