OCTA Weekly Playlist #58

Another week, another weekly playlist

Anniversary celebration is over and the blog returns to normal routine. Thanks again to every artists who made a video for the anniversary festival and every reader who watched them. If you want to revisit the action hit the links in the left sidebar. There’s a handy youtube playlist for easy browsing and sharing. So check that out if you want to hear brand new songs from Anna Tivel, Haley Heynderickx, Jeffrey Martin, Micah Schnabel.. and so much more. I love each and every video and I’m completely stunned that 68 artists wanted to take part on the anniversary festival of this little music blog. But it’s time to start focusing on the next 18 years and I’ll start with the weekly playlist. This time there’s albums and songs from the past three weeks, because I did not have enough time to compile this playlist during the celebration. This also means that I probably forgot to include a lot of stuff and a lot of it even slipped under my radar (it wasn’t even really on for a while there). So feel free to hit me up, if something important is missing. I also couldn’t include as much singles as normally, because the list is way too long as it is. I will mostly likely return to the weekly update from now on. It’s a lot of work, but in some strange way it seems easier to do it every week.

Carrying on to the new albums. I’ll start with the 27th September release day, which was pretty amazing. Albums from John Calvin Abney, Will Johnson, Dori Freeman, Michaela Anne, Billy Strings, Red River Dialect, Sturgill Simpson, Field Guides, Coyote Brother, Sofia Talvik, Tiny Ruins (solo versions of Olympic Girls), Jack Klatt, Cataldo, The Orphan Brigade, Gratiot Lake Road, M Horton Smith, Charlie Parr and a very special EP from Black Sea Dahu.

If we look further back the previous two release fridays, this playlist features a song from the albums by Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective, Hiss Golden Messenger, Paper Beat Scissors, Brittany Howard, Vincent Neil Emerson, Charley Crockett, Bror Gunnar Jansson, Darrin Bradbury, Anna Ash, The Lonesome Billies, Lauren Pratt, Neal Francis, Pieta Brown, Jeremy Ivey, Kate Teague and Andrew Combs. Plus a song from the EPs by JP Harris and William Alexander.

This one has a lot of great Finnish material too. There’s a song from the long-waited Iron Country Sisters debut in the beginning and later on a Finnish language section that features a song from the wonderful new albums by Viitasen Piia and Litku Klemetti and the new singles from Knipi, J.Matkala and STINAKO. Plus a Finnish indie classic Purkkaa by Tolbiac, because he just put out a compilation called Sketches (2001-2004).

Not as many international singles as normally, because this is already so long that I’ll need to buy a beer for anyone who has the time to listen to the whole thing until the very end. But some very special still like the new ones from Matt Dorrien, Logan Ledger, Hallelujah the Hills, Vetiver, Daniel Martin Moore, Simon Joyner..

So there you have it again, if someone was missing the playlist. Other kind of written posts should continue too, but I try not to promise too much. This is still just a hobby and there’s the the dayjob and other life things taking my time and energy too. All the best and lots of love love love.

1. John Calvin Abney – When the Dark Wind Blows (Safe Passege, Black Mesa Records, 2019)
2. Will Johnson – Need Of Trust and Thunder (Wire Mountain, Keeled Scales, 2019)
3. Sidney Lindner & The Silver Wilderness Collective – You & Me Kid (Summer Ghosts / Nightfalls, Burst & Bloom Records, 2019)
4. Iron Country Sisters – Riverside (The Blue Hidden In, Soit Se Silti, 2019)
5. Billy Strings – Watch It Fall (Home, Rounder Records, 2019)
6. Dori Freeman – All I Ever Wanted (Every Single Star, 2019)
7. Michaela Anne – Two Fools (Desert Dove, Yep Roc, 2019)
8. Black Sea Dahu – How You Swallowed Your Anger (No Fire in the Sand EP, 2019)
9. Hiss Golden Messenger – Bright Direction (You’re a Dark Star Now) (Terms of Surrender, Merge Records, 2019)
10. Red River Dialect – Blue Sparks (Abundance Welcoming Ghosts, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
11. Paper Beat Scissors – Grace (Parallel Line, Forward Music Group, 2019)
12. Brittany Howard – Short and Sweet (Jaime, ATO Records, 2019)
13. Matt Dorrien – Teddy Wilson (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2019)
14. Logan Ledger (feat. Courtney Marie Andrews) – Oh, Sister (single, Rounder Records, 2019)
15. JP Harris (feat Erin Rae) – Early Morning Rain (Why Don’t We Duet in the Road (again) EP, Demolition & Removal, 2019)
16. Vincent Neil Emerson – The Bad Side of Luck (Fried Chicken & Evil Women, La Honda Records, 2019)
17. Charley Crockett – Excuse Me (The Valley, Son of Davy, 2019)
18. Colter Wall & The Scary Prairie Boys – Happy Reunion (single, Young Mary Record Co, 2019)
19. Sturgill Simpson – Remember to Breathe (Sound & Fury, Elektra Records, 2019)
20. Bror Gunnar Jansson – Machine (They Found My Body in a Bag, Playground Music, 2019)
21. Hallelujah the Hills – Folk Music is Insane (single, Discrete Pageantry Records, 2019)
22. Anna Ash – L.A.Flame (L.A. Flame, 2019)
23. Vetiver – Swaying (single, Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)
24. Darrin Bradbury – Dallas 1963 (Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, ANTI-, 2019)
25. Tiny Ruins – School of Design (Olympic Girls (solo), Marathon Artists, 2019)
26. Dana Gavanski – Catch (single, Full Time Hobby, 2019)
27. Field Guides – Watching Terns (This is Just a Plaec, Whatever’s Clever, 2019)
28. Viitasen Piia (feat Topi Saha) – Kulje mun kanssani (Meidän jälkeemme hiljaisuus, Texicalli Records, 2019)
29. J. Matkala – Kun mä joskus kuolen (single, Iso Pinkki, 2019)
30. Knipi – Katkoviivoja (single, The Fried Music, 2019)
31. STINAKO – Kun viimein saavuit (single, Soliti, 2019)
32. Litku Klemetti – Hirveä kesäinen ilta (Ding Ding Dong, Luova Records, 2019)
33. Tolbiac – Purkkaa (Sketches 2001-2004)
34. Christopher Paul Stelling – Have to Do For Now (single, Anti-, 2019)
35. William Alexander – My Old Bourke Home (Garlic Pickin’ Time EP, 2019)
36. Ags Connolly – Say It Out Loud (single, Finstock Music, 2019)
37. Sarah Lee Langford – Growing Up (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2019)
38. The Lonesome Billies – Sad Old Man (Right On Time, Stay Lonesome Records, 2019)
39. Jason James – Move a Little Closer (single, Melodyville Records, 2019)
40. Coyote Brother – Palmetto Wine (Coyote Brother, Piasa Recordings, 2019)
41. Jeremy Ivey – Laughing Willy (The Dream and the Dreamer, ANTI, 2019)
42. Lauren Pratt – Blue Eyes (Young American Sycamore, 2019)
43. Kate Teague – The Spill (Kate Teague, Muscle Beach Records, 2019)
44. Daniel Martin Moore – Never Look Away (single, Sofaburn / OK Recordings, 2019)
45. Charlie Parr – Love is an Unraveling Bird’s Nest (Charlie Parr, Red House Records, 2019)
46. Cataldo – A Nick in My Heart (Literally Main Street, 2019)
47. Gospelbeach – Let It Burn (single, Alive Naturalsound, 2019)
48. Joshua Ray Walker – Last Call (Live at Sons of Hermann Hall) (single, State Fair Records, 2019)
49. Josienne Clarke – If I Didn’t Mind (single, Rough Trade, 2019)
50. Jack Klatt – I’ll Never Let You Down (It Ain’t The Same, Yep Roc, 2019)
51. Neal Francis – I Can’t Live Without Your Love (Changes, Karma Chief Records, 2019)
52. Theo Lawrence – Prairie Fire (single, Tomika Records, 2019)
53. The Orphan Brigade (feat. John Prine) – Captain’s Song (Sorley Boy) (To the Edge of the World, 2019)
54. Gratiot Lake Road – Twenty-Five Years (Goddamn Alone, 2019)
55. M Horton Smith – In the Driftwind (Blessed of the Flesh, 2019)
56. Simon Joyner – Yellow Jacket Blues (single, BB*Island, 2019)
57. Itasca – Lily (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)
58. Andrew Combs – Stone (Ideal Man, New West Records, 2019)
50. Pieta Brown – Freeway (Freeway, Righteous Babe Records, 2019)
60. Sofia Talvik – Take Me Home (Paws of a Bear, Makaki Music, 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.

Continue Reading

OCTA 18th Anniversary – Matthew Milia

Our birthday party finally comes to an end in Detroit, Michigan. I know we are a little late with the schedule, but hey can this even be called as a festival if everything is perfectly on time. I wanted to wait for this submission, because Matthew Milia has been my favorite songwriter during the past 5-6 years. A couple of those Frontier Ruckus records have ended up as the album of the year of onechordnet and I fully expect the same thing to happen to Matthew Milia’s 2019 solo album Alone at St. Hugo when it’s time to round up this year in December. I love that album with all my heart. It’s been fun to see the power pop community fallin’ for the album too, because that’s the place where I come from and Alone at St. Hugo definitely has the melodies and harmonies to find a new home in the heart of any pop fan. A song from this album is a perfect closer to this anniversary festival, because it’s sort of a combination of the music that I loved when I started in 2001 and where I am now 18 years later. Here’s Matthew Milia bringing our anniversary week to a perfect end with a wonderful version of Karen’s Just a Kid from his new album.

Karen’s Just A Kid was filmed and edited by Noah Elliott Morrison

And that’s it for this festival. Thank you so much for all the artists and everyone who watched their performances. I gathered everything under that OCTA18 page on the top bar. There’s direct links to all posts for easy browsing and sharing. Plus a youtube playlist, if you want to hear almost all songs without seeing my ramblings.

If you want to hear more from Matthew Milia, please follow the links below to listen / to buy the new solo record or the equally wonderful whole Frontier Ruckus discography.

Matthew Milia at Facebook
Matthew Milia Website
Matthew Milia at Bandcamp

Frontier Ruckus at Bandcamp
Frontier Ruckus Website
Frontier Ruckus at Facebook

One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September and celebrates the long road with an online birthday party. During the anniversary week (14 – 22 of September) you will see unique live performances from the artists that shaped these 18 years of the blog. Follow the action on this blog and social media and feel free to comment if you so wish.

Continue Reading

OCTA 18th Anniversary – The Sugarrush (encore)

We are back at Vaasa for an encore from The Sugarrush. They sure seem to have fun at this festival and that’s a mighty good thing. When they finally get their act together, they will play a song called Bloodlust Baby. It’s the opener of their debut album Blackie’s Wig that came out back in 1999. That’s one of my all-time favorite records, so it’s superb to have a song from it playing on this festival. Thank you for everything dear Vaasa people.

Sunkiss (2011 Remaster) from the same album.

One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September and celebrates the long road with an online birthday party. During the anniversary week (14 – 22 of September) you will see unique live performances from the artists that shaped these 18 years of the blog. Follow the action on this blog and social media and feel free to comment if you so wish.

Continue Reading

OCTA 18th Anniversary – Jeremy Squires (encore)

Next we’ll have an encore from Jeremy Squires in New Bern, North Carolina. This one comes from the same EP as his earlier contribution. Here’s Jeremy Squires with a beautiful version of the title track of his 2013 EP Central Nervous Station.

Jeremy Squires at Facebook
Jeremy Squires Website
Jeremy Squires at Bandcamp

One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September and celebrates the long road with an online birthday party. During the anniversary week (14 – 22 of September) you will see unique live performances from the artists that shaped these 18 years of the blog. Follow the action on this blog and social media and feel free to comment if you so wish.

Continue Reading

OCTA 18th Anniversary – Anthony Atkinson (encore)

Back to Melbourne, Australia for another song from Anthony Atkinson. His encore She Let Him In is an outtake from his 2006 album Loyalty Songs. It’s been a while, but if I remember correctly this song and this particular album was my introduction to his music and soon after I bought the earlier solo album and some The Mabels stuff too. Here’s some heavy storytelling from Anthony Atkinson.

Anthony Atkinson & The Running Mates at Facebook

One Chord to Another hits 18 years on the 17th of September and celebrates the long road with an online birthday party. During the anniversary week (14 – 22 of September) you will see unique live performances from the artists that shaped these 18 years of the blog. Follow the action on this blog and social media and feel free to comment if you so wish.

Continue Reading