Hear new Low, Laura Marling, Nadia Reid, Teenage Fanclub and more

Many genuine thanks for all the nice messages in response to my favourite albums of 2016 post yesterday. A couple of releases from Scissor Tail, here, that would’ve made the cut if I’d heard them earlier. But mostly we’re charging towards 2017 now, soundtracked by new stuff from Laura Marling (very much moving through the Joni Mitchell catalogue with grace and good taste) and Nadia Reid. Please also note a new Christmas song from Low, and a terrific cover of Grant McLennan’s “Easy Come Easy Go” by Teenage Fanclub. Again; anything you think I’ve missed – please let me know.

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1 Low – Drone Not Drones (Live At Rock The Garden 2013)

2 Various Artists – New Orleans Funk Volume 4 (Soul Jazz)

3 A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

4 Rob Noyes – The Feudal Spirit (Poon Village)

5 Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia – Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings (Fantasy)

6 Laura Marling – Semper Femina (More Alarming/Kobalt)

7 Trappist Afterland – God’s Good Earth (BAndcamp)

8 The Necks – Unfold (Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego)

9 Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (Room40)

10 Brian Eno – Reflection (Warp)

11 Various Artists – New Order Presents: Be Music (Factory Benelux)

12 Nadia Reid – Preservation (Basin Rock)

13 Psychic Temple – III (Asthmatic Kitty)

14 Dear Nora – Mountain Rock (Orindal)

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

16 Wes Tirey – Black Wind (Scissor Tail)

17 Earthen Sea – An Act Of Love (Kranky)

18 75 Dollar Bill – Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist)

19 Low – Some Hearts (At Christmas Time) (Sub Pop)

20 Pick A Piper – Geographically Opposed (Tin Angel)

21 Teenage Fanclub – Easy Come Easy Go (Live)

22 Joseph Allred – Fire And Earth (Scissor Tail)