OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #144

Another week, another new music weekly.

This is a big release week for me, because there’s new Matthew Milia album in this world and he has been my favorite songwriter for the past decade. Keego Harbor is utterly wonderful and I highly recommend it to each and everyone. For me Matthew Milia is on the same level as my songwriting heroes like John K. Samson and Adam Schlesinger.

We also got a new album from other huge favorite of mine. I’ve only been more excited about Matthew’s album, because Anna Tivel’s new album Blue World contains revisioned versionw of songs from her magical song catalogue. But oh my how beautiful these new versions are. I listened the whole thing with headphones last night and loved every second I spent on its company. Definitely a must listen/buy even if you already know the songs by heart like I do.

That’s far from all and we also got excellent new records from John R. Miller, The Great Park, Kate Vargas, Wojtek the Bear (the awesome Scottish band that reminds me a lot of the Finnish greats Sister Flo), Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders (this one’s a couple of weeks old, but somehow managed to miss it at the time), Anthonie Tonnon, Cameron Knowler, Trippers & Askers, Sleepy Jean, Erik Shicotte (EP) and Esther Rose (or well cover EP of her songs by other artists).

Just a couple of Finnish treats this time and these are an album from Guggenheim-projektz and single from Tender Lakes. I’m sure there had to be more.

And as for international singles, there’s plenty to love. Some early favorites for me are the new sigles from Daniel Romano, Jennah Barry, Tre Burt, Erin Enderlin, Summer Dean, James McMurtry, Cale Tyson, Durand Jones & The Indications, Lloyd Taylor-Clark, Adam Lee, Charlie Parr and so forth. Just to name a few. Some stunning cover magic too from Courtney Marie Andrews and S.G. Goodman.

That’s all for this week. This blog is 20 years old in exactly two months. The last year has been more than just a bit of a grind and I haven’t done a very good job, but at least the blog is still somewhat alive and that milestone starts to look achievable. Which is nice. After that it’s to time to kick the can down the road and set a new goal at 23 years and call it a day if i even reach that. All About Chad already told us in the nineties that when twenty three strikes, you’re out.

1. Matthew Milia – Sunburnt Landscapes (Keego Harbor, Sitcom Universe, 2021)
2. Anna Tivel – Alleyway – Map Room Sessions (Blue World, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
3. The Great Park – You Remain My North (Work With This, Woodland Recordings, 2021)
4. John R. Miller – Borrowed Time (Depreciated, Rounder Records, 2021)
5. Daniel Romano – Nocturne Child (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
6. Erin Enderlin – Somebody’s Shot of Whiskey (single, Black Crow Productions, 2021)
7. Summer Dean – Blue Jean Country Queen (single, 2021)
8. Tre Burt – By the Jasmine (single, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
9. Kate Vargas – Animal (Rumpumpo, 2021)
10. Wojtek the Bear – Paper Talk (Heaven By the Back Door, Last Night From Glasgow Hive, 2021)
11. Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders – Atoms and Energy (Last Night From Glasgow Hive, 2021)
12. Anthonie Tonnon – Leave Love Out of This (Slow Time Records, 2021)
13. Kyle Cox – Movin ‘ Right Along (single, 2021)
14. Twain – How Many Times (Esther Rose – How Many More Times EP, Father/Daughter Records, 2021)
15. Jennah Barry – Venus in Heat (single, Forward Music Group, 2021)
16. Sleepy Jean – I Don’t Belong (Idle Hands, Half Right Records, 2021)
17. Lloyd Taylor-Clark – Some Sunny Day (single, demo records, 2021)
18. Langan, Frost and Wane – Learn the Names of Plants (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
19. Cameron Knowler – Done Gone (Places of Consequence, American Dreams Records, 2021)
20. Trippers & Askers – Seeing is a Gas (Acorn, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
21. Cale Tyson – Baby You’re Wrong (single, 2021)
22. Charlie Parr – 817 Oakland Avenue (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
23. James McMurtry – If It Don’t Bleed (single, New West Records, 2021)
24. Erik Shicotte – Kansas City (Miss’ry Pacific EP, Black Country Rock, 2021)
25. Elijah Ocean – In a Perfect World (single, 2021)
26. Ryan Curtis – The Hideaway (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
27. Tim Easton – Real Revolution (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
28. Adam Lee – The Wilderness Years (single, 2021)
29. Courtney Marie Andrews – To Ramona (single, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
30. S.G. Goodman – Lungs (single, A Verve Forecast, 2021)
31. Leah Blevins – Believe (single, Crabtree Records, 2021)
32. Little Mazarn & Garrett T. Capps – A Beautiful Thing (single, 2021)
33. Megan Nash – My Own Heart (single, Acronym Records, 2021)
34. Cecilia James – Different Ground (single, Cowgirl Boot Girl Records, 2021)
35. Brent Windler – My Josephine (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2021)
36. Liam Kazar – Nothing To You (single, Woodsist / Mare, 2021)
37. Guggenheim-projektz – Pidä musta kiinni (Bim Mustakorva, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
38. Tender Lakes – Alone in the Crowd (single, 2021)
39. Darrin Bradbury – Artvertsiment (single, Anti, 2021)
40. Rod Gator – Chickenhawk (single, blue Elan Records, 2021)
41. Jeshua Marshall – Shoot the Moon (single, FVZZ Records, 2021)
42. Matthew Fowler – Been a Lover (single, Signature Sounds Recordings, 2021)
43. Dan Whitaker – Please Tell My Baby (single, Empty Highway, 2021)
44. Ric Robertson – Sycamore Hill (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
45. Ana Egge – Wait a Minute (single, StorySounds, 2021)
46. Durand Jones & The Indications – The Way That I Do (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
47. Alanna Royale – Fall In Love Again (single, 2021)
48. Paul & The Tall Trees – I Understand (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
49. Louie Short – What Can I Do (single, 2021)
50. Mega Bog – Maybe You Died (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
51. Shannon Lay – Geist (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
52. Felice Brothers – Silverfish (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
53. Shaela Miller – Much More Than This (Big Hair Small City, Bad Ideas Records, 2021)
54. Andrew Bryant – Private Window (A Meaningful Companion, Sentimental Noises, 2021)
55. Jeremy Ferrara – Clueless Now (Everything I Hold, American Standard Time Records, 2021)

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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