Just For Fun Concerts EP 2017-07 (Episode 61)

It must seem like bizzaro world sometimes when you listen to Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 61 continues this recent trend, but I think this specific compilation of relatively recent tunes pushes the envelope a little wider as the search for new sounds to expand my mind (and hopefully yours) takes me to new places. Heck, there is even a folk tune in this episode! I haven’t included a dance track yet but I’m getting close. Oh, and perhaps with what is becoming an established track record of providing you (my listeners) with mind altering awesome tunes, I should apply for a position as the nation’s musical director! I hear there is going to be an opening….

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #61:

  1. Flora Cash – “And Ever” (Can Summer Love Last Forever?)
  2. Title Tracks – “Not Enough Too Soon” (Long Dream)
  3. Drive Like Maria – “I Wonder If It Goes” (Creator, Preserver, Destroyer)
  4. Amber Run – “White Lie” (For A Moment I Was Lost)
  5. Ten Fé – “Turn” (Hit The Light)
  6. Colony House – “Remembered For” (Only The Lonely)
  7. Republican Hair – “London Swings” (High And Tight)
  8. Mother Mother – “The Drugs” (No Culture (Deluxe Edition))
  9. Strand Of Oaks – “Radio Kids” (Hard Love)
  10. Dune Rats – “6 Pack” (The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit)
  11. The Orwells – “Black Francis” (Terrible Human Beings)
  12. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Sleep Drifter” (Flying Microtonal Banana)
  13. Future Islands – “Ran” (The Far Field)
  14. Refused – “Refused Are Fucking Dead” (The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts)
  15. Emily Kinney – “Molly” (This is War)

And I can’t take it, I can’t take this world without . . . I can’t take it, I can’t take it on my own . . . beyond ability and control we could be weekend lovers steal a sentence and make a catch phrase parole for our revolution whispered all across the street about, about the new cool call


Just For Fun Concerts EP 2017-06 (Episode 60)

Here you go. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 60 returns with another odd ball assortment of songs about subjects not popularly found in contemporary indie-pop-punk-alternative music. A large bunch of tunes from foreigners in this episode should keep things interesting. As always a few punk nuggets but they are balanced with a remarkable bunch of catchy indie pop tracks and a couple of non-hipster cool throwbacks. Of particular note are tracks from Plumtree (whose album catalog is being reissued), Beachheads (formed by members of a black metal act Kvelertak who have put out a garage rock record that is uniformly excellent), and the sophomore record from LA’s Meatbodies. You should find something in this bunch of tunes that shakes your action. If not….check your pulse to see if you are not already dead.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #60:

  1. Plumtree – “Scott Pilgrim” (Plumtree Vinyl Bundle reissues)
  2. Tokyo Police Club – “The Ocean” (Mellon Collie & The Infinite Radness Parts One and Two)
  3. Talisco – “The Race” (Capitol Vision)
  4. A Projection – “No Light” (Framework)
  5. Beachheads – “Una” (Beachheads)
  6. Steady Hands – “Grace” (Rude Boys of Bar Rock)
  7. Uranium Club – “That Clown’s Got A Gun” (All Of Them Naturals)
  8. Shivery Shakes – “Strange Houses” (Three Waves And A Shake)
  9. The Poppers – “In The Morning” (Lucifer)
  10. The Sherlocks – “Was It Really Worth It? (Was It Really Worth It?)
  11. High Contrast – “Shotgun Mouthwash” (T2 Trainspotting (OST))
  12. Meatbodies – “Creature Feature” (Alice)
  13. Ryan Adams – “We Disappear” (Prisoner)
  14. The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (Gimme Danger: The Story of The Stooges)
  15. Sleater Kinney – “Dig Me Out” (Live In Paris)

You’re always right and I’m always wrong you’re always right and I’m always left holding on to the handles of excuses . . . yeah I had a little too much to drink yeah it goes down a little faster than I think.


Just For Fun Concerts EP 2017-05 (Episode 59)

As promised the all (most) all punk version of Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 59 is full of short sharp tracks designed to get your blood boiling, your feet stomping, and start a fight. Some pretty diverse stuff in this episode from the razor gargle of Aurélie from Cocaine Piss to the smooth vocal styling of T.S.O.L’s Jack Grisham. Oh, and there is some occasional swearin’ (see e.g. Ant-Flag ) and possibly socially inappropriate content (Dead Furies) in this episode. So, if you are sensitive, or have children listening to this thing that may be impressionable…then you’ve been warned, eh?

This should cure your post Super Bowl blues. As always…play LOUD!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #59:

  1. Cocaine Piss – “Shiny Pants” (The Dancer)
  2. Angel Du$t – “Upside Down” (Rock The Fuck On Forever)
  3. The Menzingers – “Thick As Thieves” (After The Party)
  4. Sleaford Mods – “Moptop” (English Tapas)
  5. Remainders – “Two Twenty Two” (Remainders)
  6. Noiise – “Passing Time” (The Real Enemy)
  7. T.S.O.L. – The Right Side” (The Trigger Complex)
  8. Dead Furies – “No Talkin’ All Action” (No Talkin’ All Action)
  9. Stuck On The Bridge – “What’s Wrong With You” (Long Live Hard Decisions)
  10. Wyldlife – “Bandida” (Out On Your Block)
  11. Goodfella – “Exterminate” (Don’t Blink)
  12. WSTR – “Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing) (Red, Green or Inbetween)
  13. Anti-Flag – “Die For The Government” (Live, Vol. 1)
  14. Hellacopters – “Television Addict” (Cream of the Crap! Vol. 1)
  15. Ubik – “Shiver” (Ubik Demo)

I held up a liquor store demanded top-shelf metaphors with a sinner’s smile and open arms drop a line to charm the silent alarm… His lawyer said ‘this boy is sick’ ‘blame the ratings for his crime’ they say too much sex and too much violence on the idiot box spoiled his idiot mind.


Just For Fun Concerts EP 2017-04 (Episode 58)

Well, Super Bowl LI is going to happen sometime later today and the Patriots will win 33-30! I know this result is inevitable because I have those numbers in my pool. Regardless of the outcome, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 58 is going to rock a little differently this week. If  you are looking for more eccentric selections of musical compositions not likely to be found on radio but perhaps in a drop box near you soon – then you are in for a treat! A whole hour of sweet treats from dream folk to punk rock with a healthy dose of power pop this week. You’ll get the garage punk rock version next week for the reason below.

There are also no social issues or political rants in these show notes and nor will appear in the future  – you’ll have to go to the blog for those musings. Why? I am trying to keep the peace in a clearly divided political environment and I believe music should heal and not divide. I recently learned from Russell H. that several persons whom view the world differently from me (shocking!!!) were having issues with my altered viewpoint on several social and political issues in the show notes and also with my humble efforts to promote change through discussion and analysis of those various issues.

I am not going to stop writing about stuff I believe is worth discussing or commenting on. I am just going to put my thoughts in a discrete place on the Tales From The Drop Box blog so those who are interested can still access them. My opinions in prior show notes was interfering with some listeners enjoyment of the music in this podcast, which is the very reason I put this thing out. A podcast with no listeners, well, that would be a terrible thing. It would be like….radio. I believe that discourse on current, relevant and important issues is necessary for the common good because one voice added to another promote change and prevents injustice.  I’m just going to put that discourse in a better place.

So, if you are interested in the ravings of an unsound mind, click the link in this podcast or head over to dropboxnotes.net and you can read my latest musings on issues that take my fancy.

On a sad musical note, Hellacopters guitarist Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist, who played for the Swedish garage rock greats for almost a decade died this week at age 40. I’ll play some Hellacopters in the next episode of Tales From The Drop Box so you can hear what a truly great band they were and how Dahlqvist’s guitar playing was essential to that band’s sound. Hellacopters were an exciting band to see live. A very sad day.

This episode is filled with power pop and some lighter tunes to brighten your day. So, turn the music up loud …

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #58:

  1. Tasseomancy – “29 Palms” (Do Easy)
  2. Surfer Blood  “Snowdonia” (Snowdonia)
  3. Palace – “Bitter” (So Long Forever)
  4. Bridges And Powerlines – “Even Killers Need A Home” (National Fantasy)
  5. Close Lobsters – “Under London Skies” (Desire And Signs EP)
  6. Goodbye Fairground – “Leaving The Green House” (I Don’t Belong Here Anymore)
  7. Pseudonym – “Only Life” (Pack of Lies)
  8. We-Are-Z- “Walkaway” (Animal)
  9. Summer Salt – “Summer Salt” (Going Native EP)
  10. Tuns – “Back Among Friends” (Tuns)
  11. Half-Hearted Hero – “Dreams” (Isn’t Real)
  12. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Snake Eyes” (Modern Ruin)
  13. Vanishing Life – “Thinking Weightless” (Surveillance)
  14. Lords of The New Church – “Johnny Too Bad” (Is Nothing Sacred?)
  15. Wildheart  “Heal” (Shine)

You’re just robbin’ and stabbin’ and lootin’ and shooting’ you’re too bad … again and again your breaking me down…why am I bitter bitter bitter.


Just For Fun Concerts EP 2017-03 (Episode 57)

We return for another episode of Tales From The Drop Box whereas persons traveling to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries (including those persons who have visas or green cards or dual citizenship and legally reside in the U.S.) but where FPOS doesn’t have business interests will not be returning for at least 90 days. This is not surprising coming from FPOS as he has indicated that the only immigrants likely to be permitted entry into the U.S. without extreme vetting are from Russia. In a nation of immigrants, apparently the “inconvenience” of being Muslim outweighs the civil liberties of those persons even though they are legally residents of our country.

If Muslim’s are first – who will be next? The parallels to Hitler’s first days in office are startling. The use of executive orders and promoting fear of “Muslims” is identical to the tactics Hitler utilized to manufacture the Jewish threat, promote discrimination, and pass the “Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich” aka “Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich.” This enabling act permitted Hitler and his cabinet to enact legislation, including laws deviating from or altering the constitution, without the consent of the Reichstag. As should be obvious, Trump will shame and bully those whom oppose him and the Republican sheep will fall in line to save their political careers rather than take a stand against hate. Where is the shouting from the butt licking congressional leaders about orders directed to prioritizing Christians over Muslims for entry into the U.S. and promoting fear and hate?

As FPOS has already declared that “persecuted Christian refugees would receive a priority,” and provided this solid analysis:

“They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.” (Id.)

These statements are, of course, untrue, but as we have already observed with FPOS the truth is rarely an impediment if a lie will achieve his objective . At least FPOS is honest in his hatred of those persons who are not like him. Probably, like the other F-nuts in congress, FPOS is confident in his position that religious persecution is acceptable in the new AmeriKKKa. A government ban on the entry of Muslims is a prima facie case of religious persecution. Religious persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.

Maybe I’m not as smart as FPOS, but doesn’t this go against traditional Christian beliefs? Perhaps God hates Muslims too. (Ed. note: Wasn’t this a sign in HBO’s True Blood?) Government sponsored religious intolerance is evil and America went to war to prevent the very form of hate FPOS is now advocating. Of course he will walk his extreme postion back and flop like a fat whale on he beach of the truth, or blame someone else, but hey, he got elected and he did say he would do this %^#^.

What the $&$!! is wrong with this picture?

Fight hatred.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #57:

  1. Priests – “Pink White Houses” (Nothing Feels Natural)
  2. Menace Beach – “Maybe We’ll Drown” (Lemon Memory)
  3. Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart of Life” (Near To The Wild Heart of Life)
  4. Hanni El Khatib – “Baby’s Ok” (Savage Times)
  5. The Regrettes – “I Don’t Like You” (Feel Your Feelings Fool)
  6. Creepseed – “Drug Money” (The Undertone)
  7. Heat – “Lush” (Overnight)
  8. Ty Segall – “The Only One” (Ty Segall)
  9. AFI – “Above The Bridge” (AFI (The Blood Album))
  10. Tristesse Contemporaine – “Let’s Go” (Stop and Start)
  11. Surf Curse – “Doom Generation” (Nothing Yet)
  12. Blue Aeroplanes – “Skin” (Welcome Stranger!)
  13. Split Single – “Untry Love” (Metal Frames)
  14. Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Joy Division – The Complete BBC Sessions)
  15. Teeth & Tongue – “Turn, Turn, Turn (Give Up on Your Health)

Oooh baby my American dream… you are just a cog in the machine and I am just a wet dream…Do you cry out in your sleep? All my failings exposed gets a taste in my mouth
as desperation takes hold and it’s something so good just can’t function no more?


Dropbox Notes January 22, 2017 Part II

Here is Part II for your enjoyment! January’s list of dropbox worthy releases! We are off to  a great start as always happens when we are entering another era of dissent. Here is January’s list:

  1. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life [2017]
  2. Surfur Blood – Snowdonia [2017]
  3. Heat – Overnight [2017]
  4. The XX – I See You [Boxed Set] [2017]
  5. Anti-Flag – Live, Vol. 1 [2017]
  6. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound [2017]
  7. Ty Segall – Ty Segall [2017]
  8. You Me At Six – Night People Splatter White_Blue Gatefold Vinyl LP (Exclusive) [2017]
  9. Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick [2017]
  10. Joan of Arc – He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hand [2017]
  11. Stray Trolleys – Barricades and Angels [2017]
  12. Uniform – Wake in Fright [2017]
  13. Surf Curse – Nothing Yet [2017]
  14. Proper Ornaments – Foxhole [2017]
  15. Foxing – Two [2017]
  16. Dead Furies – No Talkin’ All Action [2017]
  17. Austra – Future Politics [2017]
  18. AFI – AFI (The Blood Album) [2017]
  19. Dot Hacker – N°3 [2017]
  20. Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory [2017]
  21. Murlocs – Young Blindness [2017]
  22. Foxygen – Hang [2017]
  23. WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween [2017]
  24. Uniform – Ghosthouse EP [2016]
  25. Bright Eyes – The Studio Albums 2000-2011 [2016]
  26. Bleeker – Erase You [2016]
  27. Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 1 [2017]
  28. Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten [2017]
  29. Uranium Club – All Of Them Naturals [2017]
  30. Flower Girl – Tuck In Your Tie-Dye [2017]
  31. Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool! [2017]
  32. Slowdive – Star Roving [2017]
  33. Fred Thomas – Changer [2017]
  34. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas [2017]
  35. Menace Beach – Lemon Memory [2017]
  36. No Sun – If Only [2017]
  37. Surf Philosophies – Surf Philosophies [2017]
  38. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural [2017]
  39. Fossil Youth – A Glimpse Of Self Joy [2016]
  40. Billy Idol – BFI Live! [2016]
  41. Wilco – Roadcase 056 (2016-09-02 Seattle, WA) [2016]
  42. Pseudonym –  Pack of Lies [2016]
  43. Dacios – Beyond The Bottom Hour [2016]
  44. LVL UP – Return to Love [2016]
  45. Communist Daughter – The Cracks That Built the Wall [2016]
  46. Justice – Woman [2016]
  47. Title Tracks – Long Dream [2016]
  48. Chook Race – Around the House [2016]
  49. Lapcat – She’s Bad [2016]
  50. Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis EP [2016]

I think we’re going to have a terrific music year if this list is any indication. Stay tuned to Tales From the Dropbox which is available on iTunes, eh?


Dropbox Notes January 22, 2107

Welcome to a new day. After yesterday’s powerful marches in opposition to FPOS, and FPOS’ comments upon those who express dissent and challenge his “reality,” I have come to the inescapable conclusion that this president will continue to lie to the people, denigrate those who speak in opposition, and represent his own self-interests at the expense of the people, including those who elected him.

So, what should we do? As Joey Shithead observed so elegantly, Talk-Action=0. Yesterday the various marches were the talk and now is the time to take action. A revolution didn’t take place with FPOS’ election, rather FPOS’ illegitimate presidency should be spark – a call to action – to eliminate evil wherever it resides even when that evil resides in the people’s house. The revolution begins with we the people.

I am posting this update in three parts to make for easier searching. The first, is the December Dropbox worthy releases which I hope you enjoyed. You can always preview most of these by catching the podcasts for December. If you see something I missed that you think should be added or you’d like to hear, let me know by dropping me a note! The second part will be this months list full of new gems to discover. Finally, part 3 of this flurry of posts will be the list of my top 50 albums of 2016 – a list I guarantee you will be different than those you’ve viewed already!

Here is December’s list:

  1. Ryan Adams – Prisoner [2017]
  2. Afghan Whigs – Black Love (20th Anniversary Edition) [2016]
  3. Blossoms – Blossoms (Extended Edition) [2016]
  4. Radkey – Delicious Rock Noise [2016]
  5. Vanishing Life – Surveillance [2016]
  6. Sunset Sons – Very Rarely Say Die (Deluxe) [2016]
  7. Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances [2016]
  8. Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations [2016]
  9. Boy And Bear – Live At The Hordern Pavilion [2016]
  10. Men – Devil Music [2016]
  11. Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space – Bloody Unholy Christmas [2016]
  12. Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis EP [2016]
  13. Cavemen – Born To Hate [2016]
  14. Republic of Rock’n Roll – Upside Down [2016]
  15. Le Wolves – Le Wolves [2016]
  16. Pretty Hurts – ST LP [2016]
  17. Trashcan Sinatras – Wild Pendulum [2016]
  18. Petrol Girls – Talk of Violence [2016]
  19. Terry Malts – Lost At The Party [2016]
  20. Sad13 – Slugger [2016]
  21. Pennywise – Nineteen Eighty Eight [2016]
  22. American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth [2016]
  23. Berwanger – Exorcism Rock [2016]
  24. Superweaks – Better Heavens [2016]
  25. Suburban Homes – The Suburban Homes – …Are Bored EP [2016]
  26. Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Album [2016]
  27. Tyvek – Origin of What [2016]
  28. Cryptics – Make Me Digital [2016]
  29. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee [2016]
  30. La Sera – Queens [2016]
  31. Public Access TV – Never Enough [2016]
  32. EZTV – High in Place [2016]
  33. Joy Formidable – Sleep Is Day [2016]
  34. Paper Route – Real Emotion [2016]
  35. Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die [2016]
  36. Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave [2016]
  37. Ball Park Music – Every Night the Same Dream [2016]
  38. Bear Mountain – Badu [2016]
  39. Darkhaus – When Sparks Ignite [2016]
  40. Feral Ohms – Live In San Francisco [2016]
  41. Casper Skulls – Lips & Skulls [2016]
  42. Nada Surf – Peaceful Ghosts; Live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg [2016]
  43. Nouvelle Vague – I Could Be Happy [2016]
  44. Cows – Cunning Stunts (1992, Reissue) [2016]
  45. Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit [2016]
  46. Tigercub – Abstract Figures In The Dark [2016]
  47. STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere [2016]
  48. Pack A.D. – Positive Thinking [2016]
  49. Sshh – Issues [2016]
  50. Griswolds – High Times for Low Lives [2016]

Stay tuned for this months list!