Static Diary – Static Diary

Static Diary is the first solo album from Centro-Matic’s keyboard wizard Scott Danbom and it came out on Goliad Media on the 27th of July. The atmosphere carries me to a place somewhat similar to Grandaddy or Mercury Rev, but there’s also a lot more to this blissfully weird and endearingly beautiful adventure. I might not normally recommend records that contain experimental ambient moods, but this one has the magic to make my prejudices disappear. What an enchanting album to get lost into. Here’s a few of my own favorites, but you really need to get onboard and experience the whole journey. Preferably with good headphones.

Oh and thanks to Daniel Markham for introducing this record to me.

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Valley Maker – Light On the Ground (video)

This is like a meeting with an old friend. Valley Maker aka songwriter Austin Crane has signed a deal with Frenchkiss Records and his new album Rhododendron will be released on the 12th of October. Not that it has been that long really. The original release of the previous one was 2013 and the label reissue in 2015. Still it’s been a while since that beautiful voice has carried a new song into my arms and I’ve missed that. The first outtake from the forthcoming album is called Light On the Ground.

Valley Maker Website

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Becky Warren – We’re All We Got

A couple of weeks ago Becky Warren launched the countdown to the release of her forthcoming album with a brilliant first single We’re All We Got. It’s an anthem for the outcasts and the underdogs who may have been given a two and a seven, but together, they can all be aces. A powerful and humane rock’n’roll testimony about the good in everyone. Becky Warren’s new album Undesirable is due out on the 19th of October and it’s a perfect antidote against the horrible lack of empathy that is polluting the world. It kicks your ass and it makes you think. This is We’re All We Got.

Bonus track. A great song from her previous album War Surplus.

Becky Warren Website

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Pienet Koirat – Lähehä & Kynnet – Raaputa kaljatuoppiin

A small late night video post. If this recent folk/americana direction of this blog feels dreadfully boring to you, here’s a great blast of Finnish rock’n’roll. You can practice the beautiful Finnish language while you’re at it. Ok, this Pienet Koirat song might be a bit of a challenge even for a native speaker. A damn good song though and I love the video where people try to do some karaoke sing along to a song that they have never heard. Plus there’s cats too and well above all.. I love cats. Lähehä is the second single from their forthcoming album.

Pienet Koirat at Facebook

Moving on to the gorgeous new Kynnet song Raaputa kaljatuoppiin. It’s an outtake from their forthcoming album Vähät välittää that is due out on 12th of October on Svart Records.

Kynnet at Facebook

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #4

Hey another week, another new weekly playlist. I’m really enjoying making this every week, which is nice. Especially because sometimes or even most of the times during the last few years the blog has been closer to a burden than something that I wholeheartedly enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dear to me and I’m somewhat proud of doing it for 17 years, but it’s also hard to keep it going and it can get emotionally draining. Especially because I always feel like that I want to feature everything that matters to me and I feel super bad because I’m not able to do that. Which is sort of a silly thought, because even the actual music journalists who write for a living don’t have to cover everything. Their publications have other writers too and I’m just one guy who does this as a hobby on his spare time. I hope this takes away a bit of that feeling, because this way I can at least share everything in some way and hopefully a large chunk of them later on a proper post too. Plus it’s just fun to listen to new music and compile this every week. I’m not even too worried about whether I can get listeners to this, because it’s fun to do and I enjoy listening to the mix myself on my way to work and back.

Another really strong release week. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis put out their duo album and it is a great rock’n’roll meets country extravaganza. Bird Streets debut is a new exciting pop record from John Brodeur and it was produced by Jason Falkner. Dublin-born, NY-based folk singer-songwriter John Cathal O’Brien released a great new album, Riley Pinkerton finally released her debut full-length after a couple of marvellous EPs (one solo and one with Henry Black). The War and Treaty’s soul, gospel, americana melting pot is really good. Cordovas delivers some of the finest harmony-filled American folk rock these days. The Mountain Lions album that has been featured on the playlist a couple of times is also now out and available. Then there was also new ones from Kathryn Joseph, Jason Eady, Liz Cooper & The Stampede and Dawn Landes, but haven’t really had enough of time to listen to these more than little bit. Oh and on the EP front there was at least Taylor Janzen’s debut that might be your new favorite if you like artists like Phoebe Bridgers.

Then there are new singles from Adrianne Lenker, John Hiatt, Anna St. Louis, Marissa Nadler and some older singles that I missed when they came out. And of course another song from last week’s brilliant albums from Michael Nau, Amanda Shires and Juan Solorzano. The big completely new finds for me this week were Joel Henry Little and Hadley McCall Thackston. Joel Henry Little’s song somehow reminds me of Emitt Rhodes and other 70s pop/folk artists. album out on Life Is A Minestrone 24th of August. Yesterday I was blinded by the greatness of folk songwriter Hadley McCall Thackston’s Slow Burn (thanks to Adam Wilson’s Quiet Revolution for this find). My reaction was completely oppositive to slow burn, because I instantly fell in love with the song. That song is not on Spotify, but I will share it later. No worries though, because there are equally great songs on her self-titled album that came out in June on Wolfe Island. These two songs might be the ones that I was most passionate about during the week, because there’s just nothing like finding an artist/band for the first time. There’s some Finnish americana too, because the Tuomo & Markus album that came out here year or two ago will get an US release on Schoolkids Records in September. Good reason to drop the finest song of that lovely album on this list. Oh did I already mention pretty much every song. Sorry about that. I’ll stop now. Oh but not until I’ve said that there’s obviously a song from Clay Parker and Jodi James for the fourth time in a row. Ok, now it’s time to let Bird Streets kick this one off with a song from their new pop album.

Dear 23 – OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #4

1. Bird Streets – Betting On The Sun (Bird Streets, Omnivore Recordings, 2018)
2. Amanda Shires – White Feather (To The Sunset, Silver Knife Records, 2018)
3. John Cathal O’Brien Cures (These Borders, 2018)
4. Michael Nau – Funny In Real Life (Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, Full Time Hobby, 2018)
5. Hadley McCall Thackston – Devil or Angel (Hadley McCall Thackston, Wolfe Island, 2018)
6. Joel Henry Little – Arms Akimbo (single, Life is a Minestrone, 2018)
7. Riley Pinkerton – Like The Lady Waiting By Her Phone (Nothing Ever Is, 2018)
8. Jason Eady – Always a Woman (I Travel On, Old Guitar Records, 2018)
9. Clay Parker and Jodi James – I Remember It All (The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound, 2018)
10. Juan Solorzano – Time Machine (Time Machine, Tone Tree Music, 2018)
11. Dawn Landes – Traveling (Meet Me At The River, Yep Roc, 2018)
12. William Elliot Whitmore – Fear of Trains (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
13. Tuomo & Markus – Vanity Blinds (single, Schoolkids Records, 2018)
14. Anna St.Louis – Understand (single, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
15. Adrianne Lenker – cradle (single, Saddle Creek, 2018)
16. Jason Bemis Lawrence – How Fast Can You Pack? (single, 2018)
17. Taylor Janzen – The Waiting Room (Interpersonal EP, 2mm, 2018)
18. Young Readers – Dancing (single, 2018)
19. John Hiatt – Cry To Me (single, New West Records, 2018)
20. Cordovas – Selfish Loner (That Santa Fe Chanel, ATO Records, 2018)
21. Marissa Nadler – Blue Vapor (single, Bella Union, 2018)
22. The War and Treaty – It’s Not Over Yet (Healing Tide, Strong World Entertainment/Thirty Tigers, 2018)
23. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – Hardluck, Louisiana (Wild! Wild! Wild!, Bloodshot Records, 2018)

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

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Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – Wild! Wild! Wild!

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis made a record together and it’s a glorious rock’n’roll meets country extravaganza. It’s a pure joy to listen to their fierce and fun album Wild! Wild! Wild! that came out on Bloodshot Records on the 10th of August. Hey, a couple of days with this one and I may fall behind in the most miserable man without any reason contest. Even though this record is a bliss, it also has the ability to move your soul and not just the body. Especially on the beautiful last song, Hardluck, Louisiana, Linda Gail Lewis delivers a vocal performance that will keep on holding you tightly long after the last note has faded away. Hardluck, Louisiana and Robbie’s I Just Lived a Country Song are the biggest highlights for me, but the whole record is gorgeous. Hardluck, Louisiana will end the weekly playlist that I’ll post tomorrow, so the lyric video of I Just Lived a Country Song can end this little blog entry about this lovely album.

Ok, here’s the title track too, because a) it’s wonderful b) it shows another side of this genre hopping blast of a record.

Robbie Fulks Website
Linda Gail Lewis

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