OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #231

A lot of new music this week. I failed miserably with the length of this thing. There’s way too much stuff, but listen as much as you want.

Album of the week is the new Withered Hand album. What a beauty. We also got albums from Tiny Ruins, Mike Frazier, Del Barber, Mya Byrne, Lisa/Liza, Alexander (EP), Photo Ops, Triptides, John Andrews & The Yawns, Tomten, Bernice, Country Westerns, Josh Ritter, Jerry Leger (EP), Mother Juniper, Dan Whitaker, Great Lake Swimmers, Ruby De Anda, Mariee Sioux (EP), Annie Blackman, Grant Swift and Dropkick. Oh yeah there’s The National too, which is probably pretty great but you don’t need this blog to find it.

Big Finnish week too led by a couple of album treasures from Helmi Levyt. These are albums from Kalevi Suopursu and Ne Galaktiset. A new Hulda Huima song is always a big deal. This time it’s even bigger, because it’s a debut release from a new feminist record label Minna Records. The label was founded by Minna-Kaisa Kallinen (aka Hulda Huima). Important and much needed, because music is still such a male-dominated industry. There’s more too and this week we also got albums from Folkjykä & Kuntoutujat, Kettu Kasetti and Lau Nau plus singles from Ty Roxy, Lyyti, Emppu and Juppe. There’s also 1980 AD EP from last week that I managed to miss back them. Oh and at the end there’s another cut from last week’s Liila Jokelin album. One of my favorite Finnish albums of the year so far.

The international singles are again a little buried, because there’s so many album releases and I try to focus on them first. For example there’s some excellent country gems at the very end of the playlist. Early favorites in general came from Dean Johnson, J.E. Sunde, Colter Wall, Michael James Tapscott, Matt Paxton & The Pintos, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, PJ Harvey, Margaux, Shane Pendergast and Brigid Mae Power. Again just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Time for vappu. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters more than you know. Love from a distance.

1. Withered Hand – How to Love (How to Love, Reveal Records, 2023)
2. Tiny Ruins – Diving & Soaring (Ceremony, Marathon Artists, 2023)
3. Mike Frazier – Billy (Another Night, Another Sunrise, Geneva Records, 2023)
4. Del Barber – Me and Jim (Almanac, Acronym Records, 2023)
5. Mya Byrne – Please Call Me Darling (Rhinestone Tomboy, Kill Rock Stars, 2023)
6. Lisa/Liza – John Prine (Breaking and Mending, Orindal Records, 2023)
7. Alexander – Wrinkled World (EP2, 4711 Idaho Records, 2023)
8. Photo Ops – When I Think of Tennessee (Burns Bright, Paul is Dead Records, 2023)
9. John Andrews & The Yawns – Starving Artist (Love for the Underdog, Woodsist, 2023)
10. Triptides – Hard to Explain (Starlight, Curation Records, 2023)
11. Tomten – Grapefruit Sea (Artichoke, Plume Records, 2023)
12. Bernice – Underneath My Toe (Cruisin’, Telephone Explosion Records, 2023)
13. Mother Juniper – Carolina (Write the Soil Lighter, Spirit House Records, 2023)
14. Great Lake Swimmers – I Tried to Reach You (Uncertain Country, Pheromone Recordings, 2023)
15. Josh Ritter – Black Crown (Spectral Lines, Pytheas / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
16. Country Westerns – Knucklen’ (Forgive the City, Fat Possum Records, 2023)
17. Jerry Leger – We’re A Mess (The Time Flew By EP, Latent Recordings, 2023)
18. Dan Whitaker – 3AM Blues (I Won’t Play By Your Rules, 2023)
19. Colter Wall – Evangelina (single, La Honda Records / RCA Records, 2023)
20. Austin Lucas – Pints of Guinness Make You Strong (single, GrindEthos Records, 2023)
21. Matt Paxton & The Pintos – Southside of the West Town (single, Down by the Point Records, 2023)
22. Dean Johnson – Shouldn’t Say Mine (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2023)
23. J.E. Sunde – Stop Caring (single, Vietnam, 2023)
24. Michael James Tapscott – Leopard Print Coat (single, Royal Oakie Records, 2023)
25. Hulda Huima – Jos palvot kuuta (single, Minna Records, 2023)
26. Kalevi Suopursu – Yöllä kohisee metsä (Uneton Vantaalla, Helmi Levyt, 20239
27. Kettu Kasetti – Tänä yönä (Kettu Kasetti, Kauno Records, 2023)
28. Folkjykä & Kuntoutujat – Parempaa aikaa (Parempaa aikaa, 2023)
29. Lyyti – 100 kaunaa (single, Johanna Kustannus, 2023)
30. Ne Galaktiset – Söpöläiset (Ne Galaktiset, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
31. 1980 AD – Aikaisemmin (Aikaisemmin EP, AD1980 Records, 2023)
32. Emppu – Melissa (single, Vallila Music House, 2023)
33. Juppe – Happiest Country in the World (single, Soliti, 2023)
34. Lau Nau – Pleomothra (5X4, Fonal Records, 2023)
35. Ty Roxy – Agnes (single, Fonal Records, 2023)
36. Ruby De Anda – June Gloom (Smilin’ Closet Botanist, 2023)
37. The Silvertone – We Don’t Have To (single, Mango Hill Records, 2023)
38. L CON – Ordinary Girl (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2023)
39. Julie Byrne – Summer Glass (single, Ghostly, 2023)
40. Brigid Mae Power – Counting Down (single, Fire Records, 2023)
41. Mariee Sioux – Evil Crawls the Line (Circle of Signs EP, 2023)
42. PJ Harvey – A Child’s Question, August (single, Partisan Records, 2023)
43. Annie Blackman – The Well (Bug EP, Father / Daughter Records, 2023)
44. Johanna Samuels – Holy Mothers (single, Jealous Butcher Records, 2023)
45. Gena Rose Bruce – Lighting Up (single, Dot Dash Recordings, 2023)
46. Margaux – Everlasting Snow (single, Massif Records, 2023)
47. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Cast Iron Skillet (single, Southeastern / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
48. Ruby Oland – Life Without Love (single, Wild Cats in the Grass, 2023)
49. Michelle Billingsley – Him and Her and Me (single, Western Myth Records, 2023)
50. Caitlin Cannon – Amarillo and Little Rock (single, 2023)
51. Early James – One Trip Pony (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2023)
52. Shane Pendergast – Bluebell (single, Corran Ban Music, 2023)
53. Sam Blasucci – Linger (single, Innovative Leisure / Calico Discos, 2023)
54. Robert Ellis – On the Run (single, Niles City Records, 2023)
55. Jack Symes – Daisy (single, 2023)
56. Graves – Little Dumb Dogs (single, Perpetual Doom, 2023)
57. Hello Emerson – Forever Stamps (single, 2023)
58. The Clientele – Blue Over Blue (single, Merge Records, 2023)
59. Dropkick – Unwind (The Wireless Revolution, 2023)
60. The High Water Marks – American Candy (single, Minty Fresh, 2023)
61. Steady Hands – Burn With Me (single, Lame-O Records, 2023)
62. Leo Walrus – Angel Angel (single,Evil Tree #3 Records, 2023)
63. Grant Swift – Mewtwo (Transformation, 2023)
64. Leeann Skoda & Sie Sie Benhoff & Dylan Rodrigue – Little Star (single, 2023)
65. Sleepy Jean – Lonely As I Can Be (single, 2023)
66. Long Beard feat Ryan Galloway – Posters (single, Double Double Whammy / Polyvinyl, 2023)
67. Gia Margaret – Hinoki Wood (single, Jagjaguwar, 2023)
68. Starpainter – Summer in Your Mouth (single, Neon Moon Records, 2023)
69. Casey Neill & The Norway Rats – Sending Up Flares (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2023)
70. David James Allen – Blush and Hide (single, Littleknown Records, 2023)
71. Low Cut Connie – Are You Gonna Run? (single, Contender Records, 2023)
72. The Gaslight Anthem – Positive Charge (single, Rich Mahogany Recordings / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
73. Deer Tick – Forgiving Ties (single, ATO Records, 2023)
74. Nicholas Campbell – Here Alone (single, 2023)
75. Billy Strings feat Willie Nelson – California Sober (single, Reprise Records, 2023)
76. Molly Tuttle & The Golden Highway – El Dorado (single, Nonesuch Records, 2023)
77. Tommy Prine – Mirror and a Kitchen Sink (single, Nameless Knight / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
78. Nat Myers – Ramble No More (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2023)
79. Cory Branan – Gatlinburg (single, Blue Elan Records, 2023)
80. The Golden Roses – Willin’ (single, 2023)
81. Pleasure Horse – Oklahoma (single, 2023)
82. Liila Jokelin – Parempi ilman (Saapuu sankarina kevät, Helmi Levyt, 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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