OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #70

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A pretty great release week. 2020 songs and albums started rolling into the record stores. The Innocence Mission and David Dondero led the rush, but the week also gave beautiful new albums from Della Mae, A Girl Called Eddy (only 16 years after the wonderful debut), Bill Fay, Aoife Nessa Frances, Marcus King, Futurebirds, Alice Boman, Eleven Hundred Springs, Left Arm Tan, Kiwi Jr (I think this came out in Canada earlier) and Fruition. I somehow managed to miss the fact that the Beach Slang album came out a week ago, so that’s here for the first time. Plus EPs from Alan Barnosky and Caitlin Canty.

An excellent week for Finnish stuff as well. Joni Ekman and Pintandwefell released excellent albums plus there’s wonderful new singles from Joose Keskitalo, Untogethers, Muuan Mies and PK Keränen. If you are wondering why the Finnish stuff is usually somewhere in the middle of the playlist, it’s just because this list has a bunch of non-finnish speakers following and therefore I start with the international should-be hits and important album cuts.

As for international singles, there’s so many of them. And so many really important ones. Single of the week has to be Thoughts and Prayers by Drive-By Truckers. A great song with a powerful message. Other big highlight was the return of Samantha Crain with a really special song. Then there’s new singles from huge personal favorites John Moreland, Andy Shauf and Possessed by Paul James. Another brilliant one from the forthcoming Tre Burt and a really wonderful new one from Swamp Dogg. And well a whole lot more and everything would be worthy of a namedrop. This ended a bit on the longside. I probably should try to keep these in the 30-40 songs range, because even that’s quite a lot. I suppose it’s not a big issue, because everyone can listen to just as much or little they wish.

Anyway, that’s this week’s new release round up. Back next Sunday with another one of these, if you want to hear another playlist compiled by a human being instead of an algorithm. Not that I do any better job at it, but at least I try to create some kind of flow to these. All the best and love love love.

1. The Innocence Mission – Movie (See You Tomorrow, Bella Union, 2020)
2. David Dondero – Heather Heyer (The Filter Bubble Blues, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
3. Drive-By Truckers – Thoughts and Prayers (single, ATO Records, 2020)
4. Della Mae – Change (Headlight, Rounder Records, 2020)
5. Bonnie Prince Billy – This Is Far From Over (single, Drag City / Domino Recording Co, 2020)
6. Samantha Crain – An Echo (single, Real Kind Records, 2020)
7. John Moreland – When My Fever Breaks (single, Old Omens, 2020)
8. Possessed By Paul James – When It Breaks (single, 2020)
9. Andy Shauf – Living Room (single, Anti-, 2020)
10. Anna Burch – Not So Bad (single, Polyvinyl, 2020)
11. A Girl Called Eddy – Not That Sentimental Anymore (Been Around, Elefant Records, 2020)
12. Bill Fay – Time’s Going Somewhere (Countless Branches, Dead Oceans, 2020)
13. Swamp Dogg feat John Prine – Memories (single, Joyful Noise, 2020)
14. Tre Burt – Real You (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
15. Joose Keskitalo – Nukkekoti (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
16. Muuan Mies – Hokusai (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
17. Joni Ekman – Yli & ympäri (Sinulle.. Soit Se Silti, 2020)
18. Untogethers – The Peasant (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
19. Pintandwefall – Eyes of Mj (Your Stories Baby, Soliti, 2020)
20. PK Keränen – Bad Dreams (single, Playground, 2020)
21. Aoife Nessa Frances – Blow Up (Land of No Junction, Basin Rock, 2020)
22. Alice Boman – The More I Cry (Dream On, Adrian Recordings, 2020)
23. Juan Solorzano – Turn Blue (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
24. Ron Sexsmith – You Don’t Wanna Hear It (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
25. Sarah Harmer – St. Peter’s Bay (single, Arts & Crafts, 2020)
26. Margo Price – Stone Me (single, Loma Vista, 2020)
27. Eleven Hundred Springs – This Morning It Was Too Late (Here ‘Tis, State Fair Records, 2020)
28. Marcus King – Wildflowers & Wine (El Dorado, Easy Eye, 2020)
29. Alan Barnosky – Ain’t It a Shame (Lonesome Road EP, 2020)
30. Futurebirds – All Damn Night (Teamwork, VL4L, 2020)
31. Witch’s Wall – Lady Love (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
32. Mapache – Life on Fire (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
33. Sophie & The Broken Things – Tornado (single, Petaluma Records, 2020)
34. Nadia Reid – Get the Devil Out (single, Spacebomb Records, 2020)
35. Melissa Mary Ahern – Engine (single, 2020)
36. Girlatones – Get to the End (single, Meritorio Records, 2020)
37. Mo Troper – Potential (single, Tender Loving Empire, 2020)
38. Kiwi Jr. – Salary Man (single, 2020)
39. Bacchae – Hammer (single, Get Better Records, 2020)
40. Rosie Tucker – Brand New Beast (single, New Professor, 2020)
41. Cable Ties – Sandcastles (single, Merge Records, 2020)
42. Beach Slang – Kicking Over Bottles (The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City, Bridge Nine Records, 2020)
43. Brian Fallon – 21 Days (single, Lesser Known Records, 2020)
44. Fruition – Where Can I Turn (Broken at the Break of Day, 2020)
45. Left Arm Tan – It Ain’t Love (Left Arm Tan, 2020)
46. Son Little – Neve Give Up (single, Anti, 2020)
47. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Regenerate (single, Big Crown Records, 2020)
48. Miss Tess – Gamblin’ Man (single, 2020)
49. Tami Neilson – You Were Mine (single, Outside Music, 2020)
50. Hello Emerson – Kyle Kerley (single, Anyway Records / K&F Records, 2020)
51. PJ Orr – Tightrope Walker (single, Misra Records, 2020)
52. Tracy McNeil & The Good Life – Rain Fall Down (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
53. Caitlin Canty – Time Rolls By (Live from Layman EP, Tone Tree, 2020)
54. Charlie Whitten – Marksman (Make Time, 2019)
55. Pickering Pick – Passage (Darshan EP, Infinite Love, 2020)

Playlist link

Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #69

Finally moving on to 2020 songs. Well there’s some from December 2019 too, because I haven’t updated this for several weeks. I tried to remember a few that I enjoyed during those weeks that got buried under the eoty stuff. This is a bit rushed effort, because I didn’t have the time to do the usual groundwork last weekend. I’ll try to do a better job (or well better hobby) next weekend. Anyway, thank you for each and everyone who followed the blog in 2019 and who will remain onboard for this new year. It matters a great deal to me.

This first 2020 playlist is mostly filled with wonderful singles and there’s not a whole lot of albums. There’s a great new EP from Pickering Pick though and Charlie Whitten’s new album that came out on the 27th of December. I look forward to diving into the world of that record, because I love Charlie Whitten but just haven’t had the time to listen to it yet. As for albums, there’s also a new pop record from Just Joans and a Jani Matti Juhani album where he sings Elvis in Finnish.

On the singles front there’s plenty to love. Lilly Hiatt and Gladie are both big personal favorites and both announced new albums with a release of a gorgeous first single. The Innocence Mission released another magical single from their forthcoming album as did Bart Budwig and David Dondero from the Fluff & Gravy family. Still the song of the week is Kaukana onnesta by Laura Moisio. Frankly that’s song of the year quality and I can’t wait to hear her forthcoming album. Other Finnish entries this week are the aforementioned Jani Matti Juhani and the singles from Pintandwefall and Joni Ekman.

Everything else on this would be worth of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them from the list below.

That’s it for now. I’m not sure will there more updates during the week. I really need to catch up on sleep after a couple of weekends of EOTY lists and NFL Playoffs.

1. Lilly Hiatt – Brightest Star (single, New West Records, 2020)
2. Gladie – A Pace Far Different (single, Lame-O Records, 2020)
3. Pickering Pick – Whisper (Darshan EP, Infinite Love, 2020)
4. Charlie Whitten – All That I Do (Make Time, 2019)
5. Laura Moisio – Kaukana onnesta (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
6. The Innocence Mission – The Brother Williams Said (single, Bella Union, 2020)
7. Christopher Paul Stelling – Lucky Stars (single, Anti, 2020)
8. Bart Budwig – Four Leaf Clover (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
9. David Dondero – Thought I Was a Hurricane (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
10. Peter Oren – Free (single, Western Vinyl, 2019)
11. Dan Reeder – Stay Down, Man (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
12. The Phonies – Good Night New Day (single, Iso Pinkki, 2019)
13. Austin James Craig – Atlantic City (single, 2019)
14. Betsy Phillips – I Must’ve Missed that Part (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
15. Sun June – Terrified (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
16. Sofia Wolfson – Party Favors (single, 2020)
17. Frances Quinlan – Your Reply (single, Saddle Creek, 2020)
18. Brandy Clark – Who You Thought I Was (single, Warner Records, 2020)
19. Darrell Scott – My Sweet Love Ain’t Around (single, Full Light Records, 2020)
20. Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright (single, Stax Records, 2020)
21. Bill Fay – Salt Of The Earth (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
22. Bonny Light Horseman – The Roving (single, 37d03d, 2020)
23. My Sister, My Brother – Nothing Without You (single, Soundly, 2020)
24. The Secret Sisters – Hand Over My Heart (single, New West Records, 2020)
25. Pintandwefall – Short Goodbye (single, Soliti, 2020)
26. The Just Joans – Who Does Susan Think She Is? (The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans, Fika Recordings, 2020)
27. Ratboys – I Go Out at Night (single, Topshelf, 2020)
28. Nada Surf – So Much Love (single, City Slang, 2020)
29. The Speedways – Kisses Are History (single, 2020)
30. Babehoven – Only So (single, 2020)
31. Jani Matti Juhani – Kaunein aamuisin (Jani Matti Juhani laulaa Elvistä Suomeksi, Ainoa Productions, 2020)
32. Joni Ekman – Mikään ei riitä (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
33. Neal Francis – Don’t Call Me No More (single, Karma Chief Records, 2020)
34. Mary Bragg – Don’t Walk Away (single, Tone Tree, 2020)
35. Sam Doores – Let it Roll (single, New West Records, 2020)
36. Hannah Juanita – Our Love Is Done (single, 2020)
37. Alan Barnosky – Lonesome Road (single, 2020)
38. Della Mae – First Song Dancer (single, Rounder Records, 2020)
39. Dean Fields – Armadillo (single, 2020)
40. Mountain Man – You & I (single, Bella Union, 2020)

Playlist link

Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #68

Another week, another weekly playlist.

The year end is getting closer, but the hits just keep on coming. Or should-be hits at least. This week we got a new solo album from Micah Schnabel and that is a big deal. It’s a very powerful album where anger & frustration collide with hope & empathy. Super highly recommended. Also Elijah Ocean, Hurt Valley, The Country Side of Harmonica Sam and Lannie Flowers released great new albums. Then there’s the awesome Little Wings album that first came out in the summer, but I haven’t seen it before on this controversial streaming app. Yola’s album also got an extended version and Shotgun Jimmie and Rue Snider released EPs.

As for Finland. There’s the new album from Pekko Käppi along with a revisit to the wonderful Liila Jokelin album that started last week’s playlist. The new Pintandwefall single is absolutely wonderful and another single treat comes from Pietarin Spektaakkeli feat Yona.

International singles ruled the week too, because there was such treasures like a new John Moreland song, a new Jennah Barry song, a new Possessed by Paul James song and Tre Burt’s debut single on Oh Boy Records. Just to name a few. You’ll find the rest from the list below.

That’s it for this week. I may or may not do this next week. Kind of depends is there enough new stuff. Or maybe I’ll just add them on top of this one, if there’s some but not enough for a whole playlist. Mostly I try to start working on the pointless EOTY lists. First a couple of those round-up thingies during the next few days, then on to the lists. No definite promises about anything though. Love love love.

1. Micah Schnabel – Gentle Always (The Teenage Years of the 21st of Century, Here You Go! 2019)
2. Elijah Ocean – Came Down From Denver (Back to the Lander, New Wheel Music, 2019)
3. Tre Burt – Caught It from the Rye (single, Oh Boy Records, 2019)
4. Hurt Valley – Bothers (Glacial Place, Woodsist, 2019)
5. Little Wings – Cliff’s Face (People, Digsquad, 2019)
6. John Moreland – Harder Dreams (single, Old Omens, 2019)
7. Jennah Barry – Pink Grey Blue (single, Forward Music, 2019)
8. Pintandwefall – Ah-Ah-Ah (single, Soliti, 2019)
9. John Prine – The Ways of a Woman in Love (single, Oh Boy, 2019)
10. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam – Patches on My Heart (Broken Bottle, Broken Heart, El Toro Records, 2019)
11. Pekko Käppi – Tulet palaa (Finnish Folk Songs Vol. 1, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
12. Possessed by Paul James – Be at Rest (single, 2019)
13. Shotgun Jimmie – A Flower From Yesterday (VHS EP, You’ve Changed Records, 2019)
14. Kacy & Clayton – How To Fight Loneliness (single, New West, 2019)
15. Rue Snider – Speak My Mind Live (Pete’s Candy Store Pt 1 EP, 2019)
16. Ana Egge – We Are One Live (single, StorySound Records, 2019)
17. Bart Budwig – Sock Song (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2019)
18. Luke De-Sciscio – I’m a Dream Fighting Out of a Man (single, 2019)
19. Fortitude Valley – Wreck (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
20. Lannie Flowers – Running (Home, 2019)
21. Nadia Reid – Best Thing (single, Spacebomb, 2019)
22. Yola – I Don’t Wanna Lie (Walk Through Fire Extended, Easy Eye Sound, 2019)
23. James Hunter Six – I Can Change Your Mind (single, Daptone Records, 2019)
24. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)
25. Son Little – Mahalia (single, Anti, 2019)
26. Pietarin Spektaakkeli feat Yona – Siivet (single, Roihis Musica, 2019)
27. Liila Jokelin – Tulet kohtaamaan taistelun (Kaamos on huono esileikki, Helmi Levyt, 2019)
28. Alan Barnosky – Beer Cans and Quarters (single, 2019)
29. Trey Burnart Hall – Mosaic (Story Songs, 2019)
30. Heather Valley – Seasons (Desert Message, 2019)
31. Twain – Star Mate (Adventure, Keeled Scales, 2019)
32. Bill Fay – Love Will Remain (single, Dead Oceans, 2019)

Playlist link

Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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