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:
Alexa Melo – “Digital” (Demoitis)
The Thank Yous – “The Indie Pop Demon” (Good Times Killing Us)
The Warlocks – “Sucking Out Your Soul Like A Son Of A Bitch” (The Chain)
The Angry Agenda – “We Shall Prevail” (War EP)
Catholic Action – “People Don’t Protest Enough” (Celebrated by Strangers)
F.O.D. – “Wrong” (Sleepville)
Left Hand Black – “Children Of The Night” (Left Hand Black)
The Cowboy – “Mr. Lamppost” (The Cowboy 7”)
Angel Du$t – “Lil House” (Lil House EP)
Selfish Things – “Flood (Alternate Version)” (Logos (Alternate Versions))
Nite Sobs – “Back On The Ride” (Do The Sob)
Transit Method – “Cannibals” (The Madness)
The Cavemen – “Death Row” (Various Artists – AA/VV In The Shit Records Collection N. 1)
Unwritten Law – “Fight” (Here’s To The Mourning)
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 . . .
Pandemic still ongoing. Still no justice for victims of systemic racism carried out by police officers against Black Americans and other persons of color. Still no answer to the real problem of privilege in our country. The COVID-19 problem is, alarmingly, growing. As the world wide number of estimated infections crosses the 10 million persons infected threshold this should give us all pause to think about the rapid acceleration of the virus. The numbers are accelerating world wide. Last week the WHO reported 183,000 new cases – the single largest number of new cases reported in one day. On average, there are approximately 150,000 new cases per day worldwide. The U.S. which accounts for 25% of those cases recorded the largest number of daily reported cases since April 23 – the peak of the New York infection. There is little doubt that the lack of leadership at the federal level is the greatest threat to the safety of our country. The response is an abysmal failure. So, as I try to be positive with these notes, here are some suggestions:
Always physically distance yourself from persons who are not your immediate family. This should make intuitive sense to everyone. I stay away from you and yuo stay away from me and we don’t spread the virus to each other. Why people still argue this point is a mystery to me. The large numbers of people who believe that this advice is false is a greater concern. Truly, this mystical belief that the physical distancing from each other is not effective and that the virus will disappear as if by magic (see a certain POTUS) is the very definition of idiot.]
Wash your hands and avoid contact with your nose, eyes and mouth.
When you cannot physically distance yourself from other people wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose i.e. a face mask. [This is not a political statement – it is an objective statement based upon the best available science. Don’t be stupid – mask up].
Vote for leaders who understand that public health emergencies are not political theater and need to be taken seriously; react by providing responses based upon based available objective data; provide a consistent rational message including realistic probabilities of events where the data is unclear; and don’t lie to the people. [Again, this is not advocating for any particular political party. It is a statement about leadership. Don’t vote for idiots who will kill you because they are either stupid or incredibly uniformed and lazy to actually think and then take reasoned action].
As for this week’s episode of Tales From The Drop Box Episode 165, there is no real theme. I have tried for consistency over these latest episodes and this one should fit right in the pocket. I have some power pop, indie rock, pop, punk rock and hell yeah a little live Chris Isaak whose first couple of records were actually really good. So, turn it up a little bit (because you are physically distanced) so you can share it with your neighbors, think positive thoughts and stay safe until next week!
Here is what you will find in Episode 165:
Indian Queens – “Wanderlust” (God Is Woman)
Butch Walker – “Gridlock” (American Love Story)
Nova Twins – “Devil’s Face” (Who Are The Girls?)
The Whiffs – “Hey Little Anne” (Another Whiff)
The Wombats -“Headbutt Rock” (B-Z Sides 2003-2017 (In Rough Chronological Order))
Japan, Man – “I Like To Wait” ( I Like To Wait EP)
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band – “Stay Away” (Nevermind)
Pkew Pkew Pkew – “The Polynesian” (Optimal Lifestyles)
Silverstein – “Coming Down” (A Beautiful Place To Dream)
Woods – “Where Do You Go When You Dream” (Strange To Explain)
My Ugly Clementine – “Don’t Talk To Me” (Vitamin C)
Single Mothers – “Road Sick” (New Damage Switcheroo Vol. 1)
Chris Isaak – “Somebody’s Crying (Live)” (The World Was On Fire (Live 1995)
Abbey Glover – “La Nuit” (Everybody Leaves)
Counting the days ’til, ’til I run away counting the days and the nights I stay oh, waiting is a game I like to play . . . Preoccupied with life itself absorbed all the attention you need return to the state you were born an old friend you left to die . . ..
A Father’s Day edition of Tales From The Drop Box amidst continuing national unrest in the wake of a growing number of police shootings of Black Americans following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, increases in COVID-19 cases across America, and the release of the John Bolton book confirming what the nation suspected about the corrupt unhinged troll living in the White House. I wish this was a world created in a fantasy novel but, unfortunately, we are living this fantasy as reality. We must not lose the plot though. The fight for change is a daily struggle. It is much like fatherhood with some challenges scattered among the many joy filled days. When we look back on the challenges we are now facing I hope that enough time will have passed that these troubling times are but a blip on a road filled of hope and joy. For those of you are fathers, I wish you all a very happy Father’s Day as our children are truly our greatest blessing.
Episode 164 of Tales From The Drop Box is yet another banger filled with upbeat melodic music guaranteed to free you from the doldrums you might be experiencing from the past couple of months. It should be obvious at this point, but you need to turn up the volume, eh?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode 164:
Impulsive Hearts – “Melody” (Cry All The Time)
Je T’aime – “Fuck Me” (Je T’aime)
Chemtrails – “Uncanny Valley” ( The peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable)
Names Without Numbers – “Middle Ground” (Silos & Smokestacks)
Kiwi Jr. – “Swimming Pool” (Football Money)
Coriky – “Clean Kill” (Coriky)
Spanish Love Songs – “Beach Front Property” (Brave Faces Everyone)
Heavenly – “Mark Angel” (Operation Heavenly)
Pixies – “Catfish Kate” (Beneath The Eyrie (Deleuxe Edition))
Mush – “No Signal In The Padlock” (3D Routine)
Johnossi – “Hot Thoughts: (Torch//Flame)
The Animen – “From The Get-Go” (Same Sun/Different Light)
Screeching Weasel – “Brain In A Jar” (Some Freaks Of Atavism)
Greg Kihn Band – “Valerie” (RocKihnRoll)
Amyl & The Sniffers – “Control (Live)” (Live At The Croxton)
She reached out a cup when the next she showed up replacement asking what’s been going on she says “Not very much” but she’s seen a lot of action . . . When I’m not with you, I jump in my car and drive to the place that I think that you are if you’re not there, I might just park And dream about your face in the dark …
As mentioned in the last episode, COVID-19 was replaced last week as the topic du jour by a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the tragic execution of George Floyd by a police officer. After two weeks of protests, yesterday’s demonstrations in support of change in police use of force policies disproportionately impacting Black Lives were the largest of this current cycle. Peaceful demonstrations in cities and towns worldwide to support changes to systemic race based policing policies which disproportionately impact Black Lives are an important first step in creating an environment for change. Perhaps now is the time for actual change that matters. Talk – Action = 0. Real change to race based police brutality and disproportionate treatment will take both persistence and new leadership. The divisive incompetent in the White House must go. Register to vote. Then vote. Vote for candidates who will lead us out of the darkest period of our modern history. Not since the Civil Rights era of the late 1960s does America have a chance to right historical and systemic wrong and stand against police brutality. It is not enough to stand against racism. The real conversation is about what we stand for as a nation. Do we stand for good, fair treatment of all people and for all nations? Do we stand for equal justice under the law? How can you help?
As for the music, Episode 162 of Tales From The Drop Box marks a slight departure from prior episodes. This week is filled with mostly new music but for kicks I’ve included a block of oldies that may be slightly unfamiliar to you. Classic well known bands bust different versions of songs that you might be familiar with. A small change for sure, but as noted above we all need change, so I am modeling a little bit.
I have been on this planet long enough to know that it is going to take a number of small changes to tip the current equilibrium from unjust to just. When the shift in equilibrium happens – and I truly believe that it will – there will be some turbulence and chaos before that new equilibrium is achieved. There is never a convenient time for revolution when the battle is truly for this nation’s soul. I hope that the worldwide peaceful demonstrations are sufficient force to create the change we need for our country and the end result of this turbulent time is a country where all persons are created equal and all are equally respected by the law. #Black Lives Matter
How are things in your little world? I hope they’re going well, and you are too Do you still see the same old crowd? The ones who used to meet every Friday? . . . You love me because you’re frightened and I’m falling in love with you because I’m getting frightened of the things you somehow make me do…
Sad week in America. COVID-19 deaths are increasing, George Floyd’s senseless death, and violent protests against police brutality exposing a systemic failure of leadership and a nationwide culture of racism. All this is against a backdrop of civil unrest, looting and destruction in many cities across America demonstrating just how thin the line between good and evil is in this country. The politics of outrage will not be a satisfactory response to the wounds of racism ripped open this week and then poked at by the occupant of the White House. Regardless of your political affiliation, you should certainly be able to see the injustice perpetrated against Black America and institutionalized in the militarized police force against all persons of color. Certainly you should be able to recognize that George Floyd’s death was morally wrong. He was murdered by a police officer and three others watched and failed to intervene. Black lives do not matter to the police as currently constiuted in cities across the nation. The data is shocking and disturbing. Police violence is not isolated.
As this week’s George Floyd protests have spotlighted, police violence is endemic and it is multi-generational. NWA’s “Fuck tha Police” (August 9, 1988) was not the only song pointing out the obvious 32 years ago, the Dead Kennedys, eight years earlier than that identified the police as a criminal gang in “Police Truck” (May 1980). “Police Truck” was inspired by an incident in Los Angeles in the late 1970s in which two police officers performed illegal activities such as drinking on the job, beating up drunks, and raping prostitutes. A similar incident was documented recently in 2017. Obviously, I do not have the answers but I have to believe that answers do exist and are out there to be adopted. A recent report issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights entitled “Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices” might be a good place to start.