Tales From The Drop Box Episode 139 (2019-06)

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 Box Episode 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:

  1. Pi Ja Ma – “Radio Girl” (Nice to Meet U)
  2. Lucy & The Rats – “Night Comes” (Lucy & the Rats)
  3. Moody Beaches – “Wahoo” (Weird Friends)
  4. Campdoggz – “Bat Shit” (In Rounds)
  5. The Estrons – “Body” (You Say I’m Too Much, I Say Your Not Enough)
  6. It’s For Us – “The Bottle The Bomb” (Stay)
  7. Deep Cut – “ The Last Goodbye” (Different Planet)
  8. Stand Atlantic – “Cigarette Kiss” (Skinny Dipping)
  9. Bloods – “Talk” (Feelings)
  10. Brix & The Extricated – “Alaska” (Breaking State)
  11. The Delines – “Cheer Up Charlie” (The Imperial)
  12. Elle King – “Shame” (Shake The Spirit)
  13. Exploded View – “Come On Honey” (Obey)
  14. Essential Logic – “Fanfare In The Garden” (NME Rough Trade C81)
  15. 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.

 

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 135 (2019-02)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 135 is about old and new. That is, this episode brings you some current music from this brand spankin’ new year but also gives you a smattering of some older stuff but not so old that it is dusty. I am not sure why this society is so preoccupied with “new” because there is just simply too much recorded musical output to be dismissive of a band, an album or a song because it is more that a year old. In that regard, I am going to try better this year to uncover some gems from the past (few) year(s) and shine a little spotlight on them. Some have had brief moments of publicity (mostly on the regular blogs you likely read periodically) but for some reason or another you just didn’t catch on to how good the track sounded. Some will be familiar names such as the Smashing Pumpkins or Rhett Miller. These artists are included because they bring a different element to this show. You might argue that they have been played on radio ( I am confident that neither of these tracks have received airplay) but that is not the point of this exercise. This show is to bring you interesting and entertaining music no matter the source. In some cases the critics killed the album but I still found something worthwhile. My goal this year is to change all preconceived notions about an artist or an album and perhaps help you discover a new band, or an old band with a really good album, that you accidentally missed or never heard. Sure, I’m going to play new stuff. After all, I know that is why many of you took a chance on this podcast in the first place. I am not changing the direction of this podcast. Tales From the Drop Box will always be somewhat eclectic and my humble effort to give you a glimpse to the breadth and potentials of amazing music that exists and hopefully I will capture lightning in a bottle a few times per episode and play something you’ll find truly amazing. My hope is that I create opportunities for you to become a fan such that you’ll search out for your own pleasure or to share with someone else. Music is truly magic.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #135:

  1. Angelic Milk – Helluva Dr. “ (Angelic Milk)
  2. We Are The Union – “Self Care” (Self Care)
  3. Shotty Horroh – “Dirty Old Town” (Salt Of The Earth)
  4. Weakened Friends – “Good Friend” (Common Blah)
  5. Film School – “Waking Up” (Bright To Death)
  6. Generationals – “Keep It Low” (State Dogs: Singles 2017-18)
  7. Rhett Miller – “Close Most Of The Time” (The Messenger)
  8. Smashing Pumpkins – “Seek And You Shall Destroy” (Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1)
  9. Monovine – “Throw Me A Bone” (D.Y.E.)
  10. Claw Boys Claw – “Red Letter” (It’s Not Me, The Horse Or Not Me)
  11. Nerd School – “Time” (Blue Sky For White Lies)
  12. Tallies – “Have You” (Tallies)
  13. It’s For Us – “Red Light” (Come With Me)
  14. Sahara Hotnights – “Keep Callin’ My Baby” (Kiss & Tell)
  15. Cherry Glazerr – “Daddi” (Stuffed & Ready)

Screwed up badly the last time didn’t take the chance to make it right, right, right figured there was no next time ’cause I’d been kicking up a storm I’d been starting up a fight . . . I got a girl who didn’t get me when I withdrew, she’d put me down heartbroken but still hopin’ love would fall in line

KFR