Video of The Day: The Typical Johnsons – Optimistic Nihilism

The first single from The Typical Johnsons‘ December release is here now. And what a welcome return this is for us music fans. Choosing an advance single is always tricky work. As they always do, The Typical Johnsons have chosen well. ‘Optimistic Nihilism’ works that magic space that all Typically Johnson songs inhabit. It’s real. It brings you along to face the fact that you may be your own worst enemy and that is ok because understanding that is part of how you change it. We cannot wait for the full album!

This is also the first song we will play on the program today! Remember to tune in from 3-6pm eastern time so set the ‘ol clocks. Listen online at http://listen.streamon.fm/wudr

Video of the Day: The Nautical Theme – Somewhere Just Ok (But Not Alright)

The modern folk-rock duo from Dayton known as The Nautical Theme have released their latest video from their recently released EP ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed‘ entitled ‘Somewhere Just Ok (But Not Alright)’. The EP includes this new song, plus an older song and a Jimmy Eat World cover. The lifting arrangement carries lyrics that are profoundly felt and universally shared by all of us. Keyboardist, vocalist Tesia Mallory and guitarist, vocalist Matt Shetler formed the group in 2017. When you listen to them sing you will feel as if they were born to sing together. The harmonies between them can send shivers down your spine.

The EP can be found everywhere you stream and download music. We highly recommend grabbing the music from TNT’s bandcamp page! Those of us in the Dayton area can see them play St. Anne’s Hill Porchfest on August 21, 2021 at 4pm.

Video of The Day: The Connells – Steadman’s Wake

Returning after twenty years since their last record (‘Old School Dropouts’), The Connells have just released a lyric video for the title track from their new record ‘Steadman’s Wake.’ The song captures social commentary on the opioid epidemic and more. With a build that leads to a rousing chorus and stunning guitar solo, this song captures many challenges in the current zeitgeist without leading listeners to predetermined conclusions. If the rest of the album is as captivating as the early singles ‘Really Great‘ and ‘Steadman’s Wake‘ suggest then the band in on most solid terra firma.

The album releases on September 24th and we could not be more excited.

Preorder Steadman’s Wake https://found.ee/v4M1 For more information about The Connells, visit theconnells.com

Video of the Day – girlpuppy – As Much As I Can

Atlanta, GA based musician Becca Harvey records under the moniker of girlpuppy. Her extended play ‘Swan’ comes out August 20, 2021 on Royal Mountain Records. The atmospheric jangle of ‘As Much As I Can‘ captures vulnerability within a captivating melody. The video, directed by Savannah Hughes, shows Harvey in unique locations singing the song.

girlpuppy begins touring at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL on September 17 with dates throughout October and early November.

Video of The Day – illuminati hotties – Pool Hopping

‘Pool Hopping’ the second recent sing from illuminati hotties (the first was “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” which came out in April) is from the forthcoming album ‘Let Me Do One More,’ expected on October 1 on Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless Records. The video by Katie Neuhof shows Sarah Tudzin in pools with and without water. The lyrics and the video capture a free sense of summer fun. The band is a side project of producer, engineer, mixer Tudzin.

Video of the Day: The Connells – Really Great

The Connells have not released new music since 2001’s Old School Dropouts. That now changes! The band has just announced their new album Steadman’s Wake out September 24th on Black Park Records! The new record was recorded at Overdub Lane and Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio. The record was produced by John Plymale (a founding member of the Chapel Hill, NC band The Pressure Boys in 1981 as well as a founding member of The Sex Police in 1989).

The new record can be pre-ordered in several forms: digital, vinyl, and CD on the group’s bandcamp! You can also listen to ‘Really Great’ from any service where you get your music from Missing Piece.

The band has been playing some of the new songs in concert for the past few years whetting the appetites of Connells fans. The new album includes eight new songs (‘Really Great’, ‘Fading In (Hardy)’, ‘Steadman’s Wake’, ‘Song for Duncan’, ‘Burial Art,’ (which features Mike Connell on lead vocals) ‘Universal Glue’ ‘Stars’ and ‘Helium’) and three re-recorded versions of ‘Gladiator Heart,’ ‘Rusted Fields,’ and ‘Hello Walter’ (which also features Mike on lead vocals) from the previous album ‘Old School Dropouts’.

The Connells have also made their 1985 debut Darker Days available on all streaming services and on bandcamp. Give it a listen! And get ready for September 24th by checking the band out on tour!

Video of The Day: The Connells - Really Great

Video of the Day: Izzy True – You’re Mad at Me

Our video of the day comes courtesy of Izzy True (they/them) The band formed in upstate New York in 2015, currently based in Chicago, IL. The project has gone through many lineups over the years, always led by Izzy Reidy (guitar, vocals). These days, Reidy is joined by their friends Sam Goldstein (drums) and Curtis Oren (bass, sax, flute). The slow buildup of this song captures a feeling and sensibility around trying to understand the reasons that someone is upset. The music sways and swirls around that idea of wanting to know the reason that someone is angry.

Video of The Day: Oh Condor – Colors Collapse

Our fine city of Dayton, Ohio, US not only has a storied history of music with Brainiac, The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Shrug not to mention all of the funk music legends, but it is also home to some of the most exciting music being made today! Adding to that musical legacy is Oh Condor. The post-punk quartet has an exciting new record for you! Equal parts indie, noise rock, math rock, alternative — this is a band that quite rightly defies labels.

Out since May 21, Emergency Psychic is the band’s first Blind Rage Records release and the group’s most recent since 2012’s Reflector. We encourage you to take a trip through the band’s catalog.

You can read about the song courtesy of the fine folks at Punk Rock Theory!

You can follow Oh Condor on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Video of the Day: The Connells – Seven

The video for ‘Seven’ has been around since the release of The Connells‘ first album Darker Days. The album has recently been released digitally for the first time by the group on their bandcamp page! Tim Harper, the band’s long time soundman re-mastered the album this year. The name of the song ‘seven’ harkens back to a time when Mike Connell, the main songwriter at the time, numbered songs as he wrote them.

The Don Dixon, Dave Adams, Steve Gronback and Rod Dash-produced album was first released in 1985 on the band’s independent label Black Park Records in the United States, and on Elvis Costello’s Demon Records in the UK and Europe. The Black Park and Demon versions of the record are quite unique with different cover art and running order. Most significant is the substitution of “In My Head” for the instrumental “Dial It”, and several tracks were remixed. The Black Park version of the album was re-released in 1987 on TVT Records after the band signed with that label which they would be with until the end of the 1990s. The last record for TVT was 1998’s Still Life. The Connells released Old School Dropouts on their Black Park Records in 2001.

The Connells are preparing to release their latest record ‘Steadman’s Wake’ later this year.

 

Video of the Day: Lucy Dacus – Hot & Heavy

“Hot & Heavy” is from Lucy Dacus’ upcoming album ‘Home Video’ out on Matador Records on June 25. Pre-order at: https://lucydacus.ffm.to/homevideo. Dacus is making some of the catchiest and melodic songs around. This follow-up to ‘Thumbs‘ uses swirling guitars and nostalgia to great effect. The build on this song alone is worth the price of admission. Do yourself a favor and give a listen to her covers of ‘In The Air Tonight‘ and ‘Dancing in the Dark‘. It is so refreshing to hear covers that while inspired from the original versions bring a unique voice and interpretation to well known songs.

Video of the Day: Dolph Chaney – Now I Am A Man (2021)

Dolph Chaney is making some of the finest indie influenced power pop around! This version of ‘Now I Am A Man‘ is a new interpretation of the song he originally recorded in 2008. This dynamic version includes backing vocals from the always impressive Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel! His new record, ‘This is Dolph Chaney‘ is up for pre-order and comes out on February 20, 2021 courtesy of the fine folks at Big Stir Records. We highly recommend that you check it out! 

You can connect with Dolph on social media at Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram

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Video of the Day: Shannon Clark and The Sugar – Carry Me

The Family trio, Shannon Clark and The Sugar have released a new powerful song ‘Carry Me.’ The evocative song captures the emotional turmoil of loss, challenge and efforts at redemption. This deeply intimate and personal music elevates the listener into recognizing the need for home, community and a place where you feel grounded.

You can find out more about them on their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.