OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A strong week of new music once again. Every week is and there’s always so much beautiful songs available, if you take a little time to find them. Let’s kick off the list with the new Philippe Bronchtein song that is the title track of his forthcoming album Me and & The Moon. Releasing this magnificent song was a quick save, but I would still like to tweet him a cat photo every day of the week haha. The week also gave us incredible new singles from Courtney Marie Andrews, St. Lenox, Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover, Jamie Lin Wilson, Matthew McNeal, Erin Enderlin, Adrianne Lenker etc. Oh and Fight by Vanessa Peters. Love that song so much, but it’s not available on Finnish Spotify. A couple of Finnish songs too this time around. A new song from Jolly Jumpers, one of the all-time best Finnish bands and also a new song from Kielo Kärkkäinen. There’s some pretty special EPs out there as well. I’ve been especially enjoying the ones by Nickel & Rose and Jim Bryson and look forward to spending more time with the new First Aid Kit and Liza Anne during the coming week.

And last but not least the new albums. I have again managed to skip a couple of the bigger ones (time is limited), but the ones that have ruled my weekend are from Fred Thomas, Malcolm Holcombe, Night Shop, Marc Ribot, Emma Ruth Rundle, Sandro Perri, Chris Velan, Cedric Burnside and Willie Nelson. Rae Spoon, Turner Cody and Fables from last week stay on with another beautiful new song.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

1. Philippe Bronchtein – Me And The Moon (single, 2018)
2. Nickel & Rose – Hard Day’s Work (Americana EP, 2018)
3. St. Lenox – Hashtag Brooklyn Karaoke Party (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
4. Jim Bryson – Labor Drive (Tired of Waiting EP, Coax Records, 2018)
5. Fred Thomas (feat Anna Burch) – Altar (Aftering, Polyvinyl, 2018)
6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Heart and Mind (single, Loose Music, 2018)
7. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Kuunnelkaa (single, Texicalli, 2018)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock Holy (single, Merge Records, 2018)
9. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – Slow Talkin’ (single, Son Canciones, 2018)
10. Matthew McNeal – Change (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2018)
11. Drew Beskin – Pharmacy Girl (single, Laser Brains, 2018)
12. Malcolm Holcombe (feat Iris DeMent) – I Don’t Wanna Disappear (Come Hell or High Water, Gypsy Eyes, 2018)
13. Erin Enderlin – These Boots (single, 2018)
14. Cedric Burnside – Give It To You (Benton County Relic, Single Lock Records, 2018)
15. Chris Velan – The Holdout (Amateur Hour, 2018)
16. Reno Bo – Old Glories (single, Electric Western Records, 2018)
17. Night Shop – If You Remember (In The Break, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
18. Adrianne Lenker – Symbol (single, Saddle Creek, 2018)
19. Rae Spoon – I Held My Breath (bodiesofwater, Coax Records, 2018)
20. Turner Cody – Smoking in the Dark (The Duke Of Decline, Boy Scout Recordings, 2018)
21. Jolly Jumpers – Morning Glory (single, Jukan musiikki, 2018)
22. Tim Cohen – I’m a Girl (single, Sinderlyn, 2018)
23. Jamie Lin Wilson – Oklahoma Stars (single, 2018)
24. Liza Anne – Dreams (Dreams EP, Arts & Crafts, 2018)
25. Emma Ruth Rundle – You Don’t Have To Cry (On Dark Horses, Sargent House, 2018)
26. First Aid Kit – Tender Offerings (Tender Offerings EP, Columbia Records, 2018)
27. Fables – All The Pretty Little Horses (Portraits, Second Hand Records, 2018)
28. Marc Ribot (feat Tom Waits) – Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) (Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, Anti-, 2018)
29. Sandro Perri (feat Dan Bejar) – Everybody’s Paris Pt. III (In Another Life, Constellation, 2018)
30. Willie Nelson – My Way (My Way, Sony 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #8

Another week, another weekly playlist, another planet, another

Such a strong week of albums and singles. This thing got a little out of hand and includes 40 songs. Fully aware that nobody has the time or need to hear such a long list. I try to limit it to decent number next time around, but no promises and I might need an intervention. And even then I couldn’t squeeze in some of the bigger releases like the Spiritualized album or the Sylvan Esso single. Maybe there’s no need to set up an exact number for this and just go with the songs that I feel are good enough to be included. On some week it might be 20 and on another week 40.

The key album release of the week for me is the new Turner Cody album The Duke of Decline, because I’m a long time fan of this NY-based songwriter. The week also brough excellent new albums from Rae Spoon, The Molochs, William Elliot Whitmore, Eric Bachmann, Jason Bemis Lawrence, Fables, Gold Star, Molly Drag, Shannen Moser, Jordie Lane, Kirby Brown, David Smalt, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Ruston Kelly. Ok, maybe I’m struggling a bit with the new St. Paul one. Love a couple of songs (like the one on this list), but as a whole it’s maybe not exactly my cup of tea. Nothing wrong with the quality, it’s just an issue of personal taste. Then there’s also a couple of albums that are a few weeks old (Robin Bacior and Ned Collette), because I missed them when they were released.

Some great EPs as well from Waxahatchee, The Mountain Goats and Freddy & Francine. Lots of amazing singles too. I really like every one of them, but the most important ones for me were from Salaliitto, Adeline Hotel, Anna St. Louis, Sunny War, Doug Paisley and Marissa Nadler.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #8

1. Salaliitto – 29250 (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
2. Rae Spoon – Do Whatever The Heck You Want (bodiesofwater, Coax Records, 2018)
3. Turner Cody – Dust On Your Soul (The Duke of Decline, Boy Scout Records, 2018)
4. Anna St. Louis – Bells (single, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
5. Adeline Hotel – Looking For The Same Thing (single, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
6. Sunny War – Age of a Man (single, 2018)
7. Doug Paisley – Drinking With a Man (single, No Quarter, 2018)
8. William Elliot Whitmore – One Glass at a Time (Kilonova, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
9. JP Harris – JP’s Florida Blues (single, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
10. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Set Me Free (Karma For Cheap, New West Records, 2018)
11. Antarctigo Vespucci – White Noise (single, Polyvinyl, 2018)
12. The Molochs – Flowers in the Spring (Flowers in the Spring, Innovative Leisure, 2018)
13. Fables – How To Be Comfortable (Portraits, Second Hand Records, 2018)
14. Marissa Nadler – I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore (single, Bella Union, 2018)
15. Jason Bemis Lawrence – Limited Roles (Another Hotel Hallway, 2018)
16. Molly Drag – Warm Song (Thumper, Forged Artifacts, 2018)
17. Eric Bachmann – Daylight (No Recover, Merge Records, 2018)
18. Frontperson – Young Love (single, Oscar St Records, 2018)
19. Freddy & Francine – Hail Me a Cab (Moonless Night EP, 2018)
20. Nathan Bowles – Now If You Remember (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
21. Gold Star – Beneath The Wheels (Uppers & Downers, Autumn Tone, 2018)
22. Shannen Moser – Every Town (I’ll Sing, Lame-O Records, 2018)
23. Swearin’ – Future Hell (single, Merge Records, 2018)
24. Super American – Chris From Walmart (single, Take This To The Heart, 2018)
25. The Hold Steady – Confusion in the Marketplace (single, Frenchkiss Records, 2018)
26. Robin Bacior – Eyelids (Light It Moved Me, 2018)
27. Jordie Lane – Rambling Mind (Glassellland, Blood Thinner Records, 2018)
28. David Smalt – Diamond Hearts #1 (Fragile Magick, 2018)
29. Edward & Jane – More (single, 2018)
30. Per Gessle (feat. Nick Lowe) – Small Town Talk (Small Town Talk, Elevator, 2018)
31. Waxahatchee – Takes So Much (Great Thunder EP, Merge Records, 2018)
32. Stephen Steinbrink – Bad Love (single, Melodic / Western Vinyl, 2018)
33. The Mountain Goats – Almost Every Door (Hex Of Infinite Binding EP, 2018)
34. Kirby Brown – Joni (Uncommon Prayer, 2018)
35. Ruston Kelly – Mockingbird (Dying Stars, Rounder Records, 2018)
36. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Hurricanes (Young Sick Camellia, Records, 2018)
37. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – I Don’t Need No Baby (single, Bigger Better More Records, 2018)
38. Nikkiesha McLeod – Quarrel (single, 2018)
39. Charles Bradley – I Feel a Change (single, Daptone Records, 2018)
40. Ned Collette – Grant’s Farm (Old Chesnutt, It Records, 2018)

Oh and 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #7

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I have the flu and therefore not a whole lot of energy or brain activity. So I apologize, if my writing makes even less sense than usually. The flu is also the reason why there hasn’t been other blog posts during the past 3-4 days.

The big album releases for me were from John R. Miller & The Engine Lights, Emily Brown and Aaron Lee Tasjan. I’m also fond of the new albums by Saintseneca, Summer Magic, Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton, Parting Lines, Alien Boy and Donnie Fritts. Then there obviously was the big one from Big Red Machine, but I just didn’t find a whole lot to hold on to with a quick listening. I know it’s me and not them and I feel like I’m missing out on something great. I’ll give it another go later. Oh and M G Boulter’s new EP is gold.

Lots of great singles too. The big ones for me were from Becky Warren, St. Lenox, Grand Salvo, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers and Lac Belot. Obviously I like each and every song on this list, so I could easily namecheck everything. I even expanded this thing to 30 songs and gave up on that 23 thing, because it gives some extra space to include more great new music.

Some wonderful ones from previous weeks appear again and then there’s some slightly older stuff that I missed out when they came out. One even from December 2017, because I just found the Aaron Beckum record yesterday.

My absolute favorite song that surfaced this week is Carnival Barker from Vanessa Peters, but that’s not yet on Spotify. A blog post about that will appear as soon as the flu fog disappears from my head and I can write something that even remotely matches the greatness of it.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #7

1. Becky Warren – The Drake Motel (single, 2018)
2. John R. Miller & The Engine Lights – How It Feels In the Light (The Trouble You Follow, Emperor Records, 2018)
3. Aaron Lee Tasjan – End of the Day (Karma For Cheap, New West Records, 2018)
4. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Apocalypse Now (&Later) (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
5. Ryan Culwell – Moon Hangs Down (The Last American, Missing Piece, 2018)
6. The Other Years – Adaline (single, No Quarter, 2018)
7. Queen of the Meadow – Withdrawn (single, 2018)
8. St. Lenox – Don’t Ever Change Me New York City (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
9. Madeline Leman and the Desert Dwells – Diva With The Fever of Change (single, 2018)
10. Mitski – Nobody (Be The Cowboy, Dead Oceans, 2018)
11. Lac Belot – Friendly Beast (single, Solina Records, 2018)
12. Parting Lines – Climb (See You On The Other Side, 2018)
13. Summer Magic – Certain Little Cloud (Sharks And Other Dangers, 2018)
14. Donnie Fritts – I’d Do It Over Again (June, A Tribute to Arthur Alexander, 2018)
15. Advance Base – Your Dog (single, Run For Cover, 2018)
16. Drew Beskin – Midnight Avenue Edge (single, Laser Brains, 2018)
17. Marlon Chaplin – Drain Me (The Circle, 2018)
18. Alien Boy – Somewhere Without Me (Sleeping Lessons, Tiny Engines, 2018)
19. Courtney Hartman and Taylor Ashton – Been on Your Side (Been On Your Side, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
20. Lorain – Rose Window (single, 2018)
21. Aaron Beckum – Everlasting Love / River Of Blood (Classic Bad Times, Swamp Moth Missionary Society, 2017)
22. Joshua Hedley – Broken Man (single, Third Man Records, 2018)
23. Austin Lucas – My Mother and the Devil (Immortal Americans, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)
24. Saintseneca – Feverer (Pillar Of Na, Anti-, 2018)
25. Lauren Balthrop – Maple Tree (single, Tone Tree Music, 2018)
26. Matt Harlan – What We Saw (single, What We Saw Records, 2018)
27. Beth Snapp – Don’t Apologize (Don’t Apologize, NewSong Recordings, 2018)
28. M G Boulter – Frances Forlorn (Blood Moon EP, Hudson Records, 2018)
29. Grand Salvo – In The Water (single, Mistletone, 2018)
30. Emily Brown – Stay Lovin’ (Bee Eater, Song Club Records, 2018)

Oh and 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #6

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This week gave us new albums from Ryan Culwell (masterfully exploring all rootsy corners from the sweetest lullabies to reverb-soaked rock’n’roll), The Bill & The Belles (old-fashioned American songs with sweet three-part harmonies) and Joel Henry Little (the 70s-influenced pop treasure I had the honor of premiering earlier in the week). Adam Faucett would obviously be among that group, but it isn’t available on the Finnish Spotify. New albums from Steady Holiday, Murder By Death, Lorkin O’Reilly, Whitney Ballen, Lemon Twigs rule as well. Plus then there’s of course all the albums that I’m not even aware of, because your blogger is hardly in the know and continuously miss a lot of great stuff. Tips are always welcome.

There were so many great singles that I really thought about expanding the list to 30 songs, because there just wasn’t enough space for everything this week. Boygenius material was all great of course and then there were also parade worthy new singles from Small Houses, Colter Wall, Emily Brown, Valley Maker, Laura Gibson, The Pollies, Justin Wells, Ben Pirani, Monnone Alone and a few earlier ones from Charles Walker and John R. Miller that I missed when they were released, but enjoyed during this week.

Obviously some of the finest albums from the last week (Austin Lucas, Adam Remnant, Mitski and Riley Pinkerton) stay on the list with a new song, but let’s stop this pointless rambling and get on with the playlist.

Dear 23 – OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #6

1. Ryan Culwell – The Last American (The Last American, Missing Piece, 2018)
2. John R. Miller – Red Eyes (single, Emperor Records, 2018)
3. Austin Lucas – Happy (Immortal Americans, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)
4. Justin Wells – A Love Song (single, 10 in 20, 2018)
5. Riley Pinkerton – Beyond You, Honey (Nothing Ever Is, 2018)
6. Emily Brown – Take Me Up Slowly (single, Song Club Records, 2018)
7. Boygenius – Me & My Dog (single, Dead Oceans, 2018)
8. Bill & The Belles– My Carolina Sunshine Girl (Dreamsongs etc, 2018)
9. Joel Henry Little – Oh Shorakkopoch (Spuyten Duyvil, Life is a Minestrone, 2018)
10. Small Houses – I Remember Me (single, 2018)
11. Laura Gibson – Tenderness (single, City Slang, 2018)
12. J Mascis – See You At The Movies (single, Sub Pop, 2018)
13. Charles Walker – Sorted Out (Charles Walker / Ben Trickey split, Anthem Breath Records, 2018)
14. The Pollies – Fell In Love (single, This Is American Music, 2018)
15. Valley Maker – A Couple Days (single, Frechkiss, 2018)
16. Steady Holiday – Who’s Gonna Stop Us (Nobody’s Watching, Barsuk, 2018)
17. Monnone Alone – Cut Knuckle (single, Lost and Lonesome, 2018)
18. Ben Pirani – Art School Girl (single, Colemine Records, 2018)
19. Adam Remnant – She Has a Way Of Finding Me Out (Sourwood, Anyway Records, 2018)
20. Mitski – Lonesome Love (Be The Cowboy, Dead Oceans, 2018)
21. Colter Wall – Saskatchewan in 1881 (single, Young Mary’s Recording Co, 2018)
22. Lorkin O’Reilly – When The Days Cool Down (Heaven Depends, Team Love Records, 2018)
23. Murder By Death – Last Night On Earth (The Other Shore, Bloodshot Records, 2018)

Oh and 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #5

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The biggest album release of the week for me was the new Austin Lucas. One of my favorite songwriters in the world and the new album Immortal Americans is utterly wonderful. The first solo album from Southeast Engine’s motor Adam Remnant is also high on my list, because it’s a damn good album. Then there’s the new Mitski obviously. Maybe not the closest thing to my personal taste, but I do think she is a phenomenal artist and songwriter and her success is also a welcome reminder that sometimes this music business makes some sense and good music can still gain a huge following. There were also new music from old favorites Death Cab For Cutie, Papa M and Great Lake Swimmers, but I haven’t really had the time to investigate those yet.

Then there were great new singles from Drew Beskin, Kristina Murray, Karine Polwart, Cat Power, Jim Bryson, Annika Norlin, Amy Ray and so forth. Nickel & Rose and Hadley McCall Thackston deliver the most important and powerful messages in the middle. Last week’s finest new albums from Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis, Riley Pinkerton, Bird Streets, John Cathal O’Brien remain on the list with a different song. I still can’t let go of Michael Nau and then there’s some stuff I missed earlier like the incredible Tiny Ruins song or Chris Lee Becker’s album. But let’s stop this nonsense and move on to the list. Austin Lucas can do the honors and start it with my current favorite song, The Shadow and Marie from his incredible album Immortal Americans.

Dear 23 – OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #5

1. Austin Lucas – The Shadow and Marie (Immortal Americans, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)
2. Kristina Murray – Strong Blood (single, 2018)
3. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – I Just Lived a Country Song (Wild! Wild! Wild!, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
4. Chris Lee Becker – Made Of Gold (In and Around Bethlemen USA, Horton Records, 2018)
5. Adam Remnant – Carpenter’s Daughter (Sourwood, Anyway Records, 2018)
6. Karine Polwart – Ophelia (single, Hudson Records, 2018)
7. Mitski – Two Slow Dancers (Be The Cowboy, Dead Oceans, 2018)
8. Nickel & Rose – Americana (Americana EP, 2018)
9. Hadley McCall Thackston – Change (Hadley McCall Thackston, Wolfe Island, 2018)
10. Cat Power – Woman (single, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
11. Annie Oakley – Did You Dream (single, Horton Records, 2018)
12. Amy Ray – Sure Feels Good Anyway (single, Daemon Records, 2018)
13. Drew Beskin – Suspicion From The Start (single, Laser Brains, 2018)
14. Jim Bryson – Cut Bait (single, Coax Records, 2018)
15. Bird Streets – Thanks For Calling (Bird Streets, Omnivore Recordings, 2018)
16. The Molochs – Too Lost In Love (single, Innovative Leisure, 2018)
17. David Smalt – Leaves Burning (single, 2018)
18. Tiny Ruins – How Much (singe, Marathon, 2018)
19. Annika Norlin – Correspondence: Failure (single, Razzia Records, 2018)
20. Riley Pinkerton – Nothing Ever Is (Nothing Ever Is, 2018)
21. Michael Nau – Funny Wind (Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, Full Time Hobby, 2018)
22. John Cathal O’Brien – Tavern (These Borders, 2018)
23. Fred Thomas – House Show, Late December (single, Polyvinyl Records, 2018)

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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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #4

Hey another week, another new weekly playlist. I’m really enjoying making this every week, which is nice. Especially because sometimes or even most of the times during the last few years the blog has been closer to a burden than something that I wholeheartedly enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dear to me and I’m somewhat proud of doing it for 17 years, but it’s also hard to keep it going and it can get emotionally draining. Especially because I always feel like that I want to feature everything that matters to me and I feel super bad because I’m not able to do that. Which is sort of a silly thought, because even the actual music journalists who write for a living don’t have to cover everything. Their publications have other writers too and I’m just one guy who does this as a hobby on his spare time. I hope this takes away a bit of that feeling, because this way I can at least share everything in some way and hopefully a large chunk of them later on a proper post too. Plus it’s just fun to listen to new music and compile this every week. I’m not even too worried about whether I can get listeners to this, because it’s fun to do and I enjoy listening to the mix myself on my way to work and back.

Another really strong release week. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis put out their duo album and it is a great rock’n’roll meets country extravaganza. Bird Streets debut is a new exciting pop record from John Brodeur and it was produced by Jason Falkner. Dublin-born, NY-based folk singer-songwriter John Cathal O’Brien released a great new album, Riley Pinkerton finally released her debut full-length after a couple of marvellous EPs (one solo and one with Henry Black). The War and Treaty’s soul, gospel, americana melting pot is really good. Cordovas delivers some of the finest harmony-filled American folk rock these days. The Mountain Lions album that has been featured on the playlist a couple of times is also now out and available. Then there was also new ones from Kathryn Joseph, Jason Eady, Liz Cooper & The Stampede and Dawn Landes, but haven’t really had enough of time to listen to these more than little bit. Oh and on the EP front there was at least Taylor Janzen’s debut that might be your new favorite if you like artists like Phoebe Bridgers.

Then there are new singles from Adrianne Lenker, John Hiatt, Anna St. Louis, Marissa Nadler and some older singles that I missed when they came out. And of course another song from last week’s brilliant albums from Michael Nau, Amanda Shires and Juan Solorzano. The big completely new finds for me this week were Joel Henry Little and Hadley McCall Thackston. Joel Henry Little’s song somehow reminds me of Emitt Rhodes and other 70s pop/folk artists. album out on Life Is A Minestrone 24th of August. Yesterday I was blinded by the greatness of folk songwriter Hadley McCall Thackston’s Slow Burn (thanks to Adam Wilson’s Quiet Revolution for this find). My reaction was completely oppositive to slow burn, because I instantly fell in love with the song. That song is not on Spotify, but I will share it later. No worries though, because there are equally great songs on her self-titled album that came out in June on Wolfe Island. These two songs might be the ones that I was most passionate about during the week, because there’s just nothing like finding an artist/band for the first time. There’s some Finnish americana too, because the Tuomo & Markus album that came out here year or two ago will get an US release on Schoolkids Records in September. Good reason to drop the finest song of that lovely album on this list. Oh did I already mention pretty much every song. Sorry about that. I’ll stop now. Oh but not until I’ve said that there’s obviously a song from Clay Parker and Jodi James for the fourth time in a row. Ok, now it’s time to let Bird Streets kick this one off with a song from their new pop album.

Dear 23 – OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #4

1. Bird Streets – Betting On The Sun (Bird Streets, Omnivore Recordings, 2018)
2. Amanda Shires – White Feather (To The Sunset, Silver Knife Records, 2018)
3. John Cathal O’Brien Cures (These Borders, 2018)
4. Michael Nau – Funny In Real Life (Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, Full Time Hobby, 2018)
5. Hadley McCall Thackston – Devil or Angel (Hadley McCall Thackston, Wolfe Island, 2018)
6. Joel Henry Little – Arms Akimbo (single, Life is a Minestrone, 2018)
7. Riley Pinkerton – Like The Lady Waiting By Her Phone (Nothing Ever Is, 2018)
8. Jason Eady – Always a Woman (I Travel On, Old Guitar Records, 2018)
9. Clay Parker and Jodi James – I Remember It All (The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound, 2018)
10. Juan Solorzano – Time Machine (Time Machine, Tone Tree Music, 2018)
11. Dawn Landes – Traveling (Meet Me At The River, Yep Roc, 2018)
12. William Elliot Whitmore – Fear of Trains (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
13. Tuomo & Markus – Vanity Blinds (single, Schoolkids Records, 2018)
14. Anna St.Louis – Understand (single, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
15. Adrianne Lenker – cradle (single, Saddle Creek, 2018)
16. Jason Bemis Lawrence – How Fast Can You Pack? (single, 2018)
17. Taylor Janzen – The Waiting Room (Interpersonal EP, 2mm, 2018)
18. Young Readers – Dancing (single, 2018)
19. John Hiatt – Cry To Me (single, New West Records, 2018)
20. Cordovas – Selfish Loner (That Santa Fe Chanel, ATO Records, 2018)
21. Marissa Nadler – Blue Vapor (single, Bella Union, 2018)
22. The War and Treaty – It’s Not Over Yet (Healing Tide, Strong World Entertainment/Thirty Tigers, 2018)
23. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – Hardluck, Louisiana (Wild! Wild! Wild!, Bloodshot Records, 2018)

Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the ones that matter the most to you.

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