OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #288

A very quick new music weekly after a two day music festival. Most likely missed a lot of good stuff.

New Melissa Carper is the album of the week. I’m a long time fan and this again such a great album. New Beachwood Sparks album is also a very big deal. Other big album releases came from Kiely Connell, Goodnight, Texas, David Quinn, Caleb Stine, Elijah Ocean, Carson McHone (cover EP), Eric McEntee (EP), Lance Howell, Blaine Todd, Wila Frank (EP) and Once Great Estate (this last one is a month old).

Quiet on the Finnish side of things. There’s a great new Ocelot single though. And I also included earlier 2024 single from Pelkkä Poutanen. A new one for me, but loved the concert yesterday at Ilmiö Festival and therefore included it now.

New Gillian Welch & David Rawlings song is the international single of the week. Other early faves came from Flora Hibberd, Max Bien Kahn, Rachel Brooke, India Ramey, Holy Matter, Hannah Juanita, Teenage Tom Petties, Andrew Combs and Lea Thomas. Again just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Next weekend there probably won’t be a new music weekly. My vacation plans are still up in the air, but I probably won’t have enough time to do this. If that’s the case, I’ll again try to cover two weeks with the next one. Love love love.

1. Melissa Carper – Let’s Stay Single Together (Borned in Ya, Mae Music / Thirty Tigers)
2. Kiely Connell – Coming Up Empty (My Own Company, Calumet Queen / Thirty Tigers)
3. Beachwood Sparks – Gem (Across the River of Stars, Curation Records)
4. Goodnight, Texas – The Offer (Signals)
5. David Quinn – Dear New York (Young Love)
6. Elijah Ocean – Loser’s Holiday (Loser’s Holiday)
7. Caleb Stine – 14 Miles (When I Was a Cowboy)
8. Carson McHone – It’s Alright Now (ODES EP, Merge Records)
9. Eric McEntee – I’m Not Bothered By The Rain (New Moons EP, Pacific Unions Records)
10. Lance Howell – Little White Lies (Last Living Legend)
11. Blaine Todd – Wild Desperation (Goodbye ‘Til I Do Good By You)
12. Once Great Estate – Ghosts (Goodbye Cody Scarp, Shire Sounds)
13. Wila Frank – Agua Verde (Agua Verde EP)
14. Flora Hibberd – Canopy (single, 22TWENTY)
15. Max Bien Kahn – Flowers (single, Well Kept Secret)
16. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – Empty Trainload of Sky (single, Acony Records)
17. Rachel Brooke – The One Who Got Away (single, MAL)
18. India Ramey – The Mountain (single, Mule Kick Records)
19. Hannah Juanita – Honky Tonkin’ For Life (single)
20. Pony Bradshaw – The Long Man (single, Black Mountain Music / Soundly Music)
21. Jobi Riccio – Instead (single, Yep Roc)
22. Holy Matter – Prince Gloom (single, Royal Oakie Records)
23. Lea Thomas – The Gift (single, Triple Dolphin Records)
24. Pelkkä Poutanen – Kosto (single, Eclipse Music)
25. Ocelot – Prinssi/Pikkuveli (single, Soliti)
26. Little Mystery – As It Seems (single, Ruination Record Co)
27. Teenage Tom Petties – Night Nurse (single, Safe Suburban Home x Repeating Cloud)
28. New Starts – A Little Stone (single, Fika Recordings)
29. Maxwell Stern feat Ratboys – How’d You Find Me (single, Lauren Records)
30. Daryll-Ann – Everything I Knew (single, Excelsior Recordings)
31. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – My Toxic Friend (single, Burundi Cloud)
32. Mike Viola – Rock of Bottom (single, Lojinx)
33. Laura Jane Grace – Karma Too Close (single, Total Treble)
34. The Heavy Heavy – Because You’re Mine (single, ATO Records)
35. Kasey Anderson – Back to Nashville (single, Nervous Kid Records)
36. Jeffrey Foucault – Solo Modelo (single, Fluff and Gravy Records)
37. Smith and Tegio – It Ain’t Easy..Being Sleazy (single)
38. Justin Townes Earle – Appalachian Nightmare (demo) (single, New West Records)
39. JP Harris – To the Doves (single, Bloodshot Records)
40. Golden Everything – Steel City Blues (single, Rancho Deluxe Records)
41. Andrew Combs – The Sea In Me (single, Loose Music)
42. Jana Pochop – The Architect + The Artist (single, Patient Grasshopper Music)
43. Wild Ponies – Love You Right Now (single, No Evil Records)
44. Gold Star Gold Star – Anything You Want Me To Be (single)
45. Well Well Well – Sunset Cliffs (single, Roayl Oakie Records)
46. John Blek – Country Mile (single, Bigger River Recording Co)
47. Woog Riots – Riverboat to Amsterdam (single, From Lo-Fi To Disco!)
48. Freya Josephine Hollick – Rhinestone Cowboy (single, Cheersquad Records & Tapes)
49. Alicia Blue feat Lucinda Williams – Tennessee (single, Tone Tree Music)
50. Idanha – Eastbound Westbound (single)
51. Ben Arsenault – Too Late (Make Way For This Heartache)
52. Ben Vallee – Besides Myself (Introducing..)
53. Rainy Eyes – Faded Away (Lonesome Highway, Royal Potato Family)
54. West of Roan – The Beran (Queen of Eyes, Spinster)
55. Maya De Vitry – Watching the Whole Sky Change (The Only Moment, Mad Maker Studio)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

YouTube Playlist

A few Bandcamp cuts for the lovely non-streamers:





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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to other platforms. This means a few tracks might be missing from the from the other platforms, if they are not available there. Oh and there’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #287

Summer vacation. Thankfully so, because both mind and the body need the rest. But hobbies continue, so here’s the new music weekly. A lot of country and especially country Bens this week.

The new one from Johnny Blue Skies (aka Sturgill) is the album of the week even though I usually go with a less household name for that. I haven’t made a deep dive yet, but liked it a lot on quick listen. We also have new albums from Maya De Vitry, Rainy Eyes, Chris Emmert & Austin Stambaugh, West of Roan, Ben Arsenault, Ben Vallee (this is about a month old, but I missed it back then), Ben Jarrell, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Cassandra Lewis, Bright Arcana, Cassandra Jenkins, Color Green, Deer Tick, Smug Brothers (EP), Chris Cohen and LadyCouch.

Again only a a few Finnish cuts, but I love them all. These are singles from Hattara, Jani Matti Juhani and Emilia Sisco and Cold Diamond & Mink. I’m very eager to hear that Hattara album, because so far I’ve only heard good/great song from them. I’ve been even thinking of going to the album release concert in Helsinki, but that might get a little too tricky due to work-related reasons.

A lot of international singles gold too. The song of the week is the new one from Christo Graham. Other big early faves came from Richard Laviolette, Christian Lee Hutson, The Softies, Quivers, The Secret Beach, Bobby Emmett, Jack M. Senff and Bella White. Again just to name few. Something that I didn’t namedrop here might end up being the one I love the most.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Next weekend I will be at Ilmiö Festival for two days. The plan is still to make the new music weekly, but it’s probably late Sunday. Maybe even Monday, if I’m too tired on Sunday. The weekend after that I will maybe skip altogether, because vacation things might come in the way. We’ll see. Love.

1. Johnny Blue Skies – Who I Am (Passage Du Desir, High Top Mountain Records / Thirty Tigers)
2. Rainy Eyes – Misty Mama (Lonesome Highway, Royal Potato Family)
3. Chris Emmert & Austin Stambaugh – Man Like Me (Emmert Stambaugh, Anti-Corp)
4. Ben Arsenault – Carried Away (Make Way For This Heartache)
5. Ben Vallee – Keeping Up With an Angel (Introducing..)
6. Ben Jarrell – ‘Til Forever Comes Around (A Country Song, IFITAINTBROKE)
7. Cassandra Lewis – Emerald City (Lost in a Dream, A Low Country Sound / Elektra)
8. Jake Xerxes Fussell – Cuckoo! (When I’m Called, Fat Possum Records)
9. Maya De Vitry – If They Feel Like Wings (The Only Moment, Mad Maker Studio)
10. West of Roan – Mountain (Queen of Eyes, Spinster)
11. Bright Arcana feat J.E. Sunde – Afraid of Everything (To The Terrible Blood, Plasa Recordings)
12. Cassandra Jenkins – Aurora, IL (My Light, My Destroyer, Dead Oceans)
13. Color Green – Ball and Key (Fool’s Parade, New West Records)
14. Deer Tick – Sacrosanct (A Matter of Time, ATO Records)
15. Smug Brothers – Seamus and the Younger (Another Bar Behind the Night, Mel-Tones Songs)
16. Chris Cohen – Physical Address (Paint a Room, Hardly Art)
17. LadyCouch – Seasick (A Matter of Time, SSK Records)
18. Richard Laviolette – Saved By Rock and Roll (single, You’ve Changed Records)
19. Christo Graham – If I Don’t Leave Now (single, We Are Busy Bodies)
20. Christian Lee Hutson – After Hours (single, Anti)
21. The Softies – California Highway 99 (single, Father/Daughter Records)
22. The Secret Beach – If You Don’t Love Me, Let Me Go (single, Victory Pool)
23. Quivers – Pink Smoke (single, Merge Records)
24. Mt. Misery – Lunch Break (single, Prefect Records / Queit Crown)
25. Bobby Emmett feat Brendan Benson – Wild Blood (single)
26. Hattara – Uimaan (single, Cotton Candy Company)
27. Jani Matti Juhani – Muurahainen (single, Ainoa Productions)
28. Emilia Sisco and Cold Diamond & Mink – Love Can Carry Me (single, Timmion Records)
29. Sam Blasucci – Love Come Down (single, Innovative Leisure / Calico Discos)
30. The Deslondes – I’ll Do It (single, New West Records)
31. Jack M. Senff – Country Fair (single, Skeletal Lightning)
32. Bella White – Nobody Dies Anymore (single, Rounder Records)
33. Melissa Erin – Be the Sparrow (single)
34. Reece Sullivan – Two Heinie Two-Step (single)
35. Beau Jennings & The Tigers – Broken Angel (single, Black Mesa Records)
36. Amy Annelle – East Texas Son (single, High Plains Sigh)
37. Dolly Valentine – Madonna at the Dark Spring (single, Holy Golden Music)
38. Merce Lemon – Backyard Lover (single, Darling Recordings)
39. Tasha – Beginning (single, Bayonet Records)
40. Wila Frank – All I Know Of You (single)
41. Sima Cunningham – Nothing (single, Ruination Record Co)
42. Lindsay Reamer – Figs and Peaches (single, Dear Life Records)
43. Braden Lawrence – Gary (single, Anxiety Blanket Records)
44. Mr. Husband – Believer (single, Airloom / Good Soil)
45. Tony Jay – The Darkerst Corner (single, Slumberland)
46. Alfie Firmin – Sentimental Doubt (single, An Onionheads Production)
47. Chime School – Wandering Song (single, Slumberland Records)
48. This Frontier Needs Heroes – Carolina Peaches (single, Real Job Records)
49. Julian Taylor – Ain’t Life Strange (single, Howling Turtle)
50. Jeremie Albino – Rolling Down The 405 (single, Easy Eye Sound)
51. Hogslop String Band feat Sierra Ferrell – Oldsmobile (single, Tone Tree Music)
52. Charlie Overman – Capps (Charlie Overman)
53. Joe Wunderle – Don’t Know When (And His Caravan Orchestra, Anti-Corp)
54. Ite Eerola – Kiviä ja laivoja (single, Panama-levyt)
55. Gabriel Birnbaum – Drinking Year (Patron Saint of Tireless Losers, Western Vinyl)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

YouTube Playlist

A few Bandcamp cuts for the lovely non-streamers:





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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to other platforms. This means a few tracks might be missing from the from the other platforms, if they are not available there. Oh and there’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #286

Another busy weekend, but here’s finally a new music weekly. Trying to cover the past two weeks with this one and I’m pretty sure I missed a whole lot of good stuff.

New Gabriel Birnbaum is the album of the week(s). There’s also great new albums from Laughing, Bacchae, Joe Wunderle, Charlie Overman, Zach Bryan, Alice Wallace, Kaitlin Butts, Silverada, The Golden Roses, Aaron Frazer, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Felice Brothers, Rose Gerber (EP), Duff Thompson, Wilco (EP), Richard Tripps, Alluvial Nuggets, Redd Kross, Nighttime, and Queen of Jeans.

Only a few Finnish things on this monster playlist, but I love them all dearly. My big favorite ITE EEROLA has a new double single and that is always a big deal. The singles from Haamusoittajat and Nikita Titov also hit the core of my heart. Then there’s also single gold from Juha Mäki-Patola and new Timmion artist Bronze, Silver and Brass.

There’s a huge amount of gorgeous international singles. Some early favorites came from Erin Durant, Drew Beskin, Jennifer Castle, Erisy Watt, Melissa Carper, MJ Lenderman, Caleb Stine, Adam Remnant, Chris Emmert & Austin Stambaugh, Bob Sumner, I Was a King, Icarus Phoenix, Sinai Vessel and so many others.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Back again next week. Hopefully. There probably will be 1-2 missed weekends during this summertime. I’ll let you know on the social platforms, if and when I skip a week. Love love love.

1. Gabriel Birnbaum – Laughing Backwards (Patron Saint of Tireless Losers, Western Vinyl)
2. Laughing – You and I (Because It’s True, Meritorio Records)
3. Bacchae – New Jersey (Next Time, Get Better Records)
4. Joe Wunderle – When the Rain Comes Down on the Caravan (And His Caravan Orchestra, Anti-Corp)
5. Charlie Overman – Linda Jean (Charlie Overman)
6. Zach Bryan feat John Moreland – Memphis: The Blues (The Great American Bar Scene, Belting Bronco Records / Warner Records)
7. Kaitlin Butts – Spur (Roadrunner! Soundly Music)
8. Alice Wallace – Looking (Here I Am, Mule Kick Records)
9. Silverada – Stubborn Son (Silverada, Prairie Rose Records)
10. The Golden Roses – Heartbreak Fixer Uppers (Heartbreak Fixer Uppers)
11. Aaron Frazer – Play On (Into the Blue, Dead Oceans)
12. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – I Would Like to Heal (South of Here, Stax Records)
13. The Felice Brothers – Black Is My True Love’s Hair (Valley of Abandoned Songs, Million Stars)
14. Rose Gerber – Captain (Untraveled Highway EP)
15. Duff Thompson – More Than You’ll Ever Know (Shadow People II)
16. Wilco – Annihilation (Hot Sun Cool Shroud EP, dBpm Records)
17. Richard Tripps – All Things Moving On (Between the Morning, Perpetual Doom)
18. Alluvial Nuggets – Coz I Luv You (Alluvial Nuggets, Lost and Lonesome)
19. Redd Kross – The Main Attraction (Redd Kross, In the Red Records)
20. Queen of Jeans – Go Down Easy (All Again, Memory Music)
21. Nighttime – Cali-for-ni-a (Lone Star)
22. Erin Durant – Spiraling (single, Ruination Record Co)
23. Jennifer Castle – Blowing Kisses (single, Solstice Radio / Paradise of Bachelors)
24. Erisy Watt – Anywhere With You (single, First City Artists)
25. ITE EEROLA – Linnut (single, Panama-levyt)
26. Haamusoittajat – Galaktinen kalakeitto (single)
27. Nikita Titov – Kirkas tähtiyö (single)
28. Juha Mäki-Patola – Sunpath (single, Moderna Records)
29. Bronze, Silver & Brass – Conrad’s Lesson (single, Timmion Records)
30. Kelly Finnigan – My Love Is For You (single, Colemine Records)
31. Benny Trokan – It’s Time (single, Daptone Records)
32. Melissa Carper – Somewhere Between Texas and Tennessee (single, Mae Music / Thirty Tigers)
33. Elijah Ocean – I’ll Take a Pitcher (single)
34. Bob Sumner – Motel Room (single, Fluff and Gravy Records)
35. Chris Emmert & Austin Stambaugh – Ain’t That Like It Is (single, Anti-Corp)
36. Caleb Caudle – Knee Deep Blues (single, Missing Piece Records)
37. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Cheap Shots (single, Plastic Pistol Records)
38. American Aquarium – Messy as a Magnolia (single, Losing Side Records / Thirty Tigers)
39. MJ Lenderman – She’s Leaving You (single, Anti)
40. Drew Beskin – Long List of Demands (single, Super Canoe / WBAZ Records)
41. Fightmilk – Summer Bodies (single, Fika Recordings)
42. Bad Moves – Hallelujah (single, Don Giovanni Records)
43. Best Bets – Monster (single, Meritorio Records)
44. I Was a King – Favourite Colours (single)
45. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – All Night (single, Tough Love)
46. Sad Eyed Beatniks – It’s Who Makes the Scene (single, Meritorio Records)
47. Giant Day – Ignore The Flood (single, Elephant 6 Recording Co)
48. Sinai Vessel – Laughing (single, Keeled Scales)
49. Icarus Phoenix – High Tide (single)
50. Adam Remnant – Coming Down (single, Coiled Myth Records)
51. Jack M. Senff – Kickin’ Around (single, Skeletal Lightning)
52. Caleb Stine – If I Could Catch Moonlight (single)
53. Anders Jörnesten – On the Outskirts of Town (single)
54. Marley Hale – Dear Girl (single)
55. Kiely Connell – Restless Bones (single, Calumet Queen Records / Thirty Tigers)
56. Matt Moran & Rebecca Porter – Smoke and Mirrors (single, Broken Tenor Records)
57. Mac Leaphart – Rock & Roll, Hey (single)
58. Carolyn Shulman – Little Sparrow (single, CJS Music)
59. Rachel Baiman & Nicholas Jamerson – The Vine That Ate the South (single, Signature Sounds Recordings)
60. Lance Howell – Bleeding Rose (single)
61. Will Quinlan – Bluebirds (My Empty Page) (single, Ironweed Music Recordings)
62. VanWyck – Desert Bride (single, Maiden Name Records)
63. MAITA – Break Up Song x 3 (single, Fluff and Gravy Records)
64. Nick Delffs – Without Touching (single, Mama Bird Recording Co)
65. Sam and Louise Sullivan – I Got a Light (single, Historic New Jersey Recordings)
66. Skylar Gudasz – Truck (single, Perseids Records)
67. Little Mystery – Shame (single, Ruination Record Co)
68. Allegra Krieger – Never Arriving (single, Double Double Whammy)
69. Lena Minder – Build a Home (single, Royal Tea Music)
70. West of Roan – By All the Light (single, Spinster)
71. Wila Frank – Truly Broken (single)
72. Dominic Angelella – Freaks of the Optical Daytime (single, Dumb Solitaire)
73. Toby Goodshank – Come Crawling (single)
74. Chris Cohen – Night or Day (single, Hardly Art)
75. Floating Action – Say a Prayer (single, Airloom)
76. Thorsten Nesch – The Next Beach (single, Polterzeitgeist Records)
77. Cooper Kenward – Lost Ones (Dying in a Diner, Soggy Anvil Records)
78. Lucas Benoit – Waste of Time (Lucas Benoit)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

YouTube Playlist

A few Bandcamp cuts for the lovely non-streamers:





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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to other platforms. This means a few tracks might be missing from the from the other platforms, if they are not available there. Oh and there’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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