OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #10

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This little blog reached 17 years earlier this week, which is a pretty insane number. When I started in 2001, I never thought I would still be doing this in 2018. I guess I’m bad at letting go and well I still love this and despite all the struggles it still gives me more than what it takes. So I will probably keep on making it for as long as I breathe. Of course, the day job took a bit too much energy during the current week, so progress was again minimal. But it is what it is. You’ll just have to bear with me.

A pretty exciting week for new music once again. Kristina Murray’s wonderful new album is now out and available. Mark Andrew Hamilton (aka Woodpigeon) and Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) released their new album under the moniker Frontperson. Adam Faucett’s new one is finally available in Europe and Richard Swift’s posthumous album is remarkable. Then there’s also great new albums from Advance Base, Joe Nolan, The Artisanals, Mountain Man (very much love that they covered Baby Where You Are by Ted Lucas, such a perfect song. That classic Ted Lucas album will actually get a vinyl reissue soon) and Bad Moves. A couple for the soul fans too, because the trusted labels Colemine and Daptone dropped new albums from Ben Pirani and The Sha La Das. Some exciting stuff from Finland too. A new single from the all-time greats Penniless and a great debut album from Mahonies. And on the EP front Jay William Henderson released a new beauty.

All the new singles would be worth namechecking, but the biggest ones for me were the new ones from Megan Palmer, St.Lenox, Grand Salvo and Colter Wall. I’m so looking forward to those albums from the last three and I’m 100% sure I’m going to love them. I’m not sure is there already a new Megan Palmer album on the horizon, but her new single Stetson is the most moving and powerful song of the week. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, but is thankfully now declared cancer-free. So many hats sittin’ at the table / Cover my head with one at a time / Which one do I wear for this occasion? / I want you to think I’m feelin’ fine. A really important and deeply moving song that leaves a mark on your heart.

1. Megan Palmer – Stetson (single, Blue Rose Music, 2018)
2. Kristina Murray – Tell Me (Southern Ambrosia, Loud Magnolia Records, 2018)
3. Frontperson – U.O.I (Frontrunner, Oscar St Records, 2018)
4. St. Lenox – First Date (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
5. Jay William Henderson – Devil at My Door (Overgrown, VALO, 2018)
6. Grand Salvo – In The Shade (single, Mistletone, 2018)
7. Adam Faucett – Dust (It Took The Shape of a Bird, Last Chance Records, 2018)
8. Richard Swift – Dirty Jim (The Hex, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
9. Run Coyote – Night Rider (single, 2018)
10. Advance Base – Care (Animal Companionship, Run For Cover Records, 2018)
11. Bad Moves – Spirit FM (Tell No One, Don Giovanni Records, 2018)
12. Penniless – Anthem For The Suckers (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
13. Mahonies – Apology (Pouring From an Empty Cup, Iso Pinkki / Running Moose, 2018)
14. Empty Arms – Why I Run (single, Get Party Records, 2018)
15. I Am Oak – Golden Pavillion (single, Snowstar Records, 2018)
16. Kate Teague – Gilly (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2018)
17. Cat Power – Stay (single, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
18. The Pollies – Lonely (single, This is American Music, 2018)
19. Ben Pirani – Try Love (How Do I Talk To My Brother?, Colemine Records, 2018)
20. The Sha La Das – Okay My Love (Love In The Wind, Daptone, 2018)
21. Mountain Man – Baby Where You Are (Magic Ship, Bella Union, 2018)
22. Colter Wall – Thinkin’ on a Woman (single, Young Mary’s Record Co, 2018)
23. Nickel & Rose – Life Goes On (Americana EP, 2018)
24. Goshen Electric Co – The Gray Tower (single, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
25. The Artisanals – Angel 42 (The Artisanals, 2018)
26. Lauren Balthrop – We Fell (This Time Around, 2018)
27. Scott Orr – Fall Apart (single, Other Songs, 2018)
28. Chris Velan – Danger Dreaming (Amateur Hour, 2018)
29. The Other Years – Sinks of Gandy / Mayswille (single, No Quarter Records, 2018)
30. Dusty Stray – You Couldn’t Wait To See Me Cry (single, Great Waters, 2018)
31. Carson McHone – Don’t You Think I Feel It Too (single, The Next Waltz, 2018)
32. Joe Nolan – Stand Up For Your Love (Cry Baby, 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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