OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #31

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Here I am again with the new songs that matter to me. Such a strong week of new singles and albums. I had over 50 songs to begin with and then brutally cut it down to 40. This time I wasn’t able to revisit any of the albums from a week ago. Maybe I return them later, if there are less busy weeks. There probably aren’t until summer though.

The new albums from Durand Jones & Indications, Robert Forster and Hand Habits were the ones that I expected the most and I really like all of them. The albums from UK folk songwriter Katie Spencer and Netherlands-based band The Fire Harvest are maybe the most interesting ones for me at the moment, because there’s nothing like finding new artists to love. I’ve been really addicted to The Fire Harvest song Spring. It reminds me of Songs:Ohia. The song of the week for me together with new Damien Jurado song. It’s been just a few days so I’ve only listened to a little bit of the other intriguing album releases of the week. There are lots of them and the list includes a song from a new album by Mary Bragg, KiDD, Dee White, Lomelda, The Honey Dewdrops, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Steve Poltz, The Limboos, Quaker City Night Hawks, The Cactus Blossoms and Lonesome Shack. The BA Johnston album is a week or two old, but I missed it then and as a sport freak I have to include a song that’s called Our Love is Like the Cleveland Browns. On the EP front, there’s new ones from Wild Pink and Della Mae.

The Finnish part isn’t big, but quality over quantity. The playlist contains a song from the gorgeous new albums by Lanai and Jani Matti Juhani and the new singles from The Lieblings and Swan/Koistinen.

Next up is the new singles. There was a new outtake from the forthcoming Damien Jurado album and it’s obviously brilliant. The big news of the week was that Ian Noe’s debut album is on the horizon. The first single Irene (Ravin’ Bomb) is a song that already appeared on his great EP, but hey this song demands a new spin. I can’t wait to hear the album. Some big ones were the new singles from Hiss Golden Messenger, Anna Burch, Big Thief, Rosie Tucker, She Keeps Bees, Todd Snider and Brad Armstrong. I missed the Carl Schilde single and the second single from the forthcoming Charlotte Cornfield album a week ago, so I made amends and included them this time around. As usual, I could just as well namedrop all of these in this text. These are all on the playlist, because I really like them. And like I said, this time this could have easily been at least 50 songs long. I left out some excellent higher profile singles (Kevin Morby, Sebadoh etc), some albums that are objectively amazing but maybe not exactly my cup of tea (Yves Jarvis etc), some awesome covers (Rue Snider etc) and so forth. If you actually listen to this, feel free to drop hints how long this should be each week. Oh and all things are not available on Finnish Spotify (Motherhood, Bunny Boy etc). But that’s enough of pointless rambling. Here’s the playlist of the week.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #31

1. Durand Jones & The Indications – Court of Love (American Love Call, 2019)
2. Robert Forster – I’ll Look After You (Inferno, Tapete Records, 2019)
3. The Fire Harvest – Spring (Open Water, Snowstar Records, 2019)
4. Katie Spencer – Weather Beaten (Weather Beaten, KRS Music, 2019)
5. Hand Habits – Jessica (Placeholder, Saddle Creek, 2019)
6. Damien Jurado – Lincoln (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)
7. Ian Noe – Irene (Ravin’ Bomb) (single, National Treasury Recordings, 2019)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Everybody Needs Somebody (single, Merge Records, 2019)
9. Mary Bragg – I Thought You Were Somebody Else (Violets as Camouflage, 2019)
10. She Keeps Bees – Coyote (single, BB*Island, 2019)
11. Big Thief – UFOF (single, 4AD, 2019)
12. Anna Burch – St. Adalbert (single, Heavenly Recordings, 2019)
13. The Smallgoods – Satellite (single, Lost and Lonesome, 2019)
14. The Lieblings – Girl on the Run (single, Stupido Records, 2019)
15. KiDD – A Picture I Don’t Want To Paint (Chance Weekend, Zenerino Records, 2019)
16. Starflyer 59 – Hey, Are You Listening? (single, Tooth & Nail Records, 2019)
17. Lomelda – Talk (M for Empathy, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
18. Charlotte Cornfield – Storm Clouds (single, Next Door Records, 2019)
19. Rosie Tucker – Lauren (single, New Professor Music, 2019)
20. Lanai – Joanna (Ship’s Bell, 2019)
21. C. Gibbs – Geraldine (single, 2019)
22. Dee White (feat. Ashley McBryde) – Road That Goes Both Ways (Southern Gentlemen, Warner Music Nashville)
23. The Honey Dewdrops – More Than You Could Say (Anyone Can See, 2019)
24. Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Queen and King of Smaller (Airwaves, Skyline Music, 2019)
25. Steve Poltz – Shine On (Shine On, Red House Records, 2019)
26. Todd Snider – Talking Reality Television Blues (single, Aimless Records, 2019)
27. BA Johnston – Our Love Is Like the Cleveland Browns (The Skid is Hot Tonight, 2019)
28. The Limboos – Where Did She Go? (Baia, Penniman Records, 2019)
29. Quaker City Night Hawks – Pay to Play (QCNH, Ligthning Rod Records, 2019)
30. The Cactus Blossoms – Easy Way (Easy Way, Walkie Talkie Records, 2019)
31. Carl Schilde – Top 40 (single, 2019)
32. Sam Evian – Roses (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
33. Swan/Koistinen – Diagnosis (single, Soliti, 2019)
34. Jani Matti Juhani – Sinä yönä (Piste, 2019)
35. Wild Pink – Coaches Who Cry (5 Songs EP, Tiny Engines, 2019)
36. Lola In Slacks – Postcript in Blue (single, Slacks Records, 2019)
37. Lonesome Shack – Past the Ditch (Desert Dreams, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
38. Della Mae – Bourbon Hound (The Butcher Shoppe EP, Rounder Records, 2019)
39. Mike Ross – Young Man (single, Taller Records, 2019)
40. Brad Armstrong – Brother Ford (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 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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Tiffany Williams, Charles Wesley Godwin, Abigail Lapell & Joshua Ray Walker

Another one of these short round-up posts of songs/albums that I’ve fallen in love with during the early parts of 2019. This time we shall visit a creek, a canyon and two mountains.

Tiffany Williams is a songwriter from eastern Kentucky who currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She released her timeless and beautiful debut EP When You Go on the 18th of January. Every song has become a friend, but the song that I hold really close to my chest is this one called Big Enough To Be A Mountain.

Tiffany Williams Website

Charles Wesley Godwin is an americana songwriter from West Virginia and his new album Seneca came out on the 15th of February. According to him it’s an autobiography of an Appalachian boy. It’s a damn impressive one too and full of fabulous songwriting. He really engaged me into this story Seneca Creek with the very first lines and then softly carried me through the captivating song. A great song from a great album.

Charles Wesley Godwin Website

Moving on Toronto, Canada for the new Abigail Lapell album Getaway that came out on the 1st of February on Coax Records. It’s quite comforting to get lost in the ethereal beauty of this mesmerizing folk album. A highly recommended activity after a tough day at the factory. This song Shape Of A Mountain is a perfect ending to this enchanting getaway from the everyday.

Abigail Lapell Website

And last station tonight is Dallas, Texas and Joshua Ray Walker’s brilliant debut album Wish You Were Here that came out on State Fair Records on the 25th of January. I posted a live version of Canyon late last year, but I still haven’t posted the official music video for this honest and powerful song. This is a crime against good music, so it’s time to make amends. Oh and even though I keep on raving about Canyon, this song is just one part of the JRW story. The whole new record is impressive from first note to last.

Joshua Ray Walker Website

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I Was a King, Pretty Matty, Martha and The Maureens

Ok, let’s do another quick round-up post tonight. This is in a more pop setting. Have to live up to the subtitle of this blog every now and then. Plus I love this stuff obviously. So here’s a small pop goes the world video post.

Norwegians with Norman are first in line. I Was A King first came to my attention when Norman Blake and Robyn Hitchcock produced their You Love It Here album back in 2012. They have a new album Slow Century coming out 8th of March on Coastal Town Recordings. This forthcoming pop treasure was also produced by Norman Blake from my all-time faves Teenage Fanclub. The second single Hatchet is magnificent and kind of like the foundation of my music taste in less than 3 minutes. The focus of this blog has drifted towards country/folk music, but this is sort of where this all began and I love this so much.

I Was a King at Facebook

Next up is a new favorite Pretty Matty from Toronto, Canada. I don’t know a whole lot about them, but recently I stumbled upon their new single Kicked Out. It’s a damn good and catchy power pop song and there’s a great music video for it too. I need to check out the EP they released last year while waiting for new songs to arrive.

Pretty Matty at Facebook

Moving on to Durham, UK for the new Martha single Love Keeps Kicking. A new Martha album will be released by Big Scary Monsters on the 5th of April. Here’s the awesome music video for the single and title track Love Keeps Kicking.

Martha Website

Final stop tonight is Utrecht, Netherlands and new The Maureens album Something in the Air that just came out on Meritorio Records. I haven’t even listened to the whole record, but I have this song 20 Years for the Company on the new weekly playlist and I really like it. My kind of pop music for sure and I look forward to giving this more attention during the coming days/weeks.

The Maureens Website

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