Behind the Scenes Video

We recorded some video on our annual indie holiday program this year, we were joined by Andy Ingram of Poptek Records and a terrific musician in several area projects (XL427, L’Albatros, among others) and Brenna Myers of Once a Pine and formerly of The Florals.  Enjoy!



7th Annual Indie Holiday Show!

Xmas VisualsThis week we celebrate the holidays in full indie music style.  We will be playing new, classic, and cover holiday songs on the show.  Another year has come and gone. Can anyone believe that this is our seventh holiday indie program!  Whew.  Boy the time sure flies when your… well, you know how the old saying goes.

We know that there is a lot of stress during the holidays with all the planning, shopping, and whatever else we are told to do during the holiday season.  Well, we believe that any task goes better with music.  So, pour yourself the ‘Nog, eat a cookie or three and let us help you relax with some great indie holiday music.  If you have a suggestion for a cool holiday tune, let us know!

Dr. J can’t wait to co-host the 7th Annual Indie Holiday Radio Show on WUDR Flyer Radio 99.5/98.1’s Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative with our good friend and frequent guest on the program, Tom Gilliam, who always brings some interesting music to the mix.  And as always, the talented Mrs Dr. J has made many a fine contribution to the show as well!

This year we hope to have a special guest or two in the studio with us!  You will just have to tune in to find out!  It will be cool and worth it, we promise you!

This year you have two chances to hear the indie holiday festivities!  The first broadcast is on Tuesday, December 19th from 3-6 PM. Listen on 99.5 FM in Dayton, Ohio, USA or stream the broadcast at   And if that was not enough we have another Indie Holiday show the next day, Wednesday December 20th from 2-5pm on our new Reveal – Intelligent Radio Family! You can listen on Wednesday at! We just can’t wait to play new and classic indie holiday songs for you.  Save us some ‘nog.

See you there and Happy Holidays!


Video of the Day: Blue Heron Trio – Siren Song

Our video today has a cool jazzy swing.  Meet The Blue Heron Trio.  A fantastic trip courtesy of close friends and terrific musicians.

You can reach them at

From their website: 

In 2011 three close friends came together in Dayton, Ohio to produce voluptuous jazz and pop tunes. Blue Heron Trio is the culmination of their combined 20 years of playing in punk, pop, folk, jazz, and cover bands. Reviewed as “one of the prettiest voices in Dayton” by, vocalist Elisha Frontz leads listeners on a sensual journey through musical eras gone by, imbuing the music with a fresh, young feel. Phil Myers, formerly a musician for the United States Army, accompanies with lush saxophone riffs and gentle acoustic guitar. Dave Santucci solidifies the groove on the keyboards with his decades of piano experience. Whether it’s an original song, a jazz standard made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, or a completely unexpected lounge rendition from another genre (“Sweet Child ‘O Mine” by GunsNRoses is a crowd favorite), the trio performs with a deeply personal and authentic touch. In September 2013 Blue Heron Trio were finalists in “So You Think You Can Play The Schuster”, an event marking the tenth anniversary of the Dayton landmark Schuster Center for the Performing Arts. In December 2014 they rose to the number one slot in the ReverbNation Jazz charts for Dayton, Ohio. In 2015 Blue Heron Trio released their first album. They can be heard regularly at restaurants, private parties, festivals, and fund raisers throughout southwest Ohio.

Video of The Day: Yaz – Nobody’s Diary

After Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode, he worked on a variety of ideas and band possibilities.  Wanting greater control over the sound, arrangements, and effects Clarke created Yazoo with vocalist Allison Moyet who was not emblematic of the pop sound that was popular in Britain at the time.  Known as Yaz in North America because of legal issues with a record label, the duo released some terrific music on their albums ‘You and Me Both’ and ‘Upstairs at Eric’s.’

The lead single from their album “You And Me Both” — an ironic title given the stresses between Clarke and Moyet — was ‘Nobody’s Diary’ A UK number 3 for the band in June 1983.  While Yazoo/Yaz lasted a short time, the songs were powerful and have held up very well over time.



Celebrating 13 Years with Live Music Recorded on YTAA

Tod Weidner playing the YTAA Studio!
Tod Weidner playing the YTAA Studio!

On Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative this week we have planned over an hour of local musicians who have played the YTAA studio over the past several years! Expect live music from Chad & Aarika of Cricketbows, Tod Weidner of Shrug, Tom Gilliam of Ghost Town Silence, Mack McKenzie, Manray, David Payne, OldNews, Charlie Jackson, The Nautical Theme and TEAM VOID!  This is part of our celebration of thirteen years of Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative!

Don’t be late. Set the alarm and join us from 3-6pm on Tuesday over at WUDR and 2-5pm on on Wednesday for a live music extravaganza over at YTAA!

Video for all the Days – Cricketbows – Sea Green

“SeaGreen” from “Communion” EP (available everywhere September 8th, on Mosquito Hawk Records) Produced by Zachary Gabbard (Buffalo Killers) Recorded at Howler Hills Farm and Reel Love Studio in Ohio. Video Directed by Chad Wells/Wells Media.

CRICKETBOWS ARE: Chad Wells – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjo Aarika Watson – Vocals, Flute, Electric Mandolin, Tambourine Michael Bisig – Electric Guitars, Effected Horns Christopher Corn – Electric and Acoustic Bass, Bass Noise Kyle Sweney – Drums and Percussion

“A Cricketbows show is a religious experience.” – Mitch Mitchell (Guided By Voices, Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience)


Video of The Day: The Typical Johnsons – Sleepwalker

From their latest record, Rustbelt Renaissance, The Typical Johnsons have a great video for their song, Sleepwalker.


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From the band:


Awake, but not awake…
We all know people just like this who shamble through life as sort of spectator. It’s like they are in the audience at their own private movie. The truth is, how many of us right now are pushing through the mundane architecture of our lives in a day-to-day grind that lulls us into this sense of waking sleep. We say it to each other all the time, things like, there’s always more time, or I will start tomorrow. We tell each other to “get out of the house” , or “go live your life” or the ever popular between friends “you deserve to be happy”, yet how many of us are doing that ourselves. How many of us are actively chasing the dreams we keep to ourselves because we are embarrassed to follow them or scared to break away from what people would consider safe or normal. I’ve watched more than a few dreams of my own crash and die along this very same line of thinking and there have been times where each one of us [The Typical Johnsons] has been sleepwalking through existence. Over here, we know the feeling rather well actually.

Ultimately, we all are attracted to those who forge the paths, who live life to it’s screeching, cataclysmic, beautiful and sometimes dizzying heights. Why are we so attracted to that? We believe it’s because deep down… way in the depths of your consciousness… you KNOW that you can be doing that “thing” you’re dreaming of and you aren’t. Maybe it’s just easier to semi-close your eyes and stumble blindly into the morning light and sleepwalk your way through another day. That’s what this song is about and that’s what we are about as a band. We sort of believe that if you have a dream, no matter how big or how small or how grandiose… you should go grab it. There’s a whole lot of life for you to live yet. What life do YOU want to live? WAKE UP… WAKE UP… WAKE UP…

The Typical Johnsons, are intensely proud to present the song and this video for Sleepwalker off our album Rust Belt Renaissance. After a band practice one day I asked my oldest daughter to come up with some lyrics just to see what she would bring back. Written in her messy handwriting, she brought back these words, “Where I’m running I don’t know” “Where I’m running is my choice alone”. This struck me pretty hard, that she would dive that deep into the pool, so to speak, so fast. I took it and ran with it and the song Sleepwalker was put onto paper. Andy, Jeff and Lynne brought the song to life and we all worked out the harmonies around the kitchen table on a cold Ohio night before heading off to Pearl Sound Studios outside of Detroit to record the thing with Chuck Alkazian. (It should be noted that the drumming was tracked by none other than Chuck himself and it put the capstone on what is without a doubt one of our favorite songs off this record.) This wonderful piece of video was created by Jake Wisecup, from WISEUP Entertainment, with not a little help from one of the great videographers in the area Joe Bardgill, of Broken Lamp Productions. Of course, this video would absolutely not have been the same without the beautiful Katherine Zacheis, who definitely is not sleepwalking through her days. A special thanks to Peach’s in Yellow Springs (One of the coolest towns in Ohio!), for the live shots (When we played with “The New Old Fashioned” !) Most of all thank you for taking the time to read this far and for watching the video. A few things to leave you with as you go live your life…

1: PLEASE Share this video.
2: Consider throwing us a like on Facebook or recommending the website
3: Buy the CD on iTunes / Amazon / Spotify or COME TO A SHOW!!!! and buy it there!
4: SUPPORT your local music scene wherever you are!

Peace, God Bless, and live this life to the blistering hilt. You only go around once…

As Hunter S. Thompson said… “Buy the ticket… take the ride…”
For your critical evaluation… as you most certainly will…

Sleepwalker Lyrics:

Where i’m runnin i don’t know
Where i’m runnin is my choice alone
Always runnin never a choice
Always screaming without any voice

Tired of dreaming i am stuck in one place
I’m tired of dreaming of the wind in my face
Stuck in this dream caught in first gear
Stuck in a rut and paralyzed by my fear

But i dreamt this dream before
Drifting farther and farther from the shore

I’ve lived my life / sleep walking through my days
Kept my eyes open in the haze
One foot in this world and another in my head
I’ve been sleep walking through my days
I’ve been sleep walking through my days … instead

Like an old dog , ready to fight
Too long in the tooth and too tired to try
Trained to be real hard but brought up on the leash
Scarred up paws and i’m scared of being beat

But i dreamt this dream before
Drifting farther and farther from the shore

I’ve lived my life / sleep walking through my days
Kept my eyes open in the haze
One foot in this world and another in my head
Sleep walking through my days (x2)