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Among the other inspired choices are “Permanent Wave,” a circuitous stroll by Carla Bley; and “Dark Glasses,” a near-bossa by Mr. Swallow that he propels with the dark, wormy sound of his acoustic bass guitar.

NATE’S PERFECT WORD FOR SWALLOW’S SOUND: WORMY

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Every time the singer-songwriter Bill Callahan puts out a record, you want to listen lyrics-first. His words drip out so slowly that you could stone-carve an album’s worth of them without hitting pause. There’s also usually some evolution there. You want to know what new psychoses and vocabulary and levels of intent his characters have taken on: distanced and bratty; sentimental and sociopathic; dry and metaphysical; grateful and generous. – Ben Ratliff