Jake Nicoll – Stone Arch

Canadian Jake Nicoll quietly released a pretty magical album called Stone Arch on the 3rd of September. Jake recorded the album in a cabin with Kira Sheppard. It’s just two lovely voices, a guitar and a harp, but together they create something really warm and beautiful. Listening to it is almost meditative and resting on its shoulder is a perfect way to ease into the night. These songs live on a land unknown to everyday stress.

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Extra Arms – Why I Run (single)

A long time favourite Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms are back with a new album Headacher that is due out on the 12th of October on Get Party Records. This time they are actually called just Extra Arms, because they are now a real and loud rock’n’roll band instead of Ryan Allen’s solo adventure. This is going to be such a treasure for the fans of loud and melodic power pop. I will return to this closer to the release date, but here’s the gorgeous first single Why I Run to get this party started. Damn this sounds good and it’s so much fun too. Why was it again that I mostly listen to melancholic folk and country music these days instead of stuff like this that is the pure foundation of my music taste. Beats me. Oh well. Thankfully I can still enjoy this wholeheartedly. This is Why I Run from the forthcoming Extra Arms album.

Extra Arms at Facebook

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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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St. Lenox – Don’t Ever Change Me New York City (single/video)

This has been a week of St. Lenox for me and I’ve spent hours listening to his music. I’ve been vaguely familiar for a couple of years and I’m ashamed that it took me this long to start really paying attention to his music. My loss, because it turns out that I absolutely love his music and well I’m almost obsessed with his soulful and socially aware art pop.

St. Lenox aka Andrew Choi is an indie pop singer-songwriter from NYC and his new album Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love is due out on the 28th of September on Anyway Records. However, the first single and the song that started this St. Lenox crush is already out and available. So let’s begin by sharing the gorgeous Don’t Ever Change Me New York City and the music video that came with it. I know you might get lost in the greatness of the song, but also remember to watch and read the story in the video about grassroot involvement in politics and how small changes are important.

St. Lenox at Facebook

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Vanessa Peters – Carnival Barker (single)

A flu put the blog on hold for a little while and therefore I haven’t even shared a song that means the world to me. The lead single Carnival Barker from the forthcoming Vanessa Peters album Foxhole Prayers is that song. The song is based on Warren G. Harding’s presidency and how dangerously the history is repeating itself right now. It’s thought-provoking, meaningful and powerful storytelling in form of a beautiful folk rock song. Art like this is so important right now when it often feels like the world has gone mad and even the most basic human decency is at stake. It gives the courage to be resilient and fight for what is right and it gives the hope that no matter how far back the current clown takes us, eventually we will bounce back and go even far further than where we were when this mess began.

The album Foxhole Prayers will be released by Idol Records on the 5th of October. You can pre-order from Bandcamp by hitting the links of the player. Extremely highly recommended. Among the finest albums I’ve heard this year.

Vanessa Peters Website

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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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