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 Episode 172 (2020-20) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Blah Blah Blah was a pretty good album by Iggy Pop and the theme for this week – Blah Blah Blah. As we get closer to the only election that matters and a turning point in our country’s future, the real question is whether good will triumph over evil. That an election should decide the battle of good and evil is a truly sad thought. Why you might ask? Did you ever consider that the result of that battle is still a toss up after almost four years of misery both political and personal, and that we still are nation gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest. Good will triumph over Trump … eventually.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 172 is just the antidote for an oppressive real world. There is hope and here is about an hour of it.

Here Is what you’ll find in Episode 172:

  1. Alexa Melo – “Digital” (Demoitis)
  2. The Thank Yous – “The Indie Pop Demon” (Good Times Killing Us)
  3. The Warlocks – “Sucking Out Your Soul Like A Son Of A Bitch” (The Chain)
  4. The Angry Agenda – “We Shall Prevail” (War EP)
  5. Catholic Action – “People Don’t Protest Enough” (Celebrated by Strangers)
  6. F.O.D. – “Wrong” (Sleepville)
  7. Left Hand Black – “Children Of The Night” (Left Hand Black)
  8. The Cowboy – “Mr. Lamppost” (The Cowboy 7”)
  9. Angel Du$t – “Lil House” (Lil House EP)
  10. Selfish Things – “Flood (Alternate Version)” (Logos (Alternate Versions))
  11. Nite Sobs – “Back On The Ride” (Do The Sob)
  12. Transit Method – “Cannibals” (The Madness)
  13. The Cavemen – “Death Row” (Various Artists – AA/VV In The Shit Records Collection N. 1)
  14. Unwritten Law – “Fight” (Here’s To The Mourning)
  15. The Dead End kids – “Hey Du” (Kommando Glitzer)

I heard you were concerned with my life I heard you had a lot to say motherfuckin’, thanks for nothin’ . . . I think I have answers the world is a cancer our blasphemous mantras of bullets and blood . . .

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 171 (2020-19) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 171 finds America, unlike New Zealand and a bunch of other countries who have apparently figured out how to manage the outbreak of COVID-19, continuing to die. I guess only Anti-Flag correctly predicted that we would all have to Die for Our Government. Although that song was about the use of a manufactured experimental virus during the Gulf War on our own troops, the analogy holds I think. Our government is experimenting with American lives and, as posited a couple of episodes ago, we are going to have to save ourselves. Individual responsibility for our own safety.

I was curious about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victim’s of police violence. It is now mid-august and the protests have largely disappeared from the news (unless you live in Portland where the embers of dissent still burn). So I googled. The race-related things that have changed since the protests began around George Floyd’s death. Apparently, progress is being made. It’s just not news.

Which brings me to this episode of Tales From the Drop Box. Like the BLM movement, progress is being made – it’s just not news. But progress is the point of this podcast. The goal for this podcast is a simple one – to introduce you to music you might not have had come up in your playlist because that playlist is programmed for you by an algorithm and not a human. I’m a human and I program differently. I built this podcast for you with a goal to keep it catchy and expose you to a bunch of artists that you might not have heard of yet (although some of these artists you might know) and play for you a mix of tracks not likely to be played on commercial radio. That’s it. Simple Jack. Let me know if I have accomplished my goal.

Oh…and play loud. I find music always sounds better if things surrounding you also move when music is played at max volume. You will likely move as well.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 171:

  1. Sløtface – “Luminous” (Sorry For The Late Reply)
  2. The Vulcan Itch – “Hippie Hippie Shit” (The Vulcan Itch)
  3. Charmer – “Slumber” (Ivy)
  4. White Denim – “Go Numb” (World As A Waiting Room)
  5. AID – “Black Is The Soul” (Psychodance)
  6. Witching Waves – “Disintegration” (Persistence)
  7. Seazoo – “Honey Bee” (Joy)
  8. The Hecks – “Heat Wave” (My Star)
  9. Hatchie & The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – “Sometimes Always” (Love Record Store Day 7”)
  10. Shit Present – “Voice In Your Head (Demo)” (Various Artists – Furlough Your Dreams)
  11. Arielle Dombasle – “Just Come Back Alive” (Empire)
  12. Bullitt – “Fool Spirit (Sparks Sessions)” (Drawer Sessions)
  13. Miss Fortune – “No Hesitation” (Miss Fortune)
  14. Ben Vaughn – “She’s A Real Scream” (Mood Swings”)
  15. Bryde – “The Trouble Is” (The Volume of Things)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 171 (2020-19)

I almost forgot what it felt like to stay up all night talking and maybe if I ask enough good questions I can keep us awake . . . broke down and I need a fix just wanna sit until I’m twenty-six and go numb . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 (2020-18) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

A bit of a throwback episode this week. As the number of days under pandemic increase, so does the length of the list of tracks that are – drop box worthy! America is struggling in getting the Sars-Cov-2 virus under control, and it doesn’t look like there is going to be any coordinated national response until there is new leadership in the White House. Not unsurprising, the President continues to spread lies, misinformation, and misdirection to attempt to deflect from a horrific and catastrophic loss of American lives (154,449 acknowledged deaths as of this date) and from his own failures. (See John Hopkins Coronavirus Center.) As a lesson for our future, should we have one and if American’s are still voting for elected offices, don’t elect morally corrupt lying sacks of crap who are willing to kill you for their own gain. There is hope and it is 93 days away.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 is a musical smack down of diversity, with a new Osees track, a track from the former dBs vocalists Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple, new Soul Asylum, and X. There is some new-old music from earlier in the year and late last year before the world shut down in response to the pandemic. I’ve thrown in a couple of live tracks in the hope that live shows will someday return. We will survive the pandemic and when we get to the other side, the lessons we are learning each and every day will help form a new world order, hopefully one that is safer, kinder, and forward thinking. This podcast is merely your soundtrack to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is what you will find in Episode 170:

  1. Violet Soda – “Don’t Like This Song” (Violet Soda)
  2. Arson Daily – “Bring It All Back Home” (Late Reflections)
  3. Osees – “Blood On Your Boots” (Be Gay, Do Crime!)
  4. Surf Rock Is Dead – “Diabolik” (Existential Playboy)
  5. The Academic – “I Feel It Too (Live at the Iveagh Gardens April 24, 2020)” (Live at the Iveagh Gardens)
  6. The Bar Stool Preachers – “When This World Ends” (Soundtrack To Your Apocalypse)
  7. Chastity – “Flames (Live At The Whitby Courthouse Theater)” (Home Made Satan: Live Addition)
  8. Standup Stacy – “Mirrors” (The Magnificent You)
  9. Aviva – “GRRRLs” (Volume 1)
  10. X – “Alphabetland” (Alphabetland)
  11. The Movement – “Revolt” (Future Freedom Time)
  12. Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – “Black and White” (Our Back Pages)
  13. Soul Asylum – “Hopped Up Feelin’ (Hurry Up and Wait)
  14. Plain White T’s – “Big Bad World” (Big Bad World)
  15. Riverby – “Smart Mouth” (Smart Mouth)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 (2020-18)

It’s a big bad world we’re doing what we can sometimes we fall on our face before we even learn to stand . . . I, I never would hurt you but even if I did you you never would tell me . . life is simple, life is plain fuck the future, stay the same lust for lashes your country’s in ashes.

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 169 (2020-17) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

I was almost emotional watching the moms and dads in Portland intercede between the criminal government agents and the demonstrators in the on-going public discussion about race in America. I never thought I would ever see the day that the federal government would use a secretive unmarked paramilitary force to kidnap citizens off city streets and use an unlawful level of violence against demonstrators all to, arguably, protect against vandalism of federal monuments erected as a reminder, in some instances, of our country’s oppressive and racist past and the ongoing struggle for equality by the disenfranchised because of race, gender, disability, and privilege. Wow, that was a long sentence. Here is the short version – the Trump administration’s actions violate the constitutional rights of peaceful and lawful protestors. No one is condoning vandalism, violence or anarchy. I am not an anarchist. Anarchy only exists in my mind. What is being missed in the Fox masquerading as “news” opinion network’s daily screed is that the government represents the majority of the people i.e. we apparently elected our representatives. When the majority represented by government agents interferes with the peaceful minority’s right to disagree with the majority, this interference is the first step towards the majority repressing minority viewpoints. That action, is tyranny.

José Ortega y Gasset in “The Revolt of the Masses” (1930) recognized the issue of the mass mind:

As they say in the United States: “to be different is to be indecent.” The mass crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select. Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not think like everybody, runs the risk of being eliminated. And it is clear, of course, that this “everybody” is not “everybody.” “Everybody” was normally the complex unity of the mass and the divergent, specialized minorities. Nowadays, “everybody” is the mass alone. Here we have the formidable fact of our times, described without any concealment of the brutality of its features.— Chapter 1, “The Coming of the Masses”

The Fascist and Syndicalist species were characterized by the first appearance of a type of man who “did not care to give reasons or even to be right”, but who was simply resolved to impose his opinions. That was the novelty: the right not to be right, not to be reasonable: “the reason of unreason.”— Chapter 8, “Why the Masses Intervene in Everything and Why They Always Intervene Violently”

Sound familiar?

Finally, in case you haven’t heard, Burger Records is no longer a record label and Lollipop records is also in the middle of a reckoning. Both labels are accused of participation in rape culture and support of artists who have engaged in abhorrent behavior with and towards young female fans and scene followers. Please support those brave individuals who were have come forward and expose the truly dark side of Los Angeles’s garage rock/indie scene.

I should also shout out Globelamp aka Elizabeth LeFey, who has tried for several years to have her voice heard regarding her time with Foxygen and now seems to be finding support in the indie community.

For details on what is transpiring in the Los Angles indie rock scene and so you can form your opinion as to what has happened, what is currently transpiring, the bands, record labels, and music festivals involved and, more importantly, the young women and their treatment, follow these IG accounts:

  1. @globelamp
  2. @lured_by_burger_records
  3. @lured_by_lolipop_records

Here is what you will find in Episode 169:

  1. Whispertown – “Born To Ride” (I’m A Man)
  2. Affidavit – “The Truth” (Abducted)
  3. The Tissues – “Blind Beast” (Blue Film)
  4. Space Age Playboys – “Rocket Girl” (New Rock Underground)
  5. Viagra Boys – “Lick The Bag” (Common Sense EP)
  6. Varsity – “Heaven Sent” (Fine Forever)
  7. Starflyer 59 – “Miami” (Miami)
  8. The Head & The Heart – “Sun Is Rising” (Living Mirage: The Complete Recordings)
  9. SiM – “Black & White” ( Thank God, There Are Hundreds Of Ways To Kill Enemies)
  10. The Destructos – “The Sight” (Blast!)
  11. The Detectors – “The Decline” (Ideology)
  12. Swampmeat Family Band – “Friends In The Floor” (Muck)
  13. Hanni El Khatib – “Alive” (Flight)
  14. The Outcasts – “Sex And Glory” (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session, 29 September 1982 (1982-85)
  15. Blushh – “Make It Better” (RIP Apathy)

We’re sittin’ ’round on the couch we were makin’ words with our mouths we had a pile of junk that’s already runnin’ out . . . I can’t believe I survived! It’s all around and upside down. I’m alive! How can this be true?

KFR