OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #61

Another week, another weekly playlist

The progress outside of this playlist is still rather slow, but I try to find the time to do a bit more during the coming weeks. Unfortunately this is just a hobby and sometimes there’s just not enough time or energy for it. There’s not a whole lot of year left and I have a truckload of records that haven’t yet been mentioned outside of this playlist.

There’s a lot of great music there this week as well. New albums from Zachary Lucky, Karen & The Sorrows, Crow vs Lion, Mercy Bell, Wharfer, Vagabon, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Cody Jinks (he had one last week too, a prolific songwriter), GA-20, Jake La Botz, Drew Danburry (compilation), Corridor and Hovvdy. Plus Catherine MacLellan album that came out a week ago, but I missed it then. On the EP front there’s Erin Enderlin, Carver Baronda and Andrea Von Kampen.

This week’s Finland section has wonderful new singles from Räjäyttäjät and V.Härkönen. Plus a couple of slightly earlier 2019 albums from Pasi Salmi and Hevonen Jammaa that I missed when they come out. Also revisiting last week’s power couple Knipi and Antti Autio.

The big music news of the week was that there’s a new John Moreland album coming out in early 2020. The news also came with a brand new song East October, so there’s the song of the week. Other awesome singles too from VanWyck, Sarah Lee Langford, Dolly Valentine, Gabriel Birnbaum, Bonny Light Orchestra and so forth.

That’s it for this week. Back with another round-up playlist next Sunday and before that hopefully a couple of other kind of posts too. Love love love.

1. Zachary Lucky – There Was a Time When I Used to Run (Midwestern, Wroxton Recordings, 2019)
2. Erin Enderlin – Hometown Jersey (Chapter Four: The Queen of Marina Del Rey EP, Blaster Records, 2019)
3. Karen & The Sorrows – Far Away (Quaranteed Broken Heart, Ocean Born Mary Music, 2019)
4. Crow vs Lion – Missouri (The Heart, The Time, The Pen, 2019)
5. John Moreland – East October (single, Old Omens, 2019)
6. Mercy Bell – Chocolate Milk & Whiskey (Mercy Bell, Bell Records, 2019)
7. VanWyck – Carolina’s Anatomy (single, Maiden Name Records, 2019)
8. Wharfer – I Went Somewhere Else (The Teeth, 2019)
9. Vagabon – Every Woman (Vagabon, Nonesuch Records, 2019)
10. Sarah Lee Langford – Big Women (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
11. Gabriel Birnbaum – Mistakes (single, Arrowhawk Records, 2019)
12. Dolly Valentine – Flowers on the Highway (single, Holy Golden Music, 2019)
13. Bonny Light Orchestra – Deep In Love (single, 2019)
14. Carver Baronda – If Nothing Else Comes Along (Spooky Love EP, 2019)
15. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – Love For Myself (Take The Reigns, Bobo Integral, 2019)
16. Kate Davis – I Like Myself (single, Solitaire Recordings, 2019)
17. Andrea von Kampen – Rainmaker (Twilight & Evening Bell EP, 2019)
18. Jennah Barry – The Real Moon (single, Forward Music Group, 2019)
19. Jerry Leger – Justine (single, Latent Records, 2019)
20. Catherine MacLellan – The Road Is Divided (Coyote, 2019)
21. Sera Cahoone & Tomo Nakayama – Crows (single, 2019)
22. Christopher Paul Stelling – Trouble Don’t Follow Me (single, Anti, 2019)
23. GA-20 – Lonely Soul (Lonely Soul, Karma Chief Records, 2019)
24. Beautiful Dudes – Lose My Head (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
25. Extra Arms – Disruptor (single, Dadstache Records, 2019)
26. Räjäyttäjät – Uusi vesimiehen aika (single, 2019)
27. Pasi Salmi – Talvipäivänseisaus (Preerian upottaa kuu, Way Beyondo Records, 2019)
28. Hevonen Jammaa – Lähdit pois niin pian (Todistaja, 2019)
28. V. Härkönen – Elokuun vaimo (single, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
30. Tami Neilson – Any Fool With a Heart (single, Outside Music, 2019)
31. Cody Jinks – Never Alone Always Lonely (The Wanting, Late August Records, 2019)
32. Jake La Botz – The Bankrobber’s Lament (They’re Coming For Me, Hi-Style Records, 2019)
33. Sophie & The Broken Things – Paper ID (single, Petaluma Records, 2019)
34. Nick Nace – Fly in a Bottle (single, 2019)
35. Bobby Hawk – Salt and Liquor (single, 2019)
36. Drew Danburry – Lynette, I Love You (Danburry 2003-2018, 2019)
37. Corridor – Junior (Junior, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
38. Field Medic – I Want You So Bad It Hurts (single, Run For Cover Records, 2019)
39. Hovvdy – Feel Tall (Heavy Lifter, Specialist Subject, 2019)
40. Knipi – 1986 (Knipi, Fried Music, 2019)
41. Antti Autio – Maailman reunalla (Pihalla tuule taas, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
42. Austin James Craig – Spacehip (Ghosts of Ohio, 2019)
43. Big Thief – Shoulders (Two Hands, 4AD, 2019)
44. Andre Ethier – Jenny the Blues (Croak In The Weeds, Telephone Explosion, 2019)
45. Very Good – Falling Dreams (Adulthood, 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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Matt Dorrien, Kyle Cox and Joan Shelley

The progress has been slow for various of reasons, but I’m still here listening and loving music with all my heart. Here’s another set of wonderful songs that have done their part in dividing my world into something manageable. Starting off with the latest single Teddy Wilson from the great Portland-based songwriter Matt Dorrien who made one of my favorite records of 2018. It’s a gorgeous ode to jazz pianist Teddy Wilson and gives us a beautiful kindhearted escape from this crazy world. The single is out and available on Mama Bird Recording Co, so hit that bandcamp link for the single and the 2018 album if you missed it at the time. But now it’s the time to gently sway in the arms of this wonderful song. Everyone needs such moments of beauty and comfort in order to find the strength to carry on fighting for what is right.

Matt Dorrien at Facebook
Matt Dorrien Website

Carrying on with the dance theme and next we are having a slow dance with Nashville songwriter Kyle Cox. We are not far away otherwise either, because his new album Perhaps One Day is a beautiful timeless love letter to his family and an ode to the jazz groups of 30s and 40s. It’s a tremendous album from first note to last and I love it wholeheartedly. Here’s Midnight Dance from the album that came out the 16th of August. Listen to / buy the whole beautiful record by hitting the links on the player.

Kyle Cox at Facebook
Kyle Cox Website

This little blog post was dedicated to the slow dance and there’s no better way to wrap this one than the song The Sway from the awesome new Joan Shelley album Like The River Loves The Sea. The album came out on 30th of August on No Quarter Records and it’s one of my favorite records of this fall. This brilliant Lost River Sessions performance of album outtake The Sway just surfaced a few days ago. So here’s Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg giving a most perfect ending to this round up of songs of romance and slow dance.

Joan Shelley Website
Joan Shelley at Facebook

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OCTA Weekly Playlist #60

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The big surprise release of the week was the new Austin James Craig album. I loved his EP some years ago and I’m thrilled to hear more of his songs. That was the biggest one for me, but there’s much more than just that. The week gave us new albums from Big Thief, Andre Ethier, Very Good, Comet Gain, The Good Graces, Cody Jinks, Tim Barry, Caleb McCoach, Neilson Family, Gabriel Kelley, The Building, Helene Cronin and Richard Dawson. A couple of older releases too that I missed at the time from Gold Light and Lucy Isabel. Plus some important EPs too from Malin Pettersen and Son Little.

A great Finnish music release week too thanks to wonderful new albums from Knipi and Antti Autio. I also included a song from JLaine album that I missed a week ago.

The big international single was the first outtake from the next Twain album. There’s also new songs from Hallelujah the Hills, Bonnie Prince Billy, Dan Edmonds, Karen & The Sorrows and so much more.

That it’s for this week. Take care and love love love.

1. Austin James Craig – My Father’s Blood (Ghosts Of Ohio, 2019)
2. Big Thief – Those Girls (Two Hands, 4AD, 2019)
3. Andre Ethier – Two Dogs (Croak in the Weeds, Telephone Explosion, 2019)
4. Very Good – Into the Sun (Adulthood, 2019)
5. Twain – Inner Beauty (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
6. Pickering Pick – Everything Is Past (single, Double J, 2019)
7. The Delines – A Room on the Tenth Floor (single, El Cortez, 2019)
8. Son Little – about her. again (Invisible, Anti-, 2019)
9. Comet Gain – Your Life On Your Knees (Fireraisers Forever! Tapete Records, 2019)
10. Hallelujah The Hills – Running Hot With Fate (single, Discrete Pageantry, 2019)
11. Malin Pettersen – The Key (Alonesome EP, Die With Your Boots On, 2019)
12. Bonnie Prince Billy – In Good Faith (single, Drag City, 2019)
13. The Good Graces – I Dropped Your Name (Prose and Consciousness, Pretty New Songs, 2019)
14. Karen & The Sorrows – Third Time’s the Charm (single, Ocean Born Mary Music, 2019)
15. Dan Edmonds – Two Thirds of a Fifth (single, 2019)
16. Knipi – Hölösuu (Knipi, The Fried Music, 2019)
17. Antti Autio – Emmanuel (Pihalla tuulee taas, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
18. JLaine – Tuuli (II, Way Beyondo Records, 2019)
19. Elijah Ocean – Cleaned up in Vegas (single, 2019)
20. Cody Jinks – Tell’em What It’s Like (After the Fire, Late August Records, 2019)
21. Tim Barry – Birmingham (The Roads to Richmond, Chunksaah Records, 2019)
22. Caleb McCoach – New Poison (Lisa, 2019)
23. Neilson Family – Woodstock Hardcore (Double Life, Jigsaw Records, 2019)
24. Julien Baker – Tokyo (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
25. Jerry Leger – Canvas of Gold (single, Latent, 2019)
26. Katie Pruitt – Loving Her (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
27. Matthew Ryan – Avalanche of Stars (Fallen Ash & Embers EP, 2019)
28. Vetiver – Wanted, Never Asked (single, Mama Bird Recordings Co / Loose Music, 2019)
29. Gold Light – Strangeman (Zephyr, 2019)
30. Helene Cronin – Riding the Gray Line (Old Ghosts and Lost Causes, 2019)
31. Greg Loiacono – Chamberlain’s Trunk (single, Blue Rose Music, 2019)
32. Theo Lawrence – Come Back to My Love (single, Tomika Records, 2019)
33. Gabriel Kelley – Oh How It Rained (Gabriel Kelley, Tone Tree Music, 2019)
34. Ben Dahaner – Taught Me to Lie (single, Soundly, 2019)
35. Lucy Isabel – Something New (Rambling Star, 2019)
36. Wished Bone – Trees We Couldn’t Tell the Side Of (single, 2019)
37. Maija Sofia – The Glitter (single, Trapped Animal Records, 2019)
38. The Building – Purifier (PETRA, Concord Records, 2019)
39. Cassidy Waring – Nostalgia (single, 2019)
40. Michael Nau – Hoops (Less Ready To Go, 2019)
41. Daniel Martin Moore – Unexpectedly (Never Look Away, Sofaburn / Ok Recordings, 2019)
42. D.H. Scott – I’m Leaving This Place (My Body Longed For The Summer, 2019)
43. Richard Dawson – Black Triangle (2020, Domino Recording Co, 2019)
44. Drew Danburry / For All The Girls – Yvonne (Yellow Seahorse Sessions, 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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Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio

This morning took a beautiful surprise turn when I saw Austin James Craig’s post on my feed. He is a great singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio. I really loved his EP some years ago and I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear more of his songs. Now that wait is over, because he released a new album Ghosts of Ohio on the 11th of October. I haven’t had the time to listen a whole lot at this point, because first I had to battle through the workday. I still wanted to do my part in getting the word out, because this is major news on the onechordnet scale. Plus based on a few quick listens, it’s wonderful and full of beautifully arranged captivating folk / americana songs. Ghosts of Ohio is available on all streaming platforms and at bandcamp (as name-your-price download). This is Calgary from the new album.

Austin James Craig Website
Austin James Craig at Facebook

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Black Sea Dahu, Julie Arsenault, Paper Beat Scissors and Very Good

Lately I’ve let things slide and it has never done me any good. It’s also super easy to let things slide and so hard to start again. Anyway, I’ll try to get back on this and start with a quick video post of songs that I love madly. Swiss folk band Black Sea Dahu led by songwriter Janine Cathrein has been one of my biggest favorites during the year. Their wonderful new EP No Fire In the Sand came out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records and it’s filled with exceptional songwriting and beautifully arranged folk songs. These songs How You Swallowed Your Anger and Thaw have been here before, but not these particular videos. I could listen to these all day long. Poignant, mesmerizing and eternally beautiful.

Black Sea Dahu at Facebook
Black Sea Dahu Website
Black Sea Dahu at Bandcamp

Next we travel to Toronto and also make a partial step to the finest music of 2018 category. Songwriter Julie Arsenault is a big favorite of mine and her last couple of EPs have both been on my year-end top 10. Her latest EP Mom Rock came out in November 2018. For a music blog that might seem like ages ago, but these current short-living album cycles are complete bollocks. The music is relevant whenever it hits your heart and this one does every time you hit play. Recently Julie Arsenault worked with the already legendary archivist of Canadian music Southern Souls who captured a video session with two beautiful performances of EP songs Trouble With Men and Pro Choice. Watch Trouble With Men below and then visit the Southern Souls page for Pro Choice and tons of other wonderful video sessions.

Oh and here’s an older classic from her 2017 EP. I will always keep on returning to this one and this EP is probably the only 2017 release that has never left my iPod. Yeah, I still use such a thing and very regularly.

Southern Souls Website
Julie Arsenault at Bandcamp

Staying in Canada for the next one, but relocating to Montreal. The songwriter Tim Crabtree relocated there from the UK and has been releasing enchanting chamber folk under the name Paper Beat Scissors. His latest album Parallel Line came out on the 13th of September on Forward Music Group. One of the highlights of the album is called Shapes and Derek Branscombe made a perfect video companion to this wonderful song. Both would work on their own, but together they find even higher grounds. Watch it below and then hit the bandcamp player for another great song and buy/listen opportunity of the whole record.

Paper Beat Scissors at Facebook
Paper Beat Scissors Website

We wrap this little blog post with something that is Very Good or in fact rather spectacular. I just saw this video and heard this song last night and absolutely loved every second of it. Falling Dreams is the final single from Very Good’s album Adulthood that is coming out tomorrow 11th of October (or well today because I’m writing this after midnight). I’ll definitely need to spare an hour or two of my weekend for just laying on bed with headphones and listening to this one, because I have feeling that Sean Cronin and co have created something very special. Based on the three singles this is going to be unique, beautiful and colourful work of art. Here’s two of them, first the video and then the first single Ghost Warning. By the time you read this, the album is probably available too so follow my lead, hit that Bandcamp link and dive into the musical world of Very Good.

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