Matthew Milia, Christian Lee Hutson, Charlotte Cornfield, Ohtis and A.O. Gerber

I’ve been dreadful at this blog thing lately and I’ve only done the weekly playlist. That was supposed to be a bonus and not the main thing. This blog hits 18 years in September, so I better get my act together so that I have something to celebrate. Here’s a short video post to get things started again.

The regular readers are probably well aware that Frontier Ruckus has been my favorite band during the past 5-6 years. We have to wait a while for Frontier Ruckus LP6, but the frontman Matthew Milia will release a solo album Alone at St. Hugo on the 3rd of May. A couple of gorgeous outtakes are available. Check out the music video for Congratulations Honey below and pre-order the album from his website.

Matthew Milia Website

It’s very unfortunate that the Finland show was canceled, but at least there’s a wonderful new Christian Lee Hutson music video for his new song Northsiders. Such a powerful song with so many instantly memorable lines. A bit of Elliot Smith vibes here and there too and that’s never a bad thing. Plus this new music video is absolutely brilliant. I have only love for this.

Christian Lee Hutson Website

Here’s another beautiful way to break your heart. The great new Charlotte Cornfield album The Shape of Your Name came out on the 5th of April on Next Door Records. I’ll suggest you let her slowly burn Silver Civic into your consciousness by watching this simple but powerful music video.

Charlotte Cornfield Website

Next up is Runnin from the new Ohtis album Curve of Earth. This is a wonderful song and it also inspired this moving short film by Claes Nordwall. Curve of Earth came out on the 29th of March on Full Time Hobby.

Ohtis Website

And last one for tonight is the new A.O.Gerber single Strangers and its colourful and beautiful music video. I don’t know a whole lot about this LA-based songwriter, but I know that I love this song. That’s a pretty good place to start my relationship with her music. Anyway, that’s the end of this short blog post of songs that matter to me. There would be so much more, so I hope I manage to continue a bit more frequently.

A.O. Gerber at Facebook

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #38

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Sorry for the small delay. I was away for the Easter. I’m sure I also missed lots of stuff this week, because I was away the whole weekend. I might add a song or two later, if I remember something important. Just wanted to get this done as soon as I got home.

It was a big release week. Anna Tivel’s new album was on the top of my list. It’s actually one of my favourite albums of the whole year so far. The Delines, Anna Tivel and Damien Jurado are probably my current 2019 favorites. I have no idea in which order. There’s lots more than just Anna Tivel album though. The week brought new albums from Daniel Norgren, Brad Armstrong, Natural Bridges, Heather Woods Broderick, The Tallest Man On Earth, Jason Anderson (Lost Sessions vol 4), Elva, Field Medic, Wand, The Yawpers, Jade Bird, Will Kimbrough, Your Heart Breaks and Joe Kaplow (this last one was a week ago, but I missed it then). Johanna Samuels EP is also really noteworthy.

The Finland-related section revisits Eden Prairie and Astral Brain and brings new singles from Suad, MeriTuuli and Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus.

Some international (should-be) hit singles too like the new songs from Shane Leonard, Kenny Husband, Esther Rose, Erin Durant, Chris Staples, Joseph Robert Krauss and Black Pumas. Everything else would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them all from the list below.

That’s all for now. Next week back to normal business and the playlist should be up on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll do a better job then or maybe like write a post or two that’s not just a playlist. I’ve been such a sorry excuse of a music blogger lately. Still too stubborn to quit, so back at least with a new playlist on Sunday. Until then. Love.

1. Anna Tivel – Figure It Out (The Question, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
2. Shane Leonard – Postcard Laundry (single, AntiFragile Music, 2019)
3. Johanna Samuels – Nothing To Know (Have A Good One EP, Basin Rock, 2019)
4. Daniel Norgren – When I Hold You In My Arms (Wooh Dang, Superpuma Records, 2019)
5. Brad Armstrong – Climb Any Mountain (I Got No Place Remembers Me, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
6. Kenny Husband – Friends (single, Good Soil Records, 2019)
7. Esther Rose – Handyman (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
8. Erin Durant – Highway Blue (single, Keeled Scales Records, 2019)
9. Chris Staples – Everybody Said (single, Barsuk Records, 2019)
10. Natural Bridges – Bad Times (Good Medicine, Royal Okie, 2019)
11. Black Pumas – Colors (single, Anti-, 2019)
12. Suad – White Lies (single, 2019)
13. Heather Woods Broderick – I Try (Invitation, Western Vinyl, 2019)
14. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s a Girl (I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. Rivers / Birds Records, 2019)
15. Joseph Robert Krauss – Twice the Fool (single, 2019)
16. Jason Anderson – Twenty-Four Weeks Ago (Back To Boston, 2019)
17. Elva – Everyhing Is Strange (Winter Sun, Tapete Records, 2019)
18. Field Medic – I Was Wrong (Fade Into the Dawn, Run For Cover Records, 2019)
19. Wand – High Planes Drifter (Laughing Matter, Drag City Records, 2019)
20. The Yawpers – Can’t Wait (Human Question, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
21. GA-20 – One Night Man (single, Colemine Records, 2019)
22. Beauty Queen – This Time Around (Out Of Touch EP, Sleep Well Records, 2019)
23. Jjjacob Jjjames – Disappearing (single, 2019)
24. MeriTuuli – Ruusut (single, 2019)
25. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Hirviöminä (single, Lumpeela Julkaisut, 2019)
26. Damien Jurado – Newspaper Gown (In The Shape of a Storm, Loose Music / Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
27. Flora Hibberd – The Absentee (single, Clear Light Records, 2019)
28. Jade Bird – 17 (Jade Bird, Glassnote Music, 2019)
29. Your Heart Breaks – Late Nights in the Lab (Drone Butch Blues, SofaBurn, 2019)
30. Valley Maker – Supernatural (single, Frenchkiss Records, 2019)
31. Lily Hayes – Soft On Me (single, 2019)
32. Astral Brain – From Above (single, 2019)
33. Eden Prairie – Ana Lucia (Ana Lucia EP, 2019)
34. Tim Bluhm – I Must Have Done Something Bad (single, 2019)
35. Joe Kaplow – There Will Be a Time (Time Spent in Between, 2019)
36. Will Kimbrough – I Like It Down Here (I Like It Down Here, Daphne 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #37

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I’m sorry if I missed more stuff than usual. I spent a large chunk of time watching political debates and NHL playoffs and therefore did not have as much time as usual for listening and searching for new music. Some things are more important than music. And I’m not referring to the hockey playoffs.

My lack of time might have a lot to do with it, but I didn’t come across with as much great new music as usually. Maybe all labels/artists didn’t want to compete with the RSD releases. There were some big ones though like the wonderful new Damien Jurado album. Other new albums on the playlist are from John Paul White, Conor Donohue, Shovels & Rope, Adam Carroll, Taylor Alexander, Nick Eng, The Budos Band, Nicholas Mudd and April Verch.

Most of the Finland-related section is a week or two old, because yours truly found these a little late. The really big one for me is Astral Brain. Le Futur Pompiste’s Einar Ekström lives in Stockholm these days and have started a new project with Siri Af Burén. They released a gorgeous digital single From Above / The Field Trip a week ago. Other new Finnish releases are the EPs by Eden Prairie & Kami Mate and an album from The Black Ducks of Despair. I’m sure there had to be more, so hit me up if I forgot something important.

And last but not least, the new singles. I rarely have live versions on this playlist, but I have to make an exception, because I really like this live version of In Case I Fall For You by Black Sea Dahu. Joanna Sternberg is the new find of the week for me and I really like her song. Daniel Norgren, Aldous Harding and She Keeps Bees also continue to impress with new outtakes from their forthcoming albums. Everything else would be worthy of a namedrop too, because I like all of these songs.

The next playlist might or might not be up next Sunday. There definitely will be one, because a lot of great music will be released. Like the Anna Tivel album, which is one of my most anticipated releases of the spring. Anyway, it might be delayed a day or two due to easter. Or it might not. Anyway, that’s all for now. Remember love.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #37

1. Damien Jurado – The Shape of a Storm (In the Shape of a Storm, Loose Music / Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
2. John Paul White – Yesterday’s Love (The Hurting Kind, Single Lock Records, 2019)
3. Joanna Sternberg – This is Not Who I Want To Be (single, Team Love, 2019)
4. Astral Brain – The Field Trip (single, 2019)
5. Black Belt Eagle Scout – Loss & Relax (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
6. Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture (single, 4AD, 2019)
7. Wand – Rio Grande (single, Drag City, 2019)
8. Daniel Norgren – Rolling Rolling Rolling (single, Superpuma Records, 2019)
9. Conor Donohue – Milk, Blood & Traffic Signs (Let Love Contaminate, 2019)
10. Shovels & Rope – Mississippi Nuthin’ (By Blood, Dualtone, 2019)
11. Black Sea Dahu – In Case I Fall For You – Live (single, 2019)
12. Adam Carroll – Caroline (I Walked In Them Shoes, 2019)
13. Taylor Alexander – I Never Ask for Nuthin’ (Good Old Fashioned Pain, Hail Mary Records, 2019)
14. Eden Prairie – Wrong Time (Ana Lucia EP, 2019)
15. Josh Ritter – All Some Kind of Dream (single, Pytheas Recordings, 2019)
16. Nick Lowe – Trombone (single, Yep Roc, 2019)
17. Nick Eng – Too Good For Anyone (Long Shot, 2019)
18. The Black Ducks of Despair – Four O Clock (Harry, 2019)
19. Kami Mate – Hopeless Daydreamers (Kami Mate EP, 2019)
20. Amyl and The Sniffers – Got You (single, Rough Trade Records, 2019)
21. J. Mascis – Don’t Do Me Like That (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
22. The Budos Band – The Enchanter (The Budos Band V, Daptone, 2019)
23. The Yawpers – Carry Me (single, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
24. Mega Bog – Diary of a Rose (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
25. Paper Beat Scissors – Don’t Mind (single, Forward Music Group, 2019)
26. red steppes – Trouble (single, 2019)
27. Spencer Radcliffe – Here Comes the Snow (single, Run For Cover, 2019)
28. Danny Vera – Roller Coaster (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2019)
29. Nicholas Mudd – Sailing Song (Nicholas Mudd, 2019)
30. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Wildflower Sky (single, 2019)
31. Titus Haug – Good Things Take Time (River Eyes EP, 2019)
32. April Verch – The Lord Knows I’m Drinking (Once A Day, 2019)
33. Steel Blossoms – Trailer Neighbor (single, Billy Jam Records, 2019)
34. Carl Anderson – Ten Different Reasons (single, 2019)
35. Adam Ostrar – Morning Said (The Worried Coat, Super Secret Records, 2019)
36. Abby Crerie – Inner Dialogue (single, 2019)
37. She Keeps Bees – Kinship (single, BB*Island, 2019)
38. Weyes Blood – Something To Believe In (Titanic Rising, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
39. Shana Cleveland – Don’t Let Me Sleep (Night of the Worm Moon, Hardly Art, 2019)
40. Roseanne Reid – What I’ve Done (Trails, Last Man Music, 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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