Smug Brothers Rock Yellow Cab Tavern

DSC_0455Even a casual listener to Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative is going to notice something. We love Smug Brothers. And Dr. J and Mrs. Dr. J were very excited when the announcement was made that the band was going to play the terrific Yellow Cab Tavern on July 28 with Swearing at Motorists and Human Cannonball. And yeah, if you listen to the show you are well aware that we like those bands too. What could be better on a lovely summer night than great music? And all of the bands delivered the goods.

We could also not be happier to tell you that the show was terrific. And to make matters even better the proceeds went to assist all around good guy Ian Kaplan who is recovering at a remarkable speed from a liver transplant. Surgery is never easy, yet Ian’s good nature, smile and head bobbing at the show raised the spirits of fans and bands alike. It is simply a good day when a vital member of the Dayton music community is recovering this quickly. All we can do is wish Ian continued good health and speedy recovery!

For several months we have been campaigning just a wee bit — #One.More.Show. — for another Smug Brothers concert in Dayton. And this past Saturday evening, we got our wish.  Yeah, it was worth the wait!

From the first song, ‘A Thing for English’ from 2014’s perfect ‘On The Way To The DSC_0448Punchline‘, the band hit the stage with renewed energy and a lively swagger. The twin guitar attack of songwriter Kyle Melton and guitarist/keyboardist Scott Tribble (replacing Brian Baker) was formidable. Kyle Melton was in fine form energetically singing and from time to time dancing and swaying around the stage.

Living legend Don Thrasher demonstrated his tremendous skill with percussion. Don was a powerhouse on the drums. One has to wonder if a drum kit is but an extension of his body. Of course, it does not matter, the man is a master behind the kit.

DSC_0419But as anyone who knows Dr. J will attest to — he loves a loud melodic bass line and Larry Evans offered those in spades at this show. His Rickenbacker glowed with a sense of purpose that drew the crowd into the songs.  And the backing vocals that Mr. Evans contributes lifts the level on the song when he sings. The set list was back-to-back favorites and the crowd left no doubt that they shared their appreciation with the band.

Standouts for us included ‘A Thing for English,’ ‘Hang Up’, ‘Its Official Everywhere I Go,’ ‘Concentration Lawns,’ ‘My Little Crowd Pleaser,’ ‘Investigative Years,’ ‘Meet a Changing World,’ and the latest song from the forthcoming ‘Attic Harvest’ — ‘Rare and Double Clutch.’ If the world was a fair place, Smug Brothers would be a household name simply from the propulsive indie powerpop of ‘Hang Up’ alone!DSC_0396

The band played a mix of tunes from ‘On The Way To The Punchline,’ ‘Disco Maroon,’ and a few new songs from the forthcoming ‘Attic Harvest’. By the way, Smug Brothers have an effort underway on GoFundMe to release this new record on vinyl. We highly recommend that you contribute to this more than worthy project!

Here’s to #More.Shows.

 

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Happy New Year and Thank You!

DSC_0612The 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.

Tom Version 1Dave and ViviWe can never be thankful enough for all of the amazing shows we have seen this year from many incredible musicians!  A brief highlight includes The Dayton Music Art and Film Festival, Holidayton, Midpoint Music Festival, Good English-The New Old-Fashioned-Me & Mountains- Whoa Thunder at Blind Bob’s, the chance to see Moira play on the street in Over-The -Rhine in Cincinnati, Smug Brothers-Brat Curse-Manray at The South Park Tavern, The New Old-Fashioned and The Repeating Arms at Gilly’s and honestly more shows that we can remember off the top of our heads.  To all those that we were privileged to see this year – we want to say a hearty and heartfelt thank you!  And to those shows that we did not get to, because well… life and work sometimes get in the way, know that we were with you in spirit and – we’re coming next time.

DSC02200And 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!

 

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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!

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Happy Friday!

iPhone Pictures 06-23-2014 551We just learned that one of our favorite bands of all time and space, Smug Brothers have a new album tentative titled Woodpecker Paradise that they are planning to release on February 24th.  The band recorded it with Derl Robbins (of Motel Beds) and the album is the first to feature the band’s new lineup with one of the finest bassists that we know — Larry Evans on all tracks. The album will be available from Gas Daddy Go! Records in both CD and Digital formats!  To celebrate this fine achievement the band is playing on February 21st at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Ohio with Human Cannonball and Forage!  Who wants to go with Dr. J?  You can expect to hear tracks from the album very soon on the show!

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The Mitchells on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative

1374200_598264460256680_2130404970_nThis week we are joined by The Mitchells! They have music heading your way. We will be talking with them about their music, playing in Dayton and all that music stuff that matters to all of us!

Expect new music from The Rosebuds,Twin Peaks, Summer Camp, Twin Brother, Crow Moses, Ellis Paul, Static People, Over the Rhine, and Bishop Allen.  Of course, some classic indie will be played!  And you can bank on hearing some stuff from several Dayton and area bands!

There are also several great shows that we have to talk about including the Mitchells and The 1984 Draft show on August 16th at Southpark Tavern and the Smug Brothers show on August 16th at Blind Bob’s Bar!

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Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative Presents Smug Brothers!

ImageJoin Dr. J and Mr. Dayton Music Don Thrasher for a discussion of Smug Brothers, great music, and more. Expect new music from Smug Brothers to be played during the show along with classics from the Smug Brothers. We will also be talking about upcoming music from WussyDear Fawn and The Rebel Set

Local music will be a focus of our show with other music from The Motel Beds, M Ross PerkinsKris N., XL 427 and Vanity Theft!

We will also be playing new music from The Head and Heart, We are SnapDragon, Grandfather Child, The Melismatics, Youth Lagoon, Action Camp, and Ha Ha Tonka!

So, come along and enjoy the ride this Tuesday from 3-6pm on WUDR!