OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #225

This week I actually did a few short blog posts that weren’t a playlist. Yay me. Most likely a temporary thing though. This new music weekly routine is the main thing that keeps the blog alive. Everything else is just a bonus that might or might not happen. Sure sometimes I feel like I should come up with some sort of mid-week feature that wouldn’t require too much time to make it, but it’s more fantasy than reality. Anyway, just thought I mention that there’s a couple of music video / song posts on the blog in case you missed them.

A bit slower release week on the album front. Doug Paisley and The Lost Days can share the album of the week honor. There’s also great new albums from Whitney’s Playland, Bec Stevens, Terminally Phil, Roger Harvey (EP), Kendall Lujan (EP), Flyiing Colours, Yves Tumor, Rachael Dadd (EP) and Christian Kjellvander & Tonbruket.

A lot of Finnish gems this week. The new albums from Maustetytöt and Otto Mikkola are the big ones. I really like both. Kristiina who has quickly became a huge favorite released a new (should be) hit single. I would love to hear her album asap. All the Pillow singles have been wonderful as well. Other excellent Finnish releases are album from Ville-Veikko Liekkinen and singles from Ghosts on TV, Janne Laurila, Mr.Dad and Aleksi Oksanen.

The international single of the week is the first one from J.E.Sunde’s next album. I’m a huge fan and this is again such a gorgeous song. Other early favorites came from Chris Staples, Esther Rose, Pat Hull (well this is a few weeks old cover), Mike Frazier and Alfie Firmin. Again just to name a few. Too early to say which will became long time friends and which remain as just lovely acquaintances.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Oh and I’m not really sure about the next new music weekly. Will I even have the time to compile it next weekend? There’s the Courtney Marie Andrews concert on Sunday in Helsinki (I hope I see you there) and Friday and Sunday there’s festival action here in Turku. I’ve been too lazy and indolent to secure a ticket to the festival though, so if it’s fully sold out, I might have time to just listen to new music at home. I’ll keep you up-to-date on the social media platforms in case someone is actually waiting for this. It might be hobby as usual, delayed until Monday or just skipping one week altogether and trying to cover two weeks with the next one. But let’s stop this rambling. Love from a distance.

1. Doug Paisley – If I Wanted To (Say What You Like, Outside Music, 2023)
2. The Lost Days – Gonna Have to Tell You (In the Store, Speakeasy Studios SF, 2023)
3. Whitney’s Playland – Backwards Forever (Sunset Sea Breeze, Meritorio Records, 2023)
4. Bec Stevens – Blackout (Big Worry, Damaged Records, 2023)
5. Terminally Phil – Deferred (Soft As You Want Me, Super Canoe, 2023)
6. Kendall Lujan – Another (Kendall Lujan, American Standard Time Records, 2023)
7. Roger Harvey – Cowtown (Cowtown EP, Nickel Plate, 2023)
8. Mike Frazier – Give You My Light (single, Geneva Records, 2023)
9. J.E. Sunde – You Don’t Wanna Leave It Alone (single, Vietnam, 2023)
10. Chris Staples – Souvenir (single, Hot Tub Recordings, 2023)
11. Esther Rose feat Hurray for the Riff Raff – Safe to Run (single, New West Records, 2023)
12. Pat Hull – Young Turks (single, Only One On The Mountain, 2023)
13. Haley E Rydell – Tough Act to Follow (single, 2023)
14. Robbie Fulks – Longhair Bluegrass (single, Compass Records, 2023)
15. The Infamous Stringdusters – Down the Road (single, Americana Vibes, 2023)
16. Parker Millsap – So Far Apart (single, Okrahoma Records / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
17. Bella White – Flowers on My Bedside (single, Rounder Records, 2023)
18. Little Misty – Alma (single, 2023)
19. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – Ghosts Again (single, Burundi Cloud, 2023)
20. Flyiing Colours – Bright Lights (You Never Know, Poison City Records, 2023)
21. Ghosts on TV – Life in Plastic (single, Soliti, 2023)
22. Pillow – Marathon (single, Panama-levyt, 2023)
23. Kristiina – Aloe Vera (single, Humu Records, 2023)
24. Otto Mikkola – Aja ikävä pois (Otto Mikkola, Harava Records, 2023)
25. Maustetytöt – Onko pakko juoda? (Maailman onnellisin kansa, Is This Art, 2023)
26. Aleksi Oksanen – Ei nyt taas (single, 2023)
27. Janne Laurila – Kuumailmapallo (single, Soit Se Silti, 2023)
28. Ville-Veikko Liekkinen – Atlantis (Hukka, 2023)
29. Mr. Dad – Contradiction (single, Dad Rock Issue Records, 2023)
30. Lonny – A l’Horizon (Autour d’Ex-Voto singles, Un Plan Simple / Sony, 2023)
31. Yves Tumor – Parody (Praise a Lord Who Chews… Warp Records, 2023)
32. The Harlem Gospel Travelers feat Aaron Frazer – Help Me To Understand (single, Colemine Records, 2023)
33. Say She She – Reeling (single, Karma Chief / Colemine Records, 2023)
34. Drugdealer – Lip Service (single, Mexican Summer, 2023)
35. Feist – Borrow Trouble (single, Polydor, 2023)
36. NOVA ONE – Crying (single, Community Records, 2023)
37. Lisa/Liza – Held Together (single, Orindal Records, 2023)
38. Lila Tristram – Shelter (single, Wiaiwya, 2023)
39. Alfie Firmin – December Third (single, Bobo Integral, 2023)
40. Sumos – Finding a Way (single, Meritorio, 2023)
41. Racecars – Sent Into Space (single, 2023)
42. Mike Viola – I Think I Thought Forever Proof (single, Lojinx, 2023)
43. John Andrews & The Yawns – Never Go Away (single, Woodsist, 2023)
44. Sam Blasucci – Turn Yourself Around (single, Innovative Leisure, 2023)
45. Chris Velan – Sticky Notes (single, 2023)
46. Rachael Dadd – Crystallizing in Time (The Bridge EP, Memphis Industries, 2023)
47. Alasdair Roberts – The Bonny Moorhen (single, Drag City, 2023)
48. Christian Kjellvander & Tonbruket – Yellow Painted Feather Tip (Fossils, Starstracks, 2023)
49. Elaina Kay – This Is Better (single, 2023)
50. Mike Tod – The Coo Coo (single, 2023)
51. Joey Frendo – Wild Pilots (single, Horton Records, 2023)
52. James Steinle – The Keepers (single, 2023)
53. Anthony Simpkins – Heartbreak Again (single, 2023)
54. Dylan Earl – I Know I’m Not the One (I Saw the Arkansas, Gar Hole Records, 2023)
55. James McCann – Laguardia to Lakeshore (Tales of Northbound, 2023)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

Apple Music Playlist

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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