Drive-By Truckers, Lilly Hiatt, Tré Burt and Possessed by Paul James

Continuing with the quick round up posts. This time some advance singles and music videos from forthcoming 2020 albums. The new Drive-By Truckers album The Unraveling is due out this Friday 31st of January on ATO Records. Both advance singles have been really great and I can’t wait to hear this one. The latest one Thoughts and Prayers is a powerful and important song about gun violence & gun control and the failure to address the issue in a meaningful and concrete manner. Thoughts and prayers don’t cut it anymore. It never did.

Drive-By Truckers Website
Drive-By Truckers at Facebook

There’s also a new Lilly Hiatt album on the horizon. We still have to wait a little while for this one, because Walking Proof is out on the 27th of March on New West Records. There’s a lot of good ways to pass that time. Like blasting this fabulous first single Brightest Star on repeat as long and as loud as you can without causing a distress among the neigbours. This is going to be a damn good album.

Lilly Hiatt at Facebook
Lilly Hiatt Website

Another beauty that comes out this Friday is the Tré Burt album Caught It From the Rye that will be released by John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records. This Sacramento, CA-based songwriter self-released the album back in 2018, so people in the know might have heard it back then. I’m grateful for the re-release, because based on the two singles this is going to be a rather special one and deserves a wider audience. Watch the videos below and then carry on setting a camp outside the record store.

Tré Burt Website
Tré Burt at Facebook

This Friday is shaping up to be a brilliant release date. Possessed by Paul James aka songwriter Konrad Wert is also releasing a great new record As We Go Wandering on the 31st of January. I first got to know him from the 2008 movie The Folk Singer: A Tale of Men, Music & America over a decade ago and have been a fan ever since. There’s a couple of advance singles available (you’ve already heard them, if you follow the weekly playlist. Like everything else on this post too). When It Breaks is a beautiful new rendition of an older PPJ song and then there’s this powerful and important first single Be at Rest.

Possessed by Paul James Website
Possessed by Paul James at Facebook

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Hello Emerson, The Innocence Mission, Liila Jokelin and Laura Moisio

A quick post of few things I’ve loved madly during the recent weeks. Beginning with a new favorite Hello Emerson from Columbus, Ohio. I just recently discovered them, because one of my favorite labels Anyway Records released their new album How to Cook Everything in the states. It’s on K&F Records here in Europe. My addiction started with this beautiful and moving story song Seat16b. A really lovely Kylli-täti kinda video too (only Finns know that reference). The whole record is equally great and just came out on the 24th of January.

Hello Emerson Website
Hello Emerson at Facebook

The Innocence Mission from Lancaster, Pennsylvania has released wonderful music since 1989. Their new album See You Tomorrow came out on Bella Union on the 17th of January and it sets the bar really high for 2020. The opening trio The Brothers Williams Said, On Your Side and Movie is just oh wow and the magic stays with you throughout the heavenly beautiful record.

The Innocence Mission Website
The Innocence Mission at Facebook

The debut album by Finnish songwriter Liila Jokelin sneaked into my 2019 top 3 during the last month of the year. It didn’t get a whole lot of recognition on this blog though due to the late release date at the end of November. I don’t think I ever even shared this gorgeous music video for album cut Sateet tuovat terveisensä. So let’s take care of that now and further recommend her great album Kaamos on huono esileikki that came out on Helmi Levyt. Such a strong and unique record that doesn’t play it safe. Beautiful, dramatic, disturbing and never ever boring.

Liila Jokelin at Facebook

The song I’ve loved the most during this first month of 2020 is the new Laura Moisio single Kaukana onnesta. It’s poignant, quietly monumental and deeply moving. A song that maybe resonates with me more than I’m comfortable to admit, because I’m not always the most optimistic type. Therefore this devastatingly beautiful song also serves as a good reminder to not let things slide out of my control. And despite the almost overwhelming sadness, the song is still somehow comforting and instead of dragging me down, it is able to fill my heart with warmth and light. Her new album is coming out on the 6th of March on Texicalli Records. I can’t wait to hear it, because the two advance singles have been pure gold.

Laura Moisio at Facebook
Laura Moisio Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #71

Another week, another weekly playlist.

There’s a new Andy Shauf album. Where’s the parade? An album that’s basicly a story of one bar night set to music. Everything could go wrong with that, but nothing did because Andy is so great. Still Hello Emerson and Dakota Theim might be the biggest things for me this week, because I’ve loved Andy for years but only just got to know Hello Emerson and Dakota Theim. And there’s not a whole lot that I enjoy more than finding new artists to love. I already had a Hello Emerson song here last week, but started to dive into his music more thoroughly during this week. It started with this Seat16b music video and after that I’ve been listening to both this new record and the old record. Don’t know how I managed to miss his music until now. Totally my kind of stuff. As for Dakota Theim, I just found him on Friday thanks to American Standard Time. Even though this blog has drifted towards folk, country and americana, I’m pop kid at heart (or well pop middle-aged man) and this is such a perfect classic pop album. If I haven’t scared away all the pop fans with the current americana emphasis, check out this awesome pop record. The album came out a couple of weeks ago, but I just found it now.

Oh but there’s more. That was just a tip of record berg. There’s excellent new albums from Bart Budwig, Bonny Light Horseman, Terry Allen, Gill Landry, Good Good Blood, Pia Fraus, Bindley Hardware Co EP plus an oldies cover EP from Sam Moss. And a couple of fabulous earlier 2020 releases that I hadn’t listened before, Alexandra Savior album and a Brandon Wolfe Scott EP.

The Finnish section is rather small this time around. There’s a new absolutely wonderful single from Arppa. All three Arppa singles have been amazing. A very impressive run and long may it continue. Hopefully it will eventually lead into a full-length debut album. Also revisiting the Joni Ekman and Pintandwefall albums plus featuring Teini-Pää EP from 2019. I only heard it now and I love it so much.

As for the international singles, the big ones were the first singles from the forthcoming Caleb Caudle, Kyle Forester, Nap Eyes and Dana Gavanski albums. Joey O’Neill is a songwriter that I didn’t know before, but cdbaby recommended it if I like Jennifer Castle (and well who doesn’t). So I gave it a spin and really liked it. I’ve also really liked both singles Little Misty has released so far. Same goes for all Cassidy Waring singles and there’s a couple of new ones from The War and Treaty. Plus new cuts from the forthcoming Peter Oren and Sam Doores albums. And well a whole lot more and everything would be worthy of a namedrop on this text too. One from 2019 as well, because I stumbled upon James McCann and loved this song.

That’s it for this week’s new music round-up. Back again next Sunday for this unless I put it on hold until Monday due to Super Bowl. I try to do some other blog posts this week, but no definite promises. I hate if this turns into just a playlist, but I also struggle big time at the moment and just haven’t had the energy to do much more. Love love love.

1. Andy Shauf – Where Are You Judy? (The Neon Skyline, ANTI, 2020)
2. Dakota Theim – She’s a Mystery (Somewhere Under the Sun, 2020)
3. Hello Emerson – Am I The Midwest (How To Cook Everything, Anyway Records / K & F Records, 2020)
4. Bart Budwig – Time for Two (Another Burn on the Astroturf, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
5. Bonny Light Horseman – Blackwaterside (Bonny Light Horseman, 37d03d, 2020)
6. Terry Allen – Houdini Didn’t Like the Spiritualists (Just Like Moby Dick, Paradise of Bachelors, 2020)
7. Gill Landry – The Refuge of Your Arms (Skeleton at the Banquet, Rubber Tramp Records, 2020)
8. Caleb Caudle – Better Hurry Up (single, Baldwin County Public Records, 2020)
9. Dana Gavanski – Good Instead of Bad (single, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
10. Kyle Forester – Know What You’re Doing (single, 2020)
11. Good Good Blood – Sanctuary Mornings (At Your Mercy, Team Love Records / Fox Food Records, 2020)
12. Arppa – Silmät (single, Arppa Music, 2020)
13. Peter Oren – John Wayne (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
14. Little Misty – Old Ghosts (single, 2020)
15. Joey O’Neill – When I Forget (single, 2020)
16. The War and Treaty – Hustlin’ (single, Rounder Records, 2020)
17. Sam Doores (feat Alynda Segarra) – Other Side of Town (single, New West Records, 2020)
18. Nap Eyes – Mark Zuckerberg (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
19. Lemon Pitch – Flat Black Sea (single, Repeating Cloud, 2020)
20. Swedish Polarbears – Hearts Will Never Learn (single, 2020)
21. Pia Fraus – Love Sports (Empty Parks, Seksound, 2020)
22. Darren Hayman – I Tried and I Tried and I Failed (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
23. Henry Black – Trustfund Overalls (single, 2020)
24. Cassidy Waring – Hard Done By (single, 2020)
25. Nathaniel Rateliff – What a Drag (single, Stax, 2020)
26. Monophonics – It’s Only Us (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
27. Alexandra Savior – But You (The Archer, 30th Century Records, 2020)
28. Pokey LaFarge – Fuck Me Up (single, New West Records, 2020)
29. James McCann – Every Flower (single, Partially Sealed Records, 2020)
30. The Sadies – The Most Despicable Man Alive (split single with King Khan, Ernest Jenning Record Co, 2020)
31. Sadler Vaden – Golden Child (single, Dirty Mag, 2020)
32. The Mastersons – Eyes Open Wide (single, Red House Records, 2020)
33. Squirrel Flower – Streetlight Blues (single, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
34. Dean Fields – My Dad at My Age (single, 2020)
35. Sam Moss – I Drew My Ship (Three Oldies, Lost Honey Records, 2020)
36. Bindley Hardware Co. – Future Tripping (Solitaire EP, Misra Records, 2020)
37. Clem Snide – Roger Ebert (single, Ramseur Records, 2020)
38. The Little Hands of Asphalt – Begin Again (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
39. Goodbye Max – In My Extreme Head (single, 2020)
40. Waxahatchee – Fire (single, Merge Records, 2020)
41. Baseball Dad – Flowers + Tea (single, 2020)
42. Teini-Pää – Ambulanssi (Täynnä kysymyksiä EP, 2019)
43. Joni Ekman – Miksen saa sua jäämään? (Sinulle.. Soit Se Silti, 2020)
44. Flying Fish Cove – Magic Wand (single, 2020)
45. Pintandwefall – People Like Me (Your Stories Baby, Soliti, 2020)
46. Blonde Bones – Sunny (single, 2020)
47. Brandon Wolfe Scott – Burden on Your Shoulders (Burden On Your Shoulders EP, 2020)
48. Terry Ohms – All in the Past (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
49. David Dondero – Laying at Your Feet (The Filter Bubble Blues, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2020)
50. The Innocence Mission – St. Francis and the Future (See You Tomorrow, Bella Union, 2020)
51. Bill Fay – I Will Remain Here (Countless Branches, Dead Oceans, 2020)
52. Payout Beast – Dittocrush (single, 2020)

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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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