OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #94

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A really slow release week due to the 4th of July I presume. Well plenty of great singles, but not a whole lot of albums. The biggest album release of the week is Roll On by Water Liars. They recorded it five years ago, but it was never released at the time. Now they made it available on Bandcamp. The only international new album on this playlist is the new Willie Nelson album, but there’s wonderful EPs from Red River Dialect, Jane Blanchard, Jason McCue and Daniel Wright. That Tommy Alexander I mentioned a few weeks ago is also now available to stream as well, so I revisited it by adding the sweet closer to this week’s playlist.

The small Finnish section has a gorgeous new album from Robert Ensio Niemistö along with new singles from Grant Wood Company, Teini-Pää, Lapsuus and Jani Matti Juhani.

There was lots of fabulous singles and this starts with a golden song trio from Courtney Marie Andrews, Jenny O. and Le Ren. A new Bill Callahan song is always a treasure and then there was a new album cut from the forthcoming final Jason Molina collection. Not forgetting the greatness of Kristina Murray, Arlo McKinley, Rachel Angel, Charley Crockett, Renee Reed, Michael Robert Murphy (from The Wicked Whispers) and many others.

That’s it for this week. If this week’s playlist week was too short, there’s an eight hour long mid-year list here. I try to make a few blog posts now that I’m on vacation from the day job and have a bit more time to write and listen. No definite promises though. Love from a distance.

1. Courtney Marie Andrews – How You Get Hurt (single, Loose Music / Fat Possum, 2020)
2. Jenny O. – Psychedelic Love (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
3. Le Ren – If I Had Wings (single, Secretly Canadian, 2020)
4. Red River Dialect – Front Row (Overabundance EP, Paradise of Bachelors, 2020)
5. Bill Callahan – Pigeons (single, Drag City, 2020)
6. Kristina Murray – The Great Unknown (single, Loud Magnolia, 2020)
7. Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern (single, Oh Boy Recordings, 2020)
8. Rachel Angel – Highway Songs (single, Public Works, 2020)
9. Charley Crockett – Run Horse Run (single, Son of Davy, 2020)
10. Jason Molina – The Mission’s End (single, Secretly Canadian, 2020)
11. Jason McCue – When This Passes (Apocalypse EP, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2020)
12. Jane Blanchard – Still, Again (Still, Again EP, Gerry Loves Records, 2020)
13. Michael Robert Murphy – Out Of Sight (single, 2020)
14. Daniel Wright – What I Know Now (Wild House EP, Echo Magic, 2020)
15. Humbird – Lincoln, Nebraska (single, Green Thumb, 2020)
16. Renee Reed – Until Tomorrow (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
17. Dolly Valentine – Stupid Love Song (single, Holy Golden Music, 2020)
18. Grace Gillespie – Empty in the Capital (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
19. Native Harrow – Shake (single, Loose Music, 2020)
20. Low Cut Connie – Stay as Long as You Like (single, Contender Records, 2020)
21. Grant Wood Company – Invitation (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2020)
22. Robert Ensio Niemistö – Tasahaikka (Joilla on korvat se kuulkoon, Jukan Musiikki, 2020)
23. Jani Matti Juhani – Polttava rakkaus (single, Ainoa, 2020)
24. Teini-Pää – Koko kuuman kesän (single, 2020)
25. Lapsuus – Rikkinäisen sydämen tuoksu (single, Stupido Records, 2020)
26. Tedo Stone – Town After Town (single, Laser Brains, 2020)
27. Pop Filter – Big Yellow Van (single, 2020)
28. Merce Lemon – Baby (single, Darling Recordings, 2020)
29. Slight Of – Other People (single, Dadstache, 2020)
30. Corey Flood – Heaven Or (single, Fire Talk, 2020)
31. SASAMI – Toxicity (single, Domino, 2020)
32. Shirley Collins – Sweet Greens and Blues (single, Domino, 2020)
33. Dojo Cuts feat Roxanne – Crazy Good (single, DCR, 2020)
34. Theo Lawrence – We Shouldn’t Talk About It (Plus de Sauce, Tomika, 2020)
35. Willie Nelson – I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised (First Rose of Spring, Sony Music, 2020)
36. Lauren O’Connell – I Fall to Pieces (single, 2020)
37. This is The Kit – This is What You Did (single, Rough Trade, 2020)
38. Tim Easton – When I See You Again (single, 2020)
39. Annie Dressner – Book of Love (single, 2020)
40. James Elkington – Beechwood Park (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2020)
41. Jeremy Squires – In the Dark (Eastern Glow, 2020)
42. Tommy Alexander – Doing Things Together (Waves, 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 #93

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I’ll keep this one short, because the weather is dreadfully hot this weekend and the computer isn’t the best companion during a heatwave. I also hope I didn’t miss too much stuff, because I haven’t done that much searching and investigating this time around. Feel free to drop hints of things I forgot or wasn’t even aware of in the first place.

The big new album releases for me came from Snowgoose and Kyle Nix (Snowgoose is out July 24th in the North America on Ba Da Bing, so the US/Canada followers of this music blog / playlist have to wait a few more weeks for it to arrive). Other great new albums on the playlist came from Country Westerns, Corb Lund, Will Hoge, Becca Mancari, Evening Hymns, Ray LaMontagne, Khruangbin, Alasdair Roberts, Jeremy Squires (this has been available on Bandcamp for a while, but it’s now available on streaming services too), The Dead Tongues, Bad Moves and Charles Walker.

The small Finnish section features new singles from Robert Ensio Niemistö, M, Laura Moisio & WANHA plus a new cover single from the half-Finnish Stockholm-based Astral Brain.

The song of the week is the first single from the forthcoming Luka Kuplowsky album. A beauty of a song. Another big one is also the new double single from Dolly Valentine. The album is due in August and I can’t wait to hear it. All the Dolly Valentine singles during the past year have been pure gold. It’s going to be a special album. There was also an album announcement from H.C. McEntire along with a gorgeous first single. And new singles from Andrew Bryant, Joshua Ray Walker, Kyle Cox, Trummors, Oceanator and so forth. Oh and the completely new find of the week for me was Wyatt C. Louis. I really like the Dancing With Sue single and I’m looking forward to hearing more when the album arrives.

That it’s for this week. I did a short Finnish mid-year list thing-y earlier this week. I’ll try to make some kind of international version next week. Love from a distance.

1. Luka Kuplowsky – Never Get Tired (of Loving You) (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
2. Snowgoose – Goldenwing (The Making of You, Glass Modern, 2020)
3. Dolly Valentine – Love is Love (single, Holy Golden Music, 2020)
4. Kyle Nix – Blue Eyes (Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories, Bossier City Records, 2020)
5. Andrew Bryant – Dixie is Dead (single, Magnolia State Music, 2020)
6. Joshua Ray Walker – Cupboard (single, State Fair Records, 2020)
7. Country Westerns – Two Characters in Search of a Country Song (Country Westerns, Fat Possum, 2020)
8. Corb Lund – Never Not Had Horses (Agricultural Tragic, New West Records, 2020)
9. Will Hoge – Even the River Runs out of This Town (Tiny Little Movies, EDLO Records, 20209
10. H.C. McEntire – Time, On Fire (single, Merge Records, 2020)
11. Becca Mancari – Knew (The Greatest Part, Captured Tracks, 2020)
12. Evening Hymns – I Can Only Be Good (Heavy Nights, Shuffling Feet Records, 2020)
13. Kyle Cox – Toy Trains (single, 2020)
14. Trummors – Late Arriver (single, Ernest Jenning Record Co, 2020)
15. Ray LaMontagne – Summer Clouds (Monovision, RCA Records, 2020)
16. Khruangbin – Dearest Alfred (Mordechai, Dead Oceans, 2020)
17. The Harlem Gospel Travelers – Nothing But His Love (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
18. Hiss Golden Messenger – Cat’s Eye Blue – Alive at Spacebomb (single, Merge Records, 2020)
19. Justin Wells – The Screaming Song (single, Singular Recordings, 2020)
20. Wyatt C. Louis – Dancing With Sue (single, Slow Weather Music, 2020)
21. Robert Ensio Niemistö – Rakastaa itseään (single, Jukan musiikki, 2020)
22. M – Se tuli mua vastaan (single, Solina Records, 2020)
23. Laura Moisio – Tummat hahmot -WANHA Remix (single, Texicalli Records, 2020)
24. Astral Brain – California Girls (single, 2020)
25. Alasdair Roberts – Second Perthshire House Song (The Songs of My Boyhood, Drag City, 2020)
26. Jeremy Squires – Luna (Eastern Glow, 2020)
27. The Dead Tongues – Deep Water, Strange Wind (Transmigration Blues, Psychic Hotline, 2020)
28. Oceanator – Crack in the World (single, Plastic Miracles, 2020)
29. Bad Moves – Same Bad Friends (Untenable, Don Giovanni Records, 2020)
30. Steven Adams & The French Drops – My Brother, The Racist (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
31. Charles Walker – I Used to Think I Was (Charles Walker, 2020)
32. Bright Eyes – Mariana Trench (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
33. The Jayhawks – Bitter Pill (single, SHAM, 2020)
34. Bonny Light Horseman – Green Rocky Road (single, 2020)
35. Emily Scott Robinson – The Time For Flowers (single, 2020)
36. Jess Williamson – Pictures of Flowers (single, Mexican Summer, 2020)
37. Dana Gavanski – I Talk to the Wind (single, Full Time Hobby, 2020)
38. S.G. Goodman – If It Ain’t Me Babe (single, UMG, 2020)
39. Sofia Wolfson – Billboard (single, 2020)
40. Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn – Sweet Lucy (single, Anti, 2020)
41. Shannon Lay & Steve Gunn – Clay Pigeon (single, Sub Pop Records, 2020)
42. Foy Vance – Thank You For Asking (single, Gingerbread Man Records, 2020)
43. Kalen & Aslyn – Don’t Take it Out on Me (single, 2020)
44. The Woolen Men – The Gold Room (single, Dog’s Table, 2020)
45. Tugboat Captain – No Plans (For This Year) (single, Double A-Side Records, 2020)
46. Yee & O’Brien – My My My (single, 2020)
47. T.Gold – You’re Not Gonna Live Forever – Live (single, Sleepy Cat Records, 2020)
48. The Speedways – In a World Without Love It’s Hard to Stay Young (Radio Sounds, 2020)
49. Jane Blanchard – Missing Me (single, Gerry Loves Records, 2020)
50. Phoebe Bridgers – I Know the End (Punisher, Dead Oceans, 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 #92

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A quick weekly playlist and release round up in the mid of the midsummer. This week sees the release of my favorite song of the year. If this blog / world still exists at the end of 2020, it’s very likely that the onechordnet song of the year will be I Don’t Care To Dance by J.E. Sunde. I’ve loved it since I saw this live at Pony Rug video and I’m thrilled that it’s now officially out and available. It just resonates so deeply with my shy, insecure and overly romantic soul. I love it as much as you can possibly love a song. It’s my heart in a song.

The big album releases came from Phoebe Bridgers, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, but there’s also great new albums from Julian Taylor, The Speedways, Darlin’ Brando, The Boomswagglers, Don Bryant, Jill Barber, Kristen Grainger & The True North, Grayson Capps (retrospective), Josh Kimbrough and DG Solaris. Plus EPs from Karima Walker & Katy Kirby, Mukiss and Starflyer 59.

oh and there’s new Twain album that’s only available on Bandcamp. I purchased copy yesterday, but I haven’t listened yet. I’m 100% sure it’s gorgeous, so check that out too.

Onwards to the Finnish section. My new big love Teini-Pää has their new single now on Spotify and it’s of course superb. Long time faves Mitä helvettiä nyt taas also released a fabulous new single and Pöllöt released a surprise EP right after their 2020 album. The playlist also has new singles from Arppa, Suad and Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan and also revisits Veli’s album from last week.

Plenty of good singles too along with the aforementioned J.E. Sunde song. Some personal faves came from Vincent Neil Emerson, Colter Wall, Erin Enderlin, Michaela Anne and Gold Star Gold Star.

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

1. J.E. Sunde – I Don’t Care to Dance (single, Vietnam, 2020)
2. Phoebe Bridgers – Chinese Satellite (Punisher, Dead Oceans, 2020)
3. Karima Walker & Katy Kirby – Idaho-Dakota (Among Horses V, Son Canciones, 2020)
4. Julian Taylor – The Ridge (The Ridge, Howling Turtle, 2020)
5. Vincent Neil Emerson – Road Runner (single, La Honda Records, 2020)
6. Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes (single, La Honda Records, 2020)
7. Erin Enderlin – Fishin’ in the Dark (single, Blaster Records, 2020)
8. Michaela Anne – Good Times (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
9. Gold Star Gold Star – Talkin’ Need My Friends Blues (single, Earth Libraries, 2020)
10. Teini-Pää – Hotelliin (single, 2020)
11. Mitä helvettiä nyt taas – 5.40 (single, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2020)
12. Pöllöt – Mestarit saunassa (Odotellaan EP, Svart Records, 2020)
13. Arppa – Kiertoradat (single, Arppa Music, 2020)
14. Tedo Stone – Wunderkid (single, Laser Brains, 2020)
15. Starflyer 59 – Miami (Miami EP, Velvet Blue Music, 2020)
16. The Speedways – Empty Pages (Radio Sounds, 2020)
17. Darlin’ Brando – Crumbling Marriages (Also, Too, 2020)
18. The Boomswagglers – Pick from Your Vine (Heartbreaking Place in My Mind, 2020)
19. Kyle Nix – Josephine (single, 2020)
20. Bob Dylan – Black Rider (Rough and Rowdy Ways, Columbia Records, 2020)
21. Neil Young – Love is a Rose (Homegrown, Silver Bow, 2020)
22. Thee Sacred Souls – Can I Call You Rose? (single, Daptone Records, 2020)
23. Dojo Cuts feat Natalie Slade – If My Love Was Enough (single, DCR, 2020)
24. Don Bryant – Your Love Is Too Late (You Make Me Feel, Fat Possum Records, 2020)
25. LadyCouch – Foolish and Blue (single, Cafe Rooster Records, 2020)
26. Ironsides – Sommer (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
27. Lincoln Barr – Diluvian Tide (single, 2020)
28. Suad – Door (single, Svart Records, 2020)
28. Kate Teague – The Temporary (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2020)
30. Jill Barber – Le monde est beau (Entre Nous, Outside Music, 2020)
31. Elizabeth Cook – Perfect Girls of Pop (single, Agent Love Records, 2020)
32. Mukiss – Cleveland (Happy Face EP, Coyote Hand Puppet Recods, 2020)
33. Kris Delmhorst – Wind’s Gonna Find a Way (single, 2020)
34. Ronnie Fauss – Nothing Worth Saying (single, Normaltown Records, 2020)
35. Will Hoge – The Overthrow (single, EDLO Records, 2020)
36. Buck Fuffalo – Minor League (single, 2020)
37. Kristen Grainger & The True North – Tattooed Love Song (Ghost Tattoo, 2020)
38. Grayson Capps – May We Love (South Front Street – A Retrospective, Royal Potato Family, 2020)
39. Josh Kimbrough – Morning Moon (Slither, Soar & Disappear, Tompkins Square, 2020)
40. Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan – Meri, ota minut! (single, 2020)
41. Neev – Forgiving Light (single, 2020)
42. DG Solaris – Spirit Glow (Spirit Glow, 2020)
43. Photo Ops – Play On (single, Western Vinyl, 2020)
44. Andrew Thoreen – I Just Stopped Caring About My Ego (single, 2020)
45. Terry Ohms – Curse of the Bat (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
46. The Pink Stones – We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Together (single, 2020)
47. Lauren O’Connell – Our Town (single, Sugar Glider, 2020)
48. Abby Hamilton – Big Time (Afraid of the Dark EP, 2020)
49. Veli – A Song (I AM Changing, 2020)
50. The Explorers Club – Dreamin’ (The Explorers Club, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
51. Leah Senior – The Passing Scene (The Passing Scene, Flightless, 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 #91

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Not a whole lot of release action this week, but there was some really special ones. The new Leah Senior album was the highlight of the week for me. She continues to impress and I love her songwriting. A pop treasure is the new double album release from The Explorers Club. One is full of originals and one is full of covers. Both are gorgeous. Tommy Alexander released his new record this week. The whole thing is only available on Bandcamp at the moment (which is perfectly fine, because Bandcamp > Spotify), so I reshared a single on this list. There’s also new albums from Michelle Billingsley, John Craigie, Andrea and Mud, El Obo, Larkin Poe, Dougie Poole, Norah Jones, Sammy Brue and Scott Orr. There’s also great EPs from Abby Hamilton (Change Things is one of my favorite songs of the week, I watched a live youtube version several times) and Goldish (well this came out a week ago, but missed it then).

The big Finnish release of the week is the new Veli album. I’ve loved his songs since the Red Carpet days and it’s superb to get a full solo debut. There’s also fabulous new singles from Nightbird, Matti Jasu, Treemer, Maustetytöt, Isse and an album cut from Karstein Volle & The Telomeres (this came out over a month ago, but I missed it back then).

The song of the week is of course the last song from John Prine. The powerful new singles from Thee Sacred Souls and India Ramey are also wonderful, relevant and important. There’s also new singles from Arlo McKinley, Margo Price, Kyle Nix and so forth. Everything would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them below.

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

1. Leah Senior – Dress Up a Heart (The Passing Scene, Flightless Records, 2020)
2. The Explorers Club – Dawn (The Explorers Club, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
3. Veli – (I Don’t Want To) Hurt You (I Am Changing, Evil Veli Recordings, 2020)
4. Abby Hamilton – Change Things (Afraid of the Dark EP, 2020)
5. Tommy Alexander – End of the World (Waves, 2020)
6. John Prine – I Remember Everything (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
7. Michelle Billingsley – Portia (Not the Marrying Kind, Western Myth Records, 2020)
8. Nightbird – Travelin’ Baby (single, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2020)
9. Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
10. Thee Sacred Souls – Give Us Justice (single, Daptone Records, 2020)
11. India Ramey – King of the Ashes (single, 2020)
12. Paul Cauthen – America (single, 2020)
13. Larkin Poe – Holy Ghost Fire (Self Made Man, Tricki-Woo Records, 2020)
14. John Craigie – Don’t Deny (Asterisk the Universe, Zabriskie Point Records, 2020)
15. Margo Price – Letting Me Down (single, Loma Vista Recordings, 2020)
16. Kyle Nix – Shelby’65 (single, 2020)
17. Andrea and Mud – Lines (Bad News Darlin’, 2020)
18. Dogwood Tales – Truck Stop Town (single, WarHen Records, 2020)
19. El Obo – Grit N Grin (Reach Into the Dark & Pull It Closer, Favorite Gentleman, 2020)
20. Bedouine – All My Trials (single, Mexican Summer, 2020)
21. The Wild Reeds – Don’t Pretend (single, Dualtone, 2020)
22. Karstein Volle & The Telomeres – Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong (Never Better, 2020)
23. Matti Jasu – Swimming (single, 2020)
24. Treemer – Weathers (single, Soft Monsters, 2020)
25. Maustetytöt – Tee se itse (single, Is This Art! 2020)
26. Isse – Loimii (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
27. Norah Jones – Flame Twin (Pick Me Up Off the Floor, Capitol Records, 2020)
28. Dojo Cuts feat Carlton Jumel Smith – Here We Are (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
29. Black Pumas – Fast Car (single, ATO Records, 2020)
30. Dougie Poole – Natural Touch (The Freelancer’s Blues, Wharf Cat Records, 2020)
31. Goldish – Saturday Song (Reverie EP, 2020)
32. Mukiss – Switzerland (single, Coyote Hand Puppet Records, 2020)
33. Scott Orr – By the Way (Tape Demo) (Tape Demos, Other Songs, 2020)
34. Matthew Ryan – Farewell (single, 2020)
35. Lori McKenna – Good Fight (single, CN Records, 2020)
36. Sammy Brue – Skatepark Doomsday Blues (Crash Test Kid, New West Records, 2020)
37. The Jayhawks – Dogtown Days (single, SHAM, 2020)
38. The Remittance Men – Lila Page 8 (single, 2020)
39. The Northern Belle – Late Bloomer (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
40. Philippe Bronchtein – Nothing More than a Memory (single, 2020)
41. Thanya Iyer – Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage For Who I Am, For Who I Was (single, Topshelf Records, 2020)
42. Leon Bridges feat Terrace Martin – Sweeter (single, Columbia, 2020)
43. The Explorers Club – Maybe After He’s Gone (To Sing and Be Born Again, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
44. The Cactus Blossoms – Happy Man (single, Walkie Talkie Records, 2020)
45. Ben Mason – The Land Where the Sun Sets (Kanandah, BMR, 2020)
46. Simon Linsteadt – Glass Beach (single, Stormy Deep Records, 2020)
47. Dan Reeder – A Place on the River (Every Which Way, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
48. Camille Delean – What I Lost in the Snow (Cold House Burning, New Habitat Records, 2020)
49. Brigid Mae Power – Head Above Water (Head Above Water, Fire Records, 2020)
50. Lucy Langlas – Open (single, Early Hearts, 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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