OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #105

Another week, another music weekly.

The blog is now 19 years old and still going strong. Or somehow scraping by. You tell me. Still here anyway and here’s another weekly round up of the finest new music. Quite a release week too. I feel like I’ve spent most of my Saturday listening to the new stuff and it feels like I still continuously find more releases. This is actually 65 songs long and I still cut out some bigger indie singles. Like the new Lambchop single, which I liked but would have added another 13 minutes to this playlist which is already longer than anyone is going to listen. I need some intervention before these start to be 100 songs long. I suppose it’s not a huge deal, because everyone can listen as much as they want.

The list starts with the surprise album release by Tyler Childers. Important message and a powerful song. Long time favorites Otis Gibbs and Daniel Romano put out great records. Brennen Leigh’s album is now out and I’m loving it. Also fond of the Emma Kupa, Ian Wayne, Victoria Bailey and Fenne Lily albums. Terry’s Paradise has a wonderful new EP too. And yeah all the others rule as well. Here are all the international albums that were on my radar this week.

Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records)
Otis Gibbs – Hoosier National
Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter
Victoria Bailey – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (Rock Ridge Music)
Daniel Romano – How Ill Thy World Is Ordered (You’ve Changed Records)
Terry’s Paradise – Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP
Emma Kupa – It Will Come Easier (Fika Recordings)
Ian Wayne – Risking Illness (Whatever’s Clever)
Fenne Lily – BREACH (Dead Oceans)
Kilo Bravo – Chew This Slow)
The Apartments – In and Out of the Light (Talitres)
Native Harrow – Closeness (Loose Music)
European Sun – European Sun (WIAIWYA)
John Davey – Toss Your Javelin
A.O. Gerber – Another Other Place EP (Hand in Hive)
Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North EP (2014/2020) – rerelease
Photo Ops – Pure at Heart (Western Vinyl)
The Persian Leaps – Smiling Lessons
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Philadelphia (Idee Fixe Records)
Decoration Day – Makeshift Future
Honey Magpie – Midnight Morning
Dig Nitty – Reverse of Mastery (Exploding in Sound Records)
Stephie James – These Days EP
Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2 (Acony Records)
Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles
Grace Turner – Half Truths EP – this one came out in August, but I just found it

And then over to Finland. There’s a new Mummypowder single. This is a big deal. One of my favorite bands. There’s also some beautiful rerelease stuff from Marian Valinta (EP) and Ethel Suspense (album). Long time readers might remember them from onechord.net 1.0 version. I still like them just as much as I did back then. Other Finnish beauties this week are album from Linkopii, EPs from PÄÄ KII and The Phonochromes plus singles from Sam Shingler, Radio Supernova, Eerie Deer and Juha Mäki-Patola. Also revisiting last week’s pearls Rosita Luu and Lätsä.

My favorite international single of the week is the new quietly monumental Austin Lucas single The Times. The big album announcement was the new Jennifer Castle album that came with the lead single Justice. Aaron Frazer, the drummer extraordinaire and co-vocalist of the Durand Jones & The Indications also announced a new album with a gorgeous debut single. I also love the new songs by Flora Hibberd, VanWyck, I’m Kingfisher, Tomberlin, K.S. Rhoads and Pearl Charles. Just to name a few. They are all good and you can find them from the list below.

That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading and listening. Love from a distance.

1. Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Long Violent History, Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records, 2020)
2. Austin Lucas – The Times (single, Sabotage Records, 2020)
3. Otis Gibbs – Nine Foot Problem (Hoosier National, 2020)
4. Brennen Leigh – The North Dakota Cowboy (Prairie Love Letter, 2020)
5. Victoria Bailey – Ramblin’ Man (Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, Rock Ridge Music, 2020)
6. Daniel Romano – A Secret Still to Be Betrayed (How III Thy World Is Ordered, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
7. Terry’s Paradise – Fish (Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP, 2020)
8. Emma Kupa – Another No (It Will Come Easier, Fika Recordings, 2020)
9. Ian Wayne – People (Risking Illness, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
10. Marian Valinta – Vain unissani (Maagiset kirjaimet EP, 2020)
11. Jennifer Castle – Justice (single, Paradise of Bachelors / Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
12. Flora Hibberd – I’m Gonna Leave You (single, 2020)
13. VanWyck – God Is in the Detour (single, Maiden Name Records, 2020)
14. I’m Kingfisher – Is Nature Really That Cruel? (single, Fading Trail Records, 2020)
15. Fenne Lily – I Used to Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You (BREACH, Dead Oceans, 2020)
16. Grace Gillespie – Hoppers (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
17. Tomberlin – Hours (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
18. Rue Snider – David Bowie’s Clothes (single, 2020)
19. Pearl Charles – What I Need (single, Kanine Records, 2020)
20. Aaron Frazer – Bad News (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
21. Low Cut Connie – Help Me (single, Contender Records, 2020)
22. Bonnie Whitmore – Fine (single, 2020)
23. Jeff Tweedy – Guess Again (single, dBpm Records, 2020)
24. Ethel Suspense – John Wayne (Then, Here, Now, Upper Class Twat Tapes, 2020)
25. Mummypowder – Sara’s Song (single, All That Plazz, 2020)
26. Sam Shingler – The Invisible Man (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
27. Linkopii – 2005 (Lanteet, Luova Records, 2020)
28. Radio Supernova – Väkivaltaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
29. PÄÄ KII – Kova Sade (Kova Sade EP, Blast of Silence, 2020)
30. The Phonochromes – B.R.X.S.M (Static Electric Music EP, 2020)
31. Kilo Bravo – Somewhere in the Middle (Chew This Slow, 2020)
32. The Apartments – Write Your Way Out of Town (In and Out of the Light, Talitres, 2020)
33. Native Harrow – Shake (Closeness, Loose Music, 2020)
34. European Sun – A Song for Sisters (European Sun, WIAIWYA, 2020)
35. John Davey – Sugarmask (Toss Your Javelin, 2020)
36. Goodbye Max – Forgot (single, 2020)
37. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Sun in the Kitchen (Philadelphia, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
38. Decoration Day – Paintlounge (Makeshift Future, 2020)
39. Eerie Deer – Lights (single, 2020)
40. K.S. Rhoads – I Hope You Left Here Knowing That (single, 2020)
41. Robert Ellis – I Must Be in a Good Place Now (single, The Next Waltz, 2020)
42. Honey Magpie – Moonbreak (Midnight Morning, 2020)
43. Anne Malin – Hourglass (single, 2020)
44. A.O. Gerber – Strangers (stripped) (Another Other Place EP, Hand in Hive, 2020)
45. Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North (Kingdom North EP, 2014/2020)
46. Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep (single, Milk! Records, 2020)
47. Natalie Schlabs – Don’t Look too Close (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
48. Photo Ops – Take the Long Way (Pure at Heart, Western Vinyl, 2020)
49. The Explorers Club – Somebody Made For Me (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
50. The Persian Leaps – Chamberlain (Smiling Lessons, 2020)
51. Partner – Big Gay Hands (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
52. Grace Turner – Disdain (Half Truths EP, 2020)
53. Dig Nitty – Lomita (Reverse of Mastery, Exploding in Sound Records, 2020)
54. Stephie James – West of Juarez (These Days EP, 2020)
55. Jon Snodgrass feat John Moreland – boysIImen (single, A-F Records, 2020)
56. Mojohand – Losing Hand (single, Mojohand Records, 2020)
57. David Quinn – Born to Lose (single, 2020)
58. Jonathan Tyler – Old Friend (single, Timeless Echo, 2020)
59. Gillian Welch – Hundred Miles (Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2, Acony Records, 2020)
60. Robyn Ludwick – Ace Is High (Lake Charles, 2020)
61. Rosita Luu – Mansikkapaikka (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
62. Lätsä – Tää sää (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
63. Yee & O’Brien – Black Hole (single, 2020)
64. Juha Mäki-Patola – Inside of the Ocean (single, Hush Hush Records, 2020)
65. Aimee Mann – Avalanche (single, Superego Records, 2020)

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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One Chord to Another hits 19 plus Luka Kuplowsky, Jennifer Castle, J.E. Sunde and Amuri

This little music blog / website is now 19 years old. How did that happen? Time is a weird concept. Thank you to all dear readers who have followed this long and strange journey through music and I hope you stay with me at least for another year. After getting this close, I surely want to reach the 20 year mark as well.

I don’t have any big blog birthday celebration plans this year. This blog post is pretty much it. Perhaps next year when this thing hits that 20. If you want to revisit last year’s online anniversary festival, you will still find most of the action by clicking that OCTA18 link in the top bar. I think I will do my own celebration by just watching live streams from blog favorites after I get through this work week. J.E. Sunde for example will have one this Friday, so I’m going to tune into that. As for this post, I think I’ll just do what I’ve done for these past 19 years. Share some songs that mean the world to me. That’s all there has ever been. I’m not much of a writer nor do I have a wide knowledge about music in general. All I have is love for the music and the passion to find new artists and songwriters. But maybe that’s enough.

It’s close to midnight and the alarm goes off 6am, so this is just a quick round up of beautiful songs and music videos. First stop, Toronto, Canada. Long time favourite Luka Kuplowsky is getting ready to release his new album Stardust on the 2nd of October. It will be out on Mama Bird Recording Co (US/World) and Next Door Records (Canada). The third single Crazy Love was accompanied with a beautiful animated video by Sonia Beckwith-Cole. Here comes the tidal wave of loving you.

Luka Kuplowsky at Facebook

Staying on Toronto for something brand new. The big announcement of the day is that we will get a new Jennifer Castle album Monarch Season on the 20th of November (LP/CD) and October 16th (digital). This beauty will be co-released by Paradise of Bachelors (US/World) and Idee Fixe Records (Canada). Here’s the first single Justice with an animated music video by Jesi Jordan.

Jennifer Castle Website
Jennifer Castle at Facebook

Across the border over to Minneapolis, USA. J.E. Sunde is one of my favorite songwriters and his new album 9 Songs About Love is one of my most anticipated albums of the year. It will come out on Vietnam Records on the 20th of November. Here’s the wonderful new single Love Gone to Seed in form a music video along with my favorite song of 2020 I Don’t Care to Dance.

J.E. Sunde Website
J.E. Sunde at Facebook

And last stop is Tampere, Finland and the self-titled debut album from Amuri. It was instant love when I heard their debut single Halla back in 2019 and it ended being my Finnish song of that particular year. I’ve been really eager to hear their debut album ever since and now this beauty is finally here in my arms. Halla might remain as the brightest diamond, but it’s an album full of treasures and I love it to bits. Here’s one of them called Masa. Music video by Kalevi Suopursu & Sami Sänpäkkilä.

Amuri at Facebook

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

Another week, another new music weekly.

Not a whole lot of album releases this week or maybe I just missed some of them. The big international album is the new Elizabeth Cook album. At first, it might feel a bit like a bit of a curve ball, but let it spin a while and eventually you will hit it. Such a great album. There’s also new albums from Lo Tom, Waylon Payne, William Tyler, Delta Spirit, Sally Anne Morgan and an EP from Patrick Sweany. I’m sure there had to be more. It’s never that quiet on the release front. That Juniper album came out in June, but I didn’t know about it until I got an email from Michael Shelley this week. I loved his solo albums in the late nineties and early 00s plus the Cheeky Monkey he did with Francis MacDonald. Anyway, Juniper is his 15 year old daughter and she created a great pop album with a bit of help from his dad and other power pop gurus. Check out the video for Kids On My Corner here. And here’s a full list of international albums/EPs that were on my radar.

Elizabeth Cook – Aftermath (Agent Love Records)
Patrick Sweany – Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP (Nine Mile Records)
Lo Tom – LP2
Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me (Carnival Recordings Company)
The Flaming Lips – American Head (Bella Union)
Delta Spirit – What Is There (New West Records)
Sally Anne Morgan – Thread (Thrill Jockey Records)
William Tyler – New Vanitas (Merge Records)

Here in Finland we got another double homerun from Helmi Levyt. My favorite Finnish label these days. Just a few weeks after that awesome Amuri and Metsäheikki combo, they release new albums from Lätsä and Rosita Luu and both sound magnificent. Arwi Lind and Helmi Levyt should get all possible culture awards. Other Finnish songs this week are the excellent new singles from White Jackets, Manna and Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat.

There’s again a lot to love in the singles game. Brennen Leigh’s new song Billy & Beau was probably my favorite of the week. I’ve loved both new singles and can’t wait to hear the whole album. New Floating Room song is also superb and so are the new ones from Ian Daniel Kehoe, Malin Pettersen, Jeremy Ivey, Emilee Emiko, Why Dogs Why, Raye Zaragoza and Jake Tittle. Oh yeah and there’s a new song from The Wannadies. A really great Swedish pop band that ruled the pop world in the 90s with Popsicle and The Merrymakers. Other artists would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them on the list below or better yet listen to the playlist.

That’s it for this week. Next week is a birthday week, because this little blog/website hits 19 years on Thursday. Isn’t that crazy. A life’s work. Or well a life’s hobby to be more precise. Time is a weird concept. There’s no big plans to celebrate this year, but you can still revisit last year’s anniversary festival by hitting that OCTA18 link in the top bar. That’s it for this week. I try to come up with a post or two next week, but no definite promises. Love from a distance.

OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

1. Elizabeth Cook – Thick Georgia Woman (Aftermath, Agent Love Records, 2020)
2. Patrick Sweany – One Thing (Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP, Nine Mile Records, 2020)
3. Brennen Leigh – Billy & Beau (single, 2020)
4. Lätsä – Keskiyön cowboy (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
5. Rosita Luu – Toista maata (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
6. Floating Room – Held Open Door (single, 2020)
7. Juniper – Kids On My Corner (Juniper, Confidential Records, 2020)
8. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Endless Rain (single, Tin Angel Records, 2020)
9. Lo Tom – I Need Relief (LP2, 2020)
10. Why Dogs Why – Freak (single, 2020)
11. Jake Tittle – Double Vision, Looking for the Metro Station (single, Anxiety Blanket Records, 2020)
12. Jeremy Ivey – Things Could Get Much Worse (single, ANTI, 2020)
13. Malin Pettersen – Wildhorse Dream (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
14. Emilee Emiko – Duet (single, 2020)
15. Raye Zaragoza – They Say (single, Rebel River Records, 2020)
16. Waylon Payne – Shiver (Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me, Carnival Recordings Comapny, 2020)
17. Lucero – Time to Go Home (single, Liberty & Lament, 2020)
18. The War and Treaty – Hearts Town (single, Rounder Records, 2020)
19. Bahamas – Trick to Happy (single, Brushfire Records, 2020)
20. Night Shop – In the Twilight Sun (single, Salinas, 2020)
21. White Jackets – Endgame (single, Pinetree Records, 2020)
22. The Wannadies – Can’t Kill the Musikk (single, Startracks, 2020)
23. Yeah Is What We Have – I Could Only (single, 2020)
24. Milky Wimpshake – Vignette (single, Bobo Integral, 2020)
25. friend. – Bleed into Gold (single, 2020)
26. The Flaming Lips – Flowers of Neptune 6 (American Head, Bella Union, 2020)
27. Delta Spirit – Making Sense (What Is There, New West Records, 2020)
28. Helena Deland – Truth Nugget (single, Luminelle Recordings, 2020)
29. This is the Kit – Coming to Get You Nowhere (single, Rough Trade Records, 2020)
30. King Hannah – Creme Brulee (single, City Slang, 2020)
31. Juanita Stein – L.O.T.F (single, Nude Music, 2020)
32. Derek Ted – Focus (single, 2020)
33. Jacob Faurholt – Don’t Go (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
34. Manna – Ai tämä oli taivas (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2020)
35. Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat – Niin hiljaa kuin osataan (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
36. Mike McClure – I Am Not Broken (single, Crow and Gazelle, 2020)
37. Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles (single, 2020)
38. Gillian Welch – I Just Want Yout to Know (single, Acony Records, 2020)
39. Bedouine, Waxahatchee and Hurray For the Riff Raff – Thirteen (single, Spacebomb Records, 2020)
40. In Earnest – 29 (single, 2020)
41. Jacksonport – Looking for a Light (single, Tularosa Records, 2020)
42. Sadler Vaden – Best Days (single, Dirty Mag Records, 2020)
43. Lisa Caruso – To Call You Mine (single, 2020)
44. Jack Klatt – Tennessee Blues (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
45. Sally Anne Morgan – Polly on the Shore (Thread, Thrill Jockey Records, 2020)
46. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Sing a Song (single, Plastic Pistol Records, 2020)
47. Brittany Brooks – Mulberry Tree (Lend Me Your Hand, 2020)
48. Tennessee Jet – Someone to You (The Country, Tennessee Jet Music, 2020)
49. India Ramey – Hole in the World (Shallow Graves, 2020)
50. Emily Barker – Any More Goodbyes (A Dark Murmuration of Words, Everyone Sang, 2020)
51. William Tyler – Four Corners (New Vanitas, Merge Records, 2020)
52. Scone Cash Players – Mind Blower (single, Mango Hill Records, 2020)

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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Zephaniah OHora, Arna Georgia, Justin Wells and Juliet McConkey

Continuing with these quick round ups of my favorite releases. This time various shades of country music. First station Brooklyn, New York and some classic country gold from one of my big favourites Zephaniah OHora. His great new album Listening to the Music was produced by Neal Casal and came out officially on the 28th of August (a few weeks earlier for the folks who pre-ordered a copy). I shared the lead track All American Singer a while back, so let’s go with another advance single We Planned to Have it All on this little blog entry. This one hits me harder than I might be willing to admit. Such a perfect country ballad. Listen to / buy the whole album buy hitting those links on the Bandcamp player.

Zephaniah OHora Website
Zephaniah OHora at Facebook

Next off to Sydney for the new Arna Georgia album Yes Girl that came out on the 17th of July. I can’t say I’m a big expert on the Australian country scene. That’s probably something I should work on, because sometimes I do stumble upon great albums like this one. Here’s the first single 1998 (Catching Up To Do) as a music video and one of my own favorites Blues on a City Street.

Arna Georgia Website
Arna Georgia at Facebook

Back stateside and more precisely Lexington, Kentucky to add a bit more energy into the mix. Long time favorite Justin Wells released his wonderful record The United State on the 28th of August. Here’s an enjoyable music video for one of the advance singles No Time For a Broken Heart and another excellent album cut Temporary Blue. The latter features Abby Hamilton who released a marvellous EP earlier during this godforsaken year. Don’t sleep on that either.

Justin Wells Website
Justin Wells at Facebook

And last stop this time around is Austin, Texas and one of my favorite new country singer-songwriters Juliet McConkey. She just released her beautiful and moving debut album Disappearing Girl on the 21st of August. I’ve shared Hung the Moon, River Run and Disappearing Girl on the playlist, so let’s wrap this little blog entry with the captivating album closer Like a Rose.

Juliet McConkey Website
Juliet McConkey at Facebook

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