I’m still here! There is not a better way to start the week than with some new tunes. This episode of Tales From The Drop Box explores a very poppy side of the musical world. This week’s episode is really a trip through some neglected pop music that inhabits the multiverse and that is not on any popular radio in the U.S. (for the most part). Episode 195 explores that indie pop genre with some lyrically catchy and somewhat dark themes sprinkled throughout. It is interesting to hear music that is somewhat upbeat and then takes that dark sharp left into the uncomfortable. It’s not all dark as you’ll quickly discover, but then that is the joy of these podcasts – you’ll discover that we like to do it with the lights on!
Here is what you will find in Episode 195 (2021-07):
Nessa Barrett – “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead” (Pretty Poison)
Sly Withers – “My Bullshit” (Gardens)
Islands – “(We Like To Do It) With The Lights on” (Islomania)
Latewaves – “Too Much” (Hell To Pay)
Juliana Hatfield – “Suck It Up” (Blood)
The Reds, Pinks, and Purples – “Living On Sunday” (Anxiety Art)
Captain Kaiser – “Moscow Mule (The Drover’s Inn)
Sydney Sprague – “Object Permanence” (Maybe I Will See You At The End Of The World)
Why Elephant – “A Pair” (Today EP)
Nasty Cherry – “All In My Head: (The Movie EP)
Longstocking – “Teenage Angst At 27” (Once Upon A Time Called Now)
Adult Books – “Holiday” (Grecian Urn)
The Beaches – “Blow Up” (Future Lovers)
The Stranglers – “5 Minutes” (No More Heroes)
Remember Sports – ” Like A Stone” (Like A Stone)
When I think of you I, I get angry and I – I see couples in love, I hope they die I don’t really, I’m not that violent . . .I lost my love on the holiday my drugstore flowers bought with change the smell of wet leaves in the fireplace . . .
Hmmmm…..I am in an aggressive mood today so Episode 157 of Tales From the Drop Box is going to be far more up-tempo than the last couple of episodes of these pandemic versions of your favorite podcast. I’m telegraphing a few things in that last sentence. Yup, it is a punk rock episode! You should also note that I’ve also upped significantly the caloric content of this episode with a couple of extra tracks (okay – it’s 10 extra tracks) so you can enjoy these short songs longer.I also provided some YouTube links for those tracks that are available.
Hopefully all of you are staying as safe as you can, keeping others safe by physically distancing yourself from people in the wild, and doing your best to try to control the spread of COVID-19. I offer these wishes because in case it skipped your news feed – there is no cure yet, there is no treatment that reduces the lethalness of the virus, and real people are still dying – in large numbers. Consequently, if you are one of those who believe your individual freedoms are more important than the collective good and are willing to risk your life for your own reason, then please don’t freaking risk other people’s lives with your choices. Freedom is a choice (Devo?) but your individual actions may cause other individuals to die. By all means enjoy your personal freedom but don’t interfere with my right to be safe from exposure to a potentially deadly virus as I can’t predict what the outcome of your choice on my life will be.
On a separate note, I fully understand and agree that we must restart our local and national economies in order to prevent mass starvation and the very real consequences of a depression like economy. However, re-opening the business community without clear and consistent guidelines based upon reasonable objective data and supported by adequate COVID-19 testing is just freakin’ madness.
Are governments truly willing to risk people’s lives by a lack of preparation and planning? In a number of places, the answer to this question is certainly yes. Please hold these murderers accountable in the next election.
Someone tell me if I’m going crazy or if your rattling in my head is just another mind game that you’re playing… My brother’s life was over with a flash of light the gun was sure to have seen him comin’….
Bang. Here you have Tales From The Drop Box Episode 114 arriving a scant few days after Episode 113. What gives, you might inquire? Well, as you know there was the lengthy break in these podcasts but I was still listening to new music. So, I stockpiled a few things knowing that upon my return I had to go bigger, badder, and win you back. Episode 114 is a little more melodic than last week. Overall, the tracks are closer to the pop end of the rock spectrum, but there is a solid block of modern post-punk sounds that should keep you somewhat balanced. I know at least one of you (JB from Vancouver) is still recovering from the Pagan track a couple of episodes ago, so this should be a somewhat more pleasant listening experience for you as there is no disco/punkrock/deathmetal tracks this time. Maybe next time …
Oh, and so we are clear… The Whitehouse is not the place for Nazis. Why do we have to even say this?
Acollective – “All Lights Up” (The Coming Of Light)
Welshy Arms – “All For Us” (No Place Is Home)
Blurred Out – “Ain’t It A Shame” (Blurred Out)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “How long?” (Hope Downs)
Proud Parents – “Take My Hand” (Proud parents)
Night Flowers – “Unwound” (Wild Notion)
Warm Thoughts – “Airport” (I Went Swimming Alone)
Rise Against – “Savior” (Ghost Note Symphonies Vol. 1)
The Alarm – “What Kind Of Hell (Illegal Records Demo Version)” (Eponymous 1981-1983)
Remember Sports – “The 1 Bad Man” (Slow Buzz)
I’m not afraid of what I did but I’m not getting over it and I know and I know and I know that I asked you to stay I’m just a bad man today …. Your defense is crumbling slowly you cannot get a witness to stand what’s it like when millions of voices stand up and call you a cheat what kind of hell what kind of hell am I living in