OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #35

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Last week this little playlist reached 100 followers, which is nice and gives a bit of motivation to continue this journey. Not that I have any desire to stop, because even though this takes hours to do every week, I’ve learned a lot by doing it and trying to find all interesting new releases has really expanded my listening habits. Sure I still miss a ton of new stuff, but at least a bit less than before.

There were lots of interesting new albums and I’ve only skimmed through some of these at this point. My most anticipated for this week were the new albums from long time favourites M. Lockwood Porter and Steven Lambke. That’s just a tip of the mountain though and there were also new albums from Jo Schornikow, Lost Dog Street Band, Nathan Seeckts, Son Volt, Ohtis, German Error Message, Laura Stevenson, Chris Cohen, Thayer Sarrano, Marry Waterson & Emily Barker, Weston Harris Hill, Paul Otteson (bonus points to Paul for writing a dinosaur themed album for ukulele and somehow making it work), Nightmarathons, Mekons, Eric Bolander and Tim Bluhm. Damn it took a while to even write that list, let alone listen to all of them. Dark Tea’s album came out a week ago, but I missed it then. It’s gorgeous, so I added a song this week.

A few great EPs too. Courtney Marie Andrews released an EP of acoustic versions of some of the highlights of her masterful 2018 albums, Emily Brown released some b-sides from her 2018 album sessions and then there were also the Garden Sessions from Kasey Anderson. NY-based band The Weird Years and artist Bill Waters and Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt are less familiar to me, but I really like these new EPs.

The Finnish section in the middle revisits the wonderful Sur-rur album and features the new albums by Pekko Käppi & K:H:L:L and J.A.Mäki. Two new singles from long time favorites V.Härkönen and H.C.Slim. The last one might not bring a bell, but if you listen you’ll find a familiar voice just singing in English this time around.

There was a bit less space for singles, because there were so many albums and EPs. But there’s a few important ones like the new songs from Micah Schnabel, Craig Finn, Bedouine, Run Coyote, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Justin Townes Earle, Partner and Koda Feder. Oh and Christopher Gold & The New Old Things deserve some sort of culture award for releasing a great song every two weeks. A crazy project and it’s even crazier that they can keep the quality so high all the time.

Ian Daniel Kehoe reappears, because the album is so good. That’s all for now. Take care, remember love.

1. Micah Schnabel (feat. Thanks Buddy) – New Shoes (single, 2019)
2. M. Lockwood Porter – Communion in the Ashes (Communion in the Ashes, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
3. Steven Lambke – Both of Me (Dark Blue, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
4. Jo Schornikow – Martingale (Secret Weapon, Keeled Scales, 2019)
5. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain (Acoustic EP, Loose Music, 2019)
6. Emily Brown – Someone Will Be Kind (Bee Sides EP, Song Club Records, 2019)
7. Ohtis – Runnin (Curve Of Earth, Full Time Hobby, 2019)
8. Lost Dog Street Band – Bring Back Someday (Weight of A Trigger, 2019)
9. Nathan Seeckts – Sirens (The Heart of the City, 2019)
10. Son Volt – Reality Winner (Union, Transmit Sound, 2019)
11. Dark Tea – Variable Reward (Dark Tea, Fire Talk, 2019)
12. German Error Message – Hopelessness (Mend, 2019)
13. Craig Finn – Something to Hope For (single, Partisan Records, 2019)
14. Laura Stevenson – Hum (The Big Freeze, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
15. Bedouine – Bird (single, Spacebomb Records, 2019)
16. Chris Cohen – What Can I Do (Chris Cohen, Captured Tracks, 2019)
17. The Weird Years – Ticking Time (The Weird Years EP, 2019)
18. Thayer Sarrano – Red Sun (Wings Alleluia, 2019)
19. Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re What’s Needed in My Life (single, Big Crown Records, 2019)
20. Run Coyote – The Chase (single, So Sorry Records, 2019)
21. H.C. Slim – The City is Burning (single, Svart Records, 2019)
22. Pekko Käppi & K:H:L:L – Suruvaippa (Väärä laulu, Svart Records, 2019)
23. Sur-rur – Katsaus liftaamisen nykytilaan (Hattarahiukset, 2019)
24. J.A. Mäki – Outo päivä (Aavaa, If Society, 2019)
25. V. Härkönen – Sata kertaa liian naiivi (single, Soit se silti, 2019)
26. Paul Otteson – Penelope Parasaurolophus (Dinocore, 2019)
27. Marry Waterson & Emily Barker – I’m Drawn (A Window to Other Ways, One Little Indian, 2019)
28. Kasey Anderson – Lithium Blues (Garden Sessions EP, 2019)
29. Justin Townes Earle – Frightened By The Sound (single, New West Records, 2019)
30. Weston Harris Hill – Time and Place (When You Least Expect It, 2019)
31. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Colorado Quarter (single, 2019)
32. Nightmarathons – Waiting Room (Missing Parts, A-F Records, 2019)
33. Mekons – How Many Stars? (Deserted, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
34. Eric Bolander – The Wind (The Wind, 2019)
35. Partner – Les ailes d’un ange (single, you’ve Changed Records, 2019)
36. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Doing Fine (Without Your Trust) (Secret Republic, You’ve Changed / Tin Angel Records, 2019)
37. Bill Waters – Pure (Honey Hi EP, Forged Artifacts, 2019)
38. Jacob Faurholt – Halloween Pumpkin (Sad People EP, Raw Onion Records, 2019)
39. Tim Bluhm – Where I Parked My Mind (Sorta Surviving, Blue Rose Music, 2019)
40. Kora Feder – He Wants to Live Forever (single, 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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