On Tomorrow’s Show – Music from Shows and Important Community Outreach!

 

On the shows this week we are celebrating tons of great shows in the Dayton area by playing music from The New Old-FashionedDavid PayneStarving in the Belly of the Whale, Charlie Jackson and the Heartland RailwayThe CastrosShrugThis Pine BoxJetty BonesThe FloralsAndy GabbardJesse W. Johnson & Coyote ScreamHEXADIODESalvadore Ross and The Afghan Whigs!

JOEWe have some new music from Mr. Joe Anderl and a cool demo from Fleetwood Mac that has Dr. J rethinking the sound and influence of that band!

Join us from 3-6pm on WUDR tomorrow – wudr.udayton.edu. or 99.5 & 98.1fm in the Dayton, Ohio area!  You can always request music by contacting drjytaa on twitter!

We also have special guest Gail Pop in the studio to talk about the important COAT initiative (Community Overdose Action Team). Our pal Gail is on the prevention branch of the team. Check out their important work –http://www.phdmc.org/coat!

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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

 

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

Excited for a show filled with new music!

Such an amazing time for new music in the Gem City that we can barely contain ourselves – it all feels like an incredible dream!

We simply could not be more excited about the show tomorrow… premiers from so many great bands that we keep pinching ourselves because we just have to be dreaming, right?

We will be playing a great new songs from Dayton’s own Moira – ‘Midwestern Waste’ off of the Asleep/Repeat/Awake EP which you can download tomorrow night after our show because they are giving it away as a free download on their Bandcamp page moirabandofficial.bandcamp.com!  If you have not seen one of their recent concert – trust us, you want this song and you want it badly!  Oh yeah.

GOLDcover2One of our favorite Dayon bands Me & Mountains have new stuff for all of us.  ‘Gold’ is from their yet untitled upcoming fourth record recorded with Micah Carli at Popside Recording Studios.  The band is several songs into their recording with Carli and based on this track alone – the future looks good for Me & Mountains and your ears!

GLYWe are also fortunate to have a track from Good Luck Year‘s Tinder for the Fire EP with ‘Temporary’ which they will release during their set at Dayton’s Music Art and Film Fest!

Low downAnd not to mention the guys in The New Old-Fashioned have their sophomore record, Low Down Dirty Summer Nights headed our way on September 26th!  You can go see these Midwestern barn burners at Gilly’s in Dayton, Ohio on the 26th and pick up a copy of this fine record! The band has captured the intensity of their live sound without sacrificing the harmonies and soul that make them a band not to be missed!

That is enough reason to listen right there music lovers!  Solid music craft is alive and well!

We will also discuss the upcoming Dayton Music Art and Film Festival slated for September 18th and 19th as well as playing new music from many diverse and exciting bands such as The Bottle Rockets, Line & Circle, COLD BEAT, Sink Tapes, Wilco, La Luz, The Wheel Workers, Bad Bad Hats, Sea Of Bees,Grenades!?, McGuff and the Dumpster Fires, The Apache Relay, and The Fratellis to name a few of the bands with new tunes that we will spin for your listening pleasure!

Of course, what is a Tuesday without some cool interpretations of past music?  We have an amazing cover from Robyn Hitchcock and a surprisingly atmospheric lo-fi 80s cover from Tashaki Miyaki!  Where else would you get all of this indie musical goodness?  

Join Dr. J from 3-6pm on wudr.udayton.edu!  Remember you can always call in requests to 937-229-2774 too!  See ya!

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This week we celebrate the New Split EP from The New Old-Fashioned and The Repeating Arms

Hilltops & Highways cover.jpgThis week we are beyond excited about new music from two of our favorite Dayton, Ohio bands – The New Old-Fashioned who are already finishing up their sophomore full length hot off the heels of The Ladies 7″ record and The Repeating Arms who always are incredible in all that they do!

The two bands are not only “splitting” a six-song EP ‘Hilltops and Highways’ but in the truest sense of collaboration these two bands recorded and worked directly with each other on the songs.  No where does this shine more brightly than on the tracks that open and close this EP.  County Jail Hymnal showcases the vocal abilities of the singers of both bands. This lonesome (dare we say Hank Williams-eque) plaintive aching song demonstrates what is captivating about both of these bands: quality song-craft!  And the combination of both bands on ‘Some Nights” is a powerful gestalt of the vocals, guitars, steel, drums, and more.  Rarely has a song taken on such real authentic urgency.  And the ending of that tune has to be experienced.  Heartbreak and sadness are simply palatable in the songs on this EP; throughout it you have fine musicianship, excellent chemistry and all around exemplary effort among the musicians.

The fact that they have collaborated on-stage so much is well demonstrated in the work on these songs.  ‘My Heart Still Loves You’ has Kent Montgomery of The New Old-Fashioned sounding like a countrified version of Matthew Sweet. We bet that Sweet wishes he could sound like that! While ‘Radio Waves’ – a real song about the devastating loss of a radio station to water damaged is powerfully evoked by David Payne.  When he sings about ‘the signal getting weaker…” you feel the sense of losing a musical friend.  And ‘Honey’ demonstrates why The Repeating Arms should be household names.  Forget what you hear on country, folk, and alt-country radio – this is “the Real McCoy.”  When Harold Hensley pleads with Honey not to go out tonight…” the hair on the back of your neck stand up.  These musicians capture something that cannot be bottled and sold from a shelf.

TNOF-RArmsYou can see these bands play these songs on June 27th in Dayton at Gilly’s Jazz!

So join us this week from 3-6pm (eastern) as we play the songs on this incredible EP on WUDR – where we live our motto “Support Your Local Music Scene!”  Final_jacket.pdf

Of course, you can also count on a wide variety of terrific indie, folk, country, and more on the program tomorrow.  We have tons of new music from so many… hang on to your hats:  Waxahatchee, Lucero, Ryan Adams, The Mowgli’s, Vaadat Charigim, Thee Oh Sees, Mac McCaughan, Timeshares, BRONCHO, Great Lake Swimmers, Alvvays, Bully, The Mountain Goats, Built to Spill, Smug Brothers, Mittenfields, Charming Disaster, Gringo Star, and more!

You can also expect some classic indie with Guided By Voices, The Afghan Whigs, and Teenage Fanclub!

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Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative Goes 1984 Draft

ImageThis 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 WhigsThe War on DrugsThe New Old-Fashionedc.wright’s Parlour TricksThe Rebel Set, Crackpot, William The AccountantThe Motel BedsWussy, and much more!

Expect some classic indie with The Replacements and Dayton’s own SHRUG!

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!

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