Valentines day. The day after the U.S. Senate’s shameful action in acquitting the traitor and insurrection inciter who lead an attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 resulting in the deaths of 5 Americans and numerous injuries to those who defended the same morally bankrupt and timid senators who voted to acquit. Shameful. January 6 marked the day that democracy was rendered meaningless by a corrupt leader but democracy died on February 13, 2021 when 43 senators knowingly and willfully violated their oath of office to preserve their power advancing their own individual interests over the people they were elected to represent and the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. Liars. Shameful and shameless.
Here is what you will find in Episode 192 (2021-04):
The Coathangers – “Parking Lot” (The Coathangers (Deluxe Edition))
Elder Abuse – “Take It Easy” (Take It Easy EP)
Ginger Wildheart – “Meet My Killer” (Headzapoppin)
The Giving Moon – “Scream In Joy” (Bloom)
Made Violent – “Two Tone Hair” (Wannabe)
The Levellers – “Sleep Well” (Peace (Deluxe Edition))
The Lickerish Quartet – Snollygoster Goon” (Threesome Vol. 2)
Billy No Mates – “Slap Top” (S.F. Sourdough)
Dummy Toys – “Not A Puppet” (Not A Puppet)
Band-Maid – “Youth” (Unseen World)
Winnetka Bowling League – “Congratulations” (Congratulations EP)
Black Country, New Road – “Athens, France” (For The First Time)
Sobriety, it’s killing me, its fucking me up. Oh, reality, you’ll be my killer….Can I come on over tonight skip less in the morning keep you up all night gettin’ me this drunk ain’t fair you know I’m awful crazy ’bout your two-tone hair…
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 115 is a foreign affair. Lately I have been somewhat fascinated with this new-ish amalgam of J-Pop and hard rock/punk and/or metal. I discovered Babymetal a few years ago, and that band’s sound and visual presence were certainly compelling as there is nothing like it on the U.S. musical landscape. Skipping forward a few years, and now that combination of a pop-singer fronting a punk rock or metal band is more developed, and represents a unique and interesting development in the rock music landscape. So, today you get a taste of two of these bands – Band-Maid (whose visual gimmick is to all dress in maid outfits), and Dizzy Sunfist, a three piece band from Osaka who perform a ferocious punk variant of this sound.
Episode 115 also catches up a bit on new music i.e. most of the tunes in this episode are from the past month or so. For those of you who are using this podcast as a buying guide for new tunes or to feed a vinyl habit, you should be able to find almost all of these albums for sale on either Bandcamp or Amazon, or at your favorite e-tailer. For those of you lucky enough to have a local record store, I recommend you go there to find new stuff. Record stores are my favorite place to spend a couple of hours searching for the next thing to listen to. Remember, there is nothing like vinyl to make your heart sing and vinyl significantly enhances the sound as well as the listening experience. Further, with vinyl records you can’t have your security clearance revoked if you disagree with me!
Finally today, I couldn’t help note that we shouldn’t mock Rudy Giuliani with his “truth isn’t truth” remark from yesterday. This phrase has a rational meaning in only one context (also courtesy of the Trump administration) – the truth isn’t truth …. when it is based on alternate facts! I’m positive this is what Rudy meant to say before he was interrupted.
Makes sense now, doesn’t it?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #115:
Band-Maid – “I Can’t Live Without You” (World Domination)
Charlion – “Disco For Losers” (Disco For Losers)
The Black Delta Movement – “Hunting Ground” (Preservation)
Davenports – “I Don’t Know What To Do” (Don’t Be Mad At Me)
The Pretty Flowers – “Some Girls” (Why Trains Crash)
Foxing – “Lich Prince” (Nearer My God)
From Lambs To Lions – “All’s Well That Ends Well” (D\scord)
Asylums – “When We Wake Up” (Alien human Emotions)
Barely March – “Corduroy” (Marely Barch)
The Hunna – “Summer” (Dare)
77:78 – “Love Said (Let’s Go)” (Jellies)
Thin Lips – I Know That I’m The Asshole” (Chosen Family)
New Threads – “Alcohol” (New Threads)
Sad Lovers & Giants – “Alice Isn’t Playing” (Where The Light Shines Through:1981-2017)
Dizzy Sunfist – “Summer Never Ends” (Dreams Never End)
In the light you can disappear without a trace in the night every shadow seems to burn your face . . . Nioi tatsu hodo no yokujo kurushiku naru hodo hoshii no? (Trans: For having such sense of lust do you painfully want it that much?)