So it has been a month since the last episode of Tales From The Drop Box was posted. I think the break was just long enough to be enjoyable and definitely long enough to re-charge my batteries for the upcoming year. In short, I am glad to be back! I am truly excited about the prospects for music in 2019 as there are a number of new releases that preorders have just gone up including new albums by Teenage Bottlerocket, Pup, Tame Impala, Lemonheads and finally last week a hint of a new King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard release shortly. We were truly spoiled by their 5LPs released in 2017.
What was missing from last year’s episodes that I didn’t get to play for you? Well, I’m glad you asked! Before we get to this year’s new music releases, this episode is a look back in order to pick up a few tracks from the end of last year that you might have missed. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 134 is as usual filled with a pretty broad spectrum of music encompassing some folk, pop, indie rock, punk rock. The true surprise however is this episode’s throwback track which is from The Kids, who are a European first wave punk rock act that never made any impact in America. That said, for most listeners this will be your introduction to a terrific rock act that are still playing hook filled punk rock for 40 years. Honestly, they are a band that should not be forgotten and if you missed them you can run right out (or stay home and download) and buy their reissued back catalog.
Finally, this episode is also dedicated to the memory of Teresa Ryan, better known as Lorna Doom, the bass player of the Germs who passed away last week. I only caught the Germs live once (I think in 1979) but the memory of that performance is indelibly etched in my memory. That show was sloppy, funny, and chaotic. Simply, magical. Lorna was an important figure in Los Angles punk rock and a role model for many who followed her in the early L.A. scene. Her contributions to the scene were never truly given their due but hopefully history will be kind and recognize her important role is the growing punk pantheon as well as her contributions to the legendary Germs.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #134:
- Wargirl – “How You Feel” (Wargirl)
- Bad Nostalgia – “Patricia” (Silent Through The Fall)
- Welshy Arms – “Wild” (No Place Is Home)
- Smokescreens – “Falling Down” (Used To Yesterday)
- Spirit Animal – “BST FRNDS” (Born Yesterday)
- Blood On Wheels – “Don’t Wanna” (Blood Money)
- Civic – “Pleasure” (Those Who No EP)
- Boygenius – “Bite The Hand” (Boygenius EP)
- Kælan Mikla– “Skuggadans” (Nótt eftir nótt)
- Choke The Pope – “Fuck You” (Who Cares?)
- C.I.A. – “Pleasure Seeker” (C.I.A.)
- Big Bliss – “Constants” (At Middle Distance)
- Sports Bar – “Is It Strange? (Stranger In My Mind)
- The Kids – “The City Is Dead” (Naughty Kids)
- Sister Sparrow – “Ghost” (Gold)
I can’t hear you, you’re too far away I can’t see you, the light is in my face I can’t touch you, I wouldn’t if I could . . . Lights out on this endless sunny day (You trippin’, you trippin’, you trippin’) Plastic queens and palm trees on parade . . .