OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #55

Another week, another weekly playlist

Had to switch back to the weekly, because there was just so much new albums this week. Somewhat easier to handle this on a weekly basis. I suppose one way forward would be to keep this weekly, but at the end of the month quickly compile some kind of favorites of the month list that doesn’t vanish. So there would be an option also for those who don’t need or want an insanely long playlist of new songs every freakin’ week (yeah, I know. Nobody really needs a list long as this every week). Submissions still open for the festival too, so if you are interested, shoot a live video of one song (can be just a quickly done phone video made at home, rehearsal place) and send it to me. More info by hitting those links in the right side bar.

But on to the new albums and oh my there were lots of them this week. Jason Hawk Harris, Leslie Stevens and Esther Rose are ones that I’ve been waiting eagerly for months and they are just as good as I had hoped. That’s just a tiny fraction of the action and there were new albums from Sunny War, Tanya Tucker, Dalton Domino, Queen of Jeans, The Po’ Rambling Boys, Croy and the Boys, The 40 Acre Mule, Ottoman Turks, Redd Kross, Bryan Estepa, The Rubinoos, Shannon Lay, Rose Dorn, Rachel Sermanni, Becky Ninkovic, Jay Som, Ward Hayden & The Outliers, Carriers, David Wax Museum and Tom Brosseau. That took a while to write, let alone listen. And still some say that there’s no good new music available. Oh and on the EP front there’s Erin Enderlin new EP. It’s already chapter three, but somehow I’ve managed to miss the first two. Sorry about that.

This week’s Finnish section contains singles from Kielo Kärkkäinen, Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly, Pink Chameleons and Grant Wood Company plus the new album from Jukka Nissinen. Oh and if you have chance to see a Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly concert do not think twice, just go. You will love every second. I sure did when they played at Ilmiö festival a month ago.

There’s also plenty of those international singles. Too much to namedrop all of them, but some personal favorites came from Jamie Lin Wilson, Joan Shelley, Darrin Bradbury, VanWyck, Itasca, Courtney Marie Andrews (from forthcoming Tom Waits tribute album), Sturgill Simpson, Anna Ash and Isobel Campbell. But hey these all rule and I could just as well list them all.

That’s it for this week. Most likely back with a new playlist next Sunday and before that a few of those round up posts mid-week. Love.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #55

1. Jason Hawk Harris – Giving In (Love & The Dark, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
2. Leslie Stevens – The Tillman Song (Sinner, LyricLand / Thirty Tigers, 2019)
3. Esther Rose – You Made It This Far (You Made it This Far, Father / Daughter Records, 2019)
4. Sunny War – Rock n Roll Heaven (Shell of a Girl, Hen House Studios, 2019)
5. Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now (While I’m Livin, Fantasy Records, 2019)
6. Jamie Lin Wilson – Alice (single, 2019)
7. Dalton Domino – The Nerve (Songs from the Exile, Lightning Rod Records, 2019)
8. Darrin Bradbury – Breakfast (single, ANTI-, 2019)
9. VanWyck – Supermarket Line (single, Maiden Name Records, 2019)
10. Joan Shelley – The Fading (single, No Quarter, 2019)
11. Itasca – Bess’s Dance (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
12. Courtney Marie Andrews – Downtown Train (single, Dualtone, 2019)
13. Queen of Jeans – Centuries (If You’re Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraid, Topshelf Records, 2019)
14. First Aid Kit – Strange Beauty (single, Columbia Records, 2019)
15. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Laulun aika (single, Texicalli Records, 2019)
16. Anne-Mari Kivimäki & Palomylly – Iso juhla (single, Kihtinäjärvi Records, 2019)
17. Ana Egge feat Iris Dement – Ballad of the Poor Child (single, Storysound Records, 2019)
18. Erin Enderlin – Use Me Again (Chapter Three: Whatever Gets You Through the Night EP, Blaster Records, 2019)
19. Kayla Ray – The Jameson Waltz (single, 2019)
20. The Po’ Rambling Boys – Cold Hard Truth (Toil, Tears & Trouble, Rounder Records, 2019)
21. Croy and the Boys – I’m Broke (Howdy High-Rise, 2019)
22. The 40 Acre Mule – Bathroom Walls (Goodnight & Good Luck, State Fair Records, 2019)
23. Ottoman Turks – O C P (Ottoman Turks, State Fair Records, 2019)
24. Sturgill Simpson – Sing Along (single, Elektra Records, 2019)
25. Redd Kross – When Do I Get to Sing “My Way” (Beyond the Door, Merge Records, 2019)
26. Extra Arms – No Enemies (single, Dadstache Records, 2019)
27. The Sidekicks – Feed II (single, Epitaph, 2019)
28. Pretty Matty – I’m Fine (single, Get Better Records, 2019)
29. Bryan Estepa – I’m Not Ready for This (Sometimes I Just Don’t Know, Lilystars Records, 2019)
30. The Rubinoos – January (From Home, Yep Roc, 2019)
31. Shannon Lay – November (August, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
32. Wharfer – Myrtle Beach (single, 2019)
33. I Am Oak – Hidden Cove (single, Snowstar Records, 2019)
34. Rose Dorn – Collar (Days You Were Leaving, Bar None Records, 2019)
35. Isobel Campbell – Ant Life (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2019)
36. Rachel Sermanni – Come to You (So It Turns, 2019)
37. Becky Ninkovic – For the Love (Woe, Paper Bag Records, 2019)
38. Jay Som – Peace Out (Anak Ko, Lucky Number, 2019)
39. Rue Snider – Chelsea (single, 2019)
40. Anna Ash – Stalemate (single, 2019)
41. Pink Chameleons – Melting Face (single, Soliti, 2019)
42. Jukka Nissinen – Kirkonpolttaja (Jukka Nissinen II, Humu Records, 2019)
43. Grant Wood Company – Childs, Minnesota (single, 2019)
44. Matt The Electrician – Thank You (single, 2019)
45. Ward Hayden & The Outliers – Naturally Crazy (Can’t Judge a Book, 2019)
46. Carriers – Not This Way (Now Is the Time for Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, Good Eye Records, 2019)
47. Amy Speace – Ginger Ale and Lorna Doones (single, Proper Music, 2019)
48. Gospelbeach – Bad Habits (single, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
49. Cale Tyson & Thad Kopec – Talk To Me (single, 2019)
50. Jay Gonzalez – Rare Halo (Jay Gonzalez sings Eyelids / Eyelids sings Jay Gonzale, Jealous Butcher Records, 2019)
51. David Wax Museum – Night Gods (Line of Light, Nine Mile Records, 2019)
52. Tom Brosseau with Sean Watkins – Close of a Day (In the Shadows of the Hill: Songs from the Carter Family Catalogue, Vol 1, Crossbill 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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Ancient Shapes, Espanola, Run Coyote and Slow Healer

Tonight’s round-up takes place in Canada. We shall begin with the latest hit song from Daniel Romano’s “flower pop supergroup” Ancient Shapes. A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom is the first outtake and title track from their forthcoming album that is out on the 25th of October on You’ve Changed Records. It comes with colourful music video directed by Daniel Domenico Romano. What can we expect next from this multi-talented man. A novel collection, feature-length movie, re-imagination of Mona Lisa. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome.

Ancient Shapes at Facebook

A smooth transition to the new self-titled Espanola album that came out on the 28th of June. The man behind the name is Aaron Goldstein, a Canadian studio wizard, master of pedal steel and a true liner note hero. He has played with lots of my favorite Canadian artists (incl. Daniel Romano) and he has also produced and/or recorded lots of songs that mean the world to me. But even if you are great at making others shine more brightly, it’s good to do you own thing too. Espanola proves that he can also handle the songwriter department of music making and blasted out a gorgeous rock record with monster riffs, country flavors and psych traces. Here’s one awesome album cut called This High, listen to / buy the whole record by hitting the links on that bandcamp player

Espanola at Facebook

Well guess who played some pedal steel on this one and did some production work too. Aaron Goldstein of course. So there’s another smooth transition to the new Run Coyote album In Shadowlands that came out on 26th of April on So Sorry Records. If you are into some vintage film noir and spaghetti westerns, you’ll have a new favorite band right here. Actually just loving rock’n’roll is sufficient, because this is just a damn good record. Here’s Late Night Lovers from the album and as usual buy/listen whole thing by hitting the links on that player.

Run Coyote Website

Let’s end this little round up blog post with a song from the new Slow Healer EP Always Trippin’. It’s the musical side of Mitch Fillion, who should get some kind of lifetime award for everything he has done in the moving pictures department by documenting performances from countless amount of fabulous artists (Southern Souls, Live at Massey Hall). Apparently he can also do this songwriting too, because this is a really good EP. Oh and obviously Aaron Goldstein plays on this one too. Not on this particular track Tell Me though so this love letter to Aaron won’t go overboard.

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Simon Joyner, Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective, Claire Cronin & Red River Dialect

I should have gone to bed a long time ago, but I suppose there’s still time for one short blog post (mostly about exciting things to come). Starting from Omaha, Nebraska with the heavy first single Tongue of a Child from the forthcoming Simon Joyner album Pocket Moon. The album will be co-released by BB*Island (Europe), Grapefruit (North America) and Homeless Records (Australia & New Zealand) on the 25th of October. I can’t wait to hear it, because Simon Joyner is a true poet and one of the finest songwriters of the last couple of decades.

Simon Joyner at Facebook

A long time readers of this little blog might remember a band called Hotel Alexis. I loved them passionately in the early days of the blog. I think The Shining Example Is Lying on the Floor got full five hearts back then when I still wrote proper reviews. But time to let the past go and fast forward back to the year 2019, because exciting things are shining in the horizon. The frontman Sidney Lindner has a new group called Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective and they are about to release a new album on the 13th of September. It will be called Summer Ghosts/ Nightfalls and it will be co-released by Broken Sparrow and Burst & Bloom Records. Check out the song Mother’s Tongue below and the follow the links on that Bandcamp player for pre-order opportunities.

Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Community at Facebook

Continuing with blog favourites, but unlike the first two Claire Cronin’s new album Big Dread Moon is already out and available on Orindal Records. I’ve loved her poems and songs since the 2015 album Over and Through. The spare, dark beauty of her hauting folk songs always get my under skin and together we are able to keep the devil away. Here’s my favorite What the Night Is Thinking from the new album. Again follow the links on that bandcamp player to hear/buy the whole record.

Claire Cronin Website

Let’s wrap this blog post together in London with some of the finest UK folk of these current times. Paradise of Bachelors will release Red River Dialect’s new album Abundance Welcoming Ghosts on the 27th of September. This fabulous first single Snowdon surfaced a couple of weeks ago. Listen to it below and follow the links on the player, if you want to pre-order. Or better yet, ask your local record store to order you one, if you are still lucky enough to have a local store.

Red River Dialect at Facebook

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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