OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #128

Another week, another new music weekly.

A mighty good release week especially on the rootsier side of things, because we got new albums from Esther Rose, Queen Esther, Sunny War, Dillon Warnek, Hunter Hicks and an EP from James Steinle. Some mighty good pop records too from Tuns, Tim Cohen (this is not yet on Spotify, so there’s one of the singles on the playlist) and Stoner Control. Albums by Minor Moon and Renee Reed are also big gems. Other album treasures this week came from Miko Marks, Jess Locke, AJ Fullerton, Max Kasch, Fretland, The Peacers, Justin Rutledge and Shabason, Krgovich & Harris. There’s also a month old album by Kyle Edward Connolly that I just found today and really liked it on quick listen.

On the Finnish side of things the big one is the new wonderful Kielo Kärkkäinen single. Other gems this week are new singles from The New Magnetic North, Lyyti, Mosaiikkisiipi (this was a one that I forgot to include last week, shame on me) and Sarparanta. There’s also another tune from the excellent AK-77 album plus a small visit to 2020 with Jesse Hasty & The Haywires. Turns out Jesse from one of my favorite new Finnish bands Teini-Pää also has a more country-tinged band and they released a couple EPs last year. He also has C86-influenced band CF7 that just released their first single. That is only available on bandcamp.

Finally the international singles. There’s new treasures from the forthcoming albums by Vanessa Peters, Jesse Aycock and Joe Kaplow. Canadian singer-songwriter and liner note hero Nick Ferrio also released a moving new song. Liner note hero means that very often when I fell in love with new Canadian artists and start to do some research, Nick’s name comes up somewhere along the way. Last year that happened with Joey O’Neil and Evangeline Gentle for example. Great to hear new Nick Ferrio songs as well. There’s also more treats such as new Jacob Miller single, First single from the forthcoming Muppets cover album by Kyle Cox, Hannah Juanita song, Rosie Tucker’s Epitaph debut, new Peter Doran that features Haley Heynderickx and a Spanish single from Paper Beat Scissors lots of others.

That’s all for this week. Sorry in advance for forgetting something. Last week it was Mosaiikkisiipi, this week it’s something else. If you want to submit something for this (I will only include songs that I like), I recommend doing it on the release week. I don’t have time to go through emails that came weeks before when I compile this. Even if it was sent on monday, it might be buried under several hundred messages. Also my apologies for being absolutely horrible at answering emails. It’s a tough task to keep up, because this is just a hobby and the day job takes most of the time and energy. I wish I could find some way to manage that submission side, because I do want to be reached, but don’t want to do submithub or anything like that. Love from a distance.

1. Esther Rose – How Many Times (How Many Times, Full Time Hobby / Father / Daughter Records, 2021)
2. Queen Esther – The Whiskey Wouldn’t Let Me Pray (Gild the Black Lily, 2021)
3. Sunny War – It’s Name Is Fear (Simple Syrup, Hen House Studios, 2021)
4. Dillon Warnek – Tuesday, the 5th (Now That It’s All OVer, Unsigned Records, 2021)
5. Vanessa Peters – Modern Age (single, Idol Records, 2021)
6. Jesse Aycock – Past Life (single, Horton Records, 2021)
7. Tuns – In Another Life (Duly Noted, Murderecords, 2021)
8. Tim Cohen – Rage On (You Are Still Here, Bobo Integral, 2021)
9. Stoner Control – The Best Thing (Sparkle Endlessley, 2021)
10. Minor Moon – Under an Ocean Of Holes (Tethers, 2021)
11. Nick Ferrio – The Dam (single, 2021)
12. Hunter Hicks – Hound (Hunter Hicks, 2021)
13. James Steinle – Broken Things (Same Ol’ Stuff EP, 2021)
14. The New Magnetic North – Foxes on the Run (single, 2021)
15. Joe Kaplow – How Old Is My Soul (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
16. Miko Marks & The Resurrectors – Hard Times (Our Country, Redtone Records, 2021)
17. Renee Reed – I Saw a Ghost (Renee Reed, Keeled Scales, 2021)
18. Kielo Kärkkäinen – Ajattele tulevaa (single, Texicalli Records, 2021)
19. Mosaiikkisiipi – Helpompaa on silmät sulkea (single, McVius Records, 2021)
20. Lyyti – Puhalla ja toivo (single, Luova Records, 2021)
21. Rosie Tucker – Habanero (single, Epitaph, 2021)
22. Jess Locke – Living For the Living (Don’t Ask Yourself Why, Dot Dash Recordings, 2021)
23. Samantha Crain – Malachi, Goodbye (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
24. Jacob Miller – Tricks (single, Sit at Home Records, 2021)
25. Kyle Cox – Rainbow Connection (single, 2021)
26. Peter Doran feat Haley Heynderickx – Blue Mountains (single, 2021)
27. Melissa Erin – Whay You Gonna Do? (single, 2021)
28. Hannah Juanita – Call Yourself My Man? (single, 2021)
29. Parker Millsap – Dammit (single, Okrahoma Records, 2021)
30. AJ Fullerton – Healing Takes Time (The Forgiver and the Runaway, 2021)
31. Oliver Wood – Fine Line (single, Honey Jar Records, 2021)
32. Ben Pirani – Dreamin’s For Free (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
33. Holy Hive – I Don’t Envy Yesterdays (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
34. Jesse Malin – The Way We Used to Roll (single, Wicked Cool Records, 2021)
35. Austin Lucas – Already Dead – Acoustic (single, Sabotage Records, 2021)
36. Paper Beat Scissors – Formas (single, Seayou Records, 2021)
37. Monnone Alone – Feel It Disappearing (single, Meritorio Records, 2021)
38. Kyle Edward Connolly – Get Me Tomorrow (On Arrival, Hand Drawn Dracula, 2021)
39. Bill MacKay & Nathan Bowles – Dowsing (single, Drag City, 2021)
40. Jesse Hasty & The Haywires – Brittle (II EP, Hasty Records, 2020)
41. Max Kasch – Down the Line (Max Kasch, By and By Records, 2021)
42. The Peacers – Ms Ela Stanyon’s School of Acting (Blexxed Rec, Drag City, 2021)
43. Blue Cactus – Rebel (single, Sleepy Cat Records, 2021)
44. Katie Jo – Pawn Shop Queen (single, Fossil Water Records, 2021)
45. Hannah White & The Nordic Connections – Walk Beside Me (single, Paper Blue Records, 2021)
46. Jason Eady – Back to Normal (single, Old Guitar Records, 2021)
47. Fretland – Could Have Loved You (Could Have Loved You, Soundly Music, 2021)
48. Justin Rutledge – St. Peter (Islands, Outside Music, 2021)
49. Spencer Thomas – Confused (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2021)
50. Sarparanta – Aavemaisemaa (single, Fullsteam Records, 2021)
51. Melissa Mary Ahern – Stone by Stone (single, Fat Cat Records, 2021)
52. Melissa Carper – Old Fashioned Gal (Daddy’s Country Gold, 2021)
53. AK-77 – Sokeritytön Blues (Lowdown kryptoniitti Blues, 2021)
54. Sarah King – Poison (Poison EP, 2021)
55. Michael Feuerstack – Harmonize the Moon (Harmonize the Moon, Forward Music Group, 2021)
56. Shabason, Krgovich and Harris – Sometimes I Think That I Know (Florence, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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 #127

Another week, another new music weekly.

This one is a big week, because we got new albums from Melissa Carper and Michael Feuerstack. I love these records and I can guarantee you will find them from my EOTY lists if this blog and world still exists at the end of 2021. That’s obviously not all and there’s also great new releases from Janet Simpson, Emmett Morris (EP), Sarah King (EP), Son of the Velvet Rat, Joe Pug (Only side A on streaming services), The Bones of J.R. Jones (EP), New Bums, Loretta Lynn, Nuevo, Becca Mancari (EP), Morgan Wade and The Golden Roses.

A rather excellent release week here in Finland too, because we got new albums from Litku Klemetti, Pekka Laine, Väisänen and AK-77 plus an EP from V.Härkönen. The playlist also has the new Matti single.

And last but not least the international singles. A new favorite Chris Acker released a new single as did the all-time faves Teenage Fanclub. A new find of the week for me was Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers. I really liked that single and I’m eager to hear more. My favorite Tasmanians Quivers signed a deal with the coolest labels Bobo Integral and Ba Da Bing and announced a new album. Libby DeCamp released another magical song as did Charlie Marie. Zach Schmidt returned with a new single and so forth. If you want something a bit different, that Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander is very charming. There’s also the new Shonna Tucker song that has been on Bandcamp a while. If it has been on Spotify before, I have missed it. And of course I might as well namedrop em all, but you’ll find them below.

That’s all for this week. I know I forgot something. Happens every week these days. Some might take that as a hint and quit, but I suppose I’m too stubborn. Love from a distance.

1. Melissa Carper – It’s Better If You Never Know (Daddy’s Country Gold, Mae Music, 2021)
2. Chris Acker – Panicked and Paralyzed (single, Gar Hole Records, 2021)
3. Michael Feuerstack – Too King (Harmonize the Moon, Forward Music Group, 2021)
4. Emmett Morris – Falling Out (A Better World’s to Come EP, Gunn St Music, 2021)
5. Teenage Fanclub – The Sun Won’t Shine On Me (single, PeMa, 2021)
6. Quivers – Gutters of Love (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
7. Janet Simpson – Double Lines (Safe Distance, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2021)
8. Joe Pug – Crescent Bridge (The Diving Sun, 2021)
9. Libby DeCamp – Last Stand (single, 2021)
10. Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers – Devil Tracks (single, Vocal Rest Records, 2021)
11. Sarah King – Cold Hard Ground (The Hour EP, 2021)
12. Charlie Marie – El Paso (single, Soundly, 2021)
13. John R. Miller – Lookin’ Over My Shoulder (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
14. Zach Schmidt – I Can’t Dance (single, Boss Dawg Records, 2021)
15. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Howl (A Celebration, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
16. Son of the Velvet Rat – Alicia (Solitary Company, Fluff and Gravy Records, 2021)
17. Rose City Band – Silver Roses (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
18. New Bums – Obliteration Time (Last Time I Saw Grace, Drag City, 2021)
19. Jeffrey Silverstein – Trip Sitter (single, 2021)
20. Nuevo – Querido (Nuevo, Nine Mile Records, 2021)
21. Pekka Laine – Lullaby (The Enchanted Guitar of Pekka Laine, Svart Records, 2021)
22. Väisänen – Huoltoasemalla (Tulis ilta tai särkyis kone, UHO Productions, 2021)
23. AK-77 – Lowdown kryptoniitti blues (Lowdown kryptoniitti blues, 2021)
24. V.Härkönen – Tiikerikakkuu (Patsaspuisto EP, Soit Se Silti, 2021)
25. Matti – Viaton (single, 2021)
26. Litku Klemetti – Google Earth Rock (Kukkia muovipussissa, Luova Records, 2021)
27. Andre Ethier – Wild Goldfish (single, Telephone Explosion Records, 2021)
28. Will Orchard – Rita (single, Better Company, 2021)
29. Dark Tea – Finally On Time (single, Fire Talk, 2021)
30. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – Honey’s Loving Arms (single, 2021)
31. Lambchop – A Chef’s Kiss (single, Merge Records, 2021)
32. Ana Egge – The Ship (single, StorySound Records, 2021)
33. Becca Mancari – Stay With Me -acoustic (Juniata EP, Captured Tracks, 2021)
34. Ainsley Wills – This Is What Our Love Looks Like Now (single, 2021)
35. Shonna Tucker – A Brother’s Love (single, 2021)
36. Laura Mae Socks – The Blue (single, Cardinal Club, 2021)
37. Morgan Wade – Mend (Reckless, Ladylike Records, 2021)
38. The Rose Petals – Military Man (single, Envoy Records, 2021)
39. Gospelbeach – Jam Jam (single, Curation Records, 2021)
40. Lucinda Williams – Save Yourself (single, Ba Da Bing! 2021)
41. Loretta Lynn – Keep on the Sunny Side (Still Woman Enough, Sony Music, 2021)
42. The Golden Roses – San Antonio by Sundown (Devil’s in the Details, 2021)
43. Britton Patrick Morgan – Bad Tom Smith (single, 2021)
44. Ottoman Turks – Conspiracy Freak (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
45. Hunter Hicks – My Baby Loves Leaving Town (single, 2021)
46. Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno – My Teardrops Say (Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
47. Melody Duncan – Cardinal (Wolf Song, 2021)
48. Lotta St Joan – Berlin (single, 2021)
49. Dan Wriggins – Season (Mr Chill, Orindal Records, 2021)
50. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Failure of Melting (Theory of Ice, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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 #126

Another week, another new music weekly.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno albums and that Dan Wriggins EP were my most anticipated ones this week, but we also got great new releases from Melody Duncan (I wasn’t familiar before but I really like this on quick listen), Max and the Martians, Cameron Knowles & Eli Winter, Rodeola, Kelly McFarling, Ty Maxon, Valerie June, Christian Lee Hutson (Version Suicides vol 2 EP streaming now), Israel Nash and David Ramirez (hymns). Also featured Mark Pickerel’s cover album that I missed earlier in the year.

The big one from Finland is the wonderful single from Laura Moisio. Other gorgeous Finnish cuts this weeks are singles from Punomo, Eerie Deer, Eden Prairie, New Silver Girl and Maria Milvus. Plus a revisit to Janne Laurila’s solo album from the past week.

And then there’s lots of fabulous international singles. The big news for were the album announcements and first singles from Evan Cheadle and Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love. I’m also totally in love with the Esther Rose and Johanna Samuels (Elliot Smith cover) singles. That Esther Rose song is probably one of my favorite songs of the whole year so far. Some other favorites came from Renee Reed, Hiss Golden Messenger, Greg Loiacono & Jamie Drake, Kirty, Louien and Nick Jaina. A completely new one for me was Route 500, but I’m very fond of that song. I need to investigate that further. And as usual I could namedrop of them all and the further listening will even tell which become most important to me. Oh yeah and one of my favorites of the week was this song by Keven Louis Lareau, but that is only on Bandcamp.

That’s it for this week. I’ll probably remember something as soon as I have posted it, so I might make some additions tomorrow. Love from a distance.

1. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Surface Tension (Theory Of Ice, You’ve Changed Records, 2021)
2. Evan Cheadle – No Love Lost (single, 2021)
3. Dan Wriggins – All Things Being Equal (Mr Chill, Orindal Records, 2021)
4. Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – Boozing and Losing (single, Capitane Records, 2021)
5. Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno – Leaving on Our Minds (Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
6. Melody Duncan – Wolf Song (Wolf Song, 2021)
7. Max and the Martians – Love on Vacation (All the Same, 2021)
8. Esther Rose – Songs Remain (single, Full Time Hobby / Father/Daughter Records, 2021)
9. Johanna Samuels – Single File (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
10. Laura Moisio – Kirje (single, Texicalli Records, 2021)
11. Renee Reed – Neboj (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
12. Cameron Knowles & Eli Winter – And So I Did (Anticipation, American Dreams Records, 2021)
13. Rodeola feat Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg – Northern Flicker (Arlene, 2021)
14. Christian Lee Hutson feat Shamir – Just Like Heaven (The Version Suicides vol 2 EP, Anti, 2021)
15. Sunny War – Mama’s Milk (single, Hen House Studios, 2021)
16. Hiss Golden Messenger – If It Comes in the Morning (single, Merge Records, 2021)
17. Kelly McFarling – Follow Me Down (Deep the Habit, 2021)
18. Greg Loiacono & Jamie Drake – Bound to Fall (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
19. Ty Maxon – Dagger (Slower than a Sunday Sky, 2021)
20. Valerie June – Stardust Scattering (The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, Fantasy Records, 2021)
21. Nick Waterhouse – B. Santa Ana, 1986 (single, Innovative Leisure, 2021)
22. Punomo – Siskot (single, Solina Records, 2021)
23. New Silver Girl – Pale Statement Pieces (single, Soliti, 2021)
24. The Legal Matters – The World Is Mine (single, Futureman Records, 2021)
25. ROY – Where Did My Mind Go? (single, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
26. Kirty – God Help Us (single, Postwar Records, 2021)
27. Louien – Better Woman (single, Jansen Records, 2021)
28. Lucy Dacus – Thumbs (single, Matador Records, 2021)
29. Janet Simpson – Slip (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2021)
30. Eden Prairie – Take The I Train (single, 2021)
31. Gary Louris – New Normal (single, SHAM, 2021)
32. Nick Jaina – Impossible (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
33. The Pink Stones – Barroom Blues (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
34. Shaela Miller – The Devil In You (single, Bad Ideas Records, 2021)
35. Hunter Hicks – I Though of The Devil (single, 2021)
36. Israel Nash – Down in the Country (Topaz, Loose Music, 2021)
37. Route 500 – The Slowest Sting (single, Wrong Colour, 2021)
38. Eerie Deer – See You Sea (single, 2021)
39. Anna Ash – Fire Season (single, 2021)
40. Jane Inc – Obliterated (single, Telephone Explosion, 2021)
41. Belle Tower – She Moves in Phases (single, 2021)
42. Joana Serrat – Pictures (single, Loose Music, 2021)
43. Maria Milvus – The Things That Just Are (single, 2021)
44. Aldous Harding – Revival (single, 4AD, 2021)
45. Skullcrusher – Storm in Summer (single, Secrecly Canadian, 2021)
46. Minor Moon – Hey, Dark Ones (single, 2021)
47. David Ramirez – Come Thou Font (Backslider, Sweetworld Music, 2021)
48. Elizabeth King – Living in the Last Days (single, Bible & Tire Recording Co, 2021)
49. Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands – Tennessee River Runs Low (Rebel in the Rearview, 2021)
50. The Blips – Walking Home (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2021)
51. CIVIC – Tell The Papers (single, Flightless, 2021)
52. Kitty Kat Fan Club – The Abyss (single, Asian Man Records, 2021)
53. Radio Days – Lose Control (single, Ammonia Records, 2021)
54. Tim Cohen – Change My Legs (single, Bobo Integral Records, 2021)
55. Trash Man – Stronger Than I Thought (single, 2021)
56. Janne Laurila – Kohti parempaa todellisuutta (Janne, tuu jo tänne, Soit Se Silti, 2021)

Playlist link

Playlist Archive

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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