OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #227

Thanks again Silmien Takana for that Courtney Marie Andrews concert. I had a great time. Seeing a marvellous concert and meeting likeminded people means a whole lot and also gives some inspiration to keep on doing this music blog. Next day was a little rough, because I was home at 1.30 am and had to start driving to work at 4.30 am. A lovely snow storm was a nice bonus, but it was all totally worth it. We also had more awesome concert news this week, because a big favorite Kassi Valazza will be playing in Tampere on the 14th of July. We’ll see will there be more Finnish dates. Anyway, here’s the new music of the week.

The No Ones, Those Pretty Wrongs and The New Pornographers have some classic pop stuff to start the playlist, but let’s give Haley E Rydell the album of the week title. I’ve loved the singles and now the album is here too. There’s boygenius too of course and new one from Aaron Beckum is always exciting. Then we also have great new releases from Rachel Baiman, Bennett Wilson Poole, The Hold Steady, NOVA ONE, Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding, Perry Brown (EP), Asha Wells, Alasdair Roberts, Lauren Morrow, Thorsten Nesch (EP), Jason Joshua, BenBen (EP), Nick Waterhouse, Masahiro Takahashi, Eddie Chacon, Steve Gunn & David Moore, Mighty Poplar and Lyon$. Oh and there’s a new Damien Jurado too and that’s always a big deal. I haven’t listened the whole thing yet, but I’m confident I’m going to love it. That’s only on Tidal and Apple versions, because he took his stuff away from Spotify. I still mostly use Spotify for the making of this, because it’s a whole lot better than the alternatives for new music discovery purposes. Hopefully they figure out the other stuff too. Like paying more for artists. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be on the agenda.

A whole lot of Finnish stuff this week. My new big fave ITE EEROLA has a new album Kolmen päivän levy vol.2 available. Everything done from songwriting to recording in just three days. Works surprisingly well too. Due to the fast-paced circumstances it can’t be a five heart classic like On tullu ajateltua kuolemaa ja semmosta, but there’s a whole lot to love here too. Joutavia and En rakasta enää sinua (vaikka oletkin kaunis) are the ones I love the most. Such a great songwriter. Big week for Panama-levyt in general, because that Pillow album is mighty good. Other great album releases came from Markus Perttula, Fox Confession and Marjo Leinonen & Bublicans. Bunch of gorgeous singles too from Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L, Keidas, Kissa, Ty Roxy (Ville Valavuo Remix), Sepä Juuri, Kärmes and Pambikallio. I also put Markus Krunegård among the Finnish ones, because he is now releasing music in Finnish on a Finnish label.

So many album releases that international singles got buried until the latter parts of the playlist. Not sure can you give a cover the song of the week honors, but I really enjoy Austin Lucas delivering a great version of Against Me! song Baby, I’m an Anarchist. Other early favorites came from Bart, Greg Mendez, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Michael James Tapscott, Jobi Riccio, Robert Ellis, Cinder Well, Emma Frank, and Johanna Samuels. Again just to name a few and I don’t really have any idea yet which will become longtime friends and which just lovely brief acquaintances.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters more than you realise. Next week is Easter, so not really sure about the time frame for the next new music weekly. I think I will make it, but don’t know when exactly. Plans are still in the air. So anything from Saturday to Tuesday is possible. I’ll let you know on social media, if there’s a long delay or no weekly at all.

1. The No Ones – Blue Cheer Captain (My Best Evil Friend, Yep Roc, 2023)
2. Those Pretty Wrongs – New September Song (Holiday Camp, Curation Records, 2023)
3. The New Pornographers – Bottle Episodes (Continue as a Guest, Merge Records, 2023)
4. Haley E Rydell – Somewhere Down the Line (Midwestern Daughter, 2023)
5. Rachel Baiman feat Erin Rae – Annie (Common Nation of Sorrow, Signature Sounds Recordings, 2023)
6. Bennett Wilson Poole – Cry at the Movies (I Saw a Star Behind Your Eyes… BWP Records, 2023)
7. Aaron Beckum – The Sum (Quasar County Twilight, Swamp Moth Missionary Society, 2023)

Tidal/Apple only:
Damien Jurado – A Lover, A Balcony Fire, An Empty Orchestra (Sometimes You Hurt the Ones You Hate, Maraqopa Records, 2023)

8. The Hold Steady – Distortions of Faith (The Price of Progress, Positive Jams / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
9. NOVA ONE – best / worst (create myself, Community Records, 2023)
10. Boygenius – We’re In Love (the record, Interscope Records, 2023)
11. Asha Wells – Blue Angels (Water Words, Royal Oakie Records, 2023)
12. Scott McMicken and The Ever-Expanding – Ace in the Hole (Shabang, Anti, 2023)
13. Thorsten Nesch – I Don’t Want to Think (Chasing Mediocrity EP, Polterzeitgeist Records, 2023)
14. Alasdair Roberts – Drimindown (Grief in the Kitchen and Mirth in the Hall, Drag City, 2023)
15. Perry Brown – Juniper (Covered Up in Moss EP, Dustfire Records, 2023)
16. Lauren Morrow – Looking For Trouble (People Talk, Big Kitty Records, 2023)
17. Jobi Riccio feat Erin Rae – Green Flash (single, Yep Roc, 2023)
18. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Middle of the Morning (single, Southeastern Records / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
19. Austin Lucas – Baby, I’m An Anarchist (single, GrindEthos Records, 2023)
20. Michael James Tapscott – Bobby’s Army Jacket (single, Royal Oakie Records, 2023)
21. Bart – When Will I Find It (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2023)
22. Greg Mendez – Maria (single, Forged Artifacts, 2023)
23. ITE EEROLA – Joutavia (Kolmen päivän levy vol.2, Panama-levyt, 2023)
24. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Uskontunnustus (single, Rockadillo Records, 2023)
25. Keidas – Aikuisen oloinen poloinen (single, 2023)
26. Markus Perttula – Älä huoli (Kun meri nousi yllemme, MPM, 2023)
27. Kärmes – Kyllä se siitä (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2023)
28. Kissa – Mä katon sua (Sä katot mua) (single, Svart Records, 2023)
29. Sepä juuri – Pelaa ja pelasta (single, Palatsi, 2023)
30. Pillow – Last Resort (Simple Pleasures, Panama-levyt, 2023)
31. Markus Krunegård – Miss Joensuu (single, All That Plazz, 2023)
32. Pambikallio – Verikoirat (single, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
33. Ty Roxy – True Colours (Ville Valavuo Remix) (single, 2023)
34. Fox Confession – Happy Days (Full Moon Play, Lil’ Beast Records, 2023)
35. Marjo Leinonen & Bublicans – No More Crying (Holy Roller, Playground Records, 2023)
36. Nick Waterhouse – Are You Hurting (The Fooler, Innovative Leisure, 2023)
37. Jason Joshua – Pa’lante (CKAGMD II) (La Voz De Oro, Mango Hill Records, 2023)
38. Steve Gunn & David Moore – Painterly (Let the Moon Be a Planet, RVNG, 2023)
39. Masahiro Takahashi – Sweltering Drive (Humid Sun, Telephone Explosion Records, 2023)
40. Eddie Chacon feat Logan Hone – Comes and Goes (Sundown, Stones Throw Records, 2023)
41. BenBen – Be a Mermaid (Plucky Charms EP, Perpetual Doom, 2023)
42. Jeffrey Silverstein feat William Tyler – Chet (single, Arrowhawk Records, 2023)
43. Robert Ellis – Close Your Eyes (single, Niles City Records, 2023)
44. Cinder Well – A Scorched Lament (single, Free Dirt Records, 2023)
45. Hannah Juanita – Memory of You (single, 2023)
46. Erin Enderlin – Not Enough Tequila (single, Black Crow Productions, 2023)
47. Michelle Billingsley – Neat Whiskey (single, Western Myth Records, 2023)
48. Travis Feutz – Country Song to Sing (single, 2023)
49. Mighty Poplar – A Distant Land to Roam (Mighty Poplar, Free Dirt Records, 2023)
50. David James Allen – Another Day Older (single, Littleknown Records, 2023)
51. James Steinle – The Echo Sound (single, 2023)
52. Tommy Prine – Reach the Sun (single, Nameless Knight / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
53. Rodney Crowell – Loving You is the Only Way to Fly (single, New West Records, 2023)
54. Cowboy Junkies – What I Lost (single, Latent Recordings, 2023)
55. Lyon$ – Stand (Confused and Confrontational, 2023)
56. Bohannons – Dance on the Grave of Bobby Lee (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2023)
57. Billy Tibbals – Hurt So Bad (single, Silver Arrow Records, 2023)
58. Superviolet – Big Songbirds Don’t Cry (single, Lame-O Records, 2023)
59. Johanna Samuels – Ugly on the Inside (single, Jealous Butcher Records, 2023)
60. Jenny Lewis – Psychos (single, Blue Note Records, 2023)
61. Emma Frank – Dog or Baby (single, Justin Time Records, 2023)
62. Sweet Dreams Nadine – Indigo (single, Dear Life Records, 2023)
63. Lachlan Denton – Changed (single, Bobo Integral, 2023)
64. Leeann Skoda & Sie Sie Benhoff & Dylan Rodrigue – Can’t Let Go (single, 2023)
65. Jess Williamson – Hunter (single, Mexican Summer, 2023)
66. Hand Habits – Something Wrong (single, Fat Possum Records, 2023)
67. Special Friend – Bete (single, 20239
68. Hallelujah the Hills – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (singöe, Discrete Pageantry Records, 2023)
69. The Reds, Pinks and Purples – I Still Owe You Everything (The Town That Cursed Your Name, Tough Love / Slumberland, 2023)
70. Andrew Gabbard – Redwood (Cedar City Sweetheart, Karma Chief Records, 2023)
71. Jake Paleschic – Sunshine and Clover (Wrongdoer, Niles City Records, 2023)
72. Two Runner – Where Did You Go (Modern Cowboy, Two Runner Music, 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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