OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #14

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The usual apologies about the lack of blog posts. I was just too tired and didn’t have enough brain capacity to write anything even remotely interesting. I still don’t give up on these pointless weekly playlists though. So here’s another one featuring the best new music I heard during the week.

The new Becky Warren album Undesirable was the key new album release for me. However, there were also so much more and Friday brought new albums from Belle Plaine, Martha Scanlan, Drew Beskin, Jr Thomas & The Volcanos, Karine Polwart, Scott Orr, Steady Hands, Hillstomp and The Brother Brothers. I’m also very fond of the Black Sea Dahu album that came out a week ago. I just found it yesterday (thanks Karen). Hermina Jean’s EP has also been out since late August, but I heard it earlier this week and instantly liked it a lot.

The singles were brilliant this week and the list starts with singles from four artists that are really dear to me. The Weather Station and Jennifer Castle collaboration on Paradise of Bachelors was so special that I had to put both song on this. The new ones from Daniel Romano and Twain were also really special. Of course all other ones would also be worth mentioning. They are on the list, because I really like them.

Some Finnish stuff again. There’s the excellent final single from Skip Zone and songs from the new albums from Kiki Pau, J.Karjalainen, Rosita Luu and Kynnet (the last two are from last week, I’m ashamed that I missed Kynnet back then).

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #14

1. The Weather Station – I Tried To Wear the World (Collaboration Session #3, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
2. Jennifer Castle – Midas Touch (Collaboration Session #3, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
3. Daniel Romano – All The Reaching Trims (single, New West / You’ve Changed, 2018)
4. Twain – Young God (Gotta Love Feeling) (single, Keeled Scales, 2018)
5. Hermina Jean – Hi (Hot Grey EP, 2018)
6. Becky Warren – Sunshine State (Undesirable, 2018)
7. Belle Plaine – Golden Ring (Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath, 2018)
8. Skip Zone – Don’t Hold Your Breath (single, 2018)
9. Ever More Nest – Broken Bones (The Place That You Call Home, Parish Road Music, 2018)
10. Black Sea Dahu – My Dear (White Creatures, 2018)
11. Karine Polwart – The Robin (The Laws of Motion, Hudson Records, 2018)
12. Scott Orr – Fall Apart (Worried Mind, Other Songs, 2018)
13. Charles Bradley – Can’t Fight The Feeling (single, Daptone Records, 2018)
14. Wesley Bright and The Honeytones – Happiness (single, Colemine Records, 2018)
15. Curtis Harding – Where We Are (single, ANTI-, 2018)
16. Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – What a Shame (Rockstone, Colemine Records, 2018)
17. Monteagle – East LA (single, Fire Talk, 2018)
18. Lorain – Tobacco Valley (Through Frames, 2018)
19. Martha Scanlan – Buttermilk Road (The River and The Light, Horse Haint Music, 2018)
20. Stephen Kellogg– High Hights, Low Lows (single, 2018)
21. Jason Sinkhorn – Fix It (single, 2018)
22. Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Airplane Song (single, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
23. Drew Beskin – Just As Long (Nostalgia Porn, Laser Brains, 2018)
24. Extra Arms – Headacher (Headacher, 2018)
25. Steady Hands – Indiffirent Belushi (Truth in Comedy, Lame-O Records, 2018)
26. Kynnet – Syötävät sanat (mitä se sua liikuttaa) (Vähät Välittää, Svart Records, 2018)
27. Kiki Pau – Leaves (Hiisi, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, 2018)
28. Rosita Luu – Sumun tihein kohta (SOS, Helmi Levyt, 2018)
29. Anna St. Louis – Mean Love (If Only There Was a River, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
30. Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls (single, Marathon, 2018)
31. The Brother Brothers – Frankie (Some People I Know, Compass Records, 2018)
32. Hillstomp – The Way Home (Monster Receiver, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2018)
33. Colter Wall – The Trains Are Gone (Songs of The Plains, Young Mary’s Record CO, 2018)
34. J.Karjalainen – Terve, Sirkka Lautamies (Sä kuljetat mua, Warner Music Finland, 2018)

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.

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.

Continue Reading

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #13

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I was away for the weekend, so this was pushed until Monday this time around. Sorry if you thought that I had come to my senses and had given up on this. I probably missed even more good stuff than normally, but here’s the new stuff that caught my ear.

My most anticipated album releases this week were the new Anna St Louis, Colter Wall, Extra Arms and Valley Maker albums. Ever More Nest was the completely new find for me. Never heard of Ever More Nest before, but the album is very impressive. There were also excellent new album from Yowler, Annie Oakley, Mark Edgar Stuart, John Hiatt, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Dusty Stray and The Bottle Rockets. And again lots of last week’s releases make another appearance with a new song.

There were some great Finnish albums as well. So if you are not scared of beautiful Finnish language, check out the new albums from Rosita Luu, Liljankukka, Rami Vierula and Vuoret.

The biggest new singles were the new one from the Swedish power pop heroes The Genuine Fakes and the new one from Scott Hirsch. Obviously all the other ones would also be worth a namedrop, but the Finland – Greece football game is about to start in a just few minutes. All the best. Back next week with hopefully a little less rushed effort.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #13

1. Anna St. Louis – Paradise (If Only There Was a River, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
2. Colter Wall – Wild Dogs (Songs of the Plainsman, Young Mary’s Record Co, 2018)
3. Ever More Nest – So Low (The Place That You Call Home, Parish Road, 2018)
4. Valley Maker – Seven Signs (Rhododendron, Frenchkiss Records, 2018)
5. Yowler – No (Black Dog In My Path, Double Double Whammy, 2018)
6. Mark Edgar Stuart – Something New (Mad At Love, Madjack Records, 2018)
7. Annie Oakley – Pomp and Swell(Words We Mean, Horton Records, 2018)
8. The Genuine Fakes – Even With You (single, Pristine Music, 2018)
9. Extra Arms – Under Surveillance (Headacher, 2018)
10. Ancient Shapes – Blood Orange (Silent Rave, You’ve Changed Records, 2018)
11. Macseal – Sure Thing, Shelly (single, 2018)
12. Liljankukka – Liverpool L8 (Päiväkirja, Karhuvaltio Records, 2018)
13. Rosita Luu – Äiti (SOS, Helmi levyt, 2018)
14. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – Mother (Among Horses III, Son Canciones, 2018
15. Adrianne Lenker – Blue and Red Horses (Abysskiss, Saddle Creek, 2018)
16. Scott Hirsch – When You Were Old (El Dorado) (single, Scissor Tail Records, 2018)
17. GospelbeacH – Freeway To Canyon (single, Alive Naturalsound, 2018)
18. John Hiatt – Aces Up Your Sleeve (The Eclipse Sessions, New West Records, 2018)
19. Dusty Stray – I Can Still Pretend You’re Here Tonight (Estranged, Great Waters, 2018)
20. Annie Dressner – Don’t Go (single, 2018)
21. Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles – House On a Hill(Love’s Middle Name, Blue Corn Music, 2018)
22. The Bottle Rockets – Lo-Fi(Bit Logic, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
23. JP Harris – Hard Road (Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
24. The Other Years – Bridges (The Other Years, No Quarter, 2018)
25. Alyssa Wettlaufer – Secondhand Smoke (single, 2018)
26. Philippe Bronchtein – Kitchen Window (Me and The Moon, 2018)
27. Rami Vierula – Pakko liikkua (Ikuinen yö, 2018)
28. Ian Wayne – Revelation (single, 2018)
29. Lucy Langlas – Signals (single, Early Hearts Records, 2018)
30. Vuoret – Mennään rannalle (Portti, Soit se silti, 2018)

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.

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.

Continue Reading

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #12

Another week and another weekly playlist.

What an amazing week of new music week once again. I could make a pretty damn good year-end top 10 just by using the albums that came out this week. Vanessa Peters (not on Finnish spotify, so not on the playlist), Philippe Bronchtein, Adrianne Lenker, The Other Years, JP Harris, Cat Power, Nathan Bowles, Will Hoge, Swearin’, Ancient Shapes, Sylvia Rose Novak, Sharesprings, Martha L. Healy etc. Pretty insane stuff. And I haven’t even touched the surface of some bigger album releases like Phosphorescent, Gregory Alan Isakov and Jim James. Plus all the stuff that I’m not even aware of at all.

Among Horses III EP by Haley Heynderickx and Max Garcia Conover is incredible. The biggest and most powerful single for me was the new Julia Jacklin song that starts the playlist. Lots of other magnificent ones from the likes of Mandolin Orange, Comet Gain, Laura Gibson and Bedouine.

Some Finnish stuff too. A new solo album from Jussi Petäjä and new singles from Klasu and Liljankukka. Also another song from Lac Belot, the writer of the finest Finnish album of the year so far.

Again some of last week’s finest albums appear with another should be hit on the last third of the list: St. Lenox, Jerry David DeCicca, The Pollies, William Matheny, Ural Thomas & The Pain, The Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Ok, I think that’s all for now. I’m sure I forgot something, because this was a bit more rushed effort than normally. I’ve had a minor hockey overdose going on, because the NHL season began and I’ve spent most of my spare time watching hockey. However, I still think this list turned out great and contains magical and endearingly beautiful music. Of course that has absolutely nothing to do with your ”curator” and everything to do with the extraordinary music that came out this week. Just the first five songs for example. Oh my. Perfect on all accounts.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #12

1. Julia Jacklin – Body (single, Transgressive Records / Polyvinyl Records, 2018)
2. Adrianne Lenker – what can you say (abysskiss, Saddle Creek, 2018)
3. Philippe Bronchtein – I’m a Runner (Me and the Moon, 2018)
4. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – The Park (Among Horses III, Son Canciones, 2018)
5. The Other Years – Talkeetna (The Other Years, No Quarter, 2018)
6. Adeline Hotel – Lightning (single, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
7. Laura Gibson – Domestication (single, City Slang, 2018)
8. Cat Power – In Your Face (Wanderer, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
9. JP Harris – Long Ways Back (Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
10. Will Hoge – Still a Southern Man (My American Dream, EDLO Records, 2018)
11. Nathan Bowles – Fresh & Fairly So (Plainly Mistaken, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
12. Petäjä – Fading (40950, Pinetree Music, 2018)
13. Klasu – Kultaakin kalliimpaa (single, Soit se silti, 2018)
14. Liljankukka – 22 vuotta sitten (single, Karhuvaltion Records, 2018)
15. Swearin’ – Big Change (Fall Into Sun, Merge Records, 2018)
16. Ancient Shapes – Wabash Wrecking Ball (Silent Rave, You’ve Changed Records, 2018)
17. Comet Gain – I Was More of a Mess Then (single, Tapete Records, 2018)
18. Sharesprings – Pocketguides (Paraparlor, Jigsaw Records, 2018)
19. Mandolin Orange – Time We Made Time (single, Yep Roc, 2018)
20. Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers – Across a Crowded Room (Pay Pack and Carry, 2018)
21. Martha L. Healy – No Place Like A Home (Keep the Flame Alight, 2018)
22. Sylvia Rose Novak – Devil’s in the Details (Someone Else’s War, Due South Records, 2018)
23. William Matheny – Flashes and Cables (single, Misra Records, 2018)
24. The Pollies – Love’s to Fault (Transmissions, This Is American Music, 2018)
25. Jerry David DeCicca – Burning Daylight (Burning Daylight, Super Secret Records, 2018)
26. The Herbert Bail Orchestra – Headed North Again (History’s Made At Night, 2018)
27. St. Lenox – Apparently (Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, Anyway Records, 2018)
28. Ural Thomas & The Pain – Vibrations (The Right Time, Tender Loving Empire, 2018)
29. Bedouine – Come Down In Time (single, Spacebomb Records, 2018)
30. Lac Belot – Abracadabra (ABRACADABRA! Solina Records, 2018)

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.

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.

Continue Reading

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #11

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This was a special week. Wonderful Finnish artist Lac Belot released his debut full-length ABRACADABRA!. If you listen to one Finnish album this year, make it this one. On global spectrum, the St. Lenox album that I’ve been raving about for the past month is now out and available. Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love is an exceptional and inspiring album. I’m also thrilled about the new Marissa Nadler, Jerry David DeCicca and The Pollies. albums. There’s a lot more though and I haven’t even had the time to listen to enough of all these beauties. There’s new ones from Amy Ray, The Herbert Bail Orchestra, Lala Lala, Doe, Ural Thomas and The Pain and Hello June. The wonderful albums from Guy Capecelatro III and He Arrived By Helicopter also make a debut on this weekly playlist, because they weren’t available or I thought they weren’t available on Spotify when they came out a few weeks ago. Obviously some great ones from previous week remains on the list with another song. These are Kristina Murray, Mahonies, Frontperson, Ben Pirani, The Sha La Das,

A couple of new EPs too from Edward & Jane, Katy Kirby (I think digitally this was already available, but now on cassette as well) and Finnish band The Handkerchiefs. Oh and the Little Star EP is all the way from February, but I just bought it on Friday and I had to include it, because I’ve been really badly addicted to the first two songs on it.

The single list is always so impressive. That Jamie Lin Wilson album is going to be so good, because especially these last two singles Oklahoma Stars and this one Death & Life are so damn good. Both new William Matheny songs are winners and it was difficult to decide which one to include. Some of the best news of the week was that Pony Bradshaw will have an album coming out on Rounder Records in early 2019. I’ve been waiting to praise this guy. Bad Teeth album and Josephine single were so spectacular a couple of years ago and then they just vanished. Looks like the reason is that at least some of those new songs will get a new life on that forthcoming album and I really love that. The first single 10×10 is now out and available. A new Daniel Romano is always a parade-worthy situation and we also got awesome new singles from Anna St.Louis, Timber, Jake Paleschic, Valley Maker, Sloucher, Pottonen Band, Anthonie Tonnon, Martha L. Healy and Yowler (this was last week though, but I missed it then).

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #11

1. Lac Belot – D’n’A (ABRACADABRA!, Solina Records, 2018)
2. St. Lenox – Vincent Van Gogh (Ten Fablea of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, Anyway Records, 2018)
3. Marissa Nadler – Lover Release Me (For My Crimes, Bella Union, 2018)
4. William Matheny – Christian Name (single, Misra Records, 2018)
5. Jerry David DeCicca – Dead Man’s Shoes (Burning Daylight, Super Secret Records, 2018)
6. Jamie Lin Wilson – Death & Life (single, 2018)
7. Pony Bradshaw – 10×10 (single, Rounder Records, 2018)
8. Jake Paleschic – Some Days (single, 2018)
9. Amy Ray – Fine With The Dark (Holler, Daemon Records, 2018)
10. Timber – Sunstroke (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)
11. The Herbert Bail Orchestra – Chains (History’s Made at Night, 2018)
12. The Pollies – Note He Wrote (Transmissions, This Is American Music, 2018)
13. Anna St. Louis – Desert (single, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
14. Daniel Romano – Empty Husk (single, New West Records / You’ve Changed Records, 2018)
15. Guy Capecelatro III – I Could Write You (Splintering, Burst & Bloom Records, 2018)
16. Valley Maker – Beautiful Birds Flying (single, Frenchkiss Records, 2018)
17. He Arrived By Helicopter – Gold Damn Truth (The Shiny Hostel, 2018)
18. Katy Kirby – Tap Twice (Juniper EP, Keeled Scales, 2018)
19. Lala Lala – Destroyer (The Lamb, Hardly Art, 2018)
20. Doe – Labour Like I Do (Grow Into It, Big Scary Monsters / Topshelf Records, 2018)
21. Sloucher – Be True (single, Swoon Records, 2018)
22. The Handkerchiefs – The Law (American Brainwash EP, 2018)
23. Mahonies – Bruises (Pouring From an Empty Cup, Iso Pinkki, 2018)
24. Pottonen Band – Juggling Eggs (single, NXVX, 2018)
25. Anthonie Tonnon – Old Images (single, Misra Records, 2018)
26. Frontperson – Postcards From a Posh Man (Frontrunner, St. Oscar Records, 2018)
27. Ural Thomas and the Pain – You Care Very Little (The Right Time, Tender Loving Empire, 2018)
28. Ben Pirani – You Brought the Rain (How Do I Talk to My Brother?, Colemine Records, 2018)
29. The Sha La Das – Just For A Minute (Love in the Wind, Daptone, 2018)
30. Edward & Jane – Hold Your Own (Too Early To Tell EP, 2018)
31. Kristina Murray – The Ballad Of Angel & Donnie (Southern Ambrosia, Loud Magnolia Records, 2018)
32. Martha L. Healy – Fall in Love Again (single, 2018)
33. Hello June – Handshakes (Hello June, 2018)
34. Little Star – Willows (Waltzing With Tears in My Eyes EP, Good Cheer Records, 2018)
35. Yowler – Where Is My Light? (single, Double Double Whammy, 2018)

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.

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

Continue Reading

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #10

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This little blog reached 17 years earlier this week, which is a pretty insane number. When I started in 2001, I never thought I would still be doing this in 2018. I guess I’m bad at letting go and well I still love this and despite all the struggles it still gives me more than what it takes. So I will probably keep on making it for as long as I breathe. Of course, the day job took a bit too much energy during the current week, so progress was again minimal. But it is what it is. You’ll just have to bear with me.

A pretty exciting week for new music once again. Kristina Murray’s wonderful new album is now out and available. Mark Andrew Hamilton (aka Woodpigeon) and Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) released their new album under the moniker Frontperson. Adam Faucett’s new one is finally available in Europe and Richard Swift’s posthumous album is remarkable. Then there’s also great new albums from Advance Base, Joe Nolan, The Artisanals, Mountain Man (very much love that they covered Baby Where You Are by Ted Lucas, such a perfect song. That classic Ted Lucas album will actually get a vinyl reissue soon) and Bad Moves. A couple for the soul fans too, because the trusted labels Colemine and Daptone dropped new albums from Ben Pirani and The Sha La Das. Some exciting stuff from Finland too. A new single from the all-time greats Penniless and a great debut album from Mahonies. And on the EP front Jay William Henderson released a new beauty.

All the new singles would be worth namechecking, but the biggest ones for me were the new ones from Megan Palmer, St.Lenox, Grand Salvo and Colter Wall. I’m so looking forward to those albums from the last three and I’m 100% sure I’m going to love them. I’m not sure is there already a new Megan Palmer album on the horizon, but her new single Stetson is the most moving and powerful song of the week. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, but is thankfully now declared cancer-free. So many hats sittin’ at the table / Cover my head with one at a time / Which one do I wear for this occasion? / I want you to think I’m feelin’ fine. A really important and deeply moving song that leaves a mark on your heart.

1. Megan Palmer – Stetson (single, Blue Rose Music, 2018)
2. Kristina Murray – Tell Me (Southern Ambrosia, Loud Magnolia Records, 2018)
3. Frontperson – U.O.I (Frontrunner, Oscar St Records, 2018)
4. St. Lenox – First Date (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
5. Jay William Henderson – Devil at My Door (Overgrown, VALO, 2018)
6. Grand Salvo – In The Shade (single, Mistletone, 2018)
7. Adam Faucett – Dust (It Took The Shape of a Bird, Last Chance Records, 2018)
8. Richard Swift – Dirty Jim (The Hex, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
9. Run Coyote – Night Rider (single, 2018)
10. Advance Base – Care (Animal Companionship, Run For Cover Records, 2018)
11. Bad Moves – Spirit FM (Tell No One, Don Giovanni Records, 2018)
12. Penniless – Anthem For The Suckers (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
13. Mahonies – Apology (Pouring From an Empty Cup, Iso Pinkki / Running Moose, 2018)
14. Empty Arms – Why I Run (single, Get Party Records, 2018)
15. I Am Oak – Golden Pavillion (single, Snowstar Records, 2018)
16. Kate Teague – Gilly (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2018)
17. Cat Power – Stay (single, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
18. The Pollies – Lonely (single, This is American Music, 2018)
19. Ben Pirani – Try Love (How Do I Talk To My Brother?, Colemine Records, 2018)
20. The Sha La Das – Okay My Love (Love In The Wind, Daptone, 2018)
21. Mountain Man – Baby Where You Are (Magic Ship, Bella Union, 2018)
22. Colter Wall – Thinkin’ on a Woman (single, Young Mary’s Record Co, 2018)
23. Nickel & Rose – Life Goes On (Americana EP, 2018)
24. Goshen Electric Co – The Gray Tower (single, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
25. The Artisanals – Angel 42 (The Artisanals, 2018)
26. Lauren Balthrop – We Fell (This Time Around, 2018)
27. Scott Orr – Fall Apart (single, Other Songs, 2018)
28. Chris Velan – Danger Dreaming (Amateur Hour, 2018)
29. The Other Years – Sinks of Gandy / Mayswille (single, No Quarter Records, 2018)
30. Dusty Stray – You Couldn’t Wait To See Me Cry (single, Great Waters, 2018)
31. Carson McHone – Don’t You Think I Feel It Too (single, The Next Waltz, 2018)
32. Joe Nolan – Stand Up For Your Love (Cry Baby, 2018)

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.

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

Continue Reading