Four Arms to Hold You: Jari Raaste, Hulda Huima, Salaliitto & Sur-rur

Another one of these silly Four Arms posts for tonight, but don’t worry these will stop or at least slow down after tomorrow. This time it’s a small finnhits video special. Or well at least these should-be hits. First up is the brand new super catchy smooth soulshaker Ilmalaiva from Jari Raaste. There’s a 7″ single coming out on the legendary Fonal Records (pre-order a copy here) on the 5th of July, but there’s already a groovy music video rising from the horizon.

Jari Raaste at Facebook

Diving back into the Kalevi Suopursu video vaults for this next one. He directed both the Jari Raaste video above and this one by Hulda Huima. Kind of a shame that I already posted my favourite Finnish song of the year Halla a few days ago, because this could have been a Kalevi edition of this series. Anyway, the big news here is that there’s a new Hulma Huima album Maa coming out on Helmi Levyt on the 16th of August. The lead single Outo tyttö has been out there in the atk-world for a few months, but has been included here only on the playlist. Which is just wrong and criminal, because I love her songs. Doesn’t everybody. So here’s finally the video for Outo tyttö.

Hulda Huima at Facebook

Next we are going on a drive with Salaliitto. Their new album Puolet came out on Soit Se Silti on the 15th of February and it’s definitely another one that hasn’t gotten enough attention on this little blog. Thankfully I think all the Finnish readers know that they are marvellous and my random ramblings isn’t at all necessary. There’s a fairly new music video outtake from this great album. Valtatie 8 is the song and the music video was directed by Tommi Rantamäki.

Salaliitto Website

This last one isn’t a music video, but I thought I’ll wrap this one together with a couple of new songs from the all-time great Sur-rur. Their 2019 album carries the name Hattarahiukset and it came out 23rd of March on Roku Records / Joteskii Groteskii. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a Finnish rock song that dives deep into the circa ’70-’75 era of Fleetwood Mac, your dreams have been answered. This brilliant album also investigates the current state of hitchhiking, admires the wondrous crime solving capability of Miss Marple, battles the radicalized bread crumb with a vacuum and eventually falls asleep in the middle of a pizza. In some blissfully weird way, it all makes perfect sense.

Sur-rur at Facebook

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Four Arms to Hold You: RF Shannon, Will Beeley, Aaron Beckum and TK & The Holy Know-Nothings

Hey another night, another blog entry of magical music numbers. This time I’m sort of having a very loose desert / driving theme. Our journey starts from Wild Rose Pass, which is also the title of the wonderful lead single from the forthcoming RF Shannon album. The full RF Shannon album of desert blues with mellow psych-moods will be released on the 2nd of August by the awesome Austin-based label Keeled Scales.

RF Shannon Website
Keeled Scales Website

Next we are driving on U.S. 85 with truck driving country songwriter Will Beeley. US geography isn’t my strongest suit, but if the RF Shannon album is for long drives between Texas and LA and on this Will Beeley song we see El Paso on the left, I think at least for a moment we can’t be too far off. Anyway, Highways & Heart Attacks is Will Beeley’s first album in 40 years! A couple of years ago Tompkins Square released his albums from the 70s and suddenly we have a brand new album coming out on the 14th of June. The first single is called U.S.85 and it’s so damn good. I look forward to hearing the whole thing in little over a week.

Tompkins Square Website

I’m not sure did I ever post Aaron Beckum’s short movie Born Forlorn to the blog or was it just social media. Well it doesn’t really matter, because a) it fits so well to this blog entry b) Aaron Beckum just released his lo-fi cosmic americana album Obsolete that also contains this gorgeous song. Super high recommendations both for the new album and the dry humour adventure short movie where the singer gives his best shot of driving through the desert.

Aaron Beckum Website

On the last entry, I’ll forget the driving and start searching for Desert Rose together with TK & Holy Know-Nothings. The frontman Taylor Kingman released an excellent singer-songwriter album Wannabe a couple of years ago, but this time he wanted to flavour his storytelling with some rock’n’roll, groove and bar boogie and therefore put together a band called TK and the Holy Know-Nothings. Both the earlier solo album and this new band album Arguably OK came out on Mama Bird Recording Co. Here’s an excellent Live from the Laurelthirst version of Desert Rose. There’s two more of those live videos on Youtube, so if you enjoyed this one, you know where to go next.

TK & The Holy Know-Nothings Website
Mama Bird Recording Co Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Four Arms to Hold You: Matthew Milia, Anna Tivel, Kassi Valazza and Bart

Trying to get back to making other kind of posts too. I kinda hate that lately this has been just a playlist thing. It was supposed to be a bonus and not the main thing. So I’m starting this new random feature called Four Arms to Hold You in hope that it might spark some life back into this blog. I feel like I just need some recurring features to keep myself active. It’s so easy to let things slide and it has never done me any good. The cheeky title of the feature comes from Cheeky Monkey album. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Sometimes there might a theme, sometimes there’s no other theme except that I love them all. I try to do this at least once a week from now on. I think these will be mostly music and not a whole lot of writing. Everything that I will share on these are worthy of an essay, but time, energy (and skill) prohibits.

Starting from Detroit, Michigan with my absolute favourite album of the year. This is of course Alone at St. Hugo by Matthew Milia. I will be shocked if something else will be my album of the year when we reach the end of the year. I just love everything about this. It’s definitely more pop than especially the early Frontier Ruckus albums, but I’m a pop kid at heart (kid, who am I kidding. Old pop man would be more accurate), so I don’t mind at all. It’s sweet, catchy and engaging pop album that is filled with wonderful pop melodies, magnificent lyrics and beautiful singing. Bonus points for sporting a Big Star t-shirt on the cover. Why isn’t everyone singing and shouting the praises of Alone at St. Hugo from the rooftops? A dazzlingly brilliant album. Album came out on Sitcom Universe on the 3rd of May. You can grab a download from Bandcamp or buy a physical copy from Matthew Milia’s website.

Matthew Milia Website

Portland-based Anna Tivel is a tremendous songwriter. Her folk songs are powerful and full of empathy. Her songs have a good heart. The latest addition to her captivating songbook is the album The Question that came out on the 19th of April on Fluff and Gravy Records. One of the finest albums of the year and a real master class of songwriting. Here’s the moving video for the title track The Question. Directed by Robin Vada & Sarah Whelden.

Anna Tivel Website

Singer-songwriter Kassi Valazza from Portland, Oregon is a new one for me. I found her music thanks to Barna Howard who promoted the release concert of Dear Days Days a few weeks ago. I love Barna, So I went, listened and instantly liked Kassi Valazza’s country, folk and psych melting pot. Dear Dead Days has been a big favorite since it’s release on the 7th of May. Here’s a couple of personal favorites from this gorgeous album.

Kassi Valazza at Facebook

Last stop tonight is a street corner in Toronto, Canada and the great new Bart album Today, Tomorrow, & The Next Day that came out on Idee Fixe Records on the 10th of May. This is such a warm, rich, adventurous and beautifully arranged album where sweet harmonious pop melodies gently collide with complex structures. A treasure that keeps on revealing more with each listening session. Pink Symphony wraps up tonight’s little blog entry.

Bart at Facebook

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Mammoth Penguins, Rosie Tucker, Johanna Samuels, Abby Crerie and Julia Jacklin

Continuing with another short post of songs that I’ve loved during the recent weeks.

Mammoth Penguins from Cambridge will release their new album There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win on the 26th of April. This is shaping up to be an awesome pop record, because all three advance singles have been utterly brilliant. Super catchy and really powerful pop songs. Closure and You Just Carry On should be hits.

Mammoth Penguins Website

Rosie Tucker’s tremendous new album Never Not Never Not Never Not came out on the 8th of March on New Professor Music. My favourite song changes all the time, but let’s go with this instantly catchy Lauren on this little blog post.

Rosie Tucker Website

For once I’m not that far behind, because this excellent Johanna Samuels EP Have A Good One came out last Friday 19th of April on Basin Rock. I didn’t know her music before I heard this first outtake Rush of Wheels a couple of months ago. It won my heart over and I’ve listened everything since then.

Johanna Samuels Website

Next up is singer-songwriter Abby Crerie from Athens, GA. She released a double single Inner Dialogue / When a few weeks ago and both songs are quietly mesmerizing. I can’t wait to hear more.

And final song for tonight comes from the wonderful Julia Jacklin album Crushing. One of the absolute finest of 2019. Here’s a spectacular live version of album outtake Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You. A fabulous song, beautiful vocals, Ian Daniel Kehoe playing the drums. Everything is perfect here. I know how to keep loving this song.

Julia Jacklin Website

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Matthew Milia, Christian Lee Hutson, Charlotte Cornfield, Ohtis and A.O. Gerber

I’ve been dreadful at this blog thing lately and I’ve only done the weekly playlist. That was supposed to be a bonus and not the main thing. This blog hits 18 years in September, so I better get my act together so that I have something to celebrate. Here’s a short video post to get things started again.

The regular readers are probably well aware that Frontier Ruckus has been my favorite band during the past 5-6 years. We have to wait a while for Frontier Ruckus LP6, but the frontman Matthew Milia will release a solo album Alone at St. Hugo on the 3rd of May. A couple of gorgeous outtakes are available. Check out the music video for Congratulations Honey below and pre-order the album from his website.

Matthew Milia Website

It’s very unfortunate that the Finland show was canceled, but at least there’s a wonderful new Christian Lee Hutson music video for his new song Northsiders. Such a powerful song with so many instantly memorable lines. A bit of Elliot Smith vibes here and there too and that’s never a bad thing. Plus this new music video is absolutely brilliant. I have only love for this.

Christian Lee Hutson Website

Here’s another beautiful way to break your heart. The great new Charlotte Cornfield album The Shape of Your Name came out on the 5th of April on Next Door Records. I’ll suggest you let her slowly burn Silver Civic into your consciousness by watching this simple but powerful music video.

Charlotte Cornfield Website

Next up is Runnin from the new Ohtis album Curve of Earth. This is a wonderful song and it also inspired this moving short film by Claes Nordwall. Curve of Earth came out on the 29th of March on Full Time Hobby.

Ohtis Website

And last one for tonight is the new A.O.Gerber single Strangers and its colourful and beautiful music video. I don’t know a whole lot about this LA-based songwriter, but I know that I love this song. That’s a pretty good place to start my relationship with her music. Anyway, that’s the end of this short blog post of songs that matter to me. There would be so much more, so I hope I manage to continue a bit more frequently.

A.O. Gerber at Facebook

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