OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #136

Another week, another new music weekly.

It seemed like quite a busy release week especially on the singles front. My first quick draft already had 80 songs, so I pretty much stopped making a deeper dive into new releases. Watching every NHL playoff game had something to do with that too, because that took a large chunk of my spare time. So sorry if I missed a ton. I didn’t bother to do much cuts to the first draft, so I know this far longer than anyone will listen. But hey, nobody is forcing anyone to listen to the whole thing, so check out how much or little you want.

My album of the week is the debut album from Libby DeCamp. I’ve been following her live videos on youtube a few years and loved all these advance singles earlier in the year. So great to have a full album of her songs. Other big album releases this week came from Bill & The Belles, Travis Linville, Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino, Alexis May (EP and this is from last week actually. I just heard it this week thanks to Bill Goodman), Heather Valley (covers album), Kelly McMichael, Allison Russell, Porlolo (EP), Lula Wiles, Radio Days, David Myhr (EP), Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends, Reigning Sound, The Duke of Norfolk, Mr Ben and the Bens (EP), STACEY, Candi Carpenter (EP), Carolyn Shulman, Oliver Wood, Robert Finley, Heka (EP) and Sam & Julia.

There’s also a pretty decent size Finnish section this time around. There’s albums from Sami Heikkilä & Kolme Viljaa, Marian Valinta, Pink Chameleons and Mosaiikkisiipi plus singles from Rock Siltanen Group, Jalmari Olavinpoika, Lyyti, Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L and Maria Milvus. All highly recommended.

And last but not least the international (should-be) hits. Big ones for me are the first singles from forthcoming albums by long time favorites Andrew Bryant, Drew Beskin and Jeremy Squires. A return single from Acid House Kings hits the indie kid heart even inside a middle-aged man. We also got more wonderful singles from the future albums by Corinne Sharlet, Vincent Neil Emerson, St. Lenox and Lucy Dacus. And there’s just pure gold throughout this way too long play lists. Even on latter half there’s treasures like Curtis Harding, Kate Vargas, Cameron Knowler, Yohei, Jeb Loy Nichols and so many others.

That’s it for this week. I’ll tune in to the Canadiens at Maple Leafs game now. Love from a distance.

1. Libby DeCamp – In a Line (Westward and Faster, 2021)
2. Bill & The Belles – That’ll Be Just Fine (Happy Again, 2021)
3. Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino – It Hurts Me Too (Blue Blue Blue, Cinematic Music Group, 2021)
4. Travis Linville – See You Around (I’m Still Here, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
5. Alexis May – Pain, Memories and Time (Killing Pain, Memories and Time EP, 2021)
6. Vincent Neil Emerson – Texas Moon (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
7. Corinne Sharlet – Pink Summer Moon (single, 2021)
8. Joe Bourdet – Unwritten Story (single, Mountain Sound Recorders, 2021)
9. Andrew Bryant – Fight (single, Sentimental Noises, 2021)
10. Heather Valley – Goddamn Lonely Love (Wildflower Radio, 2021)
11. Allison Russell – 4th Day Prayer (Outside Child, Fantasy Records, 2021)
12. Kelly McMichael – Love Is On Now (Waves, 2021)
13. Jeremy Squires – Only In My Dreams (single, Blackbird, 2021)
14. Porlolo – Medic (No Praise No Blame EP, 2021)
15. Lula Wiles – Mary Anne (Shame and Sedition, Smithsonian Folkways, 2021)
16. Radio Days – Running Around (Rave On! Ammonia Records, 2021)
17. Drew Beskin – Going Alright For You (single, Super Canoe, 2021)
18. David Myhr – You Spin My World Around (And Now This EP, Lojinx, 2021)
19. Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends – Some Angels Never Learn To Fly (17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate, 2021)
20. Acid House Kings – A Little Dancing (single, 2021)
21. Reigning Sound – You Don’t Know What You’re Missing (A Little More Time With Reigning Sound, Merge Records, 2021)
22. Pink Chameleons – Dead End Life (Peace & Love, Soliti, 2021)
23. Rock Siltanen Group – Pizzaa ja kaljaa (single, 2021)
24. Jalmari Olavinpoika – Soitan huoneesta tyhjän (single, Ainoa Records, 2021)
25. Sami Heikkilä & Kolme Viljaa – Kiitos varjoista (Sani Heikkilä & Kolme Viljaa, Kitka Records, 2021)
26. Marian Valinta – Kyyhky (Kahden valtakunta, 2021)
27. Mosaiikkisiipi – Tiedätkö kuka hän on (Ala, McVius Records, 2021)
28. Lyyti – Mihin voi soittaa? (single, Luova Records, 2021)
29. Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L – Valaita (single, 2021)
30. Maria Milvus – Love While You Still Can (single, Svart Records, 2021)
31. Merival – Head Over Heels (single, frtyfve, 2021)
32. Lucy Dacus – VBS (single, Matador Records, 2021)
33. St. Lenox – The Great Blue Heron (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
34. The Duke of Norfolk – November / The Bird In My Breast (A Pebble of the Brook, Monty People, 2021)
35. Carolyn Shulman – I Don’t Miss You (Grenadine & Kerosene, 2021)
36. Jesse Daniel – Think I’ll Stay (single, Die True Records, 2021)
37. Joshua Ray Walker – Hello (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
38. Oliver Wood – Unbearable Heart (Always Smilin’, Honey Jar Records, 2021)
39. Candi Carpenter – The River Knows How (When The Asteroid Comes EP, CTK Records, 2021)
40. Ashley Ray – Better Now (single, Soundly, 2021)
41. STACEY – There Will Always Be Lovers (Saturn Return, 2021)
42. Kirty – Turn You On (single, Postwar Records, 2021)
43. Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny Haha (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
44. Sam Evian – Easy To Love (single, Fat Possum Records, 2021)
45. Mr Ben and the Bens – Adonyne (Melody Shed EP, Bella Union, 2021)
46. Yohei – Edge Of Your Dream (single, 2021)
47. Jeb Loy Nichols – I Just Can’t Stop (single, Timmion Records, 2021)
48. Curtis Harding – Hopeful (single, Anti, 2021)
49. Robert Finley – Make Me Feel Alright (Sharecropper’s Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
50. Kate Vargas – Rumpumpo (single, 2021)
51. JP Harris – Last Chance (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
52. Cameron Knowler – Puerto Suelo (single, American Dreams Records, 2021)
53. Christopher Paul Stelling – Cutting Loose (single, Tone Tree Music, 2021)
54. Breanna Barbara – The Way Out (single, Out of the Closet, 2021)
55. Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – Like I Used To (single, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
56. Cat Popper – Breath (single, Velvet Elk Records, 2021)
57. Nick Ferrio – Television of Roses (single, 2021)
58. MAITA – Dumb (single, Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
59. Ryan Culwell & Audrie Sellers – Head Like a Hole (single, Missing Piece Records, 2021)
60. Nick Jaina – Reverse Consciousness (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
61. Goldenoak – These Old Shoes (single, 2021)
62. Michael Cormier – Empty Mugs (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
63. Sam & Julia – Losing Hand (Something Somewhere, 2021)
64. Northern Belle – Summer’s End (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2021)
65. Rachel Baiman – When You Bloom (Colorado) (single, Signature Sound Records, 2021)
66. Jason Eady – My Best Friend (single, Old Guitar Records, 2021)
67. Angela Autumn – Shooter (single, 2021)
68. Chloe Foy – Work Of Art (single, 2021)
69. Heka – (a) Mask ((a) EP, Balloon Machine, 2021)
70. Johanna Samuels – Cathy (Excelsior! Mama Bird / Basin Rock, 2021)
71. The Deep Dark Woods – When I Get Home Tonigh (Changing Faces, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
72. Damien Jurado – Hiding Ghost (The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Field Painting Music, 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 #135

Another week, another new music weekly.

What a lovely release week. One of the best of the year on a personal level, because I’m big fan of Damien Jurado, Johanna Samuels and The Deep Dark Woods. That was my big three of the week, but that’s only a fraction of all the release action. This week we also got new releases from John Andrews & The Yawns, Shay Martin Lovette, Riley Downing, Nap Eyes (EP), Kira Skov, Evan Seurkamp, Amos The Kid (EP), ROY, Dave Stroda (EP) (a Finnish connection here too, because Dave used to play with Rane Raitsikka on a band called The Longnecks), Sara Bug, Jesse Terry, Molly Tuttle (EP) Juliana Hatfield and Phil Hooley. Outside of Spotify, there’s a great tribute album to Ted Lucas. Check that out on Bandcamp. And listen to original Ted Lucas album too. An all-time fave of mine.

The Finnish highlight is the wonderful new Astrid Swan single Silvi’s Dream. There’s also excellent new singles from Mustat Kalsarit and Guggenheim-projektz.

And last but not least the international (should-be) hit singles. I nearly made a standing ovation alone in my apartment when I first heard the new Summer Dean & Colter Wall single. Now there’s a perfect country single. It’s an outtake from forthcoming Summer Dean album Bad Romantic that is due out on the 27th of August. Pre-order is up on her website. A few other ones that I love madly are the superb new singles from Jeremy James Meyer and Evan Cheadle. And of course there’s far more excellent singles from Lonny, John R. Miller, Wojtek the Bear, Charlie Parr, David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen, Quivers, K.C. Jones, Son Volt, Wild Earp and so forth.

That’s it for this week. Last week I surprised myself and did a few roundup posts. I have no idea will I keep that up, because I still fee like horseshit most days. But I do have a couple lined up and I hope to make them within a couple of weeks. Love from a distance.

1. Johanna Samuels – Less Of You (Excelsior! Mama Bird Recording Co / Basin Rock, 2021)
2. Damien Jurado – Jennifer (The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Field Painting Music, 2021)
3. The Deep Dark Woods – Anathea (Changing Faces, Six Shooter Records, 2021)
4. John Andrews & The Yawns – Ain’t That Right? (Cookbook, Woodsist, 2021)
5. Shay Martin Lovette – Scatter & Gather (Scatter & Gather, 2021)
6. Riley Downing – Looking Forward (Start It Over, New West Records, 2021)
7. Summer Dean & Colter Wall – You’re Lucky She’s Lonely (single, 2021)
8. Jeremy James Meyer – Thought That You Could Tell (single, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
9. John R. Miller – Shenandoah Shakedown (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
10. Evan Cheadle – Some Fool (single, Victory Pool, 2021)
11. Lonny – Dans la maison des filles (single, 2021)
12. Astrid Swan – Silvi’s Dream (single, Soliti, 2021)
13. Wojtek the Bear – One Thing’s for Certain (single, Last Night From Glasgow Five, 2021)
14. Nap Eyes – Thank You (When I Come Around EP, Jagjaguwar, 2021)
15. Evan Seurkamp – Please Don’t Let These Things (Cruising in Your Bliss Car, Tiny Shed Recordings, 2021)
16. Quivers – Chinese Medicine (single, Bobo Integral, 2021)
17. K.C. Jones – Beginnings and Ends (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
18. Charlie Parr – Last of the Better Days Ahead (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
19. Kira Skov feat Bonnie Prince Billy – Some Kind of Lovers (Spirit Tree, Sundance Music, 2021)
20. David Ritschard & Frida Hyvönen – Än går det vågor (single, 2021)
21. Wild Earp & Free For Alls – Ain’t It a Shame (when Your Horse Goes Lame) (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
22. Jenny Don’t And the Spurs – Be the Only One (single, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
23. Son Volt – Reverie (single, Transmit Sound, 2021)
24. Dave Stroda – Pretty Bird (Dave Stroda EP, 2021)
25. Philippe Bronchtein – Middle of the Road (single, 2021)
26. Margo Price – Long Live the King (single, Loma Vista, 2021)
27. Emily Barker feat Frank Turner – Bound For Home (single, Everyone Sang, 2021)
28. Amos the Kid – Alright (No More New Ideas EP, House of Wonders Records, 2021)
29. Porlolo – Don’t Turn Me On (single, 2021)
30. Guggenheim-projektz – Bela, Bela, Bela (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
31. Mustat kalsarit – En tahdo astua pimeyteen (single, Cudighi Records, 2021)
32. ROY – All the Time (Roy’s Garage, Idee Fixe Records, 2021)
33. Durand Jones & The Indications – Witchoo (single, Dead Oceans, 2021)
34. Lady Nade – You’re My Number One (single, 2021)
35. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – Squeeze Me (single, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
36. Abigail Lapell – Fortunate Son (single, 2021)
37. Lula Wiles – Oh My God (single, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2021)
38. Greg Loiacono – What Can I Say? (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
39. Megan Palmer & Rebecca Hixson – Wide Awake 5AM (single, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
40. Alexa Rose – Clearwater Park (single, Big Legal Mess, 2021)
41. Juliana Hatfield – Splinter (Blood, American Laundromat Records, 2021)
42. Madeline Leman & The Desert Dwells – This Is Living (single, 2021)
43. Sara Bug – Lotta Pride (Sara Bug, Egghunt Records, 2021)
44. Babehoven – Bad Week (single, 2021)
45. Andrea von Kampen – Take Back Thy Gift (single, Fantasy Records, 2021)
46. Annie Keating – Nobody Knows (single, 8th Street Studios, 2021)
47. Jesse Terry – Strangers In Our Town (When We Wander, Wander Recordings, 2021)
48. Phil Hooley – Learning To Be Still (Songs from the Back Room, 2021)
49. Kirby Brown – Ashes and Leaves (single, Soundly, 2021)
50. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters – Burn (single, Organic Records, 2021)
51. Molly Tuttle feat Nathaniel Rateliff – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (..But I’d Rather Be With You, Too EP, Compass Records, 2021)
52. Britton Patrick Morgan – Home (single, 2021)
53. Billy Law – It’s Not Right (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
54. John Statz – What Would You Call That – acoustic (single, 2021)
55. Shannon Lay – Rare to Wake (single, Sub Pop Records, 2021)
56. Skullcrusher – Cloudy Shoes (single, Secretly Canadian, 2021)
57. Scott & Lila – Simple (single, 2021)
58. Charlie Marie – Lauren (Ramble On, Soundly, 2021)
59. Rosali – Tender Heart (No Medium, Spinster, 2021)
60. Will Stratton – Stillness (The Changing Wilderness, Bella Union, 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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Charlie Marie, Katie Jo, Melissa Carper and Croy and The Boys

Another one of these small round up of songs / albums / videos I’ve loved during the recent months. Kicking off with the brand new Charlie Marie album Ramble On that came out on the 7th of May. I loved the self-titled EP few years back and have been eager to hear more from this country songwriter. The new album doesn’t disappoint and it’s one of my favorite country records of the year. Here’s a couple of personal favorites favorites from the album. There’s more music videos on youtube and you can of course hear/listen the whole thing on her Bandcamp.

Charlie Marie Website
Charlie Marie at Facebook

Katie Jo from California (via Wichita) is a new favorite and I didn’t know her until the advance singles of her 2021 album Pawn Shop Queen started to hit the core of my heart. It came out on the 9th of April and have since been on heavy rotation. My own favorite is I Don’t Know Where Your Heart’s Been and highly recommend checking out the song and the gorgeous music video Drey Jordan Singer made for it. And if you like what you hear, check out her Bandcamp to listen and buy the whole beautiful album.

Katie Jo Website
Katie Jo at Facebook

Speaking of perfect country records, perhaps it’s time for a small revisit to Melissa Carper’s old-fashioned future classic Daddy’s Country Gold. I’ve mentioned it a few times here and there, but another reminder is in order because it’s one of the albums I’ve loved the most during the first half of 2021. Here’s one of my many favorites along with a video from the always great Western AF.

Melissa Carper Website
Melissa Carper at Facebook

Let’s wrap this little blog entry with some cover magic from Croy and The Boys. If you have ever wanted to hear how anarcho punk and country music work together, check out this marvellous Crass cover of Do They Owe Us A Living?. And well if you want to hear more of their punk covers, listen to / buy the full EP of punk covers on their Bandcamp page.

Croy and the Boys Website
Croy and the Boys at Facebook

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