OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #150

Another week, another new music weekly.

Also another small milestone, because this is a weekly #150. Thank you to all the listeners and readers who enjoy this new music project of mine. No matter whether it’s regularly or occasionally. And if you do enjoy it, I appreciate all follows, likes and shares. I have zero need for this to be super viral or anything, but compiling this takes about five hours of my every weekend. Therefore all such interactions matter and convince me that I’m not such wasting all that time for nothing and I’m not just sending these songs into a void. This will continue for as long as I enjoy making it and I have the energy for it. I have no idea whether that is two months or two years. I’m pretty worn out right now with the continuously rising physical demand of my day job and the year and half long saga with what I assume (but can’t be sure) is related to long covid. Thankfully I have a 2-week vacation coming up week from now. Anyway, enough of this rambling. Time to dive into the new releases of the week.

My album of the week probably is the new Summer Dean album closely followed by Tre Burt, Tim Easton and Jason Eady. I think these are all tremendous records full of exceptional songwriting. That’s not all though and we also got new albums from Kyle Cox (Muppets cover album), Adam Lee (EP), The Resonant Rogues (live to tape EP), Della Mae, Nellen Dryden, Steve Gunn, Grayson Jenkins, Suzanne Santo, Madi Diaz, Big Red Machine, Marisa Anderson & William Tyler and Bambies (this maybe came out a week ago). I did quite like Turnstile too, but it’s not really my cup of tea in the end and therefore didn’t include it here. Definitely worth checking out though. Only on bandcamp, there’s at least the new album from Junior.

From Finland we have a bunch of great singles. Absolutely love the new Pekko Käppi single. Partly Finnish Astral Brain has a great single on the legendary indie pop label Shelflife. Last week I forgot to include the new Jalmari Olavinpoika single and I’ve been ashamed because it’s rather perfect. Then there’s also new beauties from The Lovematches, Matti and Keidas. The biggest thing out of Finland is of course the fact that most likely the all-time best Finnish album is now out on vinyl for the first time. I’m of course talking about Suudelmilla by Karkkiautomaatti.

My early favorite from international singles is probably that new Sylvie song. Loved the first one too, so I look forward to hearing the whole EP. I’m also very fond of the new singles from Natalie Jane Hill, Erin Rae, Bea Troxel, Lydia Loveless, Riddy Arman, Charley Crockett, Steph Green, Dean Wareham (this is a week or two old, but I somehow missed it), The Good Graces, Kashena Sampson and so forth. Again just to name a few. They are all worth a namedrop, but you’ll find them all from the list below.

That’s all for this week. Three weeks to go until this blog hits 20 years. I still have nothing planned, so there probably won’t be a big celebration this time around. Unless I get some sort of sudden inspiration to set something up once I get to vacation in a week. Seems unlikely. Most likely there will only be just a blog entry full of nostalgic mumbo jumbo. Love from a distance.

1. Summer Dean – Bad Romantic (Bad Romantic, 2021)
2. Tre Burt – Carnival Mirror (You, Yeah, You, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
3. Tim Easton – Voice on the Radio (You Don’t Really Know Me, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
4. Jason Eady – Possibilities (To the Passage of Time, Old Guitar Records, 2021)
5. Adam Lee – Maps of Memory (The Wilderness Years EP, 2021)
6. Sylvie – Falls On Me (single, 2021)
7. Natalie Jane Hill – Orb Weaver (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
8. Kyle Cox – I’m Going to Go Back to There Someday (Kind of Green, 2021)
9. Samantha Crain – Pick Apart (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
10. Erin Rae – True Love’s Face (single, Good Memory, 2021)
11. Bea Troxel – I’m Not Asleep (single, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
12. Lydia Loveless – You’re Leaving Me (single, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late, 2021)
13. Charley Crockett – I Won’t Cry (single, Son of Davy, 2021)
14. Kashena Sampson – Little Spot of Sun (single, New Moon Records, 2021)
15. Riddy Arman – Spirits, Angels, Or Lies (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
16. The Resonant Rogues – Dusk and Dawn (Straight to Tape at Bigtone Records EP, 2021)
17. Della Mae – Dry Town (Family Reunion, Soundly, 2021)
18. Steph Green – Night Falls (single, 2021)
19. Nellen Dryden – Those Loving Eyes (Standstill, Fairfax Records, 2021)
20. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L feat Laura Moisio – Kirsikankukkia (single, Svart Records, 2021)
21. The Lovematches – Sense of Love (single, Emsalö Music, 2021)
22. Jalmari Olavinpoika – Rakastan sua (single, Ainoa Productions, 2021)
23. Karkkiautomaatti – Minne vaan (Suudelmilla, Hawaii Sounds / Svart Records, 1998/2021)
24. Astral Brain – Treasures (single, Shelflife, 2021)
25. Hand Habits – No Difference (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
26. Ada Lea – Partner (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
27. Steve Gunn – On the Way (Other You, Matador Records, 2021)
28. The Good Graces – Capital R (single, Fort Lowell Recods, 2021)
29. Danny George Wilson – Heaven for Hiding (single, Loose Music, 2021)
30. Sam Teskey – Til the River Takes Us Home (single, Decca, 2021)
31. Brandi Carlile – Right On Time – In Harmony (single, Elektra, 2021)
32. Alicia Stockman – Stay Between the Lines (single, Minty Sounds, 2021)
33. Grayson Jenkins – Nowhere Nights (Turning Tides, 2021)
34. David Ritschard – Sockenplan Revisited (single, United Stage, 2021)
35. Hayes Carll – She’ll Come Back to Me (single, Dualtone, 2021)
36. Book Club – I Can Feel the Breeze (single, Pyramid Records, 2021)
37. Dean Wareham – The Past Is Our Plaything (single, Double Feature, 2021)
38. Christopher Paul Stelling – Driving the Hearse (single, 2021)
39. Humbird – May (single, Green Thumb, 2021)
40. Karine Polward & Dave Milligan – The Parting Glass (single, Hudson Records, 2021)
41. Suzanne Santo – Save For Love (Yard Sale, Soundly, 2021)
42. Madi Diaz – Crying In Public (History of a Feeling, Anti, 2021)
43. Dori Freeman – Almost Home (single, Blue Hens Music, 2021)
44. Big Red Machine feat Anais Mitchell – Latter Days (How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
45. Marissa Nadler – Bessie Did You Make It (single, Bella Union, 2021)
46. Shannon Lay – A Thread to Find (single, Sub Pop, 2021)
47. Rod Gator – August 29 (single, Blue Elan Records, 2021)
48. Jacob Faurholt – As The Ship Came In (single, Raw Union, 2021)
49. Fortitude Valley – All Hail the Great Destroyer (single, Fika Recordings, 2021)
50. Motorists – Surrounded (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
51. Bambies – Stuck With You (Summer Soon, 2021)
52. Keidas – Uu beibi jotain meissä on rikki (single, 2021)
53. Matti – Käärmemies (single, 2021)
54. Caitlin Jemma – Yes (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
55. The Rugged Nuggets – Take Me With You (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
56. Marisa Anderson & William Tyler – Hurricane Light (Lost Futures, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
57. Tenderizer – Whiskey Sour (The Hippopotamus Polka, 1997/2021)
58. Kurt Baker – Keep It Tight (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2021)
59. Kirty – You Ripped My Heart Out (We Are All On Fire, Postwar Records, 2021)
60. Garrett T. Capps – The Devil Inside (I Love San Antone, Vinyl Ranch, 2021)
61. Sierra Ferrell – At the End of the Rainbow (Long Time Coming, Rounder Records, 2021)
62. James McMurtry – Jackie (The Horses and the Hounds, New West Records, 2021)
63. Chris Acker – Nick and Joe (Odd, Ordinary & Otherwise, Gar Hole 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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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