OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #83

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This week the light of my life was the new Ron Sexsmith album Hermitage. Maybe I really longed for something familiar and it feels good to have this same kind and warm voice carrying me through the dark just like it did in the late nineties. It’s early days, but it feels like it’s one of his finest records. I love it so much. Another big one is the new Strawberry Heritage album, but I haven’t even listened to other full albums yet because I spent the weekend with Ron. And of course the biggest of all in the grand scheme of things is the new Fiona Apple album. This week also gave us new albums from Paul Burch, Jack Grelle, Sarah Siskind, Skylar Gudasz, Jerry Leger (a surprise album that has been available on his Bandcamp for some weeks, but it’s now on Spotify. Bandcamp of course the better way to support), ROY, Soul Asylum, Joe Ely and Ben Bostick. I think the lone EP here is the new live one from the wonderful UK folk songwriter Katie Spencer. Now there’s two, because Daniel Markham’s EP also became available. I didn’t see it yesterday when I did this one. I’m a big fan and this is easily one of my favorite releases of the week.

On the Finnish side of things we have a new Vasas flora och fauna album, which is always a big deal. There’s also a new album from Neiti Olga and brand new singles from Verandan, Rosita Luu, Local Al & Mummypowder.

As for international singles, the major one is the new John K. Samson that is now available on streaming services. It has been available on youtube for a while. That’s obviously pure gold. Other big ones for me this week were the new singles from Courtney Marie Andrews, Jeremy Ferrara, Sam Burton and American Aquarium. But as usual, these are all great.

That’s it for this week. Thank you anyone who still listens the playlist and/or website. Love from a distance.

1. Ron Sexsmith – Whatever Shape Your Heart Is In (Hermitage, Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
2. John K. Samson – Millennium For All (single, Anti, 2020)
3. Strawberry Heritage – Controversy of Sunlight (Light Magic, Earthwork Music, 2020)
4. Katie Spencer – Shannon Road (Live at Acoustic Roots EP, KRS Music, 2020)
5. Courtney Marie Andrews – Burlap String (single, Loose Music, 2020)
6. Jeremy Ferrara – Ourselves (single, 2020)
7. Sam Burton – Nothing Touches Me (single, Tompkins Square, 2020)
Addition: Daniel Markham – Shed (Shed EP, 2020)
8. American Aquarium – Six Years Come September (single, New West, 2020)
9. Paul Burch – You Must Love Someone (Light Sensitive, Plowboy Records, 2020)
10. Jack Grelle – To Be That Someone (If Not Forever, 2020)
11. Brian Wright & The Sneakups – What You Don’t Know (single, Cafe Rooster Records, 2020)
12. Sarah Siskind – Modern Appalachia (Modern Appalachia, Soundly, 2020)
13. Skylar Gudasz – Actress (Cinema, Suah Sounds, 2020)
14. Fiona Apple – Shameika (Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Epic Records, 2020)
15. Verandan – Pink Clouds (single, Soliti, 2020)
16. Vasas flora och fauna – Livet genom ett fönster (Möte med skogsgardisterna, Startracks, 2020)
17. Bedouine – The Hum (single, Spacebomb, 2020)
18. Jerry Leger – Her Train of Thought (Songs from the Apartment, 2020)
19. John Baumann – Next Ride Around the Sun (single, The Next Waltz, 2020)
20. Jaime Wyatt – Hurt So Bad (single, New West Records, 2020)
21. Dougie Poole – Vaping on the Job (single, Whart Cat Records, 2020)
22. ROY – Stone of Infinite Power (Peace Love and Outer Space, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
23. Local Al & Mummypowder – Varis lehahti maisemaan (single, All that Plazz, 2020)
24. Rosita Luu – Kauhtunut nainen (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
25. Neiti Olga – Lintu (Minä, Aina, Luova Records, 2020)
26. Black Sea Dahu – Guinevere (single, 2020)
27. The Wild Reeds – Pure Imagination (single, Dualtone Records, 2020)
28. Evan Myall – Forever Mine (single, Royal Oakie, 2020)
29. Fire Sky River Earth – Little Wars (single, Elemental Zen, 2020)
30. Luke De-Sciscio – Jamie Song (single, 2020)
31. Jill Barber – Entre Nous (single, Outside Music, 2020)
32. Yee & O’brien – All Gonna Blow (single, 2020)
33. The Magnetic Fields – (I Want to Join A) Biker Gang (single, Nonesuch Records, 2020)
34. Soul Asylum – The Beginning (Hurry Up and Wait, Blue Elan Records, 2020)
35. Heffner – Higher Education (Electronic Dance Music) (single, Manic Records, 2020)
36. Ali Holder – Speak One (Uncomfortable Truths, 2020)
37. Joe Ely – Soon All Your Sorrows Be Gone (Love in the Midst of Mayhem, Rack’em Records, 2020)
38. Ben Bostick – Wasting Gas (Among the Faceless Crowd, Simply Fantastic Music, 2020)
39. Bob Dylan – I Contain Multitudes (single, Columbia Records, 2020)
40. Kalyn Fay – More (single, 2020)
41. Faye Webster – In a Good Way (single, Secretly Canadian, 2020)
42. Fruit Bats – Shane (single, Merge Records, 2020)
43. Maybel – Bird Song (Gathering, Vain Mina Records, 2020)
44. Kristina Murray – Lovers & Liars (Acoustic) (Righteous Man EP, Loud Magnolia Records, 2020)
45. Pokey LaFarge – Ain’t Coming Home (Rock Bottom Rhapsody, New West Records, 2020)
46. The Deek Dark Woods – Geordie (Roadside Ballads II, 2020)
47. Joey O’Neil – Manitoba (Ever Ahead, 2020)
48. Dalton Domino – Instead We Sang (Feverdreamer, 2020)
49. Nathan Kalish – Wino Christmas (Songs For Nobody, Winterwildfires, 2020)
50. Jess Jocoy – Hope (Such a Long Way) (Such a Long Way, 2020)

Playlist link

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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