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

13th Annual Holidayton

Holidayton

What do you want to do after the holiday? How about taking in some of the very best of Dayton music?  Doesn’t that sound fun.  We thought so too!

The 13th annual HoliDayton showcase will be held on Saturday December 26th, 2015 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio in the lovely and historic Oregon District. Seven dollars is all it will cost to get you in to a demonstration of the health and vitality of the area music scene.

As with all of the previous years, there will be two stages — a side stage and a main stage.  Throughout the night bands will play one stage and then the music will move to the other stage. Performances alternate seamlessly throughout the evening.

Come early as music is scheduled to start at 8pm, stay late and celebrate another complete revolution of the earth around the sun of great Dayton music with your community, friends, family, and all who are free to join along.

Once again the lineup of Dayton musicians promises to be stellar and takes a slice from several different genres and approaches to rock and roll music.

The Story Changes

Mark and Poppy not only curate Holidayton every year for over a decade, they contribute to the event in sonic fashion as well. While these artists now comprise one half of Hawthorne Heights, The Story Changes is a powerful duo with a legacy of well crafted songs and incredible ability. Their last TSC album, ‘Never in Daydream’ was one of our favorite records of 2014.  With all of the projects that Mark and Poppy taken on, honestly one has to wonder when these guys ever sleep. But as long as they keep making such fine songs with intelligent lyrics and energetic performances, does it matter?

 

PJ and Tommy (of The Motel Beds)

The ‘Beds released an incredible record this year with Mind Glitter! While the full band was not able to play Holidayton this year, an acoustic set from PJ and Tommy is one of those rare oft-discussed musical moments that you will need to see.  And between PJ’s charisma and Tommy’s fantastic guitar prowess – everyone in the audience will not be able to take their eyes off of these musicians who are at the height of their power.

 

Moira

Moira is one of the most exciting new bands in town.  This band is part dream pop, part atmospheric psychedelia with a healthy mix of keyboards and electronic effects that are only used to serve the songs.  Their EP – ‘Asleep//Repeat/Awake’ is one of our favorite CDs from 2015.  Intelligent lyrics that are cleverly constructed and beautifully performed is the hallmark of Moira.  Add to that the band is fronted by Alicia Grodecki who is well known for her captivating performances.  This band is not to be missed.  We have seen this band play on the street during Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival and as they played people stopped what they were doing and were engrossed in the music created by this talented trio.

 

The 1984 Draft

What can be said about The ‘Draft that has not been said elsewhere?  Some of the most authentic and emotional performances in Dayton were created by Joe Anderl, Justin Satinover, Eli Alban, and most recent addition Chip Heck.  Their new EP ‘Heisman Trophy Winner’ includes a new version of ‘Capo’ and the standout tune for us at Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative – ‘Sinking.’  The raw feeling and connection that this band creates with its audience demonstrates the necessity of seeing them on Saturday night.  Community and connection are created every time The 1984 Draft play.  Every. Single. Time.  Do yourself a favor and go see them!

 

The New Old-Fashioned

The New Old-Fashioned released two of our favorite records of 2015.  The powerful ‘Low Down Dirty Summer Nights’ and the split EP with The Repeating Arms – ‘Hilltops and Highways.’  Both are on our best of list for this year.  The harmonies, arrangements, and skill shown on both of those records leads any music lover to wonder “why hasn’t this band blown up big!”  If there is any justice in the world, The New Old-Fashioned will take their Midwestern country-infused rock and roll to the same level that Jason Isbell and others in the Alt-Country movement have accomplished in the last few years. And the single, ’27’ is one of our very favorite songs of 2015.

 

Manray

This groove focused power trio not only has the talent and skill to command attention wherever they play, they have great songs. Remember songwriting?  This band reminds us what a well written song sounds like, feels like, and demands to be noticed.  Their new songs from the forthcoming record, ‘Classic Jurassic’ promise to leave audience members shocked that such a young band can play with such finesse.  The local music scene in Dayton is in great shape if this band is any indication of the future of Dayton music.

 

Bribing Senators

As one of Dayton’s finest rock and roll band’s, Bribing Senators bring a relentless heavy indie attack to all that they do.  Their uncompromising approach is characteristic of their songs and their performances.  This is what real down and dirty authentically played rock and roll is supposed to be.

 

Jetty Bones

From Springfield, Ohio – Jetty Bones deconstructs the archetype that indie music has to be created according to a particular playbook.  This band is focused on making music that speaks to all of us in terms of the missed opportunities, real connection, and long lingering that holds us together when we should be coming unglued; that is what Jetty Bones captures.

Tombstone Tremblers

Intense, fuzzy, evocative arrangements including incredible work on guitar. Not to be missed. Imagine if Roky Erickson had not been institutionalized and continued to make music in his ‘middle period’ with members of The Stooges and The Rolling Stones — that is The Tombstone Tremblers sound and possibly their wake up call to the slick overproduced music found on the so-called Top 40.

Goodnight Goodnight

Atmospheric shoegazing indie rock from one of Dayton’s most interesting bands. The arrangements will remind you of the Cocteau Twins at a party for Robert Smith hosted by Radiohead.  Some of the most interesting deconstruction of indie music in the Dayton area.

So, yeah you should go to the show on Saturday.  See you there.

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1World is Coming! A Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative Spectacular!

10247476_10154056809475154_4635057022618810462_nIn the family of great shows, this one will be amazing. Fresh off the heels of an amazing Record Store Day and right before our pal and all around amazing dude Andy Smith stops in to take over Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative! We have a preview of the 1World Celebration at ArtStreet this Friday! 

Interviews, special guests, music from The Motel BedsJayne SachsAl HolbrookOh Condor, and Orange Willard and of course, some special new music that was hand selected by Mrs Dr. J just for you!

Join us as we gear up for the community building through music event of the season!

Did we mention we have free music to give away too? Tuesday will be terrific! Join us from 3-6pm on WUDR! You can listen on 99.5 and 98.1 fm or via the UD Mobile App or at wudr.udayton.edu!

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Second Show of 2014: Have we got ‘news’

Second Show of 2014: Have we got 'news'

New songs that is — and just for you!

Join Mrs. Dr. J and Dr. J for our second full show of the new year. We have music from The NightBeast, Motel Beds, Turkish Delights, Smug Brothers, The New Old Fashioned, Kris N., some great alt-country from The Bottlerockets, new music from Brat Curse, Tales in Space, Good English, Molly Thomason, We Do This, Sweet Soubrette, Troubador Kings, and much more!

Some indie throw back with The Multi-Purpose Solution, Paul Westerberg, and Guided by Voices will also be played.

Remember to turn on the radio show either 99.5 or 98.1 fm in Dayton or streaming online – This Tuesday – 3-6pm on WUDR!

Imagine you are standing in front of the music board for the radio station.
Independent music for everyone!

Motel Beds ‘These are Days Gone By’ Vinyl Pre-Release show

Motel Beds 'These are Days Gone By' Vinyl Pre-Release show

The fantastic Motel Beds are presenting a rare opportunity for Dayton and Miami Valley music fans on January 18th (doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm sharp)!

In conjunction with We Care Arts and Misra Records, The Motel Beds invite you to join them as they review their musical career with friends, Smug Brothers and Good English at an All Ages show at the Yellow Cab building!

The ‘Beds are doing what we call a soft, limited release of “These are the Days Gone By” with 500 LP covers hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts! A portion of the proceeds from the sale/show are to benefit We Care Arts!

“These are the Days Gone By” is a collection of Motel Beds singles, outtakes, and live favorites. Songs have been remastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr, GBV, etc), with added bass parts by Tod Weidner.

This is a soft, pre-release for the first 500 LPs; they’ve all been hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts (“changing disabilities into possibilities”) you can learn more about WCA at their website – http://www.wecarearts.org/.  The album will be released internationally later in 2014 on Misra Records.

BIO FOR MOTEL BEDS “THESE ARE THE DAYS GONE BY”

Press Release (Courtesy of Motel Beds)

MOTEL BEDS are a rock & roll band from Dayton, Ohio – a delightfully detached underdog city nestled in the heart of The Heartland. Seasoned veterans, Beds have worked alongside local music advocates Kelley Deal (Deal duets on the lusciously hushed “Tropics of the Sand”) and Robert Pollard (guitarist Derl Robbins has recorded Guided By Voices). Allies aside, when it comes to rock & roll, The Motel Beds speak for themselves.

“These Are the Days Gone By” reveals the fruits of Beds’ labor these latter years. The album is an electrifying collection of “hits,” remastered by Carl Saff (GBV, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) and featuring added bass parts by new(est) member and local ace Tod Weidner. Over a 12-song cycle, the proficiency with which Tommy Cooper and P.J. Paslosky (Motel Beds’ core songwriting duo) augment a solid hook is clearly set on display.

While “Days” largely finds Ian Kaplan at work as one of the finest rock drummers around today (not an embellishment), Beds demonstrate their versatility with two never-before-released tracks: a poppier version of 2011’s “Sunfried Dreams” and a beautiful acoustic cover of Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting”; the latter proving Paslosky to be much more than a rock vocalist. In addition to recording Motel Beds in a visionary manner, guitarist Derl Robbins adds his own unmistakable style and sound.

True to Dayton (see GBV’s “Propeller”), the first 500 LPs are all one-of-a-kind. Each cover was individually hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts: a non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” A portion of the proceeds from these first 500 will go to benefit WCA.

In his glowing review of “Dumb Gold” (2012), AllMusic Senior Editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted, “[This] is an album that deserves to break them out of the Rust Belt and onto the larger stage; it’s one of the best straight-ahead indie rock records of 2012.” “Days” takes all of “Dumb Gold”‘s assets song writing, hooks, musicianship, energy and ups them ad infinitum. It’s a remarkable rock record and one that finds Motel Beds carrying the torch for Dayton, Ohio’s independent music scene.

Track List:

1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
5. Surfjerk
6. Valentimes
7. Lights On
8. Western Son
9. Tropics Of The Sand
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework

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A Dayton Community Event

Dayton-Ohio_smallThis coming Tuesday — October 29, 2013 at 7:00 – 8:30PM Dr. J will host a discussion on Dayton music!

Join us as we celebrate Dayton music and the Dayton Community!  The event will be held at the University of Dayton’s Science Center Auditorium.

Everything you wanted to know about Dayton Music but were afraid to ask!

Speakers include:

M. Ross Perkins, Goodbye
Tifani Tanaka, Dear Fawn
Burris Dixon, Me & Mountains
Andy Ingram, Kris N.
Tom Gilliam, The Rebel Set
Liz Rasmussen, Good English
Tod Weidner, Motel Beds, Shrug

Love is Plural: Join us for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative

ImageMrs. Dr. J and Dr. J have some great new music to share with you! We have some great music for all ages this week with music from Mommie, Doug MacMillan of The Connells, Dan Baird, and much more.

Expect music from The Motel Beds, Zach Bellas, Adelaine, Shannon and the Clams, The Purrs, GoldFord, Julian Lennon, The Last Royals, Luke Frazier, Vanity Theft, The Lost Patrol, Sick of Sarah, Sam at Eleven, and much more!

Some classic indie from Tommy Keene and Superchunk will be played. Honest!

We will be ‘priming the pump’ for the book discussion for next week! Remember you should be reading Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could be Your life! Ok, here is the cliff notes (or rather wikipedia version) for those of you on tight schedules –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Band_Could_Be_Your_Life

Join us Tuesday from 3-6pm on WUDR or if you happen to be in the Dayton, Ohio area listen in at 99.5 and 98.1fm.

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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Kickstart Me & Mountains’ Feral

M&M_group_shotDayton’s own Me & Mountains are not only a great live band that is part of an exploding local music scene but they are also rather savvy business guys.      Normally the path to releasing music is wrought with many logistical challenges, delays, and processing problems.   And while we are not talking the length of time that it took one William Bruce Bailey to release a record they titled ‘Chinese Democracy’, it can be a daunting task for bands to get music out to fans quickly and easily.

Thankfully, there are newer and more direct models that musicians with some acumen — and social media skills — can use to do that one most sacred of tasks in all of musicdom:  getting the music to the people!   But of course, we can talk about a band or artist playing live that is one way to share music, and for me, that remains a critical part of the experience.  So, while playing out continues to be as important today as it ever has been, we all want to continue to encourage groups like Me & MountainsMotel BedsThe Rebel SetSmug BrothersOh Condor, and  so many other area musicians to play in the Gem City more often!  Yet it is still important to those who have heard the music to share it with others!  And we need CDs, tapes, record albums, and MP3s in order  to share the sweet nectar of musical satisfaction.

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So, the gentlemen behind Me & Mountains are among those bands trailblazing new forms of fan-supported musical releases.  And in the end, it is not dependent upon some distant and disconnected record label execs wondering whether a band or song is “the right sound”, it is the initiative of the bands themselves with the support of music lovers that should lead the way for new releases.  And this model can lead to some great music ringing in the ears of fans sooner rather than later.  Add to this the successful examples of several local groups, such as The Motel Beds and Smug Brothers using different forms of distribution and you have a recipe for musical happiness all around.

So, what can you do?  You, dear music fan, can visit the KickStarter page for Me & Mountains and support their effort to release their new album, Feral on vinyl.  You can for an incredibly small effort, support great local music and stick it to the corporate model.

You can support great local music and get a copy of the Me & Mountains new album, Feral on vinyl.  You can listen and enjoy fantastic music without paying huge sums of money to someone who does not even know where Dayton, Ohio is located; much less care about the quality or integrity of the music.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Explore Dayton: Explosion of Local Music!

Vanity Theft playing First Friday at Riverscape
Vanity Theft playing First Friday at Riverscape

It is often assumed that there is no local music scene in Dayton. Dear music fans, nothing could be further from the truth! We have a literal explosion of new music from bands of numerous musical genres, approaches, and styles happening right now. Once the Gem City was considered the post-punk haven for groups such as Guided by Voices, Branniac, and The Breeders. Dayton has a long and significant music history of which the post-punk wave was but one trend in local music.

Today, we have bands playing in almost too many genres and styles to count. We have new music from The Fair Shakes, Bonneville, We Were Animals (from the previously power-pop dream of Ed vs. Radio), Vanity Theft, The Rebel Set, The Story Changes, the horror-rock of Splattertude, Hawthorne Heights, Me & Mountains, Night Beast, Toads and Mice, Motel Beds, Smug Brothers, and so much more.

We have many places to see bands and musicians are plying their trade in the Oregon District or throughout the city. If the assumption is that there is no growing and evolving music scene in Dayton, that is simply not correct. As someone who has conducted research on music scenes for several years (do not ask how many, I am just a little touchy about the age thing), I can honestly tell you that Dayton musicians have much to offer you. All you have to do is go listen.

You can go to several fine establishments to see bands play most nights of the week in the Gem City. And you should. Come on what do you have to lose except your preconceptions about how the limitations of Dayton music.

Cross-posted at DaytonMostMetro at http://mostmetro.com/music/explosion-in-local-music.html