22 selections that have helped us through the week

A bunch of my favourite calming records of 2016 drop somewhere in the middle of this week’s list, played for fairly obvious reasons yesterday morning. A few nice new arrivals here, anyhow, alongside some from the past few lists – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Gillian Welch of course, Chris Abrahams (I saw The Necks play on Sunday night, as rewarding as ever), New Orleans Funk Vol 4, that Neil Young guy etc – that I keep coming back to. Special attention due: Rob Noyes and Rich Osborn in the guitar soli dept; Mind Over Mirrors over in kosmische; Israel Nash playing a live set in his studio. Take care, everyone…

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1 Chris Abrahams – Climb (Vegetable)

2 Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage (RVNG INTL)

3 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Julie’s Place (Sub Pop)

4 Neil Young – Peace Trail (Reprise)

5 Various Artists – New Orleans Funk Volume 4: Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-77 (Soul Jazz)

6 A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Iris (Erased Tapes)

7 Gillian Welch – Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony)

8 Mind Over Mirrors – Undying Color (Paradise of Bachelors)

9 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talk Tight (Ivy League)

10 75 Dollar Bill – Live In Paris (28/10/16)

11 Foxygen – Hang (Jagjaguwar)

12 Rob Noyes – The Feudal Spirit (Poon Village)

13 Psychic Temple – Plays Music For Airports (Joyful Noise)

14 Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City)

15 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (Western Vinyl)

16 Hiss Golden Messenger – Vestapol (Merge)

17 Hiss Golden Messenger – Brother Do You Know The Road? (Merge)

18 Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (Sacred Bones)

19 Ryley Walker – Sullen Mind (Live At SiriusXM The Loft) (Dead Oceans)

20 Israel Nash – Live From Plum Creek Sound (www.ISRAELNASH.com)

21 Kaia Kater – Nine Pin (Kingswood)

22 Richard Osborn – Endless (Tompkins Square)