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Spotify Playlists from the PoB Family.

Spotify Playlists from the PoB Family.

Attention friends! We have three excellent new entries into the pantheon of Paradise of Bachelors Spotify playlists: “Spring Shadows: Sounds and scenes for unpacking in the rain” by Nathan Bowles, “Nigel on the letter B”, by Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes, and “Summer’s Hear: Songs & Tunes of Heat & Delight,” by none other than Jake Xerxes Fussell. Follow us on Spotify so you can stay updated on new PoB singles, artist playlists, and more.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell What In the Natural World Release Day + Show at Nightlight.

Jake Xerxes Fussell What In the Natural World Release Day + Show at Nightlight.

Alongside the release of the album today, the Oxford American has featured an interview, with a special emphasis on the fifth track, “Bells of Rhymney.” Fussell will head out on a spring UK and EU tour co-headlining with Daniel Bachman, followed by a summer US tour with Joan Shelley. He celebrates the album release with a full-band performance at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill today, March 31.

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Nathan Bowles Premieres "the i in silence" for Our First 100 Days.

Nathan Bowles Premieres “the i in silence” for Our First 100 Days.

Our friends (and distributors) at the Secretly Group are assembling a durational 100-track compilation to benefit a variety of worthy organizations involved in the resistance against the current oppressive political regime in the U.S. Today, for Day 58, Nathan Bowles has premiered “the i in silence,” a riveting addition to his growing catalog of solo banjo meditations.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Jumps for Joy.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Jumps for Joy.

Hear album opener “Jump for Joy,” a gorgeously transformed Duke Ellington cover featuring Nathan Bowles, via Flood Magazine. Jake opens for Wilco in NYC this month, followed by a US tour with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg, and then an EU/UK tour with Daniel Bachman. What in the Natural World is out March 31, when he’ll celebrate with a full-band record release show in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Michael Chapman Profiled on NPR's Morning Edition.

Michael Chapman Profiled on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Thanks very much to NPR’s Morning Edition and Joel Rose for this morning’s lovely story on Michael Chapman, in which the Fully Qualified Survivor, along with producer Steve Gunn and critic Andrew Male, looks back at his long career and discusses why Yorkshiremen are cheap, how his career started with a rainstorm, why he never sings sober, and his moving, universally acclaimed new record 50 (which you can order, and hear, below.)

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Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color Release Day + Our First 100 Days.

Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color Release Day + Our First 100 Days.

If you require a mind-expanding tonic to our national spell of ignorant, truculent insanity, the new Mind Over Mirrors album Undying Color is available today in your favorite record shops and online merchants, digital and physical alike. Listen, read critical acclaim for the album, learn about Secretly Group’s Our First 100 Days Project, and catch up on current and upcoming PoB tours.

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Michael Chapman: 50 Release Day.

Michael Chapman: 50 Release Day.

If you need a distraction from the eldritch horrors of Inauguration Day, take a lesson from the Fully Qualified Survivor. Get thee to your local record store to grip what is shaping up to be one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2017. Or, as Laura Snapes (Pitchfork, NPR, Guardian) recently recommended: “If you’re looking for a peaceful record for this torrid week, 50 is it.” Check out Uncut’s career-spanning 7pp. feature and new rave reviews in The Times, Daily Mirror, i, etc.

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Pre-order Jake Xerxes Fussell's What in the Natural World + Hear "Peaches" via NPR.

Pre-order Jake Xerxes Fussell’s What in the Natural World + Hear “Peaches” via NPR.

As we brace ourselves for this week’s ersatz presidential pomp, rank and rancorous politics, and righteous protests and marches, please allow us to ask one philosophical question no pundit but Jake Xerxes Fussell is asking: “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine?” Today NPR Music premiered this first Natural Question from Jake’s forthcoming album, with Laura Snapes writing that his “burly, winking voice is made for storytelling.”

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Stream Michael Chapman's 50 in Full via Stereogum.

Stream Michael Chapman’s 50 in Full via Stereogum.

January 20th sees the release of Michael Chapman’s 50, produced by Steve Gunn and described by Pitchfork as “a startlingly current and nearly apocalyptic vision of America… an album full of brimstone and brine, perhaps more perfect for this moment in history than we’d like to admit.” Now Stereogum presents 50 in its entirety.

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Michael Chapman Premieres "Memphis in Winter" via Noisey.

Michael Chapman Premieres “Memphis in Winter” via Noisey.

Taken from his anticipated album 50, out January 20th, the hellish travelogue approaches a pure distillation of the perfect Chapman song, with its dark lyrics and mesmerizing, elastic instrumental passages. (We’re snowed in here in North Carolina, so it feels particularly apropos to the season.)

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Michael Chapman Live Session on BBC 6 Radio with Marc Riley.

Michael Chapman Live Session on BBC 6 Radio with Marc Riley.

The legendary Michael Chapman joined Marc Riley on BBC 6 Radio Music today, playing several songs and chatting about his new album 50; recording with Steve Gunn, Nathan Bowles, James Elkington, Jason Meagher, and Jimy SeiTang (“a stick insect who plays the bass!”); his first American tour disaster in 1971; and … run-ins with Jimi Hendrix, among other things.

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Michael Chapman's 50 Celebrated by MOJO, Uncut, The Wire, BBC, Record Collector.

Michael Chapman’s 50 Celebrated by MOJO, Uncut, The Wire, BBC, Record Collector.

The critical acclaim for Michael Chapman’s magnificent forthcoming album 50 continues with unanimous praise from the UK, including MOJO, Uncut, The Wire, BBC Radio, and Record Collector. Also, peep photos of the finished LP package.

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