Wow! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 150! I am not sure how I arrived at this point, but I can guarantee you that I enjoyed the adventure. After 150 episodes of these podcasts, the sheer quality of new music being released never ceases to amaze and inspire me. It is truly sad that a number of these artists and bands will disappear because they didn’t fit the format of whatever the heck radio wants to play. However, the more than 150 hours of these shows is evidence of what radio misses. Further, Tales From The Drop Box has captured approximately 2000 different bands over the past 4 years. Among them are a disproportionately large number of artists (many of which will never have the radio spotlight pointed their way) deserving to be heard! Maybe future generations will discover these lost gems and pay those discoveries forward. A society is represented by its music and culture and Tales From The Drop Box has presented over the past 4 years this most under represented segment of musical culture.
As I move on beyond these first 150 episodes, I hope to continue to bring you more of the unfiltered, poignant, catchy as hell, unexposed genius that catches my fancy – and hopefully yours as well.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 150:
Drahla – “Gilded Cloud” (Useless Coordinates)
Winnetka Bowling League – “Sixteen” (Cloudy With A Chance of Sun EP)
The Wheel Workers – “Nothing To Say” (Post-Truth)
The Ramonas – “2016 F_ck This” (First World Problems)
Authority Zero – “A Blind Eye” (Persona Non Grata)
Priors – “Call For You” (Call For You EP)
The Guiding Wave – “Instrument” (To Dance Around Love EP)
Of Grace And Hatred – “Nourish The Curtain” (Toxic Vows)
Bad Religion – “End Of History” (Age Of Unreason)
Dead Bars – “I’m A Regular” (Regulars)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider” (End Of Suffering)
Danko Jones – “I’m In A Band” (A Rock Supreme)
Fury – “Inevitable Need To Reach Out” (Failed Entertainment)
Dead Kennedys – “Holiday In Cambodia (Live)” (DK40)
Empath – “Roses That Cry” (Active Listening: Night On Earth)
So, you’ve been to school for a year or two and you know you’ve seen it all in daddy’s car
thinking you’ll go far . . . Halcyon days are not a thing nostalgia is no excuse for stupidity
I don’t believe in golden ages or presidents that put kids in cages . . .
I think I’m getting the hang of this. Tales From The Drop Box 149 contains the perfect song mix. Not really. I am playing a bunch of songs that I think you’ll like and perhaps if enough of you spread the word, then these songs will find a new life – long after I am gone. It is truly unfortunate that so few people will actually discover the genius in these artists, many who will call it a day before their genius is discovered. Not all of the tracks in this show are genius…that is not the point. Rather, I’m playing some songs I believe in, for any number of reasons. None are perfect (except perhaps the Otoboke Beaver track). Perfection is not the standard for rock n roll. Give these tracks a chance, buy an album, spin the record, and be transported.
As always, crank this mother up. Music is for feeling, not just listening.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 149:
Your’s Truly – “Circles” (Afterglow EP)
Mozes & The Firstborn – “Sad Supermarket Song” (Dadcore)
Stiff Little Fingers – “Each Dollar A Bullet” (Flags & Emblems)
Otoboke Beaver – “I’m Tired Of Your Repeating Story” (Itekoma Hits)
Each dollar a bullet each victim someone’s son and Americans kill Irishmen
as surely as if they fired the gun . . . .I cannot help but feel a tremor
when I buy oatmeal at the store because the radio is jammin’ . . .
A little something for your Cinqo de Mayo after party, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 148 is a pop filled affair. Sure there is a sprinkling of puck rock, from Pkew Pkew Pkew, Priors and Free Throw but the main focus is on the indie rock, indie pop with some tunes from Halcyon Drive, Aqualung, And the Kids and Hooverphonic to lighten the mood. Don’t worry, its still a traditional Tales From The Drop Box episode. i.e. filled with a selection of tracks not likely played on radio in your hometown unless you live in the most musically diverse rock town, ever. Episode 148 is also rocking the free world with tracks from Philadelphia Dynamite from Helsinki Finland and Melbourne Australia’s Murlochs.
Oh… and Game of Thrones S8 EP4? WTF? I though winter was coming. You mean it is over already?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 148:
And The Kids – “No Way Sit Back” (When This Life Is Over)
Halcyon Drive – “Loosen Up” (Elephant Bones)
Pkew Pkew Pkew – “The Polynesian” (Optimal Lifestyles)
The Father Figures – “Ego vs Ego” (How Did We Get Here?)
The Murlocs – “Wondrous Star” (Old Locomotive)
Susto – “Weather Balloons” (Ever Since I Lost My Mind)
Aqualung – “Complicated” (Additional Futures EP)
Priors – “Sunshine” (New Pleasure)
Freak Genes – “Now It’s Done” (III)
Crows – “Chain of Being” (Silver Tongues)
Free Throw – “The Corner’s Dilemma” (What’s Past Is Prologue)
Cayucas – “Girl” (Real Life)
Philadelphia Dynamite – “Hit Down” (Let It Out)
Big Country – “Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)” (Why The Long Face (Deluxe Edition)
Hooverphonic – “Horrible Person” (Looking For Stars)
The kind of place you don’t go without reason I heard it gets rough here in the off-season it’s the kind of place we might not get out alive it’s just somewhere to stop on a real long drive . . . Homeless left in silence described as defiant migrants in confinement feared by the tyrant
So, I have a midweek episode for you! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 147 mixes up some pure pop in the form of a new track from Bad Bad Hats against some pure psychedelic garage from Ty Segall and this is juxtaposed against the pure post-pink/punk rock of the Viagra Boys. It’s a good ride, and for a Wednesday should make the drive time home a much more pleasant experience. So, while you are parked in traffic, roll down your window, turn up the stereo, and share this latest episode with your neighbors!
As you already know and it bears repeating, if the music truly mattered then radio stations would actually play good music.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 147:
Ex Hex – “Radiate” (It’s Real)
Public Theatre – “Ghosts” (Otherside)
Buck Gooter – “Peace Siren” (Finer Thorns)
Carré-Court – “Nothing” (Out Of The Bloom)
Bad Bad Hats – “Wide Right” (Wide Right EP)
Chelsea Deadbeat Combo – “Fucked Up And Wasted” (Perspectives)
Perkele – “Winner” ( Leaders of Tomorrow)
The Castor Troys – “We Are One” (Legends Never Die)
Institute – “Cheap Time Morals” (Beat Session Vol. 6)
Basement – “Be Here Now” (Be Here Now b/w Are You The One 7”)
Fontaines D.C. – Too Real” (Dogrel)
Ty Segall – “Squealer” (Deforming Lobes)
Viagra Boys – “Down In The Basement” (Street Worms)
999 – “Damp With Tears” (Takeover)
Witching Waves – “Disintegration” (Persistence)
Look back, close your starry eyes like you want to free fall from the crystal skies yeah, I know you don’t wanna dance alone . . . You say that you can’t communicate everything’s wrong, everything that you say she said “I can’t speak to you feels like you’re someone else for most of the time”