OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #29

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This was a big release week and I haven’t managed to listen everything yet. So there might even more good stuff missing than usually. The new Robert Ellis and Hayes Carll albums are the two big ones, but there’s so much more and most of these are awesome. This list includes songs from the new albums from Charles Wesley Godwin, Kalyn Fay, Harlem, Daniel Steinbock, Smug Brothers, Tullycraft (I missed this a week or two ago), Golden Daze, Lisa Papineau, The Long Ryders, Jerry David DeCicca (acoustic after party version of his 2018 album) and Big Joe & The Dynaflows. Plus some new EPs too from Bec Stevens, Francie Moon, The City Views.

The album I listened to the most is the new Steve Sloane album. It came out a couple of weeks ago, but it is now on this Spotify thing too. I bought a download of it too, because I try to support the music that matters to me.

There’s not much Finnish stuff on the list this time around, but quality over quantity. It will be an incredible year if these new Salaliitto and Hullu Ruusu albums won’t end up on my top 10 in December. Extremely highly recommend stuff, if you can master the Finnish language. And well even if you don’t, because music is a universal language.

Song of the week is the new Damien Jurado single and I’m thrilled that his new album will come out on Mama Bird Recording Co & Loose Music. I was also really moved by Le Ren’s powerful song, which is not brand new, but a new song and artist to me. There are also new singles from some forthcoming album that I’m so eager to hear (Caroline Spence, Daniel Norgren, Hand Habits, Julia Jacklin, Weyes Blood, John Paul White etc). As usual, everything else would also be worth namedropping on this text too. They are on this list, because I really like them. I even had to leave some out, because I didn’t want to make this any longer 40 songs. Soon I will probably give up and just let this expand even further. So much great music every week and I love that.

1. Damien Jurado – South (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)
2. Le Ren – Love Can’t Be The Only Reason To Stay (single, 2019)
3. Steve Sloane – Let All In (Near Death, 2019)
4. Robert Ellis – Father (Texas Piano Man, New West Records, 2019)
5. Caroline Spence – Sit Here and Love Me (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
6. Hayes Carll – What It Is (What It Is, Dualtone, 2019)
7. Charles Wesley Godwin – Seneca Creek (Seneca, 2019)
8. Daniel Norgren – The Flow (single, Superpuma Records, 2019)
9. Kalyn Fay – Alright in the End (Good Company, Horton Records, 2019)
10. Daniel Steinbock – Good News (Out Of Blue, 2019)
11. Harlem – All Men Are Dogs (Oh Boy, Female Fantasy Records, 2019)
12. Salaliitto – Valeriaana (Puolet, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
13. Hullu Ruusu – Käsipohjaa (Rehab, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
14. Hand Habits – What Lovers Do (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
15. Julia Jacklin – Comfort (single, Transgressive, 2019)
16. Weyes Blood – Everyday (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
17. Bec Stevens – Time It Takes (Why Don’t You Just EP, Hobblehoy, 2019)
18. Pretty Matty – Kicked Out (single, Must Be Nice Records, 2019)
19. Smug Brothers – Beethoven Tonight (Attic Harvest, 2019)
20. Francie Moon – New Morning Light (Morning Light EP, Keeper Records, 2019)
21. Tullycraft – We Couldn’t Dance to Billy Joel (The Railway Prince Hotel, HHBTM Records, 2019)
22. Mammoth Penguins – I Wanna (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
23. City Views – Singing Down the Phone (Find Me Rewinding EP, 2019)
24. Johanna Samuels – Rush of Wheels (single, Basin Rock, 2019)
25. Golden Daze – Lynard Bassman (Simpatico, Autumn Tone Records, 2019)
26. The Cactus Blossoms – Got a Lotta Love (single, Walkie Talkie Records, 2019)
27. Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells – Second Line Baby Blues (single, 2019)
28. Clara Baker – Doubt (single, 2019)
29. Julia Purcell – Close Your Eyes (single, OK Recordings, 2019)
30. Lisa Papineau – Beautiful (Oh Dead on Oh Love, Team Player, 2019)
31. John Paul White – I Wish I Could Write You a Song (single, Single Lock Records, 2019)
32. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – On The Banks (single, 2019)
33. Son Volt – The 99 (single, Transmit Sound, 2019)
34. Gillian Welch – When a Cowboy Trades Hs Spurs For Wings (single, Acony Records, 2019)
35. The Long Ryders – Let It Fly (Psychedelic Country Soul, Cherry Red Records, 2019)
36. Lowland Hum – A Drive Through The Countryside (single, 2019)
37. Small Houses – Auburn Race Day (I Don’t Know What’s Safe, 2019)
38. Chris Rawlins – Leave (Bring on the Rain, 2019)
39. Jerry David DeCicca – Burning Daylight (Burning Daylight -Acoustic After Party Version, Super Secret Records, 2019)
40. Big Joe & The Dynaflows – World Gone Wrong (Rockhouse Party, Severn Records, 2019)

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.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #28

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A bit later than usual, because I was on small vacation trip and just got back. I even thought about leaving this for tomorrow, but in the end wanted to push this through tonight. Maybe a little less of this pointless rambling because of that.

The most important album release of the week for me is the new album from Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses. I must admit that I haven’t even listened to it yet, because it wasn’t on Spotify first (is now) and I only had the iPad with me on the trip so couldn’t download it either. The digital version is available on his Bandcamp as name your-price-download. Other new album releases that find their way on my radar were from Cass McCombs, Deidre & The Dark, Bob Mould, The Lemonheads (covers album Varshons 2), Mercury Rev (revisiting Bobbie Gentry’s album with awesome guest vocalists), Chris Rawlins, Jessica Pratt, Michael Chapman, The Late Great, Mackenzie Shivers, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Henry Jamison.

There’s again a small Finnish language lesson in the middle. There was a new album excellent album from Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki and magnificent singles from Maustetytöt, M and Tanssiva Karhu (this last one is a few weeks old, but I missed it then). That song by Maustetytöt became a bit of an addiction and a good kind of earworm. They fully deserve all the hype.

The singles game was also strong in the international charts. Esther Rose’s single Blame it on the Moon was my favorite song of the week, closely followed by the new one from the forthcoming album Anna Tivel album. Piney Gir, Rod Melancon, Kashena Sampson, I Was a King and Robert Ellis were some other big favorites. As usual, I like each and every of these songs and could just easily namedrop them all. But let’s name one more, because Emily Scott Robinson’s song is more powerful than all the rest together.

That’s all for tonight. Sorry if there is even more mistakes and/or bad grammar than usually. Too tired to proofread this right now.

Update: Oh one more thing. I also started compiling my favorite Finnish songs of the year on one playlist called OCTA Finnish Songs of 2019. I probably won’t “promote” this, because I think it’s bad enough that I spam this weekly playlist every week. But if you only want the Finnish songs, there’s now this option too.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #28

1. Esther Rose – Blame It on the Moon (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
2. Anna Tivel – Minneapolis (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
3. Small Houses – Minnesota Entire (I Don’t Know What’s Safe, 2019)
4. Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes (Tip of the Sphere, ANTI-, 2019)
5. Piney Gir – Peanut Butter Malt Shop Heartthrob (single, STRS, 2019)
6. Rod Melancon – Corpus Christi Carwash (single, Blue Elan Records, 2019)
7. Kashena Sampson – Work of Art (single, New Moon, 2019)
8. Robert Ellis – When You’re Way (single, New West Records, 2019)
9. Deidre & The Dark – Which Way (Variety Hour, YouTooCanWoo, 2019)
10. Maustetytöt – Tein kai lottorivini väärin (single, Is This Art!, 2019)
11. M – Jos tulen takaisin (single, Solina Records, 2019)
12. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Menneisyyden kappale (Viisi vuotta myöhemmin, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
13. Tanssiva Karhu – Sen seitsemän meren taa (single, 2019)
14. I Was a King – Hatchet (single, 2019)
15. Bob Mould – Sunny Love Song (Sunshine Rock, Merge Records, 2019)
16. The Lemonheads – Speed of the Sound Of Loneliness (Varshons 2, Fire Records, 2019)
17. Chris Rawlins – Cold Night (Bring on the Rain, 2019)
18. Michael Chapman – Vanity & Pride (True North, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
19. Jessica Pratt – Silent Song (Quiet Sings, City Slang, 2019)
20. Mercury Rev (Feat Hope Sandoval) – Big Boss Man (Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete Revisited, Bella Union, 2019)
21. Jobi Riccio – Working Girl Blues (Strawberry Wine EP, 2019)
22. Thayer Sarrano – Grace Goes On (single, 2019)
23. Rosie Tucker – Habit (single, New Professor, 2019)
24. Tiny Ruins – One Million Flowers (Olympic Girls, Marathon, 2019)
25. Abigail Lapell – Shape of a Mountain (Getaway, Coax Records, 2019)
26. Emily Scott Robinson – The Dress (single, 2019)
27. Mackenzie Shivers – The Unkindness (The Unkindness, 2019)
28. Lydia Cole – The Sacred (single, 2019)
29. Space Daze – Cosmic Sign (Too Mystical, Jigsaw Records, 2019)
30. Viking Moses – Kid for the Cattle (single, Epifo Music, 2019)
31. Luther Russell – Talking To Myself (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
32. Blank Range – Trick of Light (In Unison, Sturdy Girls Records, 2019)
33. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – That’s What New Love is For (The Whole Shebang, Bigger Better More Records, 2019)
34. The Late Great – Carol (Temporary Love Songs, Safe & Sound Recordings, 2019)
35. Daniel Steinbock – Pine Needless (single, 2019)
36. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
37. The Felice Brothers – Undress (single, Yep Roc Records, 2019)
38. Mandolin Orange – Time We Made Time (Tides of a Teardrop, Yep Roc Records, 2019)
39. Jerry and The Outlaws – One More Sad Song (The Devil’s Cut, 2019)
40. Henry Jamison – Darkly (Gloria Duplex, Akira Records, 2019)

Playlist link

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.

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Better Oblivion Community Center, Christian Lee Hutson, Dylan Rodrigue and Crane Like The Bird

Better Oblivion Community Center does not need an introduction, because by now pretty much everyone has heard of this new collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst. Their wonderful album is out on Dead Oceans and there’s a big tour on the horizon. This one actually hits Finland too and they will play at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki on the 29th of April. Tickets are on sale now, so go and get yours, if you want to hear two magnificent songwriters sing together in beautiful harmony.

Better Oblivion Community Center Website

Oh and there’s actually three first class songwriters on the bill, because Christian Lee Hutson (who also plays in BOCC) is the support artist. Therefore I have to use this opportunity to repost his song called I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore, because I love the song and have been desperately waiting for a new Christian Lee Hutson album since I heard it a few years ago.

Christian Lee Hutson Website

Then a couple of new favorites to round up tonight’s little blog post. First up is Dylan Rodrigue from Los Angeles and his debut album Cat’s Game that came out on the 25th of January on Bad Paintings (UK/Europe) and Palomino (US). It’s pretty stripped-down and lo-fi, but still insanely powerful. Occasionally every stroke of the guitar just cuts straight through me. It’s imperfect in a good way and feels real and alive. It ranges from folk songs to raw indie rockers. I’m especially fond of Some Kind of Heaven and this song called Self-Love.

Dylan Rodrigue Website

Staying in Los Angeles for the last entry. Kyle Crane has played with Neko Case, Daniel Lanois and lots of others but he also makes his own music as Crane Like The Bird. His new self-titled album saw the light of the day on the 18th of January. He has an all-star cast helping him and the album features folks like Ben Bridwell, M.Ward and James Mercer. The beautiful and moving song that can wrap up this little blog post is obviously the one that features Conor Oberst on vocals and tells a story of a snowboarding trip that Kyle made with his late father.

Crane Like The Bird at Facebook

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