OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #54

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Not sure did anyone miss the playlist, but some may have noticed that there was no playlist last week. I spent Sunday in Helsinki watching a Pat Reedy concert and thought this was a good opportunity to try that biweekly updating. So this one has songs from the last two weeks. If I do this biweekly in the future, I need to start making some notes because it was hard to remember to include stuff that came close to two weeks ago. I’m sure I forgot more than most weeks. I haven’t really decided it how I will continue. So there might or might not be a playlist next week. Oh and submissions still open for that forthcoming online anniversary festival. Click the links on the right column for more information and feel free to share them as well.

The two big album releases from the last two weeks were Beth Bombara and The Hold Steady (and of course Hulda Huima too from the Finnish section), but that’s just a tiny fraction of the release action. The playlist also contains songs from the new albums by Eilen Jewell, The Commonheart, Frog, Spirit Family Reunion, Dylan Earl, Lillie Mae, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Brack Cantrell, Kyle Cox, Jason McCue, Nels Andrews, Fionn Regan, Ikebe Shakedown and Field Mouse.

The small Finnish section contains albums from Hulda Huima and Aino & Miihkali plus a new single from Antti Autio.

There’s way too much wonderful singles to namedrop. I absolute love this third single from the forthcoming John Calvin Abney album. Simon Joyner as usual hits a homerun with the debut single of his record. Nickel & Rose song is very powerful, Kacy & Clayton single is again a treasure. If you dig some alternative rock and powerpop, you’ll need to listen to the Stoner Control single. Michaela Anne, Kelsey Waldon, Jason Hawk Harris released new ones from their fall albums. Oh well, these are all great, so just take a listen.

That’s it for now. Hopefully one or two those four arms thingies mid-week, but no promises whatsoever. The festival stuff will take a lot of the blog time I have and well I’m back in the day job again. I need to start yoga or something though, because otherwise I will resign soon.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #54

1. Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone (Evergreen, 2019)
2. John Calvin Abney – Kind Days (single, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
3. Eilen Jewell – Who Else But You (Gypsy, Signature Sounds, 2019)
4. Simon Joyner – Tongue of a Child (single, BB*Island, 2019)
5. The Hold Steady – Denver Haircut (Thrashing Thru The Passion, Frenchkiss Records, 2019)
6. The Commonheart – Different Man (Pressure, Jullian Records, 2019)
7. Nickel & Rose – Another Man (single, Magik Family, 2019)
8. Kacy & Clayton – High Holiday (single, New West Records, 2019)
9. The Highwomen – Highwomen (single, Elektra Records, 2019)
10. Frog – RIP to the Empire State Flea Market (Count Bateman, Tapewormies / Audio Antihero, 2019)
11. Hulda Huima – Aika (Maa, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
12. Michaela Anne – Somebody New (single, Yep Roc, 2019)
13. Spirit Family Reunion – Ease My Mind (Ride Free, 2019)
14. Dylan Earl – Two Hearts (Squirrel in the Garden, Rootsy Music, 2019)
15. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Fellow Traveler (single, 2019)
16. Jason Hawk Harris – The Smoke and the Stars (single, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
17. Stoner Control – Open My Heart (single, 2019)
18. Jesse Malin – Chemical Heart (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2019)
19. Kelsey Waldon – Sunday’s Children (single, Oh Boy Records, 2019)
20. Lillie Mae – You’ve Got Other Girls For That (Other Girls, Third Man Records, 2019)
21. Karen & The Sorrows – Guaranteed Broken Heart (single, Ocean Born Mary Music, 2019)
22. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – But I’ll Never Forget the Way You Make Me Feel (feat Ellie Holcomb) (Dragons, Magnolia Music, 2019)
23. Big Thief – Not (single, Saddle Creek, 2019)
24. Field Guides – Guessing at Animals (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2019)
25. Antti Autio – Liikaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
26. Kyle Cox – Midnight Dance (Perhaps One Day, 2019)
27. Jason McCue – Shadow (Wasteland, Fluff and Gravy, 2019)
28. Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – Friend of Mine (single, Big Legal Mess, 2019)
29. Hiss Golden Messenger – Happy Birthday, Baby (single, Merge Records, 2019)
30. Jacob Faurholt – Hide From the Dark (single, Raw Onion Records, 2019)
31. Yee & O’Brien – Break Waves (single, 2019)
32. Very Good – Ghost Warning (single, 2019)
33. Office Culture – Hard Times in the City (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2019)
34. Rachel Sermanni – Tiger (single, 2019)
35. Brack Cantrell – On a Dime (Famine or Feast, 2019)
36. Paul & The Tall Trees – Someone to Someone (single, Big Crown Records, 2019)
37. Malin Pettersen – Alonesome (single, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2019)
38. Andrew Combs – Born Without Clue (single, New West Records, 2019)
39. Josh Rennie-Hynes – Caught In a Dream (single, Soundly, 2019)
40. Spencer Burton – The Mountain Man (single, Dine Alone Music, 2019)
41. Vincent Neil Emerson – 7 Come 11 (single, La Honda Records, 2019)
42. Nels Andrews – Pigeon & The Crow (Pigeon & The Crow, 2019)
43. Pauline Andres – Hoping For the Best at the Springwater Supper Club (single, 2019)
44. Bror Gunnar Jansson – Will You Help Me When I’m Old (single, Playground Music, 2019)
45. Gospelbeach – Dark Angel (single, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
46. German Error Message – Fine (single, 2019)
47. Queen of Jeans – Only Obvious To You (single, Topshelf Records, 2019)
48. Field Mouse – Skygazing (Meaning, Topshelf Records, 2019)
49. Fionn Regan – Head Swim (Cala, Abbey Records, 2019)
50. Reina del Sid – Bernadette (single, 2019)
51. Michael Kiwanuka – You Ain’t The Problem (single, Polydor, 2019)
52. Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind (Kings Left Behind, Colemine Records, 2019)
53. Josh Rouse – Trouble (single, Yep Roc, 2019)
54. Alasdair Roberts – Common Clay (single, Drag City, 2019)
55. Aino & Miihkali – May (Aino & Miihkali, 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 #53

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I tried, but it was too difficult to skip this list this week, because so much good stuff came out both internationally and in Finland. I’ll try again next week. On other news, I’ve been mostly planning that 18th anniversary festival and it’s going on quite nicely. If you want to be a part of it either as an artist or as a member of the audience (in both cases this happens wherever you are), hit those links in the right column for more information.

The biggest album release of the week was the new Tyler Childers album, but there’s so much more and most of them seem to be excellent based on very brief listening at this point. New albums came from Mike and the Moonpies, RF Shannon, Shotgun Jimmie, Bad Heaven Ltd, Karine Polwart, Angela Perley, Elaina Kay, The Teskey Brothers, Joseph Robert Krauss, Tenement & Temple, Native Harrow (euro-release), Jade Imagine, Jordan Jones, Taylor Hollingsworth, Matt York, Edan Archer, Deadbeat Beat and Rainy Eyes. That took a while to write let alone listen. The Paranoid Style also makes first appearance this week, I missed that a week ago. There’s also a new EP from Andandending.

Three new great Finnish albums too this week from verões, The New Magnetic North and Pykäri. The new single from Tyynyt is the fourth Finnish entry to this list.

And as usual a ton of new singles. For examples new ones from the forthcoming albums from Esther Rose and Leslie Stevens. Really looking forward to those. Vincent Neil Emerson is another big favorite this week. He is a new one to me, but I will keep an eye on him after this wonderful tune. Everything else would be worthy of a name drop too, but you’ll find them from the list below.

That’s it for now. I’m on vacation for one more week, so I’ll try to do some blog posts early in the week. Later on I need to catch the Pat Reedy concert somewhere in this country, because he is coming over to play in Finland late in the week. All the best and love.

1. Mike and the Moonpies – If You Want a Fool Around (Cheap Silver and Country Gold, Prairie Rose Records, 2019)
2. Tyler Childers – Bus Route (Country Squire, Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records, 2019)
3. RF Shannon – Ballad of a Thin Place (Rain on Dust, Keeled Scales, 2019)
4. Shotgun Jimmie – Fountain (Transistor Sister 2, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
5. Bad Heaven Ltd. – Cross (Strength, 2019)
6. Karine Polwart – Whatever’s Written In Your Heart (Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, Hegri, 2019)
7. verões – Something Precious (verões, 2019)
8. The New Magnetic North – Letters on the Floor (Letters on the Floor, 2019)
9. Angela Perley – Local Heroes (4:30, 2019)
10. Elaina Kay – Saint (Issues, Rockin’ C Records, 2019)
11. The Teskey Brothers – San Francisco (Run Home Slow, Decca Records, 2019)
12. Vincent Neil Emerson – Letters on the Marquee (single, La Honda Records, 2019)
13. Esther Rose – Lower 9 Valentine (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
14. Joseph Robert Krauss – Catch Myself (Do You Feel Better Now?, Tone Tree Music, 2019)
15. Leslie Stevens – Sinner (single, LyricLand, 2019)
16. Tenement & Temple – Loving Arms (Tenement & Temple, Thrum, 2019)
17. Native Harrow – How Do You Do Things (Happier Now, Loose Music, 2019)
18. Jade Imagine – Gonna Do Nothing (Basic Love, Marathon Artists, 2019)
19. Jordan Jones – How to Be (Jordan Jones, Beluga Records, 2019)
20. Pykäri feat Nick Triani – Pumped Up With Memories (O, PME Records, 2019)
21. Tyynyt – Matto alta (single, Nefer Maglev, 2019)
22. Queen of Jeans – All the Same (single, Topshelf Records, 2019)
23. Anna Ash – Apologies (single, 2019)
24. Spirit Family Reunion – Would You Would or Would you Won’t (single, 2019)
25. Taylor Hollingsworth – Back of the Line (Tap Dancin’ Daddy, Flower Moon Records, 2019)
26. Matt York – Bruisable Heart (Bruisable Heart, 2019)
27. Darrin Bradbury – Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs (single, Anti-, 2019)
28. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – Wander (single, 2019)
29. The Highwomen – The Chain (single, Elektra Records, 2019)
30. Lillie Mae – A Golden Year (single, Third Man Records, 2019)
31. Edan Archer – Younger Man’s Game (single, Journey Proud, 2019)
32. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman (single, 2019)
33. Andandending – All Inside (Lots in Thought EP, Sound of Music, 2019)
34. Rachele Eve – Love Is a Wheel (single, 2019)
35. Molly Burch – Your Party (single, Capture Tracks, 2019)
36. Long Beard – Means to Me (single, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
37. Pretty Matty – Another Shot (single, Get Better Records, 2019)
38. Deadbeat Beat – Baphomet (How Far, Arrowhawk Records, 2019)
39. The Paradoid Style – Expecting to Fly – Economy (A Goddamn Impossible Way of Live, Bar None Records, 2019)
40. Jason McCue – Shadows (single, 2019)
41. Cataldo – Ding Dong Scrambled Eggs (single, 2019)
42. Frog – It’s Something I Do (single, Audio Antihero / Tapewormies 2019)
43. Tim Bluhm – The Only Solution (single, Blue Rose Music, 2019)
44. Tanya Tucker – The House that Built Me (single, Fantasy Records, 2019)
45. Rosier – Vie penible (single, Famgroup, 2019)
46. Rainy Eyes – Moon in the Mirror (Moon in the Mirror, 2019)
47. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors (single, Jagjaguwar, 2019)
48. Florist – I Also Have Eyes (Emily Alone, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
49. Jordan Moser – Between the Stars (Long Night, Keeled Scales, 2019)
50. Philippe Bronchtein – Beneath the Bridge (Oregon Air EP, 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 #52

Another week, another weekly playlist.

It’s been an insanely hot week in Finland (probably elsewhere even hotter). Therefore spending a lot of time on the computer searching for new music wasn’t my top priority this week. So I’m sure I missed a lot of good stuff. The good news for both me and this little blog is that I’m on vacation for the next two weeks. I’ll try to catch up on some of the blog stuff and plan the forthcoming 18th anniversary festival too (more info here, if you would like to participate in this online festival) I might skip this weekly playlist next week though and try the biweekly thing and see if it works better or not. I haven’t really decided it yet. So there might or might not be a new playlist next Sunday.

This hot week also gave us a lot of hot new albums. Florist and Jordan Moser were the big ones for me, but I’m also looking forward to diving into the new albums from Strange Ranger, Angie McMahon, Eamon Fogerty, Mikey Erg, Chuck Hawthorne, Chris Gantry, Luray and Erisy Watt. There some really wonderful EPs too from Philippe Bronchtein, Rayland Baxter (Mac Miller Tribute), Simon Linsteadt, Slow Healer and Bright Raven (this last one is a week old).

The lone Finnish entry is the awesome new single from Hulda Huima. I’m sure there had to be here.

There’s plenty of those singles too. It didn’t take long for The Highwomen to release another single. Some other big faves came from Henry Black, Black Sea Dahu, Ana Egge, Will Johnson, Sunny War, Dori Freeman, Jason Hawk Harris, Ben Danaher and Jason Tyler Burton. But as usual, I could just as well namedrop them all on this text too. I put them here because I liked them.

That’s it for this week. There will be some blog posts next week, because I have a bit of time to write them thanks to the vacation from the dayjob. I need to spend some time just resting too, because I badly needed this vacation. Both the mind and the body. Always love.

1. Florist – Moon Begins (Emily Alone, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
2. Jordan Moser – Long Night (Long Night, Keeled Scales, 2019)
3. Angie McMahon – Keeping Time (Salt, AWAL, 2019)
4. Philippe Bronchtein – Oregon Air (Oregon Air EP, 2019)
5. Black Sea Dahu – Thaw (single, Mouthwatering Records, 2019)
6. Strange Ranger – Ari Song (Remembering the Rockets, Tiny Engines, 2019)
7. Hulda Huima – Jalat laahaa tätä maata (single, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
8. Mikey Erg – & Nico (Waxbuilt Castles, Don Giovanni Records, 2019)
9. Rayland Baxter – Small Worlds (Good Mmornin EP, ATO Records, 2019)
10. Eamon Fogarty – If the Spirit (Blue Values, Jealous Butcher Records, 2019)
11. Henry Black – Y G S (single, 2019)
12. Ana Egge – Hurt a Little (single, StorySound Records, 2019)
13. Will Johnson – A Solitary Slip (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
14. Dori Freeman – That’s How I Feel (single, 2019)
15. The Highwomen – Crowded Table (single, Elektra Records, 2019)
16. Sunny War – Drugs Are Bad (single, 2019)
17. Jason Tyler Burton – Date Night at the Dairy Queen (single, 2019)
18. Chuck Hawthorne – Amarillo Wind (Fire Out of Stone, 2019)
19. Chris Gantry – Where’s the Woman? (Nashlantis, Drag City, 2019
20. Taylor Hollingsworth – Tap Dancin’ Daddy (single, Flower Moon Records, 2019)
21. Ben Danaher – The Match (single, 2019)
22. Jason Hawk Harris – I’m Afraid (single, Bloodshot Records, 2019)
23. Paul Cauthen – Holy Ghost Fire (single, Lightning Rod Records, 2019)
24. Lori McKenna – Bible Song (Return to Bittertown single, CN Records, 2019)
25. Erisy Watt – Treasure Maps (Paints in the Sky, 2019)
26. Luray – Green and Golden (Dig, 2019)
27. Simon Linsteadt – Long Time (Mesa Demo) (February Demos EP, Stormy Deep Records, 2019)
28. Black Belt Eagle Scout – My Heart Dreams (single, My Heart Dreams, Saddle Creek, 2019)
29. Julia Jacklin – Someday triple j Like a Version (single, Transgressive, 2019)
30. Cale Tyson & Thad Kopec – Fade Me Away (single, 2019)
31. Slow Healer – Tell Me (Always Trippin’ EP, 2019)
32. The Smallgoods – Hurry Up & Slow Down (single, Lost and Lonesome, 2019)
33. Those Pretty Wrongs – Ain’t Nobody But Me (single, Burger Records, 2019)
34. Red River Dialect – Snowdon (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
35. Aaron Lee Tasjan – My Whole Life Is Over (All Over Again) (single, New West Records, 2019)
36. Dalton Domino – Cheap Spanish Wine (single, Lightning Rod Records, 2019)
37. Sam Outlaw & Sarah Darling – Forever and Always (single, Black Hills Recordings, 2019)
38. Sofia Talvik – Blood Moon (single, Makaki Music, 2019)
39. The Good Graces – His Name Was the Color that I Loved (single, Pretty New Songs, 2019)
40. Bright Raven – Shoes (Go EP, 2019)
41. Ikebe Shakedown – Horses (single, Colemine Records, 2019)
42. Carriers – Make It Right (single, Good Eye Records, 2019)
43. Drew Danburry – Broken (For Av, Ilee and Sarah) (Pallid Boy & Spindling Girl EP, 2019)
44. Joe Pug – Here Again (The Flood in Color, 2019)
45. Dogwood Tales – There Goes the Light (single, WarHen 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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