Tales From The Drop Box Episode 138 (2019-05)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 138 is filled with slightly off kilter lunacy. Working with no plan, this episode arrives at your inbox as a mix tape of sonic goodness. There is still several tracks released last year in this episode because these tracks are just too good to not be heard by you. There are also several new tracks I think you are going to love, because they are so darned catchy you can’t ignore them. Among these new tracks are offerings from Makhaverskan, the Spielbergs and the inimitable Cocaine Piss. As this podcast has evolved over the past couple of years one thing hasn’t changed – the unknown should be familiar to you by now.  For example, I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of New Zealand punk rock act the Dum Dum Boys before. They are the creators of this week’s throwback track and illustrate the impact of the initial punk rock explosion of 1976-1977 in NYC and London on the colonies.

Somehow I think it all works.

Music has the power to heal. However, it can’t fix radio.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #138:

  1. Makhaverskan – “Demands” (Demands b/w Onkel 7’’)
  2. Wallflower – “I Wish Spring Would Last Forever” (Ever After)
  3. The Paper Kites – “On The Corner Where You Live” (On The Corner Where You Live)
  4. Swampmeat Family Band – “Suzie Stop Saucin’” (Too Many Things To Hide)
  5. Human People – “Jenny” ( Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears)
  6. Sloppy Jane – King Mitis” (Willow)
  7. Mike Kroll – “Power Chords” (Power Chords)
  8. Lovelytheband – “Coachella” (Finding It Hard To Smile)
  9. Silverstein – “The Afterglow” ( The Afterglow/Aquamarine EP)
  10. Garbage feat John Doe & Exene Cervenka – “Destroying Angels” ( Destroying Angels b/w Starman 7’’)
  11. Arndales – “Prestige Pricing” ( Shops)
  12. Hello Atlantic – “Night Life” ( Night Life EP)
  13. Spielbergs – “We’re All Coming To Die” ( This Is Not The End)
  14. The Dum Dum Boys – “Escape From Hell” (Let There Be Noise)
  15. Cocaine Piss – “Pretty Pissed” (My Cake EP)

The day was nearly over they were hosing down the house they caught sight of her poor body in the rushes and the mud . . . I’ve been stuck for some time been chasing lies most of my life ’cause I’m a daydreamer stuck in a nightmare

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 137 (2019-04)

Another week and another new episode of Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 137 continues the trend of the past couple of episodes as it contains a couple of brand new tracks and a couple from last year. Of course, there is always one classic track. This week that track is from the Buzzcocks recently remastered version of their 1978 debut LP Another Music In A Different Kitchen. With Pete Shelley passing away a couple of weeks ago, the aging punk community lost a pioneer. The Buzzcocks much more than the Sex Pistols, produced the archetype sound for modern punk rock. If you are a young band looking for a “sound” then “Moving Away From The Pulsebeat” could be the blueprint for developing your own variant of punk rock. If you want to hear some more music from the Buzzcocks, then check out Tales From The Drop Box Episode 69 which is an episode dedicated to the Buzzcocks and what makes them special!

Lastly, someone recently asked me what the nonsense is at the end of these notes. Go ahead, scroll down, take a look and then come back. That “nonsense” is the result of the combination of the lyrics from two tracks played in each episode. I enjoy the happenstance of changing the meaning of both songs into something new. That’s it. No deeper meaning or rationale.

As you are aware, music is best enjoyed using all of your senses. You should not only hear it, but you should feel it. So, as always, play loud…. really loud.

NB: If you are in the presence of sensitive ears, then maybe turn down the first track a little bit. Terri Gender Bender uses the mother_ker word, eh? There might be other sensitive words along the way, but not frequent. Forewarned is forearmed.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #137:

  1. Le Butcherettes – “little/Mouse” (bi/Mental)
  2. Dot Dash – “Sun + Moon = Disguise” (Proto Retro)
  3. Exbats – “2027” (E is for Exbats)
  4. Alkaline Trio – “Throw Me To The Lions” (Is This Thing Cursed?)
  5. Brogues – “1982” (Metropolitan Blues)
  6. Smallpools – “Social” (So Social)
  7. Unloved – “Heartbreak” (Heartbreak)
  8. The Living End – “Otherside” (Wunderbar)
  9. Calva Louise – “Cruel Girl” (Rhinoceros)
  10. Northern Labour Party – “No Escape” (We Will Meet In Another Life)
  11. Get Out – “States of America” (We Were Here First)
  12. Spiritual Cramp – “Wrecking Machine” (Television)
  13. The Moth & The Flame – “Only Just Begun” (Ruthless)
  14. Buzzcocks – “Moving Away From The Pulsebeat” (Another Music In A Different Kitchen)
  15. Cherry Pickles – “Elvis Exorcist” (Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples)

You said the things you did in the past were all because you’re living too fast but now I’m here you’re taking it slow . . . I’m having trouble keeping focused, craving nothing too low from the god of hocus pocus to the goddesses of fun

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 (2019-03)

Thought I would tee up a fresh episode as I have stockpiled some tracks over the past several weeks to give you a winter lift (particularly if you live in the midsection of the US). You are getting this episode before the Super Bowl and a mere 1 day after Episode 135 so you will have two new episodes to listen to this weekend! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 is still a mix of new and old tracks and has a couple of familiar artists thrown in for fun. One of those artists is Bob Mould who, as the leader of Husker Du and Sugar, was amazing in those bands, and still is rocking on his latest and 13th solo LP, Sunshine Rock. What is completely unexpected is that this new record is filled with . . . sunny songs . . you know, happy even. Sunshine Rock is a different music experience if you are a Bob Mould fan. Although the album is released next week (February 8) you get to hear some of it early! Also of interest in this episode is the new FIDLAR album. You will not believe where this band’s sound is now. It looks like they discovered the Beastie Boys records and found out how great that band was. The new record is leaps and bounds different, unexpected, and completely lovable. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 also has a few more surprises in store for you….

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #136:

  1. T-Rextasy – “Girl, Friend” (Prehysteria)
  2. Bob Mould – “I Fought” (Sunshine Rock)
  3. FIDLAR – “Alcohol” (Almost Free)
  4. Axis: Sova – “New Disguise” (Shampoo You)
  5. The High Divers – “Making Me Want You” (Chicora)
  6. Papercuts – “How To Quit Smoking” (Parallel Universe Blues)
  7. Singing Lungs – “Flow” (Groan)
  8. Makari – “No Longer” (Hyperreal)
  9. Lusts – “True Romance” (Call Of The Void)
  10. Matt Nathanson – “Gimme Your Love” (Sings His Sad Heart)
  11. Buttertones – “Stray Dog Strut” (Stray Dog Strut 8”)
  12. 3upfront – “Heritage” (Puppets and Psychiatrists)
  13. Press Club – “My Body’s Changing” (Late Teens)
  14. The Specials – “It’s You” (Guilty ‘til Proved Innocent)
  15. Dani Bell and the Tarantists – “Driving Me Crazy” (Wide Eyed)

Shakin’ your tail raisin’ some hell rollin’ with the pack on the wrong track into the sail . . . I’ve been swimming in shallow water trying to forget it all I’ve been staring at walls for hours trying to be better off gimme your love

 

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 135 (2019-02)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 135 is about old and new. That is, this episode brings you some current music from this brand spankin’ new year but also gives you a smattering of some older stuff but not so old that it is dusty. I am not sure why this society is so preoccupied with “new” because there is just simply too much recorded musical output to be dismissive of a band, an album or a song because it is more that a year old. In that regard, I am going to try better this year to uncover some gems from the past (few) year(s) and shine a little spotlight on them. Some have had brief moments of publicity (mostly on the regular blogs you likely read periodically) but for some reason or another you just didn’t catch on to how good the track sounded. Some will be familiar names such as the Smashing Pumpkins or Rhett Miller. These artists are included because they bring a different element to this show. You might argue that they have been played on radio ( I am confident that neither of these tracks have received airplay) but that is not the point of this exercise. This show is to bring you interesting and entertaining music no matter the source. In some cases the critics killed the album but I still found something worthwhile. My goal this year is to change all preconceived notions about an artist or an album and perhaps help you discover a new band, or an old band with a really good album, that you accidentally missed or never heard. Sure, I’m going to play new stuff. After all, I know that is why many of you took a chance on this podcast in the first place. I am not changing the direction of this podcast. Tales From the Drop Box will always be somewhat eclectic and my humble effort to give you a glimpse to the breadth and potentials of amazing music that exists and hopefully I will capture lightning in a bottle a few times per episode and play something you’ll find truly amazing. My hope is that I create opportunities for you to become a fan such that you’ll search out for your own pleasure or to share with someone else. Music is truly magic.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #135:

  1. Angelic Milk – Helluva Dr. “ (Angelic Milk)
  2. We Are The Union – “Self Care” (Self Care)
  3. Shotty Horroh – “Dirty Old Town” (Salt Of The Earth)
  4. Weakened Friends – “Good Friend” (Common Blah)
  5. Film School – “Waking Up” (Bright To Death)
  6. Generationals – “Keep It Low” (State Dogs: Singles 2017-18)
  7. Rhett Miller – “Close Most Of The Time” (The Messenger)
  8. Smashing Pumpkins – “Seek And You Shall Destroy” (Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1)
  9. Monovine – “Throw Me A Bone” (D.Y.E.)
  10. Claw Boys Claw – “Red Letter” (It’s Not Me, The Horse Or Not Me)
  11. Nerd School – “Time” (Blue Sky For White Lies)
  12. Tallies – “Have You” (Tallies)
  13. It’s For Us – “Red Light” (Come With Me)
  14. Sahara Hotnights – “Keep Callin’ My Baby” (Kiss & Tell)
  15. Cherry Glazerr – “Daddi” (Stuffed & Ready)

Screwed up badly the last time didn’t take the chance to make it right, right, right figured there was no next time ’cause I’d been kicking up a storm I’d been starting up a fight . . . I got a girl who didn’t get me when I withdrew, she’d put me down heartbroken but still hopin’ love would fall in line

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 134 (2019-01)

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:

  1. Wargirl – “How You Feel” (Wargirl)
  2. Bad Nostalgia – “Patricia” (Silent Through The Fall)
  3. Welshy Arms – “Wild” (No Place Is Home)
  4. Smokescreens – “Falling Down” (Used To Yesterday)
  5. Spirit Animal – “BST FRNDS” (Born Yesterday)
  6. Blood On Wheels – “Don’t Wanna” (Blood Money)
  7. Civic – “Pleasure” (Those Who No EP)
  8. Boygenius – “Bite The Hand” (Boygenius EP)
  9. Kælan Mikla– “Skuggadans” (Nótt eftir nótt)
  10. Choke The Pope – “Fuck You” (Who Cares?)
  11. C.I.A. – “Pleasure Seeker” (C.I.A.)
  12. Big Bliss – “Constants” (At Middle Distance)
  13. Sports Bar – “Is It Strange? (Stranger In My Mind)
  14. The Kids – “The City Is Dead” (Naughty Kids)
  15. 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 . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 132 (2018-31)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 132 returns this week with a punk-pop flavored episode. Normally, I would inform you of my perspective on developments in the real world. This week, I am in a bit of a holding pattern as what we are learning about the Mueller investigation into Trump and his cronies starts to get very interesting. I’m hoping the full report drops in time for Christmas as a gift to America. Like both music and life – timing is everything and I’ll bet Mueller’s timing will be impeccable.

A passing of note – Pete Shelley, the leader of The Buzzcocks died last week at age 63. For regular followers of this podcast, you know that The Buzzcocks were the most influential band of my youth and their music changed my life. How much? Listen here: Tales From The Drop Box Episode 69 – The Buzzcocks . RIP Pete.

As for musical timing, this episode is about one hour long and filled with mega hit songs – at least to me.

Have a terrific week!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #132:

  1. Arctic Flowers – “In Silence” (Straight To The Hunter)
  2. Weathers – “Problems” (Kids In The Night)
  3. Trust Fund – “Carson McCullers” (Bringing The Backline)
  4. Belmont – “Write Me Off” (Belmont)
  5. Lucero – “For The Lonely Ones” (Among The Ghosts)
  6. The Wombats – “Black Flamingo” (Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life)
  7. The Illustrator – “Settle The Score” (This One’s For You)
  8. Spring King – “Ready For War” (A Better Life)
  9. Happy – “Fishtank” (Cult Classic)
  10. The Pretty Littles – “Overtime” (Skeleton Run)
  11. Guster – “Look Alive” (Look Alive)
  12. Astro Mutt – Yr Song” (Escape From Earth)
  13. With Confidence – “Dopamine” (Love And Loathing)
  14. The Raincoats – “The Void” (The Raincoats)
  15. Alien Boy – “Somewhere Without Me” (Sleeping Lessons)

When I looked at the streets and when they looked at me – the void, when I’m trying to think . . . The sun came up the world began to shake fault lines exposing all my own mistakes

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 131 (2018-30)

I am slightly conflicted about the passing of former President George Bush (aka Bush I) this week and how he should be remembered. While I am clearly not in the group that is rushing to canonize the man for a well lived life, I am also not a harsh critic. Being President is a difficult job. It is also unfair to compare him to the current occupant of that office as this would raise Bush I to sainthood as the current holder is easily the low bar when held against almost any honest person. Bush I appears to have lived a much better life out of the public eye. Not infallible, but certainly not evil. I see him as a complex fully realized person who was blessed to possess the spark of humanity. So, as he is laid to rest this week, I prefer to think of the good and reflect on those elements of his life he lived in in public service. Perhaps, much like his own letter to Clinton left on the desk in the oval office for Clinton to read, at this point I’m simply rooting hard for him.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 131 is unrelated to the transition from living to dead. It is just a joyful diverse creative exploration of some new music that I like and hope you will as well. After all, sharing is caring!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #131:

  1. Bad Bad Hats – “Makes Me Nervous” (Lightning Round)
  2. Matthew Melton – “Neon Light” (Night Life)
  3. Saturday Night – “Fish In the Pond” (Saturday Night)
  4. Hugh Cornwell – “Pure Evel” (Monster)
  5. Drunk Mums – “Phantom Limb” (Urban Cowboy)
  6. Bauhaus – “Bite My Hip” (The Bela Session)
  7. The Marked Men – “She Won’t Know” (On The Other Side)
  8. Brandt – “Vice” (What!)
  9. Papaya Fuzz – “Funeral” (Funeral EP)
  10. The Meringues – “The Lottery” (The Meringues)
  11. The Gullibles – “Do You Like Heavy Metal?” (Do You Like Heavy Metal? EP)
  12. Mayday Parade – “Piece Of Your Heart” (Sunnyland)
  13. The Greeting Committee – “17” (This Is It)
  14. Hoodoo Gurus – “Come Anytime” (Magnum Cum Louder)
  15. Georgi Kay – “Guilty Pleasures” (Where I Go To Disappear)

What is it you want from me? There isn´t much I will not do. If it´s only company, you know, I might need that too. . . . Move my way, yeah, nice and slow find my foot, well it’s over kinda low…

KFR