OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #189

Another week, another new music weekly.

The release of the week has to be the new Kassi Valazza EP. So thrilled to have new Kassi Valazza songs to love and hold dear. Such a great surprise release. American Aquarium and Michael Rault albums were also on top of my list for this week and did not disappoint. This week also gave us great new releases from Michaela Anne, Reilly Downes (EP), Nathan Xander (this one is from last week), The Inflorescence, Diners, Joe Purdy, Mapache, Thorsten Nesch (EP), TJ Douglas, Graham Hunt, A Vulture Wake (EP, Chad Price’s band), The Slocan Ramblers and Son Parapluie (from last week as well).

The Finnish highlight is the new Bobby Oroza album. One hell of a soul record. Puhelinseksi and Mara Balls also released great new albums this week. Tears Apart album is a few weeks old, but I had missed it before. Only new single is from Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus (it’s a double, so check out the other one too. Oh yeah and I also included the b-side of Amuri’s monster cover single from the past week. I think that’s all I had from Finland. I’m sure there were more, but they flew under my radar.

There were many worthy candidates, but the international song of the week is Sylvie’s new beauty. Very fond of that Fiver tune as well. Other faves came from Courtney Marie Andrews, Adia Victoria, Arlo McKinley, The Burning Hell, Bonny Light Horseman and The Sadies. Just to name a few. You’ll find the all below.

That’s all for this week. Like, share, follow and all the usual annoying promotional nonsense. It all matters. Progress on other aspects of the blog is still non-existant. Maybe I should at least do a quick mid-year fave report if nothing else. We’ll see. Love from a distance.

1. Kassi Valazza – Little Flowers (Highway Sounds EP, 2022)
2. American Aquarium – The First Year (Chicamacomico, Losing Side Records / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
3. Michael Rault – Who Will You Call On? (Michael Rault, Wick Records, 2022)
4. Bobby Oroza – Real Connection (Get On the Other Side, Big Crown Records, 2022)
5. Sylvie – Stealing Time (single, Full Time Hobby, 2022)
6. Courtney Marie Andrews – Satellite (single, Fat Possum Records, 2022)
7. Michaela Anne – Chasing Days (Oh To Be That Free, Yep Roc, 2022)
8. Reilly Downes – Ruins (Spent EP, 2022)
9. Adia Victoria – In the Pines (single, Atlantic, 2022)
10. Fiver – Song of the Mournful Millionaire (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2022)
11. Arlo McKinley – Back Home (single, Oh Boy Records, 2022)
12. Joe Purdy – Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie (Desert Outtakes Vol 1, Mudtown Crier, 2022)
13. Nathan Xander – New Songs, Cool Parties (French Creek Flood, 2022)
14. The Sadies – All the Good (single, Yep Roc, 2022)
15. Trevor Beld Jimenez – Gasoline (single, 2022)
16. Diners – Middle of a Cloud (Four Wheels and the Truth, Lauren Records, 2022)
17. The Inflorescence – The Truth (Remember What I Look Like, Kill Rock Stars, 2022)
18. Puhelinseksi – Et jää yksin (Vieraita toisillemme, Svart Records, 2022)
19. Mara Balls – Tuu mun mukaan (Maranormaali ilmiö, Stupido Records, 2022)
20. A Vulture Wake – Red (Kingdom EP, 2022)
21. The Burning Hell – The Last Normal Day (single, BB*Island, 2022)
22. I Was a King – Follow Me Home (single,
23. Graham Hunt – How Is That Different (If You Knew Would You Believe It, Smoking Room, 2022)
24. Mapache – Man and Woman (Roscoe’s Dream, Innovative Leisure, 2022)
25. Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus – Haaksirikkoutunet (single, Iso Pinkki, 2022)
26. Alex Dupree – The Seer (single, Keeled Scales, 2022)
27. TJ Douglas – Stiff Drink Society (Lo 2.0, Beach Plum Tapes, 2022)
28. Frank Meadows – New Zeitgeist (single, Ruination Record Co, 2022)
29. Thorsten Nesch – 30 Years (Don’t Buy a Gun EP, Polterzeitgeist Records, 2022)
30. Rachel Brooke – True Love Will Find You in the End (single, 2022)
31. Veronica Stanton – Together Again (single, 2022)
32. Laura Veirs – Eucalyptus (single, Bella Union, 2022)
33. Tears Apart – Wanna Stay (Love, Presence Records, 2022)
34. Son Parapluie feat Isobel Campbell – Paris n’existe pas (Paris n’existe pas, Europop 2000, 2022)
35. The A’s – He Needs Me (single, Psychic Hotline, 2022)
36. Fresh Pepper – Prep Cook in th Weeds (single, Telephone Explosion Records, 2022)
37. Lauren Balthrop feat Maya De Vitry – Thank You (Olivia Records, 2022)
38. Lindsay Clark – Better Way (single, 2022)
39. Andrew Combs – High and Dry (single, New West Records, 2022)
40. Bonny Light Horseman – California (single, 37d03d, 2022)
41. Joe Pug – I Do My Father’s Drugs (Revisited) (single, Loose Music, 2022)
42. Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters – Save Me From Myself (single, sonaBLAST! Records, 2022)
43. The Slocan Ramblers – Bury My Troubles (Up the Hill and Through the Fog, SloMusic, 2022)
44. Daniel Sherrill – Frosty Morning (single, American Standard Time Records, 2022)
45. The Lowest Pair – When Se Did (single, Delicata Records, 2022)
46. Amuri – Mikään ei riitä (single, Helmi Levyt, 2022)
47. Desolation Horse – Why They Don’t Let Drunks into Heaven (Is Land, American Standard Time Records, 2022)
48. Jack M. Senff – Mick & Keith (Low Spirit, Skeletal Lightning, 2022)
49. Drive-By Truckers – Wilder Days (Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO Records, 2022)
50. S.G. Goodman – Keeper of the Time (Teeth Marks, Verve Forecast, 2022)

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

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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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #188

Another week, another new music weekly.

188 done and maybe 12 to go. This was quite a big one and didn’t have time to listen everything on one weekend. Too much new music for one dude to cover on his spare time. But here’s still my take of the finest new music of the week.

Drive-By Truckers and S.G. Goodman albums are the big ones this week, but early on I’ve been equally into the Jack M. Senff album. All extremely highly recommended. This week also gave as great releases from Desolation Horse, Nicki Bluhm, Ryan Lee Crosby, Paige Hargrove, Angel Olsen, Chelsea Rose, Ural Thomas & The Pain, Extra Arms, Andrew Bird, Teenage Tom Petties, Brenna Lowrie (Neil Young cover EP), Mary Gauthier, Andrew Gabbard (live EP) M G Boulter (EP), H Self (EP) Queen Of Jeans (EP), Nataly Dawn, Matt York and Jack Klatt (EP). Oh and this one also includes a song from Jenny Berkel’s album that came out a couple weeks ago. I had the advance singles on this playlist, but managed to miss the actual album release a few weeks back.

The cover magic from Amuri is the Finnish highlight of the week. Love their version of Kestääkö siivet. Other Finnish gems of the week are album from Team Play, EP from Marian Valinta and singles from Pekka Tuomi, Ite Eerola, Kadotettu Nuoruus and Bobby Oroza.

New Anna Tivel song of is of course the international song of the week. One of my favorite songwriters on my favorite record label. I got nothing but love for that. A fabulous week otherwise too. There’s new ones from big personal favorites like Julie Arsenault & Max Garcia Conover, Joan Shelley, Abby Hamilton, John Calvin Abney, Mariel Buckley, Nikki Lane, Caleb Caudle, Wilder Maker, Rachel Brooke, Kyle Cox, Dakota Theim, Michael Rault and the list goes on and on. Check them all out below.

That all for this week. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. Especially important now when I seriously consider whether or not I will continue past the 200 mark. So if you want this to continue, hitting that like / follow button is an easy way to convince me that it might be worth it to keep this thing alive. Oh and happy STHLM Americana festival for all those who celebrate next weekend. I have to skip this year, but I hope I will be able to be there in 2023. Love from a distance.

1. Drive-By Truckers – Forged in Hell and Heaven Sent (Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO Records, 2022)
2. Jack M. Senff – Thunder Roll On (Low Spirit, Skeletal Lightning, 2022)
3. S.G. Goodman – Patron Saint of the Dollar Store (Teeth Marks, Verve Forecast, 2022)
4. Desolation Horse – Bobby’s Band (Is Land, American Standard Time Records, 2022)
5. Nicki Bluhm – Leaving Me (Is the Loving Thing To Do) (Avondale Drive, Compass Records, 2022)
6. Ryan Lee Crosby – I’m Leaving (Winter Hill Blues, 2022)
7. Anna Tivel – Outsiders (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2022)
8. Julie Arsenault & Max Garcia Conover – Seven Continents (single, Son Canciones, 2022)
9. Joan Shelley – Home (single, No Quarter, 2022)
10. John Calvin Abney – Call Me Achilles (single, Black Mesa Records, 2022)
11. Will Stewart – New World Daydream (single, Cornelius Chapel, 2022)
12. Abby Hamilton – Trailer Park Queen (single, 2022)
13. Nikki Lane – First High (single, New West Records, 2022)
14. Mariel Buckley – Shooting at the Moon (single, Birthday Cake Records, 2022)
15. Caleb Caudle – Betty Oshawa (single, Soundly, 2022)
16. Nick Nace – There’s No Music in Music City (single, 2022)
17. Rachel Brooke – Undediced Love (single, 2022)
18. Paige Hargrove – Blooming Golden (The Name of the Game is Luck, 2022)
19. Angel Olsen – Dream Thing (Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022)
20. Chelsea Rose – My Old Friend (Truth or Consequenses, Paul Is Dead Records, 2022)
21. Michael Rault – Right on Time (single, Wick Records, 2022)
22. Bobby Oroza feat Cold Diamond Minks – My Place, My Time (single, Big Crown Records, 2022)
23. Amuri – Kestääkö siivet (single, Helmi Levyt, 2022)
24. Pekka Tuomi – Lomille Kuusamoon (single, Luova Records, 2022)
25. Marian Valinta – Lupaus (Lupaus EP, 2022)
26. Kadotettu Nuoruus – Vampira (single, 2022)
27. Ite Eerola – Rakkaani halua kuolla (single, 2022)
28. Team Play – If I Was Born Again (Wishes and Desires, Soliti, 2022)
29. Anne Malin – I Found Something in the Stream (single, Dear Life Records, 2022)
30. Brenna Lowrie – Expecting to Fly (Changing Skies EP, 2022)
31. Jenny Berkel – Under a Sky (These are the Sounds Left From Leaving, Outside Music, 2022)
32. Mary Gauthier – Dark Enough to See the Stars (Dark Enough To See The Stars, In the Black / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
33. H. Self – Rich Man’s Problem (Topoli Sessions EP, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2022)
34. M G Boulter – Middle English (A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton, Hudson Records, 2022)
35. Kyle Cox & Franc Castillejos – Quedate Amor / Love Remain (single, 2022)
36. Wilder Maker – Letter of Apology (single, Western Vinyl, 2022)
37. Dakota Theim – Backup Plan (single, 2022)
38. Andrew Gabbard – Cloud of Smoke – Live (Live In Loveland, Karma Chief Records, 2022)
39. The Gabbard Brothers – Little Mama (single, Karma Chief Records, 2022)
40. Ural Thomas & The Pain – Promises (Dancing Dimensions, Bella Union, 2022)
41. Reverend Baron – It’s My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry) (single, Karma Chief Records, 2022)
42. The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousnes – Turning Red (single, Bobo Integral, 2022)
43. Dolour – Moves Like Miyagi (single, 2022)
44. Teenage Tom Petties – Boxroom Blues (Teenage Tom Petties, Safe Suburban Home / Repeating Cloud, 2022)
45. Graham Hunt – Atwood (single, Smoking Room, 2022)
46. Diners – If You’ve Ever Put a Spell On Me (single, Lauren Records, 2022)
47. Extra Arms – Vulnerabilities (What Is Even Happening Right Now? Forge Again Records, 2022)
48. Queen of Jeans – Was I Ever (Hiding Place, Memory Music, 2022)
49. Acid House Kings – Honey, Honey (single, 2022)
50. Damien Jurado – Whatever Happened to Paul Sand (single, Field Painting, 20229
51. Alela Diane – Howling Wind (single, Naive, 2022)
52. Andrew Bird – Fixed Positions (Inside Problems, Wegawam Music, 2022)
53. Field Guides – Cicadas in the Lemon Trees (single, 2022)
54. Florist – Sci-Fi Silence (single, Double Double Whammy, 2022)
55. Nataly Dawn – All Bad (Gardenview, 2022)
56. Revelators Sound System – Grieving (single, 37d03d, 2022)
57. Vandoliers – Before the Fall (single, Amerikinda Records / Soundly, 2022)
58. Matt York – Without You (Gently Used, 2022)
59. Jack Klatt – Blue Lights and Yellow Flames (Edge of the End EP, Yep Roc, 2022)
60. The Local Honeys – Better Than I Deserve (single, La Honda Records / Thirty Tigers, 2022)
61. Abigail Lapell – La Cascade (single, Outside Music, 2022)
62. Razor Braids – Megachurch (single, 2022)
63. Burn the Louvre – Lost With You (single, Broken Glass Records, 2022)
64. Evolfo & Ben Pirani – Evolfo Tries Love (single, Palmetto Street Recording Company, 2022)
65. Wilco – Hints (Cruel Country, dBpm Records, 2022)
66. Thorsten Nesch – Keep Your Tears (Brothers For a While EP, 2022)
67. The World Without Parking Lots – My Word For It (You’ll Have to Take My Word For It, Dear Life Records, 2022)

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Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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OCTA New Music Weekly – Episode #187

Another week, another new music weekly.

Slightly slower release week, but still plenty to love. The big one is the new Wilco album. I actually haven’t listened the whole thing yet, because I wanted to get this done first. But yeah, seems like my kinda Wilco album and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it wholeheartedly. This week we also got great new albums from Iris Marlowe, Companion, Magnolia (EP), The World Without Parking Lots, Thorsten Nesch (EP, this has been out a week or two, he has been releasing an EP every month and they are all really good. So do also check out the older ones that I’ve managed to miss on these weekly round-ups), Steve Earle (Jerry Jeff covers), The Frightnrs, Maria BC and Drew Fitchette (this one is from last week).

The only Finnish album release on the list came from Lake Huttula (you might remember his earlier band Lodger). We also got some single gold. Kytäjä being back is parade-worthy event. Other excellent Finnish singles came from Tuomo & Markus, Tulio, Janeveera, Puhelinseksi, Solemn Golem, Ne Galaktiset and Bizzarro & Jukka Nissinen.

And finally the international singles. I really love that Dominic Angelella feat Chanele McGuiness song. What a beauty. Other big favorites came from Jack M. Senff, Rob Snarski, Frank Meadows and The Frowning Clouds (recorded years ago though). Just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

That’s all for now. Like, share, follow and all the usual promotional nonsense. It all matters. Love from a distance.

1. Wilco – Hearts Hard to Find (Cruel Country, dBpm Records, 2022)
2. Iris Marlowe – Cowboy Chords (Where the Devil Bid the Owl Goodbye, 2022)
3. Companion – Second Day Spring (Second Day Spring, 2022)
4. Magnolia – Have You Always (Confluencer EP, LHM Records, 2022)
5. Dominic Angelella feat Chanele McGuiness – Bitter Drain (single, Lame-O Records, 2022)
6. The World Without Parking Lots – Twelve For His Heels (You’ll Have to Take My Word For It, Dear Life Records, 2022)
7. Thorsten Nesch – Brothers for a While (Brothers for a While EP, 2022)
8. Jack M. Senff – Rat in the Silo (single, Skeletal Lightning, 2022)
9. Rob Snarski – Elena (single, 2022)
10. Steve Earle – Charlie Dunn (Jerry Jeff, New West Records, 2022)
11. Rachel Brooke – The Log Train (single, 2022)
12. Elliot C Way – Bleed (single, 2022)
13. Pharis & Jason Romero – Cannot Change It All (single, Smitsonian Folkways, 2022)
14. The Frightnrs – 30-56 (Always, Daptone Records, 2022)
15. Hannah White – Fourteen Years (About Time, Paper Blue Records, 2022)
16. Amanda Shires – Hawk For the Dove (single, ATO Records, 2022)
17. Tuomo & Markus – Wishful Information (single, Granpop Records, 2022)
18. Tulio – Aaveet kannoilla (single, Solina Records, 2022)
19. Janeveera – Susi (single, Roso Records, 2022)
20. Lake Huttula – Why Try (My Ptosis, Soit Se Silti, 2022)
21. Bizzarro & Jukka Nissinen – Vankina maapallolla (single, Humu Records, 2022)
22. Puhelinseksi – Kelan paperit (single, Svart Records, 2022)
23. Ne Galaktiset – Laituri (single, Helmi Levyt, 2022)
24. Kytäjä – Albert Einstein (single, DilleDong, 2022)
25. Solemn Golem – I Wonder (single, 2022)
26. STEPPES – To the Idea of Western God (Seeing Things) (single, 2022)
27. AC Sapphire – Bonsai (single, American Standard Time Records, 2022)
28. Maria BC – The Only Thing (Hyaline, Fear of Missing Out Records, 2022)
29. Frank Meadows – Dead Weight (single, Ruination Record Co, 2022)
30. Chelsea Rose – Fallin (single, Paul Is Dead Records, 2022)
31. Andrew Combs – (God)less (single, Loose Music, 2022)
32. Andred Bird – Make a Picture (single, Wegawam, 2022)
33. Mapache – Light My Fire (single, Innovative Leisure, 2022)
34. The Frowning Clouds – Not the Fool (single, Anti Fade Records, 2022)
35. Color Green – Ill Fitting Suit (single, ORG Music, 2022)
36. Drew Danburry & Vanwho – We Belong (single, 2022)
37. Cut Worms – Dream Most Wild (single, Jagjaguwar, 2022)
38. Martha – Please Don’t Take Me Back (single, Specialist Subject, 2022)
39. Mikey Erg – Caroline Told Me So (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2022)
40. Lenny Bull – Feel Alright (single, Cock & Bull Records, 2022)
41. Extra Arms – Feeling Alright (single, Forge Again Records, 2022)
42. Tony Molina – The Last Time (single, Summer Shade, 2022)
43. The Minks – Take It Easy (single, 2022)
44. Rob Joynes – Died for Love (single, 2022)
45. Why Bonnie – 90 In November (single, Keeled Scales, 2022)
46. Emily Elbert – Not Alone (single, 2022)
47. Wynonna & Waxahatchee – Other Side (single, Anti, 2022)
48. Parker Twomey – Counting Down the Days (single, 2022)
49. Drew Fitchette – Potrimpos (Witness Marks EP, Furious Hooves, 2022)
50. Thomas Dollbaum – Break Your Bones (Wellswood, Big Legal Mess, 2022

Spotify Playlist

Tidal Playlist

Playlist Archive on Spotify

Playlist Archive on Tidal

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

I’ll make the playlist on Spotify and then transfer it to Tidal. This means a few tracks might be missing from the Tidal version, if they are not available on that platform. Usually it’s 1-3 tracks that are not on Tidal. There’s a bunch of older episodes on my Spotify profile, if you miss an episode or want to revisit.

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 if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each weekend.

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