Our Pick for Best Song of 2015

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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.

Reflective_VinylAnd, 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.

DrJ

 

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Once is Not Enough: Best of 2015 Shows

imagesThere was so much great music in 2015 that we are planning on two back to back radio shows celebrating that music!  We will even be joined by some special guests!  We will have our list of some of the most interesting music from 2015 — well, at least for Dr. J and Mrs Dr. J but we think that we will have at least a few things you will enjoy!

It was an amazing year for Dayton and local music with new releases from Andy Gabbard, Good Luck Year, The New Old-Fashioned, Brat Curse, The Repeating Arms, Moira, Ricked Wicky, Smug Brothers, Tim Gabard, Motel Beds, The Werks, The 1984 Draft, and many more!

We also had some new music from Me & Mountains – a few sneak peeks at their upcoming record ‘Gold’ which included the title track and a fantastic tune in The Only Way To Be.  The later tune written by a father to his young son.  There was also new music from Good English who had a big year in 2015 as well as a few peeks at the new Manray record.  There were many fantastic live shows that we will have to discuss as well

This was a year that gave us new music from outside of Dayton too!  For music lovers across genres there was some great music from:  The Bottlerockets, Lightouts, The Decemberists, Mittenfields, Bad Bad Hats, Low, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Sleater-Kinney, Sea of Bees, Jason Isbell, Timeshares, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Ultimate Painting, Turbo Fruits, Wilco, Mikal Cronin, Waxahatchee, Varsity, Father John Misty, The Worriers, Pocket Panda, White Reaper, Twin River, a live records from The Drive-By Truckers and The Jayhawks and a fantastic 20th anniversary re-release from Son Volt.

So, join us as we celebrate some terrific music from 2015 beginning this coming Tuesday on WUDR from 3-6pm (e)!

DrJ

Mittenfields vs. The Mittenfields: New Music that will Rock Your World

Every time Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative arrives – we work to bring you exciting new indie music. And this week is no exception. In fact, we have some tunes we are very excited to share with you!  On Tuesday, March 17th we have something a little extra special for you music lover!

the MittenfieldsMittenfields have new music coming our way and we have the radio premier of several songs from them this week. You can expect a discussion with the band, new songs, and important announcements that simply should not be missed. We will be talking with them about the new record, the new songs, and much more!

As we always promise – you can also expect new indie music on the program for your listening pleasure as well. We have some terrific stuff from the Tyler Cochran Trio, Dear Fawn and so many more musical pastries to share.

So come on over.  We love company and conversation about really interesting indie music.  It will just be you, us, and Mittenfields on this wild radio ride from 3-6pm on WUDR! Tune in via the interwebs at wudr.udayton.edu or if you live in the Gem City you can listen at 99.5 and 98.1fm.  Either way listen in — we have heard the new stuff from Mittenfields – you will not be disappointed! Popthrillz---Alternative

It is a Two for Tuesday on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative

Toast-and-JamThis 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.eduiPhone Pictures 06-23-2014 570

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!

Smug Brothers in Morgantown, WV!
Smug Brothers in Morgantown, West Virginia at 123 Pleasant Street!

Music you can expect includes Smug BrothersGhost Town SilenceFire at NightEcho and the BunnymenThe Afghan WhigsUnderwater Country ClubMittenfieldsWussyTea CoziesSohio and much more!

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As always: “Support Your Local Music Scene!”

Brand new song from Dave Mann and More this Week

A new show tomorrow as Your Tuesday Afternoon turns Alternative featuring music and a premier from our friend Dave Mann – Tiny Spark.  The song will make your day!

Hold on tight for bands like Fast Years, King Elk, Motel Beds, Me & Mountains, POP-ETC, Southeast Engine, Dear Fawn, Homemade, PowerFlower, Water Liars, Japandroids, Smashing Pumpkins, Soulsavers, Harper Blynn, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Black Cadillacs, Iskaa & the Red Cars, Good Sir Con Artist, Wussy, Mittenfields, Seedy Seeds, Royal Headache, Guided by Voices and more.

We will be talking about YTAA T-shirts, bumper stickers, and stickers…

So, tune in if you can because we would really appreciate it and you will discover great independent music on wudr.udayton.edu or 99.5 and 98.1 in the Dayton area!

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