OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #119

Another week, another new music weekly.

Back with the weekly release round up. Still slightly rushed effort and therefore this might have even more holes than normally.

January release schedule is always a bit slow, but we have a couple of big album releases. Namely from Pearl Charles, Buck Meek and Matthew Sweet. Other new international full-lenghts on the playlist are from Midnight Sister, Kate Davis. Oh yeah and great live record from Daniel Norgren. A few EPs too from Christian Lee Hutson and Death Cab for Cutie.

A couple Finnish treasures too. There’s a new EP from Treemer, new album from Radio Supernova and single from Black Twig. Oh yeah and I also included the EP from Haamusoittajat. That was a Bandcamp release in late 2020 that now become available on these streaming services too. I think it’s absolutely wonderful, so check it out if you missed it at the time.

Some sweet international singles too. I loved that Steady Holiday song and the music video is super lovely as well. Other favorites came from Hiss Golden Messenger, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jess Locke, Renee Reed, Lael Neale, Wild Earp, Parker Millsap, Aviva Le Fey and Painted Shrines. Just to name a few. You’ll find all the rest equally good tunes from the list below.

That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading and listening. Love from a distance.

1. Pearl Charles – All the Way (Magic Mirror, Kanine Records, 2021)
2. Buck Meek – Two Saviors (Two Saviors, Keeled Scales, 2021)
3. Haamusoittajat – Ahvenheinä (Aikojen pyörteissä EP, 2020/2021)
4. Steady Holiday – Love Me When I Go to Sleep (single, 2021)
5. Hiss Golden Messenger – Sanctuary (single, Merge Records, 2021)
6. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Don’t Overthink It (single, New West Records, 2021)
7. Matthew Sweet – Best Of Me (Catspaw, Omnivore Recordigns, 2021)
8. Treemer – Storm (Storm EP, Soft Monsters, 2021)
9. Jess Locke – Dead and Gone (single, Dot Dash Recordings, 2021)
10. Renee Reed – Fast One (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
11. Lael Neale – Blue Vein (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
12. Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno – Love and Chains (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
13. Wild Earp – Same Old Sorry Lesson (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
14. Parker Millsap – The Real Thing (single, Okrahoma Records, 2021)
15. Ana Egge – This Time (single, StorySound Records, 2021)
16. Aviva Le Fey – I Am California (single, 2021)
17. Christian Lee Hutson – Dancing Queen (The Version Suicides Vol1 EP Anti-, 2021)
18. Painted Shrines – Gone (single, Woodsist, 2021)
19. Fruit Bats – Holy Rose (single, Merge Records, 2021)
20. Clever Girls – Baby Blue (single, EggHunt, 2021)
21. Minor Moon – No Lightning Fix (single, 2021)
22. Jim Rioux feat Jolie Holland – Some Kind of Ghost (single, Burst & Bloom Records, 2021)
23. Karima Walker – Horizon, Harbor Resonance (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
24. Julien Baker – Hardline (single, Matador, 2021)
25. Tele Novella – Paper Crown (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
26. Leland Sundries – Another Friday Night News Dump (single, L’Echiquier Records, 2020)
27. Dave Dondero & the Ione Nothings – Trump Virus (single, 2021)
28. JP Harris – Take Off Your Tin Foil Hat (single, 2021)
29. Lucero – Back In Ohio (single, Liberty & Lament, 2021)
30. Nick Waterhouse – Place Names (single, Innovative Leisure, 2021)
31. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Careless Whisper (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
32. Stevie Fontaine – Right Girl, Wrong Time (single, Mango Hill Records, 2021)
33. Aaron Frazer – Love Is (Introducing.. Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
34. Mo Kenney – Hard On You (single, turtlemusic, 2021)
35. Amy Speace and The Orphan Brigade– There Used to Be Horses Here (single, Windbone, 2021)
36. Matt Hectorne – The Undertow (single, 2021)
37. Carl Anderson – Damn Thing (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
38. Tim Cohen – Give Me Yours (single, 2021)
39. Black Twig – Devils Please Be Gone (single, Soliti, 2021)
40. Radio Supernova – Vapaa (Takaisin, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
41. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Choked by the Weeds (single, Asian Man Records, 2021)
42. Death Cab For Cutie – Flirted With You All My Life (Georgia EP, Atlantic, 2021)
43. Kate Davis – I’ll Do Anything by Break Dance for Ya Darling (Strange Boy, Solitaire Recordings, 2021)
44. Gia Margaret – Solid Heart (single, Sleep Rock, 2021)
45. Jacques Labouchere – ? in D (single, Never Grow Old Records, 2021)
46. Garrison Starr – The Devil in Me (single, 2021)
47. Ian Fisher – It Ain’t Me (single, 2021)
48. Zoe & Cloyd – Paper Crowns (single, Organic Records, 2021)
49. Midnight Sister – Satellite (Painting the Roses, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
50. Darci Phenix – No Matter What (Wishbone, Team Love Records, 2021)
51. Ryan Dugre – Old Hotel (single, 11A Records, 2021)
52. Taco Tapes – Blue Tooth Skip (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
53. Daniel Norgren – Like There Was a Door – live (Live, Superpuma Records, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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 Music Weekly – Episode #118

Another week, another new music weekly.

Another year too. It does seem that breaks are bad, because I really struggled to find the motivation and energy to start again. Maybe I’ll get the hang of this soon, because I do want to continue through this 20th anniversary year. I did this first one rather quickly, so I’m sure I missed a ton of releases. I also trusted my memory far too much, because I didn’t take any notes through the break and sort of thought that I will remember what came out. There’s at least some late December album releases that I couldn’t for the life of me remember anymore. I’ll include them later, if my memory gets better but I doubt it. I think one that I meant to listen had something to do with Dylan Rodrigue. It wasn’t his, but maybe he played on it or just shared it on social media. Not the Izaak Opatz one. I did cover that. Anyway, here’s the new playlist. It features the new January 8 releases plus some stuff from the earlier weeks.

The big new album releases came from Aaron Frazer, Steve Earle and Darci Phenix. In fact, those are only new albums on the list. Besides them, we got some fantastic new singles this week from Clara Baker, The Weather Station, Dillon Warnek and Sun June. Some earlier personal favorites on the list are the singles from Dylan Rodrigue, Heather Valley (Molina cover), Libby DeCamp and Sie Sie Benhoff. But as usual, I might as well namedrop them all.

The Finnish highlight of the past weeks is Kyyhky by Marian Valinta. It’s a song that I loved madly in the early 00s and apparently I still do. One that always hits the core of my heart. Other Finnish treasures this week are the singles from Hot Heros and Janne Laurila, Icons of Elegance and Mama Longhorn.

Anyway, that is all for this first week. Hopefully I’ll do a better job next week. Now some grocery shopping, dinner and back to NFL playoffs. Love from a distance.

1. Aaron Frazer – You Don’t Wanna Be My Baby (Introducing.. Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
2. The Weather Station – Atlantic (single, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
3. Clara Baker – Body (single, 2021)
4. Darci Phenix – Bruised Knees (Wishbone, Team Love, 2021)
5. Steve Earle – Lone Pine Hill (J.T. New West Records, 2021)
6. Dillon Warnek – Good Man (single, Unsigned Records, 2021)
7. Tommy Alexander – River Run Down (single, 2021)
8. Charley Crockett – I Can Help (single, The Next Waltz, 2021)
9. Dylan Rodrigue – Forgetting (single, 2021)
10. Marian Valinta – Kyyhky (single, 2021)
11. Adeline Hotel – Photographic Memory (single, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
12. Cassandra Jenkins – Michaelangelo (single, Ba Da Bing Records, 2021)
13. Sun June – Everything I Had (single, Run For Cover Records, 2021)
14. Buck Meek – Candle (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
15. Heather Valley – Whip Poor Will (single, 2020)
16. Sunny War – Nothing to Lose (single, Piece of Pie Records, 2021)
17. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Feminine Walk (single, New West Records, 2020)
18. Mo Troper – The Perfect Song (single, Tender Loving Empire, 2020)
19. Randolph’s Leap – Moment Passed (single, Fika Recordings, 2021)
20. Valley Maker – No One Is Missing (single, Frenchkiss Records, 2021)
21. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Don’t Stop Fallin In Love (single, Tin Angel Records, 2021)
22. Icons of Elegance – Two Coffee Morning (single, Dinner With Daisy Records, 2021)
23. Bergen – Det Jag Vill Minnas (single, Skulden, 2021)
24. The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness – Can’t You See? (single, Bobo Integral, 2020)
25. Diners – In the New Year (single, 2020)
26. Hot Heros and Janne Laurila – Aurinko uppoaa (single, Playground, 2021)
27. Vagabon feat Courtney Barnett – Reason to Believe (single, Nonesuch Records, 2021)
28. Lyre – Season to Change (single, 2020)
29. Colby Falkner James – You Will Always Change Your Mind (single, 2021)
30. Kassi Valazza – Cayuse (OurVinyl Sessions) (single, 2021)
31. Libby DeCamp – Orchard (single, 2020)
32. Maya De Vitry – Working Man (single, Mad Maker Studio, 2021)
33. Sie Sie Benhoff – Night Train (single, Texas Forever, 2021)
34. Timbo – How Much Did it Cost (single, Cardinal Club, 2021)
35. Mama Longhorn – Black Bridge (single, Soit Se Silti, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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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Christmas Playlist and Thank You

Thank you for following this blog adventure during the year. I will take a small blog break to rest and recharge, so there won’t be a new playlist for couple of weeks. I think the music weekly will return on the weekend of 9-10 January. Maybe a week later if the release calendar or my batteries are still empty at that point. The blog will hit a ridicilous 20 years in September 2021, so hopefully I’ll figure out a decent way to celebrate that during the forthcoming year.

Before that I’ll share some great new Christmas songs. The big one for me this year is the new Matt Dorrien EP My Christmas Plea. I think listening to this will become a part of my yuletide tradition for years to come. Too bad I missed the Matt Dorrien / Mama Bird yuletide special, because that would have been a perfect watch for the holidays. Just had to get the eoty lists done first.

Kelly Finnigan released a great soulful Christmas album A Joyful Sound

This yuletide song Merry Christmas Asshole by Brennen Leigh is an instant classic.

Very much enjoyed this new Kyle Cox song as well.

Joe Algeri and his Christmas Crew has been making a new Christmas song every year for 20 years. That’s some yuletune commitment. Here’s the new one called Won’t Be Leaving Home For Christmas.

And that was just to name a few. I made a playlist out of these because there were so many. It includes new songs and new cover versions. Feel free to drop me a note, if I need to add something to it. This is all for 2020. Thank you all dear readers and listeners. See you in 2021.

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