J.E. Sunde – I Don’t Care to Dance (Pony Rug Live)

A yearly reminder of the greatness of J.E. Sunde. He is an exceptional songwriter from Minneapolis and his solo albums Shapes that Kiss The Lips of God are and Now I Feel Adored are wonderful and really dear to me. The earlier Daredevil Christopher Wright stuff is also gorgeous and worth investigating.

I somehow managed to miss this video of I Don’t Care to Dance (live on Pony Rug) when it surfaced in January, but thankfully I noticed it last Sunday and probably have spent an hour so watching this 4-minute video over and over again during the week. I suppose someone could say it’s just a lovely simple tune, but I love it wholeheartedly and relate to it on a deeply personal level. Maybe because I’m a shy, restrained, overly romantic and unmanly man and can just feel all the emotions that is going through the mind of the narrator. I don’t really care to dance, but I would strongly consider taking a few moderate dance steps whenever I hear this song. Oh and do check out the Pony Rug website. They have lots of similar kind of videos from other great artists. Link is below.

Of course I have to use this opportunity to share a couple of songs from the two solo albums that are both available on Cartouche Records.

And one Daredevil Christopher Wright classic too while I’m at it.

J.E.Sunde Website
Pony Rug Website

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Laura Gibson, Anna St. Louis, Julia Jacklin and The Weather Station

I have about a month left before it’s time to start making those pointless but fun year-end lists, so I better start writing some blog posts if I want to be able to cover even a tiny fraction of the wonderful 2018 releases before that. This one is basicly just a quick video post though, because it’s late, I’m lazy, worn out and a sorry excuse of a music blogger. However, I’ll try to do a bunch of this kind of round up posts of 2018 songs/albums that mean the world to me between now and the end of the year. Hopefully I’ll write a few more words as well, but no definite promises. This is just a hobby and often the day job and other things take all the time and energy.

I will begin with the lyric video Goners from the new Laura Gibson album that came out on the 26th of October on Barsuk (USA) / City Slang (Europe). This particular album is actually the prime candidate to take away the #1 place on that forthcoming albums of the year list, because I love this album madly. Sure it’s quite sad and dark, but it’s not an issue for me. After all, my moderate happiness is built on devastatingly sad songs and without them that still somewhat shaky structure would fall apart. Thankfully music is always on my side. Goners is a phenomenal album and a treasure that I hold dear. This is the gorgeous title track, but you definitely need to hear the whole beautiful album.

Laura Gibson Website

Next up LA-based folk songwriter Anna St. Louis. Her album If Only There Was a River came out on Kevin Morby’s fairly new Woodsist imprint Mare on the 12th of October. Here’s a couple of great songs from her captivating debut full-length (I know the First Songs release from 2017, but I think this is still considered as the proper debut studio album).

Anna St. Louis at Facebook

Moving on to Australia. Julia Jacklin’s latest single Body is brilliant, powerful and moving. The next Julia Jacklin album is going to be something very special if this is any indication. An important song too and one the finest songs of the year.

Julia Jacklin Website

And finally we have the new polaris collaboration single from Canada’s finest songwriters The Weather Station and Jennifer Castle that came out on Paradise of Bachelors on the 18th of October. Here’s a video of the Weather Station song I Tried to Wear the World. Jennifer Castle’s song is equally stunning so leave this blog for a minute and listen to / buy the whole beautiful release here. Oh and while you are at it don’t forget Jennifer Castle’s wonderful 2018 album Angels of Death or last year’s self-titled The Weather Station album that is still my favorite album of the current decade. You’ll find both from that same link above, because they are also out on PoB.

The Weather Station Website
Jennifer Castle Website

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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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