OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #28

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A bit later than usual, because I was on small vacation trip and just got back. I even thought about leaving this for tomorrow, but in the end wanted to push this through tonight. Maybe a little less of this pointless rambling because of that.

The most important album release of the week for me is the new album from Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses. I must admit that I haven’t even listened to it yet, because it wasn’t on Spotify first (is now) and I only had the iPad with me on the trip so couldn’t download it either. The digital version is available on his Bandcamp as name your-price-download. Other new album releases that find their way on my radar were from Cass McCombs, Deidre & The Dark, Bob Mould, The Lemonheads (covers album Varshons 2), Mercury Rev (revisiting Bobbie Gentry’s album with awesome guest vocalists), Chris Rawlins, Jessica Pratt, Michael Chapman, The Late Great, Mackenzie Shivers, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Henry Jamison.

There’s again a small Finnish language lesson in the middle. There was a new album excellent album from Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki and magnificent singles from Maustetytöt, M and Tanssiva Karhu (this last one is a few weeks old, but I missed it then). That song by Maustetytöt became a bit of an addiction and a good kind of earworm. They fully deserve all the hype.

The singles game was also strong in the international charts. Esther Rose’s single Blame it on the Moon was my favorite song of the week, closely followed by the new one from the forthcoming album Anna Tivel album. Piney Gir, Rod Melancon, Kashena Sampson, I Was a King and Robert Ellis were some other big favorites. As usual, I like each and every of these songs and could just easily namedrop them all. But let’s name one more, because Emily Scott Robinson’s song is more powerful than all the rest together.

That’s all for tonight. Sorry if there is even more mistakes and/or bad grammar than usually. Too tired to proofread this right now.

Update: Oh one more thing. I also started compiling my favorite Finnish songs of the year on one playlist called OCTA Finnish Songs of 2019. I probably won’t “promote” this, because I think it’s bad enough that I spam this weekly playlist every week. But if you only want the Finnish songs, there’s now this option too.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #28

1. Esther Rose – Blame It on the Moon (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
2. Anna Tivel – Minneapolis (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
3. Small Houses – Minnesota Entire (I Don’t Know What’s Safe, 2019)
4. Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes (Tip of the Sphere, ANTI-, 2019)
5. Piney Gir – Peanut Butter Malt Shop Heartthrob (single, STRS, 2019)
6. Rod Melancon – Corpus Christi Carwash (single, Blue Elan Records, 2019)
7. Kashena Sampson – Work of Art (single, New Moon, 2019)
8. Robert Ellis – When You’re Way (single, New West Records, 2019)
9. Deidre & The Dark – Which Way (Variety Hour, YouTooCanWoo, 2019)
10. Maustetytöt – Tein kai lottorivini väärin (single, Is This Art!, 2019)
11. M – Jos tulen takaisin (single, Solina Records, 2019)
12. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Menneisyyden kappale (Viisi vuotta myöhemmin, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
13. Tanssiva Karhu – Sen seitsemän meren taa (single, 2019)
14. I Was a King – Hatchet (single, 2019)
15. Bob Mould – Sunny Love Song (Sunshine Rock, Merge Records, 2019)
16. The Lemonheads – Speed of the Sound Of Loneliness (Varshons 2, Fire Records, 2019)
17. Chris Rawlins – Cold Night (Bring on the Rain, 2019)
18. Michael Chapman – Vanity & Pride (True North, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
19. Jessica Pratt – Silent Song (Quiet Sings, City Slang, 2019)
20. Mercury Rev (Feat Hope Sandoval) – Big Boss Man (Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete Revisited, Bella Union, 2019)
21. Jobi Riccio – Working Girl Blues (Strawberry Wine EP, 2019)
22. Thayer Sarrano – Grace Goes On (single, 2019)
23. Rosie Tucker – Habit (single, New Professor, 2019)
24. Tiny Ruins – One Million Flowers (Olympic Girls, Marathon, 2019)
25. Abigail Lapell – Shape of a Mountain (Getaway, Coax Records, 2019)
26. Emily Scott Robinson – The Dress (single, 2019)
27. Mackenzie Shivers – The Unkindness (The Unkindness, 2019)
28. Lydia Cole – The Sacred (single, 2019)
29. Space Daze – Cosmic Sign (Too Mystical, Jigsaw Records, 2019)
30. Viking Moses – Kid for the Cattle (single, Epifo Music, 2019)
31. Luther Russell – Talking To Myself (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
32. Blank Range – Trick of Light (In Unison, Sturdy Girls Records, 2019)
33. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – That’s What New Love is For (The Whole Shebang, Bigger Better More Records, 2019)
34. The Late Great – Carol (Temporary Love Songs, Safe & Sound Recordings, 2019)
35. Daniel Steinbock – Pine Needless (single, 2019)
36. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
37. The Felice Brothers – Undress (single, Yep Roc Records, 2019)
38. Mandolin Orange – Time We Made Time (Tides of a Teardrop, Yep Roc Records, 2019)
39. Jerry and The Outlaws – One More Sad Song (The Devil’s Cut, 2019)
40. Henry Jamison – Darkly (Gloria Duplex, Akira 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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Better Oblivion Community Center, Christian Lee Hutson, Dylan Rodrigue and Crane Like The Bird

Better Oblivion Community Center does not need an introduction, because by now pretty much everyone has heard of this new collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst. Their wonderful album is out on Dead Oceans and there’s a big tour on the horizon. This one actually hits Finland too and they will play at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki on the 29th of April. Tickets are on sale now, so go and get yours, if you want to hear two magnificent songwriters sing together in beautiful harmony.

Better Oblivion Community Center Website

Oh and there’s actually three first class songwriters on the bill, because Christian Lee Hutson (who also plays in BOCC) is the support artist. Therefore I have to use this opportunity to repost his song called I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore, because I love the song and have been desperately waiting for a new Christian Lee Hutson album since I heard it a few years ago.

Christian Lee Hutson Website

Then a couple of new favorites to round up tonight’s little blog post. First up is Dylan Rodrigue from Los Angeles and his debut album Cat’s Game that came out on the 25th of January on Bad Paintings (UK/Europe) and Palomino (US). It’s pretty stripped-down and lo-fi, but still insanely powerful. Occasionally every stroke of the guitar just cuts straight through me. It’s imperfect in a good way and feels real and alive. It ranges from folk songs to raw indie rockers. I’m especially fond of Some Kind of Heaven and this song called Self-Love.

Dylan Rodrigue Website

Staying in Los Angeles for the last entry. Kyle Crane has played with Neko Case, Daniel Lanois and lots of others but he also makes his own music as Crane Like The Bird. His new self-titled album saw the light of the day on the 18th of January. He has an all-star cast helping him and the album features folks like Ben Bridwell, M.Ward and James Mercer. The beautiful and moving song that can wrap up this little blog post is obviously the one that features Conor Oberst on vocals and tells a story of a snowboarding trip that Kyle made with his late father.

Crane Like The Bird at Facebook

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Twain, Caroline Spence, Cale Tyson & Charlie Whitten

Tonight’s small round up starts with the 2 new EPs from the legendary Twain. Alternator has been available digitally before, but New Miami Sound is entirely new addition to his catalogue. New Miami Sound is also sort of a Side C for his magnificent Rare Feeling album. The songs are from the same sessions, but didn’t quite fit on that amazing album. If you are new to Twain, the album Rare Feeling is probably the place to start. That record is everything, but these lovely EPs don’t fall far behind. Even during their dark and devastating moments, Twain’s songs somehow manage to feel warmhearted and full of empathy. The two EPs came out on Keeled Scales on the 25th of January.

Twain at Facebook

One of my most anticipated 2019 releases is the new Caroline Spence’s album Mint Condition that will be out on Rounder Records on the 3rd of May. I still have to wait a few months for the album, but an awesome two song digital single Long Haul / Mint Condition did surface a couple of weeks ago. Both songs are winners, but here’s the album closer and title track Mint Condition that also features Emmylou Harris.

Caroline Spence Website

Cale Tyson takes a new direction on his new EP Narcissist. He has written some gorgeous traditional country songs in the past and on the last full-length he explored country soul horizons. This time he wrote a fragile and honest EP and recorded it in his bedroom. It’s stripped-down and vulnerable, but leaves a strong impression on the listener. Bonus points for being able to use the word “instagram” and getting away with it. Just shows that everything can work, if you are a good songwriter. This is definitely more indie than country and therefore some old fans might struggle. I don’t mind at all. These labels are nonsense anyway. This is really good, maybe even the best thing he has done. And that’s all that matters.

Cale Tyson Website

Let’s wrap up tonight’s round up post with the new video from Charlie Whitten. If you followed this little back in 2017, you know that I absolute loved his Playwright EP. The Weather Station album and that EP were by far the most important releases of that year for me. There’s a new 4-song EP on the horizon and the first outtake is available as a magnificent music video. Out Of This was directed by Anthony Simpkins from the GemsOnVHS fame. Insanely good and I can’t wait to hear the new EP.

Charlie Whitten Website

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