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)

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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 #132

Another week, another new music weekly.

Let’s start with some podcast news this time around. The second season of the finest music podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones is here and episode one is now available. Extremely highly recommended if you have any interest in the history of country music and well.. even that is probably not a must, because it’s such a great and engaging podcast. Follow the action on their website or wherever you listen to podcasts.

As for new albums. The big one for me this was the new wonderful Vanessa Peters albums, but there’s a whole lot more. The week gave us beautiful new albums from Nick Shoulders, The Rose Petals, Croy and the Boys (EP), M G Boulter, Todd Snider, Dinosaur Jr, Orchid Eaton, Jason Tyler Burton (EP) and Neilson Hubbard. Oh yeah and on Bandcamp there’s a new one from Doc Feldman & the Alt Cntry Delete.

From the Finnish side of things the one I have highlighted is the new album from Joose Keskitalo. This time singing in English. I probably still prefer his Finnish stuff, but plenty to love here as well. The Doors is a remarkable song. We also got new full-lengths from The Flaming Sideburns and Icons of Elegance plus singles from Mitä helvettiä nyt taas, Hulda Huima, KO:MI and Ruissalo Amping.

And there’s a lot of gorgeous international should-be hit singles. Some personal favorites came from Jeremy James Meyer, Evan Cheadle, Yola, Hiss Golden Messenger, K.C. Jones, Shay Martin Lovette, John R. Miller, Kyle Cox, Uwade (missed this last week), John Andrews & The Yawns (also from last week), Sleepy Jean (a great debut single), The Felice Brothers, St Lenox and Nick Nace. Again just to name a few. You’ll find them all below. Very often something that’s at the end of the playlist becomes the biggest favorite when I listen to this during the week.

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

1. Vanessa Peters – The Try (Modern Age, Idol Records, 2021)
2. The Rose Petals – The Gentleman Farmer (American Grenadine, Envoy Records, 2021)
3. Nick Shoulders – Home on the Rage (Home on the Rage, 2021)^
4. Joose Keskitalo – The Doors (New Songs for Old Motifs, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
5. Jeremy James Meyer – Low Gap Swagger (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
6. Croy and the Boys – Do They Owe Us a Living? (Of Course They Do, 2021)
7. Yola – Diamonds Studded Shoes (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Hardlytown (singe, Merge Records, 2021)
9. K.C. Jones – Heat Rises (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
10. Evan Cheadle – First Morning Light (single, Victory Pool, 2021)
11. Shay Martin Lovette – For Rose Marie (single, 2021)
12. John R. Miller – Faustina (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
13. Christopher Paul Stelling – Die to Know (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
14. M G Boulter – Nights at the Aquarium (Clifftown, Hudson Records, 2021)
15. Nick Nace – Last Call (single, 2021)
16. Todd Sniderr – Handsome John (First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, Aimless Records, 2021)
17. Kyle Cox – I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along (single, 2021)
18. John Andrews & The Yawns – River of Doubt (single, Woodsist, 2021)
19. Quivers – Hold You Back (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
20. Dinosaur Jr – Hide Another Round (Sweep It Into Space, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
21. The Flaming Sideburns – Cast Out My Demons (Silver Flames, Svart Records, 2021)
22. Mitä helvettiä nyt taas – Jos se kesä tulee nyt (single, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2021)
23. Hulda Huima – Luomet kuin tähdet (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
24. Icons of Elegance – Please Tell Him I Said Hello (Please Tell Him I Said Hello, Dinner With Daisy Records, 2021)
25. KO:MI – Flooding, No Rain (single, Soliti, 2021)
26. St. Lenox – Arthur is at a Shiva (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
27. Will Stratton – Black Hole (single, Bella Union, 2021)
28. Orchid Eaton – C / L (Where All Ends Meet, 2021)
29. Nick Ferrio – Every Time (single, 2021)
30. The Felice Brothers – Inferno (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
31. Uwade – The Man Who Sees Tomorrow (single, 2021)
32. Sleepy Jean – Smaller (single, Half Right Records, 2021)
33. Stacey – The Songwriter (single, 2021)
34. Rachel Baiman – No Good Time for Dying (single, Signature Sounds Recordings, 2021)
35. Charlie Collins feat Kasey Chambers – Honey Can We Run Away (single, Universal Australia, 2021)
36. Lauren Mascitti – One Life Stand (single, 2021)
37. Johno Leeroy – Reflections of Me (single, 2021)
38. David Ritschard – När du reser dig (single, 2021)
39. Nick Garza’s Get Along – Another Bloody Morning (single, 2021)
40. JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain – Closer To The Mill (Going to California) (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
41. Kasey Anderson & The Honkies – Just Kids (single, Nervous Kid Records, 2021)
42. Cedric Burnside – Step In (single, Single Lock Records, 2021)
43. Malcolm Holcombe – Money Train (single, Singular Recordings, 2021)
44. John Borra – The Wars 21 (single, Cobraside 2021)
45. Jenny Don’t and the Spurs – Train Ticket (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2021)
46. Jason Tyler Burton – Paper Angels (The Memory of Trees EP, 2021)
47. Joana Serrat – You’re With Me Everywhere I Go (single, Loose Music, 2021)
48. Peter Doran – Voices (single, 2021)
49. Neilson Hubbard – Fall Into My Arms (Digging Up the Scars, Paper Star, 2021)
50. Goldenoak – Falter (single, 2021)
51. MAITA – Bag of Hammers (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
52. Lauren O’Connell – If I Needed You (single, 2021)
53. Sara Bug – Ride on Sundys (single, Egghunt Records, 2021)
54. Rosie Tucker – Barbara Ann (single, Epitaph, 2021)
55. Lincoln Barr feat Levon Henry – Diluvian Dub (single, 2021)
56. Ruissalo Amping – Kirkkaissa valoissa (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
57. Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band – Elastic Band (single, Anti, 2021)
58. The Monophonics – Get The Gold (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
59. Jesse Marchant – An Accident (from 3 Perspectives) (single, AntiFragile, 2021)
60. Jesse Aycock – Snow Angels (Jesse Aycock, Horton Records, 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 #131

Another week, another new music weekly.

What a nightmare onechord weekend. Noticed Friday that there was a critical error on the blog, tried to restore a backup which didn’t work either. Thankfully I managed to get this back on track at 7.30 on saturday morning after staying awake all night trying to figure it out. I hope there aren’t anymore issues. I assume the issue was just a lack of disk space, which caused the wordpress auto-update on thu-fri night to fail and cause the error and that’s why restoring the backup didn’t work either until I removed thousands of emails (most of which were unread, so my apologies if I removed something important). I suppose could be something else too. I have no idea. Technology left me lonely. I got to the get back to the woods. At first I thought I left this weekly roundup to Sunday, because I slept through Saturday because of this. But here it is in the end. Probably more holes and things I missed than on a normal week.

My album of the week is the new Jesse Aycock album. I’ve been waiting more solo stuff from him and this is such a special record. Love it to bits. There’s much more to love though and the week gave us new albums from Layten Kramer, GospelbeacH (EP), Zach Schmidt, DL Rossi, Jeffrey Silverstein (EP), Jason McNiff, Jack M. Senff (solo takes, this has been on Bandcamp a while), Will Beeley (70s Sessions that have also been on Bandcamp a while, I don’t usually feature older stuff here, but I love Will and these haven’t been released before), Cole Quest and the City Pickers (EP), Amigo the Devil, Oberon Rose (early 2021 power pop magic, but I’m late to the party), Elise Davis and The Brother Brothers.

From Finland there’s run of singles from Tams, J.Kajan, Jukka Nousiainen, The Bullets, Anton Haring. Oh yeah and digital reissue of some Supernova Crush singles/eps from the early 00s.

The song of the week is the new single from Canadian songwriter Kelly Sloan. I loved the first single and I love this new one. Pure magic and I can’t wait to hear the record. There’s so much good stuff this week. There’s tremendous new singles from Turner Cody, VanWyck, Cassidy Snider, Wes Tirey, Cale Tyson, Volk, Heather Valley, Michael Cormier, Amythyst Kiah, Andy Bilinski, T. Hardy Morris, Bill & The Belles, Michael Robert Murphy, Teenage Fanclub, M Ross Perkins and much more.

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

1. Jesse Aycock – Shed the Light (Jesse Aycock, Horton Records, 2021)
2. Kelly Sloan – Tangled (single, 2021)
3. Layten Kramer – When a Love’s Not Around (Dear Apathy, Oscar Street Records, 2021)
4. GospelbeacH – Loving You Ain’t Easy (Jam Jam EP, Curation Records, 2021)
5. Zach Schmidt – Back Around (Raise a Banner, Boss Dawg Records, 2021)
6. DL Rossi – True Blue (Lonesome Kind, 2021)
7. Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – Telling Stories (single, Capitane Records, 2021)
8. Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers – Shoulda Gone Home (single, Vocal Rest Records, 2021)
9. VanWyck – Annekin’s Bay (single, Maiden Name Records, 2021)
10. Jeffrey Silverstein – Flowers on the Highway (Torii Gates EP, Arrowhawk Records, 2021)
11. Wes Tirey – Bang The Drum Slowly (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
12. Heather Valley – If It Makes You Happy (single, 2021)
13. Cale Tyson – Alone (single, 2021)
14. Jason McNiff – Try For the Sky (Dust of Yesterday, 2021)
15. Jack M. Senff – Old Days (Solo Takes, Skeletal Lightning, 2021)
16. Will Beeley – Maybe It Happened for the Best (1970 Sessions, Tompkins Square, 2021)
17. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – Foolin’ Myself (single, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
18. Bill and the Belles – Make It Look Easy (single, Ditty Boom Records, 2021)
19. Cole Quest and The City Pickers – If I Still Had You (Self[en]Titled EP, Omnivore Records, 2021)
20. Amigo the Devil -24k Casket (Born Against, Liars Club, 2021)
21. Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts – Drinkin’ Lots of Wine (single, Blue Arrow Records, 2021)
22. Volk – Atlanta Dog (single, Romanus Records, 2021)
23. T. Hardy Morris – The Digital Age Of Rome (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
24. Vandoliers – Waiting on a Train (single, Next Waltz, 2021)
25. Michael Robert Murphy – Puzzles (single, 2021)
26. Amythyst Kiah – Wild Turkey (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
27. Andy Bilinski – Do What You Want (single, 2021)
28. Michael Cormier – Degradation (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
29. Paper Beat Scissors – Gracia (single, Seayou Records / Forward Music Group, 2021)
30. Andre Ethier feat Joseph Shabason – Nature Compels Me (single, Telephone Explosion Records, 2021)
31. Anna Ash – Less Regret (single, 2021)
32. Louien feat Mikhael Paskalev – Deep Withing (single, Jansen Records, 2021)
33. Fiver and The Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition – Paid in Pride (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
34. Tams – Viittä vaille valmis (single, 2021)
35. J. Kajan – Tuuli huulia heiluttaa (single, 2021)
36. Jukka Nousiainen – Pitkät pimeet taakse jäädä saa (single, Jukan musiikki, 2021)
37. The Bullets – Start Believin’ (single, 2021)
38. Anton Haring – Step Towards the Sun (single, 2021)
39. Elastic No-No Band feat Toby Goodshank – Poor Jenny (Rehearsal) (single, Weemayk Music, 2021)
40. Teenage Fanclub – In Our Dreams (single, PeMa, 2021)
41. Oberon Rose – American Avenue (Holographic Blues, 2021)
42. Supernova Crush – Nothing Will Follow (Graceland Sessions EP, Iso Pinkki, 2006/2021)
43. M Ross Perkins – Bird of the World (single, Karma Chief Records, 2021)
44. Scott Lavene – Nigel (single, Nothing Fancy, 2021)
45. Lawrence Rothman feat Amanda Shires – Thrash of the West (single, KRO Records, 2021)
46. Low Cut Connie – Video Games (single, Contender Records, 2021)
47. Lucy Dacus – Hot & Heavy (single, Matador, 2021)
48. Elise Davis – Yellow Bed (Anxious. Happy. Chill. Tone Tree Music, 2021)
49. Allen LeRoy Hug – Saturnine Boy (single, 2021)
50. Trey Burnart Hall – Haiku (single, Vocal Rest Records, 2021)
51. Britton Patrick Morgan feat Darrell Scott – Time Just Goes Away (single, 2021)
52. Oliver Wood – Kindness (single, Honey Jar Records, 2021)
53. Amos The Kid – Island of Troubles (single, House Of Wonders Records, 2021)
54. The Brother Brothers – Seein’ Double (Calla Lily, Compass Records, 2021)
55. CJ Stranger – In Your Life (single, 2021)
56. Jesse Terry – Hymn of a Summer Night (single, Wander Recordings, 2021)
57. Joe Nolan – Riverbends (single, Fallen Tree Records, 2021)
58. Katie Jo – Are You Coming Home Tonight (Pawn Shop Queen, Fossil Water Records, 2021)
59. Domicic Billett – Stepping Stone (Two Peach Trees, 2021)
60. Icarus Phoenix – Iron Man and His Demons (For Striker) (Icarus Phoenix, 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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