Damien Jurado, Esther Rose, Steve Sloane, Anna Tivel & Le Ren

Hey a blog entry that is not just a somewhat irrelevant playlist post. These songs have all be on the playlists though. So you have already heard these, if you are following them. Anyway, here’s a small round-up post of a few amazing songs that I’ve madly fallen in love with during these first months of the year.

Starting off with the first single South from the forthcoming Damien Jurado album In the Shape of a Storm. A new Damien Jurado album is a parade-worthy event even on its own, but the news that the album will be released by Mama Bird Recording Co (USA) and Loose Music (UK/Europe) made me immensely happy. Damien Jurado joining Mama Bird family just makes perfect sense. The album is due out on the 12th of April, but here’s the beautiful and sparse first outtake South.

And because I’m so slow with my blog writings, there’s actually also a gorgeous second single available. Damien Jurado originally wrote this song Lincoln back in 1998 for his 3rd album Ghost Of David and now this hidden treasure will finally see the light of the day as the album opener of In The Shape of a Storm.

Damien Jurado Website

One of my big new favorites is New Orleans-based country/folk songwriter Esther Rose. The excellent Father/Daughter Records released her new single Don’t Blame it On the Moon on the 6th of February and I’ve been somewhat obsessed with this wonderful song. I also highly recommend her 2017 album This Time Last Night that I managed to miss back then (further proof that you need better music sources than this little blog).

Esther Rose at Facebook

Steve Sloane is a Toronto-based songwriter who used to release rather remarkable albums under the name Hinindar. Now he uses his own given name and released a new album Near Death on the 3rd of February. I’m not sure do I have the words to describe it, but I have the heart to feel it. Exceptional art. This song Let All In in particular has given me a shoulder to lean on during the last few weeks. Another blog favourite Julie Arsenault sings beautiful harmonies on the song.

Steven Sloane / Hinindar at Facebook

Next up is the title track The Question of the new Anna Tivel album that will be released on the 19th of April by Portland-based Fluff and Gravy Records. This is one of my most anticipated albums of the year, because I love her songwriting and I have full trust in the producer Shane Leonard to add even further magic into her moving songs.

Anna Tivel Website

Let’s wrap this little blog entry with Love Can’t Be the Only Reason to Stay by Le Ren. Such a powerful song and this magnificent music video directed by Ali Vanderkruyk makes the impact of the song even stronger. Love sure can’t be the only reason to stay. That’s it for now, hopefully another post sometime soon-ish, but no promises whatsover.

Le Ren Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #30

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Already the 30th episode of this silly weekly playlist. That’s already an insane amount of time spent on something that doesn’t have a whole lot of significance. But I don’t really mind that much, because this is always a good exercise and keeps me on the loop of what new music is out there. Oh and I do know that I still miss a ton of stuff each week, but at least somewhat less than before I started doing these every week.

My most anticipated albums this week were from Australian songwriter Julia Jacklin, UK’s country soul queen Yola and Californian folk rock band China. That just a tip of the iceberg though and the week gave us new albums from Adia Victoria, Apples with Moya, Emily Scott Robinson, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Vandoliers, Our Native Daughters, Susto, Luther Russell, Spencer Burton (acoustic version of his latest album). There’s also a song from a couple of older ones that I missed when they were released (Andrea Von Kampen and The Maureens).

The small Finnish section contains gorgeous new singles from Salainen avaruusohjelma and Lanai plus a song from the brand new M album Näytän missä asun that came out on Friday on Solina Records.

Again a bunch of magnificent new singles too. For example those Clara Baker and Caleb Elliot albums are shaping up to be awesome, because all of the advance singles have been so great. This week we also got the first taste from forthcoming albums by Steven Lambke, Aldous Harding and Justin Townes Earle. There’s also the latest single from Ian Daniel Kehoe now on the list. I still haven’t come into terms with the fact that I forgot to put it on this list a week ago. I’m ashamed. Oh and there’s a new song by Teenage Fanclub. They are #2 on my all-time favorite bands list, so a new song TFC song is always a big deal. And as usual, I could just as well namedrop all of these bands/artists, because I like each and every song on this playlist.

That’s it for this week. Sorry that I’ve been such a lousy excuse of a blogger for the last few weeks. Somehow this again feels like a struggle and even somewhat irrelevant to keep it up. It’s not even that I don’t have time, because I’ve spent like a trillion of hours hitting f5 on hfboards following NHL trade action. I’m still too stubborn to quit this though. I’m not sure whether that is a good thing or not. I’ll try to pull myself back together and fall in love with this again. Meanwhile there will be at least this one post each week. Hopefully something else too during the next week, but no promises whatsoever. Perhaps I should just come up with more daily, weekly, monthly features, because doing this weekly thing has become a routine. Even a routine that I enjoy. It’s just so easy to let things slide and therefore it’s good to have some structure that keeps me going.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #30

1. Julia Jacklin – Good Guy (Crushing, Transgressive Records, 2019)
2. Yola – Ride Out In The Country (Walk Through Fire, Easy Eye Sound, 2019)
3. Aldous Harding – The Barrel (single, 4AD, 2019)
4. China – Satan’s Got a River (And the Nothing Happened, Royal Okie, 2019)
5. Adia Victoria – Devil Is a Lie (Silences, Atlantic, 2019)
6. Caleb Elliot – Burns Like Hell (single, Single Lock Records, 2019)
7. Clara Baker – Things To Burn (single, 2019)
8. Steven Lambke – Fireworks (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
9. Ian Daniel Kehoe – One Picture (single, Tin Angel Records, 2019)
10. Teenage Fanclub – Everything is Falling Apart (single, PEMA, 2019)
11. Quivers – You’re Not Always On My Mind (single, Hotel Motel Records, 2019)
12. Apples With Moya – To Be Adored (Get Behind The Horses, 2019)
13. Strand of Oaks – Ruby (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)
14. Emily Scott Robinson – Ghost in Every Town (Traveling Mercies, 2019)
15. Matthew Logan Vasquez – Ghostwriter (Light’n Up, Dine Alone Music, 2019)
16. Vandoliers – Miles and Miles (Forever, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
17. Molly Tuttle – Million Miles (single, Compass Records, 2019)
18. Carla Geneve – 2001 (single, Dot Dash Recordings, 2019)
19. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – You Know It Hurts Me (single, 2019)
20. Justin Townes Earle – Ain’t Got No Money (single, New West Records, 2019)
21. Durand Jones & The Indications – Long Way Home (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)
22. Our Native Daughters – I Knew I Could Fly (Songs Of Our Native Daughters, 2019)
23. Caroline Lazar – Only One (single, Reading Past Bedtime, 2019)
24. Andrea Von Kampen – Portland (Old Country, 2019)
25. Ryan Dugre – Tonight (single, Birdwatcher Records, 2019) <-Sibylle Baier Cover!
26. Salainen avaruusohjelma – Hehkuviin tuuliin (single, Nefer Maglev, 2019)
27. M – Puolipilvistä säätä (Näytän missä asun, Solina Records, 2019)
28. Lanai – Hold onto Nothing (single, 2019)
29. The Wild Reeds – Giving Up On You (single, Dualtone, 2019)
30. Damn Tall Buildings – Late July (single, 2019)
31. Susto – House of the Blue Green Buddha (Ever Since I Lost My Mind, Rounder Records, 2019)
32. Silver Lake 66 – Ragged Heart (single, 2019)
33. Luther Russell – Talking To Myself (Medium Cool, Fluff and Gravy, 2019)
34. The Maureens – 20 Years of the Company (single, 2019)
35. Justin Rutledge – Good Man (single, Outside Music, 2019)
36. Spencer Burton – Songs of Hurtin’ (Songs Of (acoustic), Dine Alone Music, 2019)
37. Conor Donohue – The Garden (single, 2019)
38. Steve Sloane – I Will Not See Myself Today (Near Death, 2019)
39. Hayes Carll – I Will Stay (What It Is, Dualtone, 2019)
40. Robert Ellis – Lullaby (Texas Piano Man, New West 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 #29

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This was a big release week and I haven’t managed to listen everything yet. So there might even more good stuff missing than usually. The new Robert Ellis and Hayes Carll albums are the two big ones, but there’s so much more and most of these are awesome. This list includes songs from the new albums from Charles Wesley Godwin, Kalyn Fay, Harlem, Daniel Steinbock, Smug Brothers, Tullycraft (I missed this a week or two ago), Golden Daze, Lisa Papineau, The Long Ryders, Jerry David DeCicca (acoustic after party version of his 2018 album) and Big Joe & The Dynaflows. Plus some new EPs too from Bec Stevens, Francie Moon, The City Views.

The album I listened to the most is the new Steve Sloane album. It came out a couple of weeks ago, but it is now on this Spotify thing too. I bought a download of it too, because I try to support the music that matters to me.

There’s not much Finnish stuff on the list this time around, but quality over quantity. It will be an incredible year if these new Salaliitto and Hullu Ruusu albums won’t end up on my top 10 in December. Extremely highly recommend stuff, if you can master the Finnish language. And well even if you don’t, because music is a universal language.

Song of the week is the new Damien Jurado single and I’m thrilled that his new album will come out on Mama Bird Recording Co & Loose Music. I was also really moved by Le Ren’s powerful song, which is not brand new, but a new song and artist to me. There are also new singles from some forthcoming album that I’m so eager to hear (Caroline Spence, Daniel Norgren, Hand Habits, Julia Jacklin, Weyes Blood, John Paul White etc). As usual, everything else would also be worth namedropping on this text too. They are on this list, because I really like them. I even had to leave some out, because I didn’t want to make this any longer 40 songs. Soon I will probably give up and just let this expand even further. So much great music every week and I love that.

1. Damien Jurado – South (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)
2. Le Ren – Love Can’t Be The Only Reason To Stay (single, 2019)
3. Steve Sloane – Let All In (Near Death, 2019)
4. Robert Ellis – Father (Texas Piano Man, New West Records, 2019)
5. Caroline Spence – Sit Here and Love Me (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
6. Hayes Carll – What It Is (What It Is, Dualtone, 2019)
7. Charles Wesley Godwin – Seneca Creek (Seneca, 2019)
8. Daniel Norgren – The Flow (single, Superpuma Records, 2019)
9. Kalyn Fay – Alright in the End (Good Company, Horton Records, 2019)
10. Daniel Steinbock – Good News (Out Of Blue, 2019)
11. Harlem – All Men Are Dogs (Oh Boy, Female Fantasy Records, 2019)
12. Salaliitto – Valeriaana (Puolet, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
13. Hullu Ruusu – Käsipohjaa (Rehab, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
14. Hand Habits – What Lovers Do (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
15. Julia Jacklin – Comfort (single, Transgressive, 2019)
16. Weyes Blood – Everyday (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
17. Bec Stevens – Time It Takes (Why Don’t You Just EP, Hobblehoy, 2019)
18. Pretty Matty – Kicked Out (single, Must Be Nice Records, 2019)
19. Smug Brothers – Beethoven Tonight (Attic Harvest, 2019)
20. Francie Moon – New Morning Light (Morning Light EP, Keeper Records, 2019)
21. Tullycraft – We Couldn’t Dance to Billy Joel (The Railway Prince Hotel, HHBTM Records, 2019)
22. Mammoth Penguins – I Wanna (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
23. City Views – Singing Down the Phone (Find Me Rewinding EP, 2019)
24. Johanna Samuels – Rush of Wheels (single, Basin Rock, 2019)
25. Golden Daze – Lynard Bassman (Simpatico, Autumn Tone Records, 2019)
26. The Cactus Blossoms – Got a Lotta Love (single, Walkie Talkie Records, 2019)
27. Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells – Second Line Baby Blues (single, 2019)
28. Clara Baker – Doubt (single, 2019)
29. Julia Purcell – Close Your Eyes (single, OK Recordings, 2019)
30. Lisa Papineau – Beautiful (Oh Dead on Oh Love, Team Player, 2019)
31. John Paul White – I Wish I Could Write You a Song (single, Single Lock Records, 2019)
32. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – On The Banks (single, 2019)
33. Son Volt – The 99 (single, Transmit Sound, 2019)
34. Gillian Welch – When a Cowboy Trades Hs Spurs For Wings (single, Acony Records, 2019)
35. The Long Ryders – Let It Fly (Psychedelic Country Soul, Cherry Red Records, 2019)
36. Lowland Hum – A Drive Through The Countryside (single, 2019)
37. Small Houses – Auburn Race Day (I Don’t Know What’s Safe, 2019)
38. Chris Rawlins – Leave (Bring on the Rain, 2019)
39. Jerry David DeCicca – Burning Daylight (Burning Daylight -Acoustic After Party Version, Super Secret Records, 2019)
40. Big Joe & The Dynaflows – World Gone Wrong (Rockhouse Party, Severn Records, 2019)

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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