Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – One More Left

One More Left is the second single from the album Lows+Highs, the second full length album from The Nautical Theme.

Story behind the song: Thinking about how One More Left came together for Lows and Highs as this delicate, sweet, and simple arrangement, prominently featuring Tesia playing the mountain dulcimer, it’s funny to remember that the song once had a completely different life as a failed synth-laden indie-pop song. But, this helps to reinforce some of the message and imagery of the song. Despite dark clouds overhead, we can find the strength to try again, at least one more time. Somewhere between the destruction of the six-piece indie band Tesia and Matt fronted and the formation of The Nautical Theme, the duo, along with long-time friend and musical collaborator, Justin Smith, dabbled in synth driven pop. Eventually, that project led Tesia and Matt back to the acoustic, harmony driven music The Nautical Theme has established as their own. The theme of the song is one of picking yourself back up again, finding that you have “one more left”. Matt proposed that, based on the strength of the melodies, the song could be reworked for Lows and Highs. As the album took shape, it became one of the duo’s favorites.

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YTAA 15 Year Anniversary Show

This weekend is our 15th Anniversary of Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative. We have bands who represent a wide swath of great independent music joining us to celebrate this milestone. We are very excited for the 15 Year Anniversary Weekend at the Yellow Cab Tavern on Friday and Saturday!

Celebrating a decade and a half on the airways of the University of Dayton’s WUDR 99.5fm Flyer Radio has taken Dr. J and Mrs. Dr. J by surprise! What started as a show built around a popular music course has become an effort to share terrific Dayton, regional and independent music with listeners.

This weekend music experience features a baker’s dozen of artists from Dayton and beyond whose music we have played over the years. Many of these bands and artists have been frequent guests on the show as you can see through some of the videos here on this site! It is a real honor to have the opportunity to share this music with all of you this weekend! See you there!

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Video of the Day: Smug Brothers

Smug Brothers’ All Blur & Spark, out on CD on Gas Daddy Go Records on Monday, July 8

From the band:  Fifteen years since forming as a home recording outfit, Smug Brothers continue to find new ways to shake things up creatively. That’s certainly true of the new full-length, All Blur and Spark. Work on the Ohio band’s latest offering on Gas Daddy Go Records began before the February 2019 release of the crowd-funded vinyl album, Attic Harvest, and was curated by some of the group’s supporters.

“The songs were the result of the Attic Harvest fundraiser,” leader Kyle Melton said. “We offered contributors the option to have a custom song recorded as part of their contribution and 11 people participated. Each person was offered to choose an acoustic or full-band track and was then given a list of five titles from which to choose.

“We then recorded the songs quickly in late 2018 in time to send a CD copy of each song out with each person’s vinyl copy of Attic Harvest. When we had completed that project, we realized the 11 tracks would make a cool fan-curated album worth sharing with more people. We got each person’s permission to use their track and put it all together. And here we are at All Blur And Spark.”

Before these two 2019 albums, there were the studio projects with Darryl Robbins at BHA in Dayton (Woodpecker Paradise, 2015) and Micah Carli at Popside Recording in Troy, Ohio (Disco Maroon, 2017). Following these experiments in higher fidelity and the departure of lead guitarist Brian Baker and bassist Larry Evans, Melton and drummer Don Thrasher returned to the home-recording approach they’ve favored since joining forces in 2008.

“We really enjoyed recording studio albums with Darryl and Micah,” Thrasher said. “We’re proud of how those full-lengths turned out but working like that takes a lot of time in pre-production and post-production, not to mention tracking and overdubs. That’s how most bands make records but it’s not a very Smug way to work. Kyle and I prefer to get in the basement, take a few runs through a song and then lay it to the four-track cassette recorder while the material is still fresh.”

Melton and Thrasher perfected that approach on early releases like the digital LP Fortune Rumors (2011) and the cassette EP Strictly Triggers (2014), recording overdubs and vocals with Robbins (Overthought Musik, Motel Beds) as engineer/co-producer. That changed with Attic Harvest and All Blur And Spark, a one-two-punch that shows there’s still a lot of life left in this scrappy band of rockers.

It also marks a period of firsts. These are the first projects recorded with Melton at the helm in his basement studio and the first with the band’s new guitarist/keyboardist Scott Tribble, who is opening up new sonic dimensions in the music.

Being fully self-contained has also allowed Smug Brothers to increase its pace in Melton’s basement, with the group deep into sessions for several forthcoming releases. With the looming 20th anniversary of the band’s debut CD LP Buzzmounter (2005), it’s evident this scrappy outfit from Ohio will continue to grow.

Listen to All Blur And Spark at: https://gasdaddygo.bandcamp.com/album/gdg-024-all-blur-and-spark-cd

Activism, Local and New

DSC_0001On the show today we have an interesting mix of powerful songs, local music and new music! We have brand new music from BRAT CURSEMike GaleCharlie Jackson and the Heartland RailwayThe Paint SplatsShrugThe Typical JohnsonsMike Bankhead MusicTrue lies and Age Nowhere!

We also have some inspiring political activism courtesy of Iggy And The StoogesIron & WineChuck Prophet OfficialThe ClashThe Sex PistolsThe RamonesHusker Du (band) and The Skids!

We also have tunes from The Story ChangesSeth Canan & The CarriersnovenaDavid PayneSadboxSmug BrothersGretchen’s WheelCage The ElephantTrees & Wells MusicThe Boxcar SuiteDementia PrecoxGuided By Voices and several songs from Steve Makofka!

Speaking of the talented and kind Mr. Makofka — he is our guest this week to talk about his activism and the work he has been doing on strengthening families! So, 3-6pm on WUDR for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative!

Steve Makofka returns to YTAA to Discuss Strong Families

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Freight on YTAA

39751125_2100024070315564_2545344842498572288_oThis Tuesday join us as we welcome Freight to Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative

This week one of the youngest bands in Dayton joins a slightly older — shut up with your judgement — Dr. J on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative. In the spring of 2017, five friends got together with the goal of creating catchy, funky, rock and roll. From that musical inspiration, Freight was born. The band is known for high energy, genre crossing, odd time signatures, blended with driving rock and roll. In the spring of 2018, Freight released their debut album, “Start the Night Off Easy” under Gem City Records which you can listen to on spotify. Their sophomore album is in the works for everyone. 

BandYou should make some time to join us on Tuesday as Freight joins us in the studio to play some acoustic tunes and chat about their first and making second records on Tuesday, May 7th from 3-6pm on WUDR on 99.5 & 98.1fm and online at wudr.udayton.edu! See you there music lovers!

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Today’s Program Best of 2018

your-tuesday-afternoon-color copyThe annual look back at the previous year in music is one of our favorite shows to do! This year Tom Gilliam joins Dr. J and Flower to play and discuss some of the best local, indie, alternative, folk, Americana, alt-country and more that came out in 2018!

We give thanks for great independent music by playing an assortment of local, Dayton, and indie songs! What songs have been so powerful on you that you cannot imagine your world without them?

During the show contribute to the discussion by giving us a call 937-229-2774 or a tweet for drjwudr with the songs that were released in 2018 that matter to you.

Join us online at wudr.udayton.edu or 99.5 & 98.1fm in Dayton, Ohio, USA!