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

Kyle and Don of Smug Brothers Talk Woodpecker Paradise on YTAA

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This week we have some more of our favorite Daytonian musicians stopping by for a discussion of their new music!  Kyle Melton and Don Thrasher of Smug Brothers have a new record Woodpecker Paradise coming out very soon on Gas Daddy Go Records and we all could not be happier!  HUMAN CANNONBALL SMUG BROTHERS and FORAGE at BLIND BOB’S in the home of Flyers distant and near the Oregon District of Dayton!

So join Mrs. Dr. J and her constant musical companion Dr. J as we listen to the new record, talk to Don and Kyle, and play loads of other new music for you because we love you all very much.

Don’t forget to send us questions for these two fine musical gentlemen at drjwudr@gmail.com or hey… you could call in at 937-229-2774. Tweet us at drjwudr with your suggestions and requests.  Remember 3-6pm eastern time zone so calibrate your TARDIS on wudr.udayton.edu!

See you tomorrow music lovers!  As The Smug Bros would say… salute!

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Fifteen Days and Counting…

SmugBrothers_WoodpeckerParadise_Cover_PHOTOCREDIT_rawersDayton’s own SMUG BROTHERS “WOODPECKER PARADISE” is coming out in fifteen days on 2.24.14 on the indie GAS DADDY GO! RECORDS

And this release will be out on CD and Digital download which is a new form for GDG!  And we could not be more excited. Really. Its exciting for all lovers of great indie music!

From the Press Release: “Following the one ­two punch of the 2014 releases “Strictly Triggers” [EP] and “On the Way to the Punchline,” Smug Brothers spent the summer and fall recording to 4­track in guitarist Kyle Melton’s home studio and touring out in support of their recent releases, reaching out to new audiences in Philadelphia, Louisville, Indianapolis, Morgantown, WV, and Fort Wayne, IN.

A chance conversation with ex­-Smug Brother, current Motel Beds guitarist, and Dayton engineer extraordinaire Darryl Robbins led toward the fruition of “Woodpecker Paradise.” After submitting a batch of 35 demos to Robbins for consideration, nine were hand-­selected and the Smug Bros set to work as a quartet, recording the album live in just two sessions.

In the course of the band’s 10 ­year history, this is the first time an entire album was recorded live by all its members. The results are fresh and impulsive, urgent and commanding. While the record’s sound is singular and consistent, the material remains eclectic, as has been the trademark of the Smugs since the beginning. From the restrained ­yet­ anthemic indie rock of lead track “Meet A Changing World” to the esoteric “One Question Too Many” to the fragmented 60s pop of “Venus Out at Night,” Smug Brothers run through a myriad of sounds over the course of “Woodpecker Paradise” while retaining their singular voice throughout.”

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You can find the Smug Brothers on all the social media!

So, you may want to keep eyes peeled for more information on this fine band!  You can sleep easy knowing that the Dr. J’s will be all over this so you will not miss a thing!

Happy Friday!

iPhone Pictures 06-23-2014 551We just learned that one of our favorite bands of all time and space, Smug Brothers have a new album tentative titled Woodpecker Paradise that they are planning to release on February 24th.  The band recorded it with Derl Robbins (of Motel Beds) and the album is the first to feature the band’s new lineup with one of the finest bassists that we know — Larry Evans on all tracks. The album will be available from Gas Daddy Go! Records in both CD and Digital formats!  To celebrate this fine achievement the band is playing on February 21st at Blind Bob’s in Dayton, Ohio with Human Cannonball and Forage!  Who wants to go with Dr. J?  You can expect to hear tracks from the album very soon on the show!

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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!”

Smug Brothers Stop by Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative in a few weeks!

ImageWe will celebrate the upcoming Smug Brothers show on February 22nd at The Venue on 3rd. Smug Brothers are hosting this inaugural event to celebrate the release of their new album!  The band will be joining us in the studio on Feb. 18th to talk about their EP Strictly Triggers, the upcoming show, and the new albumImage — On The Way to the Punchline.

This incredible show will also feature some great local bands that are simply not to be missed:

THE 1984 DRAFT
http://www.facebook.com/The1984Draft

HUMAN CANNONBALL
http://humancannonball.bandcamp.com/

THE TURKISH DELIGHTS
http://theturkishdelights.com/

And, of course, we will have some of the best of indie, alternative, local, and new music to share with you as well!  So join us as we talk to some of our favorite Dayton Musicians on 02-18-14 from 3-6pm on WUDR.

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