I am back with a new episode after a short break as the regular day job is keeping my pretty busy. However, I have also spent some quality time listening to new music. This episode should satisfy both regular listeners and any new listeners who might stumble upon this episode at some point with about an hour to spare listening to some terrific tunes. This episode is pretty pastoral and as you can probably tell from the track list below there is nothing related to Trump-Stormy-Syria-Cohen or politics. There is also one track by Liam Gallagher, former singer from Oasis who put out surprisingly excellent album towards the end of last year. There is one song that has the F-word in the title and several uses in the song, but I believe at this point in our democracy, nothing is shocking (Jane’s Addiction reference!)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 110 is a mellow but truly sweet and the tracks cover a broader musical range – collecting a few tracks from last year with some newish released tracks. Every once in a while, throwing a change-up to the lineup is good. A couple of gems in here for sure. I had never heard the Archive track before and it is from an album that originally came out in 2004. The throwback isn’t really from that far back either as Anti-Flag released “We’ve Got His Gun” on the first A-F Records LP back in 1998.
So, sit back, crank it up, and enjoy …. until we meet again.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #110:
Soccer Mommy – “Last Girl” (Clean)
Splashh – “Closer” (Waiting A Lifetime)
Pale Lights – “Mother Cries” (The Stars Seemed Brighter)
Vundabar – “Acetone” (Smell Smoke)
Young Statues – “Redmouth” (Amarillo)
Lost Film – “I Forget” (Broken Spectre)
Liam Gallagher – “I Never Wanna Be like You” (As You Were)
Archive – “Fuck U” (Noise)
Dirty Fences – “Blue Screen” (Goodbye Love)
Hurry – “Read Between The Lines” (Every Little Thought)
Frigs – “Chest” (Basic Behavior)
Voidz – “Pyramid Of Bones” (Virtue)
Stephen Clair And The Pushbacks – “Typing Tipsy” (Push Back)
Anti-Flag – “We’ve Got His Gun” (The System Doesn’t Work For You)
Blush – “Baby Don’t Blush” (Blush)
Dad keeps a gun in the drawer in his room my best friend is coming over to play
yeah yeah we’ve got his gun . . . There’s a look on your face I would like to knock out see the sin in your grin and the shape of your mouth all I want is to see you in terrible pain . . .
It seems to me at least that there are an awful lot of Australian rock bands that are so freakin’ good. I am not sure exactly when Australia’s full on takeover of rock and roll took place, but it is clear that the United States is seriously lacking in good time party rockin’ garage smokin’ freaky psychedelic leanin’ indie poppin’ bands. Whew…as you can perhaps tell from that introduction that I firmly believe there is some heat emanating from Aussie land. I am simply blown away by how consistently good the stuff coming out of Australia sounds. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 109 is going to bring you several of these lesser known but vitally important bands from that territory. Don’t worry that this is going to change the overall feel of the episode. It won’t. Still a mix of the best new(ish) stuff that I’ve been listening too and think you should as well.
On another note, the idiot in the Whitehouse is wasting taxpayers money, again, by sending troops to guard the Mexican border. When will it all just stop? It’s madness and it’s become the new normal.
So, sit back, play loud, and let it all swing…
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #109:
Fresh – “Get Bent” (Fresh)
Painted Doll – “Hidden Hand” (Painted Doll)
Acid Dad – “Mistress” (Acid Dad)
Funeral Shakes – “Lovebirds” (Funeral Shakes)
The New Trust – “Heartbreaker” (Upset The Tides)
Chemtrails – “A Beautiful Cog In The Monolithic Death Machine” (Calf Of The Sacred Cow)
Templeton Pek – “Black Hearts” (Watching The World Come Undone)
Deafcult – ““Summertime” (Auras)
The Playbook – “Locked Away” (All I Am Is What You Left Behind)
The Noise Figures – “Telepath” (Telepath)
Hard Girl – “Running” (Floating Now)
Lemon Clocks – “Do You Feel Alright?” (Songs From Another Time)
Theo Lawrence & The Hearts – “Heaven To Me” (Homemade Lemonade)
The Diodes – “Curiosity Girl” (Rarities)
Julie & The Wrong Guys – “You Wanted What I Wanted” (Julie & The Wrong Guys)
And there are films I’ll never watch again I hear your laugh, inside it’s trapped I’ve locked away the better parts and thoughts of you . . . Oh, you lift me ‘bove the town then drag me underground and I wonder how yeah, on a lazy afternoon…
So what did I learn from Stormy Daniels interview with Anderson Cooper earlier this week? Well, I learned that there is a new fetish with only one practitioner – getting your butt spanked with a magazine having your face on the cover. Very presidential! As usual, I am excited to bring you Tales From The Drop Box Episode108! This episode is a little more challenging than normal. Not sure why, perhaps my mood is influenced by witnessing chaos. Could have been Stormy. Who knows. What I do guarantee is that this episode will sneak up on you like a hurricane (big storm-y reference) with several tracks so catchy you’ll wake up in the middle of the night because you can’t get them out of your head.
So, in order to erase the image of Trump being spanked by Stormy, here is some food for thought on what is rapidly becoming a larger concern (at least to me) than the Trump Presidency:
Just one of many examples of why climate change deniers are dangerous. More stormy weather ahead….
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #108:
Night Flowers – “Glow In The Dark” (Eleven Songs)
Flatworms – “Question” (Flatworms)
Albert Hammond Jr. – “Muted Beatings” (Francis Trouble)
The LaFontaines – “Release the Hounds” (Common Problems)
Haram – “Not A Terrorist” (When You Have Won, You Have Lost)
Nerve Quakes – “Blood Money” (A New State)
Coast Modern – “Going Down” (Coast Modern)
Hookworms – “Boxing Day” (Microshift)
Motion City Soundtrack – “Broken Heart (Acoustic)” (Even If It Kills (10th Anniversary Edition))
Orielles – “Let Your Dog Tooth Grow” (Silver Dollar Moment)
Super Best Friends Club – “Super Destruct” (Loveblows)
Varvara – “Fly Far” (Go)
Goldfinger – “See You Around” (The Knife)
Pointed Sticks – “Real Thing” (Demo 1980)
Big Surr – “Gone” (In Business)
Driving down this road I know so well street lights just came on sun stained sky horizon fell the Quick Check is long gone . . . I’ll start this broken heart I’ll fix it up so it will work again better than before then I’ll star in a mystery
I believe we are starting to build a little momentum with this show after a slow start to the year. Tales From The Drop Box Episode107 is a nice extension to last week’s episode. There is a mix of some really new stuff missed with a touch of some tracks from last year that I somehow neglected to play when they were released. As all of them are not played on any radio station (that I know), they should sound fresh.I know that there is a temptation to find something “new” all of the time, but in our haste we truly do miss some gems that deserve to be heard. I believe this is an indirect consequence of the restricted playlists on radio. Radio playlists are designed to overplay selected tracks in the belief that you are tuning in to the station to hear those tracks. A consequence of the mindless repetition is that you become desperate to hear new music, so that anything new added sounds like a hit – not because the new song is in any manner innovative, interesting, etc. but because of that desperation for change. This is why radio stations must eventually die. People now can select their own musical choices without fear of song burnout. Just like Tales From The Dropbox, eh?
I included a real treat for you in the last block of this show with two flashbacks – a Philadelphia Grand Jury track backed up by a Dils classic.
Finally, I am compelled to write about my own personal suffering and indignation over this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. For all of the chaos in the White House never did I anticipate that same chaos would reign in the tournament as well. I never thought a 1 seed would ever lose to a 16 seed. Virginia wrecked my brackets, so my various pool contributions became a donation. Brutal. I stopped watching the political news because I couldn’t stomach anymore Trump. Now I can’t watch basketball. I’m not sure what is left. So, I’m going to spend much more time listening to new music. Ahhhhh. .. that’s a plan! More music = more happiness.
In that spirit, drink your fill and enjoy more chaos!
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #107:
Pearl Charles – “Sleepless Dreamer” (Sleepless Dreamer)
Dumb – “Every Dude I Know” (Less)
Shame – “Gold Hole” (Songs of Praise)
Afterpartees – Ultimate Worriers” (Life Is Easy)
Tax The Heat – “My Headspace” (Change Your Position)
The National Parks – “Lights In The City” (Places)
Tim & The Boys – “Life” (Growing)
Gallery 47 – “Political Difference” (Young World)
Graham Coxon – “Lucifer Behind Me” (The End Of The F***ing World)
Django Django – “Marble Skies” (Marble Skies)
Naked Cameo – “Son House” (Of Two Minds)
Paranoid Visions – “No Paseran (Are You Getting The Picture)” (Rebellion)
Philadelphia Grand Jury – “Going To The Casino (Tomorrow Night)” (Hope Is For The Hopeless)
The Dils – “Class War” (Dils Dils Dils)
Reptaliens – “29 Palms” (FM-2030)
I wanna war, between the rich and the poor I wanna fight and know what I’m fighting for . . . Going to the casino, tomorrow night what could possibly go wrong
Tales From The Drop Box Episode106. It is not only March madness for college basketball. There is also some madness in this episode of Tales From The Drop Box as well! This week you will find the tracks harder edged than last week’s episode, with some real heat from Black Mekon, Pounders, and CH3. It is not all loud punk rock so don’t be afraid – I also inserted several slow burners a long the way so you don’t get too sweaty and to keep things interesting. From past experience, you should know that these shows are consistently diverse with the common theme being the “sugar” i.e. the sweet hooks in each track that grab your attention (at least those hooks grab mine). This may be the only politically correct way left to grab another person even if you have their permission now.
On a completely different note, I have just realized that rock radio is dying a swift death. In many cases, long-standing rock stations are being replaced by Christian radio. Why the death of rock radio? Perhaps it is because people get tired of such closed playlists. This show started because I couldn’t take the same songs being played repeatedly for a decade or more. It doesn’t have to be all new stuff, just find something different to play. There are albums we love from the past that would be cool to hear songs played from on the radio. You know, like if you heard “Police Truck” by the Dead Kennedys played on the radio, I assure you that event would be noticed. Rock music deserves a place on radio. You will find the true home of rock in the spirit of independent podcast producers, such as yours truly. The trend is obvious – shows like Tales From The Dropbox will be the only source to hear and experience new rock music before you purchase. So, if you get a chance, help a brother out and give this podcast a rating on iTunes or from wherever you download this thing from. Also, if you are so inclined, please let me know what you are thinking, what you want to hear, or just to smack talk me a bit, by dropping me a line at dropboxnotes.net, DM me on Instagram @justforfunconcerts, or message me @jffconcerts on Twitter. I love hearing from you all.
So, control your temper with the soothing sounds of this episode!
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #106:
Dream Wife – “Let’s Make Out” (Dream Wife)
Black Rebel Motorcycle – “Spook” (Wrong Creatures)
Dirty Sidewalks – “Never Wanted To Be loved” (Bring Down The House Lights)
Iron Chic – “Thunderbolts!” (You Can’t Stay Here)
The Academic – “I feel It Too” (Tales From The Back Seat)
Shopping – “Asking For A Friend” (The Official Body)
The Defects – “Hunter Versus Hunter” (Feed The Good Dog)
Black Mekon – “Janey Was A Klepto” (One In The Hate)
Pounders – “Say What You Want” (Through The Fire)
Black Pussy – “Girlfriend” (Power)
Black Pistol Fire – “Lost Cause” (Deadbeat Graffiti)
CH3 – “Model Citizen” (Put Em Up)
Noi!se – “So I Drift Away” (The Scars We Hide)
Replacements – “Kiss Me On The Bus” (For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986)
Chrysta Bell – “52 Hz” (Chrysta Bell EP)
On the bus, that’s where we’re ridin’, on the bus, okay, don’t say hi, then your tongue, your transfer, your hand, your answer . . . waking up to start a fight you promised we’d be alright I don’t know which way we gotta turn…
Boom! Here you have Tales From The Drop Box Episode 105. I’m not sure why the slight delay in giving you this episode, so if you were waiting for a period that felt too long, then I am sorry. No one should have to wait for good music.
As usual it is all good stuff with the latest from Mind Spiders and Ty Segall with a pretty good mix of some things from last year that I just didn’t get around to playing for you. There is a tendency to focus on new, but I have consciously tried to keep the focus on good and if that includes some tracks from last year, then oh well, I think you’ll find that you can still purchase the album and in some cases at a cheaper price. I went for full on variety this episode so rather than be impressed with the diversity – try focusing on the feel. Episode 105 should make you feel good, even if some of the tracks are somewhat dark – okay – it’s violently dark. (See, e.g. “When Mommy Kills You”, Self-Loathing, and “Silver Turns to Rust.” ) I even found for this episode a couple of bands that were definitely 90’s/early 2000’s relevant (The Ataris, Pigeon Detectives and The Movement) and worth a re-listen. Finally, as I can’t seem to get enough King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, I stuffed in a track from their 4th LP from last year.
It is only weird if you feel weird. So, put aside your prejudgments and turn up the volume.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #105:
Wild Child – “Break You Down” (Expectations)
Wild Cub – “Fire” (Closer)
Katalina Kicks – “Guns” (Vices)
Mind Spiders – “Deserve” (Furies)
Mourn – “The Fire” (Over The Wall EP)
Shaka Ponk – “Bunker” (The Evol’)
Blieb Modern – “Self-Loathing” (Antagonism)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “The Castle In The Air” (Polygondwanaland)
The Ataris – “Silver Turns To Rust” (Silver Turns To Rust)
The Whisper Stream – “Your Day Is Coming” (Something’s Just Not Right)
Ty Segall – “When Mommy Kills You” (Freedom’s Goblin)
Bad Cop/Bad Cop – “Victoria” (Warriors)
Pigeon Detectives – “Dick ‘ead”( Wait For Me (10th Anniversary Edition)
The Movement – “Control Your Temper” (Move!)
Weaves – “Law and Panda” (Wide Open)
Control your temper ’cause we got something that you wanted to be control your temper but then you realize nothing is free . . . . Fire, you’re on your own, your pretty eyes have seen enough we’ll go higher where I belong, the city lights are bright enough, to blind me…
In the aftermath ( and I’m not truly sure “aftermath” is the correct word to describe my feelings) of this President’s day, which was a stark reminder that better Presidents of The United States are part of our history and will hopefully be part of our country’s future, I bring you the latest installment of Tales From The Drop Box! Episode 104 is a bit louder than the norm, but still all good I can assure you. Oh, and a little more eclectic than usual as you can probably tell from the inclusion of both Wilco and The Selecter – back to back. There is still several tunes from last year mixed into this episode but I front loaded this thing with some new tunes, such as the Wombat’s latest and a catchy track from the Dead Deads. In what has turned out to be a rare move, I have also included something that might actually get played on radio i.e. a better track from the latest Nothing But Thieves record than the whiny song about being a drunk loser (you know as “Sorry”).
On a much more serious note, and in the wake (literally) of the tragedy last week in Parkland, Florida, I was reminded of the Eagles of DeathMetal show at the Bataclan in Paris and the power of their return to Paris a couple of months later to play a show at the Olympia. I think you’ll also be moved by the power of this track and the moment in the middle of it which is a reminder that we must keep moving forward to escape our grief. As I have previously written at length in these notes about meaningful gun control, I believe we must keep revisiting that message even though it has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears because at some point public opinion will change and there will be action. Maybe the student movement will stimulate such call to action to prevent future tragedies. I truly hope we don’t experience the life altering sadness of another gun tragedy, but I know we will. I also know that only one thing can create positive change – voting.
Rather than leave you with a bummer, Episode 104 is designed to pick you up and move you forward…. forcefully.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #104:
Pale Honey – “Replace Me” (Devotion)
Nonsum – “Cry” (Nonsum)
Ought – “Disgraced In America” (Room Inside The World)
The Dead Deads – “Ghosts” (Sketches and Animation)
Wombats – “Lemon To A Knife Fight” (Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life)
Nothing But Thieves – “I Was Just A Kid” (Broken Machine)
The Darts – “Strange Days” (Me. Ow.)
Beachheads – “Una” (Beachheads)
Broadside – “Tunnel Vision” (Paradise)
Aviator – “I Wanna Make Movies, Heather” (Loneliness Leaves The Light on For Me)
Monster Treasure – “Neon Garden” (II)
Tomb of Nick Cage – “Vampire’s Kiss” (T.O.N.C.)
Eagles of Death Metal –“ I Only Want You (Live)” (I Love You All The Time – Captured Live At The Olympia Paris)
Wilco – “Gun (Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96)” (Being There (Deluxe Edition))
The Selecter – “Paved With Cold” (Daylight)
Just don’t tell me which way I oughta run or what good I could do anyone ’cause my heart it was a gun but it’s unloaded now . . . I’m not really interested in what’s in your heart I don’t want you to fall in love now so please don’t start . . .