OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #92

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A quick weekly playlist and release round up in the mid of the midsummer. This week sees the release of my favorite song of the year. If this blog / world still exists at the end of 2020, it’s very likely that the onechordnet song of the year will be I Don’t Care To Dance by J.E. Sunde. I’ve loved it since I saw this live at Pony Rug video and I’m thrilled that it’s now officially out and available. It just resonates so deeply with my shy, insecure and overly romantic soul. I love it as much as you can possibly love a song. It’s my heart in a song.

The big album releases came from Phoebe Bridgers, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, but there’s also great new albums from Julian Taylor, The Speedways, Darlin’ Brando, The Boomswagglers, Don Bryant, Jill Barber, Kristen Grainger & The True North, Grayson Capps (retrospective), Josh Kimbrough and DG Solaris. Plus EPs from Karima Walker & Katy Kirby, Mukiss and Starflyer 59.

oh and there’s new Twain album that’s only available on Bandcamp. I purchased copy yesterday, but I haven’t listened yet. I’m 100% sure it’s gorgeous, so check that out too.

Onwards to the Finnish section. My new big love Teini-Pää has their new single now on Spotify and it’s of course superb. Long time faves Mitä helvettiä nyt taas also released a fabulous new single and Pöllöt released a surprise EP right after their 2020 album. The playlist also has new singles from Arppa, Suad and Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan and also revisits Veli’s album from last week.

Plenty of good singles too along with the aforementioned J.E. Sunde song. Some personal faves came from Vincent Neil Emerson, Colter Wall, Erin Enderlin, Michaela Anne and Gold Star Gold Star.

That’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. J.E. Sunde – I Don’t Care to Dance (single, Vietnam, 2020)
2. Phoebe Bridgers – Chinese Satellite (Punisher, Dead Oceans, 2020)
3. Karima Walker & Katy Kirby – Idaho-Dakota (Among Horses V, Son Canciones, 2020)
4. Julian Taylor – The Ridge (The Ridge, Howling Turtle, 2020)
5. Vincent Neil Emerson – Road Runner (single, La Honda Records, 2020)
6. Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes (single, La Honda Records, 2020)
7. Erin Enderlin – Fishin’ in the Dark (single, Blaster Records, 2020)
8. Michaela Anne – Good Times (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
9. Gold Star Gold Star – Talkin’ Need My Friends Blues (single, Earth Libraries, 2020)
10. Teini-Pää – Hotelliin (single, 2020)
11. Mitä helvettiä nyt taas – 5.40 (single, Nature Sucks Anyway Records, 2020)
12. Pöllöt – Mestarit saunassa (Odotellaan EP, Svart Records, 2020)
13. Arppa – Kiertoradat (single, Arppa Music, 2020)
14. Tedo Stone – Wunderkid (single, Laser Brains, 2020)
15. Starflyer 59 – Miami (Miami EP, Velvet Blue Music, 2020)
16. The Speedways – Empty Pages (Radio Sounds, 2020)
17. Darlin’ Brando – Crumbling Marriages (Also, Too, 2020)
18. The Boomswagglers – Pick from Your Vine (Heartbreaking Place in My Mind, 2020)
19. Kyle Nix – Josephine (single, 2020)
20. Bob Dylan – Black Rider (Rough and Rowdy Ways, Columbia Records, 2020)
21. Neil Young – Love is a Rose (Homegrown, Silver Bow, 2020)
22. Thee Sacred Souls – Can I Call You Rose? (single, Daptone Records, 2020)
23. Dojo Cuts feat Natalie Slade – If My Love Was Enough (single, DCR, 2020)
24. Don Bryant – Your Love Is Too Late (You Make Me Feel, Fat Possum Records, 2020)
25. LadyCouch – Foolish and Blue (single, Cafe Rooster Records, 2020)
26. Ironsides – Sommer (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
27. Lincoln Barr – Diluvian Tide (single, 2020)
28. Suad – Door (single, Svart Records, 2020)
28. Kate Teague – The Temporary (single, Muscle Beach Records, 2020)
30. Jill Barber – Le monde est beau (Entre Nous, Outside Music, 2020)
31. Elizabeth Cook – Perfect Girls of Pop (single, Agent Love Records, 2020)
32. Mukiss – Cleveland (Happy Face EP, Coyote Hand Puppet Recods, 2020)
33. Kris Delmhorst – Wind’s Gonna Find a Way (single, 2020)
34. Ronnie Fauss – Nothing Worth Saying (single, Normaltown Records, 2020)
35. Will Hoge – The Overthrow (single, EDLO Records, 2020)
36. Buck Fuffalo – Minor League (single, 2020)
37. Kristen Grainger & The True North – Tattooed Love Song (Ghost Tattoo, 2020)
38. Grayson Capps – May We Love (South Front Street – A Retrospective, Royal Potato Family, 2020)
39. Josh Kimbrough – Morning Moon (Slither, Soar & Disappear, Tompkins Square, 2020)
40. Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan – Meri, ota minut! (single, 2020)
41. Neev – Forgiving Light (single, 2020)
42. DG Solaris – Spirit Glow (Spirit Glow, 2020)
43. Photo Ops – Play On (single, Western Vinyl, 2020)
44. Andrew Thoreen – I Just Stopped Caring About My Ego (single, 2020)
45. Terry Ohms – Curse of the Bat (single, Cornelius Chapel Records, 2020)
46. The Pink Stones – We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Together (single, 2020)
47. Lauren O’Connell – Our Town (single, Sugar Glider, 2020)
48. Abby Hamilton – Big Time (Afraid of the Dark EP, 2020)
49. Veli – A Song (I AM Changing, 2020)
50. The Explorers Club – Dreamin’ (The Explorers Club, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
51. Leah Senior – The Passing Scene (The Passing Scene, Flightless, 2020)

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.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #91

Another week, another weekly playlist.

Not a whole lot of release action this week, but there was some really special ones. The new Leah Senior album was the highlight of the week for me. She continues to impress and I love her songwriting. A pop treasure is the new double album release from The Explorers Club. One is full of originals and one is full of covers. Both are gorgeous. Tommy Alexander released his new record this week. The whole thing is only available on Bandcamp at the moment (which is perfectly fine, because Bandcamp > Spotify), so I reshared a single on this list. There’s also new albums from Michelle Billingsley, John Craigie, Andrea and Mud, El Obo, Larkin Poe, Dougie Poole, Norah Jones, Sammy Brue and Scott Orr. There’s also great EPs from Abby Hamilton (Change Things is one of my favorite songs of the week, I watched a live youtube version several times) and Goldish (well this came out a week ago, but missed it then).

The big Finnish release of the week is the new Veli album. I’ve loved his songs since the Red Carpet days and it’s superb to get a full solo debut. There’s also fabulous new singles from Nightbird, Matti Jasu, Treemer, Maustetytöt, Isse and an album cut from Karstein Volle & The Telomeres (this came out over a month ago, but I missed it back then).

The song of the week is of course the last song from John Prine. The powerful new singles from Thee Sacred Souls and India Ramey are also wonderful, relevant and important. There’s also new singles from Arlo McKinley, Margo Price, Kyle Nix and so forth. Everything would be worthy of a namedrop too, but you’ll find them below.

That’s all for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Leah Senior – Dress Up a Heart (The Passing Scene, Flightless Records, 2020)
2. The Explorers Club – Dawn (The Explorers Club, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
3. Veli – (I Don’t Want To) Hurt You (I Am Changing, Evil Veli Recordings, 2020)
4. Abby Hamilton – Change Things (Afraid of the Dark EP, 2020)
5. Tommy Alexander – End of the World (Waves, 2020)
6. John Prine – I Remember Everything (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
7. Michelle Billingsley – Portia (Not the Marrying Kind, Western Myth Records, 2020)
8. Nightbird – Travelin’ Baby (single, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2020)
9. Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes (single, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
10. Thee Sacred Souls – Give Us Justice (single, Daptone Records, 2020)
11. India Ramey – King of the Ashes (single, 2020)
12. Paul Cauthen – America (single, 2020)
13. Larkin Poe – Holy Ghost Fire (Self Made Man, Tricki-Woo Records, 2020)
14. John Craigie – Don’t Deny (Asterisk the Universe, Zabriskie Point Records, 2020)
15. Margo Price – Letting Me Down (single, Loma Vista Recordings, 2020)
16. Kyle Nix – Shelby’65 (single, 2020)
17. Andrea and Mud – Lines (Bad News Darlin’, 2020)
18. Dogwood Tales – Truck Stop Town (single, WarHen Records, 2020)
19. El Obo – Grit N Grin (Reach Into the Dark & Pull It Closer, Favorite Gentleman, 2020)
20. Bedouine – All My Trials (single, Mexican Summer, 2020)
21. The Wild Reeds – Don’t Pretend (single, Dualtone, 2020)
22. Karstein Volle & The Telomeres – Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong (Never Better, 2020)
23. Matti Jasu – Swimming (single, 2020)
24. Treemer – Weathers (single, Soft Monsters, 2020)
25. Maustetytöt – Tee se itse (single, Is This Art! 2020)
26. Isse – Loimii (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
27. Norah Jones – Flame Twin (Pick Me Up Off the Floor, Capitol Records, 2020)
28. Dojo Cuts feat Carlton Jumel Smith – Here We Are (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
29. Black Pumas – Fast Car (single, ATO Records, 2020)
30. Dougie Poole – Natural Touch (The Freelancer’s Blues, Wharf Cat Records, 2020)
31. Goldish – Saturday Song (Reverie EP, 2020)
32. Mukiss – Switzerland (single, Coyote Hand Puppet Records, 2020)
33. Scott Orr – By the Way (Tape Demo) (Tape Demos, Other Songs, 2020)
34. Matthew Ryan – Farewell (single, 2020)
35. Lori McKenna – Good Fight (single, CN Records, 2020)
36. Sammy Brue – Skatepark Doomsday Blues (Crash Test Kid, New West Records, 2020)
37. The Jayhawks – Dogtown Days (single, SHAM, 2020)
38. The Remittance Men – Lila Page 8 (single, 2020)
39. The Northern Belle – Late Bloomer (single, Die With Your Boots On, 2020)
40. Philippe Bronchtein – Nothing More than a Memory (single, 2020)
41. Thanya Iyer – Please Don’t Hold Me Hostage For Who I Am, For Who I Was (single, Topshelf Records, 2020)
42. Leon Bridges feat Terrace Martin – Sweeter (single, Columbia, 2020)
43. The Explorers Club – Maybe After He’s Gone (To Sing and Be Born Again, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
44. The Cactus Blossoms – Happy Man (single, Walkie Talkie Records, 2020)
45. Ben Mason – The Land Where the Sun Sets (Kanandah, BMR, 2020)
46. Simon Linsteadt – Glass Beach (single, Stormy Deep Records, 2020)
47. Dan Reeder – A Place on the River (Every Which Way, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
48. Camille Delean – What I Lost in the Snow (Cold House Burning, New Habitat Records, 2020)
49. Brigid Mae Power – Head Above Water (Head Above Water, Fire Records, 2020)
50. Lucy Langlas – Open (single, Early Hearts, 2020)

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.

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OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #90

Another week, another weekly playlist.

I’ll keep this short, because I’m a little behind schedule.

This week we got new albums from Brigid Mae Power, Dalton Mills, Ben Mason, Sarah Jarosz, John Baumann, Camille Delean, Tenci, The Harmed Brothers, Dan Reeder, The Corner Laughers, David Burchfield, Gingerbomb, Hannah White & The Nordic Connections and Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold. The album by Small Forward is a few weeks old but I missed it back then and then there’s also excellent new EPs from Dylan Rodrigue, Juan Solorzano, Nick Lowe, My Darling Clementine and Yee & O’Brien.

The Finnish sections has a new album from Untogethers, new EP from Marian Valinta and new singles from Janne Laurila, Punomo, Linkopii and The New Magnetic North.

The big single of the week is the first one from Zephaniah OHora’s forthcoming album.

That’s all for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Zephaniah OHora – All American Singer (single, Last Roundup Records, 2020)
2. Dalton Mills – Mountain Call (Dalton Mills, 2020)
3. Brigid Mae Power – Not Yours to Own (Head Above the Water, Fire Records, 2020)
4. Ben Mason – Stick (Kanandah, BMR, 2020)
5. Dan Reeder – Young at Heart (Every Which Way, Oh Boy Records, 2020)
6. Dylan Rodrigue – Human Muses (Human Muses EP, 2020)
7. Sarah Jarosz – Hometown (World on the Ground, Rounder Records, 2020)
8. John Baumann – Second Wind (Country Shade, The Next Waltz, 2020)
9. Terra Spencer – Raining on a Saturday (single, Run of the Mill Records, 2020)
10. Joan Shelley – Bed in the River (single, Absolute Anthem Music, 2020)
11. Camille Delean – Saturn Gravity (Cold House Burning, New Habitat Records, 2020)
12. Tenci – Hair Sticks (My Heart is an Open Field, Keeled Scales, 2020)
13. Karima Walker & Katy Kirby – Right By You (single, Son Canciones, 2020)
14. Deva Mahal – Goddamn – Nth Power Edit (single, Motema Music, 2020)
15. Liz Brasher – Sad Girl Status (single, 2020)
16. The Harmed Brothers – In a Staring Contest (Across the Waves, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
17. Emma Kupa – Nothing at All (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
18. Gold Star Gold Star – I Know Who to Call (single, Earth Libraries, 2020)
19. Philippe Bronchtein – I’ll Let the Steel Do the Crying (single, 2020)
20. Janne Laurila – Neljä tonnii pilvee (single, Soit Se Silti, 2020)
21. Marian Valinta – Kerro minulle (Epäile EP, 2020)
22. Punomo – Anna aikaa (single, Solina Records, 2020)
23. The New Magnetic North – Under a Big Smiling Sun (single, 2020)
24. Untogethers – Sunset Riders (Simple Math, Iso Pinkki, 2020)
25. The Corner Laughers – Wren in the Rain (Temescal Telegraph, 2020)
26. The Explorers Club – One Drop of Rain (single, Goldstar Recordings, 2020)
27. The Gabbard Brothers – Too Much to Feel (single, Colemine Records, 2020)
28. Juan Solorzano – Hold on To (Different Light EP, 2020)
29. Small Forward – Most of You (Small Forward, Forged Artifacts, 2020)
30. Yee & O’Brien – Nancy (Death of a Song, 2020)
31. David Burchfield – By The Coast (State to State, 2020)
32. Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold – Children of the Streetcar (Magdalen Accepts the Invitation, Fiesta Records, 2020)
33. Hannah White & The Nordic Connection – Start Again (Self-titled, 2020)
34. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – My Wanderin’ Eyes (single, 2020)
35. Samantha Crain – Pastime (single, Real Kind Records, 2020)
36. Kathleen Edwards – Birds on a Feeder (single, Dualtone, 2020)
37. Gingerbomb – Company (Wildfire, Head Bitch Music, 2020)
38. The Son(s) – Silver Fingers (single, Olive Grove Records, 2020)
39. Nick Lowe – Lay It On Me Baby (Lay It On Me EP, Yep Roc, 2020)
40. Emily Barker – Return Me (single, Everyone Sang, 2020)
41. My Darling Clementine – Either Side of the Same Town (Country Darkness Vol 2, Fretsore Records, 2020)
42. Graeme Kennedy – High Ceilings (single, Steal the Stereo, 2020)
43. Tedo Stone – Gummy (single, Laser Brains, 2020)
44. Linkopii – Ollaan hiljaa (single, Luova Records, 2020)
45. The Speedways – They Don’t Know (single, 2020)
46. Becca Mancari – Lonely Boy (single, Captured Tracks, 2020)
47. Dougie Poole – The Who’s Who of Who Cares (single, Wharf Cat Records, 2020)
48. Anna Tivel – Fenceline – Acoustic (The Question Live and Alone, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2020)
49. Christian Lee Hutson – Twin Soul (Beginners, Anti, 2020)
50. Dolly Valentine – Stay Awhile (single, Holy Golden Music, 2020)

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.

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Sunny War, Nickel & Rose, LeAnna Eden and War & Pierce

My words aren’t strong enough, so these powerful songs and amazing people can do the talking. Black Lives Matter.

First up is the wonderful Sunny War from Los Angeles. I’m Human is an outtake from her 2018 album With the Sun. I also highly recommend the 2019 album Shell of a Girl or well everything that she has done.

Sunny War at Facebook

Moving on to Milwaukee to hear the single Another Man from Nickel & Rose. They are currently donating all the funds from the single to Milwaukee Freedom Fund, so why not grab a copy from Bandcamp.

NIckel & Rose at Facebook
Nickel & Rose Website

Next to Knoxville, Tennessee for LeAnna Eden’s Protest Song. I’ve shared a few of her songs over the years, but probably not this one. It first appeared in 2016 as single / music video and a revisited version can be found from her 2019 album Ease Your Soul, Chapman.

LeAnna Eden at Facebook

Let’s go back to where we started. Los Angeles and Sunny War. This time accompanied with Chris Pierce and together they are War & Pierce. Amen is their brand new single, but I also included the 2016 song On and On, because the song and the video is important.

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War & Pierce Website
War & Pierce at Facebook

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