The 2nd Annual “Indie Rock Fest/Cinco De Mayo Fiesta” was amazing this year and the line up was simply fantastic. While a day before the Cinco, it was a show full of good vibes, great music and a heck of a party. To call it jam packed really does not cover all of the musical goodness from the local community packed under one roof! Bands covered Americana, shoe gaze, rock and Indie Rock and Roll. Many thanks to the bands who played — A Voice of Your Own, The Boxcar Suite, The Typical Johnsons, The 1984 Draft, Neo-American Pioneers, Slow Glows and Kyleen Downes.
Last night we went to see The 1984 Draft, Okay Lindon and Second Best at The Poptek Records Showcase at The Hatch Artists Studios in Springfield, Ohio! From the beginning to the end of the night it was a special evening of melody, thoughtful lyrics and captivating musicianship.
The evening began with Poptek’s latest band Second Best, the brainchild of Gigi Palassis and Andy Ingram who luckily for this music fan had copies of their terrific debut record available in cassette. Gigi has been writing melodic and catchy songs for years. He has been active in other projects where he has lent his guitar to several different groups such as Wake Up Mordecai, Jean-Michel, Jill & Micah, and XL427, and then the lost recordings of L’Albatros. Gigi specializes in the yearnings that are never quite fulfilled or satisfied and the emotional pain that such feelings bring to the listener. He paints a picture of the power of wanting that is impossible to escape.
This evening Brenna Myers of Once a Pine joined Gigi and Andy on bass which added texture to the band’s live sound. Speaking of Brenna, we cannot recommend enough for you to check into Once a Pine as well. Listeners to our show know how much Dr. J loves The Florals and it is good to see (and hear) Brenna continuing to make really excellent music in Once a Pine! They often play out so go see them when given a chance! And just a quick question: Is there any instrument that Brenna cannot play?
Okay Lindon was second on the bill. Dustin Smith has created a new and exciting vision of Okay Lindon to the music loving public. This version of the band has embraced sonic textures with maturity and wisdom. Okay Lindon played a captivating set celebrating the the music from their most release, Changes. This fourth record from Okay Lindon has a new lineup featuring acoustic 12 string guitar and violin yet still haunts the listener with real and significant questions about one’s place in the world.
The 1984 Draft finished the evening of great music with their usual enthusiasm and gift for melody. Their latest record, Make Good Choices is coming from Poptek soon! Joe Anderl, of ‘The Draft, specializes in an earnest, almost confessional and honest depiction of the challenges of everyday life that inspire hope rather than defeat. To see and hear The 1984 Draft is to feel the power of music to transform the listener. Choruses become chants, guitar solos become the sonic texture to anguish, the drums cascade like the quickening beats of your heart, and the bass lines keep your head up and vision clear. We cannot be more excited about this upcoming release ! And so should you!
You can buy these records at the Poptek Records website and on bandcamp. And you should do so! As you can see in the pictures it was a great time! Many thanks to Andy Ingram and the other fine folks at Poptek Records for inviting us!
This Saturday music lovers will have a real treat with a Pure Acoustic show at The Old Yellow Cab building. Not only is Yellow Cab one of many great venues in our fine city, it is also involved in some of the most innovative programs for music lovers! Some of Dayton’s finest musicians will perform only acoustic — just like the poster says there will be no microphones — imagine just hearing the voices as they come from the singer! No amplification, just real sounds from real musicians to a real audience. Nothing added. Just good music. This idea has been kicked around for a while by Jeff and the folks at Yellow Cab, kudos to them for making this happen. Go see some of our favorite local musicians for a rare musical experience. Expect some exciting combinations and there could be a surprise or two for you and your ears!
- Old Yellow Cab Building
- February 6 – 8pm $5 – want a low cost for something so cool!
We will see you all there!
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.
There 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)!
This week we are joined by Joe Anderl of The 1984 Draft talking about music, shows, and stuff Joe wants to talk about! Expect new music from The Afghan Whigs, The War on Drugs, The New Old-Fashioned, c.wright’s Parlour Tricks, The Rebel Set, Crackpot, William The Accountant, The Motel Beds, Wussy, and much more!
So, listen online at WUDR or 99.5 and 98.1fm in Dayton! Send us requests @ drjwudr on gmail and tweet us @ drjwudr on twitter! See you soon!
We 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 album — 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
THE TURKISH DELIGHTS
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.