OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #24

Another week, another weekly playlist, another planet, another..

The release schedule is definitely picking up after the holidays. Not a whole lot of albums yet, but so many fabulous singles from forthcoming albums. The albums that did come out set the bar pretty high for 2019. The Delines led by Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone delivered a wonderful album full of masterful country-soul storytelling and Finnish folk songwriter Ylva Haru released her brilliant debut album Linnut. Both are extremely highly recommended. The other great new albums on the list are from Joose Keskitalo, Ronny Tibbs and Terra Spencer. Plus an EP from Jackson Pines.

The singles game was extremely strong this week and I can’t wait to hear the full albums later in the year. Anna Tivel’s album is among my most anticipated releases of the year and her new single is again so amazing. I also loved the new songs from Joseph Robert Krauss, Steve Gunn, Hand Habits, Sharon Van Etten, Small Houses, Pedro The Lion.. oh well. I could just as well namedrop them all, because all of these are so good.

Next week hopefully some other kinds of posts too and not just this somewhat useless weekly playlist. NFL playoffs always mess up my sleeping patterns, so I’ve been way too tired to do anything else. Thankfully that gets easier after this week. Aka I only have to stay up one night of the week instead of two.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #24

1. Anna Tivel – The Question (single, Fluff and Gravy, 2019)
2. Joseph Robert Krauss – New Mexico (single, 2019)
3. The Delines – He Don’t Burn For Me (The Imperial, El Cortez, 2019)
4. Steve Gunn – Vagabond (single, Matador, 2019)
5. Hand Habits – Placeholder (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
6. Sharon Van Etten – Seventeen (single, Jagjaguwar, 2019)
7. Small Houses – Safe Kill (single, 2019)
8. Pedro The Lion – Quietest Friend (single, Polyvinyl Records, 2019)
9. Susto – If I Was (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
10. Ylva Haru – Tähän hetkeksi jään (Linnut, Soit se silti, 2019)
11. Joose Keskitalo – Luistelen kirkasta selkää (En lähde surussa, Helmi levyt, 2019)
12. Samae Koskinen – Kukaan meistä ei oo täällä liian pitkään (single, Johanna kustannus, 2019)
13. Daniel Steinbock – 13 September (single, 2019)
14. Jacob Furr – Return (single, The Relevator Records, 2019)
15. Kirty – These Days (single, Postwar Records, 2019)
16. Ronny Tibbs – All She Wrote (Lone Fry, High-Castle, 2019)
17. Ally Kerr – Another Way (single, Much Obliged Records, 2019)
18. I Was a King – Bubble (single, 2019)
19. Blank Range – Radio (single, Sturdy Girls Records, 2019)
20. Todd Snider – Just Like Overnight (single, Aimless Records, 2019)
21. Mandolin Orange – The Wolves (single, New West Records, 2019)
22. Nick Waterhouse – Song For Winners (single, Innovative Leisure, 2019)
23. Caleb Elliott – Makes Me Wonder (single, Single Lock Records, 2019)
24. Gabriel Birnbaum – Stack the Miles (single, 2018)
25. The Coathangers – Bimbo (single, Suicide Squeeze Records, 2019)
26. Adia Victoria – Different Kind Of Love (single, WEA, 2019)
27. Abigail Lapell – Devil in the Deep (single, Coax Records, 2019)
28. Joe Bourdet – El Capitan (single, 2019)
29. Jackson Pines – Radio Kid (Gas Station Blues & Diamond Rings EP, 2019)
30. Terra Spencer (feat. Stewart Legere) – Cotton Mill (Other People’s Lives, 2019)

Playlist link

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

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.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #23

Another week, another weekly playlist. And also another year. This September this baby of mine will turn 18 and there’s still no end insight. I haven’t given any other promises to myself than to at least do one more year and see how things will look at the end of 2019. One new year resolution is to do this weekly playlist every week this year, because even though its value and relevance is highly questionable it felt like a fun thing to do and it felt like it really helped me keep up with the steady flow of fabulous new music. If you want to help me in the process, listen, follow or share the playlist. And always feel free to drop hints of stuff that I’ve missed that should be included. I know only a tiny fraction of all the great music and I’m always keen to hear what likeminded people are listening.

There’s not a whole lot of new 2019 music out there yet. I expect the release schedule to pick up next week now when the holidays are over. I probably also missed way more than usual, because I took a couple of weeks off from the blog and did some netflix binge watching instead of the usual search for new music. Anyway, here are the ones that have still managed to grap my attention. Some pretty fantastic stuff I would say. Like the latest outtake from forthcoming The Delines album that I expect to set the bar pretty high for 2019. The only new album that I noticed was the album from Sore Loser. I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet, but I definitely will because I’ve really liked what I’ve heard so far. Matthew McNeal released a gorgeuos single dedicated to his father. The new single from country soul queen Yola is so great and so is the new double single from Joe Bourdet. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things seem to release a wonderful song every week. Skyway Man’s cover EP is also so good. The only new Finnish song is the excellent new single from Ylva Haru. Everything else would also be worth namedropping, because I like each and every song. Many of these are from the last weeks of 2018, because I took a few weeks off from this playlist routine. Anyway, that’s it for now, because I feel like I need a bit of a nap before the NFL playoffs start. Following US sports sure can make a mess of sleeping patterns.

OCTA Weekly playlist Episode #23

1. The Delines – Holly The Hustle (single, El Cortez, 2019)
2. Matthew McNeal – Michael (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2019)
3. Yola – Faraway Look (single, Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch, 2018)
4. Joe Bourdet – Seamist (single, 2019)
5. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Joni (single, 2019)
6. Skyway Man with Teddy and the Rough Riders – Richmond (Lagniappe Sessions EP, 2019)
7. Robert Ellis – Passive Aggressive (single, New West Records, 2018)
8. John Kilzer – Hello Heart (single, Archer Records, 2018)
9. Diamondtown – Forever (single, 2018)
10. Alicia Stockman – I’d Do That Too (single, 2018)
11. Abigail Lapell – Gonna Be Leaving (single, Coax Records, 2018)
12. Ylva Haru – Elämä kantaa (single, Soit se silti, 2019)
13. Martha – Heart Is Healing (single, Big Scary Monsters, 2018)
14. Sore Loser – Bravery (Hurry Up and Wait, 2019)
15. Pinto Bennett – I Like Singin’ the Blues in a Honky Tonk Song (The Last Saturday Night, 2018)
16. Michael Chapman – After All This Time (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
17. M. Lockwoord Porter – Rosetta Stone (single, Black Mesa Records, 2018)
18. Laura Stevenson – The Mystic & The Master (single, 2018)
19. Goodbye Max – Low Health (Out in the Quiet split single w Half Birthday, 2019)
20. Jeffrey Silverstein – Finds You Well (single, Driftless Recordings, 2018)
21. William Tyler – Call Me When I’m Breathing Again (single, Merge Records, 2018)

Playlist link

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

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.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #22

Hey another week, another weekly playlist.

This was delayed until Monday, because I was working on the aoty list all weekend long. I still wanted to do this as well, because some lovely artists didn’t care about this silly year-end routine and released fantastic music so late in the year that one couldn’t include them. Except that I haven’t posted my songs of the year list yet, so you didn’t get away that easily. Looking at you Cale Tyson, Leah Senior and M.Lockwoord Porter. Nothing wrong with this new one either. There were also a great new album from Finnish band Too Slow and an EP from Itä-Hollola installaatio. The list also has a song from the new Micah Schnabel EP. It’s been out a week or two, but didn’t know it was on Spotify.

I think my favorite new song of the week is the new single by Cale Tyson. A moving look at a relationship that has become unhealthy. Bonus points for being able to use the word “instagram” on a song. Apparently anything can work if you are a good songwriter. The already mentioned Leah Senior and M.Lockwood Porter singles are also pure gold.

The latter half are full of Christmas songs. So if you hate them passionately, you can stop listening after Scott Hirsch. I still think these are rather good ones though. My favorites are the Andrew Bryant ones. I had to include his seasonal song from 2017, because I happen to love the song I Wish I Had More. Plus I have to fully use the chance to finally feature his music on these playlists, because his 2018 album is not on Finnish Spotify. (Erin Rae’s cover song is also from last year). His new is also excellent. Socks by JD McPherson is the one I would go with, if I bought Christmas record. I’m sure I missed a lot of new ones from this yuletune category, because I don’t follow it that closely. I probably missed a lot in general too this week, because this was a bit more rushed effort than normally and I didn’t go through the Bandcamp, CD Baby etc release calendar to find some hidden gems etc.

I think this will be the last weekly playlist before Christmas. I don’t expect a lot of new releases this week and even if there are, I think I deserve a Christmas break from this. However, there will be one more post before Christmas. The songs of the year 2018. I think this will be mostly a mega playlist with hours of my favourite songs of 2018 for the onechord history books. There won’t be a whole of writing, but I do try pick a top three, ten, twenty or something and the rest hundred or two will be in random order.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #22

1. Cale Tyson – Not Healthy Anymore
2. Leah Senior – Graves
3. M. Lockwood Porter – Stumbling Toward the Dawn
4. Joshua Ray Walker – Last Call
5. Micah Schnabel – Call Your Mother
6. Ally Kerr – Upgrade Me
7. The Provincial Archive – Imaginary Friends
8. Too Slow – Feeling Small
9. Itä-Hollola Installaatio – Rakastunut sinuun
10. The Greenberry Woods – Are You In Love Again
11. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – Baby We’ll Be Ok
12. Cass McCombs – Estrella
13. Scott Hirsch – Long Lost Time
14. Colyn Cameron – Golden State Adress
15. Andrew Bryant – No One Deserves To Be Alone (On Christmas)
16. Woods – Christmas Time Is Here
17. Young Readers – Silent Night
18. Timid, The Brave – Christmas Eve
19. St Lenox – Christmas Song
20. JD McPherson – Ugly Sweater Blues
21. Andrew Bryant – I Wish I Had More
22. Ross Cooper – I Just Ain’t Merry This Year
23. Phoebe Bridgers – Christmas Song
24. Erin Rae, Kate Bernhardt, Coco Reilly – Merry Christmas Darling

Playlist link

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

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.

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