OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

Another week, another new music weekly.

Not a whole lot of album releases this week or maybe I just missed some of them. The big international album is the new Elizabeth Cook album. At first, it might feel a bit like a bit of a curve ball, but let it spin a while and eventually you will hit it. Such a great album. There’s also new albums from Lo Tom, Waylon Payne, William Tyler, Delta Spirit, Sally Anne Morgan and an EP from Patrick Sweany. I’m sure there had to be more. It’s never that quiet on the release front. That Juniper album came out in June, but I didn’t know about it until I got an email from Michael Shelley this week. I loved his solo albums in the late nineties and early 00s plus the Cheeky Monkey he did with Francis MacDonald. Anyway, Juniper is his 15 year old daughter and she created a great pop album with a bit of help from his dad and other power pop gurus. Check out the video for Kids On My Corner here. And here’s a full list of international albums/EPs that were on my radar.

Elizabeth Cook – Aftermath (Agent Love Records)
Patrick Sweany – Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP (Nine Mile Records)
Lo Tom – LP2
Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me (Carnival Recordings Company)
The Flaming Lips – American Head (Bella Union)
Delta Spirit – What Is There (New West Records)
Sally Anne Morgan – Thread (Thrill Jockey Records)
William Tyler – New Vanitas (Merge Records)

Here in Finland we got another double homerun from Helmi Levyt. My favorite Finnish label these days. Just a few weeks after that awesome Amuri and Metsäheikki combo, they release new albums from Lätsä and Rosita Luu and both sound magnificent. Arwi Lind and Helmi Levyt should get all possible culture awards. Other Finnish songs this week are the excellent new singles from White Jackets, Manna and Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat.

There’s again a lot to love in the singles game. Brennen Leigh’s new song Billy & Beau was probably my favorite of the week. I’ve loved both new singles and can’t wait to hear the whole album. New Floating Room song is also superb and so are the new ones from Ian Daniel Kehoe, Malin Pettersen, Jeremy Ivey, Emilee Emiko, Why Dogs Why, Raye Zaragoza and Jake Tittle. Oh yeah and there’s a new song from The Wannadies. A really great Swedish pop band that ruled the pop world in the 90s with Popsicle and The Merrymakers. Other artists would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them on the list below or better yet listen to the playlist.

That’s it for this week. Next week is a birthday week, because this little blog/website hits 19 years on Thursday. Isn’t that crazy. A life’s work. Or well a life’s hobby to be more precise. Time is a weird concept. There’s no big plans to celebrate this year, but you can still revisit last year’s anniversary festival by hitting that OCTA18 link in the top bar. That’s it for this week. I try to come up with a post or two next week, but no definite promises. Love from a distance.

OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

1. Elizabeth Cook – Thick Georgia Woman (Aftermath, Agent Love Records, 2020)
2. Patrick Sweany – One Thing (Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP, Nine Mile Records, 2020)
3. Brennen Leigh – Billy & Beau (single, 2020)
4. Lätsä – Keskiyön cowboy (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
5. Rosita Luu – Toista maata (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
6. Floating Room – Held Open Door (single, 2020)
7. Juniper – Kids On My Corner (Juniper, Confidential Records, 2020)
8. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Endless Rain (single, Tin Angel Records, 2020)
9. Lo Tom – I Need Relief (LP2, 2020)
10. Why Dogs Why – Freak (single, 2020)
11. Jake Tittle – Double Vision, Looking for the Metro Station (single, Anxiety Blanket Records, 2020)
12. Jeremy Ivey – Things Could Get Much Worse (single, ANTI, 2020)
13. Malin Pettersen – Wildhorse Dream (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
14. Emilee Emiko – Duet (single, 2020)
15. Raye Zaragoza – They Say (single, Rebel River Records, 2020)
16. Waylon Payne – Shiver (Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me, Carnival Recordings Comapny, 2020)
17. Lucero – Time to Go Home (single, Liberty & Lament, 2020)
18. The War and Treaty – Hearts Town (single, Rounder Records, 2020)
19. Bahamas – Trick to Happy (single, Brushfire Records, 2020)
20. Night Shop – In the Twilight Sun (single, Salinas, 2020)
21. White Jackets – Endgame (single, Pinetree Records, 2020)
22. The Wannadies – Can’t Kill the Musikk (single, Startracks, 2020)
23. Yeah Is What We Have – I Could Only (single, 2020)
24. Milky Wimpshake – Vignette (single, Bobo Integral, 2020)
25. friend. – Bleed into Gold (single, 2020)
26. The Flaming Lips – Flowers of Neptune 6 (American Head, Bella Union, 2020)
27. Delta Spirit – Making Sense (What Is There, New West Records, 2020)
28. Helena Deland – Truth Nugget (single, Luminelle Recordings, 2020)
29. This is the Kit – Coming to Get You Nowhere (single, Rough Trade Records, 2020)
30. King Hannah – Creme Brulee (single, City Slang, 2020)
31. Juanita Stein – L.O.T.F (single, Nude Music, 2020)
32. Derek Ted – Focus (single, 2020)
33. Jacob Faurholt – Don’t Go (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
34. Manna – Ai tämä oli taivas (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2020)
35. Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat – Niin hiljaa kuin osataan (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
36. Mike McClure – I Am Not Broken (single, Crow and Gazelle, 2020)
37. Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles (single, 2020)
38. Gillian Welch – I Just Want Yout to Know (single, Acony Records, 2020)
39. Bedouine, Waxahatchee and Hurray For the Riff Raff – Thirteen (single, Spacebomb Records, 2020)
40. In Earnest – 29 (single, 2020)
41. Jacksonport – Looking for a Light (single, Tularosa Records, 2020)
42. Sadler Vaden – Best Days (single, Dirty Mag Records, 2020)
43. Lisa Caruso – To Call You Mine (single, 2020)
44. Jack Klatt – Tennessee Blues (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
45. Sally Anne Morgan – Polly on the Shore (Thread, Thrill Jockey Records, 2020)
46. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Sing a Song (single, Plastic Pistol Records, 2020)
47. Brittany Brooks – Mulberry Tree (Lend Me Your Hand, 2020)
48. Tennessee Jet – Someone to You (The Country, Tennessee Jet Music, 2020)
49. India Ramey – Hole in the World (Shallow Graves, 2020)
50. Emily Barker – Any More Goodbyes (A Dark Murmuration of Words, Everyone Sang, 2020)
51. William Tyler – Four Corners (New Vanitas, Merge Records, 2020)
52. Scone Cash Players – Mind Blower (single, Mango Hill 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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