OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #78

Another week, another weekly playlist.

It was tough week to concentrate on music or anything really. Therefore no other updates than this weekly playlist. Thank you music though. I would be lost without you.

The new albums from Sam Doores and Maya De Vitry have been my early favorites, but the week also gave new albums from Early James, Monophonics, Joel Henry Little, Gabe Lee, Kellen of Troy, Dave Simonett, Dietrich Strause, Fanny Lumsden, Josaleigh Pollett and Former Ruins. The album from Sweet Megg is a few weeks older, but back then it wasn’t on Finnish Spotify. Now I noticed that it is. Then there’s also EPs from Anna Lynch and Andrea Von Kampen.

The big one from Finland is the new Kalevi Suopursu album (also by far my favorite release of the week altogether). The album from Ninni Forever Band is also a great one and then there’s gorgeous singles from Nightbird, Tvärtom and Ghost World. Plus revisiting the Laura Moisio album that came out a week ago. I still love it dearly.

The best music news of the week was that Luka Kuplowsky has joined Mama Bird family. They start their journey together with a covers EP and first song surfaced earlier in the week. Other single highlights this week came from Cayley Thomas, Ali Holder, Joey O’Neill, Jack Grelle, Strawberry Heritage, Anna Burch, Dan Reeder, Ron Sexsmith, Nap Eyes, Reb Fountain and so forth. Every track would be worthy of a namedrop, so just hit play and love them. One of my big favorites J.E.Sunde also has a new song available in some parts of the world. Not yet in Finland, so I can’t include it here but check it out elsewhere.

That’s it for this week. I hope I get some stuff done next week, but no promises whatsoever. Take care everyone and love love love.

1. Sam Doores – Push On (Sam Doores, New West Records, 2020)
2. Maya De Vitry – Better and Better (How to Break a Fall, Mad Maker Studio, 2020)
3. Luka Kuplowsky feat Felicity Williams – Anew Day (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
4. Kalevi Suopursu – Sinä olet minun sunnuntai (Yksin Yksiössä, Helmi Levyt / Jukan Musiikki, 2020)
5. Early James – It Doesn’t Matter Now (Singing For My Supper, Easy Eye Sound, 2020)
6. Monophonics – It’s Only Us (It’s Only Us, Colemine Records, 2020)
7. Sweet Megg – When the Moon Covers Up the Sun (Under the Moonlight, Dala Records, 2020)
8. Cayley Thomas – Two Minds (single, 2020)
9. Ali Holder – Bad Wife (single, 2020)
10. Nightbird – Good One (single, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2020)
11. Joey O’Neill – I Can’t Keep Both (single, 2020)
12. Joel Henry Little – Don’t Call Me Lady (Agnes’ Jeremiad) (Ephphatha, Gare du Nord Records, 2020)
13. Gabe Lee – Piece of Your Heart (Honky Tonk Hell, Torrez Music Group, 2020)
14. Jack Grelle – Mess of Love (single, 2020)
15. Ron Sexsmith – Glow in the Dark Stars (single, Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
16. Dan Reeder – A Place on the River (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
17. John Blek – Cinder and Smoke (single, Celebration / K&F Records, 2020)
18. Kellen of Troy – I Could Live Almost Anywhere (But Not with Myself) (Vanity Project, Allura Sound, 2020)
19. Fanny Lumsden – Fierce (Fallow, Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
20. Andrea Von Kampen – Reconciliation (Romeo & Juliet EP, 2020)
21. Josaleight Pollett – Capable (No Woman is the Sea, 2020)
22. Anna Lynch – Beer in Jars (Apples in the Fall EP, SJ21 Records, 2020)
23. Dave Simonett – Silhouette (Red Tail, Dancing Eagle, 2020)
24. Nap Eyes – Mystery Calling (single, Jagjaguwar, 2020)
25. Anna Burch – Tell Me What’s True (single, Polyvinyl / Heavenly, 2020)
26. Strawberry Heritage – The Truth (single, Earthwork, 2020)
27. Reb Fountain – When Gods Lie (single, Flying Nun Records, 2020)
28. Quivers – Videostores (single, Hotel Motel Records, 2020)
29. Tvärtom – Järkytys (single, 2020)
30. Ninni Forever Band – Karvat (Uusi Yhtye, Jukan Musiikki, 2020)
31. Laura Moisio – En mä voinut aavistaa (Laulaa kun ei voi muutakaan, Texicalli Records, 2020)
32. Dietrich Strause – Last Man Standing on the Sun (Last Man Standing on the Sun, 2020)
33. Tenci – Serpent (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
34. Former Ruins – Flannelgraph (Large Startling, Slow Embrace Records, 2020)
35. Marmalakes – Free Week (single, 2020)
36. Monteagle – Tan (single, Fire Talk, 2020)
37. M. Ward – Torch (single, Anti, 2020)
38. Mapache – Read Between the Lines (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
39. Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – Corduroy Jacket (single, Compass Records, 2020)
40. Margo Price – Twinkle Twinkle (single, Loma Vista, 2020)
41. Jesse Daniel – If You Ain’t Happy Now (You Never Will Be) (single, Die True Records, 2020)
42. Jarrod Dickenson – Way Past Midnight (single, 2020)
43. BAJA – Tell Me What to Do (single, 2020)
44. Sharon Van Etten – Staring at a Mountain (single, SVE Productions, 2020)
45. Ghost World – Cleaning Day Galore (single, Svart Records, 2020)
46. SASAMI – Mess (single, Merge Records, 2020)
47. Sadler Vaden – Good Man (Anybody Out There? Dirty Mag Records, 2020)
48. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – How Long (Until I See the Sun Again? 2020)
49. Snowgoose – Hope (single, Glass Modern, 2020)
50. Swamp Dogg feat John Prine – Please Let Me Round Again (Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, Joyful Noise Records, 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 #77

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Let’s kick off with the Finnish material this time around, because the new Laura Moisio album was my favourite release of the week. My expectations were sky high after the fabulous advance singles, but somehow this manages to live up to them. A remarkable album. Another one that I’m waiting eagerly is the Kalevi Suopursu album that’s out next week. We got a first single this week. That’s another big highlight, but there’s also great new singles from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, Vasas flora och fauna, Masa Orpana feat Kielo Kärkkäinen, Treemer, Joensuu 1685 and an album cut from the new Samoaja album.

And then the rest of the world. The week gave new album froms Sadler Vaden (a great solo album from the 400 Unit guitarist), The Mastersons, Swamp Dogg, Iji, Emily Duff, Dean Fields, Nadia Reid, Bergen, Geoff Gordon, Addy, U.S. Girls, The James Hunter Six, Bacchae, Ron Pope, Mosses, Stephen Malkmus, Jonathan Wilson, Mariecke Borger and William Tyler (soundtrack). Plus EPs from Donna Blue, D.B. Rouse, Mary Bragg and My Sister, My Brother.

There’s also lots of really special singles. A week of album announcements and we got the first singles from the forthcoming albums by Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews, Adeline Hotel and American Aquarium. There’s also new wonderful advance singles from Caleb Caudle, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Jess Jocoy. I really dig the cover by Fiver too. Which is no surprise, because I love Fiver, Dillard & Clark and You’ve Changed Records. Oh and new Carla Geneve too and well I could just namedrop all of these.

And a reminder that while these streaming services are great for the introduction and for expanding the listening habits, supporting the artists by buying the vinyl / CD / download is really important. Especially right now, because this current coronavirus situation adds a whole new level of stress and uncertainty for the musicians whose livelihood depends on touring. Touring is hard work even under normal circumstances (continuously amazes me, because I’m worn out after a couple of days of travel and that’s just for leisure. They do it for months in a row and work each night to make our lives better). Now they have to deal with a lot of uncertainty and possible last minute cancellations. So let’s help them out as much as we can.

That’s it for this week. This playlist too long even though I left some goodies out. Sorry about that, but I think it’s not a huge issue. Everyone can listen as much as they like and skip the rest. Back next week with this release round up and hopefully before that a couple of sets of those other kind of short posts that I’ve done lately. Love love love.

1. Sadler Vaden – Tried and True (Anybody Out There? Dirty Mag Records, 2020)
2. Damien Jurado – Birds Tricked into the Trees (single, Loose Music / Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
3. Courtney Marie Andrews – If I Told (single, Loose Music / Fat Possum, 2020)
4. Laura Moisio – Kehä (Laulaa kun ei voi muutakaan, Texicalli Records, 2020)
5. Adeline Hotel – Solid Love (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
6. The Mastersons – Spellbound (No Time For Love Songs, Redhouse Records, 2020)
7. American Aquarium – The Long Haul (single, New West Records, 2020)
8. Caleb Caudle – Monte Carlo (single, Baldwin County Public Records, 2020)
9. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – What’ve I’ve Done to Help (single, Southeastern Records, 2020)
10. Jess Jocoy – Somebody Somewhere (single, 2020)
11. Emily Duff – Born on the Ground (Born on the Ground, 2020)
12. Brandy Clark feat Randy Newman – Bigger Boat (Your Life is a Record, Warner Records, 2020)
13. Swamp Dogg – Billy (Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, Joyful Noise, 2020)
14. Fiver & The Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition – Train Leaves Here This Morning (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
15. ROY – Love (Sky Sister) (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2020)
16. Iji – In Motion (Iji, 2020)
17. Woods – Where Do You Go When You Dream? (single, Woodsist, 2020)
18. Rose City Band – Only Lonely (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2020)
19. Dean Fields – Anonymity (While the Baby Was Sleeping, 2020)
20. Nadia Reid – Best Thing (Out of My Province, Spacebomb Records, 2020)
21. Talitha Ferri – The Sadness Lasts Forever (single, Soulpod Collective, 2020)
22. Vasas flora och fauna – Kajanaland (single, Startracks, 2020)
23. Masa Orpana feat Kielo Kärkkäinen – Keväällä (single, 2020)
24. Kalevi Suopursu – Yksin yksiössä (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
25. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Rantaan vie moottoritie (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
26. Bergen – Lång het sommar (II, skulden, 2020)
27. Geoff Gordon – Neighbors (Sex and the City, Five Kill Records, 2020)
28. Carla Geneve – Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover (single, Dot Dash Recordings, 2020)
29. Treemer – Syllable Sky (single, Soft Monsters, 2020)
30. Addy – Equinox (Eclipse, Topshelf Records, 2020)
31. U.S. Girls – Denise, Don’t Wait (Heavy Light, 4AD, 2020)
32. The Whitest Boy Alive – Serious (single, Bubbles Records, 2020)
33. Monophonics – Last One Standing (single, Colemine Records, 2020
34. The James Hunter Six – Take It As You Find It (Nick of Time, Daptone Records, 2020)
35. Bacchae – Hammer (Pleasure Vision, Get Better Records, 2020)
36. Partner – Good Place to Hide (At the Time) (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
37. Lemon Pitch – More Bad News (single, Repeating Cloud, 2020)
38. Nathan Kalish – Pam & Tim (single, Winter Wildfires, 2020)
39. Western Centuries – Before That Final Bell (single, Free Dirt Records, 2020)
40. Josh Farrow – Let Me Come Home (single, Southern Drag, 2020)
41. Amy LaVere – Not In Memphis (single, Nine Mile Records, 2020)
42. Ron Pope – She’s Good (Bone Structure, Brooklyn Basement Records, 2020)
43. Brian Wright & The Sneakups – Patrick’s Crossing (single, Cafe Rooster Records, 2020)
44. Mary Bragg – Our Lady of the Well (Think About It Ep, 2020)
45. My Sister, My Brother – Honest (My Sister, My Brother EP, Soundly, 2020)
46. D.B.Rouse – Somnambulance Ride (Nobody EP, 2020)
47. Will Quinlan – We Bastard Souls (single, 2020)
48. Mosses – Tall Bearded Iris Speckled (T.V. Sun, Anyway Records, 2020)
49. Stephen Malkmus – The Greatest Own in Legal History (Traditional Techniques, Domino Recording Co, 2020)
50. Gladie – Twenty Twenty (Safe Sins, Lame-O Records, 2020)
51. Jonathan Wilson – Pirate (Dixie Bluer, Bella Union, 2020)
52. Donna Blue – Desert Lake (Inbetween EP, Snowstar Records, 2020)
53. Mariecke Borger – Meet Again (Bright Sky, Volkoren, 2020)
54. John Craigie – Part Wolf (single, Zabriskie Point Records, 2020)
55. The Northern Belle – Remember It (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
56. Joensuu 1685 – Hey My Friend (We’re Here Again) (single, Svart Records, 2020)
57. Samoaja – Utopia (Abyss, Landscape Records, 2020)
58. Aoife O’Donovan – Lakes of Pontchartrain (Bull Frogs Croon and Other Songs, Yep Roc, 2020)
59. Grace Gillespie – Goodbye (single, Kaleidoscope, 2020)
60. William Tyler – Closing (Music From First Crow, Merge Records, 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 #76

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Still a bit quiet on the album front, but there’s still plenty to listen and love. The top album release for me is the debut Gladie album. I loved the EP a couple of years back and I’ve been eager to hear more. Now we have an album of this greatness. The week also brought new albums from Greg Mendez, Chelsea Lovitt, Christian Kjellvander, Waco Brothers, Jason Joshua & The Beholders, Real Estate, Ratboys, The Secret Sisters, Sierra Hull, Grant Earl Lavalley, Ismay, Erica Freas, Brooke Bentham, Ben Seretan and Kyshona Armstrong. Then there’s also a wonderful EP from Via Mardot and the Hanemoon album I missed earlier (if you liked Seaside Stars back in the early 00s, check out this new project Hanemoon).

The Finnish highlight is the superb single from joku iiris. I can’t wait to hear the album that arrives in early April. Other excellent new Finnish releases this week are the EP from Tams, album from Karina and singles from Untogethers and M. This playlist also revisits the Toni Hautamäki ja Ydinrauha album that came out last week and the great 2019 EP from Tvärtom that is now available on Spotify too.

The singles game was strong and these plenty that I love dearly. Phoebe Bridgers was probably the big one, but there’s several that were just as gorgeous. For example the ones by Chase Weinacht (new magical solo single from Marmalakes frontman), Terry’s Paradise (post modern doo wop from Portland, accidentally stumbled upon this on Spotify and instantly loved it) Jaime Wyatt, Whitney Rose, Brigid Mae Power, Sam Doores, Tristen, Ariel Sharrat & Mathias Kom, Lucinda Williams and so forth. And obviously the Daniel Romano song, which is a familiar one but still works perfectly. It’s the first single from a forthcoming live album.

That’s it for this week. Take care and love love love.

1. Gladie – Parlor (Safe Sins, Lame-O Records, 2020)
2. Daniel Romano – Nerveless – Live (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
3. Brigid Mae Power – On a City Night (single, Fire Records, 2020)
4. Via Mardot – Stand (Via Mardot EP, Eurotown Records, 2020)
5. Terry’s Paradise – I Told You the Full Moon Makes Sense (single, 2020)
6. Chase Weinacht – Leap Day (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
7. Greg Mendez – Freak (Cherry Hell, Forged Artifacts, 2020)
8. joku iiris – Hyvä Tyttö (single, Humu Records / Hillotehdas / Jukan Musiikki, 2020)
9. Phoebe Bridgers – Garden Song (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
10. Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom – Rise Up Alexa (single, BB*Island, 2020)
11. Whitney Rose – Just Circumstance (single, MCG Recordigns, 2020)
12. Tristen – Can’t Walk That Back (single, 2020)
13. Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross (single, New West Records, 2020)
14. Chelsea Lovitt – Beanstalk (You Had Your Cake, So Lie In It, Fat Elvis Records, 2020)
15. Sam Doores – Windmills (single, New West Records, 2020)
16. Christian Kjellvander – Loneliest Woman in the World (Doom Country, Startracks, 2020)
17. Geoff Gordon – THere’s a Lot of Horses in Oklahoma (single, Five Kill Records, 2020)
18. Lucinda Williams – You Can’t Rule Me (single, Highway 20 Records, 2020)
19. Waco Brothers – Lincoln Town Car (Resist, Bloodshot Records, 2020)
20. Audrey and Hugh – Lily White Parade (single, 2020)
21. Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Rose Gold (Alegria y Tristeza, Mango Hill Records, 2020)
22. Ezra Bell – 5th and James (single, Dutch Records, 2020)
23. Matthew McNeal – Be Yourself (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2020)
24. Real Estate – You (The Main Thing, Domino Recording Co, 2020)
25. Untogethers – Crumbling Heart (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
26. Heffner – YDEKH (single, Manic Records, 2020)
27. Briston Maroney – The Garden (Miracle, Atlantic, 2020)
28. Hanemoon – At the Raging Waterfront (Mammals, Jigsaw Records, 2020)
29. Ratboys – Clever Hans (Printer’s Devil, Topshelf Records, 2020)
30. Margaret Glaspy – Stay With Me (single, ATO Records, 2020)
31. Tams – On ollut kaikenlaista (Aikahyppy 2 EP, 2020)
32. M – Punainen ovi (single, Solina Records, 2020)
33. The Secret Sisters – Silver (Saturn Return, New West Records, 2020)
34. Sierra Hull – How Long (25 Trips, Rounder Records, 2020)
35. Andrew Hibbard – Running From the Enemy (single, Sofaburn Records, 2020)
36. Jesse Daniel – Bringin’ Home the Roses (single, Die True Records, 2020)
37. Christy Lynn Band – Checkin In (single, 2020)
38. The Dead Tongues – Little Sadie (single, 2020)
39. The Lowest Pair – Too Late Babe (single, Delicata Records, 2020)
40. Grant Earl LaValley – Wicked Witch (A Brighter Day, Exit Stencil Recordings, 2020)
41. Jess Williamson – Wind on Tin (single, Mexican Summer, 2020)
42. Jeffrey Silverstein – Cosmic Scene (single, Arrowhawk Records, 2020)
43. Yee & O’Brien – Masterpiece (single, 2020)
44. Ismay – When I Was Younger I Cried (Songs of Sonoma Mountain, 2020)
45. Jon McKiel– Object Permanence (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
46. Erica Freas – July Bird (Young, Specialist Subject, 2020)
47. Brooke Bentham – All My Friends Are Drunk (Everyday Nothing, Allpoints, 2020)
48. Kyle Forester – Up Their Sleeve (Hearts in Gardens, Tis So Referent, 2020)
49. Tvärtom – Iltariennot (Tvärtom EP, 2019)
50. Toni Hautamäki & Ydinrauha – Kesäyö (Kaikki ei ole miltä näyttää, 2020)
51. Gregory Pepper and His Problems – I’ve Got a Bottle (I Know Now Why You Cry, Fake Four, 2020)
52. Aaron Beckum – Jagged Coast (Songs From a Triangle Room, Devil in the Woods, 2020)
53. Ben Seretan – Power Zone (Youth Pastoral, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
54. Karina – Aila (2, Playground, 2020)
55. Kyshona Armstrong – Fallen People (Listen, 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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