OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #10

Another week, another weekly playlist.

This little blog reached 17 years earlier this week, which is a pretty insane number. When I started in 2001, I never thought I would still be doing this in 2018. I guess I’m bad at letting go and well I still love this and despite all the struggles it still gives me more than what it takes. So I will probably keep on making it for as long as I breathe. Of course, the day job took a bit too much energy during the current week, so progress was again minimal. But it is what it is. You’ll just have to bear with me.

A pretty exciting week for new music once again. Kristina Murray’s wonderful new album is now out and available. Mark Andrew Hamilton (aka Woodpigeon) and Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) released their new album under the moniker Frontperson. Adam Faucett’s new one is finally available in Europe and Richard Swift’s posthumous album is remarkable. Then there’s also great new albums from Advance Base, Joe Nolan, The Artisanals, Mountain Man (very much love that they covered Baby Where You Are by Ted Lucas, such a perfect song. That classic Ted Lucas album will actually get a vinyl reissue soon) and Bad Moves. A couple for the soul fans too, because the trusted labels Colemine and Daptone dropped new albums from Ben Pirani and The Sha La Das. Some exciting stuff from Finland too. A new single from the all-time greats Penniless and a great debut album from Mahonies. And on the EP front Jay William Henderson released a new beauty.

All the new singles would be worth namechecking, but the biggest ones for me were the new ones from Megan Palmer, St.Lenox, Grand Salvo and Colter Wall. I’m so looking forward to those albums from the last three and I’m 100% sure I’m going to love them. I’m not sure is there already a new Megan Palmer album on the horizon, but her new single Stetson is the most moving and powerful song of the week. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, but is thankfully now declared cancer-free. So many hats sittin’ at the table / Cover my head with one at a time / Which one do I wear for this occasion? / I want you to think I’m feelin’ fine. A really important and deeply moving song that leaves a mark on your heart.

1. Megan Palmer – Stetson (single, Blue Rose Music, 2018)
2. Kristina Murray – Tell Me (Southern Ambrosia, Loud Magnolia Records, 2018)
3. Frontperson – U.O.I (Frontrunner, Oscar St Records, 2018)
4. St. Lenox – First Date (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
5. Jay William Henderson – Devil at My Door (Overgrown, VALO, 2018)
6. Grand Salvo – In The Shade (single, Mistletone, 2018)
7. Adam Faucett – Dust (It Took The Shape of a Bird, Last Chance Records, 2018)
8. Richard Swift – Dirty Jim (The Hex, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
9. Run Coyote – Night Rider (single, 2018)
10. Advance Base – Care (Animal Companionship, Run For Cover Records, 2018)
11. Bad Moves – Spirit FM (Tell No One, Don Giovanni Records, 2018)
12. Penniless – Anthem For The Suckers (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
13. Mahonies – Apology (Pouring From an Empty Cup, Iso Pinkki / Running Moose, 2018)
14. Empty Arms – Why I Run (single, Get Party Records, 2018)
15. I Am Oak – Golden Pavillion (single, Snowstar Records, 2018)
16. Kate Teague – Gilly (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2018)
17. Cat Power – Stay (single, Domino Recording Co, 2018)
18. The Pollies – Lonely (single, This is American Music, 2018)
19. Ben Pirani – Try Love (How Do I Talk To My Brother?, Colemine Records, 2018)
20. The Sha La Das – Okay My Love (Love In The Wind, Daptone, 2018)
21. Mountain Man – Baby Where You Are (Magic Ship, Bella Union, 2018)
22. Colter Wall – Thinkin’ on a Woman (single, Young Mary’s Record Co, 2018)
23. Nickel & Rose – Life Goes On (Americana EP, 2018)
24. Goshen Electric Co – The Gray Tower (single, Secretly Canadian, 2018)
25. The Artisanals – Angel 42 (The Artisanals, 2018)
26. Lauren Balthrop – We Fell (This Time Around, 2018)
27. Scott Orr – Fall Apart (single, Other Songs, 2018)
28. Chris Velan – Danger Dreaming (Amateur Hour, 2018)
29. The Other Years – Sinks of Gandy / Mayswille (single, No Quarter Records, 2018)
30. Dusty Stray – You Couldn’t Wait To See Me Cry (single, Great Waters, 2018)
31. Carson McHone – Don’t You Think I Feel It Too (single, The Next Waltz, 2018)
32. Joe Nolan – Stand Up For Your Love (Cry Baby, 2018)

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.

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

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A strong week of new music once again. Every week is and there’s always so much beautiful songs available, if you take a little time to find them. Let’s kick off the list with the new Philippe Bronchtein song that is the title track of his forthcoming album Me and & The Moon. Releasing this magnificent song was a quick save, but I would still like to tweet him a cat photo every day of the week haha. The week also gave us incredible new singles from Courtney Marie Andrews, St. Lenox, Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover, Jamie Lin Wilson, Matthew McNeal, Erin Enderlin, Adrianne Lenker etc. Oh and Fight by Vanessa Peters. Love that song so much, but it’s not available on Finnish Spotify. A couple of Finnish songs too this time around. A new song from Jolly Jumpers, one of the all-time best Finnish bands and also a new song from Kielo Kärkkäinen. There’s some pretty special EPs out there as well. I’ve been especially enjoying the ones by Nickel & Rose and Jim Bryson and look forward to spending more time with the new First Aid Kit and Liza Anne during the coming week.

And last but not least the new albums. I have again managed to skip a couple of the bigger ones (time is limited), but the ones that have ruled my weekend are from Fred Thomas, Malcolm Holcombe, Night Shop, Marc Ribot, Emma Ruth Rundle, Sandro Perri, Chris Velan, Cedric Burnside and Willie Nelson. Rae Spoon, Turner Cody and Fables from last week stay on with another beautiful new song.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #9

1. Philippe Bronchtein – Me And The Moon (single, 2018)
2. Nickel & Rose – Hard Day’s Work (Americana EP, 2018)
3. St. Lenox – Hashtag Brooklyn Karaoke Party (single, Anyway Records, 2018)
4. Jim Bryson – Labor Drive (Tired of Waiting EP, Coax Records, 2018)
5. Fred Thomas (feat Anna Burch) – Altar (Aftering, Polyvinyl, 2018)
6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Heart and Mind (single, Loose Music, 2018)
7. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Kuunnelkaa (single, Texicalli, 2018)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock Holy (single, Merge Records, 2018)
9. Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – Slow Talkin’ (single, Son Canciones, 2018)
10. Matthew McNeal – Change (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2018)
11. Drew Beskin – Pharmacy Girl (single, Laser Brains, 2018)
12. Malcolm Holcombe (feat Iris DeMent) – I Don’t Wanna Disappear (Come Hell or High Water, Gypsy Eyes, 2018)
13. Erin Enderlin – These Boots (single, 2018)
14. Cedric Burnside – Give It To You (Benton County Relic, Single Lock Records, 2018)
15. Chris Velan – The Holdout (Amateur Hour, 2018)
16. Reno Bo – Old Glories (single, Electric Western Records, 2018)
17. Night Shop – If You Remember (In The Break, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
18. Adrianne Lenker – Symbol (single, Saddle Creek, 2018)
19. Rae Spoon – I Held My Breath (bodiesofwater, Coax Records, 2018)
20. Turner Cody – Smoking in the Dark (The Duke Of Decline, Boy Scout Recordings, 2018)
21. Jolly Jumpers – Morning Glory (single, Jukan musiikki, 2018)
22. Tim Cohen – I’m a Girl (single, Sinderlyn, 2018)
23. Jamie Lin Wilson – Oklahoma Stars (single, 2018)
24. Liza Anne – Dreams (Dreams EP, Arts & Crafts, 2018)
25. Emma Ruth Rundle – You Don’t Have To Cry (On Dark Horses, Sargent House, 2018)
26. First Aid Kit – Tender Offerings (Tender Offerings EP, Columbia Records, 2018)
27. Fables – All The Pretty Little Horses (Portraits, Second Hand Records, 2018)
28. Marc Ribot (feat Tom Waits) – Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) (Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, Anti-, 2018)
29. Sandro Perri (feat Dan Bejar) – Everybody’s Paris Pt. III (In Another Life, Constellation, 2018)
30. Willie Nelson – My Way (My Way, Sony Music, 2018)

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.

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

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #8

Another week, another weekly playlist, another planet, another

Such a strong week of albums and singles. This thing got a little out of hand and includes 40 songs. Fully aware that nobody has the time or need to hear such a long list. I try to limit it to decent number next time around, but no promises and I might need an intervention. And even then I couldn’t squeeze in some of the bigger releases like the Spiritualized album or the Sylvan Esso single. Maybe there’s no need to set up an exact number for this and just go with the songs that I feel are good enough to be included. On some week it might be 20 and on another week 40.

The key album release of the week for me is the new Turner Cody album The Duke of Decline, because I’m a long time fan of this NY-based songwriter. The week also brough excellent new albums from Rae Spoon, The Molochs, William Elliot Whitmore, Eric Bachmann, Jason Bemis Lawrence, Fables, Gold Star, Molly Drag, Shannen Moser, Jordie Lane, Kirby Brown, David Smalt, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Ruston Kelly. Ok, maybe I’m struggling a bit with the new St. Paul one. Love a couple of songs (like the one on this list), but as a whole it’s maybe not exactly my cup of tea. Nothing wrong with the quality, it’s just an issue of personal taste. Then there’s also a couple of albums that are a few weeks old (Robin Bacior and Ned Collette), because I missed them when they were released.

Some great EPs as well from Waxahatchee, The Mountain Goats and Freddy & Francine. Lots of amazing singles too. I really like every one of them, but the most important ones for me were from Salaliitto, Adeline Hotel, Anna St. Louis, Sunny War, Doug Paisley and Marissa Nadler.

OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #8

1. Salaliitto – 29250 (single, Soit Se Silti, 2018)
2. Rae Spoon – Do Whatever The Heck You Want (bodiesofwater, Coax Records, 2018)
3. Turner Cody – Dust On Your Soul (The Duke of Decline, Boy Scout Records, 2018)
4. Anna St. Louis – Bells (single, Woodsist/Mare, 2018)
5. Adeline Hotel – Looking For The Same Thing (single, Ruination Record Co, 2018)
6. Sunny War – Age of a Man (single, 2018)
7. Doug Paisley – Drinking With a Man (single, No Quarter, 2018)
8. William Elliot Whitmore – One Glass at a Time (Kilonova, Bloodshot Records, 2018)
9. JP Harris – JP’s Florida Blues (single, Free Dirt Records, 2018)
10. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Set Me Free (Karma For Cheap, New West Records, 2018)
11. Antarctigo Vespucci – White Noise (single, Polyvinyl, 2018)
12. The Molochs – Flowers in the Spring (Flowers in the Spring, Innovative Leisure, 2018)
13. Fables – How To Be Comfortable (Portraits, Second Hand Records, 2018)
14. Marissa Nadler – I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore (single, Bella Union, 2018)
15. Jason Bemis Lawrence – Limited Roles (Another Hotel Hallway, 2018)
16. Molly Drag – Warm Song (Thumper, Forged Artifacts, 2018)
17. Eric Bachmann – Daylight (No Recover, Merge Records, 2018)
18. Frontperson – Young Love (single, Oscar St Records, 2018)
19. Freddy & Francine – Hail Me a Cab (Moonless Night EP, 2018)
20. Nathan Bowles – Now If You Remember (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)
21. Gold Star – Beneath The Wheels (Uppers & Downers, Autumn Tone, 2018)
22. Shannen Moser – Every Town (I’ll Sing, Lame-O Records, 2018)
23. Swearin’ – Future Hell (single, Merge Records, 2018)
24. Super American – Chris From Walmart (single, Take This To The Heart, 2018)
25. The Hold Steady – Confusion in the Marketplace (single, Frenchkiss Records, 2018)
26. Robin Bacior – Eyelids (Light It Moved Me, 2018)
27. Jordie Lane – Rambling Mind (Glassellland, Blood Thinner Records, 2018)
28. David Smalt – Diamond Hearts #1 (Fragile Magick, 2018)
29. Edward & Jane – More (single, 2018)
30. Per Gessle (feat. Nick Lowe) – Small Town Talk (Small Town Talk, Elevator, 2018)
31. Waxahatchee – Takes So Much (Great Thunder EP, Merge Records, 2018)
32. Stephen Steinbrink – Bad Love (single, Melodic / Western Vinyl, 2018)
33. The Mountain Goats – Almost Every Door (Hex Of Infinite Binding EP, 2018)
34. Kirby Brown – Joni (Uncommon Prayer, 2018)
35. Ruston Kelly – Mockingbird (Dying Stars, Rounder Records, 2018)
36. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Hurricanes (Young Sick Camellia, Records, 2018)
37. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – I Don’t Need No Baby (single, Bigger Better More Records, 2018)
38. Nikkiesha McLeod – Quarrel (single, 2018)
39. Charles Bradley – I Feel a Change (single, Daptone Records, 2018)
40. Ned Collette – Grant’s Farm (Old Chesnutt, It Records, 2018)

Oh and 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.

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

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