OCTA Music Weekly- Episode #168

Another week, another new music weekly.

Not a whole lot album releases yet, but a whole lot of singles and album announcements. Therefore the length of this got out of hand and I had to leave some singles out.

Not a clear cut album of the week, because I’ve enjoyed The Kernal, Elijah Johnston, Steph Green and Jamestown Revival pretty much equally. That’s not all though and we also got albums from The Neverists, The Nunnery, Fuss, Elvis Costello & The Impressions, Cat Power (cover), Emily Barker & Lukas Drinkwater (covers), Eliza Kilgyson, Bill Fay (reissue of demos and alternate takes). One big EP release too from Ryley Walker.

The Finnish section is a strong one led by the long-waited debut full-length from Punomo. Turku soul for the masses. I love that record. There’s also two other big album releases from Bad Sauna and Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki. Then there’s a debut single from a Finnish americana / alt. country band SaintPolis (includes members from other blog favorites Ethel Suspense and Cartoon Tree). Other great Finnish singles are from Pintandwefall, Lintudisko (check this one out if you are into shoegaze, a great debut single) and Spring Teeth.

Like previously mentioned we got a plenty of international album announcements with a lead single. Ian Noe, Christian Lee Hutson, Carson McHone and Jeremy Ivey just to name a few. A lot to look forward to in 2022. Erin Rae and The Delines also released further advance singles from their forthcoming albums. All these above can share the song of the week title. That’s not all though and other big faves came from Pearl Charles, Thee Sacred Souls, Kyle Morgan, Tomato Flower and so forth. There’s gold throughout the long playlist.

That’s it for now. I’ll spend the rest of the weekend reading Richard Powers’ wonderful novel The Overstory and watching the NFL playoffs. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. Love from a distance.

1. The Kernal – Wrong Turn to Tupelo (Listen to the Blood, Single Lock Records, 2022)
2. Jamestown Revival – Slow It Down (Young Man, Jamestown Revival Recordigns / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
3. Steph Green – Night Falls (Thanks for That, Mashed Potato Records, 2022)
4. Elijah Johnston – Greatest Hits (Day Off, We Bought a Zoo Records, 2022)
5. Erin Rae – Cosmic Sigh (single, Good Memory / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
6. Christian Lee Hutson – Rubberneckers (single, Anti, 2022)
7. Ryley Walker – Second Strand (So Certain EP, Husky Pants Records, 2022)
8. The Delines – Kid Codeine (single, Decor Records, 2022)
9. Ian Noe – Pine Grove (Madhouse) (single, Lock13 Records / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
10. Carson McHone – Still Life (single, Loose Music, 2022)
11. Jeremy Ivey – Orphan Child (single, Anti, 2022)
12. SaintPolis – 4AM (single, 2022)
13. The Neverists – Sweet Maria (Scream Like A Whisper, 2022)
14. Pearl Charles – Givin’ It Up (single, Lavender Family, 2022)
15. Punomo – Paljon, enemmän (Punomo, Solina Records, 2022)
16. Thee Sacred Souls – Trade of Hearts (single, Penrose Records, 2022)
17. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Minotaur (single, ATO Records, 2022)
18. The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Step Down (single, Colemine Records, 2022)
19. Jason Joshua – Forget It (single, Boringquen, 2022)
20. Tomato Flower – World to Come (single, Ramp Local, 2022)
21. Kyle Morgan – Ransom the Captive Heart (single, Team Love Records, 2022)
22. The Nunnery – Mountains Edge (Floating Gardens, Artstran, 2022)
23. Young Prisms – Honeydew (single, Fire Talk, 2022)
24. Lintudisko – Yritän kyllä (single, 2022)
25. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Äänet (Äänet ja valot, Soit Se Silti, 2022)
26. Bad Sauna – Kaikki kerralla kiitos (POTSLOJO, All That Plazz, 2022)
27. Pintandwefall – Aihai (single, Soliti, 2022)
28. Spring Teeth – Life Won’t Wait (single, I Call It Blood Detective Records, 2022)
29. Short Fiction – Don’t Start a Band (single, Lauren Records, 2022)
30. Fuss – Western Wear (We’re Not Alone, Phat ‘n’ Phunky, 2022)
31. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – My Most Beautiful Mistake (The Boy Named If, Universal, 2022)
32. Fortunato Durutti Marinetti – Feels Like (single, Bobo Integral, 2022)
33. Emily Barker & Lukas Drinkwater – Under the Milky Way (Room 822, Everyone Sang, 2022)
34. Cat Power – It Wasn’t God Who Created Honky Tonk Angels (Covers, Domino Recording Co, 2022)
35. Amythyst Kiah – Love Will Tear Us Apart (single, Rounder Records, 2022)
36. Lavender Country – I Can’t Shake the Stranger Out of You (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2022)
37. Sad Daddy – Arkansas Bound (single, Catfish Music, 2022)
38. Eliza Gilkyson – At the Foot of the Mountain (Songs from the River Wind, 2022)
39. Ryan Culwell – Wild Sometimes (single, Missing Piece Records, 2022)
40. Sophie & The Broken Things – Churches & Bars (single, Petaluma Records, 2022)
41. Jackson Emmer – Colorado Line (single, Diamond Ranch Records, 2022)
42. The Hellacopters – Eyes of Oblivion (single, Nuclear Blast, 2022)
43. The Minks – Lavender (single, 2022)
44. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Pierced Arrows (single, Nonesuch Records, 2022)
45. The Whitmore Sisters – Big Heart Sick Mind (single, Compass Records, 2022)
46. Goodnight, Texas – Jane, Come Down From Your Room (single, 2022)
47. Michaela Anne – Child of Mine (single, Yep Roc, 2022)
48. Allegra Krieger – Taking It In (single, Northern Spy, 2022)
49. Aldous Harding – Lawn (single, 4AD, 2022)
50. Basia Bulat – Fables (single, Secret City Records, 2022)
51. Rosie Thomas – All Is Full of Love (single, Singalong, 2022)
52. Landon Lloyd Miller – Bluebonnet (single, Twin Mesa / Soundly, 2022)
53. Jana Pochop – Maps (single, Patient Grasshopper Music, 2022)
54. Midlake – Bethel Woods (single, Bella Union, 2022)
55. Spiritualized – Crazy (single, Fat Possum Records, 2022)
56. Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution (Still Some Light: Part 1, Dead Oceans, 2022)
57. Shane Parish – Black Eyed Susan (single, Dear Life Records, 2022)
58. Daniel Norgren (single, Superpuma Record, 2022)
59. The Teskey Brothers feat Emma Donovan – Get Back to the Land (single, Universal / Decca, 2022)
60. Grant-Lee Phillips – Cruel Trick (single, Yep Roc, 2022)
61. Skye Wallace – Truth Be Told (single, Six Shooter Recordigns, 2022)
62. Lou Roy – Uppercut (single, Balloon Machine, 2022)
63. Mitski – Love Me More (single, Dead Oceans, 2022)
64. Lael Neale – Hotline (single, Sub Pop Records, 2022)
65. The High Water Marks – Fantastic Machine (single, Minty Fresh, 2022)
66. Crake – Winter’s Song (single, Fika Recordings, 2022)
67. Straight White Teeth – Better Without You (single, 2022)
68. Anais Mitchell – On Your Way (Felix Song) (single, BMG, 2022)
69. Jake Balzer – Won’t Be Here (Never Better EP, 2022)
70. North Atlantic Explorers – Dreams of Flying (Night Owls, 2022)

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Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #167

Another week, another new music weekly.

Also another year. Not much will change. This new music weekly will go on as usual unless I finally realize how little it makes sense to spend hours every weekend into something that has so little significance. Thankfully I’m too stubborn to understand that. At least for now this is on Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. My Apple Music trial will run out in a few weeks and Tidal in month in a half. After that I need to decide what to do, because my low end factory job doesn’t pay enough to justify me subscribing to multiple streaming services. But at least for a few more weeks, this is available in all three services. This first new music weekly of the year has some late 2021 releases too, because this was on hold for few weeks. I probably forgot something, because I didn’t really keep notes during the hiatus. Sorry about that.

The album of the week is the new North Atlantic Explorers album Night Owls. Vancouver-based songwriter Glenn D’Cruze and his band sure set the bar high for 2022. Such a beautiful album. From the earlier weeks I’ve spent a lot of time with Jake Balzer’s EP and the album by The Craig Torso Show. This week we also got beautiful albums from Jeff Tobias and Daniel Bachman (covers album) plus an EP from Sis. Brandon Padier EP was a 31st of December release. Oh yeah and on Bandcamp there’s a new cover album from Michael Feuerstack.

The big one from Finland is the debut album from J.Kajan. There’s also a run of lovely singles from J.Karjalainen, Treemer, Palor, Bad Sauna and Itä-Hollola Installaatio. Late 2021 magic are the album from Arwi of Lovers and EP/single from Kuningas Koningas.

And finally the international singles. The favorites here are the new songs from Maya De Vitry, Jacob Miller, Jacksonport, Marjorie and Jason McCue. Just to name a few. There’s gold throughout the list. For example among the last few, there is a late 2021 gem from Elijah Johnston. Plenty of cover magic too and you’ll find some Townes Van Zandt, Patrick Fitzgerald, Horse Feathers, Elliot Smith from the playlist.

That’s all for this week. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. That all matters a great deal. Love from a distance.

1. North Atlantic Explorers – Hurricane Hazel (Night Owls, 2022)
2. Jeff Tobias – Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Recurring Dream, Strategy of Tension, 2022)
3. The Craig Torso Show – I Saw Your Eyes in the Sky (Conflagration Vespers, 2022)
4. Jake Balzer – In Your Memories (Never Better EP, Natural Blue, 2021)
5. Daniel Bachman – Beautiful Eyes of Virginia (Lonesome Weary Blues, Three Lobed Recordings, 2022)
6. Maya De Vitry – How Bad I Wanna Live (single, Mad Maker Studio, 2022)
7. Laura Gibson – Curs in the Weeds (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
8. Jacob Miller – Leave (single, 2022)
9. Jason McCue – Eyes (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2022)
10. Jacksonport – Fresh Flowers (single, Tularosa Records, 2022)
11. Marjorie – More Than This (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2022)
12. The Cactus Blossoms feat Jenny Lewis – Everybody (single, Walkie Talkie Records, 2021)
13. Jake Xerxes Fussell – Rolling Mills Are Burning Down (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2022)
14. Avi Jacob – New England Woman (single, 2022)
15. Brandon Padier – Paper Moon (Suffering Season EP, 2021)
16. Swamp Dogg – Soul to Blessed Soul (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2022)
17. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Don’t Worry ‘Bout What I Do (single, Colemine Records, 2022)
18. Kendra Morris – Penny Pincher (single, Karma Chief Records / Colemine Records, 2022)
19. J. Karjalainen – Oulu, Wisconsin (single, Warner, 2022)
20. J. Kajan – Pitkä on matka (Kertoisinko kaiken, 2022)
21. Kuningas Koningas – Valkoinen turkki, hopeaneula (Kuningas Koningas EP, Iso Pinkki, 2021)
22. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Ufot laskeutuu (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2021)
23. Bad Sauna – Kun nään koiran (mun sydän sulaa) (single, All That Plazz, 2022)
24. Palor – Sudet (single, 2022)
25. Treemer – Paper Cuts (single, Soft Monsters, 2022)
26. Artsick – Look Again (single, Slumberland, 2022)
27. Rabo Hemien und die Rheinuferzecken feat Austin Lucas – Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart (single, Rambazamba Records, 2022)
28. The Shang Hi Los – Plymouth Rock (single, Rum Bar Records, 2022)
29. Guided By Voices – Excited Ones (single, Guided By Voices Inc, 2022)
30. Good Good Blood – The Dizzying Parade (single, Team Love Records, 2022)
31. Icarus Phoenix – Dysfunction / Victimization (single, Sunset Alliance, 2022)
32. Dan Reeder – Everything Changed (single, Oh Boy Records, 2022)
33. Morgan Wade – Run (single, Ladylike Records, 2022)
34. Elliah Heifetz – Living Proof (single, Legal Smile, 2022)
35. Justin Wells – Blue Moon of Kentucky (single, August Music, 2021)
36. Pleasure Horse – Be Here to Love Me (single, 2021)
37. Mike Trask with Julie Aube – Love on the Rise (single, 2022)
38. Emily Barker & Lucas Drinkwater – Boys Will Be Boys (single, Everyone Sang, 2022)
39. Straight White Teeth – Cute Cold Creeps (single, Hunny Hawk Records, 2022)
40. Scott Metzger – Don’t Be a Stranger (single, The Royal Potato Family, 2022)
41. Robert Leslie – In the Rows (single, 2021)
42. Seafarers – Submarine (single, 2022)
43. Widowspeak – Everything is Simple (single, Captured Tracks, 2022)
44. Modern Studies – Light a Fire (single, Fire Records, 2022)
45. Duquette Johston – Mystiques (single, Single Lock Records, 2022)
46. Father John Misty – Funny Girl (single, Bella Union, 2022)
47. Elijah Johnston – Horse Girl (single, We Bought a Zoo Records, 2021)
48. Jordan Klassen – Carried Away (single, 2022)
49. Sis – Double Rapture (Gnani EP, Native Cat Recordings, 2022)
50. Sarah Mary Chadwick – 2:45 AM (single, 2021)
51. Modern Nature – Performance (single, Bella Union, 2022)
52. Arwi of Lovers – Sunkosi (Spiritus Sanctus, Helmi Levyt, 2021)

Spotify Playlist

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Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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Favorite Songs of the Year 2021

And last but not least the favorite international songs of the year. Just quickly doing these songs lists, because I badly need some kind of Christmas break from the blog stuff. So just like the Finnish one, this is mostly a mega long playlist of favorite songs from the year. I’m sure there’s something important missing, because such a long playlist becomes an uncontrollable monster at some point and I have no idea anymore what I already added. So something might be missing solely because I already thought it was there. Most of my favorite songs of the year already have been mentioned on the album list, so I just thought I highlight a few non-album tracks that I loved wholeheartedly and then select a top three.

Kelly Sloan – I Wanna Wake Up / Tangled / Worse Way To Go

Absolutely loved this beautiful run of timeless singles from Canadian songwriter Kelly Sloan. Sorta goes into Carole King, Carly Simon territory and does it ever so beautifully.

Keven Louis Lareau – Not All Songs Have Been Sung

This beauty from Keven Louis Lareau also takes me into the 70s, but more in the west coast folk rock type of surroundings. Thanks to New Commute for the introduction back when this came out.

Anna Tivel – Two Dark Horses (Fluff & Gravy Records)

Anna Tivel is one of my absolute favorite songwriters in the world and I still feel bad for leaving out her wonderful album from the album list. I love all the songs on that record and new piano-driven versions were oh so beautiful but I’ve also heard them before in some shape or form and therefore gave that spot to albums with completely new material. I can make a little bit of amends by adding the only brand new song to this song list.

Katy Kirby – Portals (Keeled Scales)

Another one that could have and maybe should have been on the album list. This Katy Kirby album was one of the last few cuts, but I can also make amends here by putting the song I love the most on this song list. Portals is such a special song.

Jeffrey Martin – I Know What I Know (Fluff & Gravy Records)

A new Jeffrey Martin song is always something to love and cherish and this quietly powerful new song is not an exception to that simple rule.

CARLENE – Time Passes / Looking Out My Window

These two beautiful folk singles from Canadian songwriter Carlene were among the music I loved the most during this strange year. There’s a full album on the way in 2022 and I can’t wait to hear it. Carly’s dog Ruby also delivers my favorite music video performance of the year in that video below. Pure gold.

3. Isaac Vallentin – Diane in the Morning Light / The Ballad of Nunangat

These two masterful folk songs from Canadian songwriter Isaac Vallentin can share the third place here. Beautiful, moving and captivating storytelling.

2. Will Stratton – Infertile Air (Bella Union)

Next Will Stratton’s softly monumental song about state violence, family separation and the people who are interpreting inhuman laws on the field. First you get hooked into a sweet melody and soon you’ll find yourself in a gut-wrenching story. Such a beautiful song about such a heavy subject. A song you won’t easily forget from one of the finest albums of the year.

1. Melissa Carper – I Almost Forgot About You (Mae Music)

And my favorite song of the year is I Almost Forgot About You by Melissa Carper. This comes as no surprise for anyone who is following my social feeds, because I’ve probably mentioned it a few times already that it’s going to be this one. Such a sweet softly swinging old time country beauty and I just fell in love with the first time I heard it and the feeling is the same after listening to it countless amount of times. Simply the song I loved the most during the year and therefore fully worth the song of the year title on this little blog. Below you’ll find the bandcamp link and the Western AF video. Please do visit the the Western AF youtube channel, because it’s probably the best place there is on this internet thing-y.

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