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:
Bis – “The Big Sunshine” (Slight Disconnect)
The Coathangers – “Hey Buddy” (The Devil You Know)
The Bouncing Souls – “Home” (Crucial Moments EP)
Martha – “Lucy Shone A Light On You” (Love Keeps Kicking)
Do you want to get high? (no I don’t) so says Maxïmo Park. I’m not sure how I feel about the new focus on cannabis to alter my mind as I read about the significant increase in traffic fatalities in those states that have legalized the drug in all of its forms. See Crashes Rise in First States to Begin Legalized Retail Sales of Recreational Marijuana. I am not troubled by the individual right to screw up your own mind. I am deeply troubled by the selfish asses that get in vehicles while high and then go kill someone.This should be sobering information for all of us.
There will be no fatalities listening to Tales From The Drop Box Episode 143 and while you will get high, the music will cause your car to swerve with pleasure as you sing along, so let’s be careful out there. Pray the the gods of the good shit, eh?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 143:
Chai – “Great Job” (Punk)
Angel Du$t – “Biggest Girl” (Pretty Buff)
Broken Social Scene – “Remember Me Young” (Let’s Try The After, Vol. 1)
Commonwealth – “Runaway” (Do You Remember?)
Maxïmo Park – “Get High (No I Don’t)” (As Long As We Keep Moving)
Spirit Award – “Dark Night Of The Soul” (Muted Crowd)
Facing New York – “Gods Of The Good Shit” (Dogtown)
Buxton – “Inside Out” (Stay Out Late)
Quiet Company – “Red Right Hand” (On Corners and Shapes)
Moonraker – “Hurricanes” (Lanterns)
Taking Back Sunday – “Call Come Running” (Twenty)
Corey Lee Oswald – “You Want To Be Right or Happy?” (Darkness, Together)
The Records – “Teenarama” ( b/w Hold Up High)
K Michelle Dubois – “Velvet Eyes” (Harness)
I said to myself, hey man, you need some time on your own get out on the road and chase the ones you couldn’t get before . . . Teenarama is what you’re givin’ me Teenarama injections in the knee . . .
I know you won’t take my advice this time. I know I can’t help you change you life. But I can. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 142 should change the way you think about the place music plays in your life. Without it, your heart is empty. Music should make you feel love, passion, desire, or make you happy. I have final figured out that good music is your soul anchor firing the neurons as your brain finds the pattern that connects sound with feeling. So, as you listen to this, hear the passion and save your soul. Take my advice this time.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 142:
Sunflower Bean – “Fear City” (King of the Dudes EP)
The Candescents – “Wet Tuesday” (Grass EP)
SWMRS – “Too Much Coffee” (Berkeley’s On Fire)
This Means War! – “Why We Fight” (Heartstrings)
Teresa Banks – “You’re The Problem” (Bridges We Build/Bridges We Burn)
Sleepwalk – “Thrust” (Splatter)
Radar State – “Damn The Man” (Strays)
Ohmme – “At Night” (At Night b/w Give Me Back My Man)
Flesheaters – “Black Temptation” (I Used To Be Pretty)
Hi Mom! – “Apathy and Mediocrity” (Songs For Me)
Frank The Baptist – “Tortured Messages” (Road Omen)
Tokyo Police Club – “Simple Dude” (TPC)
Mass Gothic – “Call Me” (I’ve Tortured You Long Enough)
Urban Dogs – “Dragnet” (Urban Dogs)
Party Nails – “Luxury of Love” (Past Lives and Paychecks)
I know you won’t take my advice this time I know I can’t make you change your mind . . . I want you wearing white I want you in a frame nothing but a t-shirt dancing in the rain.
Down but not out, I survived the great toxic cold of 2019. 12 days of coughing, hacking, wheezing, with congestion causing my ears to leak. Less miserable now. Tales From The Drop BoxEpisode 141 is back just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! The only theme today is to have fun… It is St. Patrick’s day after all! You’re going to find this episode a little more energetic with less pop action more rock action. This Episode features some amazing new tunes from Abjects, Reconciler, White Boy Wasted, and, of course, new Millencolin and the latest and greatest from Masked Intruder. What else could you want? So, turn it up loud and melt your face!
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #141:
Abjects – “Never Give Up” (Never Give UP)
The Cavemen – “Baby, I’d Do It For You” (Lowlife EP)
Deep State – “Time Unriveled” (The Path To Fast Oblivion)
Reconciler – “Take It Away” (Set Us Free)
Burning at Both Ends – “Take It Back” (Hail Apathy)
Twilight Creeps – “Black Heart” (Along Came A Spider)
White Boy Wasted – “Shit Out Of Luck” (The Dirty South Special)
Millencolin – “Nothing” (SOS)
Dead American – “Grown So Cold” (The Shape Of Punk Is Dumb)
Masked Intruder – “No Case” (III)
Dance Gavin Dance – “Semi-Charmed Life” (VA – Songs That Saved My life)
Better Off – “Head Down” (Reap What You Sow)
Jane Church – “New England” (Calimocho Molotov!)
The Lambrettas – “Poison Ivy” (Beat Boys In The Jet Age)
Potty Mouth – “Liar” (SNAFU)
You’re telling everybody I’m the one but you ain’t got shit, don’t front I sit and listen to the words you say we both know you ain’t got my DNA . . . There’s a king upon the throne
he’s the king there all alone he seems troubled and real sad just when thought that he was glad
Dropping in with another episode of Tales from the Drop Box. This episode celebrates a few more established artists from the long past in some cases. However, I found it very difficult to not be excited by the inclusion of musicians I grew up listening to as a youngster. A couple of these artists had not released tracks for a long while (decades!) but are back with new records that are vital, intelligent and honest. While Tales From The Drop BoxEpisode 140 shares new tracks from The Specials, and The Beat feat. Ranking Roger, The Dandy Warhols, and the Lemonheads this episode also features several brand spanking new artists who are making some well-deserved hipster noise including Queen Zee, Fontaines D.C. and International Teachers of Pop. So, tune in, turn up and tell your friends that there is still very interesting new music being released that is beyond the clutches of insipid commercial radio. I note also that the irrelevant movie award are on this evening – don’t waste your time – instead listen to this!
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #140:
International Teachers of Pop – “The Ballard of Remedy Nilsson” ( International Teachers of Pop)
Fontaines D.C. – “Too Real” (Dogrel)
AM Taxi – “Movie About Your Life” (Shiver By Me)
The Beat feat. Ranking Roger – “Maniac” (Public Confidential)
The Dandy Warhols – “Terraform” (Why You So Crazy?)
Bring Me The Horizon – “Mantra” (Amo)
Ian Brown – “Black Roses” (Ripples)
Crocodiles – “Heart like A Gun” (Love Is Here)
Dangerface – “Let It Burn” (Get loud)
The Lemonheads – “Things” (Varshons 2)
Queen Zee – “Loner” (Queen Zee)
Small Talks – “Nicotine & Tangerines” (A Conversation Between Us)
Yak – “White Male Carnivore” (Pursuit of Momentary Happiness)
The Cure – “Fire In Cairo (Demo)” (Three Imaginary Boys)
The Specials – “10 Commandments” (Encore)
Slowly fading blue the eastern hollows catch the dying sun night-time follows silence and black mirror pool mirrors … in matters of my own conduct you may call me a feminazi or a femoid and then see if I give a stinking shit pseudo-intellectuals on the internet hey tell me I’m unhappy because I’m not feminine.
We celebrate President’s Day in the USA. I guess we do so in order to remind us of the times when we actually had capable, honest, intelligent leadership as President. That was then, it is not now. Tales From The Drop BoxEpisode 139 is one of those too infrequent all female vocal episodes. I try to play a good selection of female artists in these podcasts, but I acknowledge that sometimes I fall short. I’d like to think that I have a bias in favor of woman, but given the sheer volume of indie-alternative-punk rock acts lead by males, it is not surprising if the bias appears the other way. Hopefully this small effort leads to a recognition that both female and male artists produce amazing records and labeling them as “female” adds nothing to the conversation. I could go down a tortured philosophical path here, but I’d be digressing. All you really need to know is that this episode is full of the great stuff. That is, this shit rocks.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #139:
Pi Ja Ma – “Radio Girl” (Nice to Meet U)
Lucy & The Rats – “Night Comes” (Lucy & the Rats)
Moody Beaches – “Wahoo” (Weird Friends)
Campdoggz – “Bat Shit” (In Rounds)
The Estrons – “Body” (You Say I’m Too Much, I Say Your Not Enough)
It’s For Us – “The Bottle The Bomb” (Stay)
Deep Cut – “ The Last Goodbye” (Different Planet)
Stand Atlantic – “Cigarette Kiss” (Skinny Dipping)
Bloods – “Talk” (Feelings)
Brix & The Extricated – “Alaska” (Breaking State)
The Delines – “Cheer Up Charlie” (The Imperial)
Elle King – “Shame” (Shake The Spirit)
Exploded View – “Come On Honey” (Obey)
Essential Logic – “Fanfare In The Garden” (NME Rough Trade C81)
I Am The Polish Army – “You Don’t Know” (My Old Man)
You ain’t always been this big a mess sittin’ outside the slims daytime drinkin’ and feelin’ sorry for yourself . . . I’m alone out here, total blackout in Alaska, the sum of all my fears.
Tales From The Drop BoxEpisode 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:
Makhaverskan – “Demands” (Demands b/w Onkel 7’’)
Wallflower – “I Wish Spring Would Last Forever” (Ever After)
The Paper Kites – “On The Corner Where You Live” (On The Corner Where You Live)
Swampmeat Family Band – “Suzie Stop Saucin’” (Too Many Things To Hide)
Human People – “Jenny” ( Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears)
Sloppy Jane – King Mitis” (Willow)
Mike Kroll – “Power Chords” (Power Chords)
Lovelytheband – “Coachella” (Finding It Hard To Smile)
Silverstein – “The Afterglow” ( The Afterglow/Aquamarine EP)
Garbage feat John Doe & Exene Cervenka – “Destroying Angels” ( Destroying Angels b/w Starman 7’’)
Arndales – “Prestige Pricing” ( Shops)
Hello Atlantic – “Night Life” ( Night Life EP)
Spielbergs – “We’re All Coming To Die” ( This Is Not The End)
The Dum Dum Boys – “Escape From Hell” (Let There Be Noise)
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