OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #156

Another week, another new music weekly.

It was good to get back to watching some live music. Nathan Kalish was great at 8raita on Thursday. I highly recommend going to see him, if he has a show in your area or within reasonable distance. One show left here in Finland tonight and then he will move on to Sweden. Next up the finest new releases of the week. There was plenty and had to leave some out, because the lenght of this weekly is getting out of hand.

Joshua Ray Walker and Karen Peris are probably on the top of my list. Although I would have completely missed that Karen Peris solo unless I hadn’t seen a friend of mine Mary recommending it. I don’t know under what rock I’ve been living in, but thankfully I have friends with great taste and wide knowledge. That’s not all though and we also got great new albums from Laurel Premo, Scott Hirsch, Sam Teskey, Astral Swans, Side Pony, Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, I Was A King (this has been out elsewhere. I think it’s sort of a combination of old stuff, unreleased stuff, covers etc. So maybe not a proper new album, but it is really wonderful. I love this Norwegian band), Tennessee Jet, Book Club, Sean Rowe, Canandaigua (wonderful EP, it’s a month or two old. I saw it back then, but managed to forget about it. I finally did listen thanks to Finnish band Eden Prairie and their monthly playlist), Shannon Lay, Gregory Dwane, Noah Gundersen, Darryl Kissick, Nathan Evans Fox, Thomas Csorba (EP). Oh yeah and then there’s a John Prine tribute album. I don’t usually include them here, but I suppose one can and should make an exception whenever we are talking about John Prine.

I kinda blended the Finnish stuff in the mix this week instead of grouping them together. Not sure is that good or bad. Anyway, this week brought some amazing Finnish treasures. Astrid Swan’s new album is really special and among my favorite Finnish releases of the year. On the rootsier side of things, we have an album from The Lovematches (the whole thing won’t be available for streaming for a few months, so you need to do things the right way and buy a copy if you want to hear more than just the singles). There’s also really impressive debut single from Joakim Daal plus new singles from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Astral Brain and Tuomo. And later on there’s also a song from the new Make Shadows Together album. It’s sort of instrumental ambient stuff and therefore only a partial match with my own subjective taste. But I love those guys and it’s objectively great, so I wanted to include it here too.

And last but not least the international singles. My favorite song of the week has to be that new Margo Cilker song. That’s going to be such a great album, because I’ve loved everything I’ve heard so far. Other personal favorites came from Charles Wesley Godwin, Adeline Hotel, Le Ren, Natalie Jane Hill, Dean Wareham, Paul Bond, Ryan Culwell, Andrew Gabbard just to name a few. That Olenka track is from 2020 actually, but maybe it hasn’t been on Spotify before because algorithm pushed it to me. I know I searched the latest 2021 single Moose Jaw some months ago without luck, so maybe these pop up here a bit late. Which is perfectly fine if that encourages folks to buy music.

That’s all for now. Like, share, listen, follow and all the annoying promotional nonsense. Back next week. Love from a distance.

1. Joshua Ray Walker – Dallas Lights (See You Next Time, State Fair Records, 2021)
2. Margo Cilker – That River (single, Fluff & Gravy Records / Loose Music, 2021)
3. Karen Peris – Sister Birds (A Song is Way Above the Lawn, Bella Union, 2021)
4. Astrid Swan – Joking After the Acopalyse (D/Other, Soliti, 2021)
5. Laurel Premo – Hop High (Golden Loam, 2021)
6. Scott Hirsch – Wolves (Windless Day, Echo Magic, 2021)
7. Sam Teskey – Let the Sun Bring the Light (Cycles, Decca, 2021)
8. Joakim Daal – Shelter (single, All That Plazz, 2021)
9. Astral Swans feat L.T.Leif – Sympathy for the Stupid (Astral Swans, 2021)
10. Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – Authenticity (Something Is Going to Change… Bobo Integral, 2021)
11. I Was A King – E39 (Grand Hotel, Coastal Town, 2021)
12. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Ruosteen aika (single, Iso Pinkki, 2021)
13. Side Pony – Pressing My Luck (Lucky Break, Mule Kick Records, 2021)
14. Tennessee Jet – The Good (South Dakota, 2021)
15. The Lovematches – From Paris to Pardon (Rescue Songs, Emsölo Music, 2021)
16. Charles Wesley Godwin – Strong (single, 2021)
17. Sean Rowe – I Won’t Run (The Darkness Dress in Colored Lights, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
18. Canandaigua – The Margins (Slight Return EP, Baja Dracula, 2021)
19. Book Club – Wild Town (Wild Town, Pyramid Records, 2021)
20. Dean Wareham – As Much as It Was Worth (single, Double Feature Records, 2021)
21. Natalie Jane Hill – Plants and Flowers That Do Not Grow (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
22. Adeline Hotel – Lot To Listen (single, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
23. Le Ren – May Hard Times Pass Us By (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
24. Shannon Lay – Shores (Geist, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
25. Harrison Whitford – Linoleum (single, Screwdriver Records, 2021)
26. Mark Fredson – Stop Me (single, Soundly, 2021)
27. Tuomo – Never Saw It Coming (single, Polygamy Records, 2021)
28. Jason Joshua – La Vida es Fria (single, Borinquen, 2021)
29. Curtis Harding – With You (single, Anti, 2021)
30. Paul Bond – Same Song, Different Groove (single, Concerto Records, 2021)
31. Andrew Gabbard – Cloud of Smoke (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
32. M Ross Perkins – Wrong Wrong Wrong (single, Colemine / Karma Chief, 2021)
33. Louie Short – Sweeter Than Clover (single, 444%, 2021)
34. Astral Brain – A Dream (single, Shelflife Records, 2021)
35. Diners – Brain Song (single, Lauren Records, 2021)
36. Hand Habits – Clean Air (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
37. Charlotte Cornfield – Drunk For You (single, Next Door Records, 2021)
38. Darryl Kissick – Fell (My Sunshine, 2021)
39. Chris Kasper – No Reservations (single, Tone Tree, 2021)
40. Ryan Culwell – All I Got (single, Missing Piece Records, 2021)
41. Gregory Dwane – Growing Up (Gregory Dwayne, Peacedale Records, 2021)
42. Nathan Evans Fox – Mercedes Benz (Wasted Love, 2021)
43. David James Allen – Bound to the Game (single, Garment District Records, 2021)
44. Thomas Csorba – From the Jordan (From the Jordan EP, Tone Tree, 2021)
45. Mikayla McVey – Bells (single, The Long Road Society, 2021)
46. Iris DeMent – One Red Rose (Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol 2, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
47. Ismay – Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (single, 2021)
48. Claire Cronin – No Forcefield (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
49. Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – On the Wing (single, 2020)
50. Julia Logan & Nina Persson – One Mile From Heaven (single, Playground, 2021)
51. Megan Nash – Coffee (single, Acronym Records, 2021)
52. Mary Bragg – The Lonely Persistence of Time (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
53. Kristen Martell – Quiet Hearts (single, 2021)
54. Julia Shapiro – Wrong Time (single, Suicide Squeeze Records, 2021)
55. Make Shadows Together – Song For Frida (Sumu, 2021)
56. Noah Gundersen feat Phoebe Bridgers – Atlantis (A Pillar of Salt, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
57. Phoebe Bridgers – That Funny Feeling (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
58. Jacksonport – Scenes from Bellevue Park (single, 2021)
59. Grant-Lee Phillips – All That You Can Dream (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
60. Billy Bragg – Mid-Century Modern (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
61. Luke Winslow-King – Lissa’s Song (single, Ghost River Records, 2021)
62. Strand of Oaks – Under Heaven (In Heaven, Galactigana Records, 2021)
63. Hulda Huima – Unen kirjoitin muistiin (Ilma, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
64. Sylvie – Rosaline (Sylvie EP, 2021)
65. Myriam Gendron – Le tuer de femmes (Ma delire, Feeding Tube Records, 2021)

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #155

Another week, another new music weekly.

First some tour news. There’s a great American singer-songwriter Nathan Kalish touring in Finland right now. He already played in Raahe and there’s also gigs in Alavus, Turku, Lahti and Salo on his calendar. Check out the tour dates on his website. I’ll see you at the Turku concert at 8Raita.

The album of the week is new Myriam Gendron album. I love her first album like many do and I’m so thrilled that there’s now a follow-up. That Sylvie EP is another big highlight, but that’s far from everything. We also got new albums from The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb, Strand of Oaks, Reb Fountain, Mac McCaughan (this solo Mac was last week, I shared the singles and then messed up and didn’t include the album on release week), Ducks Ltd, Advance Base, Christo Graham, Brandi Carlile, Jacob Faurholt, Mike Etten, Patrick Dethlefs, Miko Marks (EP), Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan, Jackie Venson (also last week), Daniel Donato, Boy Scouts, Anders Parker, Hamish Hawk (also a bit older) Taylor Rae, Northline (EP), Tony Kamel (also a week or two old), Scott Orr and Jeremy Pinnell.

Finnish section isn’t a big one, but the quality is really high led by the wonderful new Hulda Huima album. There’s also singles from Marian Valinta, Jori Hulkkonen and Pambikallio. Plus a revisit to the Arppa and Kielo Kärkkäinen albums at the end.

There’s so many album tracks that space was limited for the singles. There’s some special ones for sure like a magnificent new single from Dakota Theim and a collaboration with Jonas Lundvall and Ken Stringfellow. Then there’s also new Lilly Hiatt, The Roseline, Ben Pirani, Bedouine, Cassidy Waring, Tennessee Jet and Matt Woods. Just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all that usual annoying promotional nonsense. Love from a distance and see you next week.

1. Myriam Gendron – Farewell (Ma delire – Song of Love, Lost & Found, Feeding Tube Records, 2021)
2. Sylvie – Shooting Star (Sylvie EP, 2021)
3. The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb ft Pieta Brown – Not on the Map (Not On The Map, Dangerbird Records, 2021)
4. Reb Fountain – Invisible Man (Iris, Flying Nun Records, 2021)
5. Strand of Oaks – Easter (In Heaven, Galacticana Records, 2021)
6. Mac McCaughan – Dawn Bends (The Sound of Yourself, Merge Records, 2021)
7. Ducks Ltd. – Fit to Burst (Modern Fiction, Carpark, 2021)
8. Dakota Theim – Losing Sleep (single, 2021)
9. Jonas Lundvall & Ken Stringfellow – The Light (single, Strawtown, 2021)
10. Christo Graham – Do You? (Graham’s General Store, We Are Busy Bodies, 2021)
11. Advance Base – Love at the Five & Dime (Wall of Tears and Other Songs I Didn’t Write, Orindal Records, 2021)
12. Mike Etten – Dune House (Love Wash, Dull Tools, 2021)
13. Jacob Faurholt – Finest of Moments (Chaotic Piano EP, Raw Onion Records, 2021)
14. Boy Scouts – Charlotte (Wayfinder, Anti, 2021)
15. Brandi Carlile – This Time Tomorrow (In These Silent Days, Elektra Records, 2021)
16. Lilly Hiatt – Lately (single, New West Records, 2021)
17. The Roseline – Hunker Down (single, RPH Records, 2021)
18. Patrick Dethlefs – Wild Mountain Sage (If You Listen, 2021)
19. Daniel Donato – Why You Been Gone So Long (Cosmic Country & Western Songs, 2021)
20. Miko Marks – Whiskey River (Race Records EP, Redtone Records, 2021)
21. Jackie Venson – One Step Forward (Love Transcends, 2021)
22. Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan – Travel These Ways (Still As Your Sleeping, Hudson Records, 2021)
23. Bedouine – It Wasn’t Me (single, 2021)
24. Hulda Huima – Kotimatka (Ilma, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
25. Pambikallio – Antaa tulla vaan (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
26. Marian Valinta – Harhaan (single, 2021)
27. Jori Hulkkonen – Songs Birds Refuse To Sing (single, Blanco & Tinto, 2021)
28. Ben Pirani – Solitary Me (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
29. Trish Toledo – Sin Control (single, Now-Again Records, 2021)
30. Anders Parker – American Kids (Wolf Reckoning, Recorded & Freed, 2021)
31. Drew Danburry feat Ben Ricketts – When Disney Strikes Back (single, 2021)
32. Cassidy Waring – Paralyzed (single, 2021)
33. Emily Barker – Dinosaur Bones (single, Everyone Sang, 2021)
34. Henry Parker – Nine Herb Charm (single, Cup and Ring, 2021)
35. Goodnight, Texas – Dead Middle (single, 2 Cent Bank Check, 2021)
36. Matt Woods – No Beer In Heaven (single, Lonely Ones records, 2021)
37. Hayes Carll & Brandy Clark – In the Mean Time (single, Dualtone, 2021)
38. Tennessee Jet – William Faulkner (single, 2021)
39. Tony Kamel – Let It Slide (Back Down Home, The Next Waltz, 2021)
40. Northline – New Air (Sketches II: Winter, 2021)
41. Taylor Rae – Window (Mad Twenties, 2021)
42. Johnny Gallagher – Wurlitzer In Space (single, 302 Sounds, 2021)
43. Liz Jones & Broken Windows – Before Me (single, 2021)
44. Jeremy Pinnell – Fightin’ Man (Goodbye L.A. Sofaburn Records, 2021)
45. Angela Perley – Here For You (single, 2021)
46. Hamish Hawk – The Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champion, 1973 (Heavy Elevator, 2021)
47. Floating Room – Shimanchu (single, Famous Class, 2021)
48. Alyssa Gengos – Mechanical Sweetness (single, EggHunt Records, 2021)
49. Scott Orr – Banners (Oh Man, Other Songs Records, 2021)
50. Yee & O’Brien – Darkening Night (single, 2021)
51. Junior – Midnight Summer (Warm Buildings, 2021)
52. Corinne Sharlet – Everywhere and Nowhere (A Lovely Future, 2021)
53. Macie Stewart – Where We Live (Mouth Full of Glass, Orindal Records, 2021)
54. Arppa – Leikkiä sanoilla (Kinovalon alla, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
55. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Lähtökäsky (Joni’s Urge) (Laulajan Muotokuva, Texicalli Records, 2021)

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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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #154

Another week, another new music weekly.

I’m slightly behind the schedule, because I had a far more important family event yesterday. This also meant that I had far less time to listen to new music and therefore there might be even more holes on this round up than normally. Feel free to drop a comment, tweet or email, if you feel like that I missed something that matters a great deal. Also apologies for last week’s commentator, because I assume this one is similarly boring for you.

There’s again a lot to love. On the album front we got new treasures from Andy Shauf, Junior, Macie Stewart, Corinne Sharlet, Holy Hive, Spencer Cullum (I already had this one here late last year, so I guess this is a reissue or Euro release, but it’s a great one for sure and worth of a revisit), Spearmint (missed this return a week ago), Why Dogs Why (EP), Billy Strings, Leon Creek, Christopher Paul Stelling, Nora Brown, Sara Trunzo (EP), Bess Atwell, Brigid Mae Power (covers EP), Ada Lea, Ashley Shadow, Jesse Malin, Ketchy Shuby, The Connells, The Smallgoods, David Ritschard and Hayden Pedigo.

The Finnish section is led by a couple of wonderful album releases from Kielo Kärkkäinen and Arppa. Extremely highly recommmended for sure. I also want to highlight the first solo single from former Koria Kitten Riot and Johnny Superhero frontman A.Reikko. Other awesome Finnish releases on this week’s episode are singles from Rosita Luu, Ananas, and J.A.Mäki and an album from Matti.

And finally the international (should be) hits. This actually starts with one, because it felt like the new Mark Fredson single is a great opener. Then there’s also a new Julie Doiron song and that’s always special. Other favorites this week came from Emily Scott Robinson, Mick Mullin, Simone Felice, Joshua Ray Walker, Adeline Hotel, Reverend Baron, Aimee Mann, Belaver… Again just to name a few. These are all worth a namedrop and there’s gold throughout the long list. Again such a heavy release week that there’s big favorites even at the end of this.

That’s it for this week. If you enjoy this, hit a like or follow. Love from a distance.

1. Mark Fredson – Late Night (Don’t Judge Me) (single, Soundly, 2021)
2. Andy Shauf – Jaywalker (Wilds, ANTI, 2021)
3. Junior – Trying (Warm Buildings, 2021)
4. Macie Stewart – What Will I Do (Mouth Full of Glass, Orindal, 2021)
5. Corinne Sharlet – They Were Mine (A Lovely Future, 2021)
6. Julie Doiron – You Gave Me The Key (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
7. Holy Hive – Great Chains (Holy Hive, Big Crown Records, 2021)
8. Spencer Cullum – Imminent Shadow (Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
9. Spearmint – Lazy Susan (Holland Park, WIAIWYA, 2021)
10. Why Dogs Why – Dress Well Enough (Dress Well Enough EP, #veryjazzed, 2021)
11. Jesse Malin – Tall Dark Horses (Sad and Beautiful World, Wicked Cool Records, 2021)
12. Billy Strings – Know It All (Renewal, Rounder Records, 2021)
13. Leon Creek – Can’t Keep Us From the Light (Far From Broken, 2021)
14. Nora Brown – Wedding Dress (Sidetrack My Engine, Jalopy Records, 2021)^
15. Christopher Paul Stelling – Rosewood (Forgiving It All, Tone Tree, 2021)
16. Mick Mullin – Bristol 1927 (single, 2021)
17. Joshua Ray Walker – Flash Paper (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
18. Emily Scott Robinson – Let ‘Em Burn (single, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
19. Sara Trunzo – Free for the Taking (Cabin Fever Dream EP, 2021)
20. Simone Felice – Year Around the Sun (single, Chrysalis, 2021)
21. Brigid Mae Power – I’ll Be Here In The Morning (Burning Your Light, Fire Records, 2021)
22. Bess Atwell – Dolly (Already, Always, Real Kind Records, 2021)
23. Ashley Shadow – From You (Only the End, felte, 2021)
24. Ada Lea – Backyard (one hand on the steering wheel… Saddle Creek, 2021)
25. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Hyvä opettaja (Laulajan muotokuva, Texicalli Records, 2021)
26. Arppa – Täällä taas (Kinovalon alla, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
27. Rosita Luu – Loistava tulevaisuus (single, Playground, 2021)
28. Matti – Viiva ja kynä (Tähän, 2021)
29. J.A. Mäki – Syys (single, UHO, 2021)
30. A. Reikko – Minnesota (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
31. Ananas – En haluu enää (single, Luova Records, 2021)
32. Ketchy Shuby – Nobody (Tiny Vices, Mango Hill Records, 2021)
33. Neal Francis – Alameda Apartments (single, Anti, 2021)
34. Nick Delffs – The Escape (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
35. High Water Marks – Jenny (single, Minty Fresh, 2021)
36. Bartees Strange – Weights (single, Memory Music, 2021)
37. Jessica’s Brother – Caroline (single, Fika Recordings, 2021)
38. The Connells – Fading In (Hardy) (Steadman’s Wake, Black Park Records, 2021)
39. The Smallgoods – Satellite (Lost in the Woods, Lost and Lonesome, 2021)
40. Patrick Dethlefs – Walking Through the Shadows of Your Mind (single, 2021)
41. Book Club – Bad Memories (single, Pyramid Records, 2021)
42. Gabi Hartmann – I’ll Tell You Something (single, 27/29, 2021)
43. Carl Schilde – John Stamos (single, 2021)
44. Adeline Hotel – In a Simple Way (single, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
45. Hayden Pedigo – Some Kind of Shepherd (Letting Go, Mexican Summer, 2021)
46. Reverend Baron – Let the Radio Play (single, Karma Chief Records, 2021)
47. Andrew Thoreen feat J.E. Sunde – Do Right By You (single, 2021)
48. Belaver – Mount Misery (single, Niles City Records, 2021)
49. Victoria Bailey – Queen of the Rodeo (single, 2021)
50. Zachary Lucky – Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone (single, Wroxton Recordings, 2021)
51. Dalton Domino – Wasn’t Her Own (single, Lightning Rod Records, 2021)
52. David Ritschard – Nyskrubbat badrum och kök (Blåbärskungen, United Stage, 2021)
53. Cody Jinks – I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore (single, Late August Records, 2021)
54. Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld – Turning the Corner (single, Jealous Butcher Records, 2021)
55. Native Harrow – Turn it Around (single, Loose Music, 2021)
56. Aimee Mann – Burn It Out (single, SuperEgo Records, 2021)
57. Courtney Hartman – Wandering (single, 2021)
58. Black Sea Dahu – Transience (single, Mouthwatering Records, 2021)
59. Ella Clayton – Murmurations (single, 2021)
60. Jesse Woods – Zebras (Wimberley, Bet the Farm, 2021)

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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. If you want to find the older ones I’ve moved them to the weekly playlist archive. So hit that link above and I’m sure you’ll find this playlist too.

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