Ali Holder, Jess Jocoy, Cassidy Waring and Kristina Murray

A quick run of a couple of singles that have been dear to me during the recent weeks. Starting from Austin, Texas with the new Ali Holder single Bruja. It’s the first single from the forthcoming album Uncomfortable Truths. I had this powerful song on the playlist last week and kinda badly fell in love with it during the week. It was the song I kept on returning to all the time and quite frankly should have started the playlist. What a tremendous song and I can’t wait to hear the album.

Ali Holder Website
Ali Holder at Facebook

Another big personal favorite has been the new single Love Her Wild from Nashville-based americana songwriter Jess Jocoy. It’s an outtake from her debut album Such a Long Way that is due out on the 10th of April. Everything I’ve heard so far sounds absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure this is going to be a special record. Here’s the single along with official acoustic video of Hope (Such a Long Way).

Jess Jocoy at Facebook
Jess Jocoy Website

Next we make a visit to Vancouver, British Columbia for a set of magnificent singles by Cassidy Waring. If you follow the weekly playlist, you have already heard these fabulous songs she has released during the last six months. Still about time to drop one hear too, because these have all been important to me. Personal favorite changes regularly, but let’s go with Leaving on this little blog entry. Check out the other three by hitting the links on the Bandcamp player.

Cassidy Waring at Facebook
Cassidy Waring Website

And for this last entry we’ll take a step back to Nashville and to the finest music of 2018. Kristina Murray is a great country singer-songwriter and her album Southern Ambrosia was one of the highlight of that year. Such an expectional country album is always relevant, but this time there’s more reasons to mention it than just its timeless greatness. There’s a brand new music video album for outtake Tell Me, a beautiful and sad country ballad that she co-wrote with Logan Ledger.

Kristina Murray at Facebook
Kristina Murray Website

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #76

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Still a bit quiet on the album front, but there’s still plenty to listen and love. The top album release for me is the debut Gladie album. I loved the EP a couple of years back and I’ve been eager to hear more. Now we have an album of this greatness. The week also brought new albums from Greg Mendez, Chelsea Lovitt, Christian Kjellvander, Waco Brothers, Jason Joshua & The Beholders, Real Estate, Ratboys, The Secret Sisters, Sierra Hull, Grant Earl Lavalley, Ismay, Erica Freas, Brooke Bentham, Ben Seretan and Kyshona Armstrong. Then there’s also a wonderful EP from Via Mardot and the Hanemoon album I missed earlier (if you liked Seaside Stars back in the early 00s, check out this new project Hanemoon).

The Finnish highlight is the superb single from joku iiris. I can’t wait to hear the album that arrives in early April. Other excellent new Finnish releases this week are the EP from Tams, album from Karina and singles from Untogethers and M. This playlist also revisits the Toni Hautamäki ja Ydinrauha album that came out last week and the great 2019 EP from Tvärtom that is now available on Spotify too.

The singles game was strong and these plenty that I love dearly. Phoebe Bridgers was probably the big one, but there’s several that were just as gorgeous. For example the ones by Chase Weinacht (new magical solo single from Marmalakes frontman), Terry’s Paradise (post modern doo wop from Portland, accidentally stumbled upon this on Spotify and instantly loved it) Jaime Wyatt, Whitney Rose, Brigid Mae Power, Sam Doores, Tristen, Ariel Sharrat & Mathias Kom, Lucinda Williams and so forth. And obviously the Daniel Romano song, which is a familiar one but still works perfectly. It’s the first single from a forthcoming live album.

That’s it for this week. Take care and love love love.

1. Gladie – Parlor (Safe Sins, Lame-O Records, 2020)
2. Daniel Romano – Nerveless – Live (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
3. Brigid Mae Power – On a City Night (single, Fire Records, 2020)
4. Via Mardot – Stand (Via Mardot EP, Eurotown Records, 2020)
5. Terry’s Paradise – I Told You the Full Moon Makes Sense (single, 2020)
6. Chase Weinacht – Leap Day (single, Keeled Scales, 2020)
7. Greg Mendez – Freak (Cherry Hell, Forged Artifacts, 2020)
8. joku iiris – Hyvä Tyttö (single, Humu Records / Hillotehdas / Jukan Musiikki, 2020)
9. Phoebe Bridgers – Garden Song (single, Dead Oceans, 2020)
10. Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom – Rise Up Alexa (single, BB*Island, 2020)
11. Whitney Rose – Just Circumstance (single, MCG Recordigns, 2020)
12. Tristen – Can’t Walk That Back (single, 2020)
13. Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross (single, New West Records, 2020)
14. Chelsea Lovitt – Beanstalk (You Had Your Cake, So Lie In It, Fat Elvis Records, 2020)
15. Sam Doores – Windmills (single, New West Records, 2020)
16. Christian Kjellvander – Loneliest Woman in the World (Doom Country, Startracks, 2020)
17. Geoff Gordon – THere’s a Lot of Horses in Oklahoma (single, Five Kill Records, 2020)
18. Lucinda Williams – You Can’t Rule Me (single, Highway 20 Records, 2020)
19. Waco Brothers – Lincoln Town Car (Resist, Bloodshot Records, 2020)
20. Audrey and Hugh – Lily White Parade (single, 2020)
21. Jason Joshua & The Beholders – Rose Gold (Alegria y Tristeza, Mango Hill Records, 2020)
22. Ezra Bell – 5th and James (single, Dutch Records, 2020)
23. Matthew McNeal – Be Yourself (single, Matte Black Sound Company, 2020)
24. Real Estate – You (The Main Thing, Domino Recording Co, 2020)
25. Untogethers – Crumbling Heart (single, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
26. Heffner – YDEKH (single, Manic Records, 2020)
27. Briston Maroney – The Garden (Miracle, Atlantic, 2020)
28. Hanemoon – At the Raging Waterfront (Mammals, Jigsaw Records, 2020)
29. Ratboys – Clever Hans (Printer’s Devil, Topshelf Records, 2020)
30. Margaret Glaspy – Stay With Me (single, ATO Records, 2020)
31. Tams – On ollut kaikenlaista (Aikahyppy 2 EP, 2020)
32. M – Punainen ovi (single, Solina Records, 2020)
33. The Secret Sisters – Silver (Saturn Return, New West Records, 2020)
34. Sierra Hull – How Long (25 Trips, Rounder Records, 2020)
35. Andrew Hibbard – Running From the Enemy (single, Sofaburn Records, 2020)
36. Jesse Daniel – Bringin’ Home the Roses (single, Die True Records, 2020)
37. Christy Lynn Band – Checkin In (single, 2020)
38. The Dead Tongues – Little Sadie (single, 2020)
39. The Lowest Pair – Too Late Babe (single, Delicata Records, 2020)
40. Grant Earl LaValley – Wicked Witch (A Brighter Day, Exit Stencil Recordings, 2020)
41. Jess Williamson – Wind on Tin (single, Mexican Summer, 2020)
42. Jeffrey Silverstein – Cosmic Scene (single, Arrowhawk Records, 2020)
43. Yee & O’Brien – Masterpiece (single, 2020)
44. Ismay – When I Was Younger I Cried (Songs of Sonoma Mountain, 2020)
45. Jon McKiel– Object Permanence (single, You’ve Changed Records, 2020)
46. Erica Freas – July Bird (Young, Specialist Subject, 2020)
47. Brooke Bentham – All My Friends Are Drunk (Everyday Nothing, Allpoints, 2020)
48. Kyle Forester – Up Their Sleeve (Hearts in Gardens, Tis So Referent, 2020)
49. Tvärtom – Iltariennot (Tvärtom EP, 2019)
50. Toni Hautamäki & Ydinrauha – Kesäyö (Kaikki ei ole miltä näyttää, 2020)
51. Gregory Pepper and His Problems – I’ve Got a Bottle (I Know Now Why You Cry, Fake Four, 2020)
52. Aaron Beckum – Jagged Coast (Songs From a Triangle Room, Devil in the Woods, 2020)
53. Ben Seretan – Power Zone (Youth Pastoral, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
54. Karina – Aila (2, Playground, 2020)
55. Kyshona Armstrong – Fallen People (Listen, 2020)

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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

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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Aaron Beckum, Sam Burton, Peter Oren and Dan Reeder

The blog has been pretty much on a standstill for a couple of weeks (outside the weekly playlist) for various of reasons, but here’s one of those quick round up posts of songs/releases that I love. Starting with from Los Angeles, California with this brand new Aaron Beckum EP Songs From a Triangle Room. It was produced by Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle and contains some new ones and some Beckum classics like Born Forlorn. Here’s the music video for Jagged Coast along with another EP cut Mountains from the new EP.

Aaron Beckum Website
Aaron Beckum at Facebook

Sticking in Los Angeles for this next one too although Sam Burton is originally from Salt Lake City. The great Tompkins Square label recently signed him and his label debut will come out in mid-2020. The first single I Can Go With You surfaced a couple of weeks ago and Madelynn De La Rosa directed this lovely music video for it. It’s also available as 7″ single, so follow the links on the bandcamp player to order a copy.

Next we take our bags over to Bloomington, Indiana for the latest Peter Oren single. He has a new album The Greener Pasture coming out on the 24th of April on Western Vinyl and therefore he has released a set of singles in advance. Caroline Sallee made a gorgeous single for his most recent song Gnawed to the Bone (Come By). Below that you’ll find another great tune called John Wayne.

Peter Oren at Facebook
Peter Oren Website

Wrapping this little blog entry in Nürnberg, Germany with a couple of fabulous Dan Reeder songs. I’m not exactly sure is there an album on the horizon, but Oh Boy Records has released a bunch of his singles during the past couple of months and they are all rather remarkable. His voice sort of reminds me of that Ted Lucas album that I love so dearly. I don’t know how I managed to miss him until now. The cover art of his records are very familiar, so I’ve stumbled upon them in the past but for some reasons I haven’t properly listened to him before this new set of singles. My loss for sure, because I love the songs. Here’s a couple of my personal favorites Young at Heart and Love and Hate.

Dan Reeder Website
Dan Reeder at Facebook

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