Marisa Anderson and William Tyler‘s collaborative album, “Lost Futures”, has some of our favourite melodies of the year. The idea of “duelling guitars” has given us some enticing music over the years, but the duo’s music shines brighter when those guitars – both electric and acoustic – sound like they’re just sweetly talking to each other.
We took a week off because we can. It gave us a few extra days to dive deeper into Snapped Ankles’ excellent “Forest of Your Problems”. The noisy London post-punk (if we can define it like that…) band refines their sound further, bringing us some hip-moving motorik we can use to pretend the world is back to normal and we can all dance again. Responsibly.
Guitar prodigy Julian Lage‘s debut on Blue Note, “Squint”, is our album of the week. Produced by Margaret Glaspy and Armand Hirsch, Lage enlists bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King in this eleven-song voyage.
Michelle Zauner’s first two albums as Japanese Breakfast sounded promising, but not really that exciting – not that it aimed at that. But, as soon as the horns in “Paprika” kick in, you can’t help but feel this *is* the breakout album we were waiting for from a stellar songwriter. Ironically enough, it was the inward-looking, gorgeous slow burner album closer “Posing for Cars” that made us pick “Jubilee” as our album of the week. Go get it.
Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday.
We’re back from a short vacation with a packed playlist where we feature one of our old favorites. “Gold Record” is midlife Bill Callahan (smog) at his finest: a bunch of non-ordinary songs about ordinary people with ordinary lives. Plus: new tracks by Rodney Crowell, Jerry David DeCicca, Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, Daniel Romano, Jeremy Ivey, the Mountain Goats, The Nude Party, Hen Ogledd, a Hawk and a Hacksaw‘s Heather Trost, New Order, Garcia Peoples, shame, Badge Époque Ensemble, William Tyler, Native Harrow, Bella White Music, Lomelda, Adrianne Lenker, Skyway Man, Lucero, Monster Rally, Night Shop, KEVIN MORBY, Dylan LeBlanc, Wyatt C. Lewis, Ben Pirani, Okey Dokey, Fraser A. Gorman, Sumbuck, Thin Lear, and Jim White.