Tales From The Drop Box Episode 173 (2020-21) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

I can’t tell if things are bad or good right now. I should be able to make the distinction but when you are inundated with a derecho of crap, it is sometimes difficult to figure out a clear path forward. COVID-19 cases are still increasing but at least fewer people are dying from the disease. There are a large number of people who are permanently damaged but the news hasn’t got around to discussing the cardiac damage experienced by many, even in asymptomatic individuals. I guess we are getting better at treating people, but honestly, I don’t think we should have gone through a deadly experimentation phase just to learn that the virus is fatal to a large number of people. This observation shouldn’t be surprising given the lack of empathy that exists in America. As more idiots refuse to follow some pretty basic guidelines to prevent the spread, the question is not really when you are going to contract COVID-19, but will you survive.

On the rock n’ roll front, this has been a really good summer for music. I’m still in a rounding up phase from the spring as the number of truly good releases continue to amaze me with both their musicality and energy. I think you’ll find something you like here as well. I’m not trying to make you all happy, however, I certainly try. What I do guarantee is that you are not going to find most of these bands played on your radio, so if you are tooling around seeking takeout, then perhaps give this a listen. I’ve been told that my voice is somewhere between painful and whiskey smooth so it’s always less talk and more rock.

And away we go! Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 173:

  1. Cold Beaches – “Somebody” (Drifter)
  2. The Coronas – “Haunted” (True Love Waits)
  3. The Raging Nathans – “Big Mouth” (Oppositional Defiance)
  4. Savak – “The Point Of The Point” (The Point Of The Point 7”)
  5. The Room In The Wood – “Mars (Won’t Save Us)” (We’re The Martians, Now)
  6. Sleeper — “Bedhead (BBC Session John Peel 1994)” (Live At The BBC)
  7. The Rifles – “Fall To Sorrow (Live)” (Live At The Roundhouse)
  8. Taking Meds – “Somebody Particular” (The Meds You Deserve)
  9. The Scratches – “Sorry (Not Sorry)” (Never Better)
  10. Dirt Box Disco – “I Want Out” (TV Sex Show)
  11. Anti-Flag – “No One Can Save Yourself But You (Demo)” (VA – Isolation Songs Volume 1)
  12. Mondo Generator – “Dog Food” (Shooter’s Bible)
  13. Angel Du$t – “Big Ass Love” (Pretty Buff)
  14. The Replacements – “Kick Your Door Down” (Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash)
  15. Overwhelmed – “What Do You Want?” (Who Rules The World?)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 173 (2020-21)

Your radio is playing rather loud it don’t sound like me your attitude seems so proud that don’t bother me . . . I’m hanging around that same old scene my girlfriend Betsy she’s just fourteen there’s nothing better for me to do I’m living on dog food . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-15 (Episode 116)

Now that school is in session for another year, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 116 is also gearing up for fall with the latest trends and styles…. not likely. Here you will find a selection of music loved by your host, Mr. Belding, that have been released relatively recently and that you are unlikely to find on the radio or in some Spotify playlist. Someone asked me what the purpose of the show is. Purpose? WTF? I have an objective, not a purpose. The objective is to bring you the best new music while focused on the music and the musicians, not their social life, nor their Instagram worthiness. I do not care who they are dating. The only critical analysis in these podcasts is related to my enjoyment i.e. that a record connects with me on an emotional level i.e. joy, sadness, happy, anger, etc. Music is emotional and I believe that it is meant to be experienced on both physical and emotional levels. The best songs make you want to move, to sing-a-long, to think about the lyrics. That is, they connect with you on multiple levels. I know that some of these tracks may not make an instant connection. Some tracks you may never connect with because of mood, time, or the energy it takes to make that connection. Some tracks may leave you cold. I get it. However, I appreciate that you still follow along, looking for that diamond track – the one song that sparkles and shines and that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. I’m looking to bring you joy. These songs do that for me.  This podcast is simply my effort to share my experience with you. That’s it.

Also, for those of you who were not here at the beginning, sometimes these notes are a version of a public forum. That is, these notes are where I, on occasion, share my perspective on various matters. In general they concern current legal, political, or ethical issues and I and often explore their intersection looking for a fresh perspective on a topic or bringing attention to an important ( at least in my mind) issue. Sometimes these notes are simply Trump bashing. I also know that Trump is a truly easy target.The Trump bashing is simply my way of adding my voice to a permanent record of the shit show this President has created and the dangers of an uniformed electorate who vote for a pathologically and chronic lying sack of shit who is also morally bankrupt and corrupt. Feel free to fact check the last statement. The only portion that I believe, at this point in time, is purely opinion is that Trump is also corrupt. Everything else is fact. Don’t get hung up on the morally bankrupt contention – this fact is self-proving. Given this past week’s disclosure of the immunity deals for Trump’s inner circle of crooks, I’m feeling confident that the “corrupt” aspect of my statement will also prove to be a fact as well.

So, if you are sensitive, do not want to read my perspective, then skip these notes. I’m good with it if you are! I am positive that if you are listening to this podcast that you also have ideas, opinions, and thoughts of your own that are also interesting, intelligent and amusing (see how I did that?) and perhaps you can drop me a note expressing some of those thoughts.

If all you are interested in is the music, then be assured that Tales From The Drop Box is only about the music but the notes may not be about the music at all. Does it make sense now?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #116:

  1. The Ballroom Thieves – “Almost Love” (Paper Crown EP)
  2. The Sufis – “All Knowing” (After Hours)
  3. The Shins – “Mildenhall (Flipped)” (The Worms Heart)
  4. Palace Winter – “The Ballroom” (Nowadays)
  5. Sweet Reaper – “Black Widow” (Sidekick)
  6. La Luz – “Don’t Leave Me On The Earth” (Floating Features)
  7. Poptone – “Mirror People” (Poptone)
  8. Dearist – “Shame” (Sonder)
  9. Middle Kids – “Bought It” (Lost Friends)
  10. Better Half – “Fixate” (Maybe I Was Wrong EP)
  11. Slapshot – “Make America Hate Again” (Make America Hate Again)
  12. The Coronas – “Not Sure How To Lie” (Reprise EP)
  13. Pet Symmetry – “Ends With Benefits” (Reflection)
  14. Plasmatics – “Butcher Baby” (Butcher Baby b/w Fast Food Service 7”)
  15. Gouge Away – “Only Friend” (Burnt Sugar)

Butcher baby dressed up in red, butcher baby messed in your head . . . the mirror people, know not how to cry so they scream, the mirror people scream inside

KFR