A Box of Toys – August 3, 2021

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A Box of Toys is a radio program dedicated to the mystery of obscure music. The sheer volume of new and original artists is utterly overwhelming and A Box of Toys endeavors to pluck these voices out of their dusty basements and onto the airwaves for your listening pleasure. It is the culmination of a …

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A Box of Toys #68 EDM Needledrop

This is the 4th in our Electronic Music Series, our first needledrop show in the series- all new material/represses including Burial and several artists from the intentionally obscure “xpq?” imprint.  Mostly soundscapes derived from the EDM scene, this show bridges the divide between dance and ambient electronics.


A Box Of Toys explores the golden age of the cassette by sampling the DIY tape machine that existed between 1979 and 1985- a period of unprecedented creativity in “popular music” (to use the term loosely).  This is a truly wild ride through the most obscure and interesting cassette catalogues from that period.


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A Box of Toys #66 Needle Drop

Our second ever needle-drop show hits with a splash of widely varying material from avant grade, to EDM, to jazz, to post punk. Among the mishmash you will find Burial, Black Flower, No Nice Sala, and Gaslamp Killer. Come along for the journey through the spiral groove from the vinyl stacks of Chris Cory


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A Box of Toys #65 exploring Leaving Records – Part Two

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This week we concludes our tribute to the majesty of upstart Leaving Records, covering the most recent 5 years of the label’s autre.  This includes two fine albums by Zeroh, as well as a smattering of lesser known West Coast artists in the experimental, electronic, and ambient music scene.


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A Box of Toys #64 exploring Leaving Records – Part One

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Repeat of last week’s episode continuing our exploration of independent record labels. This is a review of Leaving Records (Los Angeles). For the last 13 years Leaving has brought us a banquet of electronic, experimental, left field hip-hop and soundscape for our thirsty ears. This is part one of a two part series to be … Continued


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A Box of Toys #63 From The Stax – Needle Drop Show #1

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From The Stax, Needle Drop Show #1- includes some vinyl exclusive releases! On this show we explore the vinyl that we have obtained since late April, including a significant quantity of electronic dance music (EDM) and industrial dance music (IDM)   A Box of Toys is a radio program dedicated to the mystery of obscure … Continued


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A Box of Toys #62 Ralph Records + Crammed Discs

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Wrap-up of the Label Review shows since Crammed Discs, featuring the entire recorded output of Bay Area weirdo-indie Ralph Records and a bonus hour of Belgian Crammed Discs, bringing them up to 2021. A Box of Toys is a radio program dedicated to the mystery of obscure music. The sheer volume of new and original … Continued


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A Box of Toys #61 Sub Rosa Records

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Rebroadcasting our third in a series on Sub Rosa Records. This episode finds us taking up recent releases by the label, which has taken a turn away from the spoken word and into dark ambient and electronic works, as well as a continuation of the field recordings, archiving, and a 20th century composer series. Sub … Continued


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A Box of Toys #60 Rune Grammofon

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A Box Of Toys returns to Europe for a review of the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Specializing in jazz and ambient music, this label has put together a diverse lineup of talent that includes Iain Bellamy and Arve Henriksen. This is another one show record label review that covers the entire history of the label … Continued