OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #249

First new music weekly as a 22 years old music blog. That’s quite a long time if I may so. Something to be proud of I guess. Thank you all who still listen/read no matter whether it’s frequently or occasionally. Love you all.

This was a magnificent release week led by the new Margo Cilker album. That’s my album of the week, but there’s several special ones here for sure. Will Johnson was the other I had highlighted in advance, but oh my there’s so much to love this week. We also have new albums from Buffalo Nichols, Stephen Wilson Jr, Van Plating, Matt Paxton & The Pintos (EP), Lady Apple Tree, Woods, Dolly Valentine, Viv & Riley, Bahamas, Sarah Jane Scouten, Charlie Kaplan, Corinne Sharlet (EP), Isaac Vallentin, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Mitski, Vagabon and Rachel Sermanni.

The new Janne Westerlund album is the Finnish favorite of the week. Legendary Radiopuhelimet has a new album too. Plus then we have great new singles from Krypta, Lätsä, Vino Puu, Sir Liselot and Favourite Colours.

Julie Arsenault and Gonzalez Smith can share the international song of the week honors. They are quite different, but I love them both. Other early faves came from Katsy Pline, Skyway Man, Kyle Cox, Will Payne Harrison feat Tabitha Weeks, William Alexander, Peter Oren, Willy Tea Taylor & Fellership.. Again just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Thanks again for the past 22 years and I hope you stay with me as long as this sound adventure continues. I have no idea, but at least right now I don’t have plans to quit. Who knows whether that will change. But yeah. Love love love. Back next week with the episode #250. Another milestone on the horizon there.

1. Margo Cilker – Beggar For Your Love (Valley of Heart’s Delight, Fluff & Gravy Records / Loose Music, 2023)
2. Stephen Wilson Jr – Grief is Only Love (Son of Dad, Big Loud Records, 2023)
3. Buffalo Nichols – Turn Another Stone (The Fatalist, Fat Possum, 2023)
4. Will Johnson – Tempest Time Again (No Ordinary Crown, Keeled Scales, 2023)
5. Matt Paxton & The Pintos – Tornado (Tornado, Down by the Point Records, 2023)
6. Van Plating – Joel Called the Ravens (Orange Blossom Child, Singular Recordings, 2023)
7. Viv & Riley – The Long Way (Imaginary People, Free Dirt Records, 2023)
8. Lady Apple Tree – Midnight Oil (Lady Apple Tree, 2023)
9. Dolly Valentine – Superstitious Woman (The In-Between, Holy Golden Music, 2023)
10. Woods – Sip of Happiness (Perennial, Woodsist, 2023)
11. Isaac Vallentin – Suburban Nightcrawl (Bardo, Gatekeepers of Love, 2023)
12. Bahamas – Into the Unknown (BOOTCUT, Brushfire Records, 2023)
13. Sarah Jane Scouten – The Great Unknown (Turned to Gold, Light Organ Records, 2023)
14. Corinne Sharlet – Belief and Imagination (Belief and Imagination EP, 2023)
15. Rachel Sermanni – Grace of Autumn Gold (Dreamer Awake, Proper, 2023)
16. Abby Johnson – Riverside (Abby Johnson, Earth Libraries, 2023)
17. Charlie Kaplan – She Will Stop At Nothing (Country Life in America, Glamour Gowns, 2023)
18. Gonzalez Smith – She’s My Girl (single, Bobo Integral, 2023)
19. Mitski – My Love Is All Mine (The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, Dead Oceans, 2023)
20. Vagabon – Lexicon (Sorry I Haven’t Called, Nonesuch Records, 2023)
21. Sarah Mary Chadwick – Someone Else’s Baby (Messages to God, Kill Rock Stars, 20239
22. Julie Arsenault – Tiny Beam of Light (single, Son Canciones, 2023)
23. Katsy Pline – Guess I’m Always Leaving (single, Take a Turn Records, 2023)
24. Maybel – Rebloom (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2023)
25. Skyway Man – The Holding On (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2023)
26. Lätsä – Ulkoavaruus (single, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
27. Vino Puu – Tuulenpesä (single, 2023)
28. Krypta – Dorian Gray (single, Svart Records, 2023)
29. Radiopuhelimet – Kylmää hikeä (Radiopuhelimet, If Society, 2023)
30. Janne Westerlund – Pimeydestä vastaava (Talvikaravaani, If Society, 2023)
31. Sir Liselot – Lumitalo (single, Minna Records, 2023)
32. Favourite Colours – Remember that Day (single, Purple Skies, 2023)
33. The Sextones – Love Can’t Be Borrowed (single, Record Kicks, 2023)
34. Bastards of Soul feat Keite Young – This Love (single, Eastwood Music Group, 2023)
35. Kyle Cox – Nothing Can Make Me Blue (single, 2023)
36. Peter Oren – Bless the Telephone (single, Sentinel Species, 2023)
37. Leyla McCalla – Crown (single, Anti, 2023)
38. Will Payne Harrison feat Tabitha Meeks – Wildflowers (single, 2023)
39. Golden Shoals – Bitter (single, 2023)
40. Willy Tea Taylor & The Fellership – Devil’s Taxidermy (single, Blackwing Music, 2023)
41. John R. Miller – Basements (single, Rounder Records, 2023)
42. William Alexander – Blackwood Town (single, 2023)
43. Daniel Sherrill – Wandering Boy (single, American Standard Time Records, 2023)
44. Todd Snider – Juice (single, Aimless Records / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
45. The Bones of J.R. Jones – I’ll See You In Hell (single, Tone Tree, 2023)
46. Wilco – Cousin (single, dBpm Records, 2023)
47. Sufjan Stevens – Will Anybody Ever Love Me (single, Asthmatic Kitty, 2023)
48. Astral Swans feat Jairus Shariff – Shine the Light Inside (single, 2023)
49. Anna Hillburg – Girl Girl Girl (single, Speakeasy Studios SF, 2023)
50. Steven Adams – Moderation (single, Fika Recordings, 2023)
51. Spearmint – Three More Songs On Jukebox (single, Hitback, 2023)
52. Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – Basement Spacemen (single, Joyful Noise, 2023)
53. Uni Boys – Let’s Watch a Movie (single, Curation Records, 2023)
54. Class – Behind the Ball (single, Feel It Records, 2023)
55. Small Intestines – Stop Pretending (single, Meritorio / Lost and Lonesome, 2023)
56. For All the Girls – Harmony (single, 2023)
57. Mark Fredson – New Kinda Blue (single, 2023)
58. Louien – Please (single, Jansen Records, 2023)
59. Kate Bollinger – You at Home (single, Ghostly, 2023)
60. Izzy Heltai – 25 (single, 2023)
61. Jessye DeSilva – The Boys of Summer (single, 2023)
62. Desolation Horse – Good Boy 2 (single, 2023)
63. Mojohand – Cypress Cemetary Waltz (single, 2023)
64. Nick Shoulders – Long Spring (All Bad, Gar Hole Records, 2023)
65. Jobi Riccio – One Last Time (Whiplash, Yep Roc, 2023)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #248

A busy weekend. Friday I drove to Pori to see Chad Price and Samae Koskinen. Tomorrow I plan to go to Helsinki to see David Ramirez and Iron Country Sisters. So it didn’t leave much time to listen new music, but I quickly put this thing together. There was again a lot of of releases and I didn’t have the time to listen full albums. I’ll do that during the coming week.

Tyler Childers is the big one of the week, but there’s plenty of great things on the rootsy side of the scale. Like new Nick Shoulders, Jobi Riccio, Allison Russell and Logan Ledger for example. Nico Hedley, Smug Brothers and Swansea Sound are highly recommended on the other end of the onechordnet spectrum. Then there’s also great new albums from Jonathan Wilson, Low Cut Connie, Lillie Mae, Drayton Farley (EP), Bill and the Belles (Willie Nelson covers), Idanha (EP), Sparklehorse (posthumous album from one of my all-time faves. I haven’t really listened to it yet. I think I need the perfect moment for that), Patrick Dethlefs and Pleasure Horse (covers).

From Finland my favorites are songs I’ve missed before. I found dream pop / shoegaze band Hattara this week (thanks to Joel) and love all the three singles they’ve released so far. This is why there’s a rare double feature, because I couldn’t decide which of them I will choose. So I picked up two. Even that was difficult. We also have a couple of gorgeous album releases from Rami Vierula and Markus Krunegård (still logging Markus among the Finnish ones, because he sings in Finnish on the new album. I hope he doesn’t mind). A couple of excellent new singles from Hulda Huima and Pambikallio too.

New Gladie song can take the imaginary international song of the week title. Love that band and this is again such great song. Other early song faves came from Kelly Hunt, Paige Plaisance, Thomas Walsh, Bry Webb, Jacksonport, Teenage Tom Petties, The Resonant Rogues, Gabriel Birnbaum and Van Plating. Again just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Back next week with another one of these things. Love love love.

1. Nick Shoulders – Hook Line and Sinker (All Bad, Gar Hole Records, 2023)
2. Tyler Childers – Phone Calls and Emails (Rustin in the Rain, Hickman Holler Records / RCA, 2023)
3. Jobi Riccio – Relief (Whiplash, Yep Roc, 2023)
4. Logan Ledger feat Erin Rae – Some Misty Morning (Golden State, Rounder Records, 2023)
5. Allison Russell – Demons (The Returner, Fantasy Records, 2023)
6. Jonathan Wilson – Hey Love (Eat the Worm, BMG, 2023)
7. Low Cut Connie feat SUSU – Take Me to the Place (Art Dealers, Contender Records, 2023)
8. Smug Brothers – Night in Other Worlds (In the Book of Bad Ideas, Anyway Records, 2023)
9. Nico Hedley – Driving Day (Wants To Sing It So Loud That It Makes It Alright, Ruination Record Co, 2023)
10. Swansea Sound – Keep Your Head On (Twentieth Century, Skep Wax Records, 2023)
11. Gladie – Chaos Reigns (single, Plum Records, 2023)
12. Thomas Walsh – All This Hurt (single, Curation Records, 2023)
13. Bill and the Belles – Permanently Lonely (To Willie from Billy, 2023)
14. Lillie Mae – Please Be With Me (Festival Eyes, 2023)
15. Kelly Hunt – On the Bayou (single, Compass Records, 2023)
16. Drayton Farley – Kudzu Wild (Kudzu Wild EP, Hargrove Records / Thirty Tigers, 2023)
17. Idanha – Two Young Riders (Slow Horses, Bad Whisky & Good Friends.. 2023)
18. Jacksonport – Ride on Nebraska (single, Ay Caramba Records, 2023)
19. Bry Webb – Thunder Bay (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2023)
20. Sparklehorse – I Fucked it Up (Bird Machine, Anti, 2023)
21. Markus Krunegård – Faktaa: Fucked Up (Nokia & Ericsson, All That Plazz, 2023)
22. Hattara – Helle (single, Cotton Candy Company, 2023)
23. Hattara – Filmi (single, Cotton Candy Company, 2023)
24. Rami Vierula – Profeetta (Erämaahan, 2023)
25. Hulda Huima – Peltilehmä (single, Minna Records, 2023)
26. Pambikallio – Enkeli (single, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
27. Jalen Ngonda – Rapture (Come Around and Love Me, Daptone Records, 2023)
28. Aaron Frazer – Bring You a Ring (single, Dead Oceans, 2023)
29. Gabriel Birnbaum – Above a Forest with a House That’s on Fire (single, Western Vinyl, 2023)
30. Lauren O’Connell – Horsefly (single, Sugar Glider, 2023)
31. Jolie Holland feat Buck Meek – Highway 72 (single, Cinquefoil Records, 2023)
32. Dream Sitch – A Loose Dust (single, Airloom, 2023)
33. Jerry David DeCicca – Lost Days (single, 2023)
34. Brown Horse – Sunfisher (single, Loose Music, 2023)
35. The Resonant Rogues – Leave the Path (single, 2023)
36. The Pendulum Hearts – A Man with a Plan (single, 2023)
37. Sean Burns – Hard Times (single, Department Store Records, 2023)
38. Paige Plaisance – Good Time Girl (single, Timeless Echo Recordings, 2023)
39. Van Plating – Orange Blossom Child (single, Singular Recordings, 2023)
40. Jaime Wyatt – Love is a Place (single, New West Records, 2023)
41. Dori Freeman – Do You Recall (single, Blue Hens Music, 2023)
42. Josh Travis – The Only Good In Me (single, 2023)
43. Dylan Lancaster – Given Up (single, 2023)
44. Cactus Lee – Caravan (single, Org Music, 2023)
45. Roses for Paradise – Apple (single, 2023)
46. Patrick Dethlefs – Forget to Let You In (Some Songs Aren’t That Long, 2023)
47. Pleasure Horse – She Smiles Like a River (Plays the Flops Vol 2, 2023)
48. Julian Taylor – City Song (single, Howling Turtle Inc, 2023)
49. Terra Lightfoot – Someone Else’s Feelings (single, Sonic Unyon Records, 2023)
50. Teenage Tom Petties – Stoner (single, Safe Suburban Home / Repeating Cloud, 2023)
51. Snow Coats – Dreaming in the Car (single, Alcopop! / Redfield Records, 2023)
52. The Maureens – Alison (single, Meritorio Records, 2023)
53. Sara Beth Go – Little White Pill (single, 2023)
54. Sun June – John Prine (single, Run for Cover Records, 2023)
55. Black Sea Dahu – Not a Man, Not a Woman (single, 2023)
56. Mutual Benefit – Untying a Knot (single, Transgressive Records, 2023)
57. Elijah Johnston – Social Smoker (single, Strolling Bones Records, 2023)
58. Half Stack – New Light (single, Royal Oakie Records, 2023)
59. Katie Von Schleicher – Every Step is a Ocean (single, 2023)
60. Omar Velasco – Paperweight (single, Inner Cult Records, 2023)
61. Dusty Stray – Special (single, Great Waters, 2023)
62. The Satchel Kid – Heart Pillow (When It Stops Hurting, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2023)
63. Rae Fitzgerald – Swimmer (Say I Look Happy, 2023)
64. Tanssiva Karhu – Uusimisia (Luonnossa, Alakulttuuritalo, 2023)
65. Kristiina – Carpe Diem (Palavan rakkauden aika, Humu Records / Hillotehdas, 2023)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #247

A busy weekend. First wonderful I’m Kingfisher & Nightbird concerts and then a weekend trip to my hometown Keuruu. Therefore this is again a bit delayed new music weekly. But an important one, because it was a crazy good Finnish release week. Somewhat quieter in the US. Probably due to labor day weekend.

Let’s start with the Finnish ones, because my most waited album of 2023 is now out and available. It’s the mega power pop / rock’n’roll blast from Kristiina. Absolutely love it and kinda had to include a couple of (should-be) hits instead of just settling for one. So this starts with a song by Kristiina and then there’s another one among the other Finnish cuts. And oh my, there’s plenty of those other ones. Definitely not a good release week only because of Kristiina. That Tanssiva Karhu album is another big favorite and then there’s also really good new albums from Kari Tapiiri, Thomas Ignatius and Lyyti. Some mighty good singles too from Kuumat Siivet, Sepänkadun Köyhät ja Nöyryytetyt, Ahti Kulo, Rebekka Holi, Mara Balls and Emilia Tuovila ja Väijytys. And probably a bunch more that I didn’t have time to listen or wasn’t even aware of them.

My favorite international album of the week is the new Rae Fitzgerald. Such a beautiful and moving album. It really struck a chord with me when I listened it with headphones Saturday night. Other excellent new albums came from Maija Sofia, Indianna Hale, Jacob Aranda, Jacob Furr, The Satchel Kid, Chris Pierce, The Great Park, Tony Logue, The Natvral, The Photocopies, Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show (EP), Repulsive Woman (EP), Slowdive, Thorsten Nesch (EP) and Jesper Lindell (EP).

The international song of the week is either the perfect new pop song from Uni Boys or the return song from Jason Hawk Harris. Maybe they can share it, because they are rather different. Kind of best of both worlds that I listen. Other early favorites came from Lady Apple Tree, Espanola, Colored Lights, The David Tattersall Group and Lydia Loveless. Again just to name a few. Who can really tell which will become the biggest faves when I have more listen to them.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Next week is a bit of a question mark with this new music weekly. There’s some live music things I’d love to attend. I’m thinking about going to Lahti for the Sunday matinee concert of Chad Price and Samae Koskinen and after that travel to Helsinki for the David Ramirez concert. That might be doable although I would probably miss Iron Country Sisters and I would hate that. But I’m sure there will be other opportunies for that. Seeing the international artists Chad Price and David Ramirez would be the main thing this week. If I just do that, I would have time for the weekly. But I kinda would like to squeeze in the Kristiina concert on Friday in Helsinki or Chad and Samae somewhere else. Then I might not have time for the weekly. We’ll see. I’ll let you know on insta, x and/or blue sky (have a bs code or two btw if someone is looking). Love and kisses.

1. Kristiina – Palavan rakkauden aika (Palavan rakkauden aika, Humu Records / Hillotehdas, 2023)
2. Uni Boys – Two Years (single, Curation Records, 2023)
3. Rae Fitzgerald – Little Rivr (Say I Look Happy, Keeled Scales, 2023)
4. Maija Sofia – Saint Aquinas (True Love, Tulle Ltd, 2023)
5. Indianna Hale – Rainy Cliffs (Yesterday’s Glitter, Perpetual Doom, 2023)
6. Jacob Aranda – Nicasio Creek (War Planes, Speakeasy Studios SF, 2023)
7. Jacob Furr – Mother Blue (Turning, 2023)
8. The Satchel Kid – Dogs Running In Dreams (When It Stops Hurting, Ella Ruth Instituted, 20239
9. Chris Pierce – Mr. McMartin (Let All Who Will, Friends at Work, 2023)
10. Jason Hawk Harris – Jordan and the Nile (single, Bloodshot Records, 20239
11. Jesper Lindell – Life is Good (Windows Vol.1 EP, 2023)
12. Thorsten Nesch – We Ain’t Made for the Real World (I Haven’t Left For Work… EP, 2023)
13. The Great Park – Digger (Hound, Woodland Recordings, 2023)
14. Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show – 10 Ways to Cope (It’s Okay EP, 2023)
15. Lauren Calve – Pretend to Forget (Shift, 2023)
16. Tony Logue – Thundertown (The Crumbs, 2023)
17. Espanola – Look to the Sky (single, Sonic Unyon Records, 2023)
18. The Natvral – Wait for Me (Summer of No Light, Dirty Bingo Records, 2023)
19. The Photocopies – A Matter of Time (Top of the Pops, 2023)
20. Slowdive – Alife (Everything is Alive, Dead Oceans, 2023)
21. Repulsive Woman – If This is Bright (The Even Hand, 2023)
22. Colored Lights – Warm Jets (single, Bobo Integral, 2023)
23. Kristiina – Vain hetki oltiin (Palavan rakkauden aika, Humu Records / Hillotehdas, 2023)
24. Mara Balls – Sirpa-Leena (single, Stupido Records, 2023)
25. Rebekka Holi – Minä ja Amalia (single, 2023)
26. Thomas Ignatius – Quo vado (Thomas Ignatius, Palatsi, 2023)
27. Lyyti – Huomisen lait (Nousussa Taas, Johanna Kustannus, 2023)
28. Kuumat Siivet – Kirjeitä (single, 2023)
29. Sepänkadun Köyhät ja Nöyryytetyt – Aittaluodon tehtaas (single, Panama-levyt, 2023)
30. Ahti Kulo – Puutarhaeteinen (single, Need Money for Records, 2023)
31. Tanssiva Karhu – Taivaanrannalla (Luonnossa, Alakulttuuritalo, 2023)
32. Emilia Tuovila ja Väijytys – Kuun molemmat puolet (single, Eclipse Music, 2023)
33. Kari Tapiiri – Muistan kun ihastuin (Maailma täynnä ihmeitä, Helmi Levyt, 2023)
34. Lady Apple Tree – Flame (single, 2023)
35. The David Tattersall Group – My Lonevy (single, Bella Union UK, 2023)
36. Charlie Kaplan – Rockaway (single, Glamour Gowns, 2023)
37. Lydia Loveless – Sex and Money (single, Bloodshot Records, 2023)
38. Carla Geneve – Euthymia (single, Dot Dash Recordings, 2023)
39. Kacey Johansing – Not the Same (single, Night Bloom Records, 2023)
40. Maria Elena Silva – Love, If It Is So (single, 2023)
41. Meernaa – Bhuta Kala (single, Keeled Scales, 2023)
42. Katy Kirby – Cubic Zirconia (single, Anti, 2023)
43. Meredith Lane – Greyhound (single, American Standard Time, 2023)
44. Lindsay Lou – I Can Help (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2023)
45. Dylan LeBlanc – No Promises Broken (single, ATO Records, 2023)
46. NUTANA – Stage V (single, One More Pastime, 2023)
47. Mojohand – Forget About You (single, 2023)
48. Sarah King – Hey Hey What Can I Do (single, Ringleader Records, 2023)
49. The War and Treaty – Stretch Out (single, Mercury Nashville, 2023)
50. Hannah White – Chains of Ours (single, Last Music Co, 2023)
51. The Countryside of Harmonica Sam – Tell Her (single, Sleazy Records, 2023)
52. Joshua Quimby – Long Green Cigarette (single, 2023)
53. Blitzen Trapper – Cheap Fantastical Takedown (single, Magnolia Music / Yep Roc, 2023)
54. Via Mardot – Pining (single, 2023)
55. Adeline Hotel – Seeing Yourself Seen (single, Ruination Record Co, 2023)
56. Good Good Blood – You’ll Not Find Another Love (Quite Like This) (single, Fox Food Records, 2023)
57. Ian M Bailey – The Last Chime (single, 2023)
58. Delving – Alcatraz (single, 2023)
59. Steve Sloane – October Sunburn (The Dust I’ve Been Wearing Around, 2023)
60. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Rakkauslaulu (Credo, Zen Master / Rockadillo, 2023)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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