Another week, another weekly playlist.
Here I am again with the new songs that matter to me. Such a strong week of new singles and albums. I had over 50 songs to begin with and then brutally cut it down to 40. This time I wasn’t able to revisit any of the albums from a week ago. Maybe I return them later, if there are less busy weeks. There probably aren’t until summer though.
The new albums from Durand Jones & Indications, Robert Forster and Hand Habits were the ones that I expected the most and I really like all of them. The albums from UK folk songwriter Katie Spencer and Netherlands-based band The Fire Harvest are maybe the most interesting ones for me at the moment, because there’s nothing like finding new artists to love. I’ve been really addicted to The Fire Harvest song Spring. It reminds me of Songs:Ohia. The song of the week for me together with new Damien Jurado song. It’s been just a few days so I’ve only listened to a little bit of the other intriguing album releases of the week. There are lots of them and the list includes a song from a new album by Mary Bragg, KiDD, Dee White, Lomelda, The Honey Dewdrops, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Steve Poltz, The Limboos, Quaker City Night Hawks, The Cactus Blossoms and Lonesome Shack. The BA Johnston album is a week or two old, but I missed it then and as a sport freak I have to include a song that’s called Our Love is Like the Cleveland Browns. On the EP front, there’s new ones from Wild Pink and Della Mae.
The Finnish part isn’t big, but quality over quantity. The playlist contains a song from the gorgeous new albums by Lanai and Jani Matti Juhani and the new singles from The Lieblings and Swan/Koistinen.
Next up is the new singles. There was a new outtake from the forthcoming Damien Jurado album and it’s obviously brilliant. The big news of the week was that Ian Noe’s debut album is on the horizon. The first single Irene (Ravin’ Bomb) is a song that already appeared on his great EP, but hey this song demands a new spin. I can’t wait to hear the album. Some big ones were the new singles from Hiss Golden Messenger, Anna Burch, Big Thief, Rosie Tucker, She Keeps Bees, Todd Snider and Brad Armstrong. I missed the Carl Schilde single and the second single from the forthcoming Charlotte Cornfield album a week ago, so I made amends and included them this time around. As usual, I could just as well namedrop all of these in this text. These are all on the playlist, because I really like them. And like I said, this time this could have easily been at least 50 songs long. I left out some excellent higher profile singles (Kevin Morby, Sebadoh etc), some albums that are objectively amazing but maybe not exactly my cup of tea (Yves Jarvis etc), some awesome covers (Rue Snider etc) and so forth. If you actually listen to this, feel free to drop hints how long this should be each week. Oh and all things are not available on Finnish Spotify (Motherhood, Bunny Boy etc). But that’s enough of pointless rambling. Here’s the playlist of the week.
OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #31
1. Durand Jones & The Indications – Court of Love (American Love Call, 2019)
2. Robert Forster – I’ll Look After You (Inferno, Tapete Records, 2019)
3. The Fire Harvest – Spring (Open Water, Snowstar Records, 2019)
4. Katie Spencer – Weather Beaten (Weather Beaten, KRS Music, 2019)
5. Hand Habits – Jessica (Placeholder, Saddle Creek, 2019)
6. Damien Jurado – Lincoln (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)
7. Ian Noe – Irene (Ravin’ Bomb) (single, National Treasury Recordings, 2019)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Everybody Needs Somebody (single, Merge Records, 2019)
9. Mary Bragg – I Thought You Were Somebody Else (Violets as Camouflage, 2019)
10. She Keeps Bees – Coyote (single, BB*Island, 2019)
11. Big Thief – UFOF (single, 4AD, 2019)
12. Anna Burch – St. Adalbert (single, Heavenly Recordings, 2019)
13. The Smallgoods – Satellite (single, Lost and Lonesome, 2019)
14. The Lieblings – Girl on the Run (single, Stupido Records, 2019)
15. KiDD – A Picture I Don’t Want To Paint (Chance Weekend, Zenerino Records, 2019)
16. Starflyer 59 – Hey, Are You Listening? (single, Tooth & Nail Records, 2019)
17. Lomelda – Talk (M for Empathy, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
18. Charlotte Cornfield – Storm Clouds (single, Next Door Records, 2019)
19. Rosie Tucker – Lauren (single, New Professor Music, 2019)
20. Lanai – Joanna (Ship’s Bell, 2019)
21. C. Gibbs – Geraldine (single, 2019)
22. Dee White (feat. Ashley McBryde) – Road That Goes Both Ways (Southern Gentlemen, Warner Music Nashville)
23. The Honey Dewdrops – More Than You Could Say (Anyone Can See, 2019)
24. Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Queen and King of Smaller (Airwaves, Skyline Music, 2019)
25. Steve Poltz – Shine On (Shine On, Red House Records, 2019)
26. Todd Snider – Talking Reality Television Blues (single, Aimless Records, 2019)
27. BA Johnston – Our Love Is Like the Cleveland Browns (The Skid is Hot Tonight, 2019)
28. The Limboos – Where Did She Go? (Baia, Penniman Records, 2019)
29. Quaker City Night Hawks – Pay to Play (QCNH, Ligthning Rod Records, 2019)
30. The Cactus Blossoms – Easy Way (Easy Way, Walkie Talkie Records, 2019)
31. Carl Schilde – Top 40 (single, 2019)
32. Sam Evian – Roses (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
33. Swan/Koistinen – Diagnosis (single, Soliti, 2019)
34. Jani Matti Juhani – Sinä yönä (Piste, 2019)
35. Wild Pink – Coaches Who Cry (5 Songs EP, Tiny Engines, 2019)
36. Lola In Slacks – Postcript in Blue (single, Slacks Records, 2019)
37. Lonesome Shack – Past the Ditch (Desert Dreams, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
38. Della Mae – Bourbon Hound (The Butcher Shoppe EP, Rounder Records, 2019)
39. Mike Ross – Young Man (single, Taller Records, 2019)
40. Brad Armstrong – Brother Ford (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
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.