OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #197

Another week, another new music weekly.

I’ve been on total vacation mode, but of course listening to new music has been a part of it. So here’s the finest new music I managed to catch while taking it easy.

First let’s take a moment to celebrate Dogbreth. A new one for me that I just found thanks to someone retweeting the album (I think it was Mo Troper), but damn I fell for that record so easily. I urge you to give that one a spin. The album of the week is still the new beauty from long time favorite John Calvin Abney. Also thrilled to have that Robert Leslie album out and available. I’ve shared his charming folk singles on this new music weekly during the past 7-8 months and I’ve loved them all. So lovely to have the record here now and it lives up to my sky high expectations. There’s of course far more and the week gave us new albums from Will Stewart, Eliza Niemi, Colyn Cameron, First Rodeo, Dust Star, Kenny Roby, Lee Bains + The Glory Fires, Reece Sullivan, Rachel Sumner & The Traveling Light, Jeff Crosby, The Western Express, Carl Didur, Julianna Zachariou, Heffner and The Frowning Clouds.

There’s plenty of Finnish gems too. A new favorite has been Aleksi Oksanen and his beautiful new single. I’ve been really digging that one. Also super lovely to have a new Tehosekoitin song. I can’t say that I’ve listened to them all that much during the past two decades, but around 1995-1997 they were the best band in my world and they will forever hold a special place in my heart. But c’mon baby yeah, the new song is also really good, so it’s not here for the nostalgic vibes. A big deal is also the debut EP from Erika Sirola that actually came out on US label Elektra. Other Finnish gems on the list are album from Anton Haring and run of singles from Sam Shingler, Knife Girl, Ria & The Hi-Binders, Sumuhai and Puiset heilat.

The international song that made me immensely happy and a couple of decades younger is the magnificent The Wannadies cover by the awesome UK pop band Mt. Misery. I loved You & Me Song back in the nineties and oh how good it still is. There’s quite a few other new pop gems too from Ducks Ltd, Let’s Whisper, Dazy, 2nd Grade and so forth. And on the album list there were wonderful Dust Star and Dogbreth, so sometimes that pop subtitle of this blog still rings true. On a more general note, somebody should give a culture award to Lame-O Records. They are doing a lot of things right if you are into power pop or whatever you may wanna call it. Other single favorites from abroad came from Anna Tivel, Marina Allen, Little Mazarn, Eli Winter and Bella White. Again just to name a few.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual annoying promotional nonsense. It all matters no matter how trivial it may seeem. And a huge thank you for all the lovely people who are following this weekly adventure in the world of new music. I really appreciate it. Love from a distance.

1. John Calvin Abney – Good Luck and High Tide (Tourist, Black Mesa Records, 2022)
2. Robert Leslie – Empty is the Colour (Halfway Home, 2022)
3. Will Stewart – Let’s Go (Slow Life, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2022)
4. Colyn Cameron – Sweet Relief (Freehand, Market Garden Records, 2022)
5. Eliza Niemi – Leave Me (Staying Mellow Blows, Tin Angel Records, 2022)
6. First Rodeo – Pucker Up, Amelia (First Rodeo, Forged Artifacts, 2022)
7. Dogbreth – How You Did That (Believe This Rain, 2022)
8. Dust Star – Open Up That Heart (Open Up That Heart, Lame-O Records, 2022)
9. Mt. Misery – You & Me Song (single, Quiet Crown, 2022)
10. Ducks Ltd feat Jane Inc – In Between Days (single, Carpark Records, 2022)
11. Let’s Whisper – Long Run (single, Fika Recordings, 2022)
12. Anna Tivel – The Dial (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2022)
13. Marina Allen – Or Else (single, Fire Records, 2022)
14. Kenny Roby – Leave It Behind (Kenny Roby, Royal Potato Family, 2022)
15. Little Mazarn – Texas River Song (single, Dear Life Records, 2022)
16. Lee Bains + The Glory Fires – Gentlemen (Old-Time Folks, Don Giovanni Records, 2022)
17. Jeff Crosby – Where I’m From (Idaho) (Waitin’ On a Miracle, 2022)
18. The Western Express – Emptying Me (Lunatics, Lovers & Poets, 2022)
19. Rachel Sumner & The Traveling Light – Colleen (Sad Luck Dame, 2022)
20. Bella White – The Way I Oughta Go (single, Rounder Records, 2022)
21. Reece Sullivan – Virginia (Arkansas, 2022)
22. Ever More Nest – Coming Along (single, 2022)
23. Kim Ware & The Good Graces – Capital R (single, Fort Lowell Records, 2022)
24. Erika Sirola – A Little More (Who? EP, Elektra, 2022)
25. Aleksi Oksanen – The Wrong Time (single, 2022)
26. Sam Shingler feat Henna Emilia Hietamäki – Utopia (single, Stupido Records, 2022)
27. Sumuhai feat A.Savinainen – Löytäjä saa pitää (single, 2022)
28. Puiset heilat – Suu & silmä (single, 2022)
29. Tehosekoitin – Ei rautoihin, ei lautoihin (single, Levy-yhtiö, 2022)
30. Anton Haring – Tähdenlennon alla (Helppoo elämää, Haring Panic Records, 2022)
31. Knife Girl – The Good TImes Are Coming Your Way (single, Soliti, 2022)
32. Ria & The Hi-Binders – Nothing to Me (single, Moondog Music, 2022)
33. Emily Nenni – On the Ranch (single, Normaltown Records, 2022)
34. Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears – New Trailway Boogie (single, Curation Records, 2022)
35. Will Hoge – Queenie (single, Edlo Records / Soundly, 2022)
36. Bonny Light Horseman – Exile (single, 37d03d, 2022)
37. Matthew Check – The Very Beginning (single, 2022)
38. The Reeves Brothers – She Don’t Want a Cowboy (single, 2022)
39. Carl Didur – Cowboy and His Friend (Maybe Next Time, Idee Fixe Records, 2022)
40. Thanya Iyer – Slow Burn (single, Topshelf Records, 2022)
41. Breanna Barbara – Diamond Light (single, Fuzz club Records, 2022)
42. The Frowning Clouds – All Night Long (Gospel Church, Anti Fade Records, 2022)
43. Sunfruits – Made to Love (single, Third Eye Stimuli Records, 2022)
44. Dazy – Rollercoaster Ride (single, Lame-O Records, 2022)
45. 2nd Grade – Strung Out On You (single, Double Double Whammy, 2022)
46. Con Man – Come My Way (I Think You Should) (single, Donnybrook, 2022)
47. Rue Snider – Hot Summer Nights (single, 2022)
48. Heffner – World Famous Kyle (Perfect Heaven, 2022)
49. Julianna Zachariou – (S)he (Hero Of Your Heart, Tone Tree Music, 2022)
50. Molly Taylor – Price You Pay (single, 2022)
51. Opal Eskar – Sunlight Is Breaking (single, Underflow Records, 2022)
52. Native Harrow – Old Kind of Magic (single, Loose Music, 2022)
53. Marcus King – Blues Worse Than I Ever Had (single, Republic Records, 2022)
54. Nora Brown – Wild Goose Chase (single, Jalopy Records, 2022)
55. Eli Winter – Davening in Threes (single, Three Lobed Recordings, 2022)
56. Josh Kimbrough – Paddling Toward Chase (single, Sleepy Cat, 2022)
57. Matthew J. Rolin – Shingles (single, American Dreams Records, 2022)
58. Will Sheff – Estrangement Zone (single, ATO Records, 2022)
59. Wilder Maker – Surfers Trace (Male Models, Western Vinyl, 2022)
60. Austin Leonard Jones – Cape Fear (Dead Calm, Perpetual Doom, 2022)

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 #196

Another week, another new music weekly.

A vacation edition live from Keuruu. Another bad excuse to possible miss some beautiful new releases. This was quite a big release week too.

Wilder Maker and Friendship were the top picks of the week for me, but the one that I’ve actually spend most time with so far has been that Austin Leonard Jones album. I was vaguely familiar and I loved the advance single. Still it caught me off guard a bit and I fell for the album on first listen. Oh yeah and those Wilder Maker and Friendship are of course damn good. They just didn’t have that surprise factor, because I knew I was going to love them even before hitting play button. Many other gems too and the week gave us new albums from Florist, Skyway Man & Andy Jenkins (EP), Amanda Shires, Nick Nace, Wade Sapp, Andrew Duhon, Wolf Van Elfmand, Triptides, Su Andersson, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Lily Talmers, The Jangles (this was a week ago), Guy Capecelatro III & Mike Effenberger (this has been on Bandcamp for a few months, but now streaming), Zach Welch, Well Well Well and Josh Rouse.

Finnish section is tiny but there is a great EP from Räjäyttäjät along with excellent singles from Kami Mate and Ilja Karsikas.

The international single of the week is the new (should-be) pop hit from Mo Troper. Looking forward to his new album on Lame-O Records. Other big faves this week came from A.O. Gerber, Plains, Tony Molina, Pretty Matty, Maija Sofia, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, Young Gun Silver Fox, Claude Munson, Miko Marks and Veronica Stanton. Again just to name a few and even my favorites might change throughout the week when I have more time to listen to these.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters more than you know. Oh an I’ve been doing some summer cleaning on the inbox, because I had over 7000 unread promo emails. I’m down to a couple hundred and have unsubscribed to a lot of pr lists that rarely send my kind of music. Nothing personal there if I unsubscribed and you are still allowed to send me stuff. Just trying to make room for the artists, labels and pr firms that are in the core of what I do. A one man hobby project just can’t cover all and everything and lately I haven’t really been even reachable to the ones I love. Hopefully this way I can focus a bit more and be better at responding to the emails that matter to me and this little blog. So if you’ve sent me something and I didn’t answer, my sincere apologies. There just isn’t enough time in the world to answer everyone, but hopefully this way I will be less overwhelmed by it all and manage to answer a larger number of them. Love from a distance.

1. Austin Leonard Jones – Night Parrots (Dead Calm, Perpetual Doom, 2022)
2. Wilder Maker – New Anxiety (Male Models, Western Vinyl, 2022)
3. Friendship – St. Bonaventure (Love the Stranger, Merge Records, 2022)
4. Skyway Man & Andy Jenkins – Holy Roses (Nothing No. 1 EP, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2022)
5. Florist – Two Ways (Florist, Double Double Whammy, 2022)
6. Amanda Shires – Bad Behaviour (Take It Like a Man, ATO Records, 2022)
7. Nick Nace – Figure 8’s (The Harder Stuff, 2022)
8. Wade Sapp – Bleeding Blue (Radio Check, 117 Music, 2022)
9. Andrew Duhon – Promised Land (Emerald Blue, 2022)
10. Wolf Van Elfmand – Heavy (High Desert Valley, Cottonwood Music, 2022)
11. Triptides – I’m With You (So Many Days, Curation Records, 2022)
12. Guy Capecelatro III & Mike Effenberger – Brushes (Sneak Into the Ether, 2022)
13. Su Andersson – Southern Belle (Brave, Roots and Ramblers, 2022)
14. Sarah Bethe Nelson – I Can Just Leave (Mental Picture, Speakeasy Studios, 2022)
15. Lily Talmers – Hope, You Whore (Hope is the Whore I Go To, El Tee Records, 2022)
16. Molly Lewis – Miracle Fruit (single, Jagjaguwar, 2022)
17. A.O. Gerber – Hunger (single, Hand in Hive / Father/Daughter, 2022)
18. Jason McCue – Ceiling (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2022)
19. Mo Troper – I Fall Into Her Arms (single, Lame-O Records, 2022)
20. The Jangles – I Won’t Shed a Tear (Pioneer, Spatchcox Records, 2022)
21. Tony Molina – Not Worth Knowing (single, Summer Shade, 2022)
22. Pretty Matty – See You Around (single, 2022)
23. Kami Mate – Sprout (single, 2022)
24. Räjäyttäjät – Jättömaa (Kesäaika EP, 2022)
25. Ilja Karsikas – Lumottu tie (single, 2022)
26. Maija Sofia – O Theremin (single, Islander, 2022)
27. Plains – Problem With It (single, Anti, 2022)
28. Emily Scott Robinson – When It Don’t Come Easy (single, Oh Boy Records, 2022)
29. Erin Enderlin – Ain’t That Lonely Yet (Campfire Cover the 90s EP, Black Crow Productions, 2022)
30. Zach Welch – Can’t Sing Like George Jones (Redux, 301Productions, 2022)
31. The Band Laredo feat Vandoliers – Gasoline (single, Laredo Records, 2022)
32. Jay Gavin – Got Myself a Harley (single, 2022)
33. The Western Express – You and Me and the Neon (single, 2022)
34. Dalton Domino – Rock and Roll Should Kill You (single, Lightning Rod Records, 2022)
35. Miko Marks & The Resurrectors – One More Night (single, Redtone Records, 2022)
36. The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Hold Your Head Up (single, Colemine Records, 2022)
37. Young Gun Silver Fox – Winners (single, A Candelio, 2022)
38. Well Well Well – I’m Not Him (Palm Springs, Royal Oakie Records, 2022)
39. Nick Waterhouse – Monterey (single, Innovative Leisure, 2022)
40. Sweet Megg – Trouble In Mind (single, Turtle Bay Records, 2022)
41. John Hollywood – Sweeps (single, 2022)
42. Claude Munson – Get it While It’s Good (single, 2022)
43. Nev Cottee – Renunciate (single, Wonderfulsound, 2022)
44. Zac Crook – Move On (single, 2022)
45. Small Sur – A Clean Patch of Ground (single, Worried Songs, 2022)
46. Why Bonnie – Nowhere, LA (single, Keeled Scales, 2022)
47. Jeffrey Lewis – Guest List Song (single, 2022)
48. Big Joanie – In My Arms (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2022)
49. Partner – Fear that Closes the Heart (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2022)
50. Jacob Faurholt – Falling Like the Rain (single, Raw Onion Records, 2022)
51. Veronica Stanton – Quick Fix (single, 2022)
52. Michael Paul Lawson – I Know Where I’m Going Tonight (single,
53. Reece Sullivan – Be Still, My Heart (single, 2022)
54. Trevor Beld Jimenez – Anytime (single, 2022)
55. Josh Rouse – Henry Miller’s Flat (Going Places, Yep Roc, 2022)
56. The Bobby Tenderloin Universe – That’s All I’m Sayin’ (single, Keeping On Records, 2022)
57. The Lowest Pair – Couple of Jerks (single, Delicata Records, 2022)
58. Elk Hound – You Never Came to Me in a Dream (Wordless Shore, SonaBLAST! Record, 2022)
59. Nathan Kalish – Divinity in Lonesome (Great Big Motel in the Sky, JTMMusic, 2022)
60. John Moreland – Neon Middle June (Birds in the Ceiling, Old Omens / Thirty Tigers, 2022)

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 #195

Another week, another new music weekly.

It was also another week, another music festival. Therefore this is again a late Sunday edition of the new music weekly.

I haven’t really had the time to listen full albums yet, but long time favorites The Sadies and John Moreland are the leader of the pack this week. We also got most likely great new albums from Nathan Kalish, Elk Hound, The Soft Hills, Color Green, Charlie Reed, Jason Anderson (EP), Joe Pug (well revisited), The Broken Spokes (this was last week, but I found out about it a few hours after I had posted previous episode), Anders Jörnesten, Monica Taylor, Simon Flory (EP), Lindsay Lou (EP), Jenny Mitchell, Darlin’ Brando (EP), Deepest Bison (from June, but I found it today), Pool Kids and Megan Bee. Pretty sure I missed a bunch with this rushed Sunday effort, but I’ll make additions during the coming weeks if stumble upon something I really like.

The Finnish section has an excellent run of singles from Bleak Moments, Samae Koskinen, Sami Heikkilä and The New Magnetic North.

A new Twain single is always a big deal and leads the international singles galore. Other big faves early on have been the songs by Slaid Cleaves, JPW, Julianna Riolino, M. Lockwood Porter, Wilder Maker, Little Mazarn, The Secret Beach, Andrew Combs, John Fullbright, Kelsey Waldon, Good Good Blood and Tiffany Williams. Just to name a few and one that I didn’t name might actually end up being a big fave, because I haven’t had a whole lot to listen to these yet.

That’s all for this week. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. I’m on vacation from the dayjob for the next three weeks, so I may have a bit more time to listen to new music and think about what I want do with this playlist in the future. This won’t completely disappear that’s for sure, but I do need to consider whether this is worth all the hours I put into it or should I just convert it to the kind of on-going endless playlist with daily updates. That would be less of a grind to do, but on the other hand I kind of prefer this way of doing it as a kind of weekly new music mixtape with a more thought song order and flow. Plus that there’s this blog post, so that everything just doesn’t disappear into air and I can circle back and see what I shared a year ago. We’ll see how it goes after the #200 episode. I guess it’s very likely that it stays the same, if I can convince myself that its worth it to spend five hours every weekend into something that has very little relevance. But enough of this rambling for now. Love from a distance.

1. The Sadies – No One’s Listening (Colder Streams, Yep Roc, 2022)
2. Nathan Kalish – Made Me a Fool (Great Big Motel Bed in the Sky, JTMMusic, 2022)
3. John Moreland – Generational Dust (Birds in the Ceiling, Old Omens / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
4. Elk Hound – Chaos Comes (Wordless Shore, sonaBLAST! Records, 2022)
5. The Soft Hills – Opening the Infinite (Viva Chi Vede, 2022)
6. Color Green– Ill Fitting Suit (Color Green, ORG Music, 2022)
7. Charlie Reed – Love Store Stickup (Eddy, Earth Libraries, 2022)
8. Jason Anderson – So Impossible (The Next Big Open Door EP, Canyonlands Limited, 2022)
9. Joe Pug – Hymn #101 (Nation of Heat Revisited, Loose Music, 2022)
10. Slaid Cleaves – Uncle Ted (single, Candy House Media, 2022)
11. The Broken Spokes – Bigger Fool (Where I Went Wrong, 2022)
12. Anders Jörnesten – All Alone (Astrology, 2022)
13. Monica Taylor – The Sound of a Train (Trains, Rivers & Trails, Horton Records, 2022)
14. Simon Flory – You Never See It Coming (Young Giants EP, 2022)
15. Lindsay Lou – Still Water (You Thought You Knew EP, Alright Sweet Records, 2022)
16. Jenny Mitchell – If You Were a Bird (Tug of War, Cooking Vinyl Australia, 2022)
17. Darlin’ Brando – Don’t Make Me Move (Again) (Don’t Make Me Move EP, 2022)
18. Deepest Bison – Morning Star (Low Impulse Imagined, Family Audio, 2022)
19. M. Lockwood Porter – The Kid Who Ran Away (single, Black Mesa Records, 2022)
20. JPW – Halfway to Eloy (single, Fort Lowell Records, 2022)
21. Twain – The Priestess (single, Keeled Scales, 2022)
22. The Secret Beach – God Is (single, Victory Pool, 2022)
23. Little Mazarn – Lightning in the Water (single, Dear Life Records, 2022)
24. Wilder Maker feat V.V. Lightbody – Static (single, Western Vinyl, 2022)
25. Julianna Riolino – You (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2022)
26. Bleak Moments – Summer Breeze – Summer Edit (single, 2022)
27. Samae Koskinen – Saat pian sen kaiken (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2022)
28. Sami Heikkilä – Ikuisuus nyt (single, Tulli-levyt, 2022)
29. The New Magnetic North – Parallel Lines (single, 2022)
30. Tiffany Williams – Sea (single, Blue Redbird Music, 2022)
31. Kelsey Waldon – Simple As Love (single, Oh Boy Records, 2022)
32. John Fullbright – Paranoid Heart (single, Blue Dirt Records / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
33. Jake Blount – Once There Was No Sun (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2022)
34. Martha Spencer – Young Rover (single, Gingham Rose, 2022)
35. Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears – Before the Flowers Bloom (single, Curation Records, 2022)
36. Mr. Sam & The People People – People People.. (single, 2022)
37. Dolour – When the World Stops Ending (single, 2022)
38. Pool Kids – Arm’s Length (Pool Kids, Skeletal Lightning, 2022)
39. A Vulture Wake – Lost Cause of the Year (single, Thousand Islands Records, 2022)
40. Shutups – Endless Heaven (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2022)
41. Jake Tittle – Fair Warning (single, Anxiety Blanket Records, 2022)
42. Field Medic – I Had a Dream that You Died (single, Run for Cover Records, 2022)
43. Good Good Blood – Wrap My Arms Around You (single, Fox Food Records, 20229
44. Cass McCombs – Karaoke (single, Anti, 2022)
45. Julia Jacklin – Love, Try Not to Let Go (single, Transgressive Records, 2022)
46. Eliza Niemi – Walking Feels Slow (single, Tin Angel Records, 2022)
47. Thanya Iyer – Leave the Room and Face the Waves (single, 2022)
48. Macie Stewart – Maya, Please (single, Full Time Hobby, 2022)
49. Andrew Combs – Anna Please (single, Loose Music, 2022)
50. Patrick Dethlefs – And Loraine (single, 2022)
51. Chris Kasper – Beyond Me (single, Tone Tree Music, 2022)
52. Keith Hallett feat Mike Trask – What It’s For (single, 2022)
53. Chris Pierce – 45 Jukebox (single, Calabama Recordings, 2022)
54. Maryanna Devlin – Manchester By The Sea (single, 2022)
55. Megan Bee – Used to Be (Cottonwood, 2022)
56. Brittany Collins – Two Worlds (single, Pacific Northwest Records, 2022)
57. Aoife Nessa Frances – Way to Say Goodbye (single, Partisan Records, 2022)
58. Ruby Gill – I Forgot to Be Profound Today (single, 2022)
59. Arlo McKinley – I Wish I (This Mess We’re In, Oh Boy Records, 2022)
60. Willi Carlisle – The Grand Design (Peculiar, Missouri, Free Dirt Records, 2022)

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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