OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #124

Another week, another new music weekly.

Things are heating up. Not a chance to have enough time to listen everything before making this. So there might be some good stuff missing. Actually I even intentionally left out some very good singles, because this is already longer than anyone will listen.

My favorite release of the week is the new EP by Clara Mann. One of my favorite things is finding new favorite artists and some months ago Clara Mann won my heart over during my first listen of her debut single. Now the full EP is here and it’s such a beauty. Some other big ones that I had highlighted were new albums by Chris Pierce, Karima Walker, Randolph’s Leap and Dan Edmonds. But there’s also so much more and most of these sounded great on quick listen and might become even more important when I have some time to properly listen to them. There’s new albums from Sara Petite, Olivia Ellen Lloyd, Charley Crockett, David Huckfelt, Mando Saenz, Bobby Dove (this ones a couple weeks old, but I just got the memo and I’m falling in love fast), Simon Flory, Ben Trickey, Julien Baker, Craig Finn (RSD release now streaming too), Graham Hunt, Quivers (R.E.M. Cover album), Mikey Erg (maybe not the kind of stuff I share a lot these days, but hell yeah this is awesome), Mo Kenney (Covers record) and Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

On the Finnish side of things, we got albums from Antero Kaksikäsi, Black Twig, Iisa and Markus Perttula. There’s also singles from Vino Puu and Kynnet. Oh yeah and a few weeks old one from AK-77. It’s actually a cover of Cajun Moon and it caught my eye/ear when a FB friend (thanks Satu) posted it. I was curious even before hitting play, because they had turned Cajun into Keuruu and well I’m originally from Keuruu. Which was nice, but of course the fact that it mentions Keuruu is just a little bonus and the main thing is that it’s a great version.

And then the international singles. The big one here is the first single from the next Vanessa Peters album Modern Age that will drop into to the record stores and our hearts on the 23rd of April. Other personal favorites are the new singles from Vandoliers, Charlie Marie, Melissa Carper (again so great, it’s going to be one hell of a record), Leanne Betamosake Simpson, Dan Wriggins just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

That’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Clara Mann – Station Song (Consolations EP, Sad Club Records, 2021)
2. Karima Walker – Waking the Dreaming Body (Waking the Dreaming Body, Keeled Scales, 2021)
3. Randolph’s Leap – Let This Lie (Spirit Level, Fika Recordings, 2021)
4. Dan Edmonds – How Many (Good Fortune Assembly, 2021)
5. Chris Pierce – How Can Anybody Be Okay With This (American Silence, Pierce Records, 2021)
6. Vanessa Peters – Crazymaker (single, Idol Records, 2021)
7. Craig Finn – It’s Never Been a Fair Fight (All These Perfect Crosses, Partisan Records, 20219
8. Vandoliers – Every Saturday Night (single, Amerikinda Records, 2021)
9. Austin Lucas – Cry Over – Acoustic (single, Sabotage Records, 2021)
10. Sara Petite – Feeling Like An Angel (Rare Bird, JTMMusic, 2021)
11. Olivia Ellen Lloyd – Emily (Loose Cannon, 2021)
12. Charlie Marie – Heard it Through the Red Wine (single, Soundly, 2021)
13. Charley Crockett – In the Corner (10 for Slim, Charley Crockett Sings James Hand, Son of Davy, 2021)
14. Simon Flory – Big Bad Lover (Haul These Blues Away, 2021)
15. Bobby Dove – Chance In Hell (Hopeless Romantic, 2021)
16. Melissa Carper – Back When (single, Mae Music, 2021)
17. David Huckfelt – Cole Younger (Room Enough, Time Enough, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2021)
18. Antero Kaksikäsi – Hei vaan (Pihapihlaja, Hyvät levyt, 2021)
19. Mando Saenz – The Leaving Side (All My Shame, Carnival Recording Company, 2021)
20. Travis Linville – I’m Still Here (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
21. Ben Trickey – Glendalough or Chantilly (We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed, Anthem Breath Records, 2021)
22. Julien Baker – Ringside (Little Oblivions, Matador Records, 2021)
23. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Viscosity (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
24. Dan Wriggins – Lucinda on June Bug (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
25. AK-77 – Keuruun kuu (single, 2021)
26. An American Forrest – Hold the Center (single, 2021)
27. Will Stratton – Tokens (single, Bella Union, 2021)
28. Le Ren feat Buck Meek – Early Morning Rain (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
29. M G Boulter – Clifftown (single, Hudson Records, 2021)
30. Andrew Gabbard – Instant Trancer (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
31. Wojtek the Bear – Ferme La Bouche (single, Last Night From Glasgow Hive, 2021)
32. Painted Shrines – Not So Bad (single, Woodsist, 2021)
33. The Rose Petals – Chesapeake Leopard (single, Envoy Records, 2021)
34. Graham Hunt – Lighter Touch (Painting Over Mold, Forged Artifacts, 2021)
35. Quivers – Near Wild Heaven (Out of Time, Turntable Kitchen & Pink Lake Records, 2021)
36. Dinosaur Jr – I Ran Away (single, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
37. Guided By Voices – Free Agents (single, 2021)
38. Mikey Erg – Hey Marissa (Mikey Erg, Rad Girlfriend Records, 2021)
39. Kynnet – Rock’n’Roll-haamu (single, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
40. Black Twig – I Was Not Looking For Magic (Was Not Looking For Magic, Soliti, 2021)
41. Vino Puu – Hämärä vuodenaika (single, 2021)
42. Markus Perttula – Näiltä lakeuksilta (Aarnivalkea, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
43. Iisa – Kaksi vuotta (Amelia, Fullsteam Records, 2021)
44. Becca Mancari – Annie (single, Captured Tracks, 2021)
45. Adult Mom – Checking Up (single, Epitaph, 2021)
46. My Girl the River – Sad Dog (single, 2021)
47. Kristofer Åström – Michelle (single, Startracks, 2021)
48. The Harlem Gospel Travelers – God’s Gonna Move His Hand (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
49. Reed Turchi – Don’t Let Love Slip Away (I’ve Chosen Love, Devil Down Records, 2021)
50. Mara Connor – Ain’t That a Shame (single, Side Hustle Records, 2021)
51. John Myrtle – Get Her Off My Mind (single, Sad Club Records, 2021)
52. JB Paterson – Going Back (Keep on Chooglin) (single, Easy Machine Recordings, 2021)
53. Mo Kenney – Swimming Song (Covers, Turtlemusik, 2021)
54. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – Carnage (Carnage, AWAL, 2021)
55. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Walking by a Woman (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)

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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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #123

Another week, another new music weekly.

Still somewhat quiet on the release front. Or maybe not, because I could easily come up with close to 50 songs. There’s always plenty to love.

This week we got new albums from Reed Turchi (two albums), Katy Kirby, Valley Maker, The Hold Steady, John Paul Keith, Ian Fisher, Cassandra Jenkins, Spencer Burton, Lael Neale, Ryan Dugre, Adeline Hotel, Senora May, John Blek, Corvair, Wild Pink and Tindersticks. Plus an EP from Hand Habits. The album by Steven van Betten and Andrew Rowan came out a week or two ago, but I only found it this week.

The Finnish part this week has a new the new album from Jani Matti Juhani (more excellent Elvis covers in Finnish) and single from Pekka Laine.

And finally the international singles. Amythyst Kiah released a new version of Black Myself. Still extremely powerful. Other big things were new singles from Johanna Samuels, Janet Simpson, Esther Rose, Karima Walker, Nick Shoulders (this was last week, but somehow missed it), Kaitlin Butts, Kassi Valazza, Corinne Sharlet and Joe Kaplow. Just to name a few.

That’s all for this week. My apologies that I’ve only done this one weekly post during the pandemic era. The reason has been sort of a combination of the pandemic, personal health struggles, overall laziness and spending too much of my spare time watching hockey games and art house movies. I’ll try to get back to the other kind of posts too at some point, but tough to say when exactly. Anyway, it was nice to learn that someone actually misses that stuff. It does give some motivation to continue, because my self-doubt ridden mind often wonders if I’m just throwing songs and words into a void. I probably should also try to figure out if I want to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of this blog, because September comes surprisingly fast. Anyway, enough of this pointless chat. Here is the playlist for the week. Love from a distance.

1. Reed Turchi – Dams (Creosote Flats, Devil Down Records, 2021)
2. Katy Kirby – Fireman (Cool Dry Place, Keeled Scales, 2021)
3. Valley Maker – Branch I Bend (When the Day Leaves, Frenchkiss Records, 2021)
4. Johanna Samuels – Nature’s Way (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
5. John Paul Keith – The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again (The Rhythm of the City, Wild Honey Records, 2021)
6. The Hold Steady – Family Farm (Open Door Policy, Positive Jams, 2021)
7. Ian Fisher – American Standards (American Standards, 2021)
8. Janet Simpson – I’m Wrong (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2021)
9. Amythyst Kiah – Black Myself (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Kaitlin Butts – How Lucky I Am (single, 2021)
11. Kassi Valazza – Moon Blue (single, OurVinyl Sessions, 2021)
12. Corinne Sharlet – A Lovely Future (single, 2021)
13. Kelly Sloan – I Wanna Wake Up (single, 2021)
14. Cassandra Jenkins – Crosshairs (An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, Ba Da Bing, 2021)
15. Samantha Crain – Bloomsday (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
16. Esther Rose – Good Time (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
17. Nick Shoulders – Turn on the Dark (single, 2021)
18. Charley Crockett – Lesson In Depression (single, Son of Davy, 2021)
19. Spencer Burton – Nothing’s Changed (Coyote, Still Records, 2021)
20. Joe Kaplow – February Prorated Rent (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
21. Senora May feat Jessica Lea Mayfield – Naturally (All of My Love, 2021)
22. Hand Habits – 4th of July (Dirt EP, Saddle Creek, 2021)
23. Lael Neale – Acquainted with Night (acquainted with Night, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
24. Karima Walker – Waking the Dreaming Body (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
25. Ryan Dugre – Powder Rains (Three Rivers, 11A Records, 2021)
26. Adeline Hotel – Untangling (Good Timing, Ruination Record Co, 2021)
27. Cameron Knowles and Eli Winter – Parapraxis of a Dragonfly (single, American Dreams Records, 2021)
28. Pekka Laine – The Silent Star (single, Svart Records, 2021)
29. John Blek – Joy In Sorrow (Digressions #2 Grounded, Warr, 2021)
30. Jose Gonzalez – El Invento (single, City Slang, 2021)
31. Jay Gonzalez – Crying Through the Wall (single, 2021)
32. Corvair – Paladin (Corvair, 2021)
33. Wild Pink – Pacific City (A Billion Little Lights, Royal Mountain Records, 2021)
34. Jani Matti Juhani – Elän hetken (Laulaa Elvistä Suomeksi vol 2, Ainoa Productions, 2021)
35. Tindersticks – Tue-Moi (Distractions, City Slang, 2021)
36. Durand Jones & The Indications feat Y La Bamba – Cruising to the Parque (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
37. Steven van Betten and Andrew Rowan – Herman (No Branches Witout Trees, 2021)
38. Jeffrey Silverstein – River Running By (single, 2021)
39. Peter Oren – Snow Don’t Fall (single, Sentinel Species, 2021)
40. Jason McNiff – Wherever I Choose (single, 2021)
41. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Stay Wild (single, Tone Tree, 2021)
42. Simon Flory – The More You Talk (The Less I Hear) (single, 2021)
43. Dark Tea – Deanna (single, Fire Talk, 2021)
44. Mojohand – Hold On (single, 2021)
45. Drew Danburry – Song to Long (single, 2021)
46. Mac Leaphart – Window from the Sky (Music City Joke, 2021)
47. Tiffany Williams – California (I’ll Be Back Soon EP, 2021)
48. Steady Holiday – Exactly What It Means (Take The Corners Gently, 2021)

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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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #122

Another week, another new music weekly.

This seemed like a surprisingly slow release week or I managed to miss a lot of good stuff. Could go either way. The big ones for me this week were the new album from Steady Holiday and new EP from Tiffany Williams. We also got excellent new releases from Avi Vinocur, Wolf van Elfmand, Mac Leaphart, Beth Lee, The Craig Torso Show and Rue Snider (live EP). Because it was a bit slow week, I revisited bunch of great albums from last week’s monster list.

The Finnish section is also super short with just the singles from Tams and Jonas and I. There had to be more.

And last but not least the international singles. There’s a new one from Melissa Carper and just like the first, it’s absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to hear the album, because I really love these advance singles. Elephant Micah announced a new album and released a single. That is always a big deal. The new Dan Edmonds single is also pure gold. Hand Habits and Little Mazarn dropped some cover magic. Then there’s some pop treats later on like singles from The Legal Matters, Why Dogs Why and Radio Days. And that’s just to name a few.

That’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Steady Holiday – Repeat (Take the Corners Gently, 2021)
2. Tiffany Williams – You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive (I’ll Be Back Soon EP, 2021)
3. Melissa Carper – I Almost Forgot About You (single, Mae Music, 2021)
4. Avi Vinocur – Go North (Hindsight, 2 Cent Bank Check, 2021)
5. Wolf van Elfmand – Sweet Regret (All Blue, 2021)
6. Elephant Micah – Glacier Advisors (single, Western Vinyl, 2021)
7. Dan Edmonds feat Luka Kuplowsky and Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien – The Morning (single, 2021)
8. Katy Kirby – Portals (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
9. Hand Habits – I Believe In You (single, Saddle Creek, 2021)
10. Little Mazarn – Werewolf (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
11. Rose City Band – Lonely Places (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
12. Parker Millsap – Vulnerable (single, Okrahoma Records, 2021)
13. Mac Leaphart – El Paso Kid (Music City Joke, 2021)
14. Beth Lee – Yale St and 45 (Waiting on You Tonight, 2021)
15. The Local Honeys – Dying To Make a Living (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
16. Sarah King – Not Worth the Whisky (single, 2021)
17. DL Rossi – Whiskey (single, 2021)
18. Olivia Ellen Lloyd – Sorrow (single, 2021)
19. David Huckfelt – Hidden Made Known (single, Gamblers Dharma Records, 2021)
20. Nick Waterhouse – Very Blue (single, Innovative Leisure, 2021)
21. Ottoman Turks – Wound Up (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
22. Why Dogs Why – T.O.C (single, 2021)
23. The Legal Matters – Light Up the Sky (single, Futureman Records, 2021)
24. Radio Days – Till the End of the Night (single, Ammonia Records, 2021)
25. The Craig Torso Show – Ellen Thompson’s Guide to Mortality (Estonian Breakfast Strategies, 2021)
26. Mikey Erg – Rumblestrip (single, Rad Girlfriend Records, 2021)
27. Stoner Control – Sparkle Endlessly (single, 2021)
28. Rue Snider – Stories (Live at Pete’s Candy Store Pt2 EP, 2021)
29. Peter Oren – The Search for a Marketable Product (single, Sentinel Species, 2021)
30. Advance Base – Easy’s Gettin’ Harder Every Day (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
31. John Blek – Like a Child (single, Warr, 2021)
32. Jonas and I – Shouts of the Coal Mine (single, Humu Records, 2021)
33. Tams – Surkeat bileet (single, 2021)
34. The Weather Station – Heart (Ignorance, Fat Possum, 2021)
35. Sun June – Everywhere (Somewhere, Run For Cover, 2021)
36. Tele Novella – One Little Pearl (Merlynn Belle, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
37. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Another Lonely Day (Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! New West Records, 2021)
38. Bingo Rider – The Man In Me (Bingo Rider EP, 2021)
39. Quinn Pilgrim – Jeremiah (Jericho Dream, Partially Sealed Records, 2021)
40. Drayton Farley – Stoic Faces (A Hard Up Life, Hargrove Records, 2021)
41. Lowstar Rodeo – Toward the Light (Home Sweet Nowhere, 2021)
42. Curtis McMurtry – Around My Neck (Toothless Messiah, 2021)
43. Pony Bradshaw – Guru (Calico Jim, Black Mountain Music, 2021)
44. Austin James Craig – Sweet Virginia (Violet and Still, 2021)
45. Isaac Vallentin – The Ballad of Nunangat (“..” 2021)

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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