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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