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!
Well it is not only that time of the year where everyone debates the “bests” of 2015 — best books, best shows, best foods, etc etc — it is time for us at Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative to select the song that for us demonstrates the most exciting trends in indie music — and this was a task and a half. There were so many great albums, terrific songs, and artists who stretched themselves and their audience that to select a single song as the very best of 2015 feels a little bit wrong. However, a selection like this can be emblematic and symbolic of what makes a genre or artist powerful.
So, our criteria are simple — the song must be catchy, well crafted, and becomes stuck in your head. This song like all good ‘ear worms’ must be something that is nearly impossible to dislodge. You find yourself wanting to hear it, needing to hear it.
There were many contenders for this spot in our opinion. Great music from Waxahatchee, The Motel Beds, Jason Isbell, Cheerleader, Ghost Town Silence, Moira, The New Old-Fashioned, Best Coast, Smug Brothers, Line and Circle, Courtney Barnett, Soda Shop, Circa Waves, The 1984 Draft, and many others demanded to be considered. And you will only do yourself a favor by checking into music from all of these bands.
And, in the end, these lists and choices are expressions of the person doing the choosing. Yes. Sure, these choices are partly biographic about the judge and are often more about getting a conversation started about what makes a great song or a great album or truly unique or powerful artwork.
With that said, our favorite song of 2015 is Mittenfields – Optimists.
Released this past April, optimists is a great song from start to finish. From the first hit of the drumstick to the melody line of the bass to the weaving of multiple beautiful guitar parts. And oh what glory is in those guitar fills, leads and strums. The weaving of three guitarists at the top of their game makes for a fantastic listening experience. The guitar parts do not fight one another — they complement, they add to the aural experience and build upon one another. And along with the guitar parts a drum sound that sounds like actual drums. Not a tinny barely audible mish-mash of time keeping, but a strong hard hitting backbone for the song. If that was not enough, Dave Mann’s clever bass play and vocals sung with an urgency that captivates the listener’s attention make the song impossible to ignore. And as he sings optimistic lyrics that are not dripping with sappy syrup or faux sentimental — this gestalt of sounds makes an utterly complete piece of powerful indie power-pop. It is nearly 2 minutes of indie perfection for those of us at Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative.
How many songs can you listen to and the second that song is finished, you wished that it was still playing! We even once played the song twice back-to-back on our program because close to four minutes seemed to give the song the length that it so richly deserved. This song never gets old. When every instrument is perfectly weaved in and out of the mix and it feels whole and meaningful and you find yourself singing along from the very first time you heard it — that is a great song.
And as the song starts — “We are all optimists, even on our bad days”
The only sour note here is that Mittenfields have broken up; but what a great tribute to leave behind. We look forward to the music projects these musicians will pursue in 2016 and beyond.
Fine fellow and great musician Tod Weidner joins Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative this week as we celebrate 10 years of the show. Tod plays in some mighty special Dayton bands – SHRUG and The Motel Beds! The ‘Beds will play our tenth anniversary show this Friday with Ghost Town Silence!
You can expect music from all of those bands as well as an assortment of new tunes and music that spans the anniversary of the show! Ten years gives us quite a bit to fall back on for the set list but you can always suggest songs and bands by connecting with us on twitter or gmail at drjwudr. And, hey remember those old analog ways of making connections? Sure, us too. Give us a call during the show at 937-229-2774 – we would love to hear from you.
So, join us Tuesday, November 18 from 3-6pm on WUDR and then come to the anniversary concert on Friday from 10pm -1am at the McGinnis MultiPurpose room at the University of Dayton. Remember if you can’t make the concert although you should – you can catch it on the live stream at wudr.udayton.edu because who loves ya? Yeah we know that was way too much. What can we say? You have excellent taste in music and radio programming!
This week we continue the smash that is “toast and jams” by playing songs that go together like… well, you get the idea, right? Things that go together make for more fun for all of us. Music is no exception. So, listen for the songs that we pair together for some reason. We also have some CDs to give away this week from Go Robot, Go!
We have so much new music that we cannot play everything and that is just a damn shame. So you will want to listen to this one. And in case you cannot remember… set the timer for tomorrow from 3-6pm on wudr.udayton.edu!
If you live in Dayton you can try the 99.5 and 98.1fm frequencies of ‘music in all directions.’ And for the tech-minded among us, you can also use the new UD Mobile app and listen to us that way too! But however you can… join us for a great show of independent music!
As always: “Support Your Local Music Scene!”
This week we will be exploring many great new discoveries found locally and those farther flung finds! We will be joined in studio by some special guests and discussing up coming new releases from Ghost Town Silence, Morrissey Official and a current single from #Dayton’s own The Lost Boys who are playing the Van’s Warped Tour.
Never forget to take a look at our YTAA Group Page on Facebook! And our ‘official’ Facebooky page! And the event page where you can get a run-down on the set list, conversation during the show, and more!