Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – Break My Fall

Break My Fall is the first single from the sophomore full-length album from The Nautical Theme, Lows+Highs.

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Well you came in like a child
Without the burdens of the world upon your mind
So I stayed for a while
To try and learn the stories held within your eyes
But I never understood enough
Even though they said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Now I sit in this pile of the worries and the cares built over time
And I think back to your arrival with all the tethers of the world passing you by
But I never understood enough
Even though you said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide

Story Behind the Song:
Break My Fall was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement. Fortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track.

The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective – to be more like them. Unfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age – so fun, playful, and carefree. So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.

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Manray in the Studio

ManrayThis week we are joined by one of the exciting new bands in the Miami Valley!  Manray will be joining us in the studio to discuss their latest record — a terrific EP called ‘Feeling Alright’ and their upcoming shows in Dayton, Cincinnati and further a field!  We could not be more excited to have them on the show.  The band has agreed to chat and play live in the WUDR performance studio.  Check out their upcoming show with The Zygotes and SKRT at The Old Yellow Cab Building!

Feb 19 Manray show

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You’re Never Coming Back: YTAA Celebrates New Music from Dear Fawn

Dear Fawn You're never Coming BackDear Fawn have new music and we are showcasing a few songs from their new record! You’re Never Coming Back is their terrific followup to I Never Played The Queen. We will chat with them during the show and play some of their new music as well as a few older favorites.
We also have new music from Line & Circle, Late Cambrian, The London Suede, The Rotaries, Nuno Santos, Notwist, The Amazing, Smug Brothers, The Men, The Story Changes, Bonson Berner, Pete RG, The Magic Words,The Echo Bombs, and much more.

We have a cool Smiths cover from Revolution, I Love You!

We have some music from several musicians and bands who will be playing out in the area in the next few weeks including The Al Holbrook Band, Kid Stardust, and more. We even already have some requests –Speaking Suns, Interpol, Portugal. The Man, and Manray which we have to play!

Expect tons of interesting music both local and far flung on this week’s show! Join us if you can because we get lonely – 3-6pm Eastern time zone stuff today on!


New Music to complete yourself with…

Reflective_VinylNew Musical Goodness:

Candy Hearts – “All the Ways You Let Me Down” (producer: Chad Gilbert; Hear hereSee hereVinyl;MP3) (Bridge Nine / Violently Happy)

Cowboy Mouth – “Go!” (producer: Don Miggs; first single: “Do You Wanna Do It Right Now”; Hear here;MP3) (Elm City / Universal)

Craft Spells (aka Justin Vallesteros) – “Nausea” (producer: Dylan Wall; new single: “Komorebi”; Hear here;MP3) (Captured Tracks)

First Aid Kit – “Stay Gold” (producer: Mike Mogis; guests: Omaha Symphony Orchestra; first single: “My Silver Lining”Hear hereVinylMP3Collector’s Bundle, with 14×20″ lithograph and tote bag) (Columbia)

Michael C. Ford (Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-nominated American poet and audio journalist) – “Look Each Other in the Ears” (features the last recordings made with all three surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek, who died in 2013, Robby Krieger and John Densmore; producer: Harlan Steinberger; other guests: Angelo Moore, Tommy Jordan; Hear hereMP3) (Hen House Studios)

The Fresh & Onlys – “House of Spirits” (producer: Phil Manly; Hear hereVinylMP3) (Mexican Summer)

Chrissie Hynde – “Stockholm” (her debut solo album; first single: “Dark Sunglasses”Hear hereSee here;VinylMP3) (Caroline)

Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott (of Bright Eyes) – “The Fault In Our Stars: Score From The Motion Picture” (Hear here) (Atlantic)

O.A.R. – “The Rockville LP” (first single: “Peace”; Hear hereVinylMP3) (Vanguard)

Passenger (U.K. folk-roots singer Mike Rosenberg) – “Whispers” (producer: Chris Vallejo; first single: “Scare Away the Dark”; Hear hereRead hereVinylMP3MP3 Deluxe Edition) (Nettwerk)

Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses – “Blow” (recorded at Capitol Records in Studio B, where Louis Prima Sr. recorded his hits in the 1950s and ’60s; includes a virtual duet with his father on “That’s My Home” and a cover of Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes”; guest: Leslie Spencer; Hear hereMP3) (Warrior / Universal Music Distribution)

Rebelution – “Count Me In” (producers: Rebelution; guests: Collie Buddz, Don Carlos; Hear hereVinyl;MP3) (87 Music / Easy Star)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – “HeartSoulBlood” (band includes Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott; Hear here) (Ruf)

Stagnant Pools – “Geist” (first single: “Intentions”; Hear hereVinylMP3) (Polyvinyl)

Third World – “Under the Magic Sun” (Hear hereVinylMP3) (Cleopatra)

Walter Trout (the bluesman has a life-threatening liver disease) – “The Blues Came Callin’ “ (Hear here;VinylDeluxe editionMP3) (Provogue / Mascot Label Group)

Umphrey’s McGee – “Similar Skin” (hardcover book with CD and two 180-gram LPs; Hear hereMP3) (Nothing Too Fancy Music)

Uriah Heep – “Outsider” (their 24th studio album; producer: Mike Paxman; Hear hereMP3(Frontiers)

Various artists – “Bullets Over Broadway (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” (new musical comedy written by Woody Allen, based on his 1994 film; stars Zach Braff, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Marin Mazzie, etc.; producer: Doug Besterman; Hear hereRead hereMP3) (Masterworks Broadway)

Jack White – “Lazaretto” (Hear hereRead hereMP3) (Third Man / Columbia)


downloadNew stuff: MP3s

Glass Animals – “Zaba [MP3]” (producer: frontman Dave Bayley; executive producer: Paul Epworth; first single: “Gooey”Hear hereSee hereCDVinyl) (Harvest)

House of Hats – “This Love [MP3]” (producer: Pete Smith; first single: “This Love”; Hear here) (Willow Walk)

Old Monk (NYC trio)  –“Posing As Love [MP3]” (first single: “Alta Rush”; Hear here(Eenie Meenie)

Various artists – “Punkalicious Volume Five [MP3]” (20 tracks; Hear here) (Punkalicious, June 13)

Tom Vek – “Luck [MP3]” (Hear here) (Moshi Moshi)


Reissues of one kind or another:

download (1)Wardell Gray – “Way Out Wardell” (1955 album; Hear/read hereMP3) (U.K. – Ace, June 9)

Arthur Prysock – “Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66” (24 tracks; Hear/read here) (U.K. – Ace, June 9)

Toots and the Maytals – “Pressure Drop: The Golden Tracks” (14 songs) (Goldenlane / Cleopatra)

Various artists – “Chicago Hit Factory – The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 [Box set]” (10 CDs, 269 tracks; Readhere) (U.K. – Charly, June 9)


downloadReissues on the electronic format we call MP3

Electric Light Orchestra – “The Classic Albums Collection [MP3]” (10 complete albums) (Epic / Legacy)

The Emotions – “Flowers [MP3]” (1976 album; with one bonus track), “Rejoice [MP3]” (1977 album; includes the No. 1 hit “Best of My Love”) (Columbia / Legacy)

Willie Nelson – “The Classic Albums Collection [MP3]” (10 complete albums) (Columbia / Legacy)

The Selecter – “Indie Singles Collection 1991-96 [MP3]” (38 tracks) (Badfish / Cherry Red)


So much cool music, so little time…

ImageBrand spankin’ New Music

Band of Horses – “Acoustic at the Ryman” (recorded in April 2013; Hear hereRead hereVinyl)(Brown)

Blondfire (electropop-n-roll sibling duo) – “Young Heart” (producers: Blondfire; Hear hereSee here;Vinyl) (Tender Tender Rush)

The Casket Girls – “True Love Kills the Fairy Tale” (Hear hereSee hereVinylMP3) (Graveface)

Cibo Matto – “Hotel Valentine” (the Japanese duo’s first album in 15 years; Hear hereRead/see here;Vinyl) (Chimera Music)

Clan of Xymox – “Matters of Mind, Body and Soul “ (Hear hereMP3) (Metropolis)

Robert Ellis – “The Lights From the Chemical Plant” (producer: Jacquire King; guests: Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Deer Tick’s Rob Crowell; first single: “Only Lies”Hear hereLP + MP3) (New West)

Neil Finn – “Dizzy Heights” (producers: Finn, Dave Fridmann; Hear hereRead hereVinyl) (Lester)

The Fleshtones – “Wheel of Talent” (first single: “Remember the Ramones”; Hear hereRead here;VinylMP3) (Yep Roc)

Sun Kil Moon (aka Mark Kozelek) – “Benji” (producer: Kozelek; guests: Steve Shelley, Jen Wood, Will Oldham, Owen Ashworth; Hear here) (Caldo Verde)

REMEMBER THESE?  Or in other words… REISSUES

ImageLynyrd Skynyrd – “Nuthin’ Fancy [Hybrid SACD]” (1975 album; remastered) (Analogue Productions)

The Runaways – “Live in Japan” (Deluxe Vinyl Replica; 1977 album; remastered) (Culture Factory)

Paul Weller – “Wild Wood (Deluxe Edition) [MP3]” (1993 album; with 28 bonus tracks, demos, B-sides, mixes, alternative versions, BBC tracks and unreleased songs) (Island / UMe)


Pussy Riot – “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer [DVD]” (HBO documentary film; See here) (Docurama)

Tears For Fears – “The Hurting [Blu-ray Audio]” (High Fidelity Pure Audio; 1983 album) (Mercury / UMe)

The Velvet Underground – “White Light/White Heat [Blu-ray Audio]” (High Fidelity Pure Audio; 1968 album) (Universal / UMe)