OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #245

The release calendar is getting crowded as the summer is closing in. Way too much to cover by one man during one weekend. I’ve also been a bit sick. A really bad timing, because I missed BenBen’s concerts here in Turku. Anyway, here’s what I managed to find/listen.

Album of the week is the new Leah Senior. Anna Tivel is another big one, but obviously I already know these songs by heart. But oh how I love these new acoustic versions too. I don’t usually even include acoustic, live or extended versions of albums that I love, because there’s just so much completely new for me music to cover. But have to make an exception, because Anna Tivel is one of my favorite songwriters and these versions are absolutely beautiful. Other album gems this week came from Mapache, Diners, Margaret Glaspy, David Dondero, Brooks Forsyth, Babytooth, Kym Register + Meltdown Rodeo, Leponds, Jill Andrews, Nathan Mongol Wells, Woody Woodworth & Piners, Alta Vista, Stephen Steinbrink, Dana Gehrman, Pale Jay and Montana Book Club.

A couple of great Finnish albums from Vulvarutto and Rock Siltanen Group. Quite different, but I love em both. There’s also a whole lot of singles. There’s new ones from Tanssiva Karhu, Lätsä, Pekko Käppi, Bobby Oroza, Aavikko, Juppe, Sina Viola, Favourite Colours, Saarisalo, Inginmaa/Hypnomen and Mr. Dad. That Lätsä song is probably my own favorite. That hits the core of my heart.

The international single of the week has to be the new Bobby Emmett tune. A most welcome (surprise) return. His Learning Love album was the AOTY on this little blog back in 2009. A real power pop classic if you ask me. The new song rules too. Hopefully there’s more to come. Other early faves came from Bonnie Montgomery, Duff Thompson, Indianna Hale, Dan Edmonds, Katsy Pline, Sufjan Stevens, Rinehearts, Sun June and Jacksonport. Just to name few as usual. Who really knows at this point which will become the long term favorites.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Back next week with another one of these way too long playlist. Love and other stories.

1. Leah Senior – The Fig (The Music That I Make, Poison City Records, 2023)
2. Anna Tivel – Royal Blue – Acoustic (Outsiders – Live In a Living Room, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2023)
3. Mapache – Sammy Boy (Swinging Stars, Innovative Leisure / Calico Discos, 2023)
4. Diners – Working On My Dreams (Domino, Bar None Records, 2023)
5. Margaret Glaspy – Get Back (Echo the Diamond, ATO Records, 2023)
6. Babytooth – Hey Minnow (Babytooth, Antiquated Future, 2023)
7. Kym Register + Meltdown Rodeo – Wild Ones (Meltdown Rodeo, Don Giovanni Records, 2023)
8. Brooks Forsyth – Just Outside of Stockholm (Black Zipper, 2023)
9. David Dondero – Immersion Therapy (Immersion Therapy, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2023)
10. Nathan Mongol Wells – Knew You (From a Dark Corner, State Fair Records, 2023)
11. Woody Woodworth & The Pinehollers – The Ballad of Danny and Johnny (Outlaws & Saints, PineHoller Records, 2023)
12. Dana Gehrman – Easy to Slip (Down In Hollywood, 2023)
13. Alta Vista – When the Desert are Bloom Again (Alta Vista, Ruination Record Co, 2023)
14. Jill Andrews – 80’s Baby (Modern Age, Tone Tree Music / Vulture Vulture, 2023)
15. Stephen Steinbrink – Pony (Disappearing Coin, Western Vinyl, 2023)
16. Leponds – Teshua Parker Climbed a Mountain (In My Cave I Am Me, 2023)
17. Montana Book Club – Never Messed with Texas (The Best I Could Do This Year, Book Club Records, 2023)
18. Indianna Hale – Hollow the Words (single, Perpetual Doom, 2023)
19. Bonnie Montgomery – Modern-Day Cowgirl’s Dream (single, Gar Hole Records, 2023)
20. Duff Thompson – Just Like Me (single, 2023)
21. John P. Strohm feat Aaron Lee Tasjan – Troubleland (single, Propller Sound Recordings, 2023)
22. Bobby Emmett – See No Evil (single, 2023)
23. Smug Brothers – Pattern Caveat (single, Anyway Records, 2023)
24. Rock Siltanen Group – Sekoon (Rokkimunkki, Rockia ja sporttia, 2023)
25. Vulvarutto – Se ei ole rakkautta, vaan obsessio (Raivosaatana, Panama-levyt, 2023)
26. Tanssiva Karhu – Niinitie 52 (single, Alakulttuuritalo, 2023)
27. Inginmaa/Hypnomen – Synnyin auringosta (single, Stupido Records, 2023)
28. Sina Viola – Värit (single, 2023)
29. Juppe – Teardrops on Used Vinyl (single, Soliti, 2023)
30. Aavikko – We Play – You Dance (single, Soit Se Silti, 2023)
31. Favourite Colours – Through the Night (single, Purple Skies, 2023)
32. Mr. Dad – Salaryman (single, Dad Rock Issue Records, 2023)
33. Saarisalo – Sydänvaras (single, 2023)
34. Lätsä – Naiivi laulu (single, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
35. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Sinä päivänä (single, Rockadillo Records, 2023)
36. Bobby Oroza feat El Michels Affair – Losing It (signle, Big Crown Records, 2023)
37. Pale Jay – Don’t Forget That I Love You (Bewilderment, Karma Chief Records / Colemine Records, 2023)
38. Kyle Cox – So Easy, So Simple (single, 2023)
39. Katsy Pline – Pining (single, Take a Turn Records, 2023)
40. Dan Edmonds feat Luka Kuplowsky and Dorothea Paas – All Things Will (single, 2023)
41. Jeff Moller – Still Intact (single, Royal Oakie Records, 2023)
42. Jerry David DeCicca – Walking Stick (single, 2023)
43. Jacksonport – La Di Doo (single, Ay Caramba Records, 2023)
44. Roses for Paradise – Love in Middle America (single, DirtyRoseRecords, 2023)
45. Kevin Carducci – Hard Times & Trouble (single, Lowstar Rodeo, 2023)
46. Van Plating feat Reckless Kelly – The Hard Way (single, Singular Recordings, 2023)
47. Will Payne Harrison feat Liv. – Full Moon Fever (single, 2023)
48. Stephen Wilson Jr. – Patches (single, Big Loud Records, 2023)
49. John R. Miller – Conspiracies, Cults & UFOs (single, Rounder Records, 2023)
50. Madeline Hawthorne – Neon Wasteland (single, Hawthorne Records, 2023)
51. Buffalo Nichols – The Difference (single, Fat Possum Records, 2023)
52. Mali Obomsawin feat Magdalena Abrego – There There (single, 2023)
53. Balto – Novocaine (single, 2023)
54. Viv & Riley – Imaginary People (single, Free Dirt Record, 2023)
55. Terra Lightfoot – Cross Border Lovers (single, Sonic Unyon Records, 2023)
56. Bebopalupa – Overtures (single, 2023)
57. Rinehearts – Could You Would You (single, Cheersquad Records & Tapes, 2023)
58. Swansea Sound – Twentieth Century (single, Skep Wax Records, 2023)
59. Sun June – Get Enough (single, Run for Cover Records, 2023)
60. Sarah Mary Chadwick – Drinkin’ on a Tuesday (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2023)
61. Chris Brain – Steady Away (single, Big Sun Records, 2023)
62. Jon Danforth – Can’t Stay Here (single, 2023)
63. Sufjan Stevens – So You Are Tired (single, Asthmatic Kitty Records, 2023)
64. Bonnie Prince Billy – Kentucky is Water (Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You, Domino Recording Co, 2023)
65. Hurry – For Us to Find Love (Don’t Look Back, Lame-O Records, 2023)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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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