Video of The Day: Heather Redman & The Reputation – Wait For Me

This Friday, December 9, 2022, Heather Redman releases her first solo record! This is fantastic news. A rock and roll record with soul, funk, country, and RnB influences, this record is real. In fact, if you were to look up the definition of authentic in the dictionary you would see a picture of this artist. Heather has some of the most impressive vocals that you can imagine. She has energy and more virtuosity than you can shake a stick at — or in other words, we mean it when we say we would listen to her sing the phone book.

Heather Redman has assembled a crack band featuring the rhythm section from Dayton giants Shrug — Dan Stahl (drums) and Bryan Lakatos (bass) and kickin’ guitar from Matt Webster (The Professors, oh let’s be honest far too many bands to mention) and the multi-instrumentalist David Payne (The New Old Fashioned, Midwest Business Machine, not to mention his own stellar solo recordings)! The album was produced by “The Wizard” Patrick Himes, who contributed more than a few sonic touches to this excellent album.

If you add it all up and you have a recipe for music textures that illuminate their influences while adding new musical territory to the map of songcraft called ‘Heather Redman & The Reputation.

To help you get ready for this new record, care of the fine folks at Magnaphone Records, Heather has released a music video for her second advance single “Wait For Me.” From the start of the thrill of the keyboards to the shot of the drum and strum of the bass string followed by Heather’s hairs standing up on your neck vocals, the sway and swirl of this song will capture your heart. But fear not, you can have it back in a little over three minutes.

See you at the album release celebration at The Yellow Cab Tavern this Friday!

Video of The Day: Matt Derda & The High Watts

Matt Derda & The High Watts are making some of the most compelling music in a year full of great music! The video is their official music video for ‘Life You Didn’t Know.’ This is the latest single from the Chicago band’s upcoming EP ‘You Didn’t Know?‘ which came out on 11/12/2022.

‘You Didn’t Know?’ from Matt Derda & The High Watts is a picture postcard from a pure sonic territory that reflects the intersection of indie rock, power pop, and alt-country. The semi-title track ‘Life You Didn’t Know’ feels like a driving Replacements song from ‘Pleased to Meet Me’ written by Uncle Tupelo era Jeff Tweedy. Derda’s lead vocal is always spot-on. This is a mighty trio that tackles the feel of each song as if their lives depended upon it.

Phil Yates Best of 2022

Every year we ask some of our music friends to share some of their thoughts on some of the albums/singles that were released in the past year.

Our pal, Phil Yates of Phil Yates & The Affiliates released a terrific record, A Thin Thread, on July 15th of this year, and much to our joy, he agreed to share his thoughts.

Do you ever tire of hearing people say that there is no good new music nowadays? The music released in 2022 should silence those fools, but you and I know nothing will silence people who think that way. My wallet wishes that I was one of those fools who did not care about new (and old) music this year. Other than what is in the top spot, the rest of my top ten albums of 2022 is in no order.

Wet Leg – Wet Leg. No new release in recent memory has given me as much joy as Wet Leg’s debut record. My actual age is quickly approaching my spiritual age, meaning that I am probably more prone to embracing my inner curmudgeon these days. When a band has so much buzz behind them, my instant reaction is to dismiss them. I am glad I did not do that with Wet Leg.

The record is so much more than the singles released in 2021, “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream”. The rest of the record is full of hooks. It feels like the best music from the ’90s but is not a retro record. One of my highlights of the year was seeing them in March at Chicago’s Thalia Hall. It was absolutely thrilling to see a band clearly in its ascendancy yet still figuring things out. I cannot wait to see what Wet Leg does for an encore!

Cate Le Bon – Pompeii. This record contains probably my favorite song of the year, “Remembering Me”. The video to it is incredible. Cate is one of those musicians that I will follow any weird or challenging path she happens to forge.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Boy Named If. I had to check the calendar again. This album came out in January 2022. I am a huge Costello nerd. Huge! This record made me so happy. It is his best since 2004’s The Delivery Man. It is closest to Brutal Youth with respect to the sound of the record. If that does nothing for you, we probably cannot be friends.

The Beths – Expert in a Dying Field. Have The Beths made a bad record yet? Do they even know how to make a bad record? I embrace our new Kiwi rock overlords.

Young Guv GUV III & GUV IV. I’m cheating by combining both Young Guv records as one record. It is full of jangly goodness. These songs sound even more rocking live. One of the highlights of going to England this summer for me was catching Young Guv in Bristol. Great show!

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Endless Rooms. This Australian band constantly hits my sweet spot.

BOAT – No Plans to Stick the Landing. I’ve been a fan of this Seattle band for a long time since probably 2009’s Setting the Paces. I get the feeling they have the same influences as I do: Guided By Voices, Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, and Pavement.

Spiritualized – Everything Was Beautiful. This is a mild upset. When asked to do lists in the past, Spiritualized normally takes the top spot if they released a record in that year. That to me is weird because I never think to name them as one of my favorite bands. I should rectify that and start name-checking them every chance I get.

Angel Olsen – Big Time. Angel Olsen sounds like a country-leaning Roy Orbison on this record. It is “big” and well worth your “time”. Angel Olsen is another artist I will follow on whatever creative path she takes.

Sloan – Steady. Has Sloan made a bad record yet? Do they even know how to make a bad record? Long live Canada’s answer to The Beatles!

I should have an addendum to the list. I also put out a record with my band, Phil Yates & The Affiliates, called A Thin Thread on Futureman Records. If I was feeling particularly cocky, I would have put it in the Top Ten of 2022. For now, let’s leave it as a nice little footnote for this year.

The year 2022 was great for music books, too. I need to get my hands on Bob Dylan’s latest book. Christmas is coming, so family members reading this, consider that a hint. My favorite book from a musician was Jarvis Cocker’s Good Pop, Bad Pop. It is a great reflection on the memorabilia we collect and what makes some of it keepable and other portions of it more disposable. I could hear Jarvis’ voice whilst reading it.

For those of you wanting to give yourself a bit of a challenge, PJ Harvey’s Orlam should be on your reading list. It is a novel-length poem written in the old Dorset dialect. Don’t worry. There is a glossary of terms at the back of the book.

Thanks for reading! May all of you have a wonderful, music-filled 2023!

Some new music from Tino…

New music from Dayton-based rapper and songwriter Tino is out. This is good news for anyone interested in passionate music that speaks to our souls. Tino’s flow and syncopation are otherworldly. He is able to make a song that speaks to the human spirit and uplift the listener.

Do not miss his new music. And if you are in the Dayton area today you can catch his show tonight at Yellow Cab Tavern as he shares his latest music.

Video of The Day: Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?

A perfect indie rock song. The guitars crunch and the bass bounces yet manages to weave and sway across a solid vocal propelled by driving drums! A song with a catchy chorus that will stay in your head for days. A great song that captures the growing realization that a relationship is already over! This latest song, from Martha — a rock band from Pity Me, a village in County Durham in the North East of England — is from their upcoming new album ‘Please Don’t Take Me Back‘, which comes out on October 28, 2022 from Specialist Subject and Dirtnap records.

“‘Baby, Does Your Heart Sink’ is just your classic break-up song, but one designed to be played at the disco at the end of the world. If there are multiple timelines, worlds, and universes out there, you’ve really got to wonder how things are going in the others, don’t you?”

Album Rewind: The Ghost of Tom Joad

Released in November of 1995, The Ghost of Tom Joad marked a return toward acoustic, folk, and country influences that were part of Bruce Springsteen’s musical DNA.

The Ghost of Tom Joad plays like a dustbowl love letter to some of Bruce Springsteen’s music heroes. A gut punch to those who were expecting more ’80s excess and pop melancholia that permeated Springsteen albums like Born in the USA, The River, Human Touch, and Tunnel of Love. Returning to the Ghost of Tom Joad is like discovering a hidden gem in the mine of musical creativity.

‘Ghost’ remains a vibrant record not for overabundance in production and sound technology but for simplicity all too missing in contemporary music. This album reminds the listener of the moving nature of voice and guitar. A critique of a music superstar economy that Springsteen himself helped maintain. The Ghost of Tom Joad remains what a truly great record should be, a sound out of time not simply a reflection of the time period in which it was made. For all of these reasons and more, Ghost is a record with a unique pull. And while the album received a fair amount of critical praise upon its release, when discussing Springsteen’s music, The Ghost of Tom Joad is far more likely to be overlooked then explored.

Musictown Playlist

We have created a new playlist on Spotify of music and songs that we play on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative with Dr. J! This playlist is meant to grow as we discover new and exciting music to share with you on the program! If you have suggestions for this collection of music, please let us know. We will continue to expand the list over time!

Video of The Day: Snarls – Fixed Gear

This terrific video comes courtesy of the Columbus, Ohio band Snarls. The song was released both as a single and on the dynamic EP ‘What About Flowers?’ is not to be missed. A fantastic example of a deeply personal song that illuminates the connections that bind us together. The harmonies are quite captivating. The music has a gravity that pulls the listener to it. A song that delivers on its promise.

Video of The Day: Paul J. Monnin – No One Cares

Our friend Paul Monin of Age Nowhere and Neo American Pioneers has a solo single ‘No One Cares.’ The video is an interesting take on the ideas in the lyrics. It also has a silly appearance from YTAA’s own Dr. J. Paul has written a song that asks the listener to stop and look around themselves and ask what matters and what we are focusing our attention upon. You can get more information from: https://linktr.ee/pauljmonnin.

7000Apart in Dayton

We often say that any day of the week you can experience great music in our fine community of Dayton, Ohio and that was clearly demonstrated as truth last night with 7000Apart, K.Carter and Mike Bankhead playing Blind Bob’s. 7000Apart is on tour right now! If you have a chance to see any of these terrific artists, do it! Support Your Local Music Scene!

7000Apart, K.Carter and Mike Bankhead playing Blind Bob's in Dayton.

Tamar Berk Interview

Dr. J spoke with Tamar Berk in the evening on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative. Tamar spoke about the powerful new record Start at The End, her music career, songwriting and her approach to recording and producing her music.

Tamar shared some compelling insights as a songwriter in this interview! Anyone interested in the subject should explore her thoughts on the subject. Tamar was honest and remarkably introspective about how pain can be transformed into art through music. It was a real pleasure to speak with her about the music that she has made in her various music projects (Starball, Countdown, Pynnacles and Paradise to name a few). And it was a singular joy to talk to her about the exciting music that she has made in the past few years under her own name with The Restless Dreams of Youth (2021) and Start At The End (2022).

If you do not know these records, we highly recommend that you explore them. Tamar’s songs evokes The Spinanes/Rebecca Gates and Liz Phair but the musical space she surveys does not end there. She uses a variety of musical ideas to create a sound that paints with a rich pallet of color and texture. The music is infectious, passionate, personal and introspective in an adventure that leads the listener into a communal rather than singular experience. Start At The End is one of our favorite records of the year!

You can listen to Tamar’s music anywhere you stream but we recommend buying her excellent music at Bandcamp!

You can contact Tamar through her social media https://twitter.com/TamarBerk

Youtube

Instagram.com

For a complete list of her social media and music: https://ffm.bio/tamarberkmusic

Dan Spaugy and Billy Swayne on YTAA

Dan Spaugy and Billy Swayne of Neo American Pioneers came on the YTAA program to discuss their upcoming Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute show ‘A Song for Everyone’ at The Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday, May 7, 2022!

More info here: https://buff.ly/3vNiIRB

According to the Pioneers: Take a trip to Cosmo’s Basement and celebrate with the Neo American Pioneers as they present “Wrote a Song for Everyone: A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.” on May 7th at The Yellow Cab Tavern!

A full evening of music, they will be featuring a selection of 25 CCR hits across their seven studio albums in an intimate club setting. Capturing the raw rock and roll energy of CCR’s early years, before they were headlining stadium tours and iconic festivals like Woodstock, you will not want to miss this.

Cover starts at 8pm with music starting at 9pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the doors. All ages are welcome with a guardian. **Discounted presale tickets end at Midnight on May 6th Presale tickets available here: https://ten-high-productions.square.s…

Yellow Cab’s resident truck, The Pizza Bandit, will be set up and serving through 10pm. Produced by Level Up Productions Location: The Yellow Cab Tavern 700 East 4th Street Dayton, Ohio 45402