OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #139

Another week, another new music weekly.

Probably plenty of things flew under my radar this week, because a) I’ve been sick all week long b) I did this very quickly on Saturday morning due to EURO2020 (Finland will play this evening). That is my main focus this weekend instead of new releases. However, there’s a really lot of those beautiful album and single releases this weekend including lots of big personal favorites. So let’s get on to the finest new music of the week.

My album of the week is the new wonderful Evan Cheadle album Fault Like Serenade. Other big album releases this week came from Jeremy James Meyer, St. Lenox, Quivers, Jenny Don’t and The Spurs, Rachel Baiman, Peter Bruntnell, Joana Serrat, Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts, Jeb Loy Nichols, Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander and Chloe Foy.

From Finland we are celebrating return single from Burning Hearts, first solo single from Sami Yaffa and covers EP by Janne Laurila and Deux Villes.

The international singles are really strong this week. The stand-outs for me were the album announcements and first singles from big favorites Flora Hibberd, Josienne Clarke, Kashena Sampson and James McMurtry. We also got additional advance single gold from the forthcoming albums by Summer Dean, Chris Acker, Vincent Neil Emerson, John R. Miller, Jeremy Squires and Lucy Dacus. Again just to name a few. There’s treasures throughout the whole list like Charlie Parr’s eight minute opus, new one from Cameron Knowler and many others.

That’s all for now. Time to shift focus to football. Love from a distance.

1. Evan Cheadle – Ice Water (Fault Like Serenade, Victory Pool, 2021)
2. Jeremy James Meyer – Rhinestoned Cowboy (Alive & OK, American Standard Time Records, 2021)
3. Jenny Don’t and the Spurs – California Cowboy (Fire on the Ridge, Fluff & Gravy Records, 2021)
4. Hannah Juanita – Big Secret (Hardliner, 2021)
5. Quivers – Nostalgia Will Kill You (Golden Doubt, Bobo Integral / Ba Da Bing, 2021)
6. St. Lenox – Bethesda (Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for Our Tumultuous Times, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
7. Josienne Clarke – Sit Out (single, 2021)
8. Flora Hibberd – Night, Perpetual (single, 2021)
9. Jeremy Squires – Fade (single, Blackbird Label, 2021)
10. Chris Acker – Walking (single, Gar Hole Records, 2021)
11. Summer Dean – Can You Hear Me Knocking (single, 2021)
12. Kashena Sampson – Whole Lot Better (single, New Moon Records, 2021)
13. Joana Serrat – These Roads (Hardcore from the Heart, Great Canyon Records / Loose Music, 2021)
14. Rachel Baiman – Cycles (Cycles, Signature Sounds, 2021)
15. John R. Miller – Coming Down (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
16. Vincent Neil Emerson – High on Gettin’ By (single, La Honda Records, 2021)
17. James McMurtry – Canola Fields (single, New West Records, 2021)
18. Wild Earp – I Wanna Go (single, Western Myth Records, 2021)
19. Jesse Daniel – Clayton Was a Cowboy (single, Die True Records, 2021)
20. Cory Grinder & The Playboy Scouts – Back Here on this Throne (Honky Tonkin’ Beauty Supreme, Blue Arrow Records, 2021)
21. Peter Bruntnell – Heart of a Straw (Journey to the Sun, Domestico Records, 2021)
22. The Wild Reeds – Younger Days (single, Dualtone, 2021)
23. Lucy Dacus – Brando (single, Matador, 2021)
24. Burning Hearts – Where I Belong (single, Betula Pendula, 2021)
25. Michael Cormier – Last Hurrah (single, Dear Life Records, 2021)
26. Liam Kazar – Frank Bacon (single, Mare/Woodsist, 2021)
27. Jeb Loy Nichols – The World Loves a Fool (Jeb Loy, Timmion Records, 2021)
28. Jason Joshua – Se Acabo (single, Penrose Records, 2021)
29. Durand Jones & The Indications – Love Will Work It Out (single, Colemine Records, 2021)
30. Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander – I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (I’m In Love Again, Turtle Bay Records, 2021)
31. Janne Laurila & Deux Villes – I Will Wait For You (To Only You EP, Laser-Kiekko, 2021)
32. Bess Atwell – All You Can Do (single, Real Kind Records, 2021)
33. Chloe Foy – Bones (Where Shall We Begin, 2021)
34. Andrea von Kampen – Water Flowing Downward (single, Fantasy Records, 2021)
35. Angie McMahon – Tea, Milk & Honey (single, Dualtone, 2021)
36. Laura Stevenson – State (single, Don Giovanni Records, 2021)
37. Lunar Vacation – Shrug (single, Keeled Scales, 2021)
38. Anne Soldaat – Flip Decision (single, Excelsior Recordings, 2021)
39. 2nd Grade – Superglue (single, Double Double Whammy, 2021)
40. Sami Yaffa – The Last Time (single, Vallila Music House, 2021)
41. GA-20 – She’s Gone (single, Karma Chief Records / Colemine Records, 2021)
42. Cedric Burnside – Pretty Flowers (single, Single Lock Records, 2021)
43. Flatland Cavalry – No Ace In the Hole (single, 2021)
44. Son Volt – Diamonds and Cigarettes (single, Transmit Sound, 2021)
45. The Felice Brothers – Jazz on the Autobahn (single, Yep Roc, 2021)
46. JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain – House Carpenter (single, Free Dirt Records, 2021)
47. Billy Law – Voicemail (single, State Fair Records, 2021)
48. Kirby Brown – Lenny’s Song (single, Soundly, 2021)
49. Charlie Parr – Everyday Opus (single, Smithsonian Folkways, 2021)
50. Cameron Knowler – Lena’s Spanish Fandango (single, American Dreams Records, 2021)
51. Joe Nolan – Solid Gold (single, Fallen Tree Records, 2021)
52. Wednesday – Cody’s Only (single, Orindal Records, 2021)
53. Babehoven – A Star (single, 2021)
54. Tristen – Story of Love (Aquatic Flowers, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
55. Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – The Four Thousand Dollar Days (Friends in High Places, 2021)

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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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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #138

Another week, another new music weekly.

Summer and first dose of vaccine has arrived. Which is nice even if it doesn’t help me from finally fully recovering from whatever bug I caught back in march 2020. Oh yeah and there’s plenty of records to love as well. So let’s not drag this into a personal mumbo jumbo territory and instead go to the finest new music of the week.

My highlight’s of the week are the new albums by Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love and Tristen. That’s just a tiny fraction of all the lovely action and we also got new albums from Angela Autumn, Marina Allen, Gary Louris, Megan Palmer (EP), Rachel Sermanni (EP), Sam Filiatreau, Louien (EP), Andrew Sa (EP), Calming River, Japanese Breakfast, Hanemoon, The Speedways (cover EP). Ruby Oland’s album is from January, but I missed it at the time.

The Finnish section is slightly smaller this time around. The personal favorite here is the new single from Amuri. Other Finnish treasures are an album from The Stillwalkers and singles from Ruissalo Amping, Lapsuus and Tender Lakes (b-side of last week’s single).

And last but not least the international singles. That new Andrew Bryant song is probably my song of the week, but I’m also very fond of the songs by Icarus Phoenix, Scott Hirsch, Hiss Golden Messenger, Drew Beskin, K.C.Jones, Sierra Ferrell, Woods and Sleepy Jean. Again just to name a few. You’ll find them all below.

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

1. Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love – Nothing But Regrets (Friends in High Places, Capitane Records, 2021)^
2. Angela Autumn – Back in Line (Frontiers Woman, 2021)
3. Tristen – Julian (Aquatic Flowers, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2021)
4. Marina Allen – Oh, Louise (Candlepower, Fire Records, 2021)
5. Gary Louris – Mr. Updike (Jump For Joy, Sham, 2021)
6. Icarus Phoenix – 80’s Night Dance Party Singing “Send Me An Angel” (single, 2021)
7. Andrew Bryant – Reality Winner (single, Sentimental Noises, 2021)
8. Hiss Golden Messenger – Glory Strums (single, Merge Records, 2021)
9. Megan Palmer – New Way To Be (Take Good Care EP, Blue Rose Music, 2021)
10. Rachel Sermanni – Brighton House (Swallow Me EP, Jellygirl Records, 2021)
11. Sam Filiatreau – Silver Highway (Sam Filiatreau, Gjenny Lou Records, 2021)
12. Scott Hirsch – Much Too Late (single, Echo Magic, 2021)
13. Drew Beskin – Personal Shopper (single, Super Canoe, 2021)
14. Woods – Waiting Around for A New Me (single, Woodsist, 2021)
15. Amuri – Ampiaiskesä (single, Helmi Levyt, 2021)
16. Sierra Ferrell – The Sea (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
17. Ruby Oland – Higher Heights (Born in the West, Wolf Spider, 2021)
18. Andrew Sa – I Wish I Was the Moon (Cosmic Country Stars EP, Cosmic Country, 2021)
19. K.C. Jones – Queen of the in Between (single, 2021)
20. Leah Blevins – First Time Feeling (single, Crabtree Records, 2021)
21. Louien – Woke Up From the Dead (No Tomorrow EP, Jansen Records, 2021)
22. Tommy Alexander – Just a Dream (single, Su Casa, 2021)
23. Calming River – While Helsinki Sleeps (Dead Bluebottle & Supine, 2021)
24. Sleepy Jean – How’s It All Gonna End (single, Half Right Records, 2021)
25. Swimming Bell – In Amber (single, Adventure Club Records, 2021)
26. Piney Gir – Voice of the Ages (single, 2021)
27. Amythyst Kiah – Fancy Drones (Fracture Me) (single, Rounder Records, 2021)
28. Japanese Breakfast – Tactics (Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021)
29. Hanemoon – It’s All About You (Last Thing I Heard, Jigsaw Records, 2021)
30. Ruissalo Amping – Hohde (single, Karhuvaltio, 2021)
31. Tender Lakes – Night Vision (single, 2021)
32. The Stillwalkers – Underdogs (Two Ghosts, 2021)
33. Lapsuus – Elämän maku suus (single, Stupido, 2021)
34. The Speedways – 11th Street Kids (Borrowed & Blue EP, Snap!, 2021)
35. Fortitude Valley – Cassini (single, Fika Recordings, 2021)
36. Randolph’s Leap – They Didn’t See Us Coming (single, Olive Grove Records, 2021)
37. Nathan Ma – Midnight (single, 2021)
38. JB Paterson – Another Day (single, Easy Machine Recordigns, 2021)
39. The Brothers Comatose – Soft and Blue (single, Swamp Jam, 2021)
40. Flatland Cavalry – Gettin’ By (single, 2021)
41. South Texas Tweek – New Tattoos (single, 2021)
42. Rodney Crowell – Transient Global Amnesia Blues (single, RC1 Records, 2021)
43. Lauren O’Connell – Where Did Our Love Go (single, Sugar Glider, 2021)
44. Fust – Long Hard Days in April (Evil Joy, Dear Life, 2021)
45. Andre Ethier – The Moon Is Round and Empty (Further Up Island, Telephone Explosion, 2021)

Playlist link

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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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OCTA Music Weekly – Episode #137

Another week, another new music weekly.

This seemed like a slow release week on the album front or perhaps I just didn’t get the memo on some great releases. A lot of singles gold though and of course there are some wonderful albums too.

The album list is led by an album by Andre Ethier. It’s the last one of the trilogy he made with Sandro Perri. Other new albums this week came from Britton Patrick Morgan, Fust, Terje Espenes (Bruce Springsteen covers), St. Yuma (this is actually a month old, but first time here), Del Amitri, Bachelor, Olivia Wendel, Lou Barlow and Volk.

My favorite Finnish thing is probably the new Teini-Pää double single. I just love the band and everything they release. I can’t wait to hear the forthcoming full-length. There’s a fairly long Finnish section on the playlist with singles from Knipi, Tender Lakes, Liljankukka, Rosita Luu, Sumuhai, Color Dolor. This week we also got an album from The Bablers that came out on US power pop label Big Stir Records and EP from Palor (prolific band, because they just released an album couple months ago). Oh yeah and early on in the midst of some country, folk and americana favorites we have the new The Lovematches single that was written by Jean Ramsay.

And then the international (should be) hits. The big one here is the new Jeremy Ferrara single and album announcement. Lead single is here and an album will follow in July on the always wonderful American Standard Time Records. His label mate Jeremy James Meyer also released another great track from his forthcoming album. A few other personal favorites came from Jason Sinkhorn, Megan Palmer, Jess Jocoy, T.Hardy Morris, Turner Cody and Tim Knol. Again just to name a few.

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

1. Andre Ethier – Nature Compels Me (Further Up Island, Telephone Explosion, 2021)
2. Jeremy Ferrara – Morning Light (single, American Standard Time, 2021)
3. Fust – Night on the Lam (Evil Joy, Dear Life Records, 2021)
4. Britton Patrick Morgan – Baxter, KY (I Wanna Start a Band, 2021)
5. Jeremy James Meyer – Test of Time (single, American Standard Time, 2021)
6. Jason Sinkhorn – Some Kind of Troubadour (single, 2021)
7. Jess Jocoy – Brighter Eyes (single, 2021)
8. The Lovematches – From Paris to Pardon (single, Emsälo Music, 2021)
9. T. Hardy Morris – Shopping Center Sunsets (single, Normaltown Records, 2021)
10. Megan Palmer – Dance of Caring Souls (single, 2021)
11. Reb Fountain – Heart (single, Flyin Nun Records, 2021)
12. Cecilia James – My Name Is To Call (single, 2021)
13. Terje Espenes – Toughter Than the Rest (Hopes and Dreams – Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Inner East Records, 2021)
14. Turner Cody – Lonely Days of Hollywood (single, Capitane Records, 2021)
15. Rose City Band – Rambling With the Day (single, Thrill Jockey Records, 2021)
16. St. Yuma – Jupiter (Lights Out, Lonely Birds, 2021)
17. Bachelor – Went Out Without You (Doomin’ Sun, Polyvinyl Records, 2021)
18. Olivia Wendel – John Cusack (Windthrow, Woolly Music, 2021)
19. Del Amitri – You Can’t Go Back (Fatal Mistakes, Cooking Vinyl, 2021)
20. Lou Barlow – Reason to Live (Reason To Live, Joyful Noise, 2021)
21. Tim Knol – Wandering Heart (single, Excelsior, 2021)
22. Knipi – 00840 (single, Capitol Records, 2021)
23. The Bablers – Queen Of Yesterday (Psychadilly Circus, Big Stir Records, 2021)
24. Tender Lakes – Golden Boy (single, 2021)
25. Teini-Pää – Näin sen unessa / Kissat ja koirat (single, Stupido Records, 2021)
26. Liljankukka – Muistokirjoituksia (single, Karhuvaltio Records, 2021)
27. Rosita Luu – Mullasta noustaan (single, Playground Music, 2021)
28. Palor – Väärällä polulla (Kutsu minut EP, 2021)
29. Sumuhai – Sumu (single, 2021)
30. Color Dolor – Shy (single, Soliti, 2021)
31. Mega Bog – Station to Station (single, Paradise of Bachelors, 2021)
32. Emma Tricca – It Don’t Bother Me (single, Dell’Orso, 2021)
33. Yola – Stand For Myself (single, Easy Eye Sound, 2021)
34. Joana Serrat – Demons (single, Loose Music, 2021)
35. David Garnham & The Reasons to Live – Miss the Pain (single, 2021)
36. The Great Park – This Is a Calling (single, Woodland Recordings, 2021)
37. Volk – Atlanta Dog (Cashville, Romanus Records, 2021)
38. Squirrel Flower – Flames and Flat Tires (single, Full Time Hobby, 2021)
39. Anna Cordell – The Children (single, 2021)
40. Kings of Convenience – Fever (single, Universal, 2021)
41. Dusted – They Don’t Know You (single, 2021)
42. Left Vessel – Your Winter (single, Giftshop Records, 2021)
43. Nathan Kalish – Literal Man (single, WinterWildfires, 2021)
44. Emily Nenni – In The Mornin’ (single, 2021)
45. Kristofer Åström – First Down (single, Startracks, 2021)
46. Holy Hive – Color it Easy (single, Big Crown Records, 2021)
47. Libby DeCamp – Asked For Water (Westward and Faster, 2021)
48. Alexis May – She Might Be The Devil (Killing Pain, Memories and Time EP, 2021)
49. Travis Linville – Yesterday’s Wine (I’m Still Here, Black Mesa Records, 2021)
50. Bill and The Belles – Good Friends Are Hard To Find (Happy Again, Ditty Boom 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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