OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #37

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I’m sorry if I missed more stuff than usual. I spent a large chunk of time watching political debates and NHL playoffs and therefore did not have as much time as usual for listening and searching for new music. Some things are more important than music. And I’m not referring to the hockey playoffs.

My lack of time might have a lot to do with it, but I didn’t come across with as much great new music as usually. Maybe all labels/artists didn’t want to compete with the RSD releases. There were some big ones though like the wonderful new Damien Jurado album. Other new albums on the playlist are from John Paul White, Conor Donohue, Shovels & Rope, Adam Carroll, Taylor Alexander, Nick Eng, The Budos Band, Nicholas Mudd and April Verch.

Most of the Finland-related section is a week or two old, because yours truly found these a little late. The really big one for me is Astral Brain. Le Futur Pompiste’s Einar Ekström lives in Stockholm these days and have started a new project with Siri Af Burén. They released a gorgeous digital single From Above / The Field Trip a week ago. Other new Finnish releases are the EPs by Eden Prairie & Kami Mate and an album from The Black Ducks of Despair. I’m sure there had to be more, so hit me up if I forgot something important.

And last but not least, the new singles. I rarely have live versions on this playlist, but I have to make an exception, because I really like this live version of In Case I Fall For You by Black Sea Dahu. Joanna Sternberg is the new find of the week for me and I really like her song. Daniel Norgren, Aldous Harding and She Keeps Bees also continue to impress with new outtakes from their forthcoming albums. Everything else would be worthy of a namedrop too, because I like all of these songs.

The next playlist might or might not be up next Sunday. There definitely will be one, because a lot of great music will be released. Like the Anna Tivel album, which is one of my most anticipated releases of the spring. Anyway, it might be delayed a day or two due to easter. Or it might not. Anyway, that’s all for now. Remember love.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #37

1. Damien Jurado – The Shape of a Storm (In the Shape of a Storm, Loose Music / Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
2. John Paul White – Yesterday’s Love (The Hurting Kind, Single Lock Records, 2019)
3. Joanna Sternberg – This is Not Who I Want To Be (single, Team Love, 2019)
4. Astral Brain – The Field Trip (single, 2019)
5. Black Belt Eagle Scout – Loss & Relax (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
6. Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture (single, 4AD, 2019)
7. Wand – Rio Grande (single, Drag City, 2019)
8. Daniel Norgren – Rolling Rolling Rolling (single, Superpuma Records, 2019)
9. Conor Donohue – Milk, Blood & Traffic Signs (Let Love Contaminate, 2019)
10. Shovels & Rope – Mississippi Nuthin’ (By Blood, Dualtone, 2019)
11. Black Sea Dahu – In Case I Fall For You – Live (single, 2019)
12. Adam Carroll – Caroline (I Walked In Them Shoes, 2019)
13. Taylor Alexander – I Never Ask for Nuthin’ (Good Old Fashioned Pain, Hail Mary Records, 2019)
14. Eden Prairie – Wrong Time (Ana Lucia EP, 2019)
15. Josh Ritter – All Some Kind of Dream (single, Pytheas Recordings, 2019)
16. Nick Lowe – Trombone (single, Yep Roc, 2019)
17. Nick Eng – Too Good For Anyone (Long Shot, 2019)
18. The Black Ducks of Despair – Four O Clock (Harry, 2019)
19. Kami Mate – Hopeless Daydreamers (Kami Mate EP, 2019)
20. Amyl and The Sniffers – Got You (single, Rough Trade Records, 2019)
21. J. Mascis – Don’t Do Me Like That (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
22. The Budos Band – The Enchanter (The Budos Band V, Daptone, 2019)
23. The Yawpers – Carry Me (single, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
24. Mega Bog – Diary of a Rose (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
25. Paper Beat Scissors – Don’t Mind (single, Forward Music Group, 2019)
26. red steppes – Trouble (single, 2019)
27. Spencer Radcliffe – Here Comes the Snow (single, Run For Cover, 2019)
28. Danny Vera – Roller Coaster (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2019)
29. Nicholas Mudd – Sailing Song (Nicholas Mudd, 2019)
30. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Wildflower Sky (single, 2019)
31. Titus Haug – Good Things Take Time (River Eyes EP, 2019)
32. April Verch – The Lord Knows I’m Drinking (Once A Day, 2019)
33. Steel Blossoms – Trailer Neighbor (single, Billy Jam Records, 2019)
34. Carl Anderson – Ten Different Reasons (single, 2019)
35. Adam Ostrar – Morning Said (The Worried Coat, Super Secret Records, 2019)
36. Abby Crerie – Inner Dialogue (single, 2019)
37. She Keeps Bees – Kinship (single, BB*Island, 2019)
38. Weyes Blood – Something To Believe In (Titanic Rising, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
39. Shana Cleveland – Don’t Let Me Sleep (Night of the Worm Moon, Hardly Art, 2019)
40. Roseanne Reid – What I’ve Done (Trails, Last Man Music, 2019)

Playlist link

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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #36

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This little playlist thing is getting out of hand and this contains 50 songs this week. Fully aware that nobody is going to listen the whole thing, but it proved to be too difficult to make it any shorter. Sorry about that, but I suppose it shouldn’t really matter. Listen as much as you desire and then move on to other things.

This week the albums by Weyes Blood, Charlotte Cornfield and Roseanne Reid were on the top of my list. All three are so great. Sure the Weyes Blood album does challenge my taste from time to time, but such a magical album is able to drag me away from my comfort zone. It’s good to expand one’s listening habits every now and then. Friday also brought new albums from Viking Moses, Rod Melancon, Jimbo Mathus, Lee Fields & Expressions, Martha, Sarchasm, Flying Fish Cove, Adam Ostrar, Simon Linsteadt, Molly Tuttle, Bohannons, The Prescriptions, Ages and Ages, The Proper Ornaments, Shana Cleveland, Swimming Bell, Lady Lamb and Kora Feder. Oh my, ain’t that enough. And then some say that there’s no new interesting music. I even had to leave a few objectively great ones that aren’t the closest thing to my own personal taste (like PUP and I Love Your Lifestyle for example). On the EP front, there’s the new one from Partner and a couple of weeks old Lily McKown EP.

The Finnish section is pretty small this time. There’s only a new single by Maanvaiva and a song from the new Pelko album. I’m sure there had to be more, but I just didn’t get the memo.

Favourite song/single of the week is the second outtake Pink Symphony from the forthcoming Bart album. Caroline Spence, Ian Noe, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings and Mammoth Penguins also released new singles from their forthcoming albums. I have super high expectations for all of those albums, because I’ve loved everything I’ve heard so far. Some of the week’s biggest music news for me were also that Darrin Bradbury signed with Anti- and released a new single and that Jake Xerxes Fussell has a new album coming out in June. All the other singles would be worthy of a namedrop just as well, because they are all on this playlist because I like them all.

Also revisiting some of my favorite albums from last week as usual, but enough with this pointless rambling. Here’s the playlist of the week.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #36

1. Bart – Pink Symphony (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2019)
2. Weyes Blood – Picture Me Better (Titanic Rising, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
3. Charlotte Cornfield – Balladeer (The Shape Of Your Name, Next Door Records, 2019)
4. Roseanne Reid – Levi (Trails, Last Man Music, 2019)
5. Caroline Spence – Wait On the Wine (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
6. Ian Noe – Between The Country (single, National Treasury Recordings, 2019)
7. Viking Moses – Let This Trouble Pass (Cruel Child, Epifo Music, 2019)
8. Darrin Bradbury – Newark (single, Anti-, 2019)
9. Rod Melancon – Heartbreakers (Pinkville, Blue Elan Records, 2019)
10. Jimbo Mathus – You Are Like A Song (Incinerator, Big Legal Mess Records, 2019)
11. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Blessed With the Best (It Rains Love, Big Crown Records, 2019)
12. Jake Xerxes Fussell – The River St. Johns (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
13. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Tunnel of a Dream (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
14. Mammoth Penguins – You Just Carry On (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
15. Martha – Sight For Sore Eyes (Love Keeps Kicking, Big Scary Monsters, 2019)
16. Partner – Long and McQuade (Saturday The 14th EP, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
17. Sarchasm – Mountain Time (Beach Blanket: Bummer Pop!, 2019)
18. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Dreamy Little You (single, Asian Man Records, 2019)
19. Flying Fish Cove – Sleight of a Hand (At Moonset, Help Yourself Records, 2019)
20. Adam Ostrar – Bloody Waves (The Worried Coat, Super Secret Records, 2019)
21. Simon Linsteadt – Morning in December (The Fool, 2019)
22. Courtney Hartman – January First (single, Reckoner Records, 2019)
23. Molly Tuttle – Take The Journey (When You’re Ready, Compass Records, 2019)
24. Lost Dog Street Band – Without a Doubt (Weight of a Trigger, 2019)
25. Frankie Lee – Downtown Lights (single, Loose Music, 2019)
26. A.O. Gerber – Stranger (single, 2019)
27. Saintseneca – Wait a Minute (single, Anti-, 2019)
28. LeAnna Eden – Trade Ya In (single, 2019)
29. Bohannons – Refills (Bloodroot, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
30. The Prescriptions – Night Before I Lost My Mind (Hollywood Gold, Single Lock Records, 2019)
31. Ages and Ages – Needle and Thread (Me You They We, Needle and Thread Records, 2019)
32. The Proper Ornaments – Where Are You Now (Six Lenins, Tapete Records, 2019)
33. Shana Cleveland – Face of the Sun (Night of the Worm Moon, Hardly Art, 2019)
34. Karine Polwart – The Whole of the Moon (single, Hegri, 2019)
35. Swimming Bell – Cold Clear Moon (Wild Sight, Adventure Club Records, 2019)
36. Steven Lambke – Dark Blue (Dark Blue, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
37. Pelko – Sukupuuttoaalto (Sukupuuttoaalto, 2019)
38. Maanvaiva – Rakkauslaulu (single, 57 Records, 2019)
39. Lady Lamb – Deep Love (Even in the Tremor, Ba Da Bing!, 2019)
40. Big Thief – Cattails (single, 4AD, 2019)
41. Field Medic – The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend (single, Run For Cover Records, 2019)
42. Blue Wilson – Above Us (single, 2019)
43. Kora Feder – Dance With Me (In Sevens, 2019)
44. Abby Crerie – When (single, 2019)
45. Vera Sola – Crooked Houses (single, Spectraphonic Records, 2019)
46. Lily McKown – Sea of Junk (Sea of Junk EP, 2019)
47. Johanna Samuels – Dylan’s Third Verse (single, Basin Rock, 2019)
48. Nathan Seeckts – Old Blood (The Heart of the City, 2019)
49. Son Volt – The Symbol (Union, Transmit Sound, 2019)
50. M. Lockwood Porter – Nowhere Left To Run (Communion in the Ashes, Black Mesa Records, 2019)

Playlist link

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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #35

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Last week this little playlist reached 100 followers, which is nice and gives a bit of motivation to continue this journey. Not that I have any desire to stop, because even though this takes hours to do every week, I’ve learned a lot by doing it and trying to find all interesting new releases has really expanded my listening habits. Sure I still miss a ton of new stuff, but at least a bit less than before.

There were lots of interesting new albums and I’ve only skimmed through some of these at this point. My most anticipated for this week were the new albums from long time favourites M. Lockwood Porter and Steven Lambke. That’s just a tip of the mountain though and there were also new albums from Jo Schornikow, Lost Dog Street Band, Nathan Seeckts, Son Volt, Ohtis, German Error Message, Laura Stevenson, Chris Cohen, Thayer Sarrano, Marry Waterson & Emily Barker, Weston Harris Hill, Paul Otteson (bonus points to Paul for writing a dinosaur themed album for ukulele and somehow making it work), Nightmarathons, Mekons, Eric Bolander and Tim Bluhm. Damn it took a while to even write that list, let alone listen to all of them. Dark Tea’s album came out a week ago, but I missed it then. It’s gorgeous, so I added a song this week.

A few great EPs too. Courtney Marie Andrews released an EP of acoustic versions of some of the highlights of her masterful 2018 albums, Emily Brown released some b-sides from her 2018 album sessions and then there were also the Garden Sessions from Kasey Anderson. NY-based band The Weird Years and artist Bill Waters and Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt are less familiar to me, but I really like these new EPs.

The Finnish section in the middle revisits the wonderful Sur-rur album and features the new albums by Pekko Käppi & K:H:L:L and J.A.Mäki. Two new singles from long time favorites V.Härkönen and H.C.Slim. The last one might not bring a bell, but if you listen you’ll find a familiar voice just singing in English this time around.

There was a bit less space for singles, because there were so many albums and EPs. But there’s a few important ones like the new songs from Micah Schnabel, Craig Finn, Bedouine, Run Coyote, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Justin Townes Earle, Partner and Koda Feder. Oh and Christopher Gold & The New Old Things deserve some sort of culture award for releasing a great song every two weeks. A crazy project and it’s even crazier that they can keep the quality so high all the time.

Ian Daniel Kehoe reappears, because the album is so good. That’s all for now. Take care, remember love.

1. Micah Schnabel (feat. Thanks Buddy) – New Shoes (single, 2019)
2. M. Lockwood Porter – Communion in the Ashes (Communion in the Ashes, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
3. Steven Lambke – Both of Me (Dark Blue, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
4. Jo Schornikow – Martingale (Secret Weapon, Keeled Scales, 2019)
5. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain (Acoustic EP, Loose Music, 2019)
6. Emily Brown – Someone Will Be Kind (Bee Sides EP, Song Club Records, 2019)
7. Ohtis – Runnin (Curve Of Earth, Full Time Hobby, 2019)
8. Lost Dog Street Band – Bring Back Someday (Weight of A Trigger, 2019)
9. Nathan Seeckts – Sirens (The Heart of the City, 2019)
10. Son Volt – Reality Winner (Union, Transmit Sound, 2019)
11. Dark Tea – Variable Reward (Dark Tea, Fire Talk, 2019)
12. German Error Message – Hopelessness (Mend, 2019)
13. Craig Finn – Something to Hope For (single, Partisan Records, 2019)
14. Laura Stevenson – Hum (The Big Freeze, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
15. Bedouine – Bird (single, Spacebomb Records, 2019)
16. Chris Cohen – What Can I Do (Chris Cohen, Captured Tracks, 2019)
17. The Weird Years – Ticking Time (The Weird Years EP, 2019)
18. Thayer Sarrano – Red Sun (Wings Alleluia, 2019)
19. Lee Fields & The Expressions – You’re What’s Needed in My Life (single, Big Crown Records, 2019)
20. Run Coyote – The Chase (single, So Sorry Records, 2019)
21. H.C. Slim – The City is Burning (single, Svart Records, 2019)
22. Pekko Käppi & K:H:L:L – Suruvaippa (Väärä laulu, Svart Records, 2019)
23. Sur-rur – Katsaus liftaamisen nykytilaan (Hattarahiukset, 2019)
24. J.A. Mäki – Outo päivä (Aavaa, If Society, 2019)
25. V. Härkönen – Sata kertaa liian naiivi (single, Soit se silti, 2019)
26. Paul Otteson – Penelope Parasaurolophus (Dinocore, 2019)
27. Marry Waterson & Emily Barker – I’m Drawn (A Window to Other Ways, One Little Indian, 2019)
28. Kasey Anderson – Lithium Blues (Garden Sessions EP, 2019)
29. Justin Townes Earle – Frightened By The Sound (single, New West Records, 2019)
30. Weston Harris Hill – Time and Place (When You Least Expect It, 2019)
31. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Colorado Quarter (single, 2019)
32. Nightmarathons – Waiting Room (Missing Parts, A-F Records, 2019)
33. Mekons – How Many Stars? (Deserted, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
34. Eric Bolander – The Wind (The Wind, 2019)
35. Partner – Les ailes d’un ange (single, you’ve Changed Records, 2019)
36. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Doing Fine (Without Your Trust) (Secret Republic, You’ve Changed / Tin Angel Records, 2019)
37. Bill Waters – Pure (Honey Hi EP, Forged Artifacts, 2019)
38. Jacob Faurholt – Halloween Pumpkin (Sad People EP, Raw Onion Records, 2019)
39. Tim Bluhm – Where I Parked My Mind (Sorta Surviving, Blue Rose Music, 2019)
40. Kora Feder – He Wants to Live Forever (single, 2019)

Playlist link

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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