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#235: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sideways to New Italy”

Is there anything more typical of music publications in the 21st century than waiting for an indie rock band to fail miserably with the release their second record? Don’t let them tell you “Sideways to New Italy” is lacking something important. The new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album has all the melodies and hooks you need to survive this festival-less summer so you can pretend everything’s fine. We’re adding a fourth sentence to this paragraph because it seems like it’s mandatory to reference the Go-Betweens and/or the Feelies every single time we talk about this band.

Plus: new tracks by Run The JewelsDJ LycoxPop Dell’ArteNo Age, Lithics, OhmmeDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the WestSwampmeat Family BandCrystal ShipsssHelvetiaMuzzThe ClienteleLA PriestBecca MancariSarah LouiseBrigid Mae PowerThe World of DustSamantha CrainCamille DeleanModern NatureMt. JoyJoan Shelley, and Torres.

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#217: Destroyer, “Have We Met”

Dan Bejar enters the another decade with what is probably his most remarkable piece of work since Kaputt. We’ve been featuring Destroyer’s new singles for a while now; this week, it’s time to celebrate “Have We Met”’s release. Plus, we have new tracks from YoubetDiet CigFrances QuinlanTorresLala LalaJFDRLowland HumJames ElkingtonSir Richard BishopClem SnideSam DooresTre BurtAlex RexFuturebirdsPokey LaFargeThe SadiesBohren & der Club of GoreBroochDan DeaconShopping, The Men, Hailu Mergia, and Chuck Prophet.

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#215: Bill Fay, “Countless Branches”

20 days into the new year and we’re already in love with one of the most beautiful albums 2020 will have to offer. Bill Fay’s third album since breaking a decades-long absence is not only a spotless collection of new songs by the veteran singer-songwriter. The deluxe version is where the true gems are: full band versions of some of the best tracks off the album, plus two bonus tracks and a new arrangement of an old favorite. Fortunately you don’t need to buy a fancy Japanese version of it or stand in line for a RSD release. It’s all on Spotify, just like all these new tracks by The Innocence Mission, Nadia Reid, Aoife Nessa Frances, Samantha Crain, Madison Cunningham, Possessed by Paul James/Official, James Steinle, Margo Price, Soccer Mommy, TORRES, Nap Eyes, David Dondero, The Panhandlers, John Moreland, Hawktail, Thundercat, John Carroll Kirby, Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Swamp Dogg ft. John Prine, Alabaster dePlume, and LINA_ RAÜL Refree.

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#117: Hiss Golden Messenger, “Hallelujah Anyhow”

Bolachas Now Playing, 32/2017 (#117):

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Anthem for No State, Pt. III

Timber Timbre – Les Egouts

The Deep Dark Woods – Fallen Leaves

Torres – Helen in the Woods

Cut Copy – Black Rainbows

Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks

The Lemon Twigs – Why Didn’t You Say That?

BadBadNotGood – Confessions Pt. III

Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr. – Ohio

Hiss Golden Messenger – Harder Rain

Hiss Golden Messenger – Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast

Rodney Crowell – Tobacco Road

Willie Nelson – Mind Your Own Business

Twain – Little Dog Mind

The Texas Gentlemen – Superstition

Conor Oberst – Southern State

Eilen Jewell – The Poor Girls Story

Holly Macve – All I Have To Do Is Dream

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#19: Torres, “Sprinter”

New Destroyer song and pairs of great songs from new albums by Torres (pictured), Eilen Jewell and The Milk Carton Kids.