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!

YTAA Book Discussion This Week: Jeff Tweedy’s ‘Let’s Go (So we can get back)

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Our last on-air book discussion of 2018 focuses on Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) by Wilco frontman and Uncle Tupelo co-founder Jeff Tweedy. Guests in the studio include Jeremy Siegrist of The Typical Johnsons and musician and supermusicfan Mandy Jewell who will share their ideas about the book. This interesting book covers Tweedy’s life experiences, personal biography and his work in Uncle Tupelo and Wilco.

If you have comments and thoughts about the book, feel free to share those with us in the discussion section of the event page or email us at We will also open the phone line during the show so that those listening can join in on the conversation as well.

As always you can listen along online at OR 99.5 & 98.1fm in Dayton, Ohio from 3-6pm Tuesday, December 18th!

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YTAA Music Book Review Show

ImageThis week we are taking on music books, books about bands, books written by musicians and songs about books. Join us this Tuesday as Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative discusses books on music in all their varied and delightful forms!

Help us select our YTAA Book Read for this year by voting in our poll! What books about musicians, bands, songs, etc… captivated your imagination? Call in, email or tweet us with your thoughts on books about music (937-229-2774, drjwudr on gmail, and drjwudr on the ol’ twitter).   Vote in our Poll on which book we all need to read! 

And, of course, you can expect lots of brand new music, Mrs. Dr. J’s summer dance party, and an area show review so you know what to do with your weekend!

Join us from 3-6pm tomorrow for another show on WUDR!DrJ

Some New Stuff – you can always use more stuff!


Big Head Todd & The Monsters – “Black Beehive” (with eight bonus tracks and an 11×17 deluxe lithograph of the album artwork on heavy stock; producer: Steve Jordan; Hear hereMP3) (Shout! Factory)

Broken Bells (side project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer) – “After the Disco” (first single: “Holding On For Life”; Hear hereVinylMP3) (Columbia)

John Butler Trio – “Flesh & Blood” (first single: “Only One”Hear hereRead hereVinylMP3) (Vanguard)

The Haden Triplets (Tanya, Rachel and Petra Haden) – “The Haden Triplets” (includes covers of the Carter Family, Nick Lowe, Bill Monroe, the Louvin Brothers, etc.; producer: Ry Cooder; Read hereVinyl;MP3) (Third Man)

Dirk Powell (Americana multi-instrumentalist) – “Walking Through Clay” (guests: the late Levon Helms and his daughter Amy; Hear hereMP3) (Sugar Hill)

Wild Moccasins (Houston indie-pop quintet) – “88 92” (Hear hereSee hereLP + MP3) (New West)

Xiu Xiu (avant-garde group from San Jose, Calif.) – “Angel Guts: Red Classroom” (producer: John Congleton; Hear hereRead hereVinylMP3) (Polyvinyl)


GD-picksGrateful Dead – “Dick’s Picks Vol. 20: Capital Centre, Landover, MD 9/25/76” (four CDs) (Razor & Tie)

Small Faces – “Here Come the Nice: The Immediate Years 1967-1969 [Box set]” (Amazon-exclusive collection containing four CDs, 75 tracks, with a 72-page hardbound coffee-table book and many other extras; limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, personally signed by members Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan; See hereTrack list) (Charly / Snapper Music Group)


The Beatles – “All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release [Kindle]” (authors: Jean-Michel Guesdon, Philippe Margotin; preface by Patti Smith) (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers)

The Beatles – “The Beatles Are Here! 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember [Paperback]” (author: Penelope Rowlands) (Algonquin Books)

The Beatles – “Six Days that Changed the World, February 1964 [Hardcover]” (photos by Bill Eppridge) (Rizzoli)

Ringo Starr – “Octopus’s Garden [Hardcover]” (children’s book based on the Beatles song; illustrator:Ben Cort) (Aladdin)

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Things to Explore!



Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Wig Out At Jagbags” (producers: Malkmus, Remko Schouten; listen hereVinylMP3) (Matador)

The Style Council – “Our Favourite Shop [MP3]” (1985 album) (Polydor)

Broken Bells – “After the Disco,” (Columbia)

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“Paid & Rowdy,” by The Nightbeast (Modern Short Stories)





Peter Gabriel – “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” (his 2010 album of covers, paired with the 2013 all-star covers of Gabriel songs; Read about it hereVinylMP3) (Real World)


The Beatles – “TIME – The Beatle Invasion: The inside story of the two-week tour that rocked America [Hardcover]” (author: Bob Spitz) (Time)

Howard Goodall – “The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization [Hardcover]” (available on the Kindle) (Time)

Angélique Kidjo – “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music [Hardcover]” (co-author: Rachel Wenrick; foreword by Desmond Tutu; available on the Kindle) (Harper Collins)

More Stuff to Check Out

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Black Flag (Greg Gin, Ron Reyes and Gregory Moore) – “What the … [MP3]” (22-track album is their first since 1985; Hear hereRead hereVinylCD) (SST)

Boston – “Life, Love & Hope” (their first album since 2002’s “Corporate America”; includes some vocals from the late Brad Delp; Hear hereRead hereMP3) (Frontiers)

Marshall Crenshaw – “Driving and Dreaming [MP3]” (four-song EP), “I Don’t See You Laughing Now [MP3]” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Red River Entertainment, Dec. 2)

Glen Hansard (of The Frames and The Swell Season) – “Drive All Night” (four-song EP; guests: Eddie Vedder, Jake Clemons; Hear hereVinylMP3) (ANTI- / Epitaph)

Lou Reed – “Playlist: The Very Best of Lou Reed” (RCA / Legacy)


The Rutles – “All You Need Is Cash [Blu-ray]” (1978 mockumentary; See hereRead hereBlu-ray/DVD) (Video Services Corp.)

The Stone Roses – “Made of Stone [DVD]” (new documentary directed by Shane Meadows will be shown in select theaters this month; See hereBlu-ray) (MVD Entertainment Group)


Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull – “A Passion Play: The Story Of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull [Paperback]” (author: Brian Rabey) (Soundcheck Books LLP)

Brian Epstein – “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story [Hardcover