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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Salaliitto, Liljankukka, Pää Kii & Jylhä Yrjö

Continuing with these round-up posts so that I’ll manage to feature most of the 2018 stuff that I hold dear before it’s time for the end-of the year lists in December. This time a bit of a Finnish language special.

First up is Salaliitto and the first single from their forthcoming album that is due out in 2019 on Soit se silti. Nakkila’s zip code 29250 is now forever stuck in my head thanks to this insanely catchy nostalgic anthem for the small town hearts. Easily relatable especially for the ones who spent their youth in a small town in the 80s and/or 90s and therefore on a personal level, the song does bring a lot of good memories from my 42560/42700 days. A damn good song once again from Salaliitto.

Salaliitto at Facebook

Carrying on with the nostalgic vibe with an outtake from the new Liljankukka album Päiväkirja that came out on the 12th October on Karhuvaltio Records. This is their debut album, but the main songwriter Thomas Lilley has written a lot of pop magic with his other band Daisy during the past fifteen years or so. Liljankukka shows that he is able to master the difficult task of writing melodic pop treats also by using the Finnish language. Here’s the video for a song called 22 vuotta sitten.

Liljankukka at Facebook

Pää Kii returned with a new album called Jos huonoo onnee ei ois mul ei ois onnee ollenkaan that came out on the 19th of October on Stupido Records. Damn good record and I especially love this song that hits people like me where it really hurts. Albeit most of my own record collection is on the fashionable CD format, so they are probably not even worth that 25 cents. Expect of course they contain the building blocks of my life and therefore mean the world to me.

Pää kii at Facebook

I would have at least half a dozen more that could fit this blog entry, but it’s close to 4am so let’s wrap this up with a song from the new Jylhä Yrjö album Kohti asfalttia that came out a couple of weeks ago on Iso Pinkki. I don’t really know a whole lot about them, but I’ve been spinning the album quite a lot lately. The song Pieksämäellä would actually fit perfectly with the small town nostalgia that started this entry, but I will still go with my current favorite Miksi me teimme sen this time around.

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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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