OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #100

Another week, another new music weekly.

Hey this is the episode #100. Time for a party. However, we might need to find another party playlist, because this one is again full of sad and beautiful ones. At least I didn’t start with Arlo McKinley’s wonderful song Suicidal Saturday Night, which is one of my favorites of the week. Anyway, thanks to everyone who has followed and listened to this new music weekly and playlist during the past two years. It is quite a task to compile this every weekend and takes hours to put together, so it’s nice that some folks seem to enjoy it. I wanted to reach 100 episodes before quitting, so now I’ll give myself a permission to quit whenever I feel like it. I don’t think that will happen anytime soon though, because I love music and enjoy going through all the new releases each week. So this will go on as long as I enjoy making it.

I did some statistic work too. There’s was way too many artists to count, but these labels have appeared most times on the playlist during the past two years. Presented in form of a pie chart, which makes as much sense as spending 100 weekends in a row compiling a playlist that a few people listens. No surprises here I suppose. The big personal faves Mama Bird Recording Co, Keeled Scales, Fluff and Gravy Records, You’ve Changed Records, Helmi Levyt, Soit Se Silti along with some of the great big indies. Of course the biggest one by far would have been “independent”. This might not be completely accurate, because my math skills are horrible. Plus some label info is also missing, because I just go with what is on Spotify. It would take far too long to search the name of the label if it’s not mentioned there.

And then on to the new music of the week. This was a wonderful release week. Kathleen Edwards released her return album, Arlo McKinley made his gorgeous Oh Boy Records debut, Sylvie Simmons and Kath Bloom released amazing albums, Will Johnson’s beautiful new record is now streaming too (last week on Bandcamp, which is obviously way better option than Spotify) and Zephaniah OHora’s future country classic is now available for us who pre-ordered on Bandcamp. A new single is streaming, so check that out and grap a copy from Bandcamp. Emma Swift made a fabulous album of Bod Dylan covers. You won’t ever find it from streaming services, but it’s available on her Bandcamp page. Then there are many other beautiful things like Lily McKown’s debut, new Ashley Ray album and so forth. Here’s a full list of album releases that were on my radar.

Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom (Dualtone)
Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern (Oh Boy Records)
Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (Last Roundup Records) (on Bandcamp if you pre-ordered, elsewhere 28th of August)
Sylvie Simmons – Blue on Blue (Compass Records)
Kath Bloom – Bye Bye These Are the Days (Dear Life Records)
Will Johnson – El Capitan (Keeled Scales)
Ashley Ray – Pauline (Soundly Music)
Lily McKown – Backseat Driver
Merce Lemon – Moonth (Darling Recordings)
Eric Slick – Wiseacre (Slick Records)
Caitlin Kraus – What Rises
Kris Delmhorst – Long Day in the Milky Way
CJ Stranger – Hey Stranger
Terry Ohms – Smooth Sailing Forever (Cornelius Chapel Records)
Mad King Edmund – You Are Not Alone (Safe & Sound Recordings)
Skylar Gregg – Roses
Dana Gavanski – Wind Songs EP (Full Time Hobby)
Fastastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (Cooking Vinyl)
Tanya Donnelly and the Parkinson Sisters – Tanya Donnelly and the Parkinson Sisters (American Laundromat Records)
Orville Peck – Pony Show EP (Columbia Records)

+ only on Bandcamp / Record stores

Emma Swift – Blonde on the Tracks

Finnish section doesn’t have any new albums, but there’s a really hot run of fabulous singles from Suad, Litku Klemetti, Rosita Luu, Bizzarro & Jukka Nissinen, Sam Shingler and Eerie Deer. All pure gold.

There’s also plenty to love on the international song section. Daniel Romano has probably released about a dozen of great albums on Bandcamp this year, but there’s also one coming on You’ve Changed Records this fall. First single is out now. Long time favourites Hayden Desser and Justin Wells released new singles as did new favourites Kyle Cox and Emilee Emiko. The quality is again really high throughout the playlist. I usually try to make this a little top heavy, but this was again a week where I gave up and there’s plenty of gems all the way through. I for example love the songs my Emily Barker, Dawn Riding, Humbird, Brennen Leigh and Benchmarks.

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

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #100

1. Kathleen Edwards – Glenfern (Total Freedom, Dualtone, 2020)
2. Arlo McKinley – She’s Always Around (Die Midwestern, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
3. Zephaniah OHora – We Planned to Have it All (single, Last Roundup Records, 2020)
4. Sylvie Simmons – Not in Love (Blue on Blue, Compass Records, 2020)
5. Kath Bloom – How Do You Survive (Bye Bye These Are the Days, Dear Life Records, 2020)
6. Will Johnson – Goodbye, Absecon (El Capitan, Keeled Scales, 2020)
7. Daniel Romano’s Outfit – A Rat Without a Tale (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
8. Justin Wells – Walls Fall Down (single, Singular Recordings, 2020)
9. Ashley Ray – Warm Body (Pauline, Soundly Music, 2020)
10. Kyle Cox – The Clown (single, 2020)
11. Hayden Desser – Make Believe (single, Hardwood Records, 2020)
12. Emilee Emiko – Wishing Away (single, 2020)
13. Lily McKown – B-Team (Backseat Driver, 2020)
14. Merce Lemon – Dragon Friends (Moonth, Darling Recordings, 2020)
15. Emma Kupa – Nawlins (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
16. Eric Slick – Kind of Person (Wiseacre, Slick Records, 2020)
17. Bahamas – Own Alone (single, Brushfire Records, 2020)
18. Suad – Faces (single, Svart Records, 2020)
19. Litku Klemetti – Mona (single, Luova Records, 2020)
20. Rosita Luu – Kuollut monta kertaa (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
21. Bizzarro & Jukka Nissinen – Avaruus on kotini (single, Humu Records, 2020)
22. Sam Shingler – Fight or Flight (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
23. Eerie Deer – Night of the Living (single, 2020)
24. Jeremy Squires – Hazy (single, Blackbird, 2020)
25. Eels – Baby Let’s Make it Real (single, PIAS, 2020)
26. Bill Callahan – Breakfast (single, Drag City, 2020)
27. Caitlin Kraus – Locket (What Rises, 2020)
28. Emily Barker – Where Have the Sparrows Gone? (single, Everyone Sang, 2020)
29. Kris Delmhorst – Flower of Forgiveness (Long Day in the Milky Way, 2020)
30. Dawn Riding – The Difference (single, The Long Road Society, 2020)
31. CJ Stranger – Somewhere We Belong (Hey Stranger, 2020)
32. Matthew Francis – Quiet Child (single, Pretty Paper, 2020)
33. Pacific Range – Studio Walk (single, Curation Records, 2020)
34. Terry Ohms – Artificial Waterfall (Smooth Sailing Forever, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
35. Mad King Edmund – Burnin’ (You Are Not Alone, Safe & Sound Recordings, 2020)
36. Jerry Joseph – Dead Confederate (single, Decor Records, 2020)
37. The War and Treaty – Take Me In (single, Rounder Records, 2020
38. Brother Galen feat Leslie Stevens – Thinkin’ Of You (single, Pre Raphaelite, 2020)
39. Brennen Leigh – Don’t You Know I’m From Here (single, 2020)
40. Kayla Ray feat Chris D. Schlotzhauer – Good Enough For Me (single, 2020)
41. Skylar Gregg – Have You Ever Tried to Lose Your Mind (Roses, 2020)
42. Great Peacock – High Wind (single, Soundly Music, 2020)
43. Lo Tom – Start Pain’ (single, 2020)
44. Benchmarks – Wolves Outside the Door (single, 2020)
45. Molly Martin – What You Need (single, 2020)
46. Pony – WebMD (single, Take This to Heart Records, 2020)
47. Partner – Hello and Welcome (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
48. Evangeline Gentle – So It Goes (single, Sonic Unyon Records, 2020)
49. Humbird – January (single, Green Thumb, 2020)
50. Jacksonport – A Better Man (single, 2020)
51. Dana Gavanski – Never Too Far (Wind Songs EP, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
52. Yee and O’Brien – The Dirt (single, 2020)
53. Caitlin Pasko – Even God (single, 2020)
54. Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – Sunk in the Mist (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
55. Fastastic Negrito – Chocolate Samurai (Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
56. Orville Peck – Summertime (Show Pony EP, Columbia Records, 2020)
57. Matt Hectorne – Stronger (single, 2020)
58. Sam Rae – Head Rush (Ten Thousand Years, 2020)
59. Jenny O. – Hard to Say (New Truth, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
60. Tanya Donnelly and the Parkinson Sisters – Dance to the End of My Love (Tanya Donnelly and the Parkinson Sisters, American Laundromat Records, 2020)

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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.

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