OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #18

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Not a whole lot of new album releases anymore, because the year is getting shorter and shorter. However, there are two that are really important, dear and special to me. One of my all-time faves, Finnish alternative rock band Penniless released a new album called X and Australian folk ensemble Grand Salvo led by Paddy Mann released their long-waited album Sea Glass. Both are definitely on the darker side of things, but some people are capable of making the dark shine brightly. Other new albums that ended up on my radar were from Gleeson, Antero Kaksikäsi, Ryley Walker, Christine Fellows, Jonathan Byrd and Ian Wayne. Vanessa Peters album also finally appears on these lists, because it’s now available on Finnish Spotify and therefore I was finally able to share a song from it on these silly weekly lists. Still love the album to bits.

The imaginary song of the week title goes to the Texas piano man Robert Ellis and the first single Fucking Crazy from his forthcoming 2019 album. Absolutely freakin’ awesome song. Lots of other goodies too. Great to hear Andy Shauf’s voice again on his new Foxwarren project for example.

The last song is the first single from the final Willard Grant Conspiracy album. Untethered is a song that Robert Fisher wrote after his cancer diagnosis. It’s a powerful song that will rip you apart and for a little while everything that came before it will feel absolutely redundant.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #18

1. Robert Ellis – Fucking Crazy (single, New West Records, 2018)
2. Grand Salvo – The Black Coast (Sea Glass, Mistletone, 2018)
3. Penniless – Dark Room (X, Soit se silti, 2018)
4. Joonas Holmen + The Lossy Codecs – Launching Down on Tracks (single, Fuu Recs, 2018)
5. Gleeson – Through the Motions (The Years Have It, 2018)
6. Vanessa Peters – Fight (Foxhole Prayers, Idol Records, 2018)
7. Foxwarren – To Be (single, ANTI-, 2018)
8. Blank Range – Change Your Look (single, Sturdy Girls Records, 2018)
9. Pastis – Valour Valour (single, Stupido Records, 2018)
10. Simone Felice – Puppet (single, New York Pro, 2018)
11. Monteagle – Motel (single, Fire Talk, 2018)
12. Ben Morrison – 25 Miles (single, Antifragile, 2018)
13. Jonathan Byrd – Temporary Tattoo (Pickup Cowboy, 2018)
14. Antero Kaksikäsi – Taidan pysyy tässä (Suomenkielistä kantrimusiikkia, Hyvät levyt, 2018)
15. Luther Russell – Saturday’s Child (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2018)
16. Christine Fellows – Roses on the Vine (Roses on the Vine, Vivat Virtute, 2018)
17. Lula Wiles – Love Gone Wrong (single, Smithsonian Folkways, 2018)
18. Stephen Steinbrink – You Could Always Leave (Utopia Teased, Melodic, 2018)
19. Ryley Walker – Raven (The Lillywhite Sessions, Dead Oceans, 2018)
20. Lee Harvey Osmond – Mohawk (single, Latent Recordings, 2018)
21. Buckley – Bakersfield (Las Cruces, Rum Bar Records, 2018)
22. Stoner Control – Gimme Some Space (Alone in the City, 2018)
23. The Wave Pictures – Shelly (Look Inside Your Heart, Moshi Moshi Records, 2018)
24. Shonna Tucker – The One I Do Not Know (Dreams of Mine EP, 2018)
25. Rue Snider – City Living (single, 2018)
26. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – I Hate Chicago (Bought to Rot, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
27. Ian Wayne – Girlfriend (A Place Where Nothing Matters, 2018)
28. Golden Daze – Blue Bell (single, Autumn Tone, 2018)
29. Mercury Rev (feat Margo Price) – Sermon (single, Bella Union, 2018)
30. Willard Grant Cospiracy – Untethered (single, Loose Music, 2018)

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.

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.

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Turner Cody, Jim Bryson and John K. Samson

Hey another round-up post of songs/albums that I’ve fallen in love with during the fall.

Starting tonight’s journey from Queens, NY with a song from the new Turner Cody album The Duke of Decline. I’ve loved his storytelling for years and I’m just waiting for the world or the seven regular readers of this blog to follow my lead. If you want an introduction, there’s also a brand new compilation The Great Shadow 2007-2017 available on b.y_records. Here’s The Morning Sun from the new album and my all-time favorite I Know How I Feel About You from the combilation.

Turner Cody Website

Next up is Jim Bryson from Ottawa, Canada and his latest EP Tired of Waiting that is out and available Coax Records. Definitely one of my favorite EPs of the year. This is the music video Leslie Marshall directed for the song Labor Drive.

Jim Bryson Website

Last one for tonight is the new song from one of my all-time favorite songwriters John K. Samson and a song that I’ve listened about 78 times during the past week. This one isn’t an original though. It is a cover version of a song by Christine Fellows. Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway first appeared on her 2007 album Nevertheless. This cover version by John K. Samson is from a forthcoming split single with Kevin Devine that is due out later in November on Bad Timing Records. Oh and I just noticed that there’s actually a new Christine Fellows album coming out this Friday. So more of her music in the blog very soon.

John K. Samson Website
Christine Fellows Website

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Kristina Murray, JP Harris, Jamie Lin Wilson & Joshua Ray Walker

I shall continue with the quick round-up posts of songs/albums I’ve fallen for during the past few months. This time I’m taking a bit more country approach. These would all deserve a long detailed review, because they are all superb and I love them to bits. Unfortunately this blog doesn’t pay the bills and there’s limits how much time I’m able to give to this dear hobby.

I think I’ve praised this Nashville-based songwriter Kristina Murray and her great album Southern Ambrosia a few times during the past months, but maybe not after it was released which happened on the 21st of September on Loud Magnolia Records. Anyway, it’s a damn good country/americana record that deserves several revisits so here’s another go and my current favorite from the album. Tell Me is a gorgeous country ballad that Kristina Murray co-wrote with Logan Ledger (you will hear more of him in 2019, so remember the name).

Kristina Murray Website

Staying is Nashville, Tennessee for the time being. The honky tonk hero JP Harris dropped a new fabulous record on the 5th of October. It carries the name Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing and it came out on Free Dirt Records. Extremely enjoyable album that ranges from classic beautiful country ballads to insanely catchy rootsy rock’n’roll songs. Difficult to pick just one for this little blog posts, because everything is so freakin’ good but let’s got with When I Quit Drinking this time around.

JP Harris Website

Moving on to Texas for the rest of this blog entry. First stop is D’Hanis, TX that is the home for americana songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson. Her latest album Jumping Over Rocks came out on the 26th of October. If you follow the weekly playlist, you’ve heard almost half of these songs already because the album has been such a big part of my autumn. She is such an incredible songwriter and storyteller that I also ended up buying the earlier album. The highlights of the new album for me are Oklahoma Stars that she co-wrote with Evan Felker (Turnpike Troubadours) and this brilliant song called Death & Life. Everything else works too.

Jamie Lin Wilson at Facebook

The final stop tonight is Dallas, TX and the new Joshua Ray Walker single Canyon from his forthcoming album that is due on the 25th of January. He is a Dallas-based country songwriter and definitely one to keep an eye on. This is a tremendous song and it’s been a big favorite of mine during the past couple of weeks. Gripping, honest, moving and powerful songwriting. I can’t wait to hear the whole album in early 2019. Here’s a live version from Sofar Sounds, you’ll find the studio version from Spotify.

Joshua Ray Walker Website

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