OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #105

Another week, another music weekly.

The blog is now 19 years old and still going strong. Or somehow scraping by. You tell me. Still here anyway and here’s another weekly round up of the finest new music. Quite a release week too. I feel like I’ve spent most of my Saturday listening to the new stuff and it feels like I still continuously find more releases. This is actually 65 songs long and I still cut out some bigger indie singles. Like the new Lambchop single, which I liked but would have added another 13 minutes to this playlist which is already longer than anyone is going to listen. I need some intervention before these start to be 100 songs long. I suppose it’s not a huge deal, because everyone can listen as much as they want.

The list starts with the surprise album release by Tyler Childers. Important message and a powerful song. Long time favorites Otis Gibbs and Daniel Romano put out great records. Brennen Leigh’s album is now out and I’m loving it. Also fond of the Emma Kupa, Ian Wayne, Victoria Bailey and Fenne Lily albums. Terry’s Paradise has a wonderful new EP too. And yeah all the others rule as well. Here are all the international albums that were on my radar this week.

Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records)
Otis Gibbs – Hoosier National
Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter
Victoria Bailey – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (Rock Ridge Music)
Daniel Romano – How Ill Thy World Is Ordered (You’ve Changed Records)
Terry’s Paradise – Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP
Emma Kupa – It Will Come Easier (Fika Recordings)
Ian Wayne – Risking Illness (Whatever’s Clever)
Fenne Lily – BREACH (Dead Oceans)
Kilo Bravo – Chew This Slow)
The Apartments – In and Out of the Light (Talitres)
Native Harrow – Closeness (Loose Music)
European Sun – European Sun (WIAIWYA)
John Davey – Toss Your Javelin
A.O. Gerber – Another Other Place EP (Hand in Hive)
Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North EP (2014/2020) – rerelease
Photo Ops – Pure at Heart (Western Vinyl)
The Persian Leaps – Smiling Lessons
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Philadelphia (Idee Fixe Records)
Decoration Day – Makeshift Future
Honey Magpie – Midnight Morning
Dig Nitty – Reverse of Mastery (Exploding in Sound Records)
Stephie James – These Days EP
Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2 (Acony Records)
Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles
Grace Turner – Half Truths EP – this one came out in August, but I just found it

And then over to Finland. There’s a new Mummypowder single. This is a big deal. One of my favorite bands. There’s also some beautiful rerelease stuff from Marian Valinta (EP) and Ethel Suspense (album). Long time readers might remember them from onechord.net 1.0 version. I still like them just as much as I did back then. Other Finnish beauties this week are album from Linkopii, EPs from PÄÄ KII and The Phonochromes plus singles from Sam Shingler, Radio Supernova, Eerie Deer and Juha Mäki-Patola. Also revisiting last week’s pearls Rosita Luu and Lätsä.

My favorite international single of the week is the new quietly monumental Austin Lucas single The Times. The big album announcement was the new Jennifer Castle album that came with the lead single Justice. Aaron Frazer, the drummer extraordinaire and co-vocalist of the Durand Jones & The Indications also announced a new album with a gorgeous debut single. I also love the new songs by Flora Hibberd, VanWyck, I’m Kingfisher, Tomberlin, K.S. Rhoads and Pearl Charles. Just to name a few. They are all good and you can find them from the list below.

That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading and listening. Love from a distance.

1. Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Long Violent History, Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records, 2020)
2. Austin Lucas – The Times (single, Sabotage Records, 2020)
3. Otis Gibbs – Nine Foot Problem (Hoosier National, 2020)
4. Brennen Leigh – The North Dakota Cowboy (Prairie Love Letter, 2020)
5. Victoria Bailey – Ramblin’ Man (Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, Rock Ridge Music, 2020)
6. Daniel Romano – A Secret Still to Be Betrayed (How III Thy World Is Ordered, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
7. Terry’s Paradise – Fish (Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP, 2020)
8. Emma Kupa – Another No (It Will Come Easier, Fika Recordings, 2020)
9. Ian Wayne – People (Risking Illness, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
10. Marian Valinta – Vain unissani (Maagiset kirjaimet EP, 2020)
11. Jennifer Castle – Justice (single, Paradise of Bachelors / Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
12. Flora Hibberd – I’m Gonna Leave You (single, 2020)
13. VanWyck – God Is in the Detour (single, Maiden Name Records, 2020)
14. I’m Kingfisher – Is Nature Really That Cruel? (single, Fading Trail Records, 2020)
15. Fenne Lily – I Used to Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You (BREACH, Dead Oceans, 2020)
16. Grace Gillespie – Hoppers (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
17. Tomberlin – Hours (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
18. Rue Snider – David Bowie’s Clothes (single, 2020)
19. Pearl Charles – What I Need (single, Kanine Records, 2020)
20. Aaron Frazer – Bad News (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
21. Low Cut Connie – Help Me (single, Contender Records, 2020)
22. Bonnie Whitmore – Fine (single, 2020)
23. Jeff Tweedy – Guess Again (single, dBpm Records, 2020)
24. Ethel Suspense – John Wayne (Then, Here, Now, Upper Class Twat Tapes, 2020)
25. Mummypowder – Sara’s Song (single, All That Plazz, 2020)
26. Sam Shingler – The Invisible Man (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
27. Linkopii – 2005 (Lanteet, Luova Records, 2020)
28. Radio Supernova – Väkivaltaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
29. PÄÄ KII – Kova Sade (Kova Sade EP, Blast of Silence, 2020)
30. The Phonochromes – B.R.X.S.M (Static Electric Music EP, 2020)
31. Kilo Bravo – Somewhere in the Middle (Chew This Slow, 2020)
32. The Apartments – Write Your Way Out of Town (In and Out of the Light, Talitres, 2020)
33. Native Harrow – Shake (Closeness, Loose Music, 2020)
34. European Sun – A Song for Sisters (European Sun, WIAIWYA, 2020)
35. John Davey – Sugarmask (Toss Your Javelin, 2020)
36. Goodbye Max – Forgot (single, 2020)
37. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Sun in the Kitchen (Philadelphia, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
38. Decoration Day – Paintlounge (Makeshift Future, 2020)
39. Eerie Deer – Lights (single, 2020)
40. K.S. Rhoads – I Hope You Left Here Knowing That (single, 2020)
41. Robert Ellis – I Must Be in a Good Place Now (single, The Next Waltz, 2020)
42. Honey Magpie – Moonbreak (Midnight Morning, 2020)
43. Anne Malin – Hourglass (single, 2020)
44. A.O. Gerber – Strangers (stripped) (Another Other Place EP, Hand in Hive, 2020)
45. Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North (Kingdom North EP, 2014/2020)
46. Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep (single, Milk! Records, 2020)
47. Natalie Schlabs – Don’t Look too Close (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
48. Photo Ops – Take the Long Way (Pure at Heart, Western Vinyl, 2020)
49. The Explorers Club – Somebody Made For Me (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
50. The Persian Leaps – Chamberlain (Smiling Lessons, 2020)
51. Partner – Big Gay Hands (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
52. Grace Turner – Disdain (Half Truths EP, 2020)
53. Dig Nitty – Lomita (Reverse of Mastery, Exploding in Sound Records, 2020)
54. Stephie James – West of Juarez (These Days EP, 2020)
55. Jon Snodgrass feat John Moreland – boysIImen (single, A-F Records, 2020)
56. Mojohand – Losing Hand (single, Mojohand Records, 2020)
57. David Quinn – Born to Lose (single, 2020)
58. Jonathan Tyler – Old Friend (single, Timeless Echo, 2020)
59. Gillian Welch – Hundred Miles (Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2, Acony Records, 2020)
60. Robyn Ludwick – Ace Is High (Lake Charles, 2020)
61. Rosita Luu – Mansikkapaikka (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
62. Lätsä – Tää sää (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
63. Yee & O’Brien – Black Hole (single, 2020)
64. Juha Mäki-Patola – Inside of the Ocean (single, Hush Hush Records, 2020)
65. Aimee Mann – Avalanche (single, Superego 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.

You may also like


  1. Congratulations on the birthday and looking forward to another year! Know that you have regular listeners over here in the US that start each Monday with your playlist. Several coworkers and I talk about highlights from the playlist each week, and greatly appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into making it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *