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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Courtney Marie Andrews and Chase Weinacht

Major news alert! A new Courtney Marie Andrews album Old Flowers is coming out 5th of June on Loose Music / Fat Possum Records. I can’t wait to hear the album and see her perform these songs about a week later at the STHLM Americana festival. The album also features another personal hero Twain on bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer and background vocals. Here’s the beautiful first single called If I Told.

Courtney Marie Andrews Website
Courtney Marie Andrews at Facebook

Chase Weinacht from Austin, Texas released a new single on 29th of February. It’s called Leap Day, came out on Keeled Scales and sounds utterly wonderful. A welcome return, because I don’t think I’ve heard solo Chase since the 2011 self-released albums Moon Country and Here Cinema (just listening to these records while I write this and still enjoying them a lot). If you enjoy this gorgeous new single, check out his great band Marmalakes as well.

Marmalakes Website
Chase Weinacht at Keeled Scales

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Stripmall Ballads, Hello Emerson, Adam Remnant and Crow vs Lion

Another quick round up of songs I love, because that’s all I manage these days. Today’s US journey starts from Maryland with songwriter Phillips Saylor Wisor and together we are meeting Susan at the Crossroads. It’s the opening song of the great new Stripmall Ballads album Distant that came out on the 1st of February. A bit of a low-key release for such a high quality album, so here’s my small part in spreading the word about this beauty. You can purchase the whole gorgeous album from his website.

Stripmall Ballads Website
Stripmall Ballads at Facebook

Next up is a midwest / Ohio music video double from the Anyway Records vaults. First Columbus, Ohio and Am I the Midwest? from the new Hello Emerson album How to Cook Everything. I’ve mentioned it before, but a revisit is in order due to its undeniable magic. One of my favorite records of the year so far.

Hello Emerson at Facebook
Hello Emerson Website

And then over to Athens, Ohio and to the finest music of 2018. Lately songwriter Adam Remnant has been getting into film photography and in the process created a lyric video for a song called Ohio from his fabulous 2018 album Sourwood.

Adam Remnant Website
Adam Remnant at Facebook

Final stop on this little round up is Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the 2019 album The Heart, The Time, The Pen from Crow vs Lion. It’s a music project led by songwriter Dan Gallagher. A long time blog favourite Raph Cutrufello (from Hezekiah Jones) co-produced and helped him to bring his vision to fruition. The Heart, The Time, The Pen is a concept album revolving around these three themes and I recommened listening to the whole thing to get a full grasp of the depth of it. Here’s the new music video Waking The Truth along with one of my own favourites Missouri to get started. Follow the bandcamp link to hear/buy the whole album.

Crow vs Lion at Facebook
Crow vs Lion Website

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