OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #105

Another week, another music weekly.

The blog is now 19 years old and still going strong. Or somehow scraping by. You tell me. Still here anyway and here’s another weekly round up of the finest new music. Quite a release week too. I feel like I’ve spent most of my Saturday listening to the new stuff and it feels like I still continuously find more releases. This is actually 65 songs long and I still cut out some bigger indie singles. Like the new Lambchop single, which I liked but would have added another 13 minutes to this playlist which is already longer than anyone is going to listen. I need some intervention before these start to be 100 songs long. I suppose it’s not a huge deal, because everyone can listen as much as they want.

The list starts with the surprise album release by Tyler Childers. Important message and a powerful song. Long time favorites Otis Gibbs and Daniel Romano put out great records. Brennen Leigh’s album is now out and I’m loving it. Also fond of the Emma Kupa, Ian Wayne, Victoria Bailey and Fenne Lily albums. Terry’s Paradise has a wonderful new EP too. And yeah all the others rule as well. Here are all the international albums that were on my radar this week.

Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records)
Otis Gibbs – Hoosier National
Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter
Victoria Bailey – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (Rock Ridge Music)
Daniel Romano – How Ill Thy World Is Ordered (You’ve Changed Records)
Terry’s Paradise – Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP
Emma Kupa – It Will Come Easier (Fika Recordings)
Ian Wayne – Risking Illness (Whatever’s Clever)
Fenne Lily – BREACH (Dead Oceans)
Kilo Bravo – Chew This Slow)
The Apartments – In and Out of the Light (Talitres)
Native Harrow – Closeness (Loose Music)
European Sun – European Sun (WIAIWYA)
John Davey – Toss Your Javelin
A.O. Gerber – Another Other Place EP (Hand in Hive)
Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North EP (2014/2020) – rerelease
Photo Ops – Pure at Heart (Western Vinyl)
The Persian Leaps – Smiling Lessons
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Philadelphia (Idee Fixe Records)
Decoration Day – Makeshift Future
Honey Magpie – Midnight Morning
Dig Nitty – Reverse of Mastery (Exploding in Sound Records)
Stephie James – These Days EP
Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2 (Acony Records)
Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles
Grace Turner – Half Truths EP – this one came out in August, but I just found it

And then over to Finland. There’s a new Mummypowder single. This is a big deal. One of my favorite bands. There’s also some beautiful rerelease stuff from Marian Valinta (EP) and Ethel Suspense (album). Long time readers might remember them from onechord.net 1.0 version. I still like them just as much as I did back then. Other Finnish beauties this week are album from Linkopii, EPs from PÄÄ KII and The Phonochromes plus singles from Sam Shingler, Radio Supernova, Eerie Deer and Juha Mäki-Patola. Also revisiting last week’s pearls Rosita Luu and Lätsä.

My favorite international single of the week is the new quietly monumental Austin Lucas single The Times. The big album announcement was the new Jennifer Castle album that came with the lead single Justice. Aaron Frazer, the drummer extraordinaire and co-vocalist of the Durand Jones & The Indications also announced a new album with a gorgeous debut single. I also love the new songs by Flora Hibberd, VanWyck, I’m Kingfisher, Tomberlin, K.S. Rhoads and Pearl Charles. Just to name a few. They are all good and you can find them from the list below.

That’s it for this week. Thank you for reading and listening. Love from a distance.

1. Tyler Childers – Long Violent History (Long Violent History, Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records, 2020)
2. Austin Lucas – The Times (single, Sabotage Records, 2020)
3. Otis Gibbs – Nine Foot Problem (Hoosier National, 2020)
4. Brennen Leigh – The North Dakota Cowboy (Prairie Love Letter, 2020)
5. Victoria Bailey – Ramblin’ Man (Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, Rock Ridge Music, 2020)
6. Daniel Romano – A Secret Still to Be Betrayed (How III Thy World Is Ordered, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
7. Terry’s Paradise – Fish (Shoobeedoo High, Shoobeedoo Low, Pt 2 EP, 2020)
8. Emma Kupa – Another No (It Will Come Easier, Fika Recordings, 2020)
9. Ian Wayne – People (Risking Illness, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
10. Marian Valinta – Vain unissani (Maagiset kirjaimet EP, 2020)
11. Jennifer Castle – Justice (single, Paradise of Bachelors / Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
12. Flora Hibberd – I’m Gonna Leave You (single, 2020)
13. VanWyck – God Is in the Detour (single, Maiden Name Records, 2020)
14. I’m Kingfisher – Is Nature Really That Cruel? (single, Fading Trail Records, 2020)
15. Fenne Lily – I Used to Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You (BREACH, Dead Oceans, 2020)
16. Grace Gillespie – Hoppers (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
17. Tomberlin – Hours (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
18. Rue Snider – David Bowie’s Clothes (single, 2020)
19. Pearl Charles – What I Need (single, Kanine Records, 2020)
20. Aaron Frazer – Bad News (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
21. Low Cut Connie – Help Me (single, Contender Records, 2020)
22. Bonnie Whitmore – Fine (single, 2020)
23. Jeff Tweedy – Guess Again (single, dBpm Records, 2020)
24. Ethel Suspense – John Wayne (Then, Here, Now, Upper Class Twat Tapes, 2020)
25. Mummypowder – Sara’s Song (single, All That Plazz, 2020)
26. Sam Shingler – The Invisible Man (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
27. Linkopii – 2005 (Lanteet, Luova Records, 2020)
28. Radio Supernova – Väkivaltaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
29. PÄÄ KII – Kova Sade (Kova Sade EP, Blast of Silence, 2020)
30. The Phonochromes – B.R.X.S.M (Static Electric Music EP, 2020)
31. Kilo Bravo – Somewhere in the Middle (Chew This Slow, 2020)
32. The Apartments – Write Your Way Out of Town (In and Out of the Light, Talitres, 2020)
33. Native Harrow – Shake (Closeness, Loose Music, 2020)
34. European Sun – A Song for Sisters (European Sun, WIAIWYA, 2020)
35. John Davey – Sugarmask (Toss Your Javelin, 2020)
36. Goodbye Max – Forgot (single, 2020)
37. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Sun in the Kitchen (Philadelphia, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
38. Decoration Day – Paintlounge (Makeshift Future, 2020)
39. Eerie Deer – Lights (single, 2020)
40. K.S. Rhoads – I Hope You Left Here Knowing That (single, 2020)
41. Robert Ellis – I Must Be in a Good Place Now (single, The Next Waltz, 2020)
42. Honey Magpie – Moonbreak (Midnight Morning, 2020)
43. Anne Malin – Hourglass (single, 2020)
44. A.O. Gerber – Strangers (stripped) (Another Other Place EP, Hand in Hive, 2020)
45. Black Sea Dahu – Kingdom North (Kingdom North EP, 2014/2020)
46. Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep (single, Milk! Records, 2020)
47. Natalie Schlabs – Don’t Look too Close (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
48. Photo Ops – Take the Long Way (Pure at Heart, Western Vinyl, 2020)
49. The Explorers Club – Somebody Made For Me (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
50. The Persian Leaps – Chamberlain (Smiling Lessons, 2020)
51. Partner – Big Gay Hands (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
52. Grace Turner – Disdain (Half Truths EP, 2020)
53. Dig Nitty – Lomita (Reverse of Mastery, Exploding in Sound Records, 2020)
54. Stephie James – West of Juarez (These Days EP, 2020)
55. Jon Snodgrass feat John Moreland – boysIImen (single, A-F Records, 2020)
56. Mojohand – Losing Hand (single, Mojohand Records, 2020)
57. David Quinn – Born to Lose (single, 2020)
58. Jonathan Tyler – Old Friend (single, Timeless Echo, 2020)
59. Gillian Welch – Hundred Miles (Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol2, Acony Records, 2020)
60. Robyn Ludwick – Ace Is High (Lake Charles, 2020)
61. Rosita Luu – Mansikkapaikka (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
62. Lätsä – Tää sää (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
63. Yee & O’Brien – Black Hole (single, 2020)
64. Juha Mäki-Patola – Inside of the Ocean (single, Hush Hush Records, 2020)
65. Aimee Mann – Avalanche (single, Superego Records, 2020)

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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

Another week, another new music weekly.

Not a whole lot of album releases this week or maybe I just missed some of them. The big international album is the new Elizabeth Cook album. At first, it might feel a bit like a bit of a curve ball, but let it spin a while and eventually you will hit it. Such a great album. There’s also new albums from Lo Tom, Waylon Payne, William Tyler, Delta Spirit, Sally Anne Morgan and an EP from Patrick Sweany. I’m sure there had to be more. It’s never that quiet on the release front. That Juniper album came out in June, but I didn’t know about it until I got an email from Michael Shelley this week. I loved his solo albums in the late nineties and early 00s plus the Cheeky Monkey he did with Francis MacDonald. Anyway, Juniper is his 15 year old daughter and she created a great pop album with a bit of help from his dad and other power pop gurus. Check out the video for Kids On My Corner here. And here’s a full list of international albums/EPs that were on my radar.

Elizabeth Cook – Aftermath (Agent Love Records)
Patrick Sweany – Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP (Nine Mile Records)
Lo Tom – LP2
Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me (Carnival Recordings Company)
The Flaming Lips – American Head (Bella Union)
Delta Spirit – What Is There (New West Records)
Sally Anne Morgan – Thread (Thrill Jockey Records)
William Tyler – New Vanitas (Merge Records)

Here in Finland we got another double homerun from Helmi Levyt. My favorite Finnish label these days. Just a few weeks after that awesome Amuri and Metsäheikki combo, they release new albums from Lätsä and Rosita Luu and both sound magnificent. Arwi Lind and Helmi Levyt should get all possible culture awards. Other Finnish songs this week are the excellent new singles from White Jackets, Manna and Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat.

There’s again a lot to love in the singles game. Brennen Leigh’s new song Billy & Beau was probably my favorite of the week. I’ve loved both new singles and can’t wait to hear the whole album. New Floating Room song is also superb and so are the new ones from Ian Daniel Kehoe, Malin Pettersen, Jeremy Ivey, Emilee Emiko, Why Dogs Why, Raye Zaragoza and Jake Tittle. Oh yeah and there’s a new song from The Wannadies. A really great Swedish pop band that ruled the pop world in the 90s with Popsicle and The Merrymakers. Other artists would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them on the list below or better yet listen to the playlist.

That’s it for this week. Next week is a birthday week, because this little blog/website hits 19 years on Thursday. Isn’t that crazy. A life’s work. Or well a life’s hobby to be more precise. Time is a weird concept. There’s no big plans to celebrate this year, but you can still revisit last year’s anniversary festival by hitting that OCTA18 link in the top bar. That’s it for this week. I try to come up with a post or two next week, but no definite promises. Love from a distance.

OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #104

1. Elizabeth Cook – Thick Georgia Woman (Aftermath, Agent Love Records, 2020)
2. Patrick Sweany – One Thing (Get That Feeling, Vol 1 EP, Nine Mile Records, 2020)
3. Brennen Leigh – Billy & Beau (single, 2020)
4. Lätsä – Keskiyön cowboy (Lätsä, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
5. Rosita Luu – Toista maata (Samettisuu, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
6. Floating Room – Held Open Door (single, 2020)
7. Juniper – Kids On My Corner (Juniper, Confidential Records, 2020)
8. Ian Daniel Kehoe – Endless Rain (single, Tin Angel Records, 2020)
9. Lo Tom – I Need Relief (LP2, 2020)
10. Why Dogs Why – Freak (single, 2020)
11. Jake Tittle – Double Vision, Looking for the Metro Station (single, Anxiety Blanket Records, 2020)
12. Jeremy Ivey – Things Could Get Much Worse (single, ANTI, 2020)
13. Malin Pettersen – Wildhorse Dream (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
14. Emilee Emiko – Duet (single, 2020)
15. Raye Zaragoza – They Say (single, Rebel River Records, 2020)
16. Waylon Payne – Shiver (Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me, Carnival Recordings Comapny, 2020)
17. Lucero – Time to Go Home (single, Liberty & Lament, 2020)
18. The War and Treaty – Hearts Town (single, Rounder Records, 2020)
19. Bahamas – Trick to Happy (single, Brushfire Records, 2020)
20. Night Shop – In the Twilight Sun (single, Salinas, 2020)
21. White Jackets – Endgame (single, Pinetree Records, 2020)
22. The Wannadies – Can’t Kill the Musikk (single, Startracks, 2020)
23. Yeah Is What We Have – I Could Only (single, 2020)
24. Milky Wimpshake – Vignette (single, Bobo Integral, 2020)
25. friend. – Bleed into Gold (single, 2020)
26. The Flaming Lips – Flowers of Neptune 6 (American Head, Bella Union, 2020)
27. Delta Spirit – Making Sense (What Is There, New West Records, 2020)
28. Helena Deland – Truth Nugget (single, Luminelle Recordings, 2020)
29. This is the Kit – Coming to Get You Nowhere (single, Rough Trade Records, 2020)
30. King Hannah – Creme Brulee (single, City Slang, 2020)
31. Juanita Stein – L.O.T.F (single, Nude Music, 2020)
32. Derek Ted – Focus (single, 2020)
33. Jacob Faurholt – Don’t Go (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
34. Manna – Ai tämä oli taivas (single, KHY Suomen Musiikki, 2020)
35. Jere Ijäs ja Monacon työväen palloilijat – Niin hiljaa kuin osataan (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
36. Mike McClure – I Am Not Broken (single, Crow and Gazelle, 2020)
37. Robyn Ludwick – Lake Charles (single, 2020)
38. Gillian Welch – I Just Want Yout to Know (single, Acony Records, 2020)
39. Bedouine, Waxahatchee and Hurray For the Riff Raff – Thirteen (single, Spacebomb Records, 2020)
40. In Earnest – 29 (single, 2020)
41. Jacksonport – Looking for a Light (single, Tularosa Records, 2020)
42. Sadler Vaden – Best Days (single, Dirty Mag Records, 2020)
43. Lisa Caruso – To Call You Mine (single, 2020)
44. Jack Klatt – Tennessee Blues (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
45. Sally Anne Morgan – Polly on the Shore (Thread, Thrill Jockey Records, 2020)
46. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Sing a Song (single, Plastic Pistol Records, 2020)
47. Brittany Brooks – Mulberry Tree (Lend Me Your Hand, 2020)
48. Tennessee Jet – Someone to You (The Country, Tennessee Jet Music, 2020)
49. India Ramey – Hole in the World (Shallow Graves, 2020)
50. Emily Barker – Any More Goodbyes (A Dark Murmuration of Words, Everyone Sang, 2020)
51. William Tyler – Four Corners (New Vanitas, Merge Records, 2020)
52. Scone Cash Players – Mind Blower (single, Mango Hill Records, 2020)

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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 #103

Another week, another new music weekly.

A bit more rushed effort this week. A few game sevens took some time away from the new music listening. But here’s some of the highlights that I did manage to listen.

Emily Barker and Bill Callahan albums were the big ones for me and both are awesome. Brittany Brooks is a new artists for me, but I’m liking her album a lot after a few spins. Long time favorite Matt Woods released a new EP and we also got great new albums from India Ramey, Tennessee Jet, Annie Dressner. Outside of the streaming services, Drew Danburry started a new cassette label and released a wonderful cassette-only album under the name Icarus Phoenix. You’ll find it from Bandcamp. Josienne Clarke also released more song treasures at Bandcamp and I’m sure there was quite a bit more on that lovely platform because it was a Bandcamp friday. Always worth noting that while playlists and Spotify are good for the introduction and expanding the listening habits, please buy the music that really matters to you. Anyway, here are all the international album / EP releases that were on my radar this week.

Brittany Brooks – Lend Me Your Hand
Emily Barker – A Dark Murmuration of Words (Everyone Sang / Thirty Tigers)
Bill Callahan – Gold Record (Drag City)
Matt Woods – Mornings After EP (Lonele Ones Records)
India Ramey – Shallow Graves
Tennessee Jet – The Country (Tennessee Jet Music/Thirty Tigers)
Annie Dressner – Coffee at the Corner Bar
Lomelda – Hannah (Double Double Whammy)
Josiah Johnson – Every Feeling on a Loop (ANTI)
Grant-Lee Phillips – Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff (Yep Roc)
Smug Brothers – Room of the Year EP
Beautiful Dudes – Nite Songs EP (Dowd Records)

+ Bandcamp only

Icarus Phoenix – Icarus Phoenix
Josienne Clarke – Historical Record vol. 3&4 Learning To Sail

The Finnish section is somewhat small this time around. There’s just the new singles from Message Field and The Phonochromes. Message Field song actually came out a week ago and I’ve had a cloud of guilt hanging over for a week, because I forgot to include it then. The playlist also revisits Amuri and Metsäheikki albums.

As for international singles, there’s plenty to love. A couple of big album announcements from long time favorites John Calvin Abney and Becky Warren. Pre-oders are up on their bandcamp and the first singles are on the playlist. Several other big favorites like J.E. Sunde, Luka Kuplowsky, Jerry David DeCicca, Daniel Romano, The Burning Hell, Sun June and Adrianne Lenker also released beautiful new songs. The list starts with a fairly new favorite Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems. They released a couple of wonderful singles this week. I found them from Western AF, which is pretty much the best youtube channel there is. Probably one of the better things in this internet thing altogether. All others would be worth a namedrop too, but you’ll find the songs on the list below.

That’s it for this week. This blog is 19 years old in a couple of weeks. No big celebrations planned this time around. I’ll save that for 20 years, if this blog and world still exists at that point. I think everyone’s has had more than enough of stream / online events at that point, so hopefully it’s an actual concert or something in that nature. Love from a distance.

OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #103

1. Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems – Thoughs & Prayers (single, Plastic Pistol Records, 2020)
2. Brittany Brooks – Lend Me Your Hand (Lend Me Your Hand, 2020)
3. Emily Barker – Geography (A Dark Murmuration of Words, Everyone Sang, 2020)
4. John Calvin Abney – Shine Like a Friend (single, Black Mesa Records, 2020)
5. J.E. Sunde – Love Gone to Seed (single, Vietnam, 2020)
6. Luka Kuplowsky – Crazy Love (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
7. Bill Callahan – Pigeons (Gold Record, Drag City, 2020)
8. Becky Warren – Me and These Jeans (single, 2020)
9. Matt Woods – Sunshine (Mornings After EP, Lonele Ones Records, 2020)
10. India Ramey – Shallow Graves (Shallow Graves, 2020)
11. Tennessee Jet – Stray Dogs (The Country, Tennessee Jet Music, 2020)
12. Daniel Romano – Green Eye-Shade (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
13. Jerry David DeCicca – Texas Toad (single, 2020)
14. Cut Worms – Every Once in a While (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
15. Annie Dressner – Beyond the Leaves (Coffee at the Corner Bar, 2020)
16. Sun June – Singing (single, Run For Cover Records, 2020)
17. Lomelda – Kisses (Hannah, Double Double Whammy, 2020)
18. Adrianne Lenker – anything (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
19. CF Watkins – The Tell (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
20. Jim White – The Sum of of What We’ve Been (single, Loose Music / Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
21. Josiah Johnson – I Wish I Had (Every Feeling on a Loop, ANTI, 2020)
22. The Burning Hell – I Want to Drink in a Bar (single, Love Thy Neighbor, 2020)
23. Ottoman Turks – Fightin’ Blues (single, State Fair Records, 2020)
24. Ben Pirani – More Than a Memory (single, Colemine Recods, 2020)
25. M Ross Perkins – Wrong Wrong Wrong (single, Karma Chief Records, 2020)
26. Oliver Wood – The Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On) (single, Honey Jar Records, 2020)
27. Grant-Lee Phillips – Gather Up (Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff, Yep Roc, 2020)
28. Beautiful Dudes – Beverly Hills (Nite Songs EP, Dowd Records, 2020)
29. Smug Brothers – Radiator One (Room of the Year EP, 2020)
30. Kurt Baker – Over You (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2020)
31. Phonochromes – Phonochromes (single, RMR, 2020)
32. Message Field – Lux (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
33. Native Harrow – Carry On (single, Loose Music, 2020)
34. Ian Wayne – Winter’s (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
35. Great Peacock – Heavy Load (single, Soundly Music, 2020)
36. Cordovas – Rain on the Rail (single, ATO Records, 2020)
37. Diana DeMuth – All the Liars (single, Creaky Gate Records, 2020)
38. Bella White – Not to Blame (single, 2020)
39. Honey Magpie – Midnight Morning (single, 2020)
40. Hollan – I’ve Been Alone (single, 2020)
41. Kevin Morby – Campfire (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
42. The Duke of Norfolk – August / Orchid Blue (single, Bramar Records, 2020)
43. Emily Brown – Game Show (single, Song Club Records, 2020)
44. Dylan LeBlanc – Never Tear Us Apart (single, ATO Records, 2020)
45. Jeremy Squires – Swan Dive (Many Moons, Blackbird, 2020)
46. Amuri – Sameaa (Amuri, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
47. Metsäheikki – Horses (Sammakko saunassa, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
48. Arppa – Huhut (Laavalamppuja, Arppa Music, 2020)
49. Justin Wells – The Bridge (The United State, Singular Recordsing, 2020)
50. Zephaniah OHora – Time Won’t Take Its Time (Listening to the Music, Last Round Up Records, 2020)

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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 #102

Another week, another new music weekly.

This was quite a release week and it wasn’t possible to listen to everything before making this. But here’s some kind of attempt to round up most of the new releases of the week.

A lot of country music to love this week. Zephaniah OHora, Justin Wells and Colter Wall albums were all highly anticipated and they all are damn good. Some other kind of favourites too like Jeremy Squires, Caitlin Pasko and Rae Fitzgerald EP. Oh yeah and some gorgeous surprise b-sides from TK & The Holy Know-Nothings. And many other things. Here’s a full list of international albums that were on my radar:

Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs (La Honda Records, 2020)
Justin Wells – The United State (Singular Recordings)
Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (Last Roundup Records)
The Reeves Brothers – The Last Honky-Tonk
Jeremy Squires – Many Moons (Blackbird Record Label)
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Pickled Heat EP (Mama Bird Recording Co)
Rae Fitzgerald – Lonely Listener EP (Keeled Scales)
Caitlin Pasko – Greenhouse (Whatever’s Clever)
Karen Jonas – The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams
The Northern Belle – We Wither, We Bloom, (Die With Your Boots On Records)
Wood & Wire – No Matter Where It Goes from Here (Blue Corn Music)
Widowspeak – Plum (Captured Tracks)
Molly Tuttle – ..but I’d rather be with you (Compass Records)
Lauren O’Connell – Covers Two (Sugar Glider)
Aidan Knight – Aidan Knight (Full Time Hobby)
Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar)
Bobby Rush – Rawer than Raw (Deep Rush Records)
Bettye LaVette – Blackbirds (UMG Recordings)
Isaac Hoskins – Sell the Farm
The Avett Brothers – The Third Gleam EP (Loma Vista)

This was also a brilliant Finnish release week. The biggest treasure is the debut album from Amuri. A really big deal for me and I love it so much. However, that’s not the only beautiful album release. Those Metsäheikki and Arppa albums are awesome as well. The playlist also has excellent new singles from Laura Moisio, Linkopii and Vuoret plus revisits The Sugarrush album that came out a week ago.

When it come to international singles there’s a powerful double from Adia Victoria and Austin Lucas early on. Some other personal favorites are new songs by Tiffany Williams, Laura Fell, Skyway Man and Girlatones. Just to name a few.

That’s it for this week. I’m on vacation for the next week, so I try to catch up on blog emails and maybe do a blog post or two. No definite promises though. Love from a distance.

1. Colter Wall – Big Iron (Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs, La Honda Records, 2020)
2. Justin Wells – Temporary Blue (The United State, Singular Recordings, 2020)
3. Zephaniah OHora – When I’ve No More Tears to Cry (Listening to the Music, Last Roundup Records, 2020)
4. Amuri – Ilta aamuksi vaihtui (Amuri, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
5. Metsäheikki – Puut tanssivat hiljaa (Sammakko saunassa, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
6. The Reeves Brothers – I’ve Lost All My Strength to Sing the Blues (The Last Honky-Tonk, 2020)
7. Adia Victoria – South Gotta Change (single, Atlantic, 2020)
8. Austin Lucas – Already Dead (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
9. Jeremy Squires – Hummingbird (Many Moons, Blackbird Record Label, 2020)
10. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Ghosts (Pickled Heat EP, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
11. Tiffany Williams feat Jonathan Dean – If I Wasn’t (single, 2020)
12. Rae Fitzgerald – Everlast (Lonely Listener EP, Keeled Scales, 2020)
13. Caitlin Pasko – Quiet Weather (Greenhouse, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
14. Laura Fell – Bone of Contention (single, Balloon Machine, 2020)
15. Laura Moisio – Huumaavaa (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
16. Arppa – Laavalamppuja (Laavalamppuja, Arppa Music, 2020)
17. Karen Jonas – Out in Palm Tree Paradise (The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams, 2020)
18. The Northern Belle – Evelyn (We Wither, We Bloom, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2020)
19. Wood & Wire – Spirit of ’94 (No Matter Where It Goes from Here, Blue Corn Music, 2020)
20. Widowspeak – Plum (Plum, Captured Tracks, 2020)
21. Heather Valley feat Katey Morley – How I Got to Memphis (single, 2020)
22. Molly Tuttle – A Little Lost (..but I’d rather be with you, Compass Records, 2020)
23. Lauren O’Connell – Thirteen (Covers Two, Sugar Glider, 2020)
24. Michael C. Duguay – Twenty-Five to Life (single, So Sorry Records, 2020)
25. Girlatones – Remember the Future (single, 2020)
26. Nap Eyes – Snake Oil (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
27. Skyway Man – Old Swingin’ Bell (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
28. Have Gun Will Travel – Melancholy Moon (Everything Dies) (single, 2020)
29. Terry’s Paradise – Paradise Girl (single, 2020)
30. Molly Parden – Kitchen Table (single, 2020)
31. Laura Veirs – Turquoise Walls (single, Bella Union, 2020)
32. Andrew Gabbard – Cloud of Smoke (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
33. Aidan Knight – Julia in the Garden (Aidan Knight, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
34. Native Harrow – Smoke Burns (single, Loose Music, 2020)
35. Rhiannon Giddens – Don’t Call Me Names (single, Nonesuch Records, 2020)
36. Anne Malin – Child (single, 2020)
37. Julia Holter – Gold Dust Woman (single, Domino Recording Co, 2020)
38. Angel Olsen – Tonight (Without You) (Whole New Mess, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
39. Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Osouji (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
40. Grace Gillespie – Your God’s Within (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
41. Bill Callahan – Ry Cooder (single, Drag City, 2020)
42. Bobby Rush – Down in Mississippi (Rawer than Raw, Deep Rush Records, 2020)
43. Bettye LaVette – I Hold No Grudge (Blackbirds, UMG Recordings, 2020)
44. Vuoret – Sotaunia (single, M.dulor, 2020)
45. Linkopii – Takiainen (single, Luova Records, 2020)
46. Jacob Faurholt – Don’t You Worry About Me (single, Raw Onion Records, 2020)
47. Nick Garza’s Get Along – Take Me Down to San Antonio (single, 2020)
48. Sam Morrow – Money Ain’t a Thing (single, Forty Below Records, 2020)
49. John Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner – I Don’t Wanna Be Alone Tonight (single, State Fair Records, 2020)
50. Benchmarks – Our Finest Hour (Summer, Slowly, 2020)
51. The Sugarrush – FLB (High Status, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2020)
52. Brent Cobb – Shut Up and Sing (single, Ol’ Buddy Records, 2020)
53. Isaac Hoskins – I Make My Living in a Tavern (Sell the Farm, 2020)
54. The Avett Brothers – Back into the Light (The Third Gleam EP, Loma Vista 2020)
55. Trummors – What You Had (Dropout City, Ernest Jenning, 2020)
56. Juliet McConkey – Disappearing Girl (Disappearing Girl, 2020)
57. Evangeline Gentle – Ordinary People (Evangeline Gentle, Sonic Unyon Records, 2020)
58. Maya Hawke – So Long (Blush, Mom+Pop, 2020)
59. Dolly Valentine – Everywhere, Love (How To Be Good, Holy Golden Music, 2020)
60. Bright Arcana – There’s a Place (Bright Arcana in the Lowland Plains, 2020)

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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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