This Tuesday: Kevin Serey

 

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This week musician and songwriter Kevin Serey joins Dr. J in the studio to discuss his music and play a few acoustic songs for us. Kevin has an amazing and distinctive voice and his upcoming release promises to be a terrific country album!

Spend some time with Kevin and Dr. J this week from 3-6pm on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative on WUDR Radio!

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Video of The Day: Olivia Frances – Porcelain

Olivia Frances has an exciting song ‘Porcelain’ from her record Orchid (released this past June). The video captures a dynamic around the consequences of choices that we make and what others believe about those decisions. An energetic and infectious song that captures the energy and powerful presence of a captivating vocalist. Blending honest lyrics with emotional and ethereal vocals alongside natural yet polished guitar arrangements ‘Porcelain’ becomes one of those songs that you just cannot shake. This tune will remain caught in your music consciousness. You cannot help but hum along to the chorus.

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Tuesday World Premier: The Nautical Theme – Break My Fall

the-nautical-theme-IMG_0651-Split-ToneThis Tuesday YTAA will have the world premier of The Nautical Theme‘s first single ‘Break My Fall‘ from the forthcoming record ‘Lows and Highs‘ (release show on March 21st). This powerful song has incredible impact on the listener. We are so proud of Tesia and Matt for creating music that is so insightful.

From the band: ‘Break My Fall’ was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement.

84979098_1078920682485082_7383412840431878144_oFortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track. The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective – to be more like them.

the-nautical-theme-IMG_0561-Split-ToneUnfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age – so fun, playful, and carefree.

So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.  

Join Dr. J at 3pm this Tuesday to hear ‘Break My Fall’ from The Nautical Theme!

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Video of The Day: Me & Mountains – Demolish Me

From the first volume of Dream Sequence, Dayton’s Me & Mountains demonstrates that new music from them is an incredible return to a sound that if there was honor in the music industry would make them famous. Desire a return to crunchy guitars, melody for days, driving percussion and a brick foundation rhythm section? Me & Mountains have what you need and crave. We are excited about what the future volumes of Dream Sequence have in store for listeners!

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Hologram Concerts: Music’s Future?

arrow_copy_fee_hereA recent essay in the New York Times discussed the rise of Hologram concerts featuring long past musicians such as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Tupac Shakur, Ronnie James Dio, Frank Zappa among plans for others. What to think of this?

How long before their are digital shows/holograms of Bowie, Joe Strummer, Prince, Petty, among a legion of aging (read post 60 years of age) musicians that management and record companies want to continue to profit on their art by finding a way to keep these artists performing.

Consider the consequence of a band or musicians ever ceasing. In the words of one executive: “We have to put them back on the road.” (Brian Baumley, publicist for Eyellusion quoted in the article).

The idea that companies can buy the rights to these images drawn from concert footage raises a host of questions about long term (perpetual, perhaps?) ownership of music and the image of musicians themselves. A recent episode of Black Mirror seemed to deal directly with this idea. If management cannot control the musician or band, simply digitize. In the end, the management company did not win — in a rare twist for Black Mirror — but in an industry built on the exploitation of artists, musicians, lyricists and other creatives, how accurate is that ending? While that level of control is not widely happening today, one has to wonder how long before it could?

The idea of a concert should be an exchange of ideas, enthusiasm and love of music not a pristine controlled event. Sometimes the most beautiful musical moments are the mistakes, the surprises that arise in the moment of artistic creation. Not planned. Not anticipated. Not controlled.

Read the article here — Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms – The New York Times.

Let us know what you think about the practice in the comments or at Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative on Facebook.

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Best of 2019: Rob Perry’s Picks and Thoughts

Below Rob Perry has listed ten albums that are his favorites released in 2019.  They are in no particular order but he can tell you that they all are really fine recordings.

  1. THE GET AHEADDeepest Light – April 2019 – Jullian Records

The+Get+Ahead-7The Get Ahead calls their eclectic blend of music “Americana Soul”. The unique combination of fiddle and saxophone, best done on the title track, naturally had me dreaming of Little Feat and the late Lowell George. Lead vocalist Nathan Earle’s tone really draws you in while the accomplished band is tight and cohesive.

My favorite tracks on the album are Sister Cities, Faint Outline, Deepest Light, and Special Breed.

  1. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGERTerms of Surrender – September 2019 – Merge a4130119723_10Records

On this latest release, M.C. Taylor appears to have taken his Indie Folk collection of ‘would-be’ songs of despair and woven them into expressions of hope.  This album is filled with brilliant flashes of optimism and it’s the band’s best release in the past 5 years. Favorite songs include My Wing, Katy (You Don’t Have to Be Good Yet), and I Need a Teacher.

 

  1. NIGHT MOVESCan You Really Find Me – August 2019 – Domino Music

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Thanks to The Current, KCMP radio for turning me on to this fantastic duo. Like the radio station, “Night Moves” calls the Minneapolis area home. This is their third album and boy is it a gem of dreamy psychedelia.

Don’t miss these tracks: Mexico, Strands Align, and Keep Me In Mind.

 

 

4. SUMMER CANNIBALSCan’t Tell Me No – June 2019 – Tiny Enginesa1301309498_10

Part indie, part punk, this is an all-around razor-sharp record. This is what I imagine The Clash would be like if lead by a strong young woman. Enjoy the low-slung guitars arching upwards to Jessica Boudreaux’s weighty lyrics.

The best songs are One Of Many, False Anthem, and Can’t Tell Me No.

 

 

  1. LIZ BRASHER Painted Image – January 2019 – Fat Possum Records

a3900028213_10With a thundering voice and a soulful style, Liz Brasher dropped her full-length debut LP in January 2019. The album has tinges of country, gospel, R&B, while weaving in elements of the Delta blues. Brasher doesn’t settle on one genre too long as she seems to effortlessly move from one style to another.

Her voice remains rock-steady, though. Must listens … Love Feasts, Cold Baby, and Blood of the Lamb.

 

  1. MATTIEL Satis Factory – June 2019 – Heavenly Recordings

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I’ll bet Mattiel Brown grew up listening to all her parents’ albums. You can almost feel the Patti Smith, Velvet Underground, and Jefferson Airplane dripping from the creases of this record. It’s all-over-the-place funky-different, in a good way. I’m impressed with Mattiel’s vocal range and the way she easily seems to be able to switch vocal styles, too.

My favorite tracks are Keep the Change, Millionaire, and Populonia.

 

  1. FAYE WEBSTER Atlanta Millionaires Club – May 2019 – Secretly Canadian

a1110224198_10Faye Webster’s new album is full of what I’d call melancholy folk-pop with tinges of soul and a little country thrown in there, too. Most of the tracks are gorgeously arranged and they seem to enhance Webster’s laid-back, hushed delivery. The pedal steel that appears on a few songs helps to add a brilliant and lush, layered sound.

My top songs include Kingston, Right Side of My Neck, and Room Temperature.

 

  1. STELLA DONNELLY Beware of the Dogs– March 2019 – Secretly Canadian

a0497167441_10This is an indie pop record chock full of sweet-sounding songs, albeit with a killer bite. Donnelly writes songs that make you laugh, piss you off, and cause you to think. Plus, she’s really good at it. Guitar-driven hooks are her speciality. By the way, the title track is a stripped-down, solo anthem that’s both powerful and dreamy.

Other songs I enjoy are Tricks, Old Man, and Lunch.

 

  1. SHARON VAN ETTEN Remind Me Tomorrow – March 2019 – Jagjaguwar

remind me tomorrow_sharon van ettenYou’ve probably heard of her. But this time around Sharon’s added some moody synthesizers to the mix. She hasn’t yet become too polite or politically correct but it’s evident she’s stepped out of her comfort zone, pushing boundaries and willing to explore more personal issues. This is her deepest and most complete work to date.

Potential to become a classic. Songs to hear … Comeback Kid, Seventeen, and Jupiter 4.

 

  1. JADE BIRD Jade Bird – April 2019 – Glassnote Records

d77706-20190523-jade-bird-jade-birdLet me start by saying that this is not a perfect indie record. It is, though, a very nice debut album by an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Her two greatest assets: Her gigantic voice and her amazing self-confidence. She won’t win album of the year awards for this record but it is a testament to what I think she’s going to become someday.

Three great songs included on this LP are Love Has All Been Done Before, Lottery, and 17.

 

Rob PerryRob Perry is an indie music superfan and one of the nicest people on the planet. His twitter account is @RobPerry64. Rob describes himself as MUSIC LOVER, Dreamer, Fly-Fisherman, USAF Veteran, LGBTQ+ Supporter from Plains GA & Raleigh NC, “Don’t get up gentlemen, I’m only passing through.”