Tales From The Drop Box Episode 150 (2019-17)

Wow! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 150! I am not sure how I arrived at this point, but I can guarantee you that I enjoyed the adventure. After 150 episodes of these podcasts, the sheer quality of new music being released never ceases to amaze and inspire me. It is truly sad that a number of these artists and bands will disappear because they didn’t fit the format of whatever the heck radio wants to play. However, the more than 150 hours of these shows is evidence of what radio misses. Further, Tales From The Drop Box has captured approximately 2000 different bands over the past 4 years. Among them are a disproportionately large number of artists (many of which will never have the radio spotlight pointed their way) deserving to be heard! Maybe future generations will discover these lost gems and pay those discoveries forward. A society is represented by its music and culture and Tales From The Drop Box has presented over the past 4 years this most under represented segment of musical culture.

As I move on beyond these first 150 episodes, I hope to continue to bring you more of the unfiltered, poignant, catchy as hell, unexposed genius that catches my fancy – and hopefully yours as well.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 150:

  1. Drahla – “Gilded Cloud” (Useless Coordinates)
  2. Winnetka Bowling League – “Sixteen” (Cloudy With A Chance of Sun EP)
  3. The Wheel Workers – “Nothing To Say” (Post-Truth)
  4. The Ramonas – “2016 F_ck This” (First World Problems)
  5. Authority Zero – “A Blind Eye” (Persona Non Grata)
  6. Priors – “Call For You” (Call For You EP)
  7. The Guiding Wave – “Instrument” (To Dance Around Love EP)
  8. Of Grace And Hatred – “Nourish The Curtain” (Toxic Vows)
  9. Bad Religion – “End Of History” (Age Of Unreason)
  10. Dead Bars – “I’m A Regular” (Regulars)
  11. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider” (End Of Suffering)
  12. Danko Jones – “I’m In A Band” (A Rock Supreme)
  13. Fury – “Inevitable Need To Reach Out” (Failed Entertainment)
  14. Dead Kennedys – “Holiday In Cambodia (Live)” (DK40)
  15. Empath – “Roses That Cry” (Active Listening: Night On Earth)

So, you’ve been to school for a year or two and you know you’ve seen it all in daddy’s car
thinking you’ll go far . . . Halcyon days are not a thing nostalgia is no excuse for stupidity
I don’t believe in golden ages or presidents that put kids in cages . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 149 (2019-16)

I think I’m getting the hang of this. Tales From The Drop Box 149 contains the perfect song mix. Not really. I am playing a bunch of songs that I think you’ll like and perhaps if enough of you spread the word, then these songs will find a new life – long after I am gone. It is truly unfortunate that so few people will actually discover the genius in these artists, many who will call it a day before their genius is discovered. Not all of the tracks in this show are genius…that is not the point. Rather, I’m playing some songs I believe in, for any number of reasons. None are perfect (except perhaps the Otoboke Beaver track). Perfection is not the standard for rock n roll. Give these tracks a chance, buy an album, spin the record, and be transported.

As always, crank this mother up. Music is for feeling, not just listening.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 149:

  1. Your’s Truly – “Circles” (Afterglow EP)
  2. Mozes & The Firstborn – “Sad Supermarket Song” (Dadcore)
  3. Ratboy – “Don’t Hesitate” (Internationally Unknown)
  4. The Grip Weeds – “Casual Observer (To A Crime)” (Trip Around The Sun)
  5. Sidekicks – “Weed Tent” (Happiness Hours)
  6. Wolfhounds – “Happy Shopper” (Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions)
  7. Fight Back Mountain – “Nothing Is Okay” (Times Beach)
  8. The Short Fuses – “You Ain’t Shit” (Dawn Of The Deaf)
  9. The Briefs – “She’s A Rat” (Platinum Rats)
  10. Morning Harvey – “Lights Camera Gina” (With The Pinstripes)
  11. Burn Burn Burn! – “Gold Chains and Party Shirts” (Chosen Family)
  12. Valleyheart – “Heaven & Hell” (Everyone I’ve Ever Loved)
  13. Steve Adamyk Band – “The Letter” (Paradise)
  14. Stiff Little Fingers – “Each Dollar A Bullet” (Flags & Emblems)
  15. Otoboke Beaver – “I’m Tired Of Your Repeating Story” (Itekoma Hits)

Each dollar a bullet each victim someone’s son and Americans kill Irishmen
as surely as if they fired the gun . . . .I cannot help but feel a tremor
when I buy oatmeal at the store because the radio is jammin’ . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 148 (2019-15)

A little something for your Cinqo de Mayo after party, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 148 is a pop filled affair. Sure there is a sprinkling of puck rock, from Pkew Pkew Pkew, Priors and Free Throw but the main focus is on the indie rock, indie pop with some tunes from Halcyon Drive, Aqualung, And the Kids and Hooverphonic to lighten the mood. Don’t worry, its still a traditional Tales From The Drop Box episode. i.e. filled with a selection of tracks not likely played on radio in your hometown unless you live in the most musically diverse rock town, ever. Episode 148 is also rocking the free world with tracks from Philadelphia Dynamite from Helsinki Finland and Melbourne Australia’s Murlochs.

Oh… and Game of Thrones S8 EP4? WTF? I though winter was coming. You mean it is over already?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 148:

  1. And The Kids – “No Way Sit Back” (When This Life Is Over)
  2. Halcyon Drive – “Loosen Up” (Elephant Bones)
  3. Pkew Pkew Pkew – “The Polynesian” (Optimal Lifestyles)
  4. The Father Figures – “Ego vs Ego” (How Did We Get Here?)
  5. The Murlocs – “Wondrous Star” (Old Locomotive)
  6. Susto – “Weather Balloons” (Ever Since I Lost My Mind)
  7. Aqualung – “Complicated” (Additional Futures EP)
  8. Priors – “Sunshine” (New Pleasure)
  9. Freak Genes – “Now It’s Done” (III)
  10. Crows – “Chain of Being” (Silver Tongues)
  11. Free Throw – “The Corner’s Dilemma” (What’s Past Is Prologue)
  12. Cayucas – “Girl” (Real Life)
  13. Philadelphia Dynamite – “Hit Down” (Let It Out)
  14. Big Country – “Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)” (Why The Long Face (Deluxe Edition)
  15. Hooverphonic – “Horrible Person” (Looking For Stars)

The kind of place you don’t go without reason I heard it gets rough here in the off-season it’s the kind of place we might not get out alive it’s just somewhere to stop on a real long drive . . . Homeless left in silence described as defiant migrants in confinement feared by the tyrant

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 144 (2019-11)

I am a little late this week with this Episode, but the delay is well worth the wait in my totally biased and not very humble opinion. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 144 is a mellow-ish affair but still contains a few rockers. Heck, I’m playing Slash feat. Lemmy and The Cramps so it cannot be all that mellow. There is also a couple of fairly recent releases in this episode including new tracks by Bis, The Coathangers, Martha and the very entertaining The Fews. These tracks are packed at the front end of the episode. I then stuffed a couple of gems from late last year on the end. I had a plan for this show, so you’ll ;et me know if it works, right?

Take a chance on new romance and give this episode a spin!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 144:

  1. Bis – “The Big Sunshine” (Slight Disconnect)
  2. The Coathangers – “Hey Buddy” (The Devil You Know)
  3. The Bouncing Souls – “Home” (Crucial Moments EP)
  4. Martha – “Lucy Shone A Light On You” (Love Keeps Kicking)
  5. The Fews – “Anything Else” (Into Red)
  6. The Delaneys – “Sickness” (Damage Control)
  7. Slash – “Doctor Alibi (feat Lemmy Kilmister)” (Conspiracy Series Volume 1)
  8. Dorothy Lane – “Deliver” (My Old Friend)
  9. The Beat featuring Dave Wakeling – “Here We Go Love” (Here We Go Love)
  10. Mental Reservation – “This Empty House” (Berlin)
  11. She Makes War – “Devastate Me” (Brace For Impact)
  12. Bel Heir – “Graduation” (Don’t Turn This Record Down)
  13. The Shadracks – “When I Can’t Remember” (The Shadracks)
  14. The Cramps – “The Cramps Stomp” (Big Beat From Badsville)
  15. Young Romance – “Dark Of My Shadow” (Don’t Look)
I went to see the doctor he said you’re pretty sick you got some real bad habits
you’d better stop … Living in a fucking fairy tale seems I’m not the one . . .
KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 (2019-03)

Thought I would tee up a fresh episode as I have stockpiled some tracks over the past several weeks to give you a winter lift (particularly if you live in the midsection of the US). You are getting this episode before the Super Bowl and a mere 1 day after Episode 135 so you will have two new episodes to listen to this weekend! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 is still a mix of new and old tracks and has a couple of familiar artists thrown in for fun. One of those artists is Bob Mould who, as the leader of Husker Du and Sugar, was amazing in those bands, and still is rocking on his latest and 13th solo LP, Sunshine Rock. What is completely unexpected is that this new record is filled with . . . sunny songs . . you know, happy even. Sunshine Rock is a different music experience if you are a Bob Mould fan. Although the album is released next week (February 8) you get to hear some of it early! Also of interest in this episode is the new FIDLAR album. You will not believe where this band’s sound is now. It looks like they discovered the Beastie Boys records and found out how great that band was. The new record is leaps and bounds different, unexpected, and completely lovable. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 136 also has a few more surprises in store for you….

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #136:

  1. T-Rextasy – “Girl, Friend” (Prehysteria)
  2. Bob Mould – “I Fought” (Sunshine Rock)
  3. FIDLAR – “Alcohol” (Almost Free)
  4. Axis: Sova – “New Disguise” (Shampoo You)
  5. The High Divers – “Making Me Want You” (Chicora)
  6. Papercuts – “How To Quit Smoking” (Parallel Universe Blues)
  7. Singing Lungs – “Flow” (Groan)
  8. Makari – “No Longer” (Hyperreal)
  9. Lusts – “True Romance” (Call Of The Void)
  10. Matt Nathanson – “Gimme Your Love” (Sings His Sad Heart)
  11. Buttertones – “Stray Dog Strut” (Stray Dog Strut 8”)
  12. 3upfront – “Heritage” (Puppets and Psychiatrists)
  13. Press Club – “My Body’s Changing” (Late Teens)
  14. The Specials – “It’s You” (Guilty ‘til Proved Innocent)
  15. Dani Bell and the Tarantists – “Driving Me Crazy” (Wide Eyed)

Shakin’ your tail raisin’ some hell rollin’ with the pack on the wrong track into the sail . . . I’ve been swimming in shallow water trying to forget it all I’ve been staring at walls for hours trying to be better off gimme your love

 

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

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 134 (2019-01)

So it has been a month since the last episode of Tales From The Drop Box was posted. I think the break was just long enough to be enjoyable and definitely long enough to re-charge my batteries for the upcoming year. In short, I am glad to be back! I am truly excited about the prospects for music in 2019 as there are a number of new releases that preorders have just gone up including new albums by Teenage Bottlerocket, Pup, Tame Impala, Lemonheads and finally last week a hint of a new King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard release shortly. We were truly spoiled by their 5LPs released in 2017.

What was missing from last year’s episodes that I didn’t get to play for you? Well, I’m glad you asked! Before we get to this year’s new music releases, this episode is a look back in order to pick up a few tracks from the end of last year that you might have missed. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 134 is as usual filled with a pretty broad spectrum of music encompassing some folk, pop, indie rock, punk rock. The true surprise however is this episode’s throwback track which is from The Kids, who are a European first wave punk rock act that never made any impact in America. That said, for most listeners this will be your introduction to a terrific rock act that are still playing hook filled punk rock for 40 years. Honestly, they are a band that should not be forgotten and if you missed them you can run right out (or stay home and download) and buy their reissued back catalog.

Finally, this episode is also dedicated to the memory of Teresa Ryan, better known as Lorna Doom, the bass player of the Germs who passed away last week. I only caught the Germs live once (I think in 1979) but the memory of that performance is indelibly etched in my memory.  That show was sloppy, funny, and chaotic. Simply, magical. Lorna was an important figure in Los Angles punk rock and a role model for many who followed her in the early L.A. scene. Her contributions to the scene were never truly given their due but hopefully history will be kind and recognize her important role is the growing punk pantheon as well as her contributions to the legendary Germs.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #134:

  1. Wargirl – “How You Feel” (Wargirl)
  2. Bad Nostalgia – “Patricia” (Silent Through The Fall)
  3. Welshy Arms – “Wild” (No Place Is Home)
  4. Smokescreens – “Falling Down” (Used To Yesterday)
  5. Spirit Animal – “BST FRNDS” (Born Yesterday)
  6. Blood On Wheels – “Don’t Wanna” (Blood Money)
  7. Civic – “Pleasure” (Those Who No EP)
  8. Boygenius – “Bite The Hand” (Boygenius EP)
  9. Kælan Mikla– “Skuggadans” (Nótt eftir nótt)
  10. Choke The Pope – “Fuck You” (Who Cares?)
  11. C.I.A. – “Pleasure Seeker” (C.I.A.)
  12. Big Bliss – “Constants” (At Middle Distance)
  13. Sports Bar – “Is It Strange? (Stranger In My Mind)
  14. The Kids – “The City Is Dead” (Naughty Kids)
  15. Sister Sparrow – “Ghost” (Gold)

I can’t hear you, you’re too far away I can’t see you, the light is in my face I can’t touch you, I wouldn’t if I could . . . Lights out on this endless sunny day (You trippin’, you trippin’, you trippin’) Plastic queens and palm trees on parade . . .

KFR