OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #44

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Hurray, I’m on summer vacation part 1. I try to use part of it to catch up on the emails and write some blog posts. Of course I need some rest from absolutely everything too, so there will be quiet days too.

The biggest release of the week for me was the new solo album from Shane Leonard. I’ve said it many times, but I’m a big fan of his work. Besides making this marvel of an album, he has produced some of my favorites of the year (Anna Tivel, Clara Baker, Her Crooked Heart). Ian Noe, Natural Bridges and Her Crooked Heart were others in my big four this week, but there were also lots more. The list contains songs from the new albums by The Resonant Rogues, red steppes, Rose Hotel, Kitty Kat Fan Club, Wayne Graham, Charlie Collins, LeAnna Eden, Jenn Grant and Doug Seegers. A couple of older ones too from Irish Mythen, The Infinites, Vilma Flood and Alanna Eileen (Don’t know how I managed to miss the Alanna Eileen a couple of weeks ago, because I had checked it at least dozen of times since February whether it’s available). A couple of gorgeous EPs too from Erin Rae, Carl Anderson and Nico Hedley (ok, not sure does two songs count as an EP, but it says so on Spotify. Well whether it’s a single or EP doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it’s brilliant. Thanks to Dan for this one).

The Finnish release week was pretty strong too, because there’s full-length albums from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus and Matti Sakari, an EP from Local Al and new singles from Havut, Maustetytöt and The Flaming Sideburns. I’m very fond of that Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus album. It’s so great.

On the singles front, there’s a new awesome RF Shannon song. Gabi Hartmann is a completely new one for me, but I really like the song. Further proof that going through giant vault of promo emails is sometimes worth it. Megan Palmer, Nathan K., Espanola were some other personal favorites, but every song would again be worthy of a namedrop in this text too. Molly Parden gets some bonus points for covering The Gin Blossoms classic.

There’s definitely some sad songs here, but like Matthew Ryan sang in one of the finest songs of the year. Hope is not absent from these songs. Love yourself and others. That’s all for now. Several blog posts should appear next week and as usual the playlist on Sunday. Take care.

1. Shane Leonard – Maybe Next Year (Strange Forms, Wayward Chicken, 2019)
2. Her Crooked Heart – Pleasant Valley Reservoir (To Love to Leave To Live, 2019)
3. Natural Bridges – Clouds (Residual Daydreams, Royal Oakie, 2019)
4. Ian Noe – If Today Doesn’t Do Me In (Between the Country, National Treasury Recordings, 2019)
5. The Resonant Rogues – Autumn Of The World (Autumn of the World, 2019)
6. Hideout – I Won’t Give Up (single, 2019)
7. Erin Rae – Can’t Cut Loose (Putting On Airs 4 Track Demos EP, Single Lock Records, 2019)
8. RF Shannon – Wild Rose Pass (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
9. Alanna Eileen – April (Artifice, 2019)
10. red steppes – High Growth (Arcs, Native Cat Recordings, 2019)
11. Gabi Hartmann – Always Seem To Get Thing Wrong (single, Secret Sun Recordings, 2019)
12. Rose Hotel – Would You Believe Me (I Will Only Come When It’s a Yes, 2019)
13. The Infinites – Miriam Stein (The Infinites, First Humans Records, 2019)
14. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Send Me a Message For the Holidays (Dreamy Little You, Asian Man Records, 2019)
15. Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures – Sober In Barcelona (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
16. Nico Hedley – Hydrangeas (Late Bloomer / Hydrangeas EP, Whateve’s Clever, 2019)
17. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Hiljaisuus (Maapallon Hautajaiset, Lumpeela Julkaisut, 2019)
18. Havut – Unessa (single, Lumpeela Julkaisut, 2019)
19. Matti Sakari – Laulu kaislikosta (Valoraitoja, 2019)
20. Maustetytöt – Se oli SOS (single, Is This Art? 2019)
21. Local Al – Selkään puukottaja (EP 1, Soliti, 2019)
22. The Flaming Sideburns – Soulshaking (single, Bad Afro Records, 2019)
23. Megan Palmer – I’m Doin’ Fine (single, 2019)
24. Carl Anderson – Bottom Of the Bottle (You Can Call Me Carl EP, 2019)
25. Wayne Graham – If Thought Could Kill (Songs Only a Mother Could Love, Celebration Records, 2019)
26. Jacob Faurholt – The Dark Isn’t Right (single, Raw Onion Records, 2019)
27. Nathan K. – Brightly (single, 2019)
27. Matthew Milia – Puncture (Alone at St. Hugo, Sitcom Universe, 2019)
29. Molly Parden – Found Out About You (single, 2019)
30. Charlie Collins – Mexico (Snowpine, Mirror Records, 2019)
31. Jenn Grant – Our Love (Love, Inevitable, Leovela, 2019)
32. LeAnna Eden – Ease Your Soul (Ease Your Soul, Chapman, 2019)
33. Irish Mythen – Deep Dark Woods (Little Bones, 2019)
34. B. Knox – Deep Dark Love (single, Three Mast Records, 2019)
35. Shawn Hess – Picture From a Magazine (World Away, 2019)
36. Doug Seegers – Out on the Street (A Story I Got To Tell, 2019)
37. Reece Sullivan – Lamentations (single, 2019)
38. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Hard Times (Arguably Ok, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
39. Espanola – A Lesson (single, Surly Young Records, 2019)
40. Sean W Spellman – Baby Blue (single, 2019)
41. Kirby Brown – Little Miss (single, 2019)
42. Signe Marie Rustad – Die With Your Boots On (single, Die With Your Boots On Records, 2019)
43. David Smalt – On The Mountain (single, Palo Sante Parade, 2019)
44. About You – Boundless Angel (single, 2019)
45. Cross Record – PYSOL My Castle (single, Melodic Records, 2019)
46. Palehound – Black Friday (single, 2019)
47. Florist – Shadow Bloom (single, Double Double Whammy, 2019)
48. Vilma Flood – Fan Of You (Moodswinger, Rusty Music, 2019)
49. Faye Webster – Hurts Me Too (Atlanta Millionaires Club, Secretly Canadian, 2019)
50. Sufjan Stevens – Love Yourself (single, Asthmatic Kitty, 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #43

Another week, another weekly playlist.

If we begin from the personal mumbo jumbo, I definitely feel somewhat better after slightly cutting down the dosage of levothyroxine. So that’s good news for the blog too. I still might not have the energy, but I have the inspiration to continue writing. There was a good twitter convo between labels this week that certainly gave me a good boost. It even made me write a blog post that was not a playlist. A small Finnish blog certainly can’t make a big difference, but every little bit can still help. I’ve been thinking that maybe I should do some small label specials, because they matter a great deal to me. I even have a vacation starting next Friday, so I finally have more time to listen to new music and write about it too. Sure I have vacation plans too like going to STHLM Americana festival again. Anyway, that’s enough of personal stuff and time to get on this week’s playlist.

Every Friday is a great release day. This week we got new albums from Mavis Staples, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Justin Townes Earle, Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells, Frankie Lee, Aaron Beckum, Faye Webster, Cate le Bon, Shawn Hess, Sebadoh, Exotic Dangers, Willard Gayheart (first solo album at 87 years!), Burning Salt, Halfsour, Sean Nelson, Tyler Lyle and Birdie Busch. A couple of older ones too. Don’t know how I managed to miss the Spencer Radcliffe one last week, but I am ashamed. Nicholas Jamerson also make a first appearance on the playlist, because your clueless blogger just heard it even though it has been out over a month. Middle Kids made the only brand new EP on the list. Oh and most importantly, there’s six new Bill Callahan songs out and available.

The Finnish section contains awesome new singles from Iron Country Sisters, Kielo Kärkkäinen, V.Härkönen and Tanssiva karhu. Plus a new full-length album from H.C.Slim (aka Joose Keskitalo singing in English). And a last minute addition, a song from the new EP by Pottonen Band.

A bunch of tremendous new singles too. Esther Rose, Pony Bradshaw, Natural Bridges, Claire Cronin released new outtakes from their forthcoming albums. Wharfer released the first single from his forthcoming album and it’s a great one. Vanishing Twin single is a couple of weeks old, but I love it to bits and somehow managed to miss it at the time.

That’s it for now. I made a playlist archive, so that these don’t disappear so fast. You’ll find that from my Spotify profile, if you missed a playlist for example and want to give it a listen. I’ll keep a few old ones there, but eventually they will still vanish. See you next week. I’ll try to make at least one post mid-week, but I have 4am wake ups due to work, so no definite promises. I might be so exhausted that I have zero brain activity all week long. Remember love.

1. Mavis Staples – Change (We Get By, Anti-, 2019)
2. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – The Devil’s Point (Arguably OK, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
3. Justin Townes Earle – Talking To Myself (The Saint Of Lost Causes, New West Records, 2019)
4. Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells – Shipping News (Nobody’s Fool, 2019)
5. Aaron Beckum – Born Forlorn (Obsolete, Swamp Moth Missionary Society, 2019)
6. H.C. Slim – Keep Your Eyes On The Road (Sings, Svart Music, 2019)
7. Frankie Lee – Only She Knows (Stillwater, Loose Music, 2019)
8. Esther Rose – Only Loving You (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
9. Faye Webster – Jonny (Atlanta Millionaires Club, Secretly Canadian, 2019)
10. Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters (Reward, Kemado Records, 2019)
11. Bill Callahan – Morning is My Godmother (Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest side 1, Drag City, 2019)
12. Wharfer – Obsidian (single, 2019)
13. Claire Cronin – Wolfman (single, Orindal Records, 2019)
14. Pony Bradshaw – Shame (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
15. Natural Bridges – Ronnie’s In Bed (single, Royal Oakie Records, 2019)
16. Vanishing Twin – Magician’s Success (single, Fire Records, 2019)
17. Exotic Dangers – How’d You Stay Alive (Nine Is Fine, Single Lock Records, 2019)
18. Sebadoh – Belief (Act Suprised, Fire Records, 2019)
19. Spencer Radcliffe – True Love’s Territory (Hot Spring, Run For Cover Records, 2019)
20. Kate Vargas – Nothing Turns My Block (single, 2019)
21. Shawn Hess – World Away (World Away, 2019)
22. Willard Gayheart – Sweet Virginia Beauty (At Home In The Blue Ridge, 2019)
23. Jake Xerxes Fussell – Oh Captain (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
24. Iron Country Sisters – Leaves (single, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
25. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Keitä me olemme (single, Texicalli Records, 2019)
26. V. Härkönen – Ilman kartaa (single, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
27. Tanssiva karhu – Eilinen (single, 2019)
28. Lucy Roleff – A Woman’s Worth (Left Open in a Room, Lost and Lonesome, 2019)
29.Gia Margaret – Babies (single, Dalliance Recordings, 2019)
30. Burning Salt – Honey (Automatic Lullaby, 2019)
31. Molly Linen – Away (single, 2019)
32. Fernando Viciconte – The Longest Wait (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
33. Sean Nelson – Together (Nelson sings Nilsson, 2019)
34. Strange Ranger – Leona (single, Tiny Engines, 2019)
35. Halfsour – Built-In Guilt (Sticky, Fire Talk, 2019)
36. Bad Heaven Ltd – Strength (single, 2019)
37. Middle Kids – Needle (New Songs For Old Problems EP, Lucky Number Music, 2019)
38. Matthew Milia – Congratulations Honey (Alone at St. Hugo, Sitcom Universe, 2019)
39. Tyler Lyle – Baby Blue (The Floating Years, 2019)
40. Pottonen Band – Waiting Room (EP, 2019)
41. This Frontier Needs Heroes – Just Because (single, 2019)
42. Eamon Fogerty – God’s Guts (single, Jealous Butcher, 2019)
43. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – A Kiss and A Curse (single, 2019)
44. Nicholas Jamerson – Floyd County All-Star (Floyd County All-Star, 2019)
45. Birdie Busch – He Was Looking (If You Swim Far Enough, 2019)
46. Charlie Collins – Please Let Me Go (single, Mirror Records, 2019)
47. Jesca Hoop – Red White and Black (single, Memphis Industries, 2019)
48. Lydia Cole & Hailey Beavis – Less Lost (Among Horses IV, Son Canciones, 2019)
49. Jeremy Squires – Gift (Poem, 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #42

Another week, another weekly playlist.

No surprises that I didn’t manage to do anything else during the week. This time I actually even had a reason, because a bit too high rest heart rate gave my troubled mind some further concerns. I had an EKG to check the heart and blood tests to see that my levothyroxine medication is on a proper level. Everything was ok (other than the rest pulse), so I suppose can breathe a little easier. I still haven’t felt perfectly ok since Easter or something. Probably just has something to do with the hypothyroidism. Sort of a vicious cycle though, because I’m the worrying kind and such things tend to add stress and makes it hard to fall asleep. And not getting enough sleep isn’t exactly helping the situation. Well at least I can get some blog stuff done, because here I am writing this at 5 am because I wasn’t able to get some sleep. But enough with the personal mumbo jumbo and time to get on this week’s playlist.

The list is insanely long this week, because there was so much good stuff. New albums from Kelly Hunt, Jeremy Squires and Lucy Roleff were on the top of my list of albums to listen. Other beautiful new albums this week are from Josh Nolan, Blue Jeans, Sailors & Ships, Paper Wings and The National. Karly Driftwood and Rosie Harlow & The Tall Tale Boys came out earlier in the spring, but I missed these lovely records back then. Some gorgeous EPs too from Lydia Cole & Hailey Beavis, Kathryn Legendre, Nick Lowe, Briston Maroney and Elton John Cena.

The small Finnish section contains three awesome new singles from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, MeriTuuli and Samae Koskinen.

The singles made this ridiculously long this week. New Tyler Childers single was the news of the week, but for example the new ones from red steppes, Erin Durant, Shane Leonard, Merival, Joseph Robert Krauss, Matthew Ryan are equally magnificent. I could just as well namedrop them all, but you’ll find the full list below.

And as usual some big favorites from earlier weeks reappear with another song. I think I’m gonna keep that Matthew Milia album here at least five weeks, because I just love it to bits. That’s it for this week. Not sure how next week goes with other posts. At least I need to get my act together first and get some sleep. Love.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #42

1. Kelly Hunt – Fingernail Moon (Even The Sparrow, Rare Bird Records, 2019)
2. Jeremy Squires – Orchid (Poem. 2019)
3. red steppes – Madera (single, Native Cat Records, 2019)
4. Lucy Roleff – Waiting For My Friend (Left Open in a Room, Lost and Lonesome, 2019)
5. Lydia Cole & Hailey Beavis – Talk To Me (Among Horses IV EP, Son Canciones, 2019)
6. Erin Durant – Islands (single, Keeled Scales, 2019)
7. Shane Leonard – Strange Forms (single, Antifragile Music, 2019)
8. Merival – No Brakes (single, 2019)
9. Joseph Robert Krauss – Scrapbook Memory (single, 2019)
10. Tyler Childers – House Fire (single, Hickman Holler / RCA, 2019)
11. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam – My First Broken Heart (since The Last Broken Heart) (single, El Toro Records, 2019)
12. Karly Driftwood – Tennessee Trees (single, Too Mean To Die, 2019)
13. Kathryn Legendre – Sit Here & Cry (Making It Up EP, Shotgun House Records, 2019)
14. Caroline Spence – Sit Here and Love Me (Mint Condition, Rounder Records, 2019)
15. Matthew Ryan – On Our Death Day (The Need To Know Vinyl Sessions, 2019)
16. Josh Nolan – Angels With Dirty Faces (Kind Heart to Follow, Shaker Steps Records, 2019)
17. TW Walsh – Invincible Light (single, 2019)
18. Chris Staples – Holy Moly (single, Barsuk Records, 2019)
19. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Kaikki oli paremmin ennen (single, Lumpeela Julkaisut, 2019)
20. MeriTuuli – Minä odotan (single, 2019)
21. Samae Koskinen – Tää on se hetki (single, Johanna Kustannus, 2019)
22. Taylor Knox – One in a Billion (single, Cadence Music, 2019)
23. Blue Jeans – Friends & Lovers (single, Bobo Integral, 2019)
24. Nick Lowe – Love Starvation (Love Starvation / Trombone EP, Yep Roc, 2019)
25. Matthew Milia – Sometimes I Feel Like My Arm’s Falling Off (Alone At St. Hugo, Sitcom Universe, 2019)
26. Elton John Cena – Rat Poison (All Rats Go To Heaven, Lauren Records, 2019)
27. Briston Maroney – Small Talk (Indiana EP, Atlantic, 2019)
28. Kitty Kat Fan Club – You Got Me Modernized (single, Asian Man Records, 2019)
29. Sailors & Ships – Rooftop Sleeper (Sailors & Ships, Laser Brains, 2019)
30. Native Harrow – Something You Have (single, Loose Music, 2019)
31. Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells – Nobody’s Fool (single, 2019)
32. Joanna Sternberg – For You (single, Team Love, 2019)
33. Jacob Miller – Take Me Home (single, 2019)
34. Blue Wilson – Elsewhere (single, 2019)
35. Shannon Lay – Something Else On Your Mind (single, Sub Pop Records, 2019)
36. The National – Not In Kansas (I Am Easy To Find, 4AD, 2019)
37. Mega Bog – For The Old World (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
38. Louie Short – Beautality (single, Choom City Records, 2019)
39. V.V.Lightbody – Baby, Honestly (single, Acrophase Records, 2019)
40. Bart – Today (Today, Tomorrow & The Next Day, Idee Fixe Records, 2019)
41. Christelle Bofale – Origami Dreams (single, Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
42. Mara Connor & Langhorne Slim – Someone New (single, Side Hustle Records, 2019)
43. Rosie Harlow & The Tall Tale Boys – Love Is Hard To Find (Family, 2019)
44. Paper Wings – Troubled Soul (Clementine, 2019)
45. Spirit Family Union – One Way Ticket (single, 2019)
46. Jake Paleschic – The Light (single, 2019)
47. Jenn Grant – Keep a Light On (single, Leovela, 2019)
48. Morgan Wade – The Night (single, 2019)
49. Kirby Brown – Justine (single, Soundly Music, 2019)
50. Catherine McLellan – Out of Time (single, 2019)
51. Jackson Emmer – Lost Highway (single, 2019)
52. Kassi Valazza – Mama (Dear Dead Days, 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #41

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Still slowly recovering from the flu and still madly in love with the new Matthew Milia album. Lots of new ones to love this week as well. Bart and Kassi Valazza were on top of my list when it comes to new albums. We also got new albums from An American Forrest, She Keeps Bees, Monnone Alone, Ona, Mac DeMarco, Lydia Persaud, The Get Up Kids, Quaker Parents, Gold Light, Lowland Hum, Daddy Long Legs and Emma Hill. Arthur Alligood is from last week, but I managed to miss it then. A couple of EPs too from Dawn Landes and Greens.

On the singles front, big favourites Charlie Whitten and Kacy & Clayton released new songs. Some other highlights came from Natural Bridges, Mike Adams at His Honest Weight and Sunny War. But like every week, I could just as well namedrop every song on this text. They are on the list, because I like them all a lot.

The lone Finnish entry this week is the new single from Viitasen Piia. I’m sure there had to be more, so feel free to educate me by email / social media.

That’s all for now. Hopefully other kind of posts too next week, but no definite promises. I definitely should write some excessive praising about the Matthew Milia album, because it’s like the best album ever. Love love love.

1. Bart – Don’t Push (Today, Tomorrow & The Next Day, Idee Fixe Records, 2019)
2. Charlie Whitten – Out Of This (single, 2019)
3. Kacy & Clayton – Carrying On (single, New West Records, 2019)
4. Kassi Valazza – Sad Songs (Dear Dead Days, 2019)
5. An American Forrest – Dark To Dark (O Bronder, Donder, Yonder?, 2019)
6. She Keeps Bees – Queen of Cups (Kinship, BB*Island, 2019)
7. Natural Bridges – Wind Chimes (single, Royal Oakie, 2019)
8. Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – Wonderful To Love (single, Joyful Noise, 2019)
9. Matthew Milia – Alive at The Same Time (Alone at St. Hugo, Sitcom Universe, 2019)
10. Monnone Alone – I Wanna Hide in Yesterday (Summer Of The Mosquito, Meritorio Records, 2019)
11. Ona – Young Forever (Full Moon, Heavy Light, Hickman Holler Records, 2019)
12. Mac DeMarco – Heart To Heart (Here Comes the Cowboy, 2019)
13. Sunny War – Shell of a Girl (single, Hen House Studios, 2019)
14. Lydia Persaud – No Answer (Let Me Show You, Next Door Records, 2019)
15. Ramonda Hammer – Better View (single, New Professor, 2019)
16. The Get Up Kids – Lou Barlow (Problems, Big Scary Monsters, 2019)
17. Sebadoh – Sunshine (single, Fire Records, 2019)
18. Quaker Parents – The Gauntlet (Our Drawing Club, Vain Mina, 2019)
19. Fernando Viciconte – I Don’t Know (single, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2019)
20. Gold Light – One Thing After Another (Shadow In The Shallows, 2019)
21. Christopher Gold & The New Old Things – A Thousand Miles Away (single, 2019)
22. Caroline Spence – Angels Or Los Angeles (Mint Condition, Rounder Records, 2019)
23. Viitasen Piia – Meidän jälkeemme hiljaisuus (single, Texicalli, 2019)
24. Lowland Hum – Slow (Glyphonic, 2019)
25. Wayne Graham – By and By (single, Celebration Records, 2019)
26. Mad King Edmund – Repo Man (single, 2019)
27. Bror Gunnar Jansson – Body in a Bad (single, Playground, 2019)
28. Daddy Long Legs – Back Door Fool (Lowdown Days, Yep Roc, 2019)
29. Justin Townes Earle – The Saint Of Lost Causes (single, New West Records, 2019)
30. Emma Hill – Heart on Fire (Magnesium Dreams, Kuskokwim Records, 2019)
31. Lo Carmen – Now You Know Nashville (single, Chiquita Records, 2019)
32. Chris Gantry – Life Well Lived (single, Drag City, 2019)
33. Greens – Bigger (Greens EP, Fivekill Records, 2019)
34. SadGirl – Miss Me (single, Suicide Squeeze, 2019)
35. Jim Bryson – Better On Drugs (single, Coax Records, 2019)
36. Mikal Cronin – Breathe (single, Famous Class, 2019)
37. Arthur Alligood – Four Verses Into an Altar Call (One Night Only, Amiable Alleycat Music, 2019)
38. Ordinary Elephant – If I’m Being Honest (Honest, 2019)
39. Gia Margaret – Smoke – Acoustic (single, Dalliance Recordings, 2019)
40. Dawn Landes – Baby Please (My Tiny Twilight EP, Yep Roc, 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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OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #40

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Sorry to disappoint you. I haven’t come to my senses. I’m still doing this every week. I’ve just had the flu since Friday and therefore there was this small delay. The playlist has been on Spotify for a day, but I just didn’t have the energy to start the computer and write this post until now. I thought I was doing better, but I guess I’m still not 100% because just typing this post turned me into a sweatmaster.

Anyway, last Friday was a pretty special release day. Matthew Milia, Caroline Spence and Big Thief all released a new album. That’s quite a trio. I love them all, but the Matthew Milia album is still the most important one to me. Frontier Ruckus has been my favorite band during the past five years and oh my how I love this solo too. The best record of the year so far. Other new albums on the list are from Mr. Husband, Ordinary Elephant, The Dream Syndicate, The Felice Brothers, John Southworth, Sara Trunzo, Joy Williams, Mike Ross (this one is a week old, but I missed it then) and Kendall Elise. When I made this list, I included a single from Kassi Valazza. Actually the whole amazing album came out today, so you can already listen to that beautiful record. I will return to it next week. Some great EPs this week too from Charlie Marie, Bobby’s Oar and Sam Outlaw.

The Finnish section contains new singles from H.C.Slim, Tyynyt and The Stillwalkers. I forgot the important and powerful Swan/Koistinen EP when I made the playlist earlier, but I added a song from it today.

Lots of great international singles as usual. Ian Noe, Carl Anderson, Courtney Marie Andrews (Deer Tick cover), Karine Polwart, Kelly Hunt etc. Everything would be worth a namedrop in this text too, but you’ll find them from the list below.

That’s it for tonight. I’ll go back to resting, so that I have enough energy to maybe return to the dayjob tomorrow. Remember love.

OCTA Weekly Playlist Episode #40

1. Matthew Milia – Attention Students (Alone at St. Hugo, Sitcom Universe, 2019)
2. Caroline Spence – Sometimes a Woman Is An Island (Mint Condition, Rounder Records, 2019)
3. Big Thief – Orange (U.F.O.F, 4AD, 2019)
4. Mr. Husband – Happy Happy (Kenny Husband & The Husky Selection, Good Soil Records, 2019)
5. Ian Noe – Letter To Madeline (single, National Treasury Recordings, 2019)
6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Goodbye, Dear Friend (single, 2019)
7. Carl Anderson – She Took Everything (single, 2019)
8. Charlie Marie – Rhinestones (Charlie Marie EP. 2019)
9. Ordinary Elephant – Scars We Keep (Honest, 2019)
10. Frankie Lee – In the Blue (single, Loose Music, 2019)
11. Kassi Valazza – A Fine Colour (single, 2019)
12. Pearl Charles – Sweet Sunshine Wine (single, Kanine Records, 2019)
13. Palehound – Worthy (single, 2019)
14. Kitty Kat Fan Club – Happy Now, Loving You (single, Asian Man Records, 2019)
15. The Infinites – Scott McMurray (single, First Humans Records, 2019)
16. Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures – Tequila Island (single, Fika Recordings, 2019)
17. H.C. Slim – Sojourner (single, Svart Records, 2019)
18. Tyynyt – Lojun (single, Nefer Maglev, 2019)
19. The Dream Syndicate – The Way In (These Times, Anti-, 2019)
20. John Southworth – Red Velvet Curtains (Miracle in the Night, Tin Angel Records, 2019)
21. Karine Polwart – Since Yesterday (single, Hegri, 2019)
22. The Felice Brothers – Days of the Years (Undress, Yep Roc, 2019)
23. Damn Tall Buildings – Words To The Song (single, 2019)
24. Kelly Hunt – Across the Great Divide (single, Rare Bird Records, 2019)
25. Sara Trunzo (feat. Mary Gauthier) – In the Bend of the Cumberland (Dirigo Attitude, 2019)
26. John Prine – My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight (single, Oh Boy Records, 2019)
27. Joy Williams – Canary (Front Porch, Sensibility Recordings, 2019)
28. Bobby’s Oar – Compass in the City (Knots EP, 2019)
29. The Stillwalkers – Crystal Clear (single, 2019)
30. Deer Tick (John McCauley) – Rough Around the Edges (single, 2019)
31. Mike Ross – The Lee of the Bay (The Clovis Limit, Taller Records, 2019)
32. Dylan Earl – Morning Star (single, Fabulon Records, 2019)
33. Sam Outlaw – Cigarette (Hat Acts EP, Black Hills Recordings, 2019)
34. Julia Shapiro – A Couple Highs (single, Hardly Art, 2019)
35. Swan/Koistinen – Symptoms (Swan/Koistinen EP, Soliti, 2019)
36. Kendall Elise – Kirks Bush (The Long Way Around) (Red Earth, Creeping Ivy Records, 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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