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#254: The Mountain Goats, “Getting Into Knives”

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

John Darnielle is Getting Into Knives! And it’s probably his best album in almost a decade, when ‘All Eternals Deck’ brought us some of the most memorable the Mountain Goats songs. Closing the album, the title track is the standout here – a repeat affair right after the first listen.

Plus: new tracks by Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Helena Deland, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), WoodsOkey DokeyThe ShilohsAaron Lee Tasjan, Matt Berninger (The National), The Besnard Lakes, Plastic War, Strange RangerSon LittleNilüfer YanyaAriana GrandeHot Chip (with Jarvis Cocker), Harolddd (with Faye Webster), Skyway ManJulien BakerSkullcrusherAdrianne LenkerSierra FerrellOliver WoodMandolin OrangeGrace Gillespie, and Valley Maker.

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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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#233: Katie Von Schleicher, “Consummation”

Katie Von Schleicher’s “Consummation” is not only our album of the week, It’s one of our top albums of the year so far, too. There are 27 other songs on this week’s playlist, but if I were you I’d go explore that treatise on indie rock — and the rest of her discography, while you’re at it. New tracks by Jason MolinaNatalie Jane HillSoccer MommyGood DogA.O. GerberBecca MancariMatt BerningerCamille DeleanRoadside GravesOwen PallettTALsoundsNeil YoungSteve EarleM. Lockwood PorterCountry WesternsJeff RosenstockIDLESShilpa RayCombo QazamKaitlyn Aurelia SmithAngel Bat DawidNidiaIdris Ackamoor & The PyramidsMulatu AstatkePurling Hiss‘ Mike Polizze, Woods, and Okey Dokey.

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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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#227: Laura Marling, “Song for Our Daughter”

Laura Marling’s spring tour got cancelled and suddenly there was a seemingly unfillable void inside of us. Fortunately, the British songwriter has decided to release her new album earlier than it was supposed to, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that. Besides two songs off “Song for Our Daughter”, we have 26 brand new tracks from Jackie LynnOHMMEneubauten.org, Scottibrains, HoopsPhoebe BridgersTristenWoodsAlex NicolAZITAJames ElkingtonBuck CurranThe Orbiting Human Circus & The Music TapesBia MariaAnna BurchJenny O.Camille DeleanBecca MancariKellen of TroyJohn AndersonSteve EarlePokey LaFargeCaleb CaudleTommy AlexanderJaime Wyatt, and Eilen Jewell.