Tales From The Drop Box Episode 152 (2019-19)

As I mentioned last episode week, I have been able to line up a few shows with a selection of some cool tracks, some going back to last year. I am truly excited about the massive amount of genuinely interesting music coming out. Sure, it comes in all shapes and sizes. Some is hype worthy, but the majority of new music is missed in the wave that is releases on a daily basis. Thank goodness I am not a music-journalist. I think it would be difficult to come up with new ways to describe what must be heard. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 152 is must listening. Just like all of the episodes in this series – the goal is a humble one: to expose you to 15 tracks each week by bands you might have only heard in passing and are putting out songs that merit your attention. That’s it. Sure, I genre hop around quite a bit. Everything I play can almost be classified as rock – a pretty darn big descriptor. Sure, there is not much metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, djent, black metal, viking progressive metal and certainly no classical, country, rap or hip-hop. It is a very diverse world, and I tend to spend quite a bit of time in the center – a mix of punk, pop, folk, indie rock and alternative. I find it fascinating that you can with very little practice, neatly classify an accumulation of sounds as belonging to a particular musical genre. Genres are merely emotional filters to assist the listener in accessing the “fight or flight” response, or more aptly as The Clash put it – should I stay or should I go?

I hope you stay.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 152:

  1. Neurotic Fiction – “Loose End” (Pulp Music)
  2. Mutemath – “Voice In The Silence” (Voice In The Silence EP)
  3. Anteros – “Call Your Mother” (When We Land)
  4. The Pale White – “End of Time” (Take Me To The Strange EP)
  5. Meliora – “A Face That Toils So Close To Stones” (Everything’s Amazing Nobody’s Happy)
  6. Bony Macaroni – “Doom” (Bony Macaroni EP)
  7. Brat Farrar – “I Don’t Know What To Say (Unreleased)” (Trash On: A Tribute To P. Trash Records)
  8. Sophie Auster – “Dance With Me” (Next Time)
  9. Cari Cari – Summer Sun” (Anaana)
  10. Public Practice – “Bad Girl(s)” (Distance Is A Mirror)
  11. Moving Units – “Dragon’s Blood” (This Is Six)
  12. The Heck – “That Moon” (Who? The Heck!!)
  13. Bisån – “Turn It Up” (Became Mountain)
  14. Bluebells – “Cath” (Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989)
  15. Amyl & The Sniffers – “Monsoon Rock” (Amyl & The Sniffers)

I looked to the gutter, I looked to the drain everywhere I looked, it was all the same
we can’t control the weather . . . so weary and low I’m sad to the core of all your lying and I’ll have no more

KFR

 

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 151 (2019-18)

I am gravely concerned that my day job interferes with my enjoyment. I am seriously considering abandoning work altogether. This plan would permit me to engage in having more fun i.e. doing things that give me pleasure. Now, I just have to figure out how to eat. No one informed me that working and eating go together. But music and sloth do! I’d like to spend my days f_ing around listening to music. It would be simple. However, until I can get the axis of my life to all rotate in the same direction, this is podcast is going to have to serve as the fun in between work. Like a sandwich. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 151 sandwiches 15 songs into about an hour of time. It is fun. It is filled with a bunch of cool bands you’ve probably not heard much about or have yet to discover. So, strap in, play loud and shake a tale feather while immersing yourself into the groovy tunes. Enjoy slothfulness.

I’m sorry I was away for a couple of weeks. I’m back. So are you. Are we good?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 151:

  1. Mexico City Blondes – “Road Noise” (Blush)
  2. The Prescriptions – “Hollywood Gold” (Hollywood Gold)
  3. Th’ Losin Streaks – “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down ((This Band Will Self Destruct In) T-Minus)
  4. Reese McHenry – Bye Bye Baby” (No Dados)
  5. The Valley Lodge – “True” (Fog Machine)
  6. Finches of Attica – “Behind Below” (Far From Like Myself)
  7. Just Pacific – “Bang” (Virgo)
  8. All Gonna Die – “Traitor” (Traitor)
  9. Allister – “Moper” (Best Of . . . 20 Years And Counting)
  10. Spiral Stairs – “The Fool” (We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized)
  11. Writhing Squares – “Steely Eyed Missile Man” (Outside Of The Ether)
  12. Foxgrave – “Upper” (Dichotomy)
  13. Radar State – “Anywhere” (Strays)
  14. Generation X – “Kiss Me Deadly (2019 Remaster)” (Generation X)
  15. Melby – “Always” (None Of This Makes me Worry)

Take control of the population boom it’s in your living room keep a generation gap
try wearing a cap . . . and soon we forget about the way we looked, the dumb things that mattered as our lives just slipped away . . .

 

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 150 (2019-17)

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:

  1. Drahla – “Gilded Cloud” (Useless Coordinates)
  2. Winnetka Bowling League – “Sixteen” (Cloudy With A Chance of Sun EP)
  3. The Wheel Workers – “Nothing To Say” (Post-Truth)
  4. The Ramonas – “2016 F_ck This” (First World Problems)
  5. Authority Zero – “A Blind Eye” (Persona Non Grata)
  6. Priors – “Call For You” (Call For You EP)
  7. The Guiding Wave – “Instrument” (To Dance Around Love EP)
  8. Of Grace And Hatred – “Nourish The Curtain” (Toxic Vows)
  9. Bad Religion – “End Of History” (Age Of Unreason)
  10. Dead Bars – “I’m A Regular” (Regulars)
  11. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider” (End Of Suffering)
  12. Danko Jones – “I’m In A Band” (A Rock Supreme)
  13. Fury – “Inevitable Need To Reach Out” (Failed Entertainment)
  14. Dead Kennedys – “Holiday In Cambodia (Live)” (DK40)
  15. 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 . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 149 (2019-16)

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:

  1. Your’s Truly – “Circles” (Afterglow EP)
  2. Mozes & The Firstborn – “Sad Supermarket Song” (Dadcore)
  3. Ratboy – “Don’t Hesitate” (Internationally Unknown)
  4. The Grip Weeds – “Casual Observer (To A Crime)” (Trip Around The Sun)
  5. Sidekicks – “Weed Tent” (Happiness Hours)
  6. Wolfhounds – “Happy Shopper” (Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions)
  7. Fight Back Mountain – “Nothing Is Okay” (Times Beach)
  8. The Short Fuses – “You Ain’t Shit” (Dawn Of The Deaf)
  9. The Briefs – “She’s A Rat” (Platinum Rats)
  10. Morning Harvey – “Lights Camera Gina” (With The Pinstripes)
  11. Burn Burn Burn! – “Gold Chains and Party Shirts” (Chosen Family)
  12. Valleyheart – “Heaven & Hell” (Everyone I’ve Ever Loved)
  13. Steve Adamyk Band – “The Letter” (Paradise)
  14. Stiff Little Fingers – “Each Dollar A Bullet” (Flags & Emblems)
  15. 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’ . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 148 (2019-15)

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:

  1. And The Kids – “No Way Sit Back” (When This Life Is Over)
  2. Halcyon Drive – “Loosen Up” (Elephant Bones)
  3. Pkew Pkew Pkew – “The Polynesian” (Optimal Lifestyles)
  4. The Father Figures – “Ego vs Ego” (How Did We Get Here?)
  5. The Murlocs – “Wondrous Star” (Old Locomotive)
  6. Susto – “Weather Balloons” (Ever Since I Lost My Mind)
  7. Aqualung – “Complicated” (Additional Futures EP)
  8. Priors – “Sunshine” (New Pleasure)
  9. Freak Genes – “Now It’s Done” (III)
  10. Crows – “Chain of Being” (Silver Tongues)
  11. Free Throw – “The Corner’s Dilemma” (What’s Past Is Prologue)
  12. Cayucas – “Girl” (Real Life)
  13. Philadelphia Dynamite – “Hit Down” (Let It Out)
  14. Big Country – “Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)” (Why The Long Face (Deluxe Edition)
  15. 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

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 147 (2019-14)

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:

  1. Ex Hex – “Radiate” (It’s Real)
  2. Public Theatre – “Ghosts” (Otherside)
  3. Buck Gooter – “Peace Siren” (Finer Thorns)
  4. Carré-Court – “Nothing” (Out Of The Bloom)
  5. Bad Bad Hats – “Wide Right” (Wide Right EP)
  6. Chelsea Deadbeat Combo – “Fucked Up And Wasted” (Perspectives)
  7. Perkele – “Winner” ( Leaders of Tomorrow)
  8. The Castor Troys – “We Are One” (Legends Never Die)
  9. Institute – “Cheap Time Morals” (Beat Session Vol. 6)
  10. Basement – “Be Here Now” (Be Here Now b/w Are You The One 7”)
  11. Fontaines D.C. – Too Real” (Dogrel)
  12. Ty Segall – “Squealer” (Deforming Lobes)
  13. Viagra Boys – “Down In The Basement” (Street Worms)
  14. 999 – “Damp With Tears” (Takeover)
  15. 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”
KFR

 

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