Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-33 (Episode 37)

Happy Birthday Caitlin!

Tales From the Dropbox Episode 37 confronts an issue I have spent some time thinking about but I have had some difficulty formulating the issue itself. However, I think I now have resolved that problem and am willing to attempt a few statements of the issue:

What is the minimal type of wrongful act committed by a person that is beyond redemption? That is, when does a person’s wrongful act so color their legacy that any positive acts in their lives should be dismissed because their wrongful act is so outrageous?

We are reminded (at least in the law) that injury to one’s reputation caused by false statements causes irreparable harm and in certain specific instances damages are presumed to occur and are awarded by the court without proof of the amount. However, what are the consequences when the injury to one’s reputation is through their own acts?

This question is not as clear cut as it seems. I was reminded recently of Woodrow Wilson (after listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent podcast Revisionist History and the episode entitled Generous Orthodoxy (Thanks Nate!) and then dug up this story in the New York Times in the aftermath of the student protests at Princeton requesting removal of his name from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The balancing of good deeds vs evil deeds boils down to whether “Woodrow Wilson a key founder of modern liberalism, a visionary whose belief in an activist presidency laid the groundwork for the New Deal and the civil rights legislation of the 1960s” should be venerated for his good works or “was he a virulent and unrepentant racist, a man who not only segregated the federal work force but nationalized the Southern view of politics, turning the federal government itself into an instrument of white supremacy for decades to come” and therefore should his name be wiped from our memory?

There are numerous modern examples of this conundrum, such as Bill Cosby, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Ryan Lochte, etc. (Literally there are thousands of individuals some famous, some not so famous, but whose character like mine, has flaws). These are persons who have either committed or are accused of committing acts of varying degrees of reprehensibility which tarnish, perhaps irreparably, their reputations but who have performed at various times acts of charity, goodwill, or are athletes who have performed at the highest levels of excellence. The issue is a variant of last episode’s pondering on negative bias. If we are predisposed to have a negative bias, then does a single bad act wipe away a life of good? Some acts are so egregious – such a murder (O.J. Simpson – take that!) or child molestation (Steven Collins, actor on 7th Heaven, Ian Watkins, former front man for the Welsh rock band, Lostprophets) that reputation rehabilitation is unlikely…okay impossible. But how do some individuals who are alleged to have egregious acts, such as Kobe Bryant (Rape), Michael Jackson (Child molestation) but whose reputations have not, in the long term suffered much harm. I am not concerned with the motivation of the person or labeling the person as “good” or “bad” (See Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas). Rather the relevant inquiry is this: Does the alleged act prevent the person from being considered good?

Given the examples above, it appears (at least in the celebrity context) that a person who is famous has a greater possibility of reputation rehabilitation relative to the public perception of them as being the “greatest” at their chosen profession. Even when that reputation is tarnished, there are certain individuals that are immune to the long term fallout of their bad acts (or in some cases perceived bad acts).

Thankfully, we have a measure of the reputation harm from a bad act. The Q Score is a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, celebrity, company, or entertainment product (e.g., television show) used in the United States. The higher the Q Score, the more highly regarded the item or person is among the group familiar with them. Q Scores and other variants are primarily used by the advertising, marketing, media, and public relations industries. (How are Q Scores Calculated?) In 1992, “according to a New York Times story Jaleel White – yep, Steve Urkel – was the day’s top dog when it came to Q Score, narrowly edging out incumbent champ Bill Cosby. While only 53 percent of all respondents were familiar with White, 26 percent of all respondents listed White as one of their favorite performers, which racked up a stout Q Score of 49.” (Id.) Back in the heyday of The Cosby Show in the late ’80s . . . Cosby once recorded the highest Q Score ever, with more than 70 percent of Americans saying Cosby was one of their favorite celebrities. (Who Is America’s Most Disliked Celebrity? An Explainer.) My how the public’s perception of Bill has changed. Cosby’s negative Q Score in 2013 was 9, meaning 9 percent of adults had given him a negative rating. That number has since risen by 43 points, to 52 percent in 2015. (Id.) I suspect it is higher now. The highest negative Q Score belongs to Kim Kardashian at 71. (Id.)

So, what does this all mean? At the beginning of these show notes I postulated these questions:

What is the minimal type of wrongful act committed by a person that is beyond redemption?

It seems the answer to this question is that being perceived as an idiot ( even if you are not) may cause irreparable harm. The converse is also true. Some people’s reputations apparently can survive egregious behavior up to an including torture and mass murder. (Indonesia Debates Possibility of Honor For Suharto)

When does a person’s wrongful act so color their legacy that any positive acts in their lives should be dismissed because their wrongful act is so outrageous?

This question is more challenging because its answer lies more in timing of their bad act related to their status as an important person rather than the nature of the bad act itself. That is, a person can screw up their reputation rehabilitation by saying or doing something stupid that reminds us that they previously performed a bad act and therefore we judge them negatively. For example, all we will need to be reminded that Tiger Woods may not be the best guy (because he is a serial cheater) is another hooker to come out and say that she was sleeping with him while he was dating Lindsay Vonn… oh wait that actually happened!

So what can we really conclude? It appears that there is almost no act that can be committed by an individual by which their reputation cannot be rehabilitated. Even murderers can be forgiven – at least in the public perception of that individual. However, the converse is also true. There are some individuals who so irritate the public that even the smallest negative act cannot be forgiven – ever. So, Justin Bieber watch out. Your haters will likely outlive you.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #37:

  1. Manic Pixi – “Iron Heart” (Iron Heart)
  2. Who Killed Bruce Lee – “Young Love” (Distant Rendezvous)
  3. Psychic Ills – “Confusion (I’m Alright)” (Inner Journey Out)
  4. Descendents – “Fighting Myself” (Hypercaffium Spazzinate)
  5. Indian Askin – “Really Wanna Tell You” (Sea of Ethanol)
  6. Horror My Friend – “Same Minds” (Stay In, Do Nothing)
  7. Radkey – “Romance Dawn” (Dark Blake Makeup)
  8. Arkells – “My Heart’s Always Yours” (Morning Report)
  9. Starflyer 59 – “Told Me So” (Slow)
  10. Connections – “Oh Lisa” (Midnight Run)
  11. Elephant Gun Riot – “Tonight” (Elephant Gun Riot)
  12. Worth Taking – “I Can’t Believe” (Hangman)
  13. Future Generations – “Stars” (Future Generations)
  14. Gun Club – “Sex Beat” (Fire of Love)
  15. Blues Pills – “Rejection” (Lady in Gold)

I really wanna tell you, got to let it out  . . . I heard you singing in the shower … time is what it takes . . . I’ll be here I’ll be waiting for you . . . my heart’s always yours. ..

KFR

 

Dropbox Notes August 16, 2016

I missed publishing the July list of awesome record releases so as a bonus offering you get not only this month’s new list of records of interest but, in addition, I have also included the missing July 11th list. I think you’ll be very pleased with the latest offerings!

As usual, don’t delay – you never know when I might get the urge to release another batch of excellent listening opportunities for your eager ears. Stay tuned, eh?

If you want a preview, check out the podcasts!

Here is the August list:

  1. Bad Sports – Living With Secrets [2016]
  2. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits [2016]
  3. Titus Andronicus – S+@dium Rock ; Five Nights at the Opera [2016]
  4. Preoccupations – Preoccupations [2016]
  5. Lush – Origami [2016]
  6. Billy Talent – Afraid Of Heights (Deluxe Edition) [2016]
  7. Bosco Rogers – Post Exotic [2016]
  8. Dinosaur Jr – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not [2016]
  9. Cheena – Spend the Night With… [2016]
  10. Moose Blood – Blush [2016]
  11. JPNSGRLS – Divorce [2016]
  12. Bayside – Vacancy [2016]
  13. Angel Olsen – My Woman [2016]
  14. Blossoms – Blossoms [2016]
  15. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss [2016]
  16. Teenage Fanclub – Here [2016]
  17. Viola Beach – Viola Beach [2016]
  18. Masked Intruder – Love and Other Crimes [2016]
  19. Kid Canaveral – Faulty Inner Dialogue [2016]
  20. Orbs – Past Life Regression [2016]
  21. Relient K – Air for Free [2016]
  22. Spencer – We Built This Mountain Just To See The Sunrise [2016]
  23. Hockey Dad – Boronia [2016]
  24. Malibu Cannibals – Beautiful [2016]
  25. Big Deal – Say Yes [2016]
  26. Cake – Blue Powder [2016]
  27. Adolescents – Manifest Density [2016]
  28. Barb Wire Dolls – Desperate [2016]
  29. Big Business – Command Your Weather [2016]
  30. Descendants – Hypercaffium Spazzinate [2016]
  31. Russian Circles – Guidance [2016]
  32. Smithereens – Stages [2016]
  33. Dead Ships – Citycide [2016]
  34. Grindhouse – Crazy Pussy [2016]
  35. of Montreal – Innocence Reaches [2016]
  36. Pfarmers – Our Puram [2016]
  37. See No Evils – Inner Voices [2016]
  38. Blind Pilot – And Then Like Lions [2016]
  39. Arkells – Morning Report [2016]
  40. Cotton Mather – Death of the Cool [2016]
  41. Radkey – Dark Black Makeup [2016]
  42. Amsterdam Station – The River. The Sound. The Wake [2016]
  43. Elephant Gun Riot – Elephant Gun Riot [2016]
  44. New Volume – Envy [2016]
  45. Black Market Karma – Animal Jive [2016]
  46. Drug – Infinite Statement [2016]
  47. In School – Cement Fucker EP [2016]
  48. Young the Giant – Home of the Strange [2016]
  49. Blowout – No Beer No Dad [2016]
  50. Richie Ramone – Cellophane [2016]

Here is the July list:

  1. Nice As Fuck – Nice As Fuck [2016]
  2. Shift – If [2016]
  3. Thee Oh Sees – Live in San Francisco [2016]
  4. Black Black Black – Altered States of Death & Grace [2016]
  5. Case-Lang-Veirs – Case-Lang-Veirs [2016]
  6. Strokes – Future Present Past EP [2016]
  7. Boxer Rebellion – Ocean By Ocean [2016]
  8. Metz and Swami John Reis – Let it Rust [2016]
  9. Metz – Mission Of Burma – Split [2016]
  10. Speedy Ortiz – Foiled Again EP [2016]
  11. She Drew The Gun – Memories Of The Future [2016]
  12. Toys That Kill – Sentimental Ward [2016]
  13. Imaginary Hockey League – We’ll Get Better One Day. I Promise [2016]
  14. White Lies – Take It Out On Me [2016]
  15. Spray Paint – Feel The Clamps [2016]
  16. Pretty Lights – Euclid Records Tapes [2016]
  17. Her – Revolution [2016]
  18. John The Ghost – Sincerely, John The Ghost [2016]
  19. Look Mexico – Uniola [2016]
  20. Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre [2016]
  21. Don’t – Fever Dreams [2016]
  22. GØGGS – GØGGS [2016]
  23. Alice Bag – Alice Bag [2016]
  24. Blink-182 – California [2016]
  25. Palaye Royale – Boom Boom Room (Side A) [2016]
  26. Direct Hit! – Wasted Mind [2016]
  27. Meiko – Moving Day [2016]
  28. Avett Brothers – True Sadness [2016]
  29. Drowners – On Desire [2016]
  30. Mikey Erg – Tentative Decisions [2016]
  31. Paws – No Grace [2016]
  32. Misfits – Friday the 13th [2016]
  33. Waxahatchee – Early Recordings [2016]
  34. Kingbees – The Big Rock (Remastered) [2016]
  35. Hot Hot Heat – Hot Hot Heat [2016]
  36. Deerhoof – The Magic [2016]
  37. Sherwood – Some Things Never Leave You [2016]
  38. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini [2016]
  39. Jake Bugg – On My One [2016]
  40. Starflyer 59 – Slow [2016]
  41. Mountains and Rainbows – Particles [2016]
  42. D.O.A. – Fucked Up Donald (Single) [2016]
  43. Causes – Under Bridges That You Built for Me [2016]
  44. GoToBeds – Blood_Sugar_Secs_Traffic[2016]
  45. Death Valley Girls – Glow In The Dark [2016]
  46. Shelters – The Shelters [2016]
  47. Augustines – This Is Your Life [2016]
  48. Bat For Lashes – The Bride (Bonus Track Version) [2016]
  49. Lees Of Memory – Unnecessary Evil [2016]
  50. Julie Ruin – Hit Reset [2016]

Gabba Gabba Hey!

KFR

Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-32 (Episode 36)

Tales From the Dropbox Episode 36 drops into your inbox with 15 new (ish) slabs of sonic gooeyness in the form of tunes that you are highly unlikely to find on your radio. 15 songs in about an hour. Drop by, tune in, drop out. It is all good.

And speaking of good, as I looked at the daily news filled with stories of bad news (really bad…just google “news” and you will see a page filled with a litany of stories on murder, mayhem, tragedy, greed, avarice, and other indicators that the world is degenerating into chaos – if we are not already there) the thought arose maybe humans are wired for negativity as some type of survival mechanism.

That is, does a negativity bias distort our perception of the world in such a manner that we are not interested in positive experiences to the same extent as we focus on the negative?  Is this negativity bias reflected not only in our news (and the writer’s propensity to offer negative stories as “capturing the reader”) but also in our approach to life with negative interactions becoming more meaningful than positive interactions in our decision making?

Contrary to the intent of this podcast which is focused on good music from my limited perspective and bias, perhaps the reason I have so few listeners is that I played a song that they believed was bad and thereafter inferred that all future music would also be just as bad. Perhaps I would be more effective as a podcast host if I just told you that all of the music I was going to play for you was terrible (much like commercial radio who don’t say it but instead bludgeon you into submission by playing the same shitty songs endlessly hoping that you will eventually like them) and then have you argue with me that the music is really good. i.e. a reverse psychology approach to music selection.   Perhaps my complete and absolute loathing of any station that plays the Red Hot Chili Peppers (KROQ – I am referring to you here, you dumb asses) has negatively influenced my perspective of the entire playlist of that station.  Now it no longer matters as I rarely listen to anything except a few college radio stations. However, I digress like usual.

Negative bias is real. Paul Rozin and Edward B. Royzman postulate that negative bias is a general bias, based on both innate predispositions and experience, to give greater weight to negative entities (e.g., events, objects, personal traits). This negative bias manifested in 4 ways: (a) negative potency (negative entities are stronger than the equivalent positive entities), (b) steeper negative gradients (the negativity of negative events grows more rapidly with approach to them in space or time than does the positivity of positive events, (c) negativity dominance (combinations of negative and positive entities yield evaluations that are more negative than the algebraic sum of individual subjective valences would predict), and (d) negative differentiation (negative entities are more varied, yield more complex conceptual representations, and engage a wider response repertoire). See Rozin, P and Royzman, E, “Negativity Bias, Negativity Dominance, and Contagion” (2001)

What does this all mean? We are F&^!!!ed. ( Ironically, the previous statement is a pure expression of negative bias.) We are essentially wired for negative and those negative events and experiences have more impact on us than numerous positive events and experiences. We subconsciously look for negative experiences and are drawn to those negative experiences like a moth to a flame because we learn from those negative experiences.  At a very basic psychological level, evidence from learning research indicates a powerful negativity bias: negative reinforcement, as opposed to comparable positive reinforcement, leads to faster learning that is more resistant to extinction in both human adults and in animals (e.g., Garcia, Hankins, & Rusiniak, 1974; Logue, Ophir, & Strauss, 1981; Öhman & Mineka, 2001, for a review). As we age, this negativity bias becomes ingrained and distorts our perception because we spend more time looking at negative than at positive stimuli, perceive negative stimuli to be more complex than positive ones, and form more complex cognitive representations of negative than of positive stimuli (e.g., Ducette & Soucar, 1974; Fiske, 1980; H. Miller & Bieri, 1965).

Consequently, (how do you like that $500.00 transition word?), we are hardwired to process negative information as a means of survival. While this explains much of the reason why we focus on all the negative $hXX, it does not explain why we also have to be negative in response to a negative stimulus. Like most of our “biases” i.e. our natural tendencies necessary for our survival, we must recognize those tendencies and balance them out. The ratio to counteract for negative bias tends to be 5:1. Gottman, J “A Theory of Marital Dissolution and Stability” (Journal of Family Psychology, June 1993 Vol. 7, No. 1, 57-75). That is, we need at least 5 positive experiences for every negative experience in order to balance out the negative experience. So, when you have a negative interaction, thought, experience etc. you must take action to not let that experience alter your perception of all similar interactions so that you incorrectly let that perception influence future outcomes. For example, if you have a single negative encounter with a person determine the entire relationship you might be missing out on a truly positive, dynamic, and life altering relationship with that person. So, when you approach a woman in a bar and ask her to dance don’t let her initial response – “F#@$@! off you creep, I’d never go out with someone like you” define the future outcomes. Look at the positive, maybe next time she won’t be some freakin’ negative. Her reaction is likely due to one previous very negative encounter negatively biasing all future approaches by creeps like you. And you in turn won’t approach her again because she is just a miserable stuck up self-important/involved ass. Thus, begins the negative cycle that destroys any possible future relationship. And it happened all because you only wanted to dance! Much like seeing a cockroach in your food turns you off from visiting that same restaurant again in the future. Maybe it’s just her…and not you. She is obviously going to be missing out on all that makes you special. For those who will perceive the prior hypothetical as a sexist in view, I could easily flip the script and have the woman make the approach with the same result, but I am male and uncomfortable faking a female perspective. Believe me, I have little to none as far as understanding the female mind/ perspective. Ask my wife.

So, the takeaway from the research is this: find ways to make  positive connections  – find the ties that bind and do so to balance out the negativity. More importantly, don’t let a single negative interaction prevent you from engaging and repeating an experience in the future. Ask another person out.

Tales From the Dropbox offers you 15 positive musical experiences to balance out the negative experiences of your week. Don’t look at the news…just listen.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #36:

  1. Kid Canaveral – “Callous Parting Gift” (Faulty Inner Dialogues)
  2. The Interrupters – “Good Things” (Say It Out Loud)
  3. Titus Andronicus – “Fatal Flaw” (S+@dium Rock – Five Nights at The Opera)
  4. The See No Evils – “Hanging Around” (Inner Voices)
  5. New Volume – “Turn Off The Light (Envy)
  6. Look Mexico – “Well Kansas Ain’t What It Used To Be” (Uniola)
  7. JPNGRLS – “2009” (Divorce)
  8. Moose Blood – “Glow” (Blush)
  9. Star Parks – “Loose Ends” (Don’t Dwell)
  10. Amsterdam Station – “Jaime Newmar” (The River. The Sound. The Wake.)
  11. Spencer – “Saturday Shoes” (We Built This Mountain Just To See The Sunrise)
  12. Society – “The Fear The Hate) (All That We’ve Become)
  13. Biffy Clyro – “Don’t, Won’t, Can’t” (Ellipsis)
  14. Guadalcanal Diary – “Trail of Tears” (Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man)
  15. Xylaroo – “Track a’ Lackin” (Sweetooth)

I woke up this morning coughing and choking . . . I got loose ends … two girls wait by the railroad track for their soldiers to come back knowing this will be their last . . . one wore blue and one wore black

KFR

Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-31 (Episode 35)

I’m running through a backlog of stuff that I enjoyed during my recent vacation. So, here you have Tales From the Dropbox Episode 35 without the typical show notes, i.e. my perspective on a random topic. So, instead of reading while listening to this episode, perhaps you can just focus on the positive message presented herein by the Adolescents and contemplate whether we can, or should, try to escape from planet F@##!. The countdown to November 8 is on.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #35:

  1. Holly Miranda – “Forever Young” (Party Trick EP)
  2. Alice Avery – “Slowly” (Kicking the Habit)
  3. Masked Intruder – “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt” (Love and Other Crimes EP)
  4. Thee Oh Sees – “Plastic Plant” (A Weird Exists)
  5. Bosco Rogers – “The Million” (Post Exotic)
  6. Dinosaur Jr. – “Tiny” (Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not)
  7. Thee Oh Sees – “Toe Cutter Thumb Buster” (Live In San Francisco)
  8. Lonely Avenue – “Where I Don’t Belong” (Lonely Avenue)
  9. Viola Beach – “Swings and Waterslides” (Viola Beach)
  10. Cheena – “Car” (Spend The Night With …)
  11. HannahBand – “Burn It Down” (Quitting Will Improve Your Health)
  12. Useless I.D. – “Borrowed Time” (State Is Burning)
  13. The Adolescents – “Escape From Planet Fuck” (Manifest Destiny)
  14. Junior Battles – “Bunk” (Rally)
  15. Dentist – “Body Slam (Move)” (Ceilings)

Well I know you don’t particularly like me around, I was hoping I could change your mind . . . I’m in another haze when I get going I can sleep for day I still want something for nothing …

KFR

Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-30 (Episode 34)

So, did you miss me? (Rhetorical . . . really . . . no need to tell me you didn’t.) Back after my short vacation (Is there any vacation that is too long? Again … no need to tell me.) Episode 34 of Tales From The Dropbox arrives just in time to save you from reality. Now there is a bold statement. We need to every once in a while spend some time taking a break from reality. You should probably start listening to Episode 34 now as the following screed is a cursory, but hopefully interesting, examination of the current “reality” following the completion of the preliminaries for the presidency.

Unfortunately, politics is on my mind quite a bit lately. Why? Because I am actually worried about the outcome of the November election. I don’t usually care which candidate wins the presidency because the practical impact on my daily life is typically not that dramatic. However, in this election cycle, the contrast between the nominees from each party is striking. Consequently, the anticipated outcome and the policies enacted by the “winner” – real or imagined – makes this election different. In short, the new President, no matter who wins, will have a very real impact on the direction of the country.

For the record, I was thoroughly fascinated by the contrast of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. I respect the herculean effort of Donald’s handlers to alter the perception of him as a crazy arrogant self-absorbed ass (“CASA”) whose public pronouncements, often offensive to all, suggest a person who is suffering from a unique form of Tourette’s. For my Spanish speaking listeners, Donald, the CASA, wants to make the Whitehouse his “casa.”

But let me first deal with Hillary, the Democratic candidate for President. Hillary, is certainly no rose herself. She has the arrogant sweat of the entitled dripping off her bloom. Honestly, what kind of arrogance must a person possess to knowingly have your IT “professional” set up a separate email server just so you can ensure that your employer, the U.S. government, does not obtain and review copies of your “private” emails – including, apparently, classified top secret government emails which you also arrogantly believe should be transmitted from your kingdom to various foreign hackers, oops, governments. As I have commented previously, this arrogance is reflected in the potential harm from such a critical lapse of judgment – American lives may have been lost and either she didn’t give a crap or she is just plain stupid. She is not a good candidate – she is not likeable and she is not honest.

But we now must, necessarily, compare her to the other presidential nominee, the Donald.  

Donald is, not only CASA, also schizophrenic. That term does not even adequately describe the quality of Donald’s obvious personality disorder. Mental illness is a traditional problem for the electorate to deal with in a presidential campaign and history teaches that mental illness is normally not an insurmountable issue. In short, mental disorders are not a disqualifying disability for the presidency. For example, __________ was obviously as crazy as a loon. (You get to fill in the blank by yourself as there are plenty of obvious nominees from both parties for the position of bat shit crazy.)

However, given the largess of evidence of Donald’s mental instability, including the recent Khan family debacle which presumably alienated every veteran and their family, when that mental instability is combined with Donald’s, also obvious, lack of knowledge about anything relevant to the running the business call the U.S. government, the contest should not even be close. (It will be, but it shouldn’t.)

Here is a short list of actual quotes from the man Republican’s actually believe should be President (feel free to hear “the voice” in your head):

“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” 

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

“The point is, you can never be too greedy.”

 “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”

“We have to have a wall. We have to have a border. And in that wall we’re going to have a big fat door where people can come into the country, but they have to come in legally.”

“My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

“Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, [Republican rival Marco Rubio] referred to my hands: ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”

“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.” (This may be a true statement…but irony is lost on Donald.)

You can read other gems here: Donald Trump: The man behind the mouth

The electorate will decide which of these two very flawed individuals will be President. The choice really is not that close. Hillary, for all her warts, is at the very least as qualified as any previous politician who was elected to the office of the President. Why, because that is precisely what she is – a politician. And we expect our politicians to lie to us. So what is the problem with her being a liar, now?

Some of you reading this might think, what about electing the libertarian candidate? Child, please.  

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #34:

  1. Black Honey – “All My Pride” (Headspin EP)
  2. Mikey Erg – “An Abundance of Julies (Tentative Decisions)
  3. Billy Talent – “Big Red Gun” (Afraid of Heights)
  4. The Maine – “You Get What You Give (New Radicals)” (Covers)
  5. Head Exploder – “Vietnam” (Nude Beach)
  6. Attic Abasement – “Statuesque Mess” (Dream News)
  7. The War Between – “Silent Alarm” (Goth Beach)
  8. Breaking Waves – “Satisfied Heart” (Taking…Look Away From Life)
  9. Daniel Romano – “Valerie Leon” (Mosey)
  10. Speedy Ortiz – “Death Note” (Foiled Again EP)
  11. Balloon Flights – “Brains” (Staten Island)
  12. Allison Weiss – “The Same” (Forever Beautiful: A Collection of Love for Orlando)
  13. Head of the Herd – “How Was I Supposed To Know” (Birds on the Roof)
  14. Blue Jeans – “Make Up II Break Up” (Songs Are Easy)
  15. Deerhoof – “Plastic Thrills” (The Magic)

Now listen Julie I don’t want you to go home tell me truly how come its been so long? Wake up kids we got the dreamers disease . . . this whole world could fall apart you’ll be OK follow your heart …

KFR

Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-29 (Episode 33)

Surprise! Two episodes of Tales From The Dropbox in a single day! As I am going to take a short break from recording at the end of the month, I figured that there is no time like the present to put out another episode of new sounds.

Episode 33 figures to be dangerous. It is an all punk rock episode covering several prevalent subgenres each of which indicate that punk rock is healthy despite repeated efforts by commercial radio to marginalize punk rock or efforts by those to romanticize it as a form of music that belongs only in the past to be visited upon those endless punk rock compilations containing the same bands and the same tunes.

Those of us even remotely familiar with the origins and evolution of punk rock understand that punk always was the musical expression of youth rebellion and a source of social commentary on the issues relevant to that generation. While many pundits, including Johnny Lydon, then Rotten, have declared punk dead or tried to romanticize and redefine the history of punk rock, the simple truth is this: punk rock, originally, was the physical manifestation of a disenchanted and disenfranchised youth coming to grips with the same ills that we currently face as a society: unemployment; police brutality; class inequality (rich v. poor); racism; environmental concerns.

So then it should come as no surprise that punk is not the same as it was 40 years ago. Punk changed immediately after the first expression, after it was first given name.

Punk has evolved, not died. Punk is a way of life because punk  is not only about the freedom to express ideas but to give them energy and, most importantly, create movement. That’s it. Whether it was through fashion, art, or music, punk was not and is not an idea or an ideal. Rather punk is the expression of ideas in action. As D.O.A’s Joe Keithley (who has a track in today’s episode) has aptly observed: Talk –Action = 0.

Punk, therefore is motion – only when people act and give expression to ideas is it punk. The beauty of punk is that it is adaptable, i.e. there are many forms and contexts for expression of those ideas. Music is merely the vehicle for conveying thought and emotion. Although its origins as a movement in the U.S., U.K and Canada may all differ because of the perspectives unique to each country at the time, today, punk is a global movement giving a voice to those who choose to act. The subjects may not be the same, e.g. “emo” teaches us that personal relationships can also be dealt with from a punk perspective.

That perspective has not changed much because it is universal. Punk still encompasses all viewpoints, pushes boundaries, engages thought, is subversive and nonconformist, rewards independent thinking and action, and therefore, is not only the freest form of music but it also the most powerful form of expression because it contains the most subversive elements of change – ideas:

Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer. Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas. The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaler.

It is a common error, I think, among the radical idealists of my own … period to suggest that financiers and business men are a danger . . . because they are so sordid or so materialistic. The truth is that financiers and business men are a danger . . . because they can be sentimental about any sentiment, and idealistic about any ideal, any ideal that they find lying about, just as a boy who has not known much of women is apt too easily to take a woman for the woman, so these practical men, unaccustomed to causes, are always inclined to think that if a thing is proved to be an ideal it is proved to be the ideal.

Chesterton, G.K, Heretics (1905)

Punk is still relevant. Lock up your children.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #33:

  1. Nice as Fuck – “Homerun” (Nice As Fuck)
  2. Mega – “I Wrote Eric Fromm” (Conversation about Nothing)
  3. Narcolaptic – “Under the Street Light” (Hypocretin)
  4. Greys – “Blown Out” (Outer Heaven)
  5. Ginger Wildheart – “Only Henry Rollins Can Save Us Now” (The Year of the Fan Club)
  6. Cold Cold Hearts – “All Those Nights” (Heartware)
  7. Paws – “Clarity” (No Grace)
  8. Black Black Black – “Let’s Bloodlet” (Altered States of Death and Grace)
  9. Death Valley Girls – “Death Valley Boogie” (Glow in the Dark)
  10. Beartooth – “Hated” (Aggressive)
  11. All Fucked Up – “Hard Times” (Thirty Minutes Old School)
  12. Alice Bag – “The Touch I Crave” (Alice Bag)
  13. March – “Head Shears” (Stay Put)
  14. D.O.A. – “Fucked Up Donald” (Fucked Up Donald Single)
  15. Summer Cannibals – “Full of It” (Full of It)

Who knew you’d be hated for being who you are and be a big target for all the insecure . . . you’ve spent your whole life just talking out your ass…

KFR

Just For Fun Concerts EP 2016-28 (Episode 32)

I know that you can’t get enough Tales From the Dropbox so this week I have two episodes ready to roll out for your aural pleasure. Episode 32 is fairly “traditional” (whatever that means) in musical selections from the list below it does appear that I am focused on troubled personal relationships, fret not my friends, as my relationship with Mrs. Belding is not on the rocks. This week’s selections are just how the songs fell out as I assembled this episode.

Mrs. Belding, who doesn’t actually listen to the podcast but does read the show notes, indicated that they were too long to read, so I have headed her wise advice and shortened them substantially as you will likely note. BTW she calls me Dick.

So, a couple of episode’s back I posted my thoughts on sensible gun control. You can scroll down the page and find it easily or use the handy search box up above. Today’s revisiting, focuses on only one aspect of that issue – the AR-15.

As the recent events in Dallas remind us, yet again, the AR-15 is a @%@ lightweight killing machine. In the hands of almost anyone: teens, mental defectives, serial killers and mass murders it can be utilized to commit evil. Should evil assholes have access to these weapons? Common sense dictates that we say no.

How can government prevent these weapons from getting into the wrong hands? It can’t.

The U.S. constitution apparently protects the right of citizens to own any type of weapon.

In Kolbe v. Hogan, 813 F.3d 160 (2016) the 4th Circuit (Maryland) took up a Second Amendment challenge to a 2013 Maryland statute banning the sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and many firearms, by labeling them as “assault weapons.” In a 2-1 decision the Fourth Circuit held that strict scrutiny is the proper standard of review for bans on common arms, such as the AR15, and remanded the case back to the trial court to apply the correct standard. The trial court had utilized intermediate scrutiny.

NB: Under intermediate scrutiny the government, which has the burden of proof, wins almost every case. Under strict scrutiny – the government will rarely win. As noted by the majority:

A statute that “completely prohibits, not just regulates, an entire category of weaponry . . . might be ‘equivalent to a ban on a category of speech.’” (Quoting D.C. Circuit Judge Kavanaugh’s dissent in the Heller II case.) The extensive prohibition is “akin to a law that ‘foreclose[s] an entire medium of expression.’ City of Ladue v. Gilleo, 512 U.S. 43, 55 (1994). Such laws receive exceptionally rigorous review in the analogous context of the First Amendment … and we see no reason for a different method here.”

In short – the court is telegraphing that it believes the Maryland gun control statute is unconstitutional.

The Kolbe dissent was more pragmatic:

Let’s be real: The assault weapons banned by Maryland’s FSA are exceptionally lethal weapons of war. In fact, the most popular of the prohibited semiautomatic rifles, the AR-15, functions almost identically to the military’s fully automatic M16. (Id. at 193.)

The government argued for a rehearing before the entire appellate panel (14 justices) which was granted. Oral arguments took place in May. When the decision is issued, it will potentially have a huge impact on a number of States gun control legislation as they wrestle with assault weapons and high volume magazines. So, the Supreme Court may have to finally take a gun case.

To be clear, I have no objection to any specific type of weapon.  Each weapon arguably has a legitimate purpose. The issue I have with these types of hyper-legal decisions is the legitimacy of an argument that a state cannot keep assault weapons from nut jobs.  Regulation is necessary where the risk of harm to the general public is greater than the individual’s right to possess a military assault rifle.

I am positive that the framers, at the time of drafting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, did not anticipate that there would one day be a gun, in the hands of an untrained individual, which could have single handedly won the American Civil War.

In short, bad people can obtain any type of weapon. We should be able to restrict the sales of types of weapons when we cannot prevent them from falling into the hands of bad people.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #32:

  1. Fear of Men – “Trauma” (Fall Forever)
  2. All Human – “And So Peter Dances” (Teenagers, You Don’t Have To Die)
  3. Highs – “Careful” (Dazzle Camouflage)
  4. Causes – “Sparrow” (Under Bridge That You Built For Me)
  5. The Breaks – “Looking Down the Back Roads” (The Back Roads)
  6. Camp Claude – “Disconnected” (Swimming Lessons)
  7. Drowners – “Someone Else is Getting In” (On Desire)
  8. With Confidence – “Waterfall” (Better Weather)
  9. Over Andover – “The One Where The Underdog Gets Away” (Somewhere Safe)
  10. Seratones – “Don’t Need it” (Get Gone)
  11. Wrenn – “Summer Girls” (Apathy & Good Books)
  12. The Rival Bid – “Fire” (Night Remains)
  13. The Shift – “Red Flags” (If)
  14. The Modern Lovers – She’s Cracked” (The Original Modern Lovers)
  15. Meiko – “We All Fall Down” (Moving Day)

Well she cracked, I won’t she did things that I don’t she’d eat garbage, eat shit, get stoned … she’s just been hurt bad before … I’m always throwing up these red flags hoping that she’ll see…

KFR