Tales From The Drop Box Episode 176 (2020-24) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

So, I’m dealing with a little fire issue. I’m sitting in my bunker which is slowly filling with smoke. The bunker is situated about 1/2 mile from the Bobcat fire on the edge of Monrovia in Los Angeles. The fire has been burning for just over 1 week and is about 6 percent contained. The air, to say the least, is unhealthful. The smoke is triggering in no small part some of the anxiety I have about the general state of affairs in this world.

NB: There is a brief anti-Trump rant that is going to follow. I’m a little angry, so I’m giving fair warning – skip the next paragraph. After that it is all sunshine and rainbows…really!

It has almost been a week since Bob Woodward released tapes of Trump indicating that in early February 2020 that he knew that COVID-19 was 5X more deadly than the annual influenza virus, but still chose to lie to the American people about it’s lethality, transmissibility, and everything else about the virus in, what he now says after the tape recordings release, an effort to “keep the American people calm.” What a load of horseshit. Trump’s lies have cost American lives and once he is removed from office, his negligence, which is criminal, should be tried. He will be convicted and should be executed. Trump, it turns out, is the world’s greatest mass murderer. Okay, I feel a little better getting that out. Less stressed.

So, sunshine and rainbows! This week’s episode of Tales from the Drop Box, Episode 176, is filled with sunshine and rainbows in the form of a pretty indie pop filled episode. Not sure how that happened, but I’m in need of some positive given the fires, politics, climate change, COVID-19 etc. At least this has been an awesome year for new music!

Here is what you will find in Episode 176:

  1. Ängie – “Two Together” (Not Pushing Daisies)
  2. The Happy Fits – “Go Dumb” (What Could Be Better)
  3. The All-American Rejects – “Damn Girl” (Reject Faves)
  4. Broken Hands – “Run Away” (Split In Two)
  5. The Front Bottoms – “Camouflage” (In Sickness & In Flames)
  6. The Milwaukees – “Our Blues” (The Calling)
  7. Rainout – “Bleach” (Rainout)
  8. Rezurex – “House On Haunted Hill” (Skeletons)
  9. Sea Girls – “Transplant” (Open Up Your Head)
  10. The Telescopes – “Sadness Pale” (Altered Perception)
  11. Grayscale – “Baby Blue (Reworked)” (Live From The Barber Shop Studios)
  12. Anna Burch – “Can’t Sleep” (If You’re Dreaming)
  13. Illuminati Hotties – “b yr own b” (Free I.H. – This Is Not The one You’ve Been Waiting For)
  14. 45 Grave – “Evil” (Sleep In Safety)
  15. Hazy Sour Cherry – “Little Run” (Tour De Tokyo)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 176 (2020-24)

Blind me with all your lies, you’re evil I can look into your lies, you’re evil . . . and to think I was having a mental breakdown the same time you were painting your walls


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 175 (2020-23) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

Well, this is Day 2 of an expected 10 day heatwave roiling through Los Angeles. Yesterday was 112 degrees outside the bunker and today is expected to be 114 degrees. These will both break local records for the area in September. I’d probably care about climate change a little more if I could actually focus on it as an issue. However, given the undeniable importance of the upcoming election and with the inescapable conclusion that America’s problems now lie naked before the world, climate change does not seem that pressing of an issue.

If Trump is elected on November 3 (or shortly thereafter) there is little hope that American democracy, as we knew it before 2016, will survive another four years of the predicable chaos another Trump term will bring. The political divisions are simply too great to not expect a violent response from both the left and the right. Daily, new allegations and evidence of Trump’s scumbaggery arise. For example, this week’s headline Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ is yet another example of his vileness and yet there are still many Americans who believe this story, like every other story where Trump demonstrates his gross moral failings, is Fake News. It should be noted that many elements of the story were confirmed by Fox News – Trumps own Fake News network. It doesn’t matter. When evangelical Christians are willing to support Trump over Biden, you know the world is upside down. Follow your heart not your mind, because if you are still thinking of voting for Trump – you’ve lost your mind.

I know I shouldn’t care, but I am worried and I do care about the state of affairs for my children and their children. Americans are not better off under Trump. American’s are dying (over 1000 per day at last count) from Trump’s gross incompetence in handling the COVID-19 crisis. The predictable economic fallout from that failure is seeping throughout the national economy.

So, register to vote and vote. In California, it is very easy as it is online: California Online Voter Registration. Do me a favor, will ya? Register to vote where you live as you listen to Episode 175 of Tales From The Drop Box. I never thought I’d make it this far. If you don’t vote, America won’t make it much farther and the joke about this podcast being recorded in a bunker will no longer be a joke – it will be real.

Here is what you will find in Episode 175:

  1. Deer Park Avenue – “Hurts So Good” (Conscious Mess)
  2. Alex Cameron – “Far From Born Again (Demo)” (Miami Memories)
  3. Biffy Clyro – “Worst Type of Best Possible” (A Celebration of Endings)
  4. Batboner – “Chrysalis” (Batboner)
  5. Garrison – “Let’s Fight” (TV Or The Atom Bomb)
  6. Black Marble – “In Manchester” (I Must Be living Twice EP)
  7. The Fallaways – “Alive” (Sunset Ave)
  8. Alice Bag – “Spark” (Sister Dynamite)
  9. Runaway Nuns – “Antenna” (Spit)
  10. Vintage Crop – “Everyday Heroes” (Serve To Serve Again)
  11. Dens – “Learn” (Taming Tongues)
  12. Cable Ties – “Hope” (Far Enough)
  13. Acceptance – “Wildfires” (Wildfires)
  14. Superdrag – “Sucked Out” (Regretfully Yours)
  15. Janet Devlin – “Big Wide World” (Confessional)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 175 (2020-23)

Sun is rising, in the city on a rooftop, feeling dizzy don’t look down, cause you’re ready now . . . Look around could it bring somebody down if I never made a sound again? In your eyes you’ve already spread my thighs . . .


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 174 (2020-22) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

It would not have been too risky a proposition to predict that America would have another name to add to the list of black Americans shot by police officers. On Aug. 23, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back after Blake walked away from officers and was attempting to enter a small SUV with his three children in the backseat. The video document is fairly clear that the officers had other options rather than lethal force, particularly after they had tasered Mr. Blake already. I assure you, and there is significant and I believe sufficient to support, that this event would have turned out differently if Mr. Blake was white. That this tragedy was predictable shouldn’t be surprising as there is also little demonstrable progress on police reform since the tragic death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the numerous others who are the fatal evidence of systemic bias in law enforcement. There is also a white power faction that has infiltrated police force ranks, but that is a separate issue and there is little point identifying “bad apples.” Why little point? Despite evidence of police officers forming gangs, i.e. to commit crimes, these gangs operate with impunity in some police departments. Welcome to Los Angeles. This could change, but the central issue, systemic bias in law enforcement is the underlying disease. Everything else is merely a symptom of the disease.

While the BLM movement arose in the after math of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man, was killed in 2014 by police in Ferguson, Mo., the focus on systemic bias did not arise until a subsequent Washington Post investigation found that the FBI under-counted fatal police shootings by more than half. This is because reporting by police departments is voluntary and many departments fail to do so. There is really no debate on law enforcement bias as the clear evidence gathered in the wake of the Michael Brown murder supports this conclusion. Black Americans are more than 2.5X as likely as White Americans to be killed by law enforcement. Although half of the people shot and killed by police are White, Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of White Americans. Hispanic Americans are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate. See Washington Post Police Shootings Database.

There is a true need for change and that starts at the top. There will be no real reform unless we have leaders that believe that Black Lives, and by extension all lives, Matter. The current occupant does not believe life matters, let alone believe that black lives matter. We have 180,000 COVID-19 lives lost for his want of care and attention and on average approximately 1000 people are killed by law enforcement each year in America. Please register to vote and vote as if your life and survival depended on that vote. Because, frankly, they do.

Here is what you’ll find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 174:

  1. Penny Driving – “Shotgun, She Said” (Big Inhale)
  2. Creeper – “Napalm Girls” (Sex, Death & The Infinite Void)
  3. Les Big Byrd – “Roofied Angels” (Roofied Angels EP)
  4. Lurk – “Pressure Points” (Pressure Points EP)
  5. Fontaines D.C. – “A Hero’s Death” (A Hero’s Death)
  6. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Is It Real” (Everything Else Has Gone Wrong)
  7. Thick – “Can’t Be Friends” (5 Years Behind)
  8. Shopping – “Follow Me” (All Or Nothing)
  9. Smut – “Sean Lim” (First Kiss)
  10. Young Ones – “Cream Of The Crop” (Cream Of The Crop)
  11. New Hate Rising – ” A New Start” (Miles)
  12. Ripcordz – “Jenny Is A Punk” (Don’t Buy The First Album, Jerk-Wad, Get This One!)
  13. The Roozalepres – “Coffin Nails” (The Roozalepres)
  14. The Subhumans – “Slave To My Dick” (The Subhumans EP)
  15. Public Practice – “Cities” (Gentle Grip)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 174 (2020-22)

I put on my clothes, they make me look dull, I don’t think about it, I don’t think at all,
I dress high class, it makes me look high paid, you know I’ll do it baby cause I wanna get laid… Fill the car with all the ammunition you can get we’ll storm the gates of Heaven, God is dead …


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 . . .


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 . . .