OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #135

Another week, another new music weekly.

What a lovely release week. One of the best of the year on a personal level, because I’m big fan of Damien Jurado, Johanna Samuels and The Deep Dark Woods. That was my big three of the week, but that’s only a fraction of all the release action. This week we also got new releases from John Andrews & The Yawns, Shay Martin Lovette, Riley Downing, Nap Eyes (EP), Kira Skov, Evan Seurkamp, Amos The Kid (EP), ROY, Dave Stroda (EP) (a Finnish connection here too, because Dave used to play with Rane Raitsikka on a band called The Longnecks), Sara Bug, Jesse Terry, Molly Tuttle (EP) Juliana Hatfield and Phil Hooley. Outside of Spotify, there’s a great tribute album to Ted Lucas. Check that out on Bandcamp. And listen to original Ted Lucas album too. An all-time fave of mine.

The Finnish highlight is the wonderful new Astrid Swan single Silvi’s Dream. There’s also excellent new singles from Mustat Kalsarit and Guggenheim-projektz.

And last but not least the international (should-be) hit singles. I nearly made a standing ovation alone in my apartment when I first heard the new Summer Dean & Colter Wall single. Now there’s a perfect country single. It’s an outtake from forthcoming Summer Dean album Bad Romantic that is due out on the 27th of August. Pre-order is up on her website. A few other ones that I love madly are the superb new singles from Jeremy James Meyer and Evan Cheadle. And of course there’s far more excellent singles from Lonny, John R. Miller, Wojtek the Bear, Charlie Parr, David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen, Quivers, K.C. Jones, Son Volt, Wild Earp and so forth.

That’s it for this week. Last week I surprised myself and did a few roundup posts. I have no idea will I keep that up, because I still fee like horseshit most days. But I do have a couple lined up and I hope to make them within a couple of weeks. Love from a distance.

1. Johanna Samuels – Less Of You (Excelsior! Mama Bird Recording Co / Basin Rock, 2021)
2. Damien Jurado – Jennifer (The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Field Painting Music, 2021)
3. The Deep Dark Woods – Anathea (Changing Faces, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
4. John Andrews & The Yawns – Ain’t That Right? (Cookbook, Woodsist, 2021)
5. Shay Martin Lovette – Scatter & Gather (Scatter & Gather, 2021)
6. Riley Downing – Looking Forward (Start It Over, New West Records, 2021)
7. Summer Dean & Colter Wall – You’re Lucky She’s Lonely (single, 2021)
8. Jeremy James Meyer – Thought That You Could Tell (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
9. John R. Miller – Shenandoah Shakedown (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Evan Cheadle – Some Fool (single, Victory Pool, 2021)
11. Lonny – Dans la maison des filles (single, 2021)
12. Astrid Swan – Silvi’s Dream (single, Soliti, 2021)
13. Wojtek the Bear – One Thing’s for Certain (single, Last Night From Glasgow Five, 2021)
14. Nap Eyes – Thank You (When I Come Around EP, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
15. Evan Seurkamp – Please Don’t Let These Things (Cruising in Your Bliss Car, Tiny Shed Recordings, 2021)
16. Quivers – Chinese Medicine (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
17. K.C. Jones – Beginnings and Ends (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
18. Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
19. Kira Skov feat Bonnie Prince Billy – Some Kind of Lovers (Spirit Tree, Sundance Music, 2021)
20. David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen – Än går det vågor (single, 2021)
21. Wild Earp & Free For Alls – Ain’t It a Shame (when Your Horse Goes Lame) (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
22. Jenny Don’t And the Spurs – Be the Only One (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
23. Son Volt – Reverie (single, Transmit Sound, 2021)
24. Dave Stroda – Pretty Bird (Dave Stroda EP, 2021)
25. Philippe Bronchtein – Middle of the Road (single, 2021)
26. Margo Price – Long Live the King (single, Loma Vista, 2021)
27. Emily Barker feat Frank Turner – Bound For Home (single, Everyone Sang, 2021)
28. Amos the Kid – Alright (No More New Ideas EP, House of Wonders Records, 2021)
29. Porlolo – Don’t Turn Me On (single, 2021)
30. Guggenheim-projektz – Bela, Bela, Bela (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
31. Mustat kalsarit – En tahdo astua pimeyteen (single, Cudighi Records, 2021)
32. ROY – All the Time (Roy’s Garage, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
33. Durand Jones & The Indications – Witchoo (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
34. Lady Nade – You’re My Number One (single, 2021)
35. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – Squeeze Me (single, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
36. Abigail Lapell – Fortunate Son (single, 2021)
37. Lula Wiles – Oh My God (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
38. Greg Loiacono – What Can I Say? (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
39. Megan Palmer & Rebecca Hixson – Wide Awake 5AM (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
40. Alexa Rose – Clearwater Park (single, Big Legal Mess, 2021)
41. Juliana Hatfield – Splinter (Blood, American Laundromat Records, 2021)
42. Madeline Leman & The Desert Dwells – This Is Living (single, 2021)
43. Sara Bug – Lotta Pride (Sara Bug, Egghunt Records, 2021)
44. Babehoven – Bad Week (single, 2021)
45. Andrea von Kampen – Take Back Thy Gift (single, Fantasy Records, 2021)
46. Annie Keating – Nobody Knows (single, 8th Street Studios, 2021)
47. Jesse Terry – Strangers In Our Town (When We Wander, Wander Recordings, 2021)
48. Phil Hooley – Learning To Be Still (Songs from the Back Room, 2021)
49. Kirby Brown – Ashes and Leaves (single, Soundly, 2021)
50. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – Burn (single, Organic Records, 2021)
51. Molly Tuttle feat Nathaniel Rateliff – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (..But I’d Rather Be With You, Too EP, Compass Records, 2021)
52. Britton Patrick Morgan – Home (single, 2021)
53. Billy Law – It’s Not Right (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
54. John Statz – What Would You Call That – acoustic (single, 2021)
55. Shannon Lay – Rare to Wake (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
56. Skullcrusher – Cloudy Shoes (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
57. Scott & Lila – Simple (single, 2021)
58. Charlie Marie – Lauren (Ramble On, Soundly, 2021)
59. Rosali – Tender Heart (No Medium, Spinster, 2021)
60. Will Stratton – Stillness (The Changing Wilderness, Bella Union, 2021)

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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 #134

Another week, another new music weekly.

Here we are again going through the finest new music releases of the week. First apologies for sleeping on Rosali’s singles. I haven’t featured them here, because was unaware how great the songs were. I listened the album last night and instantly loved it. It’s my top pick of the week along with Charlie Marie, Fiver and Will Stratton that have been featured here quite well during the album cycle. Other great album releases this week came from Blue Cactus, American Aquarium (covers), Dorothea Paas, Peter Doran, Sam Tudor, Natalie Bergman, Maia Sharp, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Carter Tanton and Ted Russell Kamp.

As for Finnish stuff, there’s new albums from Maa ilmasta and Eero Marila plus a run of singles from Pambikallio, Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Grant Wood Company and Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki.

Last but not least the international (should-be) hit singles. My personal favorite is probably the new single from Libby DeCamp. I can’t wait to hear her record. If you are into power pop and such melodic treasures there’s a new David Myhr single from a forthcoming EP. We also have more advance singles from the forthcoming albums by John Andrews & The Yawns, Tristen, Amythyst Kiah, Bill and The Belles, Shay Martin Lovette and so forth. Again just to name a few. They are all worth a namedrop, but you’ll find the list below.

I think that’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Rosali – Whatever Love (No Medium, Spinster, 2021)
2. Charlie Marie – Kiss My Boots (Ramble On, Soundly, 2021)
3. Libby DeCamp – On The Range (single, 2021)
4. Fiver – Jr. Wreck (Fiver with the Atlantic School Of Spontaneous Composition, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
5. Will Stratton – Infertile Air (The Changing Wilderness, Bella Union, 2021)
6. John Andrews & The Yawns – Try (single, Woodsist, 2021)
7. Blue Cactus – Rodeo Queen (Stranger Again, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
8. American Aquarium – John Deere Green (Slappers Bangers & Certified Twangers, Losing Side Records, 2021)
9. Amythyst Kiah – Hangover Blues (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Tristen – Wrong With You (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
11. Dorothea Paas – Waves Rising (Anything Can Happen, Telephone Explosion Records, 2021)
12. Peter Doran – None the Wiser (Voices, 2021)
13. Sam Tudor – Change My Shape (Two Half Worlds, 2021)
14. Natalie Bergman – Your Love Is My Shelter (Mercy, Third Man Records, 2021)
15. David Myhr – We Wanted to Shine (single, Lojinx, 2021)
16. Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Pelastaja (single, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
17. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Onnellinen? (single, Iso Pinkki, 2021)
18. Eero Marila – Rakastua uudestaan (Muutos, 2021)
19. Pambikallio – Volvo (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
20. Maa ilmasta – Päijänne-ilmiö (ISO YÖ, Luova Records, 2021)
21. Grant Wood Company – Home (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
22. T. Hardy Morris – Down & Out (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
23. The Roseline – Joy (single, RPH Records, 2021)
24. Travis Linville – Blue Sky Bound (single, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
25. Hannah Juanita – Love Like Yours (single, 2021)
26. Bill and The Belles – People Gonna Talk (single, Ditty Boom Records, 2021)
27. Darrin Bradbury – Pizza & Drugs (single, Anti, 2021)
28. Maia Sharp – Backburner (Mercy Rising, Crooked Crown, 2021)
29. Anna Ash – I Was Just Your Evening (single, 2021)
30. Rachel Sermanni – Travelled (single, Jellygirl Records, 2021)
31. Shay Martin Lovette – Parkway Bound (single, 2021)
32. Kevin Morby – Dumcane (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
33. Anne Soldaat – Suffer Silently (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2021)
34. John Myrtle – How Can You Tell If You Love Here (single, Sad Club Records, 2021)
35. Nap Eyes – When I Come Around (single, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
36. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Keep Spinning (single, Asian Man Records, 2021)
37. Emma Kupa – Happy Birthday (single, Lost Map Records, 2021)
38. Lauren O’Connell – Unbelievers (single, Sugar Glider, 2021)
39. Louien – Fire (single, Jansen Records, 2021)
40. Possum – Clarified Budder (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
41. James Matthew VII & Young Guv – Til I Find Love Again (single, 2021)
42. Kelly Finnigan – Can’t Let Him Down -acoustic (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
43. GA-20 – Two in the Ground (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
44. Volk – I Fed Animals (single, Romanus Records, 2021)
45. The 40 Acre Mule – Brown Eyed Handsome Man (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
46. Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Crawdad (Stolen Goods, Liars Club, 2021)
47. Riley Downing – Start It Over (single, New West Records, 2021)
48. Thomas Csorba – When You Can’t See The Highway End (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
49. Gary Louris – Follow (single, SHAM, 2021)
50. Straight White Teeth – The Night Washes Its Face (single, Hunny Hawk Records, 2021)
51. Carter Tanton – Gunnin’ For the Stem (Carter Tanton, Western Vinyl, 2021)
52. Megan Palmer – Take Good Care (single, Triple Threat, 2021)
53. Eric Bolander – Montogomery Hill (single, 2021)
54. Ted Russell Kamp – You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going to Texas (Solitaire, TRK / CRS, 2021)
55. Jeff Crosby – Runnin’ Free (single, 2021)
56. Doc Feldman and The Alt + Cntry + Delete – Let Me Love You (A Healthy Dose Of Anxiety, 2021)
57. Wes Tirey – Life Is Good, Life Is Sweet (The Midwest Book of the Dead, Dear Life Records, 2021)
58. Joe Kaplow – Rain Drums (Sending Money and Stems, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2021)
59. The Legal Matters – You Sure Can’t Blame Her (Chapter Three, Futureman Records, 2021)
60. Teenage Fanclub – Living With You (Endless Arcade, PeMa, 2021)

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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 #133

Another week, another new music weekly.

We are celebrating vappu here in Finland, but that doesn’t stop this pointless playlist hitting yet another episode. So here’s the rundown of this week’s great new album and song releases.

The biggest one for me is the new Teenage Fanclub album. All regular readers are well-aware that my all-time favorite non-finnish bands are The Posies and Teenage Fanclub. So this is always a big deal and the new album sounds wonderful. That’s why we had a bit more pop start for this week’s episode, because it felt proper to follow TFC with another excellent pop record from The Legal Matters. Wes Tirey’s new double album is a must if you are looking for some wonderful folk/blues songwriting and Doc Feldman’s gorgeous record that I mentioned last week got a more official release this week and is now available everywhere. That’s just a tiny fraction of all the action and we also got awesome new albums from Joe Kaplow, Carsie Blanton, Roseanne Reid (EP), Amy Speace & The Orphan Brigade, Belle Tower (EP), Paper Beat Scissors, Dark Tea, Simon Linsteadt, Guided By Voices, Rosie Tucker, The Shootouts, Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy, Kasey Anderson & The Honkies (two actually, reissue + live record), Sarah Louise (only singles on Spotify, full album on Bandcamp).

As for Finnish stuff, my favorite thing is actually a few weeks old. I had heard good things about Palor’s debut album, but sometimes I’m slow. I finally listened and instantly loved. There’s also new singles from Verandan, Olavi Uusivirta, Sepikka and (proto)Torvinen and an album from Took. A big Finnish release that I didn’t include is the new Moshimoshi EP. It’s objectively great but just not my cup of tea at all. However, if you are into things like At The Drive In that’s the one that you should definitely check out.

Finally the international singles. There’s a lot that I would like to highlight, but here are few that perhaps matter the most to me. First there’s Joe Bourdet album on the horizon and he just released the first single from it. I loved his Seamist / El Capitan double single a few years back and I’m thrilled to finally hear an album from him. Long time favorite The Deep Dark Woods released an amazing single and it also surfaced in the form of an equally magnificent music video. A big album announcement also came from Vincent Neil Emerson and the first single from his forthcoming Rodney Crowell-produced album saw the light of the day. There’s also great new singles from Jeremy James Meyer, Kings of Convenience (now there’s a most welcome comeback), Jeb Loy Nichols, Squirrel Flower and many others.

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

1. Teenage Fanclub – Back In The Day (Endless Arcade, PeMA / Merge Records, 2021)
2. Legal Matters – The Painter (Chapter Three, Futureman Records, 2021)
3. Doc Feldman & The Alt + Cntry + Delete – Help Never Comes from Above (A Healthy Dose Of Anxiety, 2021)
4. Wes Tirey – Overworked Underslept (The Midwest Book of the Dead, Dear Life Records, 2021)
5. The Deep Dark Woods – How Could I Ever Be Single Again (single, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
6. Vincent Neil Emerson – Learnin’ to Drown (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
7. Joe Kaplow – Tell Me Everything’s Gunna Be Alright (Sending Money and Stems, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
8. Joe Bourdet – Songbird Revisited (single, 2021)
9. Roseanne Reid – Passing Through (Horticulture EP, Last Man Music, 2021)
10. Carsie Blanton – Down in the Streets (Love & Rage, 2021)
11. Amy Speace & The Orphan Brigade – River Rise (There Used to Be Horses Here, Proper Music, 2021)
12. Jeremy James Meyer – Cat on a Chain (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
13. Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino – Freight Train (single, Cinematic, 2021)
14. Belle Tower – Swell (Tend To EP, Halfmoon Records, 2021)
15. Dark Tea – The End (single, Fire Talk, 2021)
16. Simon Linsteadt – Buckeye Bough (Gualala, Stormy Deep Records, 2021)
17. Paper Beat Scissors – La Unica (La Mitad, Seayou Records / Forward Music Group, 2021)
18. Palor – Eksyneet (Lähenee nyt, Musakonttori, 2021)
19. Verandan – Open Sea (single, Soliti, 2021)
20. Kings of Convenience – Rocky Trail (single, Universal, 2021)
21. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy – Good To My Girls (Superwolves, Drag City, 2021)
22. Kasey Anderson & The Honkies – Don’t Look Back (Let The Bloody Moon reissue, Nervous Kid Records, 2021)
23. The Shootouts – Rattlesnake Whiskey (Bullseye, Soundly, 2021)
24. Sturgill Simpson – Paradise (single, Oh Boy Records, 2021)
25. James Steinle featuring John Evans Band – Out Back Baby (single, 2021)
26. Guided By Voices – Trust Them Now (Earth Man Blues, GBV Inc, 2021)
27. Rosie Tucker – Different Animals (Sucker Supreme, Epitaph, 2021)
28. Squirrel Flower – I’ll Go Running (single, Polyvinyl, 2021)
29. Heka – (a) dab (single, Balloon Machine, 2021)
30. Annie Leeth – Alone (Anyway) (single, Super Canoe, 2021)
31. The Clear – Gaslighting (single, Clearmusic, 2021)
32. Bethany Johnson – Down by the Willows (single, Late Bloomer, 2021)
33. Carolyn Shulman – Matter of Time (single, 2021)
34. Del Amitri – You Can’t Go Back (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
35. Radio Days – What Is Life? (single, Sounds Rad, 2021)
36. Jeb Loy Nichols – Can’t Cheat the Dance (single, Timmion Records, 2021)
37. Joey Quinones – Love Me Like You Used To (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
38. Kira Skov feat Bill Callahan – Love is a Force (single, Stunt Records, 2021)
39. Sarah Louise – Earth Wakes Up (Earth Bow, 2021)
40. Straight White Teeth – Flowering (single, Hunny Hawk Records, 2021)
41. Carter Tanton – Mirrors (single, Western Vinyl, 2021)
42. Wayne Graham – Everything Is Broken (single, Celebration / K&F, 2021)
43. (proto)Torvinen – FOMO (single, Humu Records, 2021)
44. Sepikka – Juoksee, juoksee (single, M.Dulor, 2021)
45. Took – Human Dynamo (Human Dynamo, Soundhill, 2021)
46. Olavi Uusivirta – Hilma af Klint (single, Johanna Kustannus, 2021)
47. Robin Bacior – Better Season (single, 2021)
48. Porlolo – Ain’t No Use (single, 2021)
49. Annie Keating – Kindred Spirit (single, 2021)
50. Vanessa Peters – Make Up Your Mind (Modern Age, Idol 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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