Well I bet you thought that this podcast had evaporated into the sands of time. It still might, but I’m going to give it a shot. As this is only Episode 5 of Tales From The Drop Box in 2021, and we’ve had several COVID vaccine options in the time I’ve been away, I’m hoping that as things now, after some clusterfuckery, are heading on a positive trajectory. Maybe it was the January 6th insurrection and coup attempt that got me sideways, but I’ll try to get back on track. So, rather than jibber-jabber about nonsense, here is what you came for – nuggets of sonic goodness that will make you want to shake a body part or two.
Here is what you will find in Episode 193 (2021-05):
Neighborhood Brats – “Miss America Pageant” (Confines of Life)
Chubby And The Gang – “Coming Up Tough” (The Mutt’s Nuts)
Jake Bugg – “All I Need” (Saturday Night, Sunday Morning)
Kurt Vile – “Run Run Run” (I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground)
Kenny Hoople/Travis Barker – “Estella//” (Survivor’s Guilt: The Mixtape)
New Candys – “Evil Evil” (Vyvyd)
Social Haul – “The Bayou” (Social Haul)
The Lillingtons – Project 313″ (Can Anybody Hear Me? A Tribute To Enemy You)
Mighty Oaks – “Ghost” (Mexico)
Useless I.D. – “Turn Up The Stereo” (Most Useless Songs)
The Snuts – “Always” (W.L. (Deluxe Edition))
Citizen – “I Want To Kill You” (Life In Your Glass World)
Skeggs – “Fantasizing” (Rehearsal)
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – “Coma Girl” (Assembly)
Halsey – “The Lighthouse” (If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power)
Two broken hearts, but I won’t let you go until you are a ghosts to me…Coma Girl was beating with the oil drum gang some fast food fanatic was burning down a burger van . . .
Sanity returns to government. Honestly, the bar is really low for competence in government and perhaps it is time for people to think about the creatures that they elect to make important decisions about the future. Just a thought that perhaps we need to think about how we educate our citizens moving forward. The issue is not the elected creature but rather that there are a significant number of these morally bankrupt and evil scum bags being elected and continuing to be the loudest voices in a democracy. It is truly shameful that we are at a point in our history where the symptoms of the disease afflicting our democracy throw up right wing racists and extremists supporting fanciful conspiracy theories all in the name of good government. We have time, as a nation, to alter our path forward, but if we do not take aggressive steps to root out and repel the corrupt and evil and reject ideologies of hate then we are going to be back to the last 4 years soon enough. So, with those positive thoughts, what about the music?
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 is still a transitional affair in terms of starting a new music year but still containing some awesome tracks from 2020 which turned out to be a very good year despite the real world issues. So, as we continue into 2020, I suspect that there is much good music to come but let’s not throw away 2020 because the music from last year I think will resonate for a while.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 190 (2021-01)
Alaska Reid – “Warm” (Big Bunny EP)
Mary – “Growth” (Die Before Death)
Red Zebra – “Innocent People” (Songs & Stripes)
Miss Lava – “Red Atlantis” (Doom Machine)
The OBGMs – “Triggered” (The Ends)
Chubby And The Gang – “Blue Ain’t My Colour” (Speed Kills)
Soviet Blackout Frequency – “Scenes From A Murder” (The Port Hope Incident)
Oceanator – “A Crack In The World” (Things I Never Said)
Mourn – “Men” (Self-Worth)
Severin Bells – Boy Scout / Choirboy (A Brighter Side To The Unknown)
Blue October – “Oh My My” (This Is What I Live For)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Fangs” (Blossom)
The Reds, Pinks & Purples – “Sex Lies & Therapy” (You Might Be Happy Someday)
Gene – “Wasteland” (The Albums)
SPC Echo – “Just Stop” (November EP)
There’s a crack in the world and we’re all hanging on trying not to fall through the void . . You wear black hair, I have blue you look sadder than most girls do the way you walk around always watching the ground…
Now we are just Zoom-bombing along! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 155 is truly an embarrassment of musical riches. I have had some time i.e. several months to gear things up during the long cold winter and there is simply a glutof very good music being released during the time I was away. Unfortunately, for a number of musical acts, the COVID-19 pandemic is going to wipe out any commercial opportunity from the release of their music. This lack of commercial opportunity is just one of a myriad of consequences caused by the pandemic and the resultant 22 million people applying for unemployment benefits in the U.S. in just the past 30 days. As this episode of Tales From The Drop Box amply demonstrates – there is some really good music out in the world right now. I am bringing these episodes to you with the hope that you actually buy the music. Most of these acts and their labels have Bandcamp websites or stream through Spotify. If your curious, reach out and find out how you can support them to create more music.
Taking the slim silver-lining position amidst this unusual and very tragic period, can you imagine the explosion of music that is going to be released post-pandemic? However, I am a more than a little worried about the artists and bands that will not recover from the economic consequences caused by this pandemic. In essence, musicians are small businesses and they need your help. So, if you are so inclined, seek out and buy something from any one of these bands in this episode – large act or small, national, regional or local act. It doesn’t matter what stage the act is in because they all could use the cash.
Oh, turn it up and PLAY LOUD!
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 155:
The Bombpops – “Notre Dame” (Death in Venice Beach)
Born Ruffians – “Breathe” (Juice)
The Lovely Eggs – “I Am Moron” (You’ve Got The Balls)
All Time Low – “Some Kind of Disaster” (Wake Up Sunshine)
The Decibels – “Million Ways” (Big Sounds Again)
High Hi – “Firepool” (Firepool)
Parsonsfield – “River Town” (Happy Hour on the Floor)
Beach Bunny – “Ms. California” (Honeymoon)
Chubby and The Gang – “Speed Kills” (Speed Kills)
Part Time Killer – “Insane and Free” (The Fight)
The Special Bombs – “Not Too Old” (Eruptions)
No No No – “Hypocrites” (Live Fast)
Kingswood – “Cigarettes in Bed” (Juveniles)
Pete Yorn – For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)” (Musicforthemorningafter)
Brix & The Extricated – “Wolves” (Super Blood Wolf Moon)
Like the flames to Notre Dame, nothing sacred here is safe I’ve exhausted all my prayers here on these pews . . . And when you said I could not stay with you that’s not the way you would have wanted to be convince yourself that everything is alright