OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #17

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I even did a couple of blog posts this week. Hurray me. Oh well, just a quick round-up posts though that really aren’t much better than nothing at all. Still I try to keep delivering at least these kind of posts for the next month or so.

The highlight of the week was the release of the new Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers album on Bloodshot Records. Other intriguing ones came from J Mascis, Stephen Steinbrink, Rhett Miller, Timber, The Wave Pictures, J Fernandez, Matt Campbell, Tellico, Charles Bradley and Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore. The Last Detail and Stoner Control are slightly older, but I missed them when they came out earlier in the year. One important EP too, because Shonna Tucker released a new EP Dreams of Mine.

The song of the week is the new John K. Samson single Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway. It’s a beautiful cover of a song by Christine Fellows. Lots of other great singles too from Dan Wilson, Julia Jacklin, Penniless, Madeline Leman & The Desert Dwells, Hayess Carll, Mandolin Orange, William Tyler, Ibeko Shakedown, The Gripsweats and Vasas Flora och Fauna (Leevi & The Leavings cover).

And as usual, some of my faves from last week appear with another song.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #17

1. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Reality Bites (Bought To Rot, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
2. J Mascis – Picking Out The Seeds (Elastic Days, Sub Pop Records, 2018)
3. Stoner Control – Local News (Alone in the City, 2018)
4. John K. Samson – Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway (single, Bad Timing / Devinyl, 2018)
5. Stephen Steinbrink – Zappa Dream (Utopia Teased, Melodic / Western Vinyl, 2018)
6. Dan Wilson – Uncanny Valley (single, Ballroom Music, 2018)
7. The Genuine Fakes – My Very Best (Issues, Pristine Music, 2018)
8. Rhett Miller – Total Disaster (The Messenger, ATO Records, 2018)
9. Julia Jacklin – Head Alone (single, Transgressive Records, 2018)
10. The Wave Pictures – I Came To You Once (Look Inside Your Heart, Moshi Moshi Records, 2018)
11. Timber – Colors (The Family, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)
12. Fruit Bats – Getting in a Van Again (single, Merge Records, 2018)
13. Madeline Leman & The Desert Dwells – Lay Me Down (single, 2018)
14. J Fernandez – Volcanic Winter (Occasional Din, Joyful Noise Records, 2018)
15. Penniless – Far Away Country (single, Soit se silti, 2018)
16. Tellico – Courage For The Morning (Woven Waters, Organic Records, 2018)
17. Hayes Carll – None’ya (single, Dualtone, 2018)
18. Shonna Tucker – Come and Be With Me (Dreams of Mine EP, 2018)
19. Kent Eugene Goolsby – Trophies of Youth (Every Way But Easy EP, 2018)
20. Matt Campbell – Trading Teardrops (The Man With Everything, The Chicago Talking Machine Co, 2018)
21. Mandolin Orange – Golden Embers (single, Yep Roc, 2018)
22. The Last Detail – You’re Not Mine (The Last Detail, Elefant, 2018)
23. Doug Paisley – Shadows (Starter Home, No Quarter, 2018)
24. Dan Mangan – Fool For Waiting (More Or Less, Arts & Crafts, 2018)
25. Vasas flora och fauna – Rin Tin Tin (single, Startracks, 2018)
26. Charles Bradley – Can’t Fight The Feeling (Black Velvet, Daptone, 2018)
27. Ibeke Shakedown – View From Above (single, Colemine Records, 2018)
28. The Gripsweats – Gripsweats Theme (single, Colemine Records, 2018)
29. William Tyler – Fail Safe (single, Merge Records, 2018)
30. Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Fair Annie (Ghost Forest, Three Lobed Recordings, 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 #16

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Sorry for the slight delay in case someone was waiting for this and yeah sorry for the lack of updates once again (I’m such a loser). This is getting slightly less crowded, because the end of the year is getting closer and there aren’t as many new releases. But hold on with your lists, there’s still lots of great albums on the way later in November (like the new ones from Grand Salvo, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers and Daniel Romano). The key new albums for me this week were the new albums from Canadian singer-songwriter Doug Paisley and the Swedish power pop maestros The Genuine Fakes. Dan Mangan and Jylhä Yrjö albums have also been on heavy rotation. Orchid Eaton album is from June, but I found it yesterday and it sounds intriguing. Still madly in love with the Laura Gibson album. I haven’t included a lot of retro or rarities stuff on these lists, because these are already way too long, but there’s a wonderful set from Hiss Golden Messenger so I made an exception this time around.

The two-song single/EP from Nap Eyes is a winner and long time favourite Kent Eugene Goolsby dropped a new excellent EP too. There’s great new singles from Pedro The Lion, Karla Kane, Joshua Ray Walker, Cass McCombs, Whim, Ian Wayne, Alicia Stockman, Jess Locke and Andrew Bird. Message Field is a new Finnish band and their debut single is a moving elegy for a dear friend.

And last but not least there’s a gorgeous ending song by VanWyck. Probably the song I listened to the most and loved the most this week (if you rule out the Laura Gibson album).

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #16

1. Doug Paisley – No Way To Know (Starter Home, No Quarter, 2018)
2. Nap Eyes – I’ve Always Known You Care (Too Bad EP, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
3. Dan Mangan – Just Fear (More Or Less, Arts & Crafts, 2018)
4. Laura Gibson – Slow Joke Grin (Goners, City Slang / Barsuk, 2018)
5. Adeline Hotel – Plastic Stars (Away Together, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
6. Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes (single, ANTI-, 2018)
7. Message Field – Substance (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
8. Pedro The Lion – Yellow Bike (single, Big Scary Monsters, 2018)
9. Karla Kane – Goodguy Sun (single, 2018)
10. The Genuine Fakes – Everywhere and All Around (Issues, Pristine Music, 2018)
11. Jylhä Yrjö – Pitää jonkin aikaa odottaa vielä (Kohti Asfalttia, Iso Pinkki, 2018)
12. Pää kii – Takaisin työttömyyskortistoon (Jos huonoo onnee ei ois, mul ei ois onnee ollenkaan, Stupido, 2018)
13. New Silver Girl – Tennessee (New Silver Girl, Soliti Music, 2018)
14. Kent Eugene Goolsby – Take Another Shot (Every Way But Easy EP, 2018)
15. Joshua Ray Walker – Canyon (single, State Fair Records, 2018)
16. Alicia Stockman – The Porter House (single, 2018)
17. Jess Locke – My Body is an Ecosystem (single, Pool House Records, 2018)
18. Andrew Bird – Bloodless (single, Wegawam / Loma Vista, 2018)
19. Orchid Eaton – Alsace-Lorraine (Start of a Dream, 2018)
20. Mr. Husband – Stranger for a While (Ocean Pines, Forged Artifacts, 2018)
21. Whim – Mouths (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2018)
22. Ian Wayne – Guessing (single, 2018)
23. Colyn Cameron – Hallucinations (Sad & Easy, 2018)
24. Hiss Golden Messenger – Black Country Woman (Virgo Fool, Merge Records, 2018)
25. VanWyck – Ballad of the Quiet Citizen (single, Maiden Name Records, 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 #15

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I’m pretty pathetic and hopeless. Another week flew by without a single blog post. I need to get my act together, because I have a like a gazillion of albums that I want to write about before it’s time for the end of the year lists. Whether I get it together remains to be seen. Meanwhile let’s dive into the best new music of the week.

The new Laura Gibson album Goners became an instant favorite. It’s early and I’ve only lived a few days with it on my side, but I’m already convinced that it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. Might even the best. Other really big album releases for me were the new ones from Adeline Hotel, Jamie Lin Wilson and Nick Dittmeir & The Sawdusters. The week also brough intriquing new albums from Ian Sweet, Hush Kids, Carson McHone, Anna Stine, The Skiffle Players, David Benedict, Martha Spencer, Jon Hatchett Band, Nicholas Krgovich and Mr Husband. Colyn Cameron’s excellent solo album (Wake Owl) is a few weeks old, but I missed it back then. Not a whole lot of EPs on the playlist this week, but the Boygenius EP is of course incredible. Dead Gowns EP is some months old, but I just got the memo earlier in the week.

Anna Tivel’s single from her forthcoming album is the song of the week. There’s also great ones from Doug Paisley, Matthew McNeal, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, Leafy Seadragon, Patrick Dethlefs and Stephen Kellogg.

Not a whole lot of Finnish stuff this week, but there’s a song from the gorgeous New Silver Girl that came out on Soliti this week. Plus songs from the latest Kynnet and Pää kii albums that came out earlier in October.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #15

1. Laura Gibson – Thomas (Goners, City Slang / Barsuk, 2018)
2. Adeline Hotel – Isn’t That Love (Away Together, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
3. Jamie Lin Wilson – Eyes For You (Jumping Over Rocks, 2018)
4. Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters – Love Me Like You Did (All Damn Day, Eastwood Records, 2018)
5. Anna Tivel – Fenceline (single, Fluff and Gravy, 2018)
6. Doug Paisley – Starter Home (single, No Quarter, 2018)
7. Colyn Cameron – Old Costume (Sad & Easy, 2018)
8. Matthew McNeal – All For Nothing (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2018)
9. New Silver Girl – Alms (New Silver Girl, Soliti Music, 2018)
10. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Reality Bites (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
11. Ian Sweet – Holographic Jesus (Crush Crusher, Hardly Art, 2018)
12. Leafy Seadragon – Disagree to Disagree (single, 2018)
13. Hush Kids – Goodbye Rain (Hush Kids, 2018)
14. Patrick Dethlefs – Remembering (single, 2018)
15. Carson McHone – Maybe They’re Just Really Good Friends (Carousel, 2018)
16. Jon Hatchett Band – It’s Nice To See You (But It’s Not Nice To Be Seen (Mother Nature Wins Again, 2018)
17. Stephen Kellogg – Love of My Life (single, 2018)
18. Dead Gowns – Kansas (New Spine EP, 2018)
19. Boygenius – Souvenir (Boygenius EP, Matador Records, 2018)
20. Anna Stine – Growing Pains (Company of Now, 2018)
21. The Skiffle Players – Skiffleman (Skiff, Spiritual Pajamas, 2018)
22. David Benedict – The Golden Angle (The Golden Angle, 2018)
23. Belle Plaine – Squared Up (Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath, 2018)
24. Martha Spencer – Let The Wild Stay Free (Martha Spencer, 2018)
25. Becky Warren – Highway Lights (Undesirable, 2018)
26. Kynnet – Mitä muuta (Vähät välittaa, Svart Records, 2018)
27. Pää kii – Sä veit mun levyt kirpparille (Jos huonoo onnee ei ois mul ei ois onnee ollenkaan, Stupido Records, 2018)
28. Steady Hands – New Tattoo (Truth In Comedy, Lame-O Records, 2018)
29. Nicholas Krgovich – Goofy (“Ouch”, Tin Angel Records, 2018)
30. Mr Husband – The Warm Things In Your Heart (Ocean Pines, Good Soil / Forged Artifacts, 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 #14

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The usual apologies about the lack of blog posts. I was just too tired and didn’t have enough brain capacity to write anything even remotely interesting. I still don’t give up on these pointless weekly playlists though. So here’s another one featuring the best new music I heard during the week.

The new Becky Warren album Undesirable was the key new album release for me. However, there were also so much more and Friday brought new albums from Belle Plaine, Martha Scanlan, Drew Beskin, Jr Thomas & The Volcanos, Karine Polwart, Scott Orr, Steady Hands, Hillstomp and The Brother Brothers. I’m also very fond of the Black Sea Dahu album that came out a week ago. I just found it yesterday (thanks Karen). Hermina Jean’s EP has also been out since late August, but I heard it earlier this week and instantly liked it a lot.

The singles were brilliant this week and the list starts with singles from four artists that are really dear to me. The Weather Station and Jennifer Castle collaboration on Paradise of Bachelors was so special that I had to put both song on this. The new ones from Daniel Romano and Twain were also really special. Of course all other ones would also be worth mentioning. They are on the list, because I really like them.

Some Finnish stuff again. There’s the excellent final single from Skip Zone and songs from the new albums from Kiki Pau, J.Karjalainen, Rosita Luu and Kynnet (the last two are from last week, I’m ashamed that I missed Kynnet back then).

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #14

1. The Weather Station – I Tried To Wear the World (Collaboration Session #3, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
2. Jennifer Castle – Midas Touch (Collaboration Session #3, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
3. Daniel Romano – All The Reaching Trims (single, New West / You’ve Changed, 2018)
4. Twain – Young God (Gotta Love Feeling) (single, Keeled Scales, 2018)
5. Hermina Jean – Hi (Hot Grey EP, 2018)
6. Becky Warren – Sunshine State (Undesirable, 2018)
7. Belle Plaine – Golden Ring (Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath, 2018)
8. Skip Zone – Don’t Hold Your Breath (single, 2018)
9. Ever More Nest – Broken Bones (The Place That You Call Home, Parish Road Music, 2018)
10. Black Sea Dahu – My Dear (White Creatures, 2018)
11. Karine Polwart – The Robin (The Laws of Motion, Hudson Records, 2018)
12. Scott Orr – Fall Apart (Worried Mind, Other Songs, 2018)
13. Charles Bradley – Can’t Fight The Feeling (single, Daptone Records, 2018)
14. Wesley Bright and The Honeytones – Happiness (single, Colemine Records, 2018)
15. Curtis Harding – Where We Are (single, ANTI-, 2018)
16. Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – What a Shame (Rockstone, Colemine Records, 2018)
17. Monteagle – East LA (single, Fire Talk, 2018)
18. Lorain – Tobacco Valley (Through Frames, 2018)
19. Martha Scanlan – Buttermilk Road (The River and The Light, Horse Haint Music, 2018)
20. Stephen Kellogg– High Hights, Low Lows (single, 2018)
21. Jason Sinkhorn – Fix It (single, 2018)
22. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Airplane Song (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
23. Drew Beskin – Just As Long (Nostalgia Porn, Laser Brains, 2018)
24. Extra Arms – Headacher (Headacher, 2018)
25. Steady Hands – Indiffirent Belushi (Truth in Comedy, Lame-O Records, 2018)
26. Kynnet – Syötävät sanat (mitä se sua liikuttaa) (Vähät Välittää, Svart Records, 2018)
27. Kiki Pau – Leaves (Hiisi, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, 2018)
28. Rosita Luu – Sumun tihein kohta (SOS, Helmi Levyt, 2018)
29. Anna St. Louis – Mean Love (If Only There Was a River, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
30. Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls (single, Marathon, 2018)
31. The Brother Brothers – Frankie (Some People I Know, Compass Records, 2018)
32. Hillstomp – The Way Home (Monster Receiver, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2018)
33. Colter Wall – The Trains Are Gone (Songs of The Plains, Young Mary’s Record CO, 2018)
34. J.Karjalainen – Terve, Sirkka Lautamies (Sä kuljetat mua, Warner Music Finland, 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 #13

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I was away for the weekend, so this was pushed until Monday this time around. Sorry if you thought that I had come to my senses and had given up on this. I probably missed even more good stuff than normally, but here’s the new stuff that caught my ear.

My most anticipated album releases this week were the new Anna St Louis, Colter Wall, Extra Arms and Valley Maker albums. Ever More Nest was the completely new find for me. Never heard of Ever More Nest before, but the album is very impressive. There were also excellent new album from Yowler, Annie Oakley, Mark Edgar Stuart, John Hiatt, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Dusty Stray and The Bottle Rockets. And again lots of last week’s releases make another appearance with a new song.

There were some great Finnish albums as well. So if you are not scared of beautiful Finnish language, check out the new albums from Rosita Luu, Liljankukka, Rami Vierula and Vuoret.

The biggest new singles were the new one from the Swedish power pop heroes The Genuine Fakes and the new one from Scott Hirsch. Obviously all the other ones would also be worth a namedrop, but the Finland – Greece football game is about to start in a just few minutes. All the best. Back next week with hopefully a little less rushed effort.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #13

1. Anna St. Louis – Paradise (If Only There Was a River, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
2. Colter Wall – Wild Dogs (Songs of the Plainsman, Young Mary’s Record Co, 2018)
3. Ever More Nest – So Low (The Place That You Call Home, Parish Road, 2018)
4. Valley Maker – Seven Signs (Rhododendron, Frenchkiss Records, 2018)
5. Yowler – No (Black Dog In My Path, Double Double Whammy, 2018)
6. Mark Edgar Stuart – Something New (Mad At Love, Madjack Records, 2018)
7. Annie Oakley – Pomp and Swell(Words We Mean, Horton Records, 2018)
8. The Genuine Fakes – Even With You (single, Pristine Music, 2018)
9. Extra Arms – Under Surveillance (Headacher, 2018)
10. Ancient Shapes – Blood Orange (Silent Rave, You’ve Changed Records, 2018)
11. Macseal – Sure Thing, Shelly (single, 2018)
12. Liljankukka – Liverpool L8 (Päiväkirja, Karhuvaltio Records, 2018)
13. Rosita Luu – Äiti (SOS, Helmi levyt, 2018)
14. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – Mother (Among Horses III, Son Canciones, 2018
15. Adrianne Lenker – Blue and Red Horses (Abysskiss, Saddle Creek, 2018)
16. Scott Hirsch – When You Were Old (El Dorado) (single, Scissor Tail Records, 2018)
17. GospelbeacH – Freeway To Canyon (single, Alive Naturalsound, 2018)
18. John Hiatt – Aces Up Your Sleeve (The Eclipse Sessions, New West Records, 2018)
19. Dusty Stray – I Can Still Pretend You’re Here Tonight (Estranged, Great Waters, 2018)
20. Annie Dressner – Don’t Go (single, 2018)
21. Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles – House On a Hill(Love’s Middle Name, Blue Corn Music, 2018)
22. The Bottle Rockets – Lo-Fi(Bit Logic, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
23. JP Harris – Hard Road (Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
24. The Other Years – Bridges (The Other Years, No Quarter, 2018)
25. Alyssa Wettlaufer – Secondhand Smoke (single, 2018)
26. Philippe Bronchtein – Kitchen Window (Me and The Moon, 2018)
27. Rami Vierula – Pakko liikkua (Ikuinen yö, 2018)
28. Ian Wayne – Revelation (single, 2018)
29. Lucy Langlas – Signals (single, Early Hearts Records, 2018)
30. Vuoret – Mennään rannalle (Portti, Soit se silti, 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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