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#239: Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”

We’re not writing anything about our album of the week, not because we’re lazy, but because we’re talking about the new Willie Nelson record and if you need an introduction to him you need to be pulled from that cave first. Plus: new tracks by Sufjan StevensEd Askew BandJames ElkingtonThe Dead TonguesCut WormsCool SoundsTommy AlexanderGrady StrangeTrummors, Nathan Ma, Jason Molina MusicSend MedicineThis Is The KitPorridge RadioMadeline KenneySAMIARon GalloDelta SpiritFontaines D.C.Les Big ByrdBananagunMulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) & Black Jesus Experience (BJX)Ezra Feinberg, and Jeremy Cunningham & Dustin Laurenzi.

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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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#231: Blake Mills, “Mutable Set”

Blake Mills has been over the place over the past few years, including this very setlist (that’s also him on Perfume Genius’ new track). You can find him producing, playing or singing on albums such as Laura Marling’s “Semper Femina”, Dawes’ “We’re All Gonna Die”, Conor Oberst’s “Salutations”, Weyes Blood’s “Titanic Rising”… you know the drill. They’ve all been featured here. After adding some guitar tracks on Cass McCombs’ “Mangy Love” a few years back, he has now invited back the fellow Californian for some collaborative songwriting on his exquisite, brilliant new album, “Mutable Set”.

Plus: brand new tracks by A.O. GerberSkullcrusherFenne LilyDana GavanskiModern StudiesWoodsBlitzen TrapperDougie PooleWillie NelsonSarah Siskind, Matthew Tavares, Masaki Batoh, Fontaines D.C.Disheveled CussRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverWhite DenimGia Margaret MusicDirty ProjectorsJessie WareTei ShiKehlaniThundercat, and Bad Bunny.

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#223: Sam Doores, “Sam Doores”

We’re pretty sure you won’t run out of interesting things to keep you occupied during your forced quarantine period, but we’ll still add something to that. The Deslondes’ Sam Doores has just released his first solo LP in quite a while, and you can use it to remember how nice life could be when it was still normal. Plus: new tracks by Shabaka & the AncestorsSoccer96 & Alabaster dePlumeProtomartyrLIFEPorridge RadioThe WIYOSViagra BoysSINEAD O’BRIENU.S. GirlsGirlpoolYves Tumor, Seasick Steve, Margo Price, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jim White & Marisa Anderson musicWillie NelsonWhiskey Wolves of the WestDon GallardoNorah JonesMandy MooreAnna BurchKate BollingerSharon Van Etten, and JFDR.

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#220: Sarah Harmer, “Are You Gone”

It’s been ten years since Sarah Harmer last released a record. The Canadian singer-songwriter spent the last decade advocating for environmental rights, but she’s now back on track with an album that feels like a successor of her 2000 breakthrough, “You Were Here”. Folk-rock folks, please gather around here. Plus: new tracks by Willie NelsonSamantha CrainJay SomAda LeaKatie Von SchleicherLilly HiattTrace MountainsReal EstateSpinning CoinKing Tuff, Six Organs of Admittance, Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree, CalifoneOiseaux-TempêteAgnes ObelKatie GatelyJessy LanzaGrimes, Beatrice Dillon, Yves Tumor, Bib, No AgeGuided By Voices, and Josh Ritter.