Now that school is in session for another year, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 116 is also gearing up for fall with the latest trends and styles…. not likely. Here you will find a selection of music loved by your host, Mr. Belding, that have been released relatively recently and that you are unlikely to find on the radio or in some Spotify playlist. Someone asked me what the purpose of the show is. Purpose? WTF? I have an objective, not a purpose. The objective is to bring you the best new music while focused on the music and the musicians, not their social life, nor their Instagram worthiness. I do not care who they are dating. The only critical analysis in these podcasts is related to my enjoyment i.e. that a record connects with me on an emotional level i.e. joy, sadness, happy, anger, etc. Music is emotional and I believe that it is meant to be experienced on both physical and emotional levels. The best songs make you want to move, to sing-a-long, to think about the lyrics. That is, they connect with you on multiple levels. I know that some of these tracks may not make an instant connection. Some tracks you may never connect with because of mood, time, or the energy it takes to make that connection. Some tracks may leave you cold. I get it. However, I appreciate that you still follow along, looking for that diamond track – the one song that sparkles and shines and that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. I’m looking to bring you joy. These songs do that for me. This podcast is simply my effort to share my experience with you. That’s it.
Also, for those of you who were not here at the beginning, sometimes these notes are a version of a public forum. That is, these notes are where I, on occasion, share my perspective on various matters. In general they concern current legal, political, or ethical issues and I and often explore their intersection looking for a fresh perspective on a topic or bringing attention to an important ( at least in my mind) issue. Sometimes these notes are simply Trump bashing. I also know that Trump is a truly easy target.The Trump bashing is simply my way of adding my voice to a permanent record of the shit show this President has created and the dangers of an uniformed electorate who vote for a pathologically and chronic lying sack of shit who is also morally bankrupt and corrupt. Feel free to fact check the last statement. The only portion that I believe, at this point in time, is purely opinion is that Trump is also corrupt. Everything else is fact. Don’t get hung up on the morally bankrupt contention – this fact is self-proving. Given this past week’s disclosure of the immunity deals for Trump’s inner circle of crooks, I’m feeling confident that the “corrupt” aspect of my statement will also prove to be a fact as well.
So, if you are sensitive, do not want to read my perspective, then skip these notes. I’m good with it if you are! I am positive that if you are listening to this podcast that you also have ideas, opinions, and thoughts of your own that are also interesting, intelligent and amusing (see how I did that?) and perhaps you can drop me a note expressing some of those thoughts.
If all you are interested in is the music, then be assured that Tales From The Drop Box is only about the music but the notes may not be about the music at all. Does it make sense now?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #116:
- The Ballroom Thieves – “Almost Love” (Paper Crown EP)
- The Sufis – “All Knowing” (After Hours)
- The Shins – “Mildenhall (Flipped)” (The Worms Heart)
- Palace Winter – “The Ballroom” (Nowadays)
- Sweet Reaper – “Black Widow” (Sidekick)
- La Luz – “Don’t Leave Me On The Earth” (Floating Features)
- Poptone – “Mirror People” (Poptone)
- Dearist – “Shame” (Sonder)
- Middle Kids – “Bought It” (Lost Friends)
- Better Half – “Fixate” (Maybe I Was Wrong EP)
- Slapshot – “Make America Hate Again” (Make America Hate Again)
- The Coronas – “Not Sure How To Lie” (Reprise EP)
- Pet Symmetry – “Ends With Benefits” (Reflection)
- Plasmatics – “Butcher Baby” (Butcher Baby b/w Fast Food Service 7”)
- Gouge Away – “Only Friend” (Burnt Sugar)
Butcher baby dressed up in red, butcher baby messed in your head . . . the mirror people, know not how to cry so they scream, the mirror people scream inside