OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #246

Oh dear. What a release week. I almost threw in the towel. Way too much for one man to cover on one weekend. I’m sure I missed some just because I didn’t have enough time to listen everything. Let’s get started right away without pointless ramblings.

No clear cut album of the week, because I haven’t really listened full albums yet. Some big ones in the rootsy side of things. For example Turnpike Troubadours returned and Zach Bryan released a new one. A big personal fave Steve Sloane released a couple of new albums on Bandcamp a while ago. Now he put one of them on streaming. I started with a song from that, because I love that guy. Another a bit less-known personal favorite Joey O’Neil also released a new album. Then on the indie rock / power pop side of things we have a great new Ratboys album. Other new albums on this monster release week came from Hiss Golden Messenger, Buck Meek, Roselit Bone, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bob Lefevre and the Already Gone, Strawberry Runners, Ruth Garbus, Becca Mancari, Mipso, Ora Cogan, Nina de Vitry, Sonny & The Sunsets, Drew Beskin (EP), The Cowboys, Montana Book Club (EP), Kendra Morris, Tim Knol, Say She She, Rissi Palmer (EP) and The Two Tracks.

Big Finnish release week too led by the new Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L album. Listened it through today while walking around the city and loved every second of it. A special one for sure. There’s also most likely great new albums from Vasas flora och fauna and Emppu plus an EP from Too Slow. I’ll listen them properly during the coming days. Well I did spend some time with the Too Slow EP and thought it was gorgeous collection of slacker pop / power pop. My kinda stuff for sure. Oh yeah and then we have new singles from Maria Milvus, Babel, Knife Girl, Iisa, Amuri, Tuomo & Markus and Kaikki turhat haaveet.

The international singles are bit buried on the latter half of the playlist, because this week was so crowded with album releases and I always start with those. The single of the week is the new Jeffrey Martin song. It’s the first outtake from his next album that is coming out in November on Fluff & Gravy Records / Loose Music. So don’t submit your AOTY ballots until you’ve heard that one. Other early faves came from Evan Cheadle, Abby Hamilton, Steven Adams, Nico Hedley, Alli Sunshine, The Resonant Rogues, Rosali, Willy Tea Taylor & The Fellership, Jerry Leger, Evangeline Gentle and so forth. Just to name a few. I even had to leave a lot out, because this was getting longer than anyone will listen.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Back next week with another selection unless this gets overwhelming. Almost did this week. Phew. But I managed to put something together. Hope you enjoy it and maybe it even helps you divide the release calendar into something manageable. Love and other forms of gratitude.

1. Steve Sloane – Don’t Arrive in Costume Please (The Dust I’ve Been Wearing Around, 2023)
2. Ratboys – I Want You (Fall 2010) (The Window, Topshelf Records, 2023)
3. Joey O’Neil – Ghost Me (Phantom Vibes, 2023)
4. Hiss Golden Messenger – The Wondering (Jump For Joy, Merge Records, 2023)
5. Buck Meek – Didn’t Know You Then (Haunted Mountain, 4AD, 2023)
6. Turnpike Troubadours – The Rut (A Cat in the Rain, Bossier City Records / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
7. Zach Bryan – Holy Roller (feat Sierra Ferrell) (Zach Bryan, Belting Bronco / Warner, 2023)
8. Roselit Bone – The Sea in Silhouette (Ofrenda, Get Loud Recordings, 2023)
9. Bob Lefevre & The Already Gone – Secondhand (Two, 2023)
10. Old Crow Medicine Show – Alleghene Lullabye (Jubilee, ATO Records, 2023)
11. Mipso – East (Book of Fools, 2023)
12. Ora Cogan feat Y La Bamba – Ways of Losing (Formless, Prism Tongue Records, 2023)
13. Becca Mancari – Don’t Close Your Eyes (Left Hand, Captured Tracks, 2023)
14. Ruth Garbus – Sports (Alive People, Orindal Records, 2023)
15. Nina de Vitry – History (What You Feel Is Real, 2023)
16. Montana Book Club – Snowdrops (Fairhope EP, Book Club Records, 2023)
17. Strawberry Runners – Alison (Strawberry Runners, Duper Moon Records, 2023)
18. Sonny & The Sunsets – Shadow (Self Awareness Through Macrame, Rocks In Your Head, 2023)
19. Drew Beskin – Never Even Listening (Garrett EP, Super Canoe / We Bought a Zoo, 2023)
20. The Cowboys – Raining Sour Grapes (Sultan of Squat, Feel It Records, 2023)
21. Tim Knol – Long Live Your Friends (Long Live Your Friends, Excelsior Recordings, 2023)
22. Kendra Morris – Dominoes (I Am What I’m Waiting For, Colemine Records, 2023)
23. Say She She – Echo in the Chamber (Echo In the Chamber, Colemine Records, 2023)
24. Jalen Ngonda – So Glad I Found You (single, Daptone Records, 2023)
25. Rissi Palmer feat Miko Marks – Still Here (Still Here EP, 2023)
26. The Two Tracks – Canyon Wren (It’s Complicated Life, 2023)
27. Tuomo & Markus – Hecho en Mexico (single, Grandpop, 2023)
28. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Ja avaruus (Credo, Rockadillo Records, 2023)
29. Vasas Flora och Fauna – Yttervinder (Man blåser bort, Startracks, 2023)
30. Babel – Mirrors (single, PME Records, 2023)
31. Maria Milvus – Should I Be Running (single, 2023)
32. Knife Girl – Fragile (single, Soit Se Silti, 2023)
33. Iisa – Suhun mä uskon aina (single, Fullsteam Records, 2023)
34. Emppu – Alppila (Herätä Helsingin yö, Vallila Music House, 2023)
35. Amuri – Onkiniemi elää (single, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
36. Kaikki turhat haaveet – Silmissä pimenee (single, Minna Records, 2023)
37. Too Slow – Afraid of Love (Honeyvinegar EP, NMR, 2023)
38. The Evening Sons – Cindy’s Sox (single, Curation Records, 2023)
39. Nico Hedley – I Just Wanna Be Alright (single, Ruination Record Co, 2023)
40. Steven Adams – Living in the Local Void (single, Fika Recordings, 2023)
41. Evan Cheadle – A Dream Like Milk & Honey (single, Victory Pool, 2023)
42. Jeffrey Martin – There is a Treasure (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2023)
43. Rosali – Stuck Inside a Cloud (single, Merge Records, 2023)
44. Dolly Valentine – Rest Awhile (single, Holy Golden Music, 2023)
45. Abby Hamilton – #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo, Blue Gown Records, 2023)
46. Evangeline Gentle – Waters (single, 2023)
47. Corinne Sharlet – Roamin Man (single, 2023)
48. Jerry Leger – Three Hours Ahead of Midnight (single, 2023)
49. Willy Tea Taylor & The Fellership – National Treasure (single, Blackwing Music, 2023)
50. Nick Shoulders – All Bad (single, Gar Hole Records, 2023)
51. The Resonant Rogues – Show Me (single, 2023)
52. Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – Half Fool (single, Joyful Noise Records, 2023)
53. Fortunato Durutti Marinetti – Lightning on a Sunny Day (single, Soft Abuse / Quindi, 2023)
54. Alli Sunshine – I’m No Fool (Anymore) (single, 2023)
55. Anna Hillburg – Holdin’ On (single, Speakeasy Studios SF, 2023)
56. Cinema Hearts – Daydreaming (single, Burnished Records, 2023)
57. Roger Joseph Manning Jr – I’m Startin’ a Band (single, Omnivore Recordings, 2023)
58. Feeling Figures – Across the Line (single, Perennial, 2023)
59. Dream Sitch – Readjust (single, Airloom, 2023)
60. Colin Miller – Never Wanna (single, Ruination Record Co, 2023)
61. John Davey – Late Bloomer (single, 2023)
62. Indianna Hale – I Can’t Talk to You (single, Perpetual Doom, 2023)
63. Iris Marlowe – Piss Poor Example of a Man (single, 2023)
64. Sarah Jane Scouten – Wanderlust (single, Light Organ Records, 2023)
65. Steph Green – Teardrop Skies (single, 2023)
66. Jacob Aranda – Dream of Mexico (single, Speakeasy Studios SF, 2023)
67. Christian Kjellvander – Notes from the Drive Between Simat and Alcoi (single, Tapete Records, 2023)
68. John Earle Mainord – Peace on the Water (single, Blackland Hippie Records, 2023)
69. Nicolette & The Nobodies – Rodeo (single, ArtHaus Music, 2023)
70. David Garnham and the Reasons to Live feat Gleny Rae Virus – Long Way Round (single, 2023)
71. Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – I’ll Get By (single, 2023)
72. Dylan Smucker – Somewhere You Are (single, 2023)
73. Spencer Burton – Going Fishin’ (single, Dine Alone Records, 2023)
74. Leah Senior – Room (The Music That I Make, Poison City Records, 2023)
75. Vulvarutto – Luulin, mutta luulin väärin (Raivosaatana, Panama-levyt, 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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