Tales From The Drop Box Episode 146 (2019-13)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 146 has a really good mix of juicy new music! This episode features a number of very recent releases, most from this past month. As you probably are a little worn out from Record Store Day (RSD) held on April 13, these tracks are from bands not involved in that special day, such as new Cherry Pickles, Band of Skulls, Audacity, Yawpers, Cage The Elephant, Clowns and D.O.A. Whew!

As for Record Store Day, I have found that the RSD releases, for the most part, miss the mark on bringing forth truly special offerings. The focus is clearly on reissues (although the Flaming Lips released a new album!) and this year there were very few gems to be found amidst the more than 500 releases that also justified the inflated prices. For me the following were the true gems:

  • Pixies front-person Frank Black reissues of his first two records ( Frank Black & Teenage Of The Year) received their first U.S. release having only appeared on CD here when initially released.
  • Hockey Dad reissue of their debut EP which is impossible to find in the U.S and released on “glow-in-the-dark” vinyl with a couple of bonus tracks.
  • UK duo Insides debut album “Euphoria” which was released in very small quantities in 1993 and trading for hundreds of $$, gets another very limited release on 2000 foil-stamped numbered copies.
  • Iggy Pop live show from the Hippodrome in Paris recorded September 23, 1977 during the “Lust For Life” tour is a 2LP that demonstrates Iggy at his peak in my opinion. I had a bootleg of this excellent radio show, but this is a direct master from the original 1st generation tapes is spectacular.
  • Joe Strummer EP containing two tracks ‘Forbidden City (Demo)’ and ‘Cool Impossible’ recorded at Rockfield Studio in 1993. This is a follow up to the excellent ‘Joe Strummer 001’ which was the first compilation to span the entirety of Strummer’s recording career outside of his recordings with The Clash featuring remastered and unreleased recordings from the 101ers, The Mescaleros, solo albums, soundtracks, and rarities.
  • Ramones special RSD releases continue again this year with the first vinyl release of Live At The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79). This show first appeared on CD only as part of the Road To Ruin 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. This recording of the Ramones entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, was mixed live by Ed Stasium and broadcast on WNEW-FM with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette soundboard recording.

There were also some other recordings of note including live shows by the Blasters and Matthew Sweet, Green Day’s show from Woodstock 1994 gets a polishing and release, and Idles’ Meat and Meta EPs are released on vinyl for the first time. Hopefully record company greed will not prevail and they will truly try to find a balance that justifies the inflated prices for these releases.

So, what about Episode 146, you ask? You are going to smile as you listen because the songs are so good! I promise you!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 146:

  1. Cherry Pickles – “Let’s Be Bad” (Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples)
  2. Colly – “You” (I Can’t Sleep At Night)
  3. Band of Skulls – “Cool Your Battles” (Love Is All You Love)
  4. Audacity – “Red Rum” (Bewildered Heart EP)
  5. Yawpers – “Forgiveness Through Pain” (Human Question)
  6. Ages & Ages – “Needle and Thread” (Me You They We)
  7. The Foreign Resort – “Send Your Heart To The Riot” (Outnumbered)
  8. Martha – “Curly & Raquel” (Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart)
  9. The Thlyds – “Pure Pop Single” (The Great British Fuck Off”
  10. Kakkmaddafakka – “Runaway Girl” (Diplomacy)
  11. Cage The Elephant – “Broken Boy” (Social Cues)
  12. Arre! Arre! – “All Time Low” (Tell Me All About Them)
  13. Clowns – “Soul For Sale” (Nature/Nurture)
  14. D.O.A. – “The Enemy (Demo)” (1978)
  15. PassCode – “Ray” (Clarity)
I was burned by the cold kiss of a vampire I was bit by the whisper of a soft liar
any good friend of yours is a good friend of mine . . . 親しんだ矛盾取り出して
投げつけて 引き剥がして give me the time of my life, right now…
KFR

 

 

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 145 (2019-12)

This episode is a little late as the day job interfered with ita production. However, I am going to cure the delay by filling Tales From The Drop Box Episode 145 with some juicy tracks from Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space and Tropical Fuckstorm – two bands who deserve a little more air time. Record Store Day was yesterday. The only real complaint that I have is the amount of price gouging that is taking take place. It is bad enough that the releases are somewhat iffy, but it is an insult to charge $40.00 for an official bootleg. If you checked the list, a number of the releases this year are bootlegs e.g. Ramones, Iggy Pop, Stereophonics, The Alarm, Johnny Thunders etc. Record Store Day may become a victim of its own success. Too bad that the major labels have gone out of their way to screw up a good thing. Enough about them. There is enough good stuff being released without the nonsense of record collecting. It is the music that matters, no matter how it is delivered. Episode 145 definitely delivers the goods with some solid left of the dial tunes. I guarantee it.

Here is what you’ll here in Episode 145:

  1. Holly Golightly – “Satan Is His Name” (Do The Get Along)
  2. Dan Vapid and The Cheats – “Bittersweet” (Three)
  3. The Drums – “Body Chemistry” (Brutalism)
  4. Mansun – “Special/Blown It (Delete As Appropriate)” (Six (21st Anniversary Edition))
  5. Young & Sick – “No Good” (Ohh My Ghosts EP)
  6. Zombie Met Girl – “Black Rabbit” (Super Atomic Werewolf)
  7. Tropical Fuckstorm – “Chameleon Paint” (A Laughing Death In Meatspace)
  8. Liily – “I Can Fool Anybody In Ths Town” (I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP)
  9. Zebrahead – “Party On The Dancefloor” (Brain Invaders)
  10. Scott Sellers – “The Need To Breathe” (Being Strange)
  11. Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space – “Bela Kiss” (All These Fiendish Things)
  12. Grandchildren – “OK, I’m Waiting” (Grandchildren)
  13. Slaughter Boys – “Another Zero” (Slaughter Boys)
  14. Charged GBH – “Not Enough Hate” (Church Of The Truly Warped)
  15. Seena Sheep Skin – “Lapis Lazuli” (Fake Fur)

Come incite some violence I’m bored of diplomacy suffocating silence the curse, no dignity the meek, the weak . . . Satan is the name she goes by there’s a lotta devil in her eye kiss a fire that burns you up

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 144 (2019-11)

I am a little late this week with this Episode, but the delay is well worth the wait in my totally biased and not very humble opinion. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 144 is a mellow-ish affair but still contains a few rockers. Heck, I’m playing Slash feat. Lemmy and The Cramps so it cannot be all that mellow. There is also a couple of fairly recent releases in this episode including new tracks by Bis, The Coathangers, Martha and the very entertaining The Fews. These tracks are packed at the front end of the episode. I then stuffed a couple of gems from late last year on the end. I had a plan for this show, so you’ll ;et me know if it works, right?

Take a chance on new romance and give this episode a spin!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 144:

  1. Bis – “The Big Sunshine” (Slight Disconnect)
  2. The Coathangers – “Hey Buddy” (The Devil You Know)
  3. The Bouncing Souls – “Home” (Crucial Moments EP)
  4. Martha – “Lucy Shone A Light On You” (Love Keeps Kicking)
  5. The Fews – “Anything Else” (Into Red)
  6. The Delaneys – “Sickness” (Damage Control)
  7. Slash – “Doctor Alibi (feat Lemmy Kilmister)” (Conspiracy Series Volume 1)
  8. Dorothy Lane – “Deliver” (My Old Friend)
  9. The Beat featuring Dave Wakeling – “Here We Go Love” (Here We Go Love)
  10. Mental Reservation – “This Empty House” (Berlin)
  11. She Makes War – “Devastate Me” (Brace For Impact)
  12. Bel Heir – “Graduation” (Don’t Turn This Record Down)
  13. The Shadracks – “When I Can’t Remember” (The Shadracks)
  14. The Cramps – “The Cramps Stomp” (Big Beat From Badsville)
  15. Young Romance – “Dark Of My Shadow” (Don’t Look)
I went to see the doctor he said you’re pretty sick you got some real bad habits
you’d better stop … Living in a fucking fairy tale seems I’m not the one . . .
KFR