One Chord to Another – 18th Anniversary Festival

One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September. It’s a pretty long time to do absolutely anything let alone a music blog. Therefore I thought I should do something to celebrate the crazy fact that I’ve been doing this almost my whole adult life. It might not have been a wise career move to spend 18 years and hundreds and hundreds of hours in something that has only made me lose money, but still I feel that my life is much richer thanks to onechordnet and I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep this thing alive for so long. I’m a shy and quiet man and this has kind of been my voice in this world.

That’s why it’s time for an anniversary festival. OCTA18 will be an online festival in the spirit of the legendary Couch by Couchwest Festival (CXCW). The goal is to get unique live videos from the artists that have shaped the 18 years of onechordnet. It’s not open for everyone due to the reasons that a) the idea is to celebrate the 18 years of the blog, so naturally it makes sense to include only people who have been featured here b) I’m just one man and at this point it’s impossible to know would there be 5 or 500 videos if its open and I have a limited amount of time to spend on this. However, if you’ve been featured on the blog during its existence, I would love to have you on the event (maybe still more than just one playlist inclusion for example, just ask if you have any doubts, I try to invite and ask some myself too but it’s not always easy for a man who has a masters degree in self-doubt). I would love to get submissions from all the eras of the blog, because both the early Finnish pop days and the current americana emphasis are important parts of the history of this little music blog. Obviously a lot of the early favorites have stopped making music ages ago, so that might get a bit tricky.

If you want to participate, here are the basic instructions:

1. Shoot a live video of one song. Bonus points if it’s a song that I’ve praised here over the years, but really you can just choose the one you want (so can be a new song too or a song that I’ve never mentioned on the blog). It can be just a quick phone video or you can use as much time, equipment and creativity as you wish. There does not have to be any birthday wishes or so, but it does need to be made for this event. So keep it hidden or at least do not share it on your social media before I’ve posted it during the anniversary week. Afterwards you can of course do what you want with it.

2. Upload it to youtube/vimeo and tag it OCTA18. Send the link to submissions(at)onechord.net. Don’t use the other addresses on the contact page, because they might get lost in the crowd in the other inboxes (I get a hundred or so emails every day). Also don’t use this one for the other promo emails. Just this anniversary festival stuff on this email address.

3. That’s basicly it. I will then post it to the blog during the anniversary week. I’ll tag you so you know when it’s live.

4. Submission deadline is 31st of August, because I’m indeed just one man with a dayjob and I’ll need some time to write the posts beforehand. It’s not absolutely set in stone, so ask if you would love to do it, but you are not able to do it before that date. I just need to get most of them in advance. Otherwise I will be in big trouble, if I get lots of videos.

I’m happy to answer, if you have any questions. There might be a small live event in Turku too, but more about that later if it happens.

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Guy Capecelatro III – The Smallest Darkest Things

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Guy Capecelatro III has a new album out called The Smallest Darkest Things. The new album is dedicated to the memory of Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb who passed away in 2014. The album contains several amazing originals plus cover versions of Brown Bird’s song This Mountain Road and Jason Molina’s Long Desert Train. This special release ends to Guy Capecelatro III’s beautiful and moving tribute to his dear friend. There are no words to properly describe How to Begin (for Dave), but it is a loving and personal tribute filled with warmness and human fragility. I’m not sure should I even post such a personal song, but I do think it’s a song that everyone should hear. Guy Capecelatro III and stunning How to Begin (for Dave).

Guy Capecelatro III at Facebook

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Mitä helvettiä nyt taas – Tässä kylmässä kaupungissa (single)

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Mitä helvettiä nyt taas is a new Vaasa-based guitar pop group and they just released their debut single Tässä kylmässä kaupungissa. The band might be new, but you might know the members Timo, Andy, Ove and Paati from other great bands such as The Sugarrush and The Lieblings. If you’ve enjoyed anything I’ve done here at onechord.net over the past 15 years, you probably should send them a thank you note, because these boys and the music they made in the late 90’s and early 00’s were a big reason why I started this site back then. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to praise them that much over the years, because they haven’t been the most active musicians at least when it comes to releasing the material they’ve written. I’m already on the verge of quitting and I’m still waiting for the first The Sugarrush full-length to actually come out during the existence of this blog. But hey, now is not the time to convince them to release the unreleased The Sugarrush albums, because we have a new song out and available from their new group and it’s mighty good. Mr. Ken Stringfellow also plays guitar on this awesome pop song, if you need some extra motivation to hit that play button right now. Such a brilliant song.

Mitä Helvettiä nyt taas at Facebook

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Shotgun Jimmie – Field Of Trampolines

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It looks like we’ve again reached that time of the year when one can only see the daylight through a factory window. It’s dark when you go to work and it’s even darker when you get back home. So as an addition to overdose of vitamin D pills, I’m gonna need a hefty dose of bright and refreshing indie rock to keep my spirit up. Thankfully I remembered that I still haven’t bought the latest Shotgun Jimmie album Field Of Trampolines and I finally did that last night. It came out very early in the year on the always great Canadian label You’ve Changed Records and as expected it’s a damn good way to fight the darkness. Catchy melodies, witty lyrics and a whole lot of fun. Might well be the best album this fine gentleman has released. Difficult to understand why the hell didn’t I purchase this instantly when it came out, but better late than never and all the other cliches. Here’s a couple of great ones from the album.

Shotgun Jimmie Website

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Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears

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Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (New West Records, 2016)

I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one. The first outtake Little Movies dropped me on my knees a few months ago and because I wasn’t able to get up, I’ve spent the past weeks mostly looking up to the sky waiting for the cosmic ALT cowboy to come and pick me up with his new album Silver Tears. The day arrived last Friday 28th of October when the new Aaron Lee Tasjan album came out on New West Records. The vinyl didn’t arrive to the local store in time, so I only have this spotify thingy for the time being, but I’m already so loving this album. Americana, country, rock’n’roll & blues, but also Beatles and Randy too. Sure might almost feel like a mess, but if that’s the case then damn if it isn’t the sweetest kind of mess I can think of and a beautiful monster of an album. Works wonderfully from first chord to last word. Well done Aaron.

Aaron Lee Tasjan Website

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