OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #103

Another week, another new music weekly.

A bit more rushed effort this week. A few game sevens took some time away from the new music listening. But here’s some of the highlights that I did manage to listen.

Emily Barker and Bill Callahan albums were the big ones for me and both are awesome. Brittany Brooks is a new artists for me, but I’m liking her album a lot after a few spins. Long time favorite Matt Woods released a new EP and we also got great new albums from India Ramey, Tennessee Jet, Annie Dressner. Outside of the streaming services, Drew Danburry started a new cassette label and released a wonderful cassette-only album under the name Icarus Phoenix. You’ll find it from Bandcamp. Josienne Clarke also released more song treasures at Bandcamp and I’m sure there was quite a bit more on that lovely platform because it was a Bandcamp friday. Always worth noting that while playlists and Spotify are good for the introduction and expanding the listening habits, please buy the music that really matters to you. Anyway, here are all the international album / EP releases that were on my radar this week.

Brittany Brooks – Lend Me Your Hand
Emily Barker – A Dark Murmuration of Words (Everyone Sang / Thirty Tigers)
Bill Callahan – Gold Record (Drag City)
Matt Woods – Mornings After EP (Lonele Ones Records)
India Ramey – Shallow Graves
Tennessee Jet – The Country (Tennessee Jet Music/Thirty Tigers)
Annie Dressner – Coffee at the Corner Bar
Lomelda – Hannah (Double Double Whammy)
Josiah Johnson – Every Feeling on a Loop (ANTI)
Grant-Lee Phillips – Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff (Yep Roc)
Smug Brothers – Room of the Year EP
Beautiful Dudes – Nite Songs EP (Dowd Records)

+ Bandcamp only

Icarus Phoenix – Icarus Phoenix
Josienne Clarke – Historical Record vol. 3&4 Learning To Sail

The Finnish section is somewhat small this time around. There’s just the new singles from Message Field and The Phonochromes. Message Field song actually came out a week ago and I’ve had a cloud of guilt hanging over for a week, because I forgot to include it then. The playlist also revisits Amuri and Metsäheikki albums.

As for international singles, there’s plenty to love. A couple of big album announcements from long time favorites John Calvin Abney and Becky Warren. Pre-oders are up on their bandcamp and the first singles are on the playlist. Several other big favorites like J.E. Sunde, Luka Kuplowsky, Jerry David DeCicca, Daniel Romano, The Burning Hell, Sun June and Adrianne Lenker also released beautiful new songs. The list starts with a fairly new favorite Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems. They released a couple of wonderful singles this week. I found them from Western AF, which is pretty much the best youtube channel there is. Probably one of the better things in this internet thing altogether. All others would be worth a namedrop too, but you’ll find the songs on the list below.

That’s it for this week. This blog is 19 years old in a couple of weeks. No big celebrations planned this time around. I’ll save that for 20 years, if this blog and world still exists at that point. I think everyone’s has had more than enough of stream / online events at that point, so hopefully it’s an actual concert or something in that nature. Love from a distance.

OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #103

1. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Thoughs & Prayers (single, Plastic Pistol Records, 2020)
2. Brittany Brooks – Lend Me Your Hand (Lend Me Your Hand, 2020)
3. Emily Barker – Geography (A Dark Murmuration of Words, Everyone Sang, 2020)
4. John Calvin Abney – Shine Like a Friend (single, Black Mesa Records, 2020)
5. J.E. Sunde – Love Gone to Seed (single, Vietnam, 2020)
6. Luka Kuplowsky – Crazy Love (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
7. Bill Callahan – Pigeons (Gold Record, Drag City, 2020)
8. Becky Warren – Me and These Jeans (single, 2020)
9. Matt Woods – Sunshine (Mornings After EP, Lonele Ones Records, 2020)
10. India Ramey – Shallow Graves (Shallow Graves, 2020)
11. Tennessee Jet – Stray Dogs (The Country, Tennessee Jet Music, 2020)
12. Daniel Romano – Green Eye-Shade (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
13. Jerry David DeCicca – Texas Toad (single, 2020)
14. Cut Worms – Every Once in a While (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
15. Annie Dressner – Beyond the Leaves (Coffee at the Corner Bar, 2020)
16. Sun June – Singing (single, Run For Cover Records, 2020)
17. Lomelda – Kisses (Hannah, Double Double Whammy, 2020)
18. Adrianne Lenker – anything (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
19. CF Watkins – The Tell (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
20. Jim White – The Sum of of What We’ve Been (single, Loose Music / Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
21. Josiah Johnson – I Wish I Had (Every Feeling on a Loop, ANTI, 2020)
22. The Burning Hell – I Want to Drink in a Bar (single, Love Thy Neighbor, 2020)
23. Ottoman Turks – Fightin’ Blues (single, State Fair Records, 2020)
24. Ben Pirani – More Than a Memory (single, Colemine Recods, 2020)
25. M Ross Perkins – Wrong Wrong Wrong (single, Karma Chief Records, 2020)
26. Oliver Wood – The Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On) (single, Honey Jar Records, 2020)
27. Grant-Lee Phillips – Gather Up (Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff, Yep Roc, 2020)
28. Beautiful Dudes – Beverly Hills (Nite Songs EP, Dowd Records, 2020)
29. Smug Brothers – Radiator One (Room of the Year EP, 2020)
30. Kurt Baker – Over You (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2020)
31. Phonochromes – Phonochromes (single, RMR, 2020)
32. Message Field – Lux (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
33. Native Harrow – Carry On (single, Loose Music, 2020)
34. Ian Wayne – Winter’s (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
35. Great Peacock – Heavy Load (single, Soundly Music, 2020)
36. Cordovas – Rain on the Rail (single, ATO Records, 2020)
37. Diana DeMuth – All the Liars (single, Creaky Gate Records, 2020)
38. Bella White – Not to Blame (single, 2020)
39. Honey Magpie – Midnight Morning (single, 2020)
40. Hollan – I’ve Been Alone (single, 2020)
41. Kevin Morby – Campfire (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
42. The Duke of Norfolk – August / Orchid Blue (single, Bramar Records, 2020)
43. Emily Brown – Game Show (single, Song Club Records, 2020)
44. Dylan LeBlanc – Never Tear Us Apart (single, ATO Records, 2020)
45. Jeremy Squires – Swan Dive (Many Moons, Blackbird, 2020)
46. Amuri – Sameaa (Amuri, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
47. Metsäheikki – Horses (Sammakko saunassa, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
48. Arppa – Huhut (Laavalamppuja, Arppa Music, 2020)
49. Justin Wells – The Bridge (The United State, Singular Recordsing, 2020)
50. Zephaniah OHora – Time Won’t Take Its Time (Listening to the Music, Last Round Up Records, 2020)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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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