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.


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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Tomorrow’s Show

On the show tomorrow – new music from U2, Alvvays Cricketbows, Iron & Wine, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Mack McKenzie, The Typical Johnsons, The Afghan Whigs, The War On Drugs, Dan Auerbach and Sick of Sarah! Some classics from The Undertones, The Replacements, and Shrug.

We will play a live track from Counting Crows and one of Dr. J’s favorite Billy Bragg songs! Join us from 3-6pm tomorrow on WUDR.


Thirty Years Ago Today


Standing in line in the Minnesota heat having arranged to get to a decent record store which was a major Herculean task in of itself for a kid in college where the big records of hair metal and top 40 dominated the sparse “selection” of the college record store and, for that matter, most record stores.  But how many universities have a real record store.  The so-called record stores I had access to only sold a handful of records in a space that was more about hanging out between classes or just hanging out rather than having a wide selection of music available.  Which is fine, but to buy a record… to purchase an album required a far more sacred space than was available at the university I attended.  So I drove a few hours to get to a real record store.


So after some time driving, there I was in line with a bunch of people just like me.  We were connected.  When I say that, we did not look like one another.  There was no badges or uniforms… well, other than the patches on jackets.  I remember seeing one guy with a Husker Du sticker on the back of his jacket and I immediately had great respect for him even while I debated in my mind if he preferred “the Huskers” to the ‘Mats.  For me, it did not matter – both bands were incredible and they both came from our home town.  Yeah, I know now that Bob Mould was not from Minnesota but went there for school, but that did not matter to those of us who loved that sound.  These bands made music in the ceremonial home town of all wayward Minnesotan kids, Minneapolis-St. Paul or the Twin Cities or for us ‘the cities.’

We were waiting for the record store to open so we all could purchase the first Replacements record without Bob Stinson.  I did not know then, what I know today.  Bob had been thrown out of the band in the worst possible way.  But it did not matter, just as Ralphie had his mania for a Red Ryder, we had ours for the latest ‘Mats record.  It was not a bridge too far, it was real and authentic and it was obtainable.

All many people in the line knew was the buzz.  The ‘Mats were on a major label. This was a record that we all knew was titled with an odd turn of phrase, ‘Please to Meet Me.’  “What does that even mean?” I thought at the time.  It did not matter.  This was the band that created unbelievable records such as ‘Tim’, ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Kids Don’t Follow’ and ‘Stink.’  I loved this band.  Hearing songs like ’16 Blue’ spoke to me on a level I could not fully understand, let alone explain to someone else.  I was fortunate.  I worked in a college radio station and had heard an interview promo record that the label, Sire, had sent out to prime the pump with college radio.  You have to remember that there was no Internet back then — the idea of a mix-tape or a cool college station was as close to open music discovery as one could find.  And I had heard a few of the songs.  I still could hear ‘Alex Chilton’ in my head as I waited in line.  It was intense, it was both less raw than the band’s previous work and a solid continuation of their approach.  The power and direct lyrics of that song stay with me today.  But back then the production was so different than the previous records.  “Was that horns on the one song?” I thought to myself.  “That is strange for a ‘Mats record.”

So, we stood in line in the Minnesota heat waiting to buy ‘Pleased to Meet Me.’  We knew it was going to be good.  And as we were stood waiting, striking up conversations with other ‘Mats fans, we could see the boxes being opened through the windows.  You wonder which one you are going to get.  You know you are going to take it home and play it completely — side 1 and then side 2 and then repeat.  If I followed my normal routine for a first listen, I would have several hours set aside to just listen and try to absorb it.

There was excitement in the line when the door opened.  We were told that we could only buy one copy, a few people grumbled.   It did not matter to me.  The rest is still a daze – pretending to be interested in a few other things but that was not true and I simply did not have enough money.  I vaguely remember buying the record, making some small talk, leaving for the car and holding the new baby close to my chest, lest it fall.  This was a record, it could be damaged on a fall and I did not have the money to buy another and could not.  Somehow I got home when all I wanted to do was to hear it.  The crazy excitement of music discovery flowed in my veins.  New music.  New Replacements music.  I remember coming in to my apartment and putting the record on… it was not until the third song that I realized I had not closed the door.

It was perfect.

It remains perfect.

“Step right up son…”

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!



Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative and Summer Shows!


This week we are celebrating a Replacements reunion, The Connells playing out, and many great live shows and festivals to get excited about this summer!

We will be playing a combination of new and older indie music with an emphasis on bands that are playing this summer.

Join Mrs. Dr. J and Dr. J for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative tomorrow from 3-6pm on and 99.5 and 98.1 fm in the Dayton area!