Tales From The Drop Box Episode 164 (2020-12) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

A Father’s Day edition of Tales From The Drop Box amidst continuing national unrest in the wake of a growing number of police shootings of Black Americans following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, increases in COVID-19 cases across America, and the release of the John Bolton book confirming what the nation suspected about the corrupt unhinged troll living in the White House. I wish this was a world created in a fantasy novel but, unfortunately, we are living this fantasy as reality. We must not lose the plot though. The fight for change is a daily struggle. It is much like fatherhood with some challenges scattered among the many joy filled days. When we look back on the challenges we are now facing I hope that enough time will have passed that these troubling times are but a blip on a road filled of hope and joy. For those of you are fathers, I wish you all a very happy Father’s Day as our children are truly our greatest blessing.

Episode 164 of Tales From The Drop Box is yet another banger filled with upbeat melodic music guaranteed to free you from the doldrums you might be experiencing from the past couple of months. It should be obvious at this point, but you need to turn up the volume, eh?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 164:

  1. Impulsive Hearts – “Melody” (Cry All The Time)
  2. Je T’aime – “Fuck Me” (Je T’aime)
  3. Chemtrails – “Uncanny Valley” ( The peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable)
  4. Names Without Numbers – “Middle Ground” (Silos & Smokestacks)
  5. Kiwi Jr. – “Swimming Pool” (Football Money)
  6. Coriky – “Clean Kill” (Coriky)
  7. Spanish Love Songs – “Beach Front Property” (Brave Faces Everyone)
  8. Heavenly – “Mark Angel” (Operation Heavenly)
  9. Pixies – “Catfish Kate” (Beneath The Eyrie (Deleuxe Edition))
  10. Mush – “No Signal In The Padlock” (3D Routine)
  11. Johnossi – “Hot Thoughts: (Torch//Flame)
  12. The Animen – “From The Get-Go” (Same Sun/Different Light)
  13. Screeching Weasel – “Brain In A Jar” (Some Freaks Of Atavism)
  14. Greg Kihn Band – “Valerie” (RocKihnRoll)
  15. Amyl & The Sniffers – “Control (Live)” (Live At The Croxton)

She reached out a cup when the next she showed up replacement asking what’s been going on she says “Not very much” but she’s seen a lot of action . . . When I’m not with you, I jump in my car and drive to the place that I think that you are if you’re not there, I might just park
And dream about your face in the dark …

KFR

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 2018-19 (Episode 120)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 120, has several tracks from Canadian punk rock bands. All of them are from Ontario. I have no control over how that coincidence happened. It just did. Perhaps divine intervention (as you will see if you click the link it is also a really good Matthew Sweet song).  I also think, because of the confluence of Canadian punk rock, that you are going to find this episode a little more aggressive than the past couple of episodes. So, if you like your Tales From the Drop Box to rock your day…this episode will surely do that. No particular reason for the change, it just is.

In keeping with a recent theme (see Episode 119) about the importance of voting, if you are not registered to vote, you need to get going and get that done. California makes it very easy for everyone to register:

https://registertovote.ca.gov/

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. So, for the November 6th election this year, your deadline to register online is Mon Oct 22, 2018 or by mail postmarked by Mon Oct 22, 2018.

To register online you will need:

  1. Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  2. The last four digits of your social security number, and
  3. Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use apply to register to vote by completing an online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use the online registration application to pre-register to vote.

See how easy that is?  You are now just a couple of mouse clicks away from enjoying one of the truly great benefits of being a citizen.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #120:

  1. Amyl & The Sniffers – “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)” ( b/w Cup of Destiny 7”)
  2. decker. – “Burning Grass” (Born To Wake Up)
  3. Black Honey – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Black Honey)
  4. The Dirty Nil – “Super 8” (Master Volume)
  5. Justin Courtney Pierre – “I Don’t Know Why She Ran Away” (In The Drink)
  6. Ecstatic Union – “Desert Queen” (Neurons)
  7. Young Scum – “Freak Out” (Young Scum)
  8. Real Friends – “Me First” (Composure)
  9. Muncie Girls – “Clinic” (Fixed Ideals)
  10. Moaning – “Close” (Moaning)
  11. Reverend Backflash – “Fuckaround” (Too Little Too Late)
  12. Fucked Up – “Torch To Light” (Dose Your Dreams)
  13. Single Mothers – “24/7” (Through A Wall)
  14. U.K. Subs – “C.I.D.” (b/w “Live In A Car”/ “B.I.C.)
  15. Otoboke Beaver – “Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi” (b/w/ Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi (Instrumental)

I called the clinic and they said it was a three-week wait ‘But the doctor ’ll give you something just to get you through the day.’ I’m scared, I’ve never felt like this before… ‘Cos he’s an underground undercover agent for the CID, CID, CID got a loaded 44 walking armory store . . .

KFR