Episode 159 of Tales From the Drop Box is a no-frills affair. As will become evident to you at some point in the program this episode is just the usual assortment of awesome music packaged into about an hour. I do think you will find some ear-worms in this episode that will make their way into your soul.
Upon reflection, that is the simple goal for this program – to find some ear-worms – a song or two each episode that makes a connection with you in some manner. Simply put, finding music that alters your perspective about music, life, and where you fit in the world. Tales From the Drop Box is a form of mind control. Over the past couple of years, I have attempted to influence your musical tastes by subtly mixing tracks together that would not be found together in any contemporary musical program. Instead I have tried to use the music presented as communication with you. Music is immersive and if it makes you move or connects with you emotionally – regardless of the way you characterize or organize that music in your mind – then I have accomplished my goal for this program. Keep moving, make connections with others on an emotional level (keeping 6ft apart!) and good things will flow from those efforts. This is probably good advice for the pandemic – keep moving forward and things will flow.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 159:
Worriers – “End of the World” (You or Someone You Know)
Blank Spaces – “My Heart Skips” (A Home Away From Home)
Car Seat Headrest – “Hollywood” (Making a Door Less Open)
Mr. T Experience – “More Than Toast” (MTX Forever)
The Anxiety & Tyler Cole – “Poolside” (The Anxiety)
Serious Fraud Office – “Uptown” (15 Pieces of Flair)
The Partisans – “17 Years of Hell (Single Version)” (1981-84)
Caveboy – “I Wonder” (Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark)
Call off the dogs, I can see through the fog and I’ll kill ’cause I want to call off the dogs or I’ll keep playing God . . .Pushing me too hard can’t believe what they’re saying they try to make the wrong seem right pushing me too hard with the games they keep playing . . .
I honestly didn’t think that it would take a real pandemic for me to restart production of these broadcasts albeit from an underground bunker where I am now holed up. But it did and I did. I am back for now and bringing you the usual oddball assortment covering all the good musical genres. That last statement confirms that I am acknowledging that there exists a few genre of music that are just un-freakin-listenable. This episode follows my traditional rules for musical selection: If it’s catchy – I’m playing it. If it’s not catchy – I’m not. See simplicity is good during a pandemic. “Wear a mask,” wash your hands”, “stay the F away from me” are also other fine examples of the guidance we need to hear now in order to survive. And I assure you that you will survive the Covid-19 pandemic – if you keep downloading and listening to Tales From the Drop Box. The music in this edition would have been the tracks comprising the next episode I would have released in 2019. I know its way late but the music is still excellent! We’ll start fresh next episode, okay?
A note for those of you who are actually surprised to find another episode hitting your notifications. I tried several times to release a new podcast to tide you over since my last one in July of last year. It obviously didn’t happen. I am committed to the release of a couple more of these for now because you shouldn’t make critical decisions amidst a pandemic. Really. short term thinking is better. However, we need to look forward as well, because to look in the near view mirror makes me a little angry. All this needless and avoidable death. I could go on but I won’t. This podcast is for you to escape your reality. It should make you happy. It makes me happy. I believe we need to be happy, now.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 153:
Abjects – “Sad Song” (Never Give Up)
Muncie Girls – “Car Crash” (Sleepless)
Mobina Galore – “Back To The Beginning” (Don’t Worry)
Jaded Truth – “Social Viro” (Rx)
Have Mercy – Heartbeat (The Love Life)
Lazy Susans – “R U Ok” (Now That the Party’s Over)
Flash Forward – “Dancing In The Dark” (Golden Rust)
Circa Waves – “Movies” (What’s It Like Over There?)
Blisses B – “Six Plus One” (Tell Your Friends You Love Them And Why)
Found Items – “Still The Same” (All Bets Are Off)
The Bronx – “Into The Black” (Dead Tracks, Vol. 1)
The Briefs – ‘She’s The Rat”(Platinum Rats)
Satan Takes a Holiday – “I Believe What I See (If I See In My Feed)” (A New Sensation)
Viagra Boys – “Shrimp Shack” (Street Worms)
Material Issue – “Satellite (Demo)” (Issues Vol. 3)
Gloo – “I’m Not Gonna Change” (Stop and Stare)
I’ll kick liquor and cigarettes if it’ll help you remember me like the way that I used to be . . . I put a towel in a bag with formaldehyde I put that shit up to my mouth and get really high