Video of The Day: The Connells – Steadman’s Wake

Returning after twenty years since their last record (‘Old School Dropouts’), The Connells have just released a lyric video for the title track from their new record ‘Steadman’s Wake.’ The song captures social commentary on the opioid epidemic and more. With a build that leads to a rousing chorus and stunning guitar solo, this song captures many challenges in the current zeitgeist without leading listeners to predetermined conclusions. If the rest of the album is as captivating as the early singles ‘Really Great‘ and ‘Steadman’s Wake‘ suggest then the band in on most solid terra firma.

The album releases on September 24th and we could not be more excited.

Preorder Steadman’s Wake https://found.ee/v4M1 For more information about The Connells, visit theconnells.com

Video of the Day: The Connells – Really Great

The Connells have not released new music since 2001’s Old School Dropouts. That now changes! The band has just announced their new album Steadman’s Wake out September 24th on Black Park Records! The new record was recorded at Overdub Lane and Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio. The record was produced by John Plymale (a founding member of the Chapel Hill, NC band The Pressure Boys in 1981 as well as a founding member of The Sex Police in 1989).

The new record can be pre-ordered in several forms: digital, vinyl, and CD on the group’s bandcamp! You can also listen to ‘Really Great’ from any service where you get your music from Missing Piece.

The band has been playing some of the new songs in concert for the past few years whetting the appetites of Connells fans. The new album includes eight new songs (‘Really Great’, ‘Fading In (Hardy)’, ‘Steadman’s Wake’, ‘Song for Duncan’, ‘Burial Art,’ (which features Mike Connell on lead vocals) ‘Universal Glue’ ‘Stars’ and ‘Helium’) and three re-recorded versions of ‘Gladiator Heart,’ ‘Rusted Fields,’ and ‘Hello Walter’ (which also features Mike on lead vocals) from the previous album ‘Old School Dropouts’.

The Connells have also made their 1985 debut Darker Days available on all streaming services and on bandcamp. Give it a listen! And get ready for September 24th by checking the band out on tour!

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Video of the Day: The Connells – Seven

The video for ‘Seven’ has been around since the release of The Connells‘ first album Darker Days. The album has recently been released digitally for the first time by the group on their bandcamp page! Tim Harper, the band’s long time soundman re-mastered the album this year. The name of the song ‘seven’ harkens back to a time when Mike Connell, the main songwriter at the time, numbered songs as he wrote them.

The Don Dixon, Dave Adams, Steve Gronback and Rod Dash-produced album was first released in 1985 on the band’s independent label Black Park Records in the United States, and on Elvis Costello’s Demon Records in the UK and Europe. The Black Park and Demon versions of the record are quite unique with different cover art and running order. Most significant is the substitution of “In My Head” for the instrumental “Dial It”, and several tracks were remixed. The Black Park version of the album was re-released in 1987 on TVT Records after the band signed with that label which they would be with until the end of the 1990s. The last record for TVT was 1998’s Still Life. The Connells released Old School Dropouts on their Black Park Records in 2001.

The Connells are preparing to release their latest record ‘Steadman’s Wake’ later this year.

 

Joe Anderl’s ‘Short Takes’

Short TakesLet us take a moment and introduce our latest feature, Short Takes. We are asking musicians, artists, DJs, writers, spoken word performers and others involved in music and creative expression to write some short comments about what they are listening to right now. There are no rules regarding genre, style or year of release. What are people listening to now? What does it mean for them in a brief few sentences — hence the idea of a ‘short take.’

20992760_10159165029090537_2527313783301675441_nOur first ‘Short Takes‘ comes courtesy of Joe Anderl of The 1984 Draft. Joe is a kind, warm and thoughtful person who not only loves music, he feels it. His passion for music is inescapable in his current project The 1984 Draft. The ‘Draft are a phenomenal live band who capture the spirit of punk and post-punk melded with the introspection of the best music of the ’90s and beyond. 

The Draft’s last record ‘Makes Good Choices‘ was one of our favorite records of 2018!

The-1984-Draft-band-2018As quarantine and social distancing continue, as the world burns around us, and as I find myself filled with more and more rage over the ignorance and injustice in our county, I have found myself searching deeper in my music catalog for little nuggets of joy. Songs that remind of the past. Songs from simpler times. The thing is, there were never simpler times. Just different times. That being said, there can often be comfort in nostalgia, joy in discovering something new, and a new wave of emotions caused by a song listened to in a different phase of life.

These songs are the little nuggets of joy I have had in my life for the last couple weeks.

First, ‘Slackjawed’ by The Connells – I found myself watching a video on YouTube with the Best of 1993 from 120 Minutes. I particularly wanted to watch it as it included videos of the Afghan Whigs, Paul Westerberg, and Buffalo Tom.

R-2028725-1562522314-3760.jpegAs I watched all the videos and reminisced about wrapping tin foil around my boom box antenna to pick up 97X [modern rock radio station from 1983-2004], a song came on that I had remembered loving hearing every time it came on. That song was ‘Slackjawed’ by The Connells. I wondered to myself why I had never tried to purchase an album by them and why this song never found its way into my collection. That will change very soon as I have probably listened to it 30 times in the last week.

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Next, ‘Inside of Love‘ by Nada Surf.  I was a late adopter on Nada Surf. I heard ‘Popular‘ in high school and kind of wrote the band off as a one hit wonder. That changed some 20 something years later watching them headline at Midpoint Music Fest [Dr. J was there too! The band gave a great live performance and won over many music fans that day!] There is an absolute softness in the voice of Mathew Caws. His choice of words can often be so simple and telling in same moment.

When I listened to this song a couple weeks ago, I found myself so grateful that I live in a loving marriage, that I am on the inside of love. So much so I just keep listening to this song every time I need to remind myself how lucky I truly am.

Paul-Westerberg-Dyslexic-HeartLast but not least, ‘Dyslexic Heart’ by Paul Westerberg – What GenXer did not relate to singles in some way?

After spending the last few years of my life completely ravaging my Replacements catalog, I decided I needed to dive further into my Westerberg records. I started with something comfortable and easy. This song and ‘Waiting for Somebody‘ [also from the Singles soundtrack] have been every other day listen for me lately just to try and feel a little normal.

Thank you for a terrific ‘Short Takes’ Joe!

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YTAA 05-26-2020 Playlist

We continue to share our playlists via Spotify here. Please give our show a listen and support these terrific artists directly in any way that you can! Now more than ever we need to support and take care of one another!

This week we are playing music from Yuppie, Jetstream Pony, Kidbug, Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway, The Beths, Steve Earle, WOODS, Trace Mountain, Khruangbin, The Sonic Dawn, The Radio Dept., David Allen, Porridge Radio, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Jason Isbell, Choir Boy, The Katawicks, Yalecollegegraduate, Jetty Bones, The National, Loose Tooth, True Lies, Wussy, Kyleen Downes, The Corner Laughers, The Story Changes, Hello June and more!

Check out the live stream from Yuppie at Encore Studios on May 27th at 8pm!

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Painting Pictures‘ is the latest and newest music from Dayton singer-songwriter, guitar player and all around amazing voice Amber Hargett that came out today! A real gift to have new music from her! Such a great song! She is joining a fine case of local musicians who are live streaming on May 30th to raise funds for Ohio restaurant workers!

R-1790873-1306445379.jpegIn addition to all of that musical goodness, we have two songs from The Connells — one song to celebrate the 22 years since the release for their album ‘Still Life’ and another rare live song ‘Rusted Fields’!

The ‘Still Life’ album was the last to include the original lineup of this legendary band! And the word is that the band has finished recording a new record that is headed our way soon, tentatively titled ‘Steadman’s Wake.’ Count us among the excited for this new music!

So give the playlist a listen. Dr. J will be posting videos on the Facebook page for YTAA beginning at 3pm because that is show time for YTAA! Please stay safe and be well!

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Video of The Day: Slackjawed – The Connells

We started the Reveal Central show today with this awesome song!

“Slackjawed” was the lead single from The Connells’ fifth record, Ring released on September 21, 1993 — almost 24 years ago… well, tomorrow!  Connect with the band on twitter at @connellsmusic or check out their website – TheConnells.com!

Video of The Day: The Connells ‘New Boy’

‘New Boy’ one of the standout tracks written by Mike Connell from the album ‘Ring’ released in September of 1993 (produced by Lou Giordano).  In some parts of the world, this was the backing side to ’74-’75 which was a top 20 single in over a dozen countries. ‘New Boy’ was the lead track on an EP of the same name which was released in 1994 which included songs recorded during the Ring sessions — ‘Logan Street’ and ‘Wonder Why.’  The EP also included a Jethro Tull cover “Living in the Past’ and two live versions of ‘Fun & Games’ and ‘New Boy’ recorded live at Purple Dragon Studio in Atlanta, GA, for broadcast on Live X (WNNX).

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