OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #146

Another week, another new music weekly.

Still paid more attention to NHL and the free agency, but thankfully that stuff starts to slow down after last thursday’s LeBrun goes to cottage day. Or maybe Eichel gets traded when I write this. Anyway, here’s the release round up for this week.

There’s not one that jumps clearly ahead of the pack for me this week, but there’s definitely plenty to love and cherish. We got new albums from Durand Jones & The Indications, Yola, Jeremy Squires, Tobacco City, Cecilia James(EP), Charlie Parr, Ryan Curtis, An American Forrest (I think this has been on Bandcamp for a while, but now on Spotify too), Jesse Daniel, Langan, Frost & Wane, Bory (EP) (thanks to Mo Troper for recommending this pop beauty, check this one out pop kids), Son Volt, TORRES and Ric Robertson.

Finnish cuts this week are the single from The Lovematches and an album from Pelkkä Väliviivä (mostly spoken word in Finnish and that’s why I put it as the last song).

Last but not least the international should be hits. Exciting news came from Emily Scott Robinson. She got a record deal with Oh Boy Records and released a wonderful first single from an forthcoming album. Belaver and Robert Ellis released a single together. It’s a song by Belaver that also the producer of the forthcoming album Robert Ellis recorded. I probably should put Belaver’s own version here, because he wrote the song. However, I love the voice of Robert Ellis, so I went with that one and will get to the Belaver album in the coming weeks when more singles and eventually the album arrives. Also in love with that Riddy Arman song and then there’s much more like new treasures from MAITA, Mercy Bell, Dori Freeman, Garrett T. Capps, Grace Gillespie, BAJA, Ada Lea, Nico Hedley, William Harries Graham and so forth. Again just to name a few. These are all worth a namedrop, but you’ll find them all below. Oh yeah and that soul single from Thee Illusions is from January, but I just heard it and loved it.

That’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Durand Jones & The Indications – Ride Or Die (Private Space, Dead Oceans, 2021)
2. Yola – Barely Alive (Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
3. Cecilia James – Headrush (Different Ground EP, Cowgirl Boot Girl Recors, 2021)
4. Tobacco City – Never On My Mind (Tobacco City, USA, Scissor Tail Records, 2021)
5. Jeremy Squires – Unravel (Unravel, Blackbird Record Label, 2021)
6. Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead (Last of the Better Days Ahead, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
7. An American Forrest – Wild Summer (Gleaner’s Joy, 2021)
8. Ryan Curtis – Rust Belt Broken Heart (Rust Bel Broken Heart, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
9. Jesse Daniel – Texas Summer Night (Beyond These Walls, Die True Records, 2021)
10. Riddy Arman – Too Late to Write a Love Song (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
11. Emily Scott Robinson – Old Gods (single, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
12. Robert Ellis – 70’s Adventure (single, Niles City Records, 2021)
13. Langan, Frost & Wane – She Walks Alone (Langan, Frost & Wane, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
14. Spencer Cullum – Seaside (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
15. Grace Gillespie – All the Yellow Flowers (single, 2021)
16. Bory – Sidelined (Sidelined EP, 2021)
17. Mercy Bell – The Hustle (single, Bell Records, 2021)
18. Dori Freeman – The Storm (single, Blue Hens Music, 2021)
19. Maita – Road Song (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
20. Matthew McNeal – Texas Heat (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2021)
21. Son Volt – Arkey Blue (Electro Melodier, Transmit Sound, 2021)
22. Garrett T. Capps – I Like Austin, But I Love San Antone (single, Vinyl Ranch, 2021)
23. Freya Josephine Hollick – Vivian, June, Dolly & Jolene (single, 2021)
24. The Rugged Nuggets – The Wait Is Over (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
25. Thee Illusions – Once in a Lifetime (single, Black Bird Records, 2021)
26. Ada Lea – Damn (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
27. BAJA – Scenic Route (single, 2021)
28. TORRES – Don’t Go Puttin Wishes In My Head (Thirstier, Merge Records, 2021)
29. Boy Scouts – That’s Life Honey (single, Anti, 2021)
30. Nico Hedley – Tennessee (single, 2021)
31. William Harries Graham – Seven Lives (single, Redstart Records, 2021)
32. Ric Robertson – Harmless Feeling (Carolina Child, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
33. Adam Lee – Paint All the Roses Black (single, 2021)
34. Hayes Carll – You Get It All (single, Dualtone, 2021)
35. Elijah Ocean – Ice Machine (single, 2021)
36. The Lovematches – Time And Love (single, 2021)
37. Billy Strings – Fire Line (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
38. Christopher Paul Stelling – Wwyllyd (single, Tone Tree, 2021)
39. Kirby Brown – Spiders (single, Soundly, 20219
40. Ross Jenkins – Music is Sweet (single, 2021)
41. Yohei – American Girl (single, 2021)
42. The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Alchemist (single, 2021)
43. Matthew Milia – Keego Harbor (Keego Harbor, Sitcom Universe, 2021)
44. Pelkkä Väliviiva – Kävelen sunnuntaina ulkona (Aina jossakin välissä, If Society, 2021)

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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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #145

Another week, another new music weekly.

A bit behind schedule, because I spent the weekend following my other passion. I know more about who went 43rd overall the NHL Draft than I know what releases came out this week. This stuff had to wait until Sunday morning this week, because of all draft and trade action in the NHL and I probably missed a lot by just quickly putting this together.

I think that I start with the international singles this time around, because there’s some that matter a great deal to me. Hezekiah Jones and Myriam Gendron are big personal favorites and they both released a wonderful new single this week. I think for Hezekiah Jones it’s just a single, but a special one for sure. As for Myriam Gendron, there’s a whole new album coming out this fall and I can’t wait to hear it. I’ve already deserved a spot for it on my EOTY list. Those two are not all though. The new Sylvie project sounds absolute marvellous and then there’s also new singles from Corinne Sharlet, Kashena Sampson, Mercy Bell, Ryan Curtis, Nathan Kalish, Sean Rowe, Monnene Alone, Andrew Gabbard and Beachwood Sparks & GospelbeacH (Neal Casal cover). Again just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

This seems to somewhat slower release week on the album front. At least based on my not that deep glance. There’s some great ones though like new Mega Bog, Rodney Crowell, Pony Hunt, Emily Duff, Leon Bridges and Robert Harrison (solo from Cotton Mather leader).

The Finnish treasures this week are singles from The New Magnetic North, Gim Kordon, Katnes and Tuomo (this last one has been out a few weeks).

That’s it for this week. I’ll try to do a better job next week. At least things should get quieter on NHL after Wednesday’s free agency. Love from a distance.

1. Hezekiah Jones – Kings Of People (single, 2021)
2. Myriam Gendron – Au coeur de ma delire (single, 2021)
3. Sylvie – Sylvie (single, Terrible Records, 2021)
4. Mega Bog – Flower (Life, And Another, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
5. Corinne Sharlet – Deep Water (single, 2021)
6. Pony Hunt – Pulse (VAR! Wing and Wing, 2021)
7. Kashena Sampson – Hello Darkness (single, New Moon Records, 2021)
8. Mercy Bell – Who Said We Were Friends (single, Bell Records, 2021)
9. Emily Duff – Don’t Hang the Moon (Razor Blade Smile, 2021)
10. Rodney Crowell – Transient Global Amnesia Blues (Triage, Yep Roc, 2021)
11. Ryan Curtis – Cold Winter Drive (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
12. Nathan Kalish – Sorry You’re Sick (single, WinterWildfires, 2021)
13. Robert Harrison – Stella Not Too Late (Watching the Kid Come Back, Star Apple Kingdom, 2021)
14. Monnone Alone – Pepper Jar (single, Meritorio Records, 2021)
15. Matthew Milia – Autumn In America (Keego Harbor, Sitcom Universe, 2021)
16. Andrew Gabbard – Surfboard City, USA (single, Karma Chief Records, 2021)
17. Beachwood Sparks & GospelbeacH – You Don’t See Me Crying (single, Neal Casal Music Foundation, 2021)
18. Kyle Forester – Poison Ivy (single, 2021)
19. Gim Kordon – Et oo suudellut kymmeneen vuoteen (single, All That Plazz, 2021)
20. The New Magnetic North – Slowly Like a River (single, 2021)
21. Katnes – Born to Make You Happy (single, 2021)
22. Maya Elise – Paradise (single, 2021)
23. Brandi Carlile – Right On Time (single, Elektra, 2021)
24. Jason Eady – Saturday Night (single, 2021)
25. Elijah Ocean – Honky Tonk Hole (single, 2021)
26. Sierra Ferrell feat Billy Strings – Bells of Every Chapel (single, Rounder, 2021)
27. Pokey LaFarge – Rotterdam (single, 2021)
28. Sean Rowe – To Make It Real (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
29. Steve Gunn – Fulton (single, Matador Records, 2021)
30. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – POB (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
31. Sam Teskey – Love (single, Decca, 2021)
32. Leon Bridges – Blue Mesas (Gold-Diggers Sound, Columbia, 2021)
33. Tuomo – Walk On (single, Polygamy Records, 2021)
34. Kendra Morris – When We Would Ride (single, Karma Chief Records,, 2021)
35. Leon Creek – Shakes the Ground (single, 2021)
36. Damon & Naomi – Oceans in Between (single, 2021)
37. Lorkin O’Reilly – Pele Pele (single, Team Love Records, 2021)
38. Gregory Ackerman – Good Song (single, 2021)
39. Rue Snider – Breathe, Decide (single, 2021)
40. The Weather Station – Tried to Tell You -Piano Version (single, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
41. Anna Tivel – Lillian & Martha -Map Room Sessions (Blue World, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
42. The Great Park – Luck is Cruelty on the Wind (Work With This, Woodland Recordings, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #144

Another week, another new music weekly.

This is a big release week for me, because there’s new Matthew Milia album in this world and he has been my favorite songwriter for the past decade. Keego Harbor is utterly wonderful and I highly recommend it to each and everyone. For me Matthew Milia is on the same level as my songwriting heroes like John K. Samson and Adam Schlesinger.

We also got a new album from other huge favorite of mine. I’ve only been more excited about Matthew’s album, because Anna Tivel’s new album Blue World contains revisioned versionw of songs from her magical song catalogue. But oh my how beautiful these new versions are. I listened the whole thing with headphones last night and loved every second I spent on its company. Definitely a must listen/buy even if you already know the songs by heart like I do.

That’s far from all and we also got excellent new records from John R. Miller, The Great Park, Kate Vargas, Wojtek the Bear (the awesome Scottish band that reminds me a lot of the Finnish greats Sister Flo), Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders (this one’s a couple of weeks old, but somehow managed to miss it at the time), Anthonie Tonnon, Cameron Knowler, Trippers & Askers, Sleepy Jean, Erik Shicotte (EP) and Esther Rose (or well cover EP of her songs by other artists).

Just a couple of Finnish treats this time and these are an album from Guggenheim-projektz and single from Tender Lakes. I’m sure there had to be more.

And as for international singles, there’s plenty to love. Some early favorites for me are the new sigles from Daniel Romano, Jennah Barry, Tre Burt, Erin Enderlin, Summer Dean, James McMurtry, Cale Tyson, Durand Jones & The Indications, Lloyd Taylor-Clark, Adam Lee, Charlie Parr and so forth. Just to name a few. Some stunning cover magic too from Courtney Marie Andrews and S.G. Goodman.

That’s all for this week. This blog is 20 years old in exactly two months. The last year has been more than just a bit of a grind and I haven’t done a very good job, but at least the blog is still somewhat alive and that milestone starts to look achievable. Which is nice. After that it’s to time to kick the can down the road and set a new goal at 23 years and call it a day if i even reach that. All About Chad already told us in the nineties that when twenty three strikes, you’re out.

1. Matthew Milia – Sunburnt Landscapes (Keego Harbor, Sitcom Universe, 2021)
2. Anna Tivel – Alleyway – Map Room Sessions (Blue World, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
3. The Great Park – You Remain My North (Work With This, Woodland Recordings, 2021)
4. John R. Miller – Borrowed Time (Depreciated, Rounder Records, 2021)
5. Daniel Romano – Nocturne Child (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
6. Erin Enderlin – Somebody’s Shot of Whiskey (single, Black Crow Productions, 2021)
7. Summer Dean – Blue Jean Country Queen (single, 2021)
8. Tre Burt – By the Jasmine (single, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
9. Kate Vargas – Animal (Rumpumpo, 2021)
10. Wojtek the Bear – Paper Talk (Heaven By the Back Door, Last Night From Glasgow Hive, 2021)
11. Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders – Atoms and Energy (Last Night From Glasgow Hive, 2021)
12. Anthonie Tonnon – Leave Love Out of This (Slow Time Records, 2021)
13. Kyle Cox – Movin ‘ Right Along (single, 2021)
14. Twain – How Many Times (Esther Rose – How Many More Times EP, Father/Daughter Records, 2021)
15. Jennah Barry – Venus in Heat (single, Forward Music Group, 2021)
16. Sleepy Jean – I Don’t Belong (Idle Hands, Half Right Records, 2021)
17. Lloyd Taylor-Clark – Some Sunny Day (single, demo records, 2021)
18. Langan, Frost and Wane – Learn the Names of Plants (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
19. Cameron Knowler – Done Gone (Places of Consequence, American Dreams Records, 2021)
20. Trippers & Askers – Seeing is a Gas (Acorn, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
21. Cale Tyson – Baby You’re Wrong (single, 2021)
22. Charlie Parr – 817 Oakland Avenue (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
23. James McMurtry – If It Don’t Bleed (single, New West Records, 2021)
24. Erik Shicotte – Kansas City (Miss’ry Pacific EP, Black Country Rock, 2021)
25. Elijah Ocean – In a Perfect World (single, 2021)
26. Ryan Curtis – The Hideaway (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
27. Tim Easton – Real Revolution (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
28. Adam Lee – The Wilderness Years (single, 2021)
29. Courtney Marie Andrews – To Ramona (single, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
30. S.G. Goodman – Lungs (single, A Verve Forecast, 2021)
31. Leah Blevins – Believe (single, Crabtree Records, 2021)
32. Little Mazarn & Garrett T. Capps – A Beautiful Thing (single, 2021)
33. Megan Nash – My Own Heart (single, Acronym Records, 2021)
34. Cecilia James – Different Ground (single, Cowgirl Boot Girl Records, 2021)
35. Brent Windler – My Josephine (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
36. Liam Kazar – Nothing To You (single, Woodsist / Mare, 2021)
37. Guggenheim-projektz – Pidä musta kiinni (Bim Mustakorva, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
38. Tender Lakes – Alone in the Crowd (single, 2021)
39. Darrin Bradbury – Artvertsiment (single, Anti, 2021)
40. Rod Gator – Chickenhawk (single, blue Elan Records, 2021)
41. Jeshua Marshall – Shoot the Moon (single, FVZZ Records, 2021)
42. Matthew Fowler – Been a Lover (single, Signature Sounds Recordings, 2021)
43. Dan Whitaker – Please Tell My Baby (single, Empty Highway, 2021)
44. Ric Robertson – Sycamore Hill (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
45. Ana Egge – Wait a Minute (single, StorySounds, 2021)
46. Durand Jones & The Indications – The Way That I Do (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
47. Alanna Royale – Fall In Love Again (single, 2021)
48. Paul & The Tall Trees – I Understand (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
49. Louie Short – What Can I Do (single, 2021)
50. Mega Bog – Maybe You Died (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
51. Shannon Lay – Geist (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
52. Felice Brothers – Silverfish (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
53. Shaela Miller – Much More Than This (Big Hair Small City, Bad Ideas Records, 2021)
54. Andrew Bryant – Private Window (A Meaningful Companion, Sentimental Noises, 2021)
55. Jeremy Ferrara – Clueless Now (Everything I Hold, American Standard Time Records, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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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