OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #157

Another week, another new music weekly.

Another NHL season too, so I’ve been more focused on hockey this week. But there’s always time for new music too, so here’s my favorite new releases of the week.

There’s again plenty to love and some big personal favorites released new albums. Impossible to name an album of the week, because Le Ren, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Lilly Hiatt all mean so much to me. And then there’s even longer time favorites like Dean Wareham and Danny George Wilson and a power pop blast from Mo Troper. Oh yeah and that solo album from Buffalo Nichols seems very special (you may remember him from roots duo Nickel&Rose). Then there’s also new albums from Humbird, Gabi Hartmann (EP), The Courettes, Erin Enderlin (EP), Joe Nolan, Pokey LaFarge, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (cover album), Gone to Color, Ike Reilly, The Roomsounds, Vanishing Twin and Julia Shapiro. Edit: I added Joseph M album. I’ve shared the singles before and just noticed that the album came out this week.

From Finland we have wonderful albums from Ty Roxy and Astral Brain (part Finnish, Stockholm-based and on legendary indie pop label Shelflife). Then there’s also singles from M, Bobby Oroza and Vellamo plus a revisit to Astrid Swan’s fabulous album from last week.

And finally the international singles. Brigid Mae Power and Erin Rae can share the single of the week honor. Love those songs. Some other big favorites came from Drew Beskin, MAITA, Steph Green, Michael Hurley, Trey Burnart Hall, Andrew Gabbard, Renee Reed, Belaver and Matthew McNeal. Again just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

That’s all for now. Like, follow, share and all the usual promotional nonsense. I probably should make some kind of cover art / logo for the playlist, but I’m a) too lazy b) don’t have the skill c) I kinda like that it shows the four top picks, because the playlist itself isn’t important, the albums / songs are. See you next time. Love from a distance.

1. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – The Incredible Heat Machine (The Incredible Heat Machine, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
2. Buffalo Nichols – Living Hell (Buffalo Nichols, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
3. Lilly Hiatt – Face (Lately, New West Records, 2021)
4. Le Ren – Who’s Going To Hold Me Next? (Leftovers, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
5. Gabi Hartmann – Je n’ apprends Rien (Always Seem to Get Things Wrong EP, 27/29, 2021)
6. Brigid Mae Power – Mother in The Sky (single, Fire Records, 2021)
7. Dean Wareham – The Past Is Our Plaything (I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of LA, Double Feature Records, 2021)
8. Humbird – Pink Moon for John Prine (Still Life, Green Thumb, 2021)
9. Danny George Wilson – We’ve Got a Lot to Learn (Another Place, Loose Music, 2021)
10. Mo Troper – Armpit (Dilettante, 2021)
11. The Courettes – Want You! Like a Cigarette (Back in Mono, Damaged Goods Records, 2021)
12. MAITA – Honey, I Have Lost It All (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
13. Drew Beskin & The Sunshine – Lisa Simpson Fangs (Super Canoe / We Bought a Zoo, 2021)
14. Erin Rae – Modern Woman (single, Good Memory, 2021)
15. Erin Enderlin – When I’m Drinking Whiskey (Barroom Mirrors EP, Black Crow Productions, 2021)
16. Trey Burnart Hall feat Brady Heck, Mackenzie Roark and Ali Thibodeau – Victory Lap (single, Vocal Rest Records, 2021)
17. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Song of the Seasons (single, Reprise Records, 2021)
18. Steph Green – Salesman (single, 2021)
19. Michael Hurley – Boulevard (single, No Quarter Records, 2021)
20. Joe Nolan – All Love Is Lit (Scrapper, Rootsy Music, 2021)
21. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit feat Adia Victoria – The Truth (Georgia Blue, Southeastern Records, 2021)
22. Pokey LaFarge – Mi Ideal (In the Blossom of Their Shade, New West Records, 2021)
23. Andred Gabbard – Getting High (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
24. Jeff Tweedy – C’mon America (single, Sub Pop, 2021)
25. Matthew McNeal – Arizona (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2021)
26. Bobby Oroza with Cold Diamond & Mink – Make Me Believe (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
27. Vanishing Twin – Phase One Million (Ookii Gekkou, 2021)
28. Astral Brain – Goodbye (The Bewildered Mind, Shelflife Records, 2021)
29. Ty Roxy – Lucy (音楽 (Music), Fonal Records, 2021)
30. M – Tanssilaulu (single, Solina Records, 2021)
31. Jennifer O’Connor – Born at the Disco (single, KIAM Records, 2021)
32. Gone to Color feat Kurt Wagner – Just Smile (Gone to Color, 2021)
33. Renee Reed – J’ai reve (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
34. Belaver – In the R L (single, Niles City Records, 2021)
35. Julia Shapiro – Someone (Zorked, Suicide Squeeze Records, 2021)
36. Nicole Atkins – Promised Land (single, Single Lock Records, 2021)
37. Alexis Mahler – Cruel to Be Kind (single, Late Bloomer, 2021)
38. Courtney Hartman – Bright at My Back (single, Reckoner Records, 2021)
39. Toria Wooff – James Edward (single, Slow Flower Records, 2021)
40. Pauline Andres – She – The Haunting (single, Old Soul Records, 2021)
41. Vellamo – Höyhen (single, 2021)
42. Julian Taylor – 100 Proof (single, Howling Turtle, 2021)
43. Hayes Carll – Help Me Remember (single, Dualtone, 2021)
44. Jenny Mitchell feat Tami Neilson – Trouble Finds a Girl (single, 2021)
45. Cody Jinks – Hurt You (single, Late August Records, 2021)
46. Ike Reilly – Trick of the Light (Because the Angels, Rock Ridge Music, 2021)
47. The Roomsounds – Betty Jean (Good Company, 2021)
48. Joseph M – Holy Rollers (Joseph M, 2021)
49. Band of Horses – Crutch (single, 2021)
50. Ryan Pollie – The Shore House (single, 2021)
51. Mapache – All About Our Love (single, Innovative Leisure, 2021)
52. Crane Like the Bird feat Ben Bridwell – Spade a Spade (single, 2021)
53. Karen Peris – George in the Car (A Song Is Way Above the Lawn, Bella Union, 2021)
54. Astrid Swan – In the Woods (D/Other, Soliti, 2021)
55. Canandaigua – Diamonds (Slight Return EP, Baja Dracula, 2021)
56. Joshua Ray Walker – See You Next Time (See You Next Time, State Fair 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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