2017 + Lokit

Thank you for everyone who visited this little blog during 2017 and thank you for all the amazing artists for creating the music that carried me through this year of horrible politics and a couple hundred hours of overtime work at the factory. The far bigger issue, politics both in Finland and USA is still an absolute shit show, but thankfully the lesser issue, my personal workload got back to acceptable levels during the last months of the year. Therefore there’s hope that this blog might survive 2018 as long as the world can too. The thought of finding a new job is still lurking in the back of my mind though, because it still feels like it went over some limit during the summer and I’m struggling to put it completely behind me. Even though it’s quite alright at the moment, I sort of lost the belief that I can be fully happy by staying there.

I was on the verge of quitting the blog several times during the year and in the darkest hour did post that great I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore song by Christian Lee Hutson and stopped posting for a while. That would have been a good dramatic way to quit, but unfortunately I’ve been doing this for sixteen years and find it extremely difficult to let it go. Somehow this has become too dear and it has a hold on me. The only thing that makes any kind of sense is to quit, because I just don’t have the time or energy to do it properly and it’s not like this has any kind of significance the way I do it these days. For a long time I’ve mostly let things slide, because I can’t let them completely go. Therefore there’s a constant cloud of guilt hanging over me, because there’s always that amazing song that I haven’t posted and that kind email I haven’t answered. As for 2018, half of me wants to quit completely and the other half wants to fully commit to this and do this as well as I possibly can and see how that goes. I think I’ll start with what the other half is saying, but it’s probably only a matter of days or weeks before the reality kicks in and I will let it slide again even though it has never done me any good. But until reality bites, let’s spread some love for songs.

There’s one more end of the year list coming up within a week or so before it’s time to fully move on to 2018. It’s the Finnish songs of the year. The last entry to that list will be my current favourite song Kasevaa by Lokit (unless I go with Blades of Steel, love them both). It’s an outtake from their new seven inch single/ep. You can get it at least from Teen Wolf Records. Don’t buy them all, because I haven’t placed my order yet but plan to do so. A brilliant band and I love most of their songs that I’ve heard. At least Työttömyys, Tosi hyvä tyyppi, Blades of Steel and Kasevaa are all utterly wonderful. I can’t wait to hear their debut full-length that is hopefully out sometime in 2018. To have the possibility to feature the forthcoming Lokit album in a full excessive praising mode is a one damn good reason to continue another year. Here’s the excellent (but somewhat disturbing) music video for the new Lokit song Kasevaa.

Happy New Year’s Eve and see you in 2018!

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Christian Lee Hutson – I Just Can’t Fucking Do It Anymore

I first thought I just leave this video on the front page and stop posting until further notice. Would have been a good dramatic way out, because I really love this song by Christian Lee Hutson. There’s no drama though. I’m just exhausted because I’ve been working overtime nearly every fucking day on the day job and don’t have the time or energy to make this blog at the moment. I’ll regroup and continue. No idea when exactly. It could be only a matter of days or it could be several weeks or even months. Thankfully the second part of my summer vacation is just days away, so I’ll have some time to recess. Maybe it’s time to even consider looking for a new job, because the current one is wearing me down. Too bad this thing doesn’t pay the bills. No need to worry or anything though. Everything is still perfectly ok in the grand scheme of things.

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Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann


I spent the week mostly listening to Richmond Fontaine, because they were touring here (and played a spectacular concert, definitely among my all time faves despite some disturbances from thrash metal concert that took place upstairs). Therefore I didn’t have much time to listen to other new music before this weekend.

My favourite album of the weekend has been the new Eric Bachmann album. I’ve been listening to it all weekend long. I can’t say Eric Bachmann’s song vault is my biggest expertise. Actually it’s probably been something like a decade since I last listened to him a lot. Dignity and Shame by Crooked Fingers meant a lot in the mid 00s, but I’ve lost touch since that. It’s definitely time to reacquaint my heart with Eric’s songs, because this new self-titled album is an absolute beauty. Such a compassionate hug is much needed in this current world where complete lack of empathy to one another seem to be a running theme. This is Mercy from Eric’s new album that is now out on the always great Merge Records.

Eric Bachmann Website

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14 Down, 1 To Go: One Chord To Another Turns 14!


One year to another. OCTA is now fourteen years old. That’s already a far longer time than I ever expected, but there’s still work to be done. Ok, you might have noticed that nothing is really happening right now and I feel extremely guilty about it. I just don’t really have enough energy for this at the moment. I apologize. Maybe things will get better soon. I doubt it, but at least I’m a bit more hopeful today than yesterday. Anyway, fifteen has been my goal and I intend to keep this thing somehow alive until that point. What happens after that I’m not entirely sure. The wise thing would be to organize a little anniversary concert / memorial service for the blog and go out with a bang. It’s also possible that I just don’t have the heart to completely stop after doing this for so long and this turns into one of those dreadful “one more year” things where a person with a decent track record (well lousy track record in my case) just doesn’t know how and when to quit.

Anyway, I’ll figure out 15 when I get there. Now it’s time to celebrate the 14th birthday (the actual birthday is actually tomorrow on the 17th of September, but I don’t have time to do this then) and I’ll do that by doing what I always do. Posting three songs that I really love at the moment.

Christopher Paul Stelling – Dear Beast

Hezekiah Jones – The Dark Heart’s Out

Joan Shelley – Over and Even

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Flavour of the Month 15.5.2015 – Mäkkelä (GER) + Nightbird


We have one more Flavour of the Month event coming up before the summer holiday. The event takes place this friday at Pikku-Torre, Turku. Mäkkelä and Nightbird will share the stage. They have both played at our club before and therefore I know that they are excellent and this is going to be another great FOTM evening. Read more about it on that Finnish press release below and check out these sound samples.

MÄKKELÄ (GER) showtime 23:00
NIGHTBIRD showtime 22:00

+ Flavour of the Month DJ team
pe 15.5. 2015 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku

Perjantaina, toukokuun 15. päivänä heitetään hyvästit Flavour of the Month -klubin kevätkaudelle ja siirrytään viettämään hyvin ansaittua kesälomaa. FOTM-klubin tyylille sopivasti peijaisissa kuullaan kauniinrujoa musisointia, kun Pikku-Torren lavalle ovat lupautuneet aiemminkin Flavourissa vierailleet saksansuomalainen Mäkkelä, alias Martti Trillitsch, sekä vaasalaislähtöinen Nightbird, alias Anna-Stina Jungerstam.

Suomalaisia sukujuuriaan taitelijanimessään vähän erikoisella tavalla peilaava Mäkkelä saapuu jälleen toukokuussa Suomeen lyhyelle kiertueelle promoamaan uunituoretta albumiaan ”Last Of A Dying Breed”. Mäkkelä kokenee itsensä todellakin lajinsa viimeisenä, sillä keikkajulisteessa tarjotaan kuvausta ”last of the trash folk gentlemen”. Musiikissaan hienovaraista folk punkia, rujoa indietä ja monenkarvaisia elektro/blues/roots -vaikutteita kanavoiva Mäkkelä tunnetaan tunnelmallisten ja hauskojenkin keikkatuokioiden luojana, joten uuden levyn myötä on odotettavissa lisää viihdyttäviä turinoita ja ennen kuulemattomia biisejä.

Illan toisena aktina paluun FOTM:iin tekee Nightbird. Naisen ensimmäinen visiitti klubille on jäänyt mieliin hyvinkin vakuuttavana. Pelikenttänä on pelkistetty akustinen folk ja blues, vaikea laji, jonka Nightbird kuitenkin hallitsee.

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Personal mumbo jumbo and a bit about John Moreland


Things are still fairly slow or actually completely still. I’ve been in a really dark place with these health concerns of mine. I still haven’t figured out or any of the doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists I’ve seen during the past 6-7 months haven’t figured out why my left hand and left foot are numb or tingling 24/7. At least I can breathe a little easier now after paying the money and having that head MRI earlier this week. That was a damn scary experience, but thankfully everything was normal. So at least I can now quit spending my nights googling brain tumor symptoms, because based on my recent experience, I can definitely confirm that if you are looking for something to do during the night. Sleeping is definitely a better option than googling brain tumor and multiple sclerosis symptoms. Anyway, I hope I can put this thing behind me sometime soon and start focusing on the blog… and well just focusing on living actually and not just being worried all the time. Being sure that it’s not the head that is causing this is definitely a major step forward and makes everything a whole lot easier. However, I would still love to get a diagnose and be 100% sure what actually is causing this. This shit isn’t normal and it only seems to get worse. Perhaps I just have to get that neck, cervical spine MRI done as well, just to be sure there isn’t something fucked up there like a pinned nerve or a herniated disk. That’s just another 600-700€ and I’ve already spent more than 1500€ to all kinds of treatments that haven’t gotten me anywhere. I could have bought a lot of records with that money…

The thing that has kept me somewhat sane during these dark times is the new John Moreland album High On Tulsa Heat, which I love wholeheartedly. I’ve spent some pretty heavy nights listening to that record and finally falling asleep 3-4am with the headphones still on. Especially during these last few weeks when I was waiting for that head MRI and the results, that record was one of the few things that kept me from getting some serious panic attacks. It’s obviously the new album of the month and hopefully I manage to write a full piece about it at some point. Here’s Losing Sleep Tonight from that great album. It’s not the best song on the album (still gorgeous of course), but it fits well to this silly and extremely personal blog post, because I’ve been indeed losing a lot of sleep during the past months. Check out the whole album at Bandcamp.

John Moreland at Bandcamp

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