One of the new albums we are excited about in the new year comes from Dayton, Ohio’s The 1984 Draft. This is a band that combines the twin guitar attack of Eli Alban and Joe Anderl, with some of the most intense bass runs from Chip Heck and the pounding machine on drums of Justin Satinover. On January 19, 2023, The 1984 Draft is releasing their latest full-length group of songs entitled ‘Best Friends Forever’ on Poptek Records. You can hear the band’s fusion of ’90s rock and punk shaped by the love of Elton John, Smoking Popes, and Bob Mould.
The eleven-track album features collaborations with Susie Ulrey (Pohgoh), Todd Farrell Jr. (Benchmarks, Two Cow Garage), and Sean Gardner (Kopaz, The Reciever, Winter Makes Sailors, Minnows) and the addition of Dayton-based artist Cherry Fullam on vocals. These collaborations help elevate the music of The 1984 Draft to another level.
The 1984 Draft celebrates the release of their new record “Best Friends Forever” with special guests including Paige Beller, Shane Sweeney, Josh Arnold, Josh Goldman, Narrow/Arrow, Abiyah, and very special guest Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes. Pre-order tickets are available at Poptek Records! The energy, enthusiasm, and emotion of a ‘Draft show is not to be missed. Wear your hearts on your sleeves and believe that rock and roll can change the world because this band certainly embodies this idea.
According to the organizers, “[t]he goal of Dayton Battle of the Bands is to shine a light on new and upcoming bands in the community while providing a prize package that helps launch them to their next level. The series runs for 6 weeks on Thursdays 7-10pm, with 4 bands per night, competing to win their week and move onto the Finals on Saturday, Feb 26, 2022.”
While the winners will receive an EP studio session at Dayton Sound Studios (sponsors of the event) and a cash prize, all the finalists win some exciting prizes too: a live music video from Sound Valley and an opening spot on Levitt Dayton’s summer 2022 lineup! Winners of each week are decided by a combination of audience and judges’ votes. Judges are a mix of local music writers, activists and musicians. The final winner is selected by audience votes only this allows music fans to choose the winner of the entire ‘Battle’. All shows are at The Brightside. Check with the venue for show information and COVID precautions.
“In reality, it’s less of a battle and more of an amazing networking opportunity for local bands and musicians,” Carli Dixon, owner of The Brightside, explained. “And this year is extra special because of this collaboration between all of us and Levitt Dayton.” Levitt Dayton, who manage the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton joined the effort this year.
Each round is $10 to attend. Check daytonbattleofthebands.com for participating bands, ticket, and COVID protocols. Remember: ‘Support Your Local Music Scene!’
Today’s video is the latest from TINO! You can read our review of the record! TINO also has more for you on his YouTube Channel! Subscribe to his channel for video and information updates! TINO blends wisdom with incredibly high energy rock and rap using a mix of “rhyme schemes and unique flows over music ranging from golden era boom bap to trap mixed with soul samples and electronica.”
Amazing poet, rapper, musician and all around great guy — TINO has released the ‘Past Due’ EP on May 1!
‘Past Due’ is the fifth release from TINO. ‘Past Due’ is a follow up to his ‘Friendly Reminder’ mixtape which saw the artist dealing with the everyday problems of making ends meet in challenging circumstances, something we all can relate to these days.
‘Past Due’ delivers a sonic landscape that acknowledges the problems of the here and now but does not dwell on them. The record is wise without being condescending. It is challenging without being insulting. It is a rare gift in music to bond with listener in description of the dilemma of ‘trying to get through this thing called life’ and TINO is now an artist who faces the problems that we all have with work, family and more. On ‘Past Due’ Tino takes us by the hand and shows us that what we wanted in our youth are illusions, these objects will not make us happy. The things we thought that we wanted are trappings of a system of domination created to keep us happy, complacent and content while life passes us by at breakneck speed. TINO reminds us to look and listen, to linger over it before we lose it.
TINO’s growth is clearly evident when listening to his latest work and comparing past and present. The music has achieved another level. It is dense yet dance-able.If you listen to this and not want to move or sway, then you are far more stoic than us. Take for example, the excellent ‘You Know’ where the lyrics are warmly wrapped up in music that propels the lines from the start: “First things first, sorry for the delay, life heavy off track, but I’m back not a relay, so pass the baton, like a grateful pawn, now they must have heard what I ignored.” How does he deliver these lines with such speed, precision and delivery — yet never loses the feeling that allows the listener to enjoy and connect to the meaning of the music at the same time?
As an artist there is clear evolution and development in this latest record. TINO has moved from a talented but rough around the edges MC delivering charismatic struggle raps to a to an accomplished artist/wordsmith that possesses confidence behind the mic in shaping his unique vision. TINO has undoubtedly matured and the nuances of his experience of the dilemmas of everyday existence allows the listener to transcend their problems just like TINO. Both as an artist and as a poet, TINO has become a storyteller who captivates and excites and that is sorely needed.
‘Past Due” is available exclusively on Bandcamp as a “name-your-price” album, which allows anyone interested in excellent music, beats, arrangements and rhyme to hear this music. It is presented by the artist to provide a break from what has become our new blurred normal of sheltering in place. With TINO we can escape some of the ever present crisis by losing ourselves in excellent music for a time. And that is a gift.
Several serious storms and a highly rated (F3) Tornado damaged several northern Dayton neighborhoods and communities. Local hospitals are reporting that they are treating injuries but exact figures are not available yet. Widespread damage has been reported in parts of Montgomery, Greene and Mercer counties. There are widespread outages and the city of Dayton is under a water boil advisory.
While the WUDR studios and the University of Dayton were spared, unfortunately some of our northern neighbors are not doing as well. Please do what you can to help them and the community through appropriate and verified rescue and charitable organizations. As information becomes available, we will update this announcement.
Dr. J is a real professor and sometimes he is able to bring in the coolest guest speakers. This past Friday, April 28, he was able to convince Chad Wells of Cricketbows to share his experience with the class.
I love seeing live music, as you all know, but I do like my recordings too. Getting tracks laid down in the studio is not only expensive, it’s a time intensive, and methodical process. For that reason, I’m always so thrilled and impressed when our local bands release an album. This weekend, local punk band…
We wanted to share the kind podcast of Dr. J that Izzy from The Gem City Podcast did with him a few weeks ago! We spoke about interests in music, independent music, and the fantastic music coming out of Dayton, Ohio now and in the past. Izzy was a scholar and a gentleman who demonstrated the reason that the Gem City Podcast is one of the best music podcasts being made today in the Miami Valley! Whether you are a fan of music or just someone who is interested in how a college professor becomes fascinated by independent and alternative music, this podcast has something for everyone. If you believe that a day without music like a day without air… Oh, yeah we may have overstated that a little bit but seriously if you believe that some of greatest musical discoveries are in your future and not in your past then this podcast is for you! And you should check into their other podcasts while you are there! They have some interviews and conversations with some of our favorite Dayton musicians, music enthusiasts, and others involved in the area music scene.
Thank you Izzy and the folks at The Gem City Podcast for taking the time to talk about music with us! You are terrific!
The pictures below represent a few things that we are very grateful for in 2015!
Terrific friends and musicians who came to the studio like Tom Gilliam (Ghost Town Silence) and Dave New and Vivienne Machi (of Babbling April) who were amazing for our annual holiday program (pictured below). A mighty feeling of appreciation to all of the folks that joined us this year in the studio. Many many thanks to Charles Hartman, David Payne, Larry Evans, and Joe Anderl, Eli Alban and Justin Satinover of The 1984 Draft. We cannot adequately express our appreciation to everyone who has called in or came to the station and allowed us to interview them this year. You rock.
And as always, the opportunity that we have to do this program is a debt that we can never repay. However, we will always try to pay that back. Thank you all for your support as we enter into our 12th year of doing this radio show on WUDR in Dayton, Ohio!
Don Thrasher ready!
Thank you all! Have a happy and musical New Year’s Eve! Go see some independent music! We will catch you this Tuesday at 3pm on WUDR for our second Best of 2015 show with our friend Tom Gilliam!