OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #130

Another week, another new music weekly.

Taking a break from NHL trade gossip and sharing the finest new releases of the week. So much stuff this week that I probably missed some and even intentionally left out some higher profile singles, because the lenght of this already longer than anyone is willing to listen.

The album of the week is the new Elephant Micah album, but there’s a whole lot more. There’s new albums from Dominic Billett, Andrew Sisk (this has been on Bandcamp before), Icarus Phoenix (this beauty was cassette only in 2020, now streaming too), Katie Jo, The Pink Stones, Parker Millsap, Nick Waterhouse, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Evan Greer, The Blips, Cheap Trick and Dallas Moore. There’s also beautiful EPs from Samantha Crain, Skullcrusher and Kris Delmhorst.

From Finland there’s a great run of singles from Lettoman, Jan Vilhelm, Jukka Nissinen, Pambikallio, Jukka Ässä, Arppa, Tero-Petri & Korvaamattomat, Icons of Elegance, Pink Chameleons and Sumuposauttaja.

And last but not least the international singles. So many great ones this week. Personal favorite is probably the new Jesse Aycock song. His forthcoming album is going to be special. The first single from the forthcoming Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino album is also rather perfect. And well the list goes on and on. There’s wonderful singles from Vanessa Peters, Charlie Marie, Rachel Brooke, Teskey Brothers, Darrin Bradbury, Damien Jurado, Tristen, V.V. Lightbody, Anne Soldaat just to name a few.

That’s all for this week. I’ll get back to hockey trade rumours. Love from a distance.

1. Elephant Micah – Return to the Abandoned Observatory (Vague Tidings, Western Vinyl, 2021)
2. Dominic Billett – Merida (Two Peach Trees, Perpetual Doom, 2021)
3. Andrew Sisk – Caroline (Mr Miracle, 2021)
4. Icarus Phoenix – Cassie Knows or How a Shy Person Says I Love You (Icarus Phoenix, 2020/2021)
5. Katie Jo – I Don’t Know Where You Heart’s Been (Pawn Shop Queen, Fossil Water Records, 2021)
6. Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino – Been Worryin’ (single, Cinematic Music Group, 2021)
7. Rachel Brooke – Life Sentence Blues (single, Piece of Pie Records, 2021)
8. Charlie Marie – 40 Miles from Memphis (single, Soundly Music, 2021)
9. Vanessa Peters – Valley of Ashes (single, Idol Records, 2021)
10. Jesse Aycock – Sadder than a Sunset (single, Horton Records, 2021)
11. The Pink Stones – Put Me On (Introducing.. Normaltown Records, 2021)
12. Darrin Bradbury – Deanna, Deanna (single, Anti, 2021)
13. Parker Millsap – Always (Be Here Instead, Okrahoma Records, 2021)
14. Nick Waterhouse – Silver Bracelet (Promenade Blue, Innovative Leisure Records, 2021)
15. Teskey Brothers – Never Tear Us Apart (single, Decca Records, 2021)
16. Damien Jurado – Tom (single, Field Painting Music, 2021)
17. Samantha Crain – Two Sitting Ducks (I Guess We Live Here Now EP, Real Kind Records, 2021)
18. Tristen – Athena (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
19. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – I Hope I Never Fall In Love (Uncommon Feather, Tough Love, 2021)
20. Anne Soldaat – You’re Hard To Find (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2021)
21. Massage – Half a Feeling (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
22. Anthonie Tonnon – Entertainment (single, Slow Time Records, 2021)
23. David Shultz – Now Is All (single, 2021)
24. Tommaso – Sarina (single, 2021)
25. Rachel Sermanni – Swallow Me (single, Jellygirl Records, 2021)
26. V.V. Lightbody – Really Do Care (single, Acrophase Records, 2021)
27. Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles – I See God (Keys, Drag City, 2021)
28. Kris Delmhorst – Reveille (Light Breaks Through EP, 2021)
29. Lula Wiles – In Dreams (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
30. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – I Shall Not Be Moved (They’re Calling Me Home, Nonesuch Records, 2021)
31. Jamie Lin Wilson – T Total Tommy (single, Lettomusic, 2021)
32. Lettoman – Ford Model T (single, 2021)
33. Jan Vilhelm – Merenneito Siriukselta (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
34. Jukka Nissinen – Hetken kukka (single, Humu Records, 2021)
35. Pambikallio – Häntä (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
36. Arppa – Väistä (single, Arppa Music, 2021)
37. Jukka Ässä – Anna kun mä kerron (single, Playground, 2021)
38. Tero-Petri & Korvaamattomat – Oman maailmansa kansalaiset (single, Plastic Passion, 2021)
39. Icons of Elegance – Mexico (single, Dinner With Daisy Records, 2021)
40. Sumuposauttaja – High Hopes (single, Fonal Records, 2021)
41. Pink Chameleons – Hot Dog (single, Soliti, 2021)
42. The Rose Petals – Welcome to the Big Top (single, Envoy Records, 2021)
43. Cheap Trick – Another World (In Another World, BMG, 2021)
44. Evan Greer – Punk Rock Angel From Montgomery (Spotify Is Surveillance, Get Better Records, 2021)
45. The Blips – Gold Rush (The Blips, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2021)
46. The Explorers Club – Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
47. ROY – I’m Not Afraid (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
48. Todd Snider – The Get Together (single, Aimless Records, 2021)
49. GA-20 – No No (single, Karma Chief Records, 2021)
50. Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Greasy Coat (single, Liars Club / Regime Music Group, 2021)
51. Dallas Moore – The Rain (The Rain, Sol Records, 2021)
52. Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions – Welcome to the Party (single, Mahogany Songs, 2021)
53. Reigning Sound – Oh Christine (single, Merge Records, 2021)
54. Duke Of Norfolk – September / The Pain of the Process (single, Monty People, 2021)
55. Shay Martin Lovette – Upstate (single, 2021)
56. Skullcrusher – Song for Nick Drake (Storm In Summer EP, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
57. Memory Spells feat Malena Cadiz – Where Is My Mind? (single, 2021)
58. Thomas Csorba – Green Velvet (single, Tone Tree, 2021)
59. The Roseline – Seven Hundred Second Changes (single, RPH Records, 2021)
60. Eden Prairie – Josie (Give Up the Ghost, 2021)

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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 #129

Another week, another new music weekly.

Perhaps slightly slower album release week due to Easter, but there’s still plenty of new music to love. There’s new albums from Dolour, Jacksonport, Ryley Walker, Reece Sullivan, Ottoman Turks, Cristina Vane, Jess McIntosh & Aaron Smith, Moontype, The Slowinks, Dave Richardson, Hope Dunbar, Elizabeth King, Flock Of Dimes, Cha Wa and Ratboys. Plus EPs from Katie Spencer (John Martyn covers), Leche Malo, Field Medic and Ryan Allen.

The big one from Finland is the new album from Eden Prairie. Check that out for some Finnish inlaw country. Also one of my favorite Marian Valinta songs Kaunein Unesi just saw the light of the day (again). There’s also a new song from Kesämaa.

The international song of the week is the new single from The Deep Dark Woods. Other big ones are the first singles from the forthcoming albums by St. Lenox and Wes Tirey and the double-single from Tommy Alexander. Also very fond of the songs by Elephant Micah, B.B. Palmer, Molly Linen, Will Stratton, Bill & The Belles and Theo Lawrence. Just to name a few. You’ll find them all from the list below. Oh yeah and in the very beginning I have some pop treats. Andrew Gabbard made a great Emitt Rhodes cover and then there’s Dungeon of Skeletons single from January. I’m late to this party, just found the band and love all the songs they’ve released. My kind of pop music.

That’s all for this week. Other blog stuff has again been on hold, but I try to get back to it at some point. Love from a distance.

1. Dolour – It Would Be a Delight (Televangelist, 2021)
2. Dungeon of Skeletons – Gonna Be Alright (single, 2021)
3. Andrew Gabbard – Promises I’ve Made (single, Karma Chief Records, 2021)
4. Jacksonport – Chicago (Looking For a Light, Tularosa Records, 2021)
5. Katie Spencer – Couldn’t Love You More (Hurt in Your Heart, KRS Music, 2021)
6. Leche Malo – If I Don’t Tell You (I Wouldn’t Forgive Me Either It’s Just I Have To EP, 2021)
7. Wes Tirey – If Love Blues (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
8. The Deep Dark Woods – Everything Reminds Me (single, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
9. Eden Prairie – Birch Street (Give Up the Ghost, 2021)
10. Reece Sullivan – I’ve Encountered Many Struggles (Middle Sea, 2021)
11. Ryley Walker – Axis Bent (Course in Fable, Husky Pants Records, 2021)
12. St. Lenox – Deliverance (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
13. Tommy Alexander – Drama (single, 2021)
14. Elephant Micah – Return to the Abandoned Observatory (single, Western Vinyl, 2021)
15. B.B. Palmer – Simulation Theory (single, 2021)
16. Ottoman Turks – Travelin’ Blues (Ottoman Turks II, State Fair Records, 2021)
17. Cristina Vane – Travelin’ Blues (Nowhere Sounds Lovely, Blue Tip Records, 2021)
18. Jess McIntosh & Aaron Smith – Dinah (Jess McIntosh & Aaron Smith, Spring Broke Records, 2021)
19. Helena Rose – What’s Killing You Is Killing Me (single, 2021)
20. Johanna Samuels – All Is Fine (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Basin Rock, 2021)
21. Molly Linen – A Lot To Give (single, Lost Map Records, 2021)
22. Marian Valinta – Kaunein unesi (single, 2021)
23. Will Stratton – When I’ve Been Born (I’ll Love You) (single, Bella Union, 2021)
24. Dorothea Paas – Container (single, Telephone Explosion Records, 2021)
25. Moontype – Me and My Body (Bodies of Water, Born Yesterday Records, 2021)
26. Field Medic – death is a six letter word (plunge deep golden knife EP, Run For Cover Records, 2021)
27. Bill & The Belles – Happy Again (I’ll Never Be) (single, Ditty Boom Records, 2021)
28. Theo Lawrence – I’ll Never Get Over You (single, Tomika Records, 2021)
29. The Slowinks – Stay With Me Awhile (Stay With Me Awhile, Weewer, 2021)
30. Jenny Don’t and The Spurs – Fire on the Ridge (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
31. Travis Linville – Feeling We Used to Know (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
32. Zach Schmidt – Foregone Conclusion (single, Boss Dawg Records, 2021)
33. Pat Reedy – Roadsick Blues (single, Cardinal Club, 2021)
34. Hope Dunbar – John Prine (Sweetheartland, 2021)
35. Carolyn Shulman – Double Stars (single, 2021)
36. DL Rossi – Great Lakes State Line (single, 2021)
37. Nathan Kalish – Desire (single, Winterwildfires, 2021)
38. Goldenoak – Islands (single, 2021)
39. Andrew Thoreen feat Louis Murphy – Glass Ships (single, 2021)
40. Shay Martin Lovette – Never Felt So New (single, 2021)
41. Dave Richardson – Flashlight (Palms to Pines, Branch & Torn Music, 2021)
42. Simon Linsteadt – Wildcat’s Bed (single, Stormy Deep Records, 2021)
43. Jason Sinkhorn – Love My Way (single, 2021)
44. Bess Atwell – Time Comes In Roses (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
45. Big Thief – Off You (single, 4AD, 2021)
46. Squirrel Flower – Hurt a Fly (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
47. Ratboys – 88 Fingers Crossed (Happy Birthday, Ratboy, Topshelf Records, 2021)
48. Century Egg – Do You Want to Dance? (single, Forward Music Group, 2021)
49. Ryan Allen – Stuck Inside (Digital Hiss EP, Dad Pop Records, 2021)
50. Kesämaa – Ääriviivat on poissa (single, 2021)
51. Joseph M – Haunt (single, 2021)
52. Cha Wa – Uptown (My People, Single Lock Records, 2021)
53. Bobby Oroza – Loving Body (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
54. Elizabeth King – He Touched Me (Living in the Last Days, Bible & Tire Recording Co, 2021)
55. Robert Finley – Country Boy (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
56. Queen Esther – Our Dying Day (Gild the Black Lily, 20219
57. Sunny War – Love is a Pest (Simple Syrup, Hen House Studios, 2021)
58. Dillon Warnek – 30 Miles from Birmingham (Now That It’s All Over, 2021)
59. Esther Rose – Coyote Creek (How Many Times, Father / Daughter Records & Full Time Hobby, 2021)
60. Flock of Dimes – Price of Blue (Head of Roses, Sub Pop 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 #128

Another week, another new music weekly.

A mighty good release week especially on the rootsier side of things, because we got new albums from Esther Rose, Queen Esther, Sunny War, Dillon Warnek, Hunter Hicks and an EP from James Steinle. Some mighty good pop records too from Tuns, Tim Cohen (this is not yet on Spotify, so there’s one of the singles on the playlist) and Stoner Control. Albums by Minor Moon and Renee Reed are also big gems. Other album treasures this week came from Miko Marks, Jess Locke, AJ Fullerton, Max Kasch, Fretland, The Peacers, Justin Rutledge and Shabason, Krgovich & Harris. There’s also a month old album by Kyle Edward Connolly that I just found today and really liked it on quick listen.

On the Finnish side of things the big one is the new wonderful Kielo Kärkkäinen single. Other gems this week are new singles from The New Magnetic North, Lyyti, Mosaiikkisiipi (this was a one that I forgot to include last week, shame on me) and Sarparanta. There’s also another tune from the excellent AK-77 album plus a small visit to 2020 with Jesse Hasty & The Haywires. Turns out Jesse from one of my favorite new Finnish bands Teini-Pää also has a more country-tinged band and they released a couple EPs last year. He also has C86-influenced band CF7 that just released their first single. That is only available on bandcamp.

Finally the international singles. There’s new treasures from the forthcoming albums by Vanessa Peters, Jesse Aycock and Joe Kaplow. Canadian singer-songwriter and liner note hero Nick Ferrio also released a moving new song. Liner note hero means that very often when I fell in love with new Canadian artists and start to do some research, Nick’s name comes up somewhere along the way. Last year that happened with Joey O’Neil and Evangeline Gentle for example. Great to hear new Nick Ferrio songs as well. There’s also more treats such as new Jacob Miller single, First single from the forthcoming Muppets cover album by Kyle Cox, Hannah Juanita song, Rosie Tucker’s Epitaph debut, new Peter Doran that features Haley Heynderickx and a Spanish single from Paper Beat Scissors lots of others.

That’s all for this week. Sorry in advance for forgetting something. Last week it was Mosaiikkisiipi, this week it’s something else. If you want to submit something for this (I will only include songs that I like), I recommend doing it on the release week. I don’t have time to go through emails that came weeks before when I compile this. Even if it was sent on monday, it might be buried under several hundred messages. Also my apologies for being absolutely horrible at answering emails. It’s a tough task to keep up, because this is just a hobby and the day job takes most of the time and energy. I wish I could find some way to manage that submission side, because I do want to be reached, but don’t want to do submithub or anything like that. Love from a distance.

1. Esther Rose – How Many Times (How Many Times, Full Time Hobby / Father / Daughter Records, 2021)
2. Queen Esther – The Whiskey Wouldn’t Let Me Pray (Gild the Black Lily, 2021)
3. Sunny War – It’s Name Is Fear (Simple Syrup, Hen House Studios, 2021)
4. Dillon Warnek – Tuesday, the 5th (Now That It’s All OVer, Unsigned Records, 2021)
5. Vanessa Peters – Modern Age (single, Idol Records, 2021)
6. Jesse Aycock – Past Life (single, Horton Records, 2021)
7. Tuns – In Another Life (Duly Noted, Murderecords, 2021)
8. Tim Cohen – Rage On (You Are Still Here, Bobo Integral, 2021)
9. Stoner Control – The Best Thing (Sparkle Endlessley, 2021)
10. Minor Moon – Under an Ocean Of Holes (Tethers, 2021)
11. Nick Ferrio – The Dam (single, 2021)
12. Hunter Hicks – Hound (Hunter Hicks, 2021)
13. James Steinle – Broken Things (Same Ol’ Stuff EP, 2021)
14. The New Magnetic North – Foxes on the Run (single, 2021)
15. Joe Kaplow – How Old Is My Soul (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
16. Miko Marks & The Resurrectors – Hard Times (Our Country, Redtone Records, 2021)
17. Renee Reed – I Saw a Ghost (Renee Reed, Keeled Scales, 2021)
18. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Ajattele tulevaa (single, Texicalli Records, 2021)
19. Mosaiikkisiipi – Helpompaa on silmät sulkea (single, McVius Records, 2021)
20. Lyyti – Puhalla ja toivo (single, Luova Records, 2021)
21. Rosie Tucker – Habanero (single, Epitaph, 2021)
22. Jess Locke – Living For the Living (Don’t Ask Yourself Why, Dot Dash Recordings, 2021)
23. Samantha Crain – Malachi, Goodbye (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
24. Jacob Miller – Tricks (single, Sit at Home Records, 2021)
25. Kyle Cox – Rainbow Connection (single, 2021)
26. Peter Doran feat Haley Heynderickx – Blue Mountains (single, 2021)
27. Melissa Erin – Whay You Gonna Do? (single, 2021)
28. Hannah Juanita – Call Yourself My Man? (single, 2021)
29. Parker Millsap – Dammit (single, Okrahoma Records, 2021)
30. AJ Fullerton – Healing Takes Time (The Forgiver and the Runaway, 2021)
31. Oliver Wood – Fine Line (single, Honey Jar Records, 2021)
32. Ben Pirani – Dreamin’s For Free (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
33. Holy Hive – I Don’t Envy Yesterdays (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
34. Jesse Malin – The Way We Used to Roll (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2021)
35. Austin Lucas – Already Dead – Acoustic (single, Sabotage Records, 2021)
36. Paper Beat Scissors – Formas (single, Seayou Records, 2021)
37. Monnone Alone – Feel It Disappearing (single, Meritorio Records, 2021)
38. Kyle Edward Connolly – Get Me Tomorrow (On Arrival, Hand Drawn Dracula, 2021)
39. Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles – Dowsing (single, Drag City, 2021)
40. Jesse Hasty & The Haywires – Brittle (II EP, Hasty Records, 2020)
41. Max Kasch – Down the Line (Max Kasch, By and By Records, 2021)
42. The Peacers – Ms Ela Stanyon’s School of Acting (Blexxed Rec, Drag City, 2021)
43. Blue Cactus – Rebel (single, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
44. Katie Jo – Pawn Shop Queen (single, Fossil Water Records, 2021)
45. Hannah White & The Nordic Connections – Walk Beside Me (single, Paper Blue Records, 2021)
46. Jason Eady – Back to Normal (single, Old Guitar Records, 2021)
47. Fretland – Could Have Loved You (Could Have Loved You, Soundly Music, 2021)
48. Justin Rutledge – St. Peter (Islands, Outside Music, 2021)
49. Spencer Thomas – Confused (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2021)
50. Sarparanta – Aavemaisemaa (single, Fullsteam Records, 2021)
51. Melissa Mary Ahern – Stone by Stone (single, Fat Cat Records, 2021)
52. Melissa Carper – Old Fashioned Gal (Daddy’s Country Gold, 2021)
53. AK-77 – Sokeritytön Blues (Lowdown kryptoniitti Blues, 2021)
54. Sarah King – Poison (Poison EP, 2021)
55. Michael Feuerstack – Harmonize the Moon (Harmonize the Moon, Forward Music Group, 2021)
56. Shabason, Krgovich and Harris – Sometimes I Think That I Know (Florence, Idee Fixe 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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