turns 17

Hurray for One Chord to Another. This little thing is now 17 years old. Of course this so-called blog birthday is hardly a reason for a big celebration, because it’s pretty much just showcasing my insanity, resilience, passion and stubborness. It would be easy to argue that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend 17 years and hundreds and hundreds of hours in something that pays absolutely nothing and doesn’t really have a whole lot of significance either. Especially because it’s been a continuous struggle to keep this labour of love project alive in the midst of the realities of the everyday life. In some ways things like these are definitely more suitable for the studying days when the dayjobs aren’t hanging over one’s shoulder draining away all the time and energy. I seriously thought about quitting for years, but fuck all that. I love this. This matters to me, this is a significant part of who I am and I’m somewhat proud of doing this for such a ridiculously long time and at the moment I don’t have any desire to quit. This has given me way more than I could ever had hoped for. I’ve met so many lovely warm-hearted people from all over the world both online and in person and many of them have become dear friends.

All this might change and I don’t give any definite promises. I’m sure there will be times when the everyday life throws more curve balls than what I can hit and I just don’t have what it takes to update frequently. The introduction of the weekly playlist seems like a good thing at the moment, because even though they are hardly viral, making it every week adds some much needed rhythm and structure to the blog. During the years I’ve come to realize that it’s so easy to let things slide and so hard to start again. A writing break so easily just carries on and on, because after a while there’s dozens of new songs and thousands of unread emails and you don’t even know where to start again and therefore things just slide and the situation only gets worse. So even though, it may sound rather strange, for me writing this continuosly seems to be far easier than taking some weeks off and then be completely overflowed with the amount of new music. This way I will do at least one post every week and it also encourages me to do other posts, because I don’t want this to become just a playlist thing.

A couple of things I’ve considered are trying to give interviews a go and dropping or changing the subtitle ”A Finnish Pop Site”. Nothing might come out off either. Maybe some kind of Q&A type of thing might not be that hard, but it’s difficult to find a unique or even remotely interesting angle. So self-doubt might be too strong for that. The problem with the Finnish Pop Site subtitle is just that it gives a bit wrong impression and therefore might not be a good thing. After all, this is closer to an americana blog these days. But sure, I’ve gotten a bit too attached to it during the years (even though it was a little different for a little while), so I might not have the heart to change it.

I think that’s enough of pointless yearly ramblings. I think I owe a beer to anyone who read all of this. But hey, I have to share some music with the seven people who read this far. After all, this blog has nothing to do with music critique, but it has everything to do with loving music passionately. So here’s a couple of songs from the album that I’ve loved the most during this current year. This is The Lonesomest Sound That Can Sound by Clay Parker and Jodi James. Such a brilliant record from this folk duo from Louisiana. They also have musical role on Blaze, the new 2018 movie about the legendary songwriter Blaze Foley.

Clay Parker and Jodi James Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A strong week of new music once again. Every week is and there’s always so much beautiful songs available, if you take a little time to find them. Let’s kick off the list with the new Philippe Bronchtein song that is the title track of his forthcoming album Me and & The Moon. Releasing this magnificent song was a quick save, but I would still like to tweet him a cat photo every day of the week haha. The week also gave us incredible new singles from Courtney Marie Andrews, St. Lenox, Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover, Jamie Lin Wilson, Matthew McNeal, Erin Enderlin, Adrianne Lenker etc. Oh and Fight by Vanessa Peters. Love that song so much, but it’s not available on Finnish Spotify. A couple of Finnish songs too this time around. A new song from Jolly Jumpers, one of the all-time best Finnish bands and also a new song from Kielo Kärkkäinen. There’s some pretty special EPs out there as well. I’ve been especially enjoying the ones by Nickel & Rose and Jim Bryson and look forward to spending more time with the new First Aid Kit and Liza Anne during the coming week.

And last but not least the new albums. I have again managed to skip a couple of the bigger ones (time is limited), but the ones that have ruled my weekend are from Fred Thomas, Malcolm Holcombe, Night Shop, Marc Ribot, Emma Ruth Rundle, Sandro Perri, Chris Velan, Cedric Burnside and Willie Nelson. Rae Spoon, Turner Cody and Fables from last week stay on with another beautiful new song.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

1. Philippe Bronchtein – Me And The Moon (single, 2018)
2. Nickel & Rose – Hard Day’s Work (Americana EP, 2018)
3. St. Lenox – Hashtag Brooklyn Karaoke Party (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
4. Jim Bryson – Labor Drive (Tired of Waiting EP, Coax Records, 2018)
5. Fred Thomas (feat Anna Burch) – Altar (Aftering, Polyvinyl, 2018)
6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Heart and Mind (single, Loose Music, 2018)
7. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Kuunnelkaa (single, Texicalli, 2018)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock Holy (single, Merge Records, 2018)
9. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – Slow Talkin’ (single, Son Canciones, 2018)
10. Matthew McNeal – Change (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2018)
11. Drew Beskin – Pharmacy Girl (single, Laser Brains, 2018)
12. Malcolm Holcombe (feat Iris DeMent) – I Don’t Wanna Disappear (Come Hell or High Water, Gypsy Eyes, 2018)
13. Erin Enderlin – These Boots (single, 2018)
14. Cedric Burnside – Give It To You (Benton County Relic, Single Lock Records, 2018)
15. Chris Velan – The Holdout (Amateur Hour, 2018)
16. Reno Bo – Old Glories (single, Electric Western Records, 2018)
17. Night Shop – If You Remember (In The Break, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
18. Adrianne Lenker – Symbol (single, Saddle Creek, 2018)
19. Rae Spoon – I Held My Breath (bodiesofwater, Coax Records, 2018)
20. Turner Cody – Smoking in the Dark (The Duke Of Decline, Boy Scout Recordings, 2018)
21. Jolly Jumpers – Morning Glory (single, Jukan musiikki, 2018)
22. Tim Cohen – I’m a Girl (single, Sinderlyn, 2018)
23. Jamie Lin Wilson – Oklahoma Stars (single, 2018)
24. Liza Anne – Dreams (Dreams EP, Arts & Crafts, 2018)
25. Emma Ruth Rundle – You Don’t Have To Cry (On Dark Horses, Sargent House, 2018)
26. First Aid Kit – Tender Offerings (Tender Offerings EP, Columbia Records, 2018)
27. Fables – All The Pretty Little Horses (Portraits, Second Hand Records, 2018)
28. Marc Ribot (feat Tom Waits) – Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) (Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, Anti-, 2018)
29. Sandro Perri (feat Dan Bejar) – Everybody’s Paris Pt. III (In Another Life, Constellation, 2018)
30. Willie Nelson – My Way (My Way, Sony Music, 2018)

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.

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

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Fables – Portraits EP

Fables is a musical ensemble from Auckland, New Zealand and their debut EP Portraits came out on Second Hand Records on the 7th of September. Jess Bailey has written a fascinating collection of elegant and intriguing folk songs. The writing is so good throughout the record and there are so many moments that I love like the beginning of the lead single We Could Be All where she sings I was unaware of the ones who cared that I put my right foot first. In a way so simple, but still somehow unique and compelling way to deliver a sentiment. My own favorite song of the EP is this beautifully arranged How To Be Comfortable, but do hit the links on the bandcamp player below in order to buy/hear whole lovely EP.

Fables Website
Second Hand Records Website

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Charles Walker & Ben Trickey split 7″ EP

This is a pretty damn impressive split 7″ from songwriters that are still pretty unknown at least in this corner of the world. Charles Walker & Ben Trickey split 7″ EP came out on 27th of July on Anthem Breath Records. I had Sorted Out by Charles Walker on one of those weekly playlist that I’ve been making and the song has been stuck in my head ever since. It’s such a great song and the playing on the chorus always gives me early Songs-Ohia vibes and I love that. Here’s a song from each songwriter. If you want a physical copy of the single, travel to

Ben Trickey Website
Charles Walker Website

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Becky Warren – The Drake Motel (single/video)

Becky Warren’s new album Undesirable will be released on the 19th of October. It’s a gorgeous rock’n’roll record about humanity and the good in everyone. The new video The Drake Motel was shot at that exact location, The Drake Motel in Nashville, TN and tells the story of so-called motel homeless. These good-hearted folks earn enough money to afford basic housing, but aren’t able to meet other requirements needed to obtain an apartment. An important story and a brilliant song. That chorus has been stuck in my head ever since I first heard it.

Becky Warren Website

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JP Harris – JP’s Florida Blues #1 (single/video)

There’s a new great JP Harris album on the horizon. JP Harris is a great country songwriter from Nashville and the album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing is due out on the 5th of October on Free Dirt Records. The lead single JP’s Florida Blues #1 recently got a gonzo-style over the top inapproriate music video where JP Harris and friends are goofin around on the road. You might also catch some familiar faces in the cameo roles. Check it out below and then set up a camp outside the local record store and start counting days until the release.

JP Harris Website

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