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:
Impulsive Hearts – “Melody” (Cry All The Time)
Je T’aime – “Fuck Me” (Je T’aime)
Chemtrails – “Uncanny Valley” ( The peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable)
Names Without Numbers – “Middle Ground” (Silos & Smokestacks)
Kiwi Jr. – “Swimming Pool” (Football Money)
Coriky – “Clean Kill” (Coriky)
Spanish Love Songs – “Beach Front Property” (Brave Faces Everyone)
Heavenly – “Mark Angel” (Operation Heavenly)
Pixies – “Catfish Kate” (Beneath The Eyrie (Deleuxe Edition))
Mush – “No Signal In The Padlock” (3D Routine)
Johnossi – “Hot Thoughts: (Torch//Flame)
The Animen – “From The Get-Go” (Same Sun/Different Light)
Screeching Weasel – “Brain In A Jar” (Some Freaks Of Atavism)
Greg Kihn Band – “Valerie” (RocKihnRoll)
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 …
This first episode of October is filled with tales by talented songwriters from a variety of perspectives. I think Tales From The Drop Box Episode 121 is a good reminder of the power of music to make you feel. From the vitriol of the Petrol Girls track “Strike” to the heartache and regret of San Cisco’s “When I Dream”, this episode is sure to trigger some emotion in you. I believe that the emotional connection is the point of this podcast i.e. my central mission is to provide you with a powerful emotional experience as a reaction to the music. Music trigger emotional response. That is, music should connect with you on both a physical and emotional level. I believe we’ve lost that connection because the mass produced music that permeates our daily lives no longer connects – it is soulless and just noise. I want this music to strike with clarity and leave you emotionally spent. I know that not every track will connect with you. My goal, each episode is merely one. One song that will lift you up, move you to cry, make you smile.
This is also a very good episode for headphones! Episode 121 is filled with late night music – the kind of music that you used to listen to when you were young – when you were lying in your bed with the lights off, just listening. I remember distinctly the excitement I felt as a kid when I discovered a new band or new song on the radio. In the later 70’s the best new music was actually played on radio and always late at night. From Rodney on the ROQ to John Peel, music was experienced with only the glow of the radio. A wave of pleasurable new sounds blasting through the headphones, all experienced eyes closed. So, if you have hesitated listening to this podcast because you don’t recognize any of the bands, take a chance. I think you’ll find that this is the rabbit hole you will want to explore, once a week, every week and re-discover the missing part of your life – when music meant something, connected, mattered and brought you . . . joy.
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #121:
Massage – “Crying out Loud” (Oh Boy)
Petrol Girls – “Strike” (The Future Is Dark EP)
Sudakistan – “Caminos” (Swedish Cobras)
The Trews – “The New Us” (Civilianaires)
San Cisco – “When I Dream” (When I Dream (Single)
Satellite Stories – “Sunglasses” (Cut Out The Lights)
Sister Disorder – “Delayed” (Away)
Joyce Manor – “Silly Games” (Million Dollars To Me)
1000 Gram – “Daydream” (By All Dreams Necessary)
The Contestants – “It’s Not” (Twelve Of Your Earth Years)
Damper – “Panic” (Damper EP)
Laser Tusk – “Mother Iron” (Traveling Light)
Blue Haze – “Bloodmagic” (Nightdive)
The Stranglers – “Golden Brown” (La Folie)
Slothrust – “Some Kind of Cowgirl” (The Pact)
Golden brown texture like sun lays me down with my might she runs throughout the night no need to fight . . . are you waiting to storm the winter palace, bro? picture yourself on the front page? do you want a fucking monument or are you here to make change?