OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #135

Another week, another new music weekly.

What a lovely release week. One of the best of the year on a personal level, because I’m big fan of Damien Jurado, Johanna Samuels and The Deep Dark Woods. That was my big three of the week, but that’s only a fraction of all the release action. This week we also got new releases from John Andrews & The Yawns, Shay Martin Lovette, Riley Downing, Nap Eyes (EP), Kira Skov, Evan Seurkamp, Amos The Kid (EP), ROY, Dave Stroda (EP) (a Finnish connection here too, because Dave used to play with Rane Raitsikka on a band called The Longnecks), Sara Bug, Jesse Terry, Molly Tuttle (EP) Juliana Hatfield and Phil Hooley. Outside of Spotify, there’s a great tribute album to Ted Lucas. Check that out on Bandcamp. And listen to original Ted Lucas album too. An all-time fave of mine.

The Finnish highlight is the wonderful new Astrid Swan single Silvi’s Dream. There’s also excellent new singles from Mustat Kalsarit and Guggenheim-projektz.

And last but not least the international (should-be) hit singles. I nearly made a standing ovation alone in my apartment when I first heard the new Summer Dean & Colter Wall single. Now there’s a perfect country single. It’s an outtake from forthcoming Summer Dean album Bad Romantic that is due out on the 27th of August. Pre-order is up on her website. A few other ones that I love madly are the superb new singles from Jeremy James Meyer and Evan Cheadle. And of course there’s far more excellent singles from Lonny, John R. Miller, Wojtek the Bear, Charlie Parr, David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen, Quivers, K.C. Jones, Son Volt, Wild Earp and so forth.

That’s it for this week. Last week I surprised myself and did a few roundup posts. I have no idea will I keep that up, because I still fee like horseshit most days. But I do have a couple lined up and I hope to make them within a couple of weeks. Love from a distance.

1. Johanna Samuels – Less Of You (Excelsior! Mama Bird Recording Co / Basin Rock, 2021)
2. Damien Jurado – Jennifer (The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Field Painting Music, 2021)
3. The Deep Dark Woods – Anathea (Changing Faces, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
4. John Andrews & The Yawns – Ain’t That Right? (Cookbook, Woodsist, 2021)
5. Shay Martin Lovette – Scatter & Gather (Scatter & Gather, 2021)
6. Riley Downing – Looking Forward (Start It Over, New West Records, 2021)
7. Summer Dean & Colter Wall – You’re Lucky She’s Lonely (single, 2021)
8. Jeremy James Meyer – Thought That You Could Tell (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
9. John R. Miller – Shenandoah Shakedown (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Evan Cheadle – Some Fool (single, Victory Pool, 2021)
11. Lonny – Dans la maison des filles (single, 2021)
12. Astrid Swan – Silvi’s Dream (single, Soliti, 2021)
13. Wojtek the Bear – One Thing’s for Certain (single, Last Night From Glasgow Five, 2021)
14. Nap Eyes – Thank You (When I Come Around EP, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
15. Evan Seurkamp – Please Don’t Let These Things (Cruising in Your Bliss Car, Tiny Shed Recordings, 2021)
16. Quivers – Chinese Medicine (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
17. K.C. Jones – Beginnings and Ends (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
18. Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
19. Kira Skov feat Bonnie Prince Billy – Some Kind of Lovers (Spirit Tree, Sundance Music, 2021)
20. David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen – Än går det vågor (single, 2021)
21. Wild Earp & Free For Alls – Ain’t It a Shame (when Your Horse Goes Lame) (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
22. Jenny Don’t And the Spurs – Be the Only One (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
23. Son Volt – Reverie (single, Transmit Sound, 2021)
24. Dave Stroda – Pretty Bird (Dave Stroda EP, 2021)
25. Philippe Bronchtein – Middle of the Road (single, 2021)
26. Margo Price – Long Live the King (single, Loma Vista, 2021)
27. Emily Barker feat Frank Turner – Bound For Home (single, Everyone Sang, 2021)
28. Amos the Kid – Alright (No More New Ideas EP, House of Wonders Records, 2021)
29. Porlolo – Don’t Turn Me On (single, 2021)
30. Guggenheim-projektz – Bela, Bela, Bela (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
31. Mustat kalsarit – En tahdo astua pimeyteen (single, Cudighi Records, 2021)
32. ROY – All the Time (Roy’s Garage, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
33. Durand Jones & The Indications – Witchoo (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
34. Lady Nade – You’re My Number One (single, 2021)
35. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – Squeeze Me (single, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
36. Abigail Lapell – Fortunate Son (single, 2021)
37. Lula Wiles – Oh My God (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
38. Greg Loiacono – What Can I Say? (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
39. Megan Palmer & Rebecca Hixson – Wide Awake 5AM (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
40. Alexa Rose – Clearwater Park (single, Big Legal Mess, 2021)
41. Juliana Hatfield – Splinter (Blood, American Laundromat Records, 2021)
42. Madeline Leman & The Desert Dwells – This Is Living (single, 2021)
43. Sara Bug – Lotta Pride (Sara Bug, Egghunt Records, 2021)
44. Babehoven – Bad Week (single, 2021)
45. Andrea von Kampen – Take Back Thy Gift (single, Fantasy Records, 2021)
46. Annie Keating – Nobody Knows (single, 8th Street Studios, 2021)
47. Jesse Terry – Strangers In Our Town (When We Wander, Wander Recordings, 2021)
48. Phil Hooley – Learning To Be Still (Songs from the Back Room, 2021)
49. Kirby Brown – Ashes and Leaves (single, Soundly, 2021)
50. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – Burn (single, Organic Records, 2021)
51. Molly Tuttle feat Nathaniel Rateliff – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (..But I’d Rather Be With You, Too EP, Compass Records, 2021)
52. Britton Patrick Morgan – Home (single, 2021)
53. Billy Law – It’s Not Right (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
54. John Statz – What Would You Call That – acoustic (single, 2021)
55. Shannon Lay – Rare to Wake (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
56. Skullcrusher – Cloudy Shoes (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
57. Scott & Lila – Simple (single, 2021)
58. Charlie Marie – Lauren (Ramble On, Soundly, 2021)
59. Rosali – Tender Heart (No Medium, Spinster, 2021)
60. Will Stratton – Stillness (The Changing Wilderness, Bella Union, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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

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 a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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Charlie Marie, Katie Jo, Melissa Carper and Croy and The Boys

Another one of these small round up of songs / albums / videos I’ve loved during the recent months. Kicking off with the brand new Charlie Marie album Ramble On that came out on the 7th of May. I loved the self-titled EP few years back and have been eager to hear more from this country songwriter. The new album doesn’t disappoint and it’s one of my favorite country records of the year. Here’s a couple of personal favorites favorites from the album. There’s more music videos on youtube and you can of course hear/listen the whole thing on her Bandcamp.

Charlie Marie Website
Charlie Marie at Facebook

Katie Jo from California (via Wichita) is a new favorite and I didn’t know her until the advance singles of her 2021 album Pawn Shop Queen started to hit the core of my heart. It came out on the 9th of April and have since been on heavy rotation. My own favorite is I Don’t Know Where Your Heart’s Been and highly recommend checking out the song and the gorgeous music video Drey Jordan Singer made for it. And if you like what you hear, check out her Bandcamp to listen and buy the whole beautiful album.

Katie Jo Website
Katie Jo at Facebook

Speaking of perfect country records, perhaps it’s time for a small revisit to Melissa Carper’s old-fashioned future classic Daddy’s Country Gold. I’ve mentioned it a few times here and there, but another reminder is in order because it’s one of the albums I’ve loved the most during the first half of 2021. Here’s one of my many favorites along with a video from the always great Western AF.

Melissa Carper Website
Melissa Carper at Facebook

Let’s wrap this little blog entry with some cover magic from Croy and The Boys. If you have ever wanted to hear how anarcho punk and country music work together, check out this marvellous Crass cover of Do They Owe Us A Living?. And well if you want to hear more of their punk covers, listen to / buy the full EP of punk covers on their Bandcamp page.

Croy and the Boys Website
Croy and the Boys at Facebook

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Icarus Phoenix, Quivers and John Andrews & The Yawns

I’ve been meaning to share the video of the song Cassie Knows, or How a shy person says I love you by Icarus Phoenix for a long time, but my blogging activity has been next to none. Tonight I saw the new video for the Iron Man and his Demons, for Striker and after shedding the tears, I knew I had to finally break out from the blogging slump and share songs and videos from this beautiful record.

Icarus Phoenix is a new project my long time blog favorite Drew Danburry. He originally released the Icarus Phoenix album last year on cassette, but in april 2021 he also made it available digitally. He is also making these beautiful hand-drawn time lapse music videos. It must take a long time to make them, but they are worth the effort. Here’s the two I mentioned above, but you’ll find more from his youtube. And if you like them, buy the cassette or download from Telos Tapes Bandcamp.

Drew Danburry at Youtube

Next up is my favorite Tasmanian pop group Quivers. Actually I think they are located in Melbourne these days, but what actually matters is that they are a great band. I fell in love madly when I heard the song Pigeons few years back. In between now and then they released their debut record and covered the entire Out Of Time album by R.E.M. Both are highly recommended if you missed them. At this moment in time they are getting ready to release their new record Golden Doubt. They seem to be on an upward trajectory, because the new one will be co-released by such cool labels as Ba Da Bing!, Bobo Integral and Spunk. The two singles that are out and available are both absolutely wonderful.

Quivers at Facebook
Quivers Website

Let’s wrap this one with a song or two from the forthcoming John Andrews & The Yawns album. Cookbook is out next week on Woodsist and all the singles have been pure gold. This River of Doubt video makes me smile every time. There’s live music, pond hockey and cats, so how could I not love it wholeheartedly.

John Andrews & The Yawns at Facebook

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