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 147 (2019-14)

So, I have a midweek episode for you! Tales From The Drop Box Episode 147 mixes up some pure pop in the form of a new track from Bad Bad Hats against some pure psychedelic garage from Ty Segall and this is juxtaposed against the pure post-pink/punk rock of the Viagra Boys. It’s a good ride, and for a Wednesday should make the drive time home a much more pleasant experience. So, while you are parked in traffic, roll down your window, turn up the stereo, and share this latest episode with your neighbors!

As you already know and  it bears repeating, if the music truly mattered then radio stations would actually play good music.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 147:

  1. Ex Hex – “Radiate” (It’s Real)
  2. Public Theatre – “Ghosts” (Otherside)
  3. Buck Gooter – “Peace Siren” (Finer Thorns)
  4. Carré-Court – “Nothing” (Out Of The Bloom)
  5. Bad Bad Hats – “Wide Right” (Wide Right EP)
  6. Chelsea Deadbeat Combo – “Fucked Up And Wasted” (Perspectives)
  7. Perkele – “Winner” ( Leaders of Tomorrow)
  8. The Castor Troys – “We Are One” (Legends Never Die)
  9. Institute – “Cheap Time Morals” (Beat Session Vol. 6)
  10. Basement – “Be Here Now” (Be Here Now b/w Are You The One 7”)
  11. Fontaines D.C. – Too Real” (Dogrel)
  12. Ty Segall – “Squealer” (Deforming Lobes)
  13. Viagra Boys – “Down In The Basement” (Street Worms)
  14. 999 – “Damp With Tears” (Takeover)
  15. Witching Waves – “Disintegration” (Persistence)
Look back, close your starry eyes like you want to free fall from the crystal skies yeah, I know you don’t wanna dance alone . . . You say that you can’t communicate everything’s wrong, everything that you say she said “I can’t speak to you feels like you’re someone else for most of the time”
KFR

 

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 146 (2019-13)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 146 has a really good mix of juicy new music! This episode features a number of very recent releases, most from this past month. As you probably are a little worn out from Record Store Day (RSD) held on April 13, these tracks are from bands not involved in that special day, such as new Cherry Pickles, Band of Skulls, Audacity, Yawpers, Cage The Elephant, Clowns and D.O.A. Whew!

As for Record Store Day, I have found that the RSD releases, for the most part, miss the mark on bringing forth truly special offerings. The focus is clearly on reissues (although the Flaming Lips released a new album!) and this year there were very few gems to be found amidst the more than 500 releases that also justified the inflated prices. For me the following were the true gems:

  • Pixies front-person Frank Black reissues of his first two records ( Frank Black & Teenage Of The Year) received their first U.S. release having only appeared on CD here when initially released.
  • Hockey Dad reissue of their debut EP which is impossible to find in the U.S and released on “glow-in-the-dark” vinyl with a couple of bonus tracks.
  • UK duo Insides debut album “Euphoria” which was released in very small quantities in 1993 and trading for hundreds of $$, gets another very limited release on 2000 foil-stamped numbered copies.
  • Iggy Pop live show from the Hippodrome in Paris recorded September 23, 1977 during the “Lust For Life” tour is a 2LP that demonstrates Iggy at his peak in my opinion. I had a bootleg of this excellent radio show, but this is a direct master from the original 1st generation tapes is spectacular.
  • Joe Strummer EP containing two tracks ‘Forbidden City (Demo)’ and ‘Cool Impossible’ recorded at Rockfield Studio in 1993. This is a follow up to the excellent ‘Joe Strummer 001’ which was the first compilation to span the entirety of Strummer’s recording career outside of his recordings with The Clash featuring remastered and unreleased recordings from the 101ers, The Mescaleros, solo albums, soundtracks, and rarities.
  • Ramones special RSD releases continue again this year with the first vinyl release of Live At The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79). This show first appeared on CD only as part of the Road To Ruin 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. This recording of the Ramones entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, was mixed live by Ed Stasium and broadcast on WNEW-FM with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette soundboard recording.

There were also some other recordings of note including live shows by the Blasters and Matthew Sweet, Green Day’s show from Woodstock 1994 gets a polishing and release, and Idles’ Meat and Meta EPs are released on vinyl for the first time. Hopefully record company greed will not prevail and they will truly try to find a balance that justifies the inflated prices for these releases.

So, what about Episode 146, you ask? You are going to smile as you listen because the songs are so good! I promise you!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 146:

  1. Cherry Pickles – “Let’s Be Bad” (Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples)
  2. Colly – “You” (I Can’t Sleep At Night)
  3. Band of Skulls – “Cool Your Battles” (Love Is All You Love)
  4. Audacity – “Red Rum” (Bewildered Heart EP)
  5. Yawpers – “Forgiveness Through Pain” (Human Question)
  6. Ages & Ages – “Needle and Thread” (Me You They We)
  7. The Foreign Resort – “Send Your Heart To The Riot” (Outnumbered)
  8. Martha – “Curly & Raquel” (Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart)
  9. The Thlyds – “Pure Pop Single” (The Great British Fuck Off”
  10. Kakkmaddafakka – “Runaway Girl” (Diplomacy)
  11. Cage The Elephant – “Broken Boy” (Social Cues)
  12. Arre! Arre! – “All Time Low” (Tell Me All About Them)
  13. Clowns – “Soul For Sale” (Nature/Nurture)
  14. D.O.A. – “The Enemy (Demo)” (1978)
  15. PassCode – “Ray” (Clarity)
I was burned by the cold kiss of a vampire I was bit by the whisper of a soft liar
any good friend of yours is a good friend of mine . . . 親しんだ矛盾取り出して
投げつけて 引き剥がして give me the time of my life, right now…
KFR

 

 

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 145 (2019-12)

This episode is a little late as the day job interfered with ita production. However, I am going to cure the delay by filling Tales From The Drop Box Episode 145 with some juicy tracks from Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space and Tropical Fuckstorm – two bands who deserve a little more air time. Record Store Day was yesterday. The only real complaint that I have is the amount of price gouging that is taking take place. It is bad enough that the releases are somewhat iffy, but it is an insult to charge $40.00 for an official bootleg. If you checked the list, a number of the releases this year are bootlegs e.g. Ramones, Iggy Pop, Stereophonics, The Alarm, Johnny Thunders etc. Record Store Day may become a victim of its own success. Too bad that the major labels have gone out of their way to screw up a good thing. Enough about them. There is enough good stuff being released without the nonsense of record collecting. It is the music that matters, no matter how it is delivered. Episode 145 definitely delivers the goods with some solid left of the dial tunes. I guarantee it.

Here is what you’ll here in Episode 145:

  1. Holly Golightly – “Satan Is His Name” (Do The Get Along)
  2. Dan Vapid and The Cheats – “Bittersweet” (Three)
  3. The Drums – “Body Chemistry” (Brutalism)
  4. Mansun – “Special/Blown It (Delete As Appropriate)” (Six (21st Anniversary Edition))
  5. Young & Sick – “No Good” (Ohh My Ghosts EP)
  6. Zombie Met Girl – “Black Rabbit” (Super Atomic Werewolf)
  7. Tropical Fuckstorm – “Chameleon Paint” (A Laughing Death In Meatspace)
  8. Liily – “I Can Fool Anybody In Ths Town” (I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP)
  9. Zebrahead – “Party On The Dancefloor” (Brain Invaders)
  10. Scott Sellers – “The Need To Breathe” (Being Strange)
  11. Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space – “Bela Kiss” (All These Fiendish Things)
  12. Grandchildren – “OK, I’m Waiting” (Grandchildren)
  13. Slaughter Boys – “Another Zero” (Slaughter Boys)
  14. Charged GBH – “Not Enough Hate” (Church Of The Truly Warped)
  15. Seena Sheep Skin – “Lapis Lazuli” (Fake Fur)

Come incite some violence I’m bored of diplomacy suffocating silence the curse, no dignity the meek, the weak . . . Satan is the name she goes by there’s a lotta devil in her eye kiss a fire that burns you up

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