Tales From The Drop Box Episode 132 (2018-31)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 132 returns this week with a punk-pop flavored episode. Normally, I would inform you of my perspective on developments in the real world. This week, I am in a bit of a holding pattern as what we are learning about the Mueller investigation into Trump and his cronies starts to get very interesting. I’m hoping the full report drops in time for Christmas as a gift to America. Like both music and life – timing is everything and I’ll bet Mueller’s timing will be impeccable.

A passing of note – Pete Shelley, the leader of The Buzzcocks died last week at age 63. For regular followers of this podcast, you know that The Buzzcocks were the most influential band of my youth and their music changed my life. How much? Listen here: Tales From The Drop Box Episode 69 – The Buzzcocks . RIP Pete.

As for musical timing, this episode is about one hour long and filled with mega hit songs – at least to me.

Have a terrific week!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #132:

  1. Arctic Flowers – “In Silence” (Straight To The Hunter)
  2. Weathers – “Problems” (Kids In The Night)
  3. Trust Fund – “Carson McCullers” (Bringing The Backline)
  4. Belmont – “Write Me Off” (Belmont)
  5. Lucero – “For The Lonely Ones” (Among The Ghosts)
  6. The Wombats – “Black Flamingo” (Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life)
  7. The Illustrator – “Settle The Score” (This One’s For You)
  8. Spring King – “Ready For War” (A Better Life)
  9. Happy – “Fishtank” (Cult Classic)
  10. The Pretty Littles – “Overtime” (Skeleton Run)
  11. Guster – “Look Alive” (Look Alive)
  12. Astro Mutt – Yr Song” (Escape From Earth)
  13. With Confidence – “Dopamine” (Love And Loathing)
  14. The Raincoats – “The Void” (The Raincoats)
  15. Alien Boy – “Somewhere Without Me” (Sleeping Lessons)

When I looked at the streets and when they looked at me – the void, when I’m trying to think . . . The sun came up the world began to shake fault lines exposing all my own mistakes

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 131 (2018-30)

I am slightly conflicted about the passing of former President George Bush (aka Bush I) this week and how he should be remembered. While I am clearly not in the group that is rushing to canonize the man for a well lived life, I am also not a harsh critic. Being President is a difficult job. It is also unfair to compare him to the current occupant of that office as this would raise Bush I to sainthood as the current holder is easily the low bar when held against almost any honest person. Bush I appears to have lived a much better life out of the public eye. Not infallible, but certainly not evil. I see him as a complex fully realized person who was blessed to possess the spark of humanity. So, as he is laid to rest this week, I prefer to think of the good and reflect on those elements of his life he lived in in public service. Perhaps, much like his own letter to Clinton left on the desk in the oval office for Clinton to read, at this point I’m simply rooting hard for him.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 131 is unrelated to the transition from living to dead. It is just a joyful diverse creative exploration of some new music that I like and hope you will as well. After all, sharing is caring!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #131:

  1. Bad Bad Hats – “Makes Me Nervous” (Lightning Round)
  2. Matthew Melton – “Neon Light” (Night Life)
  3. Saturday Night – “Fish In the Pond” (Saturday Night)
  4. Hugh Cornwell – “Pure Evel” (Monster)
  5. Drunk Mums – “Phantom Limb” (Urban Cowboy)
  6. Bauhaus – “Bite My Hip” (The Bela Session)
  7. The Marked Men – “She Won’t Know” (On The Other Side)
  8. Brandt – “Vice” (What!)
  9. Papaya Fuzz – “Funeral” (Funeral EP)
  10. The Meringues – “The Lottery” (The Meringues)
  11. The Gullibles – “Do You Like Heavy Metal?” (Do You Like Heavy Metal? EP)
  12. Mayday Parade – “Piece Of Your Heart” (Sunnyland)
  13. The Greeting Committee – “17” (This Is It)
  14. Hoodoo Gurus – “Come Anytime” (Magnum Cum Louder)
  15. Georgi Kay – “Guilty Pleasures” (Where I Go To Disappear)

What is it you want from me? There isn´t much I will not do. If it´s only company, you know, I might need that too. . . . Move my way, yeah, nice and slow find my foot, well it’s over kinda low…

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 130 (2018-29)

This episode is a bit of an odd duck. I was scanning a bunch of tunes I had saved up for future episodes of Tales From The Drop Box after enjoying a fine thanksgiving day with my family.  After listening to several catchy tunes in a row, I just cobbled together this episode from that playlist. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 130 is a slightly mellow affair, but perhaps it was the big meal.

This episode will also help you remain calm while you digest the full 4th National Climate Assessment Report. Truly a distressing read but at least your feet will be tapping.

My takeaway after reading the full report is that climate change is real. But you already knew that. What you also know as a fact and the report confirms that unless very aggressive action is taken to reduce and eliminate carbon emissions that life is going to change for all of us. One of those changes is that on a global basis humans are going to suffer. Many will die from famine, disease and catastrophic weather events.

Another takeaway garnered from the response to the report by Trump is that we need to eliminate impediments to change. i.e. eliminate the noise created by climate change deniers that prevent action directed to reduce the impact of these events. We also need to stop fake presidents.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #130:

  1. Watoo Watoo – “Les Regards Hostile” (Modern Express)
  2. Can’t Swim – “My Queen” (This Too Won’t Pass)
  3. Therapie Taxi – “Zarba” (Hit Sale Xtra Cheese)
  4. Tomorrows Tulips – “Certain Frantic Quality” (Harnessed To Flesh)
  5. The Littlest Viking – “Deathdrop For Jesus” (Feelings & Stuff)
  6. Color TV – “Pale & Vicious” (Color TV)
  7. Workin’ Man Noise Unit – “Turn It Off” (It’s Not Nothin’)
  8. Harlan T. Bobo – “Spiders” (A History Of Violence)
  9. Gold Star – “This Is The Year” (Uppers & Downers)
  10. Night Shop – “I Was Alone” (In The Break)
  11. Hippo Campus – “Anxious” (Bambi)
  12. Middle Class Rut – “Swimmin’ outta L.A.” (Strangler Days)
  13. We Hate You Please Die – “Minimal Function” (Kids Are Lo-Fi)
  14. Radio Birdman – “I-94” (The Essential Radio Birdman 1974-1978)
  15. Escondido – “Bullet” (Warning Bells)

Je cherche le cerveau dans mon chemin et dans ma fête c’est la tête je fous plus rien mon dieu, mon dieu là c’est demain réalité la nier, ça m’f’rait du bien . . . I could say it right now but it’s not the time I see those friendly faces but they only make me anxious . . .

 

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 128 (2018-27)

Here is what I hope is a pleasant surprise for your Friday – a bonus episode this week of Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 128 is a driving episode filled from beginning to end with high energy rock n’ roll mostly traversing the punk rock world. For once this should be a good surprise, eh?

NB: If you listen to this podcast with impressionable and sensitive young children around you, you should probably give this episode a pass if they can make out the words, eh? There are a ton of fucks liberally sprinkled throughout the show.

Enjoy your Friday!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #128:

  1. Time Shifters – “Dangerous Man” (Screaming Heroes)
  2. Skating Polly – “Classless Act” (The Make It All Show)
  3. Sick Of It All – “Wake The Sleeping Dragon” (Wake The Sleeping Dragon)
  4. The Filaments – “Fuck The Alt-Right” (Look To the Skies)
  5. Surfbort – “Pretty Little Fuckers” (Friendship Music)
  6. The Casualties – “Feed Off Fear” (Written In Blood)
  7. Flanders 72 – “What The Hell Is Going On?” (This Is A Punk Rock Club)
  8. Candy – “Systematic Death” (Good To Feel)
  9. Creep Scene – “Kill” (Regret)
  10. The Heroes – “Separate Ways” (Beautiful Disaster)
  11. Sick Thoughts – “Chainsaw” (Sick Thoughts)
  12. Send Request – “Antisocial War” (Perspectives)
  13. Adolescents – “Just Because” (Cropduster)
  14. Big Black – “Kitty Empire” (Songs About Fucking)
  15. Lost Sounds – “Satan Bought Me” (Memphis Is Dead)

Nazis! That shape our policy and take our liberty dominated and controlled. Live free! . . . I jump around with my wang in the wind it flops around, you admired it I am your neighbor now you can’t stop me now . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 127 (2018-26)

I am glad that the U.S. soldiers who fought and died in France in WWI were not like the President Donald “FPOS” Trump who couldn’t be bothered to travel in the rain to Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. The cemetery is located on the site of a World War I battle, in which Americans and French forces battled German force in 1918, killing over 1,800 Americans troops.

For the self-proclaimed supporter of our veterans the failure to participate in the wreath laying ceremony was truly a disgrace and dishonored those who served valiantly and gave their lives for the cause – to defeat nationalism and tyranny. November 11, 1918, Armistice day, marked the day World War I ended in a ceasefire at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that agreement between the Allies and Germany. While other world leaders participated in the rain, the President stayed at the hotel.

While many news outlets, worldwide, have observed the shameful behavior of the President, his loathsome inaction should not come as a surprise to anyone. As we all are fully aware by now – Trump does not care about the optics or about others, including those veterans he sent to defend our southern board from the invaders from the south. Oh wait…that is an unaarmed group of persons seeking asylum. No person of any intelligence could honestly believe that there is not anyone better than Trump to lead this country. Our democracy will survive the reign of this nationalist @$#%%!!!. (You can insert your own adjective.)

I was inspired by the words of French President Emmanuel Macron, who pointed out that Trump is an asshat without saying his name “Trump Faces Backlash After Canceling WWI Ceremony Due To Rain.” Macron elegantly pointed out the obvious, that patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. We need to fight, like our veterans did for us, the scourge of nationalism.

As we remember our veterans on this Veterans Day and thank them for their service, we should also remember what they fought for – to preserve our freedom, democracy and end tyranny. We must fight evil wherever it exists.

For those who voted last week, I thank you. For those who served, I cannot thank you enough.

Have a blessed veterans day.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #127:

  1. L7 – “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago” (Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago Digital Single)
  2. The Lone Bellow – “Water Under The Bridge” (The Restless EP)
  3. Gin Blossoms – “Fortunate Street” (Mixed Reality)
  4. Vacation Manor – “Move On” (Everything I Can’t Say Out Loud)
  5. Leoniden – “Colorless” (Again)
  6. The Insinceres – “Molly” (Sad Mess)
  7. Mother Feather – “Man, I Wish You Were Here” (Constellation Baby)
  8. Scarecrow Sideshow – “Mystic Mama” (An Exit Strategy)
  9. Deaf Wish – “Metal Carnage” (Lithium Zion)
  10. My First Story – “Winner” (S*S*S)
  11. Direct Hit! – “Welcome To Heaven” (Crown Of Nothing)
  12. Drug Church – “Strong References” (Cheer)
  13. Turin Brakes – “Tomorrow” (Invisible Storm)
  14. 999 – “Emergency” (999)
  15. She Drew The Gun – “Since You Were Not Mine” (Skeleton Key)

Raiders strike but where panic in the air running scared oh I’m so scared it gets you everywhere . . . S.O.S. from a golden throne mogul’s in deep shit, he’s all alone it’s not good, a riot in fact the whole friggin’ country club is under attack

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 126 (2018-25)

Tomorrow is election day – Go Out And Vote. Democracy only works if we all participate. You can listen to this episode, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 126, while you head to your polling station. If you live in California, you can locate your polling place fairly easily:

Find Your Polling Place

Here is your reward for voting – an aggressively positive episode! Enjoy!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #126:

  1. Now, Now – “SGL” (Saved)
  2. Antarctigo Vespucci – “Kimmy” (Love In The Time Of E-mail)
  3. The Aints! – “Red Aces” (The Church of Simultaneous Existence)
  4. The Boss Hoss – “In Your Face” (Black Is Beautiful)
  5. Arlington – “Hollow Moon” (A Walk Through Jackson County)
  6. Atreyu – “In Our Wake” (In Your Wake)
  7. Abandoned By Bears – “So Far Gone” (Headstorm)
  8. Turnspit – “Midsentence” (Desire Paths)
  9. A Gazillion Angry Mexicans – “Driving Fast With Your Friends” (Stonerpopdoompunk)
  10. Hardcore Superstar – “AD/HD” (You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘n Roll)
  11. Sister Disaster – “Kill” (Away)
  12. Nerve Quakes – “Running” (Running b/w Rewind 7’’)
  13. Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – “I Wanna Be A Spaceman” (That Was Just Noise (2004-2018))
  14. The 4 Skins – A.C.A.B.” (The Albums)
  15. dragSTER– “One Bad Cop” (Anti-Everything)

Hanging around with my mates one night we got in a little fight geezer comes with a knife in his fist I got cut along with the rest said … pick it up, baby, if I’m moving too slow I got the seat back windows up just say it, I’m yours now every word is heavy

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 125 (2018-24)

Yet another diversionary tactic. Tales From The Drop Box Episode 125 is my humble attempt to divert your attention from reality – at least for an hour. With pipe bombs being sent around the country by yet another mental defective who finally lost the plot to the evil perpetrated by the a-hole in Pittsburgh, it would be easy to give up hope for a better world. However, we must not lose sight of the future and the unmistakable conclusion that we as a species can overcome evil. We must believe that good still exits in the world and not give in to the temptation that the horrific events occurring with seemingly increasing frequency are somehow “normal.” As we reflect on these tragedies, we must act against evil. The prescription is relatively easy. Perform good acts. Take time to be kind. Be helpful. Resist anger. Recognize good in others. Don’t blame. Be honest. All of these actions are within the capacity of us all.

oh…and rock on!

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #125:

  1. Seasaw – “God (Zilla)” (Big Dogs)
  2. Basement – “Slip Away” (Beside Myself)
  3. Cloud Nothings – “In Shame” (Last Building Burning)
  4. Strange Ranger – “New Hair” (How It Al l Went By EP)
  5. GØGGS – “Killing Time” (Pre Strike Sweep)
  6. Baked Beans – “Easy” (Babble)
  7. The Frights – “Over It” (Hypochondriac)
  8. Negative Scanner – “History Lesson” (Nose Picker)
  9. The Cruel Intentions – “Check Your Head” (No Sign Of Relief)
  10. The Parkinsons – “Metal Cranes” (The Shape Of Nothing To Come)
  11. Templeton Pek – “Nowhere To Hide” (Watching The World Come Undone)
  12. Jump, Little Children – “Hand on My Heartache” (Sparrow)
  13. Curtail – “Sleight of Hand” (All Your Luck)
  14. Joe Strummer – “London Is Burning” (Joe Strummer 001)
  15. Amy Stroup – “Lost Ones” (Helen of Memphis)

The sirens’ risin’ there’s a distant blues dance on a crowded street the temperature’s a-risin’ soon you’re gonna be runnin’ down . . . I don’t need to say what I said before you never listened to me anyway, my voice is sore or I’m not sick at all, I’m just sick of you

KFR