OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #157

Another week, another new music weekly.

Another NHL season too, so I’ve been more focused on hockey this week. But there’s always time for new music too, so here’s my favorite new releases of the week.

There’s again plenty to love and some big personal favorites released new albums. Impossible to name an album of the week, because Le Ren, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Lilly Hiatt all mean so much to me. And then there’s even longer time favorites like Dean Wareham and Danny George Wilson and a power pop blast from Mo Troper. Oh yeah and that solo album from Buffalo Nichols seems very special (you may remember him from roots duo Nickel&Rose). Then there’s also new albums from Humbird, Gabi Hartmann (EP), The Courettes, Erin Enderlin (EP), Joe Nolan, Pokey LaFarge, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (cover album), Gone to Color, Ike Reilly, The Roomsounds, Vanishing Twin and Julia Shapiro. Edit: I added Joseph M album. I’ve shared the singles before and just noticed that the album came out this week.

From Finland we have wonderful albums from Ty Roxy and Astral Brain (part Finnish, Stockholm-based and on legendary indie pop label Shelflife). Then there’s also singles from M, Bobby Oroza and Vellamo plus a revisit to Astrid Swan’s fabulous album from last week.

And finally the international singles. Brigid Mae Power and Erin Rae can share the single of the week honor. Love those songs. Some other big favorites came from Drew Beskin, MAITA, Steph Green, Michael Hurley, Trey Burnart Hall, Andrew Gabbard, Renee Reed, Belaver and Matthew McNeal. Again just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

That’s all for now. Like, follow, share and all the usual promotional nonsense. I probably should make some kind of cover art / logo for the playlist, but I’m a) too lazy b) don’t have the skill c) I kinda like that it shows the four top picks, because the playlist itself isn’t important, the albums / songs are. See you next time. Love from a distance.

1. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – The Incredible Heat Machine (The Incredible Heat Machine, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
2. Buffalo Nichols – Living Hell (Buffalo Nichols, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
3. Lilly Hiatt – Face (Lately, New West Records, 2021)
4. Le Ren – Who’s Going To Hold Me Next? (Leftovers, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
5. Gabi Hartmann – Je n’ apprends Rien (Always Seem to Get Things Wrong EP, 27/29, 2021)
6. Brigid Mae Power – Mother in The Sky (single, Fire Records, 2021)
7. Dean Wareham – The Past Is Our Plaything (I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of LA, Double Feature Records, 2021)
8. Humbird – Pink Moon for John Prine (Still Life, Green Thumb, 2021)
9. Danny George Wilson – We’ve Got a Lot to Learn (Another Place, Loose Music, 2021)
10. Mo Troper – Armpit (Dilettante, 2021)
11. The Courettes – Want You! Like a Cigarette (Back in Mono, Damaged Goods Records, 2021)
12. MAITA – Honey, I Have Lost It All (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
13. Drew Beskin & The Sunshine – Lisa Simpson Fangs (Super Canoe / We Bought a Zoo, 2021)
14. Erin Rae – Modern Woman (single, Good Memory, 2021)
15. Erin Enderlin – When I’m Drinking Whiskey (Barroom Mirrors EP, Black Crow Productions, 2021)
16. Trey Burnart Hall feat Brady Heck, Mackenzie Roark and Ali Thibodeau – Victory Lap (single, Vocal Rest Records, 2021)
17. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Song of the Seasons (single, Reprise Records, 2021)
18. Steph Green – Salesman (single, 2021)
19. Michael Hurley – Boulevard (single, No Quarter Records, 2021)
20. Joe Nolan – All Love Is Lit (Scrapper, Rootsy Music, 2021)
21. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit feat Adia Victoria – The Truth (Georgia Blue, Southeastern Records, 2021)
22. Pokey LaFarge – Mi Ideal (In the Blossom of Their Shade, New West Records, 2021)
23. Andred Gabbard – Getting High (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
24. Jeff Tweedy – C’mon America (single, Sub Pop, 2021)
25. Matthew McNeal – Arizona (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2021)
26. Bobby Oroza with Cold Diamond & Mink – Make Me Believe (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
27. Vanishing Twin – Phase One Million (Ookii Gekkou, 2021)
28. Astral Brain – Goodbye (The Bewildered Mind, Shelflife Records, 2021)
29. Ty Roxy – Lucy (音楽 (Music), Fonal Records, 2021)
30. M – Tanssilaulu (single, Solina Records, 2021)
31. Jennifer O’Connor – Born at the Disco (single, KIAM Records, 2021)
32. Gone to Color feat Kurt Wagner – Just Smile (Gone to Color, 2021)
33. Renee Reed – J’ai reve (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
34. Belaver – In the R L (single, Niles City Records, 2021)
35. Julia Shapiro – Someone (Zorked, Suicide Squeeze Records, 2021)
36. Nicole Atkins – Promised Land (single, Single Lock Records, 2021)
37. Alexis Mahler – Cruel to Be Kind (single, Late Bloomer, 2021)
38. Courtney Hartman – Bright at My Back (single, Reckoner Records, 2021)
39. Toria Wooff – James Edward (single, Slow Flower Records, 2021)
40. Pauline Andres – She – The Haunting (single, Old Soul Records, 2021)
41. Vellamo – Höyhen (single, 2021)
42. Julian Taylor – 100 Proof (single, Howling Turtle, 2021)
43. Hayes Carll – Help Me Remember (single, Dualtone, 2021)
44. Jenny Mitchell feat Tami Neilson – Trouble Finds a Girl (single, 2021)
45. Cody Jinks – Hurt You (single, Late August Records, 2021)
46. Ike Reilly – Trick of the Light (Because the Angels, Rock Ridge Music, 2021)
47. The Roomsounds – Betty Jean (Good Company, 2021)
48. Joseph M – Holy Rollers (Joseph M, 2021)
49. Band of Horses – Crutch (single, 2021)
50. Ryan Pollie – The Shore House (single, 2021)
51. Mapache – All About Our Love (single, Innovative Leisure, 2021)
52. Crane Like the Bird feat Ben Bridwell – Spade a Spade (single, 2021)
53. Karen Peris – George in the Car (A Song Is Way Above the Lawn, Bella Union, 2021)
54. Astrid Swan – In the Woods (D/Other, Soliti, 2021)
55. Canandaigua – Diamonds (Slight Return EP, Baja Dracula, 2021)
56. Joshua Ray Walker – See You Next Time (See You Next Time, State Fair Records, 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 #156

Another week, another new music weekly.

It was good to get back to watching some live music. Nathan Kalish was great at 8raita on Thursday. I highly recommend going to see him, if he has a show in your area or within reasonable distance. One show left here in Finland tonight and then he will move on to Sweden. Next up the finest new releases of the week. There was plenty and had to leave some out, because the lenght of this weekly is getting out of hand.

Joshua Ray Walker and Karen Peris are probably on the top of my list. Although I would have completely missed that Karen Peris solo unless I hadn’t seen a friend of mine Mary recommending it. I don’t know under what rock I’ve been living in, but thankfully I have friends with great taste and wide knowledge. That’s not all though and we also got great new albums from Laurel Premo, Scott Hirsch, Sam Teskey, Astral Swans, Side Pony, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, I Was A King (this has been out elsewhere. I think it’s sort of a combination of old stuff, unreleased stuff, covers etc. So maybe not a proper new album, but it is really wonderful. I love this Norwegian band), Tennessee Jet, Book Club, Sean Rowe, Canandaigua (wonderful EP, it’s a month or two old. I saw it back then, but managed to forget about it. I finally did listen thanks to Finnish band Eden Prairie and their monthly playlist), Shannon Lay, Gregory Dwane, Noah Gundersen, Darryl Kissick, Nathan Evans Fox, Thomas Csorba (EP). Oh yeah and then there’s a John Prine tribute album. I don’t usually include them here, but I suppose one can and should make an exception whenever we are talking about John Prine.

I kinda blended the Finnish stuff in the mix this week instead of grouping them together. Not sure is that good or bad. Anyway, this week brought some amazing Finnish treasures. Astrid Swan’s new album is really special and among my favorite Finnish releases of the year. On the rootsier side of things, we have an album from The Lovematches (the whole thing won’t be available for streaming for a few months, so you need to do things the right way and buy a copy if you want to hear more than just the singles). There’s also really impressive debut single from Joakim Daal plus new singles from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Astral Brain and Tuomo. And later on there’s also a song from the new Make Shadows Together album. It’s sort of instrumental ambient stuff and therefore only a partial match with my own subjective taste. But I love those guys and it’s objectively great, so I wanted to include it here too.

And last but not least the international singles. My favorite song of the week has to be that new Margo Cilker song. That’s going to be such a great album, because I’ve loved everything I’ve heard so far. Other personal favorites came from Charles Wesley Godwin, Adeline Hotel, Le Ren, Natalie Jane Hill, Dean Wareham, Paul Bond, Ryan Culwell, Andrew Gabbard just to name a few. That Olenka track is from 2020 actually, but maybe it hasn’t been on Spotify before because algorithm pushed it to me. I know I searched the latest 2021 single Moose Jaw some months ago without luck, so maybe these pop up here a bit late. Which is perfectly fine if that encourages folks to buy music.

That’s all for now. Like, share, listen, follow and all the annoying promotional nonsense. Back next week. Love from a distance.

1. Joshua Ray Walker – Dallas Lights (See You Next Time, State Fair Records, 2021)
2. Margo Cilker – That River (single, Fluff & Gravy Records / Loose Music, 2021)
3. Karen Peris – Sister Birds (A Song is Way Above the Lawn, Bella Union, 2021)
4. Astrid Swan – Joking After the Acopalyse (D/Other, Soliti, 2021)
5. Laurel Premo – Hop High (Golden Loam, 2021)
6. Scott Hirsch – Wolves (Windless Day, Echo Magic, 2021)
7. Sam Teskey – Let the Sun Bring the Light (Cycles, Decca, 2021)
8. Joakim Daal – Shelter (single, All That Plazz, 2021)
9. Astral Swans feat L.T.Leif – Sympathy for the Stupid (Astral Swans, 2021)
10. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – Authenticity (Something Is Going to Change… Bobo Integral, 2021)
11. I Was A King – E39 (Grand Hotel, Coastal Town, 2021)
12. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Ruosteen aika (single, Iso Pinkki, 2021)
13. Side Pony – Pressing My Luck (Lucky Break, Mule Kick Records, 2021)
14. Tennessee Jet – The Good (South Dakota, 2021)
15. The Lovematches – From Paris to Pardon (Rescue Songs, Emsölo Music, 2021)
16. Charles Wesley Godwin – Strong (single, 2021)
17. Sean Rowe – I Won’t Run (The Darkness Dress in Colored Lights, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
18. Canandaigua – The Margins (Slight Return EP, Baja Dracula, 2021)
19. Book Club – Wild Town (Wild Town, Pyramid Records, 2021)
20. Dean Wareham – As Much as It Was Worth (single, Double Feature Records, 2021)
21. Natalie Jane Hill – Plants and Flowers That Do Not Grow (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
22. Adeline Hotel – Lot To Listen (single, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
23. Le Ren – May Hard Times Pass Us By (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
24. Shannon Lay – Shores (Geist, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
25. Harrison Whitford – Linoleum (single, Screwdriver Records, 2021)
26. Mark Fredson – Stop Me (single, Soundly, 2021)
27. Tuomo – Never Saw It Coming (single, Polygamy Records, 2021)
28. Jason Joshua – La Vida es Fria (single, Borinquen, 2021)
29. Curtis Harding – With You (single, Anti, 2021)
30. Paul Bond – Same Song, Different Groove (single, Concerto Records, 2021)
31. Andrew Gabbard – Cloud of Smoke (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
32. M Ross Perkins – Wrong Wrong Wrong (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
33. Louie Short – Sweeter Than Clover (single, 444%, 2021)
34. Astral Brain – A Dream (single, Shelflife Records, 2021)
35. Diners – Brain Song (single, Lauren Records, 2021)
36. Hand Habits – Clean Air (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
37. Charlotte Cornfield – Drunk For You (single, Next Door Records, 2021)
38. Darryl Kissick – Fell (My Sunshine, 2021)
39. Chris Kasper – No Reservations (single, Tone Tree, 2021)
40. Ryan Culwell – All I Got (single, Missing Piece Records, 2021)
41. Gregory Dwane – Growing Up (Gregory Dwayne, Peacedale Records, 2021)
42. Nathan Evans Fox – Mercedes Benz (Wasted Love, 2021)
43. David James Allen – Bound to the Game (single, Garment District Records, 2021)
44. Thomas Csorba – From the Jordan (From the Jordan EP, Tone Tree, 2021)
45. Mikayla McVey – Bells (single, The Long Road Society, 2021)
46. Iris DeMent – One Red Rose (Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol 2, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
47. Ismay – Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (single, 2021)
48. Claire Cronin – No Forcefield (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
49. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – On the Wing (single, 2020)
50. Julia Logan & Nina Persson – One Mile From Heaven (single, Playground, 2021)
51. Megan Nash – Coffee (single, Acronym Records, 2021)
52. Mary Bragg – The Lonely Persistence of Time (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
53. Kristen Martell – Quiet Hearts (single, 2021)
54. Julia Shapiro – Wrong Time (single, Suicide Squeeze Records, 2021)
55. Make Shadows Together – Song For Frida (Sumu, 2021)
56. Noah Gundersen feat Phoebe Bridgers – Atlantis (A Pillar of Salt, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
57. Phoebe Bridgers – That Funny Feeling (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
58. Jacksonport – Scenes from Bellevue Park (single, 2021)
59. Grant-Lee Phillips – All That You Can Dream (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
60. Billy Bragg – Mid-Century Modern (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
61. Luke Winslow-King – Lissa’s Song (single, Ghost River Records, 2021)
62. Strand of Oaks – Under Heaven (In Heaven, Galactigana Records, 2021)
63. Hulda Huima – Unen kirjoitin muistiin (Ilma, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
64. Sylvie – Rosaline (Sylvie EP, 2021)
65. Myriam Gendron – Le tuer de femmes (Ma delire, Feeding Tube Records, 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 #155

Another week, another new music weekly.

First some tour news. There’s a great American singer-songwriter Nathan Kalish touring in Finland right now. He already played in Raahe and there’s also gigs in Alavus, Turku, Lahti and Salo on his calendar. Check out the tour dates on his website. I’ll see you at the Turku concert at 8Raita.

The album of the week is new Myriam Gendron album. I love her first album like many do and I’m so thrilled that there’s now a follow-up. That Sylvie EP is another big highlight, but that’s far from everything. We also got new albums from The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb, Strand of Oaks, Reb Fountain, Mac McCaughan (this solo Mac was last week, I shared the singles and then messed up and didn’t include the album on release week), Ducks Ltd, Advance Base, Christo Graham, Brandi Carlile, Jacob Faurholt, Mike Etten, Patrick Dethlefs, Miko Marks (EP), Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan, Jackie Venson (also last week), Daniel Donato, Boy Scouts, Anders Parker, Hamish Hawk (also a bit older) Taylor Rae, Northline (EP), Tony Kamel (also a week or two old), Scott Orr and Jeremy Pinnell.

Finnish section isn’t a big one, but the quality is really high led by the wonderful new Hulda Huima album. There’s also singles from Marian Valinta, Jori Hulkkonen and Pambikallio. Plus a revisit to the Arppa and Kielo Kärkkäinen albums at the end.

There’s so many album tracks that space was limited for the singles. There’s some special ones for sure like a magnificent new single from Dakota Theim and a collaboration with Jonas Lundvall and Ken Stringfellow. Then there’s also new Lilly Hiatt, The Roseline, Ben Pirani, Bedouine, Cassidy Waring, Tennessee Jet and Matt Woods. Just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all that usual annoying promotional nonsense. Love from a distance and see you next week.

1. Myriam Gendron – Farewell (Ma delire – Song of Love, Lost & Found, Feeding Tube Records, 2021)
2. Sylvie – Shooting Star (Sylvie EP, 2021)
3. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb ft Pieta Brown – Not on the Map (Not On The Map, Dangerbird Records, 2021)
4. Reb Fountain – Invisible Man (Iris, Flying Nun Records, 2021)
5. Strand of Oaks – Easter (In Heaven, Galacticana Records, 2021)
6. Mac McCaughan – Dawn Bends (The Sound of Yourself, Merge Records, 2021)
7. Ducks Ltd. – Fit to Burst (Modern Fiction, Carpark, 2021)
8. Dakota Theim – Losing Sleep (single, 2021)
9. Jonas Lundvall & Ken Stringfellow – The Light (single, Strawtown, 2021)
10. Christo Graham – Do You? (Graham’s General Store, We Are Busy Bodies, 2021)
11. Advance Base – Love at the Five & Dime (Wall of Tears and Other Songs I Didn’t Write, Orindal Records, 2021)
12. Mike Etten – Dune House (Love Wash, Dull Tools, 2021)
13. Jacob Faurholt – Finest of Moments (Chaotic Piano EP, Raw Onion Records, 2021)
14. Boy Scouts – Charlotte (Wayfinder, Anti, 2021)
15. Brandi Carlile – This Time Tomorrow (In These Silent Days, Elektra Records, 2021)
16. Lilly Hiatt – Lately (single, New West Records, 2021)
17. The Roseline – Hunker Down (single, RPH Records, 2021)
18. Patrick Dethlefs – Wild Mountain Sage (If You Listen, 2021)
19. Daniel Donato – Why You Been Gone So Long (Cosmic Country & Western Songs, 2021)
20. Miko Marks – Whiskey River (Race Records EP, Redtone Records, 2021)
21. Jackie Venson – One Step Forward (Love Transcends, 2021)
22. Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan – Travel These Ways (Still As Your Sleeping, Hudson Records, 2021)
23. Bedouine – It Wasn’t Me (single, 2021)
24. Hulda Huima – Kotimatka (Ilma, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
25. Pambikallio – Antaa tulla vaan (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
26. Marian Valinta – Harhaan (single, 2021)
27. Jori Hulkkonen – Songs Birds Refuse To Sing (single, Blanco & Tinto, 2021)
28. Ben Pirani – Solitary Me (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
29. Trish Toledo – Sin Control (single, Now-Again Records, 2021)
30. Anders Parker – American Kids (Wolf Reckoning, Recorded & Freed, 2021)
31. Drew Danburry feat Ben Ricketts – When Disney Strikes Back (single, 2021)
32. Cassidy Waring – Paralyzed (single, 2021)
33. Emily Barker – Dinosaur Bones (single, Everyone Sang, 2021)
34. Henry Parker – Nine Herb Charm (single, Cup and Ring, 2021)
35. Goodnight, Texas – Dead Middle (single, 2 Cent Bank Check, 2021)
36. Matt Woods – No Beer In Heaven (single, Lonely Ones records, 2021)
37. Hayes Carll & Brandy Clark – In the Mean Time (single, Dualtone, 2021)
38. Tennessee Jet – William Faulkner (single, 2021)
39. Tony Kamel – Let It Slide (Back Down Home, The Next Waltz, 2021)
40. Northline – New Air (Sketches II: Winter, 2021)
41. Taylor Rae – Window (Mad Twenties, 2021)
42. Johnny Gallagher – Wurlitzer In Space (single, 302 Sounds, 2021)
43. Liz Jones & Broken Windows – Before Me (single, 2021)
44. Jeremy Pinnell – Fightin’ Man (Goodbye L.A. Sofaburn Records, 2021)
45. Angela Perley – Here For You (single, 2021)
46. Hamish Hawk – The Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champion, 1973 (Heavy Elevator, 2021)
47. Floating Room – Shimanchu (single, Famous Class, 2021)
48. Alyssa Gengos – Mechanical Sweetness (single, EggHunt Records, 2021)
49. Scott Orr – Banners (Oh Man, Other Songs Records, 2021)
50. Yee & O’Brien – Darkening Night (single, 2021)
51. Junior – Midnight Summer (Warm Buildings, 2021)
52. Corinne Sharlet – Everywhere and Nowhere (A Lovely Future, 2021)
53. Macie Stewart – Where We Live (Mouth Full of Glass, Orindal Records, 2021)
54. Arppa – Leikkiä sanoilla (Kinovalon alla, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
55. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Lähtökäsky (Joni’s Urge) (Laulajan Muotokuva, Texicalli Records, 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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