Teini-Pää and Tvärtom

I’m fairly certain that I haven’t praised Teini-Pää nearly enough. I didn’t find their 2019 EP Täynnä kysymyksiä before January 2020 and that’s the only reason why it wasn’t the Finnish EP of the year and during the last month I’ve been equally obsessed with their new brilliant ABBA cover 112. It’s a B-side of their forthcoming 7″ single that will be co-released in June by Pop Antik Kustannus, Goosebumbs Records and Teinilevyt. This might not be the kind of music that I listen to that much these days, but I find their super catchy melodic punk rock totally irresistible. Oh and that vocalist is so damn good. I love everything about them. Here’s the new ABBA cover along with a couple of treasures from the 2019 EP.

Teini-Pää at Facebook
Teini-Pää Website

Another new Finnish band that I love dearly is Tvärtom, so why not use this opportunity to post their fabulous new single Järkytys. It’s a great jangly follow-up to their self-titled 2019 EP. I also had to repost the Iltariennot music video from the 2019 EP, because both the song and the video are rather perfect.

Tvärtom at Facebook

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Christian Lee Hutson, Jack Grelle and Mr. Alec Bowman

Hey there’s a new Christian Lee Hutson album Beginners coming out next Friday on the ANTI- Records. This would be a parade-worthy event, but let’s settle for a dance around the apartment under these circumstances. Here’s the latest singles that you can use as the soundtrack for counting the days until the release.

Christian Lee Hutson Website
Christian Lee Hutson at Facebook

Then a couple of great ones that are already out and available. First over to St. Louis, Missouri for the new album If Not Forever from country singer-songwriter Jack Grelle. The song To Be That Someone is my own favorite of this awesome record and Matt Amato directed a really sweet music video for it. Check it out below along with another album cut from the record and then hit the links on the Bandcamp player if/when you are hungry for more.


Jack Grelle at Facebook
Jack Grelle Website

Wrapping this blog entry in the UK with a couple of songs from the excellent new Mr. Alec Bowman album I Used To Be Sad & Then I Forgot. The album was produced by Josienne Clarke who made one of my favorite albums of 2019. This one has honest, fragile power that will stay with you long after the final note has drifted into the air. Sometimes reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, always captivating and compelling. Here’s A Ditch Worth Dying For from the album along with a video of another album cut Long Goodbyes. You’ll find a couple of more professional videos from his youtube channel, but I went with this one on this blog post because I love the song and there’s something really sweet about this outdoor video.

Mr. Alec Bowman Website

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Girlatones, Leah Senior and Jenny O.

Continuing these short round-up posts of songs that I love. This time we start from Melbourne, Australia with one of my favorite pop records of the year. I first found Girlatones due to Leah Senior being in the band and I love her folk albums. The new Girlatones album Horn If You’re Honky was co-released by Lost and Lonesome Recording Co (AUS) and Meritorio Records (Spain). Here’s a couple of faves from this delightful pop album. Check out the whole sweet album by hitting the links on the Bandcamp player.

Girlatones at Facebook

And speaking of Leah Senior, she will have new album The Passing Scene out on Flightless Records on the 12th of June. The latest single Evergreen just came out a while back and it’s again really wonderful. This time she delivers sweet baroque pop instead of melancholic folk, but it’s equally great. This is going to be such a brilliant record.

Leah Senior Website
Leah Senior at Facebook

Going across the ocean to wrap this short blog entry in Los Angeles, California with a couple of gorgeous singles from the forthcoming Jenny O. album New Truth that is coming out on Mama Bird Recording Co on the 19th of June. There’s four of them already and all are excellent. My favorites are the daydream-y What About That Day and the latest one Even If I Tried that falls into a perfect pop song category. Do check the others too (and pre-order) by following the links on the Bandcamp player.

Jenny O. at Facebook
Jenny O. Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #88

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Here we are again with the weekly round up of new releases. Maybe slightly slow release week on the album front, but still plenty to love and cherish. I quite rarely put reissues on the playlist, but I’ll make an exception for Julie Arsenault. I love her music and hopefully more people will find her songs thanks to this extended edition of The Creature that I Call Myself that was released by Son Canciones.

As for completely new albums, the big ones for me are the new ones from Woods and A.O.Gerber. The week also gave us new albums from Rod Smoth, Steve Earle, Jarrod Dickenson, Audrey and Hugh, Darren Hayman, RG Lowe, Katie Von Schleicher, Jordan Klassen, Tessy Lou Williams and Fretland. The album by Thomas Hine is some weeks old, but it’s on this playlist for the first time.

The lone Finnish album here is the new LOVE SPORT album. As an addition to that there’s awesome new singles from Lone Deer Laredo, Sam Shingler, Rohkeat Kuvat, Jukka Ruottinen, White Jackets and Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat.

And finally the international singles. There was a couple of big announcements. There’s a new posthumous album coming from Jason Molina. One of the all-time greats in my books. The other big deal is that Kathleen Edwards returned with a new single. Some other single favorites came from Jenny O, Phoebe Bridgers and Kyle Nix, but as usual everything is a worthy of a mention.

That’s it for this week. As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing those round up posts to catch up with the stuff that I failed to post during my eight week long illness. Outside the playlist I mean, but I think it’s worthy because not every follows the playlist and I don’t want this to become just a playlist. All the best to everyone. Love from a distance.

1. Julie Arsenault – Island Girl (Creature that I Call Myself Extended, Son Canciones, 2020)
2. Woods – Be There Still (Strange to Explain, Woodsist, 2020)
3. A.O. Gerber – Full Bloom (Another Place to Need, Hand In Hive, 2020)
4. Jenny O – Even If I Tried (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
5. Phoebe Bridgers – I See You (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
6. Darren Hayman – I Am the Noise (Home Time, Fika Recordings, 2020)
7. Jason Molina – Shadow Answers the Wall (single, Secretly Canadian, 2020)
8. Rod Smoth – Pocket Mirror (Rod Smoth, Future Loves Records, 2020)
9. Kyle Nix – Blue Eyes (single, Soundly, 2020)
10. Lone Deer Laredo – High Noon (single, 2020)
11. Bror Gunnar Jansson – The Cotton-Eyed Joe (single, Playground, 2020)
12. Jarrod Dickenson – Gold Rush (Ready the Horses, 2020)
13. Steve Earle & The Dukes – If I Could See Your Face Again (Ghosts of West Virginia, New West Records, 2020)
14. Jaime Wyatt – Goodbye Queen (single, New West Records, 2020)
15. Kathleen Edwards – Options Open (single, Dualtone Records, 2020)
16. Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison (single, Concord Records, 2020)
17. Audrey and Hugh – What a Man Does (Sisterman, 2020)
18. My Darling Clementine with Steve Nieve – Different Finger (single, Fretsore Records, 2020)
19. Tenci – Forgot My Horse’s Name (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
20. Sam Shingler – In It Together (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
21. Babehoven – Dissociative Tally (single, 2020)
22. Gold Star Gold Star – Play It Cool (single, 2020)
23. RG Lowe – Tulip Ave (Life of the Body, Western Vinyl, 2020)
24. Jukka Ruottinen – Sort it Out (single, 2020)
25. Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat – Kii sussa (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
26. Rohkeat kuvat – Joo (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
27. LOVE SPORT – The Biggest Liar in Town (And Justice For All, Soliti, 2020)
28. White Jackets – Hard Times (single, Pinetree Records, 2020)
29. The Speedways – Love Really Hurts Without You (single, 2020)
30. Pacific Radio – It’s So Good to See My Baby (single, 2020)
31. Matt York – Scent of Sin (single, 2020)
32. Lauren O’Connell – I Hear Them All (single, 2020)
33. The Wild Reeds – Get Better (single, Dualtone Records, 2020)
34. Lily Hayes – Still Young (single, Uncollective Records, 2020)
35. Katie Von Schleicher – Nowhere (Consummation, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
36. Jordan Klassen – Ministry of Doubt (Tell Me What to Do, 2020)
37. Thomas Hine – Barren Daughters (Ledgers and Stones, 2020)
38. Sofia Talvik – Broken (Steelguitars in Heaven) (single, Makaki Music, 2020)
39. Tessy Lou Williams – Midnight Arms (Tessy Lou Williams, 2020)
40. Fretland – Hands (Fretland, 2020)
41. Nicholas Mudd – Heartache Express (single, 2020)
42. Kelly Finnigan – Impressions of You (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
43. Holy Hive – Float Back to You (single, Big Crown Records, 2020)
44. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Thinking About You (single, Big Crown Records, 2020)
45. War & Pierce – Amen (single, 2020)
46. Mark Fredson – Come Find Me (If There’s Anything I Can Do, 2020)
47. MAITA – Pay To Play (Best Wishes, Kill Rock Stars, 2020)
48. Zach Aaron – C.C.C (Fill Dirt Wanted, 2020)
49. Pharis & Jason Romero – Old Chatelaine (Bet On Love, Lula Records, 2020)
50. Jason Isbel & The 400 Unit – Letting You Go (Reunions, Southeastern Records, 2020)

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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