Tales From The Drop Box Episode 181 (2020-29) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

If you have been reading these notes for the last couple of episodes of Tales From The Drop Box while listening (or even before listening!!!) to the podcast for the music, then you likely know how I actually feel and think about the two candidates for President of the United States. You are also aware that if Satan was running as a candidate against Trump, that I’d take a hard look at Satan. So, rather than continue to pile on that discourse, as most Americans have long ago made up their mind on whom they are going to cast their ballot (don’t get me started on the whole electors fiction) in this most important of elections, I can only say, once again, vote. If you have already cast your ballot, then thank you. If your ballot was cast for anyone other than Trump, then hopefully democracy will get a chance to say thank you after November 3.

As a reward for participating in the democratic process, I’ve expanded the show this week. Tales From the Drop Box Episode 181 is 5 songs longer but not lighter on quality! This episode has a pop feel to it, and I’ve included some artists who you may actually have heard of in this week’s episode. A surprise entry is Nick Lowe who has an amazing new track with Los Straitjackets, as well as some new goodies from Toronto’s Metz, Painted Doll, Don’t Kill The Octopus, the Arkells, Tropical Fuck Storm – you know the usual mix of music you need to hear.

So, kick back, put the headphones on tight, close your eyes and PLAY LOUD. The rocket ship is leaving now…

Here is what you will find in Episode 181:

  1. Sweeping Promises – “Hunger For A Way out” (Hunger For A Way Out)
  2. Night Birds – “Oblivious” (Fresh Kills Vol. II)
  3. Hangtime – “My Only One” (Destroy!)
  4. Metz – “The Mirror” (Atlas Vending)
  5. Rational Anthem – “Unimaginary Girlfriend” (It’s Only Permanent)
  6. Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets – “Crying Inside” (Walkabout)
  7. Arkells – “My Heart’s Always Yours (Acoustic) (Campfire Chords)
  8. Bee Bee Sea – “Drag Me Down” (Day Ripper)
  9. The Go Set – “A Letter To My Government” (Of Bright Futures EP)
  10. Billy Nomates – “Modern Hart” (Billy Nomates)
  11. Don’t Kill The Octopus – “Accident” (Stick Together)
  12. Painted Doll – “On The Ropes” (How To Draw Fire)
  13. Idle Hands – “A Single Solemn Rose” (Mana)
  14. The La’s – “There She Goes” (The La’s)
  15. Gladie – “Thank You Card” (Thank You Card EP)
  16. The Jaded Hearts Club – “Long And Lonesome Road” (You’ve Always Been Here)
  17. Into It. Over It. – “Brushstrokes” (Figure)
  18. Tropical Fuck Storm – “Legal Ghost” (Legal Ghost 7′)
  19. The Primitives – “Crash” (Lovely)
  20. Liar, Flower – “My Brain Is Lit Like An Airport” (Geiger Counter)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 181 (2020-29)

I heard you singing in the shower the alarm went off again and now you’re putting on your makeup I’m still laying in the bed . . . Here you go way too fast don’t slow down, you gonna crash you should watch, watch your step don’t lookout, gonna break your neck . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

Many of you, from around our great nation, will have received your ballots by mail. So, fill them out and vote. In past elections the choice came down to perceived differences in policy. That is, reasonable minds could differ on the policy objectives of a particular party that would dictate a common objective – to build a more perfect union. The sole objective in our democracy is to “form a more perfect union” as that goal is embodied in the preamble to the Constitution:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Our Union supposed to get better over time, not worse. When the president ignores the Constitution and destroys the fundamental underpinnings of it’s validity at every turn we all lose our freedom. These past 4 years are demonstrably worse for America by all measures – economy, health, racial injustice and inequality, individual rights, the general welfare of all citizens, voting etc. All of these failings are the symptoms of a failing democracy. These symptoms are caused by the personal failure of Trump to be a President for all people. The disease is Trumpism. Notably, the current occupant of the office of the President is a corrupt pathological liar incapable of executing the office of the President or carrying out the duties of the office i.e upholding the oath every president, upon assumption of the office, swears:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

If the past 4 years portends the next 4 years then America is truly lost if Trump is re-elected. So, regardless of your view of the perceived deficits of Biden, vote as if your life depends upon it, because it probably does.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 is filled with a ton of new releases this week from Drop Box faves King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Frankie & The Witch Fingers, as well as exciting new music from Mercy Music and The Medicine Dolls with a couple of oldies mixed in from Ty Segal & Mikal Cronin and Alternative TV. How could you go wrong?

Here is what you’ll find in Tales From the Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28):

  1. Death Valley Girls – “Breakthrough” (Breakthrough b/w Rock n’ Roll/EGA 7”)
  2. Elm Tree Circle – “I Get It” (No Fomo)
  3. Mercy Music – “Living With A Ghost” (Nothing In The Dark)
  4. All Souls – “Sentimental Rehash” (Songs From The End Of The World)
  5. Frankie & The Witch Fingers – “Where’s Your Reality?” (Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters)
  6. Acceptance – “Wildfires” (Wild, Free)
  7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Let It Bleed (Demo)” (Demos Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
  8. Bob – “Telepathy” (You Can Stop That For A Start)
  9. The Medicine Dolls – “She Tastes Like Cocaine” (Filth and Wisdom)
  10. Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – “Pop Song” (Pop Song 7″)
  11. Faded Paper Figures – “She’s Walking Out” (Kairos)
  12. The Cheats – “Take No Prisoners” (Cussin’, Crying n’ Carrying On)
  13. Lost In Society – “All Is Fair” (Love and War EP)
  14. Alternative TV – “Action Time Vision” (Action Time Vision)
  15. Anna Graceman – “Night Follows” (The Way The Night Behaves)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28)

10, 000 Maniacs miscellaneous old mister time he looked funny the children called him the scarecrow . . . I want to see my love bird want to see my love bird again . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 179 (2020-27) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

Nah, I’m not even going to try to hide the fact that this opener is political given this week’s new twist in the soap opera that is American politics. Following what some, including myself, have described as a shit show of a presidential debate where Trump demonstrated his true self (i.e. a weak insecure little man prone to lying), the news that Trump, three Republican Senators, and a number of others attending an event in the Rose garden tested positive for COVID-19 certainly was a karma twist. I note that Melania tested positive for COVID-19 as well, so maybe it isn’t true that she won’t get within 6 feet of him. Anyway…

It should not surprising to anyone that the idiot in charge gets COVID-19 at his own super spreader event. After flaunting his own department’s COVID-19 guidelines, mocking the use of mask wearing, hosting events where no one wears masks or physically distances from one another, and lets not forget spreads a shit ton of coronavirus misinformation on a daily basis, the chief architect of evil responsible for the death of more than 209,000 Americans is now feeling the virus’ effects. Given that Trump is a pathological liar, and those around him are also liars (as evidenced by the medical staff having to walk back misinformation within an hour regarding the orange idiots medical condition and treatment, it is not surprising that many see this COVID-19 incident as a political stunt to deflect from the overwhelming amount of evidence that Trump is not fit for office, dangerously incompetent, and whose continued occupancy of the office of the presidency constitutes a clear and present danger to democracy. I would venture to say that 100% of the American people are concerned about whether Trump dies. I cannot estimate that percentage secretly hope he does. However, I do know that evil does not die, so every single person who cares about America, about democracy, and about American values – honesty, decency, and justice still needs to vote to eliminate the Trump scourge as well as the Republican bootlickers who have enabled his brand of lunacy for the past 4 years. We are not perfect as a country but we can do much better than this freaking mess.

As for music, this has been a tremendous week for new releases. Episode 179 has several of them. I would venture to say that when we look back at 2020 we will find that some of the records released this year are generational. That is, they will be records that you will dig out of your collection and say, “damn this is still a ripper, isn’t it?”

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 179:

  1. Poppy – “Khaos x4” (I Disagree)
  2. A. Swayze & The Ghosts – “Suddenly” (Paid Salvation)
  3. The Asteroid No. 4 – “All Mixed Up” (Northern Songs)
  4. Bob Mould – “Next Generation” (Blue Hearts)
  5. Knuckle Puck – “Earthquake” (20/20)
  6. The Hunna – “Young & Faded” (I’d Rather Die Than Let You In)
  7. The Menzingers – “Anna” (From Exile)
  8. The Archaeas – “Lip Gloss” (The Archaeas)
  9. Cabbage – “Get Outta My Brain” (Amanita Pantherina)
  10. Idles – “War” (Ultra Mono)
  11. Second Narrows – “Liquor Store” (Second Narrows)
  12. Death Bells – “Heavenly Bodies” (New Signs Of Life)
  13. Osees – “Rainbow” (Levitation Sessions)
  14. Bikini Kill – ‘Rebel Girl” (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)
  15. Pillow Queens – “Holy Show” (In Waiting)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 179 (2020-27)

When she talks, I hear the revolution in her hips, there’s revolution when she walks, the revolution’s coming . . . I’ve memorized every single moment every fleeting passage of time the way you’d laugh and dance in the kitchen . . .

KFR