OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #84

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Things remain difficult, but thank you music for keeping me a little bit sane. Here’s the new groundhog day survival kit for this week.

Kicking this one off with one of my all-time favorite songs. Vanessa Peters just released a wonderful cover album called Mixtape and it starts with a cover of Aside (The Weakerthans). Another big album releases for me came from Whitney Rose, Peter Oren and Lucinda Williams. That’s just a small fraction of all the released music of this excellent release week. We got new albums from Jon McKiel, Chatham County Line, Marker Starling, Mr. Husband, Diners, The Lowest Pair, Bad History Month, Altadore, Brendan Benson, Bebopalula, Whim, Jeff Crosby, Norma MacDonald and Luke De-Sciscio. And some really special EPs from Luka Kuplowsky (this one is really special one for me, because I’ve been a Luka fan for several years and him joining the Mama Bird family and releasing this beauty in the middle of this chaos at least temporarily divides my world into something manageable), Elk Hound, Eliza Niemi, Merival, Weston Harris Hill and Roseanne Reid.

The Finnish section is very tiny with just the new wonderful Pöllöt single. I’m sure there had to be more.

I can finally feature a song by a big favorite of mine Julie Arsenault on these playlists, because Son Canciones will reissue her album and put out the first single. Her work has not been available on Spotify before (which might have been a very good move, I’m not complaining). Some other big singles for me came from NQ Arbuckle, Kyle Cox, MAITA, Jason Isbel and the 400 Unit, Adeline Hotel, Jenny O, VanWyck, Sylvia Rose Novak, A.O.Gerber, Shane Leonard, Robin Bacior… as usual I might just as well mention them all.

That’s it for this week. I hope you are safe and sound. Love from a distance.

1. Vanessa Peters – Aside (Mixtape, 2020)
2. Whitney Rose – I’d Rather Be Alone (We Still Go to Rodeos, MCG Recordins, 2020)
3. Peter Oren – Ones and Ohs (The Greener Pasture, Western Vinyl, 2020)
4. Luka Kuplowsky – There’s a Rugged Road (Judee Justin Arthur Mary, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
5. Julie Arsenault – Good Mourning (single, Son Canciones, 2020)
6. Jon McKiel – Management (Bobby Joe Hope, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
7. Lucinda Williams – Whent the Way Gets Dark (Good Souls Better Angels, Highway 20 Records, 2020)
8. Chatham County Line – Guitar (For Guy Clark) (Strange Fascination, Yep Roc Records, 2020)
9. NQ Arbuckle – Love Songs For the Long Game (single, Six Shooter Records, 2020)
10. Kyle Cox – Losing You (single, 2020)
11. Marker Starling – Drop and Pierce (High January, Tin Angel Records, 2020)
12. Mr. Husband – The Warm Things In Your Heart (Songs of Friendship, Songs of Wonderment, Good Soil Records, 2020)
13. Elk Hound – Makeshift Altars (The Hated Sun EP, 2020)
14. Diners – Big Moon (Leisure World, Lauren Records, 2020)
15. MAITA – Someone’s Lost Their Goddamn Wallet (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2020)
16. Sylvia Rose Novak – South of Boulder (single, 2020)
17. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Dreamsicle (single, Southeastern Records, 2020)
18. John Statz – Table in Between Us (single, 2020)
19. Roseanne Reid – Couldn’t Wish More for You (The September Tapes EP, 2020)
20. The Lowest Pair – Wild Animals (The Perfect Plan, Delicata Records, 2020)
21. Merival – Me and My Friends (Either Side EP, 2020)
22. VanWyck – That Time This Time (single, 2020)
23. Eliza Niemi – Big Fun Party (Glass EP, Vain Mina Records, 2020)
24. Adeline Hotel – Strange Sometimes (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
25. Shane Leonard – 7am (single, Honeytone Records, 2020)
26. Jenny O – I Don’t Want to Live Alone Anymore (single, Mama Bird Recoring Co, 2020)
27. A.O. Gerber – All I’ve Known (single, Hand In Hive, 2020)
28. Robin Bacior – Earth Baby (single, 2020)
29. Altadore – Light of Love (Gardenia, 2020)
30. Bad History Month – Grudges (Old Blues, Exploding in Sound Records, 2020)
31. Low Cut Connie – Private Lines (single, Contender Records, 2020)
32. Brendan Benson – Baby’s Eyes (Dear Life, Third Man Records, 2020)
33. Bebopalula – Coloring Book (Bebopalula, 2020)
34. Jesse Malin – Backstabbers (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2020)
35. Whim – The Listening Room (Abuzz in the Abyss, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2020)
36. Pöllöt – Hiekkakakkuja (single, Svart Records, 2020)
37. Brett Shady – Hard Gospel (single, 2020)
38. Jacksonport – Candlelight (single, 2020)
39. Jeff Crosby – Laramie (Northstar, 2020)
40. Flatland Cavalry – War With My Mind (single, The Next Waltz, 2020)
41. Norma MacDonald – Golden Age (Old Future, Noyes Records, 2020)
42. Weston Harris Hill – These Days (Out of Sight / Out of Mind EP, 2020)
43. Esther Rose – Blue on Blue (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2020
44. Dylan Smucker – Two Doobies (single, 2020)
45. Jonathan Tyler – Underground Forever (single, Timeless Echo, 2020)
46. The Late Great – If You Won’t Bring Me Luck (single, Safe & Sound, 2020)
47. Northern Belle – Gemini (single, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2020)
48. Liv Greene – Wishing Well (single, 2020)
49. Caroline Lazar – Take It (single, Reading Past Bedtime, 2020)
50. Tedo Stone – Same Old Kid (single, Laser Brains, 2020)
51. Daniel Markham – Took a Lotta Time (Shed EP, 2020)
52. Lauren O’Connell – Laminated Cat (single, 2020)
53. Trespassers William – Winterstorms (single, 2020)
54. Luke De-Sciscio – What Else Can I Do? (Eucharist, 2020)
55. Richard Allen – Les Nenuphars (single, 2020)
56. Ron Sexmsmith – Think of You Fondly (Hermitage, Cooking Vinyl, 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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