Tales From The Drop Box 2018-21 (Episode 122)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 122 is a legitimate exercise of free expression and protected by a Constitution. That Constitution was revealed this past week to be merely a piece of paper and not the touchstone of a democratic society. One observation that is obvious from the events surrounding the Kavanaugh appointment to the supreme court: our government is in free fall.

NB: This would be a good time to just skip to the bottom if you do not share the same political views as me or are just burnt out of a tumultuous political news environment …. Be assured that the podcast entitled Tales From The Drop Box is only about the music! We can respectfully disagree with one another as to how our government should operate but I think we can all agree that music should always matter!

Now for those of you who have not heeded the warning above and are still somewhat interested or perhaps curious in my humble opinion…

Our nation will survive this latest fall – a fall that began with the election of Trump – a vile creature that is pathological in his avoidance of the truth. I can also reassure you that at some point in the future the chaos will subside and order will be restored. However, as things stand right now, I think that we are in store for more difficult times ahead for our republican form of government.

Where does the blame lie? I think it squarely lies with us – you and me – and our inability to elect representatives “of and for” the people. This undemocratic situation would likely be easier medicine to swallow if it was the intent of the framers was to give control of the government to the citizens of the United States but, as we should all realize, the framers did not intend for the citizens to control the happenings in Washington. The framers of the Constitution envisioned a system of representative government that was, by design, created to prevent the voice of a large number of the people who elect those representatives from being heard.  We are now free falling as a society because “we the people” have chosen, for more than 200 years, to ignore the obvious flaws in our system and fix the damned thing. Trump and Kavanaugh are the consequences of our collective failure.

The problem with our government is not the political party system. Although, after the sham Kavanaugh investigation controlled by the Republican party, you would tend to think that those morally bankrupt sycophants of Trump aka the Trump Party, are to blame for the state of the disunion – but they are not. The Republican party operates as the framers originally intended – to divest authority of government from the people and keep the wisdom in the hands of the “elite” few. Instead of draining the swamp, the swamp is thriving under Trump. I should probably note for you that I am not alone in this thinking.  Someone actually took the time to gather empirical date to study the influence of the people on our elected representatives. Their conclusion confirms what we already know from observation that: “when the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” The authors then conclude that their findings [] about democracy in America …

constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it. (See Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.)

The inescapable conclusion is that the fault with our present system of government lies with us and that the issues we are currently experiencing are not only systemic but also inherent in our form of government. If it is possible to somehow assign blame for the Kavanaugh debacle, then any aspersions for the result (i.e. the confirmation of a person so politically partisan that he delegitimizes the court as a check on the power of the other branches of government), should be cast upon an electoral system that is fundamentally flawed. I have pointed out some of those flaws in the past, but here is a brief list of the big ones that would suggest that our democratic republic is a sham (again, for the record, the U.S. is not a democracy):

  1. The person who receives the most votes from the people does not win the election for President (i.e. one person, one vote).
  2. The electoral college. Why the fuck would we vote for electors at this point in our history? 538 people vote for president – you do not. In 21 states, no matter who you voted for president, your elector can choose whomever they want to be president.
  3. A president who lost the popular vote by 2,864,974 nominated Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to serve  lifetime appointments on the nation’s highest Court;
  4. The Senate treats residents of small states as more worthy of representation than residents of larger states i.e. it treats a person from California as 1/67th of a person from Wyoming.

None of the above makes sense to anyone who can think rationally. I know, you are going to double check me, but even a Canadian immigrant can figure out that there is something truly fucked up with a system where the people “vote” for a President and that vote is merely illusion. Why are we still doing this?

As Alexander Hamilton and James Madison made clear in the Federalist Papers, the essence of our republic would consist “IN THE TOTAL EXCLUSION OF THE PEOPLE, IN THEIR COLLECTIVE CAPACITY, from any share” in the government. Instead, popular views would be translated into public policy through the election of representatives “whose wisdom may,” in Madison’s words, “best discern the true interest of their country.” Over the years, the spin we are taught in our classrooms is that the “people” can influence the outcome of elections. However, as noted in prior rants from my window to the world, not everyone votes, not every citizen can vote, and given the gerrymandering, electoral college, and gerrymandering (again), the odds are slim that the intent of Hamilton and Madison is going to change. A good place to start the process of change would be with the way we appoint supreme court justices. Baby steps…

I started off today thinking I was going to write something about the Supreme Court and how the confirmation of Kavanaugh confirms the illegitimacy of the Court.  I am still angry at the subterfuge of the Republican Party in orchestrating the clown show that took place. What is more troublesome is that the blame lies on both sides of the aisle. I am no longer confident that the U.S. Supreme Court is worthy of the respect of its citizens and that is deeply troubling. So, rather than write about the “confirmation” of the supreme court’s illegitimacy (note: capital letters are reserved for a legitimate body), what follows below is the source of that illegitimacy for you to consider as you ponder the outcome of the failed process from last week.

I am not the first one to note that the Supreme Court has lost the mantle of legitimacy as a check on the other branches of government. For example, see this interesting law review article from 2013: The Supreme Court’s New Source of Legitimacy which argues that legitimacy derives from either expertise or popularity and in the introduction makes this observation: “the idea that judges decide salient cases based on their political preferences has become part of the common perception and has eroded the Court’s image as an expert in the public mind.” Well, if the other source of legitimacy, as the author suggests, is popularity, I venture to say that the confirmation of Kavanaugh has sealed the court’s fate – doomed to be viewed by the public as an illegitimate body. This is troubling on many levels. Without a legitimate high court i.e. a body that is non-partisan, conscious of bias, and acting as a legitimate check on the power of the President, the U.S. Constitution is rendered meaningless as a corrupt court twists the constitution into what it desires for the master it serves and as a consequence the rule of law is no longer the dominant driver of our society. A country without respect for the rule of law is no longer a country. It is tyranny. The preamble to the Constitution recites the rationale for the form of government proposed by the framers of the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice . . .”

Establishing justice i.e. the rule of law, is a first principle established by the founders in order to form that more perfect union. It took the Supreme Court more than 25 years to find its place as the check on the power of the other branches of government i.e. as something more than a lackey to the President. As almost every high school student should know, this role of the Supreme Court was first established in Marbury v. Madison 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803). Kavanaugh’s confirmation – an intemperate partisan  – who is, as alleged by his own Yale classmates, also a liar, is the consequence of that flawed electoral system. That flawed system has also created our immediate situation – a situation where a single appointment to the supreme court effectively and perhaps permanently eviscerates the power of the court to prevent the tyranny of the presidency. The supreme court was the last remaining restraint on presidential power because the Senate no longer functions as a co-equal and Congress is irrelevant. No matter what kind of justice Kavanaugh ends up being while on the bench, it is simply not possible to turn lead into gold. Oops, that may be possible. Perhaps shit into shinola.

The Supreme Court should not be partisan. Tales from the Drop Box is partisan. . . . and will always be partisan in favor of free will, the rule of law, individual freedoms and diversity. Know the difference. Believe.

 Here is what you’ll find in Episode #122:

  1. Gouge Away – “Hey Mercy” (Burnt Sugar)
  2. Bad Sounds – “Avalanche” (Get Better)
  3. Northern Faces – “Firecracker” (Fingers Crossed)
  4. Death Valley Girls – “Wear Black” (Darkness Rains)
  5. Palaye Royale – “Death Dance” (Boom Boom Room (Plan B))
  6. Tommy and the Commies – “Straight Jacket” (Here Come ….)
  7. Viagra Boys – “Slow Learner” (Street Worms)
  8. Save Face – “Plans” (Merci)
  9. She Drew The Gun – “Something For The Pain” (Revolution Of Mind)
  10. Engine Summer – “Basement” (Trophy Kids)
  11. Gen Pop – “It’s A Trap” (Start Again)
  12. The Goon Sax – “Love Lost” (We’re Not Talking)
  13. Night Birds – “My Dad Is The BTK” (Roll Credits)
  14. Buzzcocks – “Love Is Lies” (Love Bites)
  15. The Beths – “You Wouldn’t Like Me” (Future Me Hates Me)

Love is lies, love is eyes love is everything that’s nice love is not as cold as ice but that’s what that means to me . . . you were making plans, I was sleeping in. Bet you didn’t think I’d notice the bruises on your skin. Yeah, you were making plans. You were making plans, you were sleeping out.

 

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-20 (Episode 121)

This first episode of October is filled with tales by talented songwriters from a variety of perspectives. I think Tales From The Drop Box Episode 121 is a good reminder of the power of music to make you feel. From the vitriol of the Petrol Girls track “Strike” to the heartache and regret of San Cisco’s “When I Dream”, this episode is sure to trigger some emotion in you. I believe that the emotional connection is the point of this podcast i.e. my central mission is to provide you with a powerful emotional experience as a reaction to the music. Music trigger emotional response. That is, music should connect with you on both a physical and emotional level. I believe we’ve lost that connection because the mass produced music that permeates our daily lives no longer connects – it is soulless and just noise. I want this music to strike with clarity and leave you emotionally spent. I know that not every track will connect with you. My goal, each episode is merely one. One song that will lift you up, move you to cry, make you smile.

This is also a very good episode for headphones! Episode 121 is filled with late night music – the kind of music that you used to listen to when you were young – when you were lying in your bed with the lights off, just listening. I remember distinctly the excitement I felt as a kid when I discovered a new band or new song on the radio. In the later 70’s the best new music was actually played on radio and always late at night. From Rodney on the ROQ to John Peel, music was experienced with only the glow of the radio. A wave of pleasurable new sounds blasting through the headphones, all experienced eyes closed. So, if you have hesitated listening to this podcast because you don’t recognize any of the bands, take a chance. I think you’ll find that this is the rabbit hole you will want to explore, once a week, every week and re-discover the missing part of your life – when music meant something, connected, mattered and brought you . . . joy.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #121:

  1. Massage – “Crying out Loud” (Oh Boy)
  2. Petrol Girls – “Strike” (The Future Is Dark EP)
  3. Sudakistan – “Caminos” (Swedish Cobras)
  4. The Trews – “The New Us” (Civilianaires)
  5. San Cisco – “When I Dream” (When I Dream (Single)
  6. Satellite Stories – “Sunglasses” (Cut Out The Lights)
  7. Sister Disorder – “Delayed” (Away)
  8. Joyce Manor – “Silly Games” (Million Dollars To Me)
  9. 1000 Gram – “Daydream” (By All Dreams Necessary)
  10. The Contestants – “It’s Not” (Twelve Of Your Earth Years)
  11. Damper – “Panic” (Damper EP)
  12. Laser Tusk – “Mother Iron” (Traveling Light)
  13. Blue Haze – “Bloodmagic” (Nightdive)
  14. The Stranglers – “Golden Brown” (La Folie)
  15. Slothrust – “Some Kind of Cowgirl” (The Pact)

Golden brown texture like sun lays me down with my might she runs throughout the night no need to fight . . . are you waiting to storm the winter palace, bro? picture yourself on the front page? do you want a fucking monument or are you here to make change?

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-19 (Episode 120)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 120, has several tracks from Canadian punk rock bands. All of them are from Ontario. I have no control over how that coincidence happened. It just did. Perhaps divine intervention (as you will see if you click the link it is also a really good Matthew Sweet song).  I also think, because of the confluence of Canadian punk rock, that you are going to find this episode a little more aggressive than the past couple of episodes. So, if you like your Tales From the Drop Box to rock your day…this episode will surely do that. No particular reason for the change, it just is.

In keeping with a recent theme (see Episode 119) about the importance of voting, if you are not registered to vote, you need to get going and get that done. California makes it very easy for everyone to register:

https://registertovote.ca.gov/

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. So, for the November 6th election this year, your deadline to register online is Mon Oct 22, 2018 or by mail postmarked by Mon Oct 22, 2018.

To register online you will need:

  1. Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  2. The last four digits of your social security number, and
  3. Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use apply to register to vote by completing an online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use the online registration application to pre-register to vote.

See how easy that is?  You are now just a couple of mouse clicks away from enjoying one of the truly great benefits of being a citizen.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #120:

  1. Amyl & The Sniffers – “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)” ( b/w Cup of Destiny 7”)
  2. decker. – “Burning Grass” (Born To Wake Up)
  3. Black Honey – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Black Honey)
  4. The Dirty Nil – “Super 8” (Master Volume)
  5. Justin Courtney Pierre – “I Don’t Know Why She Ran Away” (In The Drink)
  6. Ecstatic Union – “Desert Queen” (Neurons)
  7. Young Scum – “Freak Out” (Young Scum)
  8. Real Friends – “Me First” (Composure)
  9. Muncie Girls – “Clinic” (Fixed Ideals)
  10. Moaning – “Close” (Moaning)
  11. Reverend Backflash – “Fuckaround” (Too Little Too Late)
  12. Fucked Up – “Torch To Light” (Dose Your Dreams)
  13. Single Mothers – “24/7” (Through A Wall)
  14. U.K. Subs – “C.I.D.” (b/w “Live In A Car”/ “B.I.C.)
  15. Otoboke Beaver – “Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi” (b/w/ Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi (Instrumental)

I called the clinic and they said it was a three-week wait ‘But the doctor ’ll give you something just to get you through the day.’ I’m scared, I’ve never felt like this before… ‘Cos he’s an underground undercover agent for the CID, CID, CID got a loaded 44 walking armory store . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-17 (Episode 118)

Let us all take a moment to regain our composure. Things will get better. The playlist I have created for Tales From The Drop Box Episode 118 is calculated to brighten your day! Truly, this episode is mostly filled with sunshine. As you know, there is always a little darkness in these podcasts, but as I hope you will discover, this episode is filled primarily with sunny and bright indie pop and punk pop music. I should also probably note that Episode 118 is also mostly filled with a solid bunch of very new releases including the latest from Idles, Menace Beach and The Primals.

Now, I digress. Rather than weigh in on the clowns chasing their own tails in the current NYT Op-ed administration crisis ( which would be an easy target, unless you already had deduced that General Kelly was the primary author of what is a composite work), I thought this week, I would focus on an issue that may be significantly more consequential to America. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In case you were not keeping track as to the happenings of the inquisition of the candidate for the Supreme Court, I  was particularly taken with one aspect of those hearings. Sure, there is a ton of posturing, and Kavanaugh has revealed little in not answering any questions as to cases that might come before him as a judge. However, one small bit of testimony gave me pause as to whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh is actually qualified to be a justice on the Supreme Court. I think Kavanaugh is willing to disregard facts in reaching decisions which he believes are against his value system. That is, I believe Kavanaugh’s bias interferes with his ability to serve. We all have biases. The problem with Kavanaugh’s bias is that he is willing to create “facts” in order to confirm his bias. i.e. recognize as statement as a fact when no evidence exists supporting that fact.

During his testimony Kavanaugh referred to some forms of birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.” You might think this statement is relatively innocuous. Certainly not a statement that should disqualify a candidate for the Supreme Court. Regardless of your views on abortion – pro-life or pro-choice, the adoptive use of this phrase reveals a complete disregard for science and fact based inquiry and portends, perhaps, that as a Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh will decide cases not on fact but on his beliefs. This is dangerous because it requires transforming his opinion as to what he believes to be true into a fact to be relied upon in reaching a decision. There is not one bit of scientific support for his statement that some forms of birth control induce abortions. None.

You can already find stories trying to limit the harm created by Kavanaugh’s use of the term. (See Contraception Confusion: Judge Kavanaugh and Priests for Life.) Although, various commentators are currently engaged in some debate about what precisely Kavanaugh was testifying to at that time he responded with abortion-inducing drugs, the use is consistent with Kavanaugh’s dissenting opinion in the case Priests for Life v. DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERV’S, 808 F.3d 1 (2015). The reference was given in response to Ted Cruz’s questions about the case. My impression of his testimony was that he was not discussing it from the litigant’s viewpoint, but rather my impression was that Kavanaugh has adopted the litigation position of Priest’s For Life, a pro life advocacy group who, along with a number of other groups including Catholic hospitals, clinics, universities, schools, and social services, challenged the contraceptive mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act on religious liberty grounds.

Why do I believe my impression is valid? An examination of the case itself lends support that Kavanaugh adopted Priest’s For Life’s position. Kavanaugh, dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc wrote:

In my respectful view, the panel opinion misapplies the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and contradicts the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 2751, 189 L.Ed.2d 675 (2014), Wheaton College v. Burwell, ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 2806, 189 L.Ed.2d 856 (2014), and Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Sebelius, ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 1022, 187 L.Ed.2d 867 (2014). I would grant rehearing en banc and rule for the plaintiff religious organizations. (Id. at 14. (emphasis added).)

Kavanagh’s dissent is lengthy and worth the read because his reading of the religious freedom cases cited above weighs very heavily in protecting religious freedom (I believe a good thing) but, if Kavanaugh’s opinion was the law of the land, it would alter the carefully constructed balance between individual rights and a religious organization’s ability to interfere with those individual rights. Further, Kavanaugh wrote that HHS mandate would “substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion” (i.e. filing a form) and that “requiring the religious organizations to submit this form is not the Government’s least restrictive means of furthering its interest in facilitating access to contraception for the organizations’ employees.” This is where the rubber meets the proverbial road. One way of altering the balance between individual rights and freedom of religion is to impose limits on an individual’s right of access. What has become obvious in the wake of Roe v. Wade, is that for anti-abortion advocates, the best way to limit access to abortions is to impose governmental restrictions making it more difficult to obtain access, such as requiring hallways in clinics to be 8 feet wide (about double the width of a traditional office hallway. See Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 136 S. Ct. 2292 (2016) (striking down primarily two portions of Texas HB-2 (1) the “admitting privileges requirement” provides that a “physician performing or inducing an abortion … must, on the date [of service], have active admitting privileges at a hospital … located not further than 30 miles from the” abortion facility and (2) the “surgical-center requirement” requires an “abortion facility” to meet the “minimum standards … for ambulatory surgical centers” under Texas law).

The erosion of various individual rights is perhaps is a discussion left best for another day. In the context of this post, Kavanaugh’s use of the phrase “abortion-inducing drugs” represents Kavanaugh’s shorthand for a position he has already adopted, i.e. a belief that there are forms of contraception that induce abortions. This is a reiteration of a pro-life belief that a fertilized egg is a person and that disrupting a fertilized egg’s ability to attach to the uterus is abortion which is “the moral equivalent of homicide.”

This “belief” has no scientific support. None. Kavanaugh’s adoption of the phrase is troubling because it represents an uniformed view of how birth control operates to prevent pregnancy and more distressingly is further stated as a “fact.” The law depends on actual facts and if a “belief” is declared a fact, then Kavanaugh should not be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, because a holder of this lifetime appointment should not be able to create facts from his beliefs to decide cases and controversies.

Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, America needs judges who rely on facts not on alternate facts. We have Trump to rely upon for those already.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #118:

  1. Best Coast – “When I’m With You” (Best Kids)
  2. Big Mouthers – “Stupid War” (Wishes)
  3. Fourbanger – “Get Back Up” (Never Let Go)
  4. Me & Marie – “Sad Song To Dance” (Double Purpose)
  5. The Over Unders – “ One Fine Day” (One Fine Day)
  6. Vacationer – “Magnetism” (Mindset)
  7. Chistophe Deschamps – “This Is Time For Love” (Flower Power)
  8. Railway Gamblers – “Save Me” (Lover)
  9. Menace Beach – “Mutator” (Black Rainbow Sound)
  10. Idles – “I’m Scum” (Joy As An Act of Resistance)
  11. The Primals – “Dead Predators” (All Love Is True Love)
  12. Woolen Men – “Shadowline” (Post)
  13. Mowgli’s – “I Feel Good About This” (I Was Starting To Wonder)
  14. The Jags – “Back Of My Hand” ( Back of My Hand b/w Double Vision 7’’)
  15. Bad Moves – “One Thing” (Tell No One)

The world is lazy but you and me we’re just crazy so when I’m with you, I have fun … you’re not unreadable, you’re not unbeatable, I know just what you are, don’t push your luck too far you’re not untouchable, not just another girl

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-16 (Episode 117)

Hopefully you enjoyed your long weekend. I am just getting back from 5 days in Las Vegas attending a legal convention where I had a chance to ponder why I still practice law when I would rather produce episodes of this podcast. I selected the songs for Tales From The Drop Box Episode 117 while listening to a seminar on harassment cases. The topic itself was compelling and a rather serious subject concerning the introduction of #MeToo evidence, i.e. the introduction of other similar incidents as evidence of a pattern or practice of sexual harassment. However, the speaker left me cold and consequently, I looked for a diversion, and you – my faithful listeners – are the beneficiary of that diversion.

Episode 117 is fifteen catchy tracks covering the gambit of the rock pantheon. Okay, not really. The episode is mostly a selection of catchy indie pop and rock, with some punk rock at the end.  And it has a Pavement classic track. That is just how it all worked out by the end of the seminar. A good analogy is that you are getting the sweetness of desert at the beginning, and the meat and potatoes at the end. In short, the perfect way to eat a meal.  I start with a few tracks that I have had kicking about (and playing repeatedly) from April and May of this year but add a couple of new tracks such as the latest from Interpol, Murder By Death, and Personality Cult. In short, your usual solid lineup of music from the fringe.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #117:

  1. Say Sue Me – “Old Town (Radio Edit)” (Where We Were Together)
  2. Peace – “Power” (Kindness is the New Rock and Roll)
  3. Belly – “Stars Align” (Dove)
  4. The Lulu Raes – “Slow Ride” (Lulu)
  5. Lady Legs – “Bottomless Pit” (Holy Heatwave)
  6. X-Wife – “Monday Tuesday” (X-Wife)
  7. Personality Cult – Brazen” (Personality Cult)
  8. Murder By Death – “New Old City” (The Other Shore)
  9. Interpol – “Complication” (Marauder)
  10. Lydia – “Tourist” (Liquor)
  11. Exit – “See You Around” (Too Little, Too Late)
  12. Turnstile – “Generator” (Time & Space)
  13. The Longest Hall – “Punch A Nazi In The Face” (Don’t Panic!)
  14. Pavement – “Summer Babe (7” version)” (Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Redux)
  15. Black Lilys – “Dust of You” (Boxes)

And she’s eating her fingers like they’re just another meal and she waits there in the levee wash mixing cocktails with a plastic-tipped cigar . . . Hey, wake up and smell the lavender of my flower power, technicolor massacre just rolled into your ends dismembered all your friends…

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-15 (Episode 116)

Now that school is in session for another year, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 116 is also gearing up for fall with the latest trends and styles…. not likely. Here you will find a selection of music loved by your host, Mr. Belding, that have been released relatively recently and that you are unlikely to find on the radio or in some Spotify playlist. Someone asked me what the purpose of the show is. Purpose? WTF? I have an objective, not a purpose. The objective is to bring you the best new music while focused on the music and the musicians, not their social life, nor their Instagram worthiness. I do not care who they are dating. The only critical analysis in these podcasts is related to my enjoyment i.e. that a record connects with me on an emotional level i.e. joy, sadness, happy, anger, etc. Music is emotional and I believe that it is meant to be experienced on both physical and emotional levels. The best songs make you want to move, to sing-a-long, to think about the lyrics. That is, they connect with you on multiple levels. I know that some of these tracks may not make an instant connection. Some tracks you may never connect with because of mood, time, or the energy it takes to make that connection. Some tracks may leave you cold. I get it. However, I appreciate that you still follow along, looking for that diamond track – the one song that sparkles and shines and that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. I’m looking to bring you joy. These songs do that for me.  This podcast is simply my effort to share my experience with you. That’s it.

Also, for those of you who were not here at the beginning, sometimes these notes are a version of a public forum. That is, these notes are where I, on occasion, share my perspective on various matters. In general they concern current legal, political, or ethical issues and I and often explore their intersection looking for a fresh perspective on a topic or bringing attention to an important ( at least in my mind) issue. Sometimes these notes are simply Trump bashing. I also know that Trump is a truly easy target.The Trump bashing is simply my way of adding my voice to a permanent record of the shit show this President has created and the dangers of an uniformed electorate who vote for a pathologically and chronic lying sack of shit who is also morally bankrupt and corrupt. Feel free to fact check the last statement. The only portion that I believe, at this point in time, is purely opinion is that Trump is also corrupt. Everything else is fact. Don’t get hung up on the morally bankrupt contention – this fact is self-proving. Given this past week’s disclosure of the immunity deals for Trump’s inner circle of crooks, I’m feeling confident that the “corrupt” aspect of my statement will also prove to be a fact as well.

So, if you are sensitive, do not want to read my perspective, then skip these notes. I’m good with it if you are! I am positive that if you are listening to this podcast that you also have ideas, opinions, and thoughts of your own that are also interesting, intelligent and amusing (see how I did that?) and perhaps you can drop me a note expressing some of those thoughts.

If all you are interested in is the music, then be assured that Tales From The Drop Box is only about the music but the notes may not be about the music at all. Does it make sense now?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #116:

  1. The Ballroom Thieves – “Almost Love” (Paper Crown EP)
  2. The Sufis – “All Knowing” (After Hours)
  3. The Shins – “Mildenhall (Flipped)” (The Worms Heart)
  4. Palace Winter – “The Ballroom” (Nowadays)
  5. Sweet Reaper – “Black Widow” (Sidekick)
  6. La Luz – “Don’t Leave Me On The Earth” (Floating Features)
  7. Poptone – “Mirror People” (Poptone)
  8. Dearist – “Shame” (Sonder)
  9. Middle Kids – “Bought It” (Lost Friends)
  10. Better Half – “Fixate” (Maybe I Was Wrong EP)
  11. Slapshot – “Make America Hate Again” (Make America Hate Again)
  12. The Coronas – “Not Sure How To Lie” (Reprise EP)
  13. Pet Symmetry – “Ends With Benefits” (Reflection)
  14. Plasmatics – “Butcher Baby” (Butcher Baby b/w Fast Food Service 7”)
  15. Gouge Away – “Only Friend” (Burnt Sugar)

Butcher baby dressed up in red, butcher baby messed in your head . . . the mirror people, know not how to cry so they scream, the mirror people scream inside

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-14 (Episode 115)

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 115 is a foreign affair. Lately I have been somewhat fascinated with this new-ish amalgam of J-Pop and hard rock/punk and/or metal. I discovered Babymetal a few years ago, and that band’s sound and visual presence were certainly compelling as there is nothing like it on the U.S. musical landscape. Skipping forward a few years, and now that combination of a pop-singer fronting a punk rock or metal band is more developed, and represents a unique and interesting development in the rock music landscape. So, today you get a taste of two of these bands – Band-Maid (whose visual gimmick is to all dress in maid outfits), and Dizzy Sunfist, a three piece band from Osaka who perform a ferocious punk variant of this sound.

Episode 115 also catches up a bit on new music i.e. most of the tunes in this episode are from the past month or so. For those of you who are using this podcast as a buying guide for new tunes or to feed a vinyl habit, you should be able to find almost all of these albums for sale on either Bandcamp or Amazon, or at your favorite e-tailer. For those of you lucky enough to have a local record store, I recommend you go there to find new stuff. Record stores are my favorite place to spend a couple of hours searching for the next thing to listen to.  Remember, there is nothing like vinyl to make your heart sing and vinyl significantly enhances the sound as well as the listening experience. Further, with vinyl records you can’t have your security clearance revoked if you disagree with me!

Finally today, I couldn’t help note that we shouldn’t mock Rudy Giuliani with his “truth isn’t truth” remark from yesterday. This phrase has a rational meaning in only one context (also courtesy of the Trump administration) – the truth isn’t truth …. when it is based on alternate facts! I’m positive this is what Rudy meant to say before he was interrupted.

Makes sense now, doesn’t it?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #115:

  1. Band-Maid – “I Can’t Live Without You” (World Domination)
  2. Charlion – “Disco For Losers” (Disco For Losers)
  3. The Black Delta Movement – “Hunting Ground” (Preservation)
  4. Davenports – “I Don’t Know What To Do” (Don’t Be Mad At Me)
  5. The Pretty Flowers – “Some Girls” (Why Trains Crash)
  6. Foxing – “Lich Prince” (Nearer My God)
  7. From Lambs To Lions – “All’s Well That Ends Well” (D\scord)
  8. Asylums – “When We Wake Up” (Alien human Emotions)
  9. Barely March – “Corduroy” (Marely Barch)
  10. The Hunna – “Summer” (Dare)
  11. 77:78 – “Love Said (Let’s Go)” (Jellies)
  12. Thin Lips – I Know That I’m The Asshole” (Chosen Family)
  13. New Threads – “Alcohol” (New Threads)
  14. Sad Lovers & Giants – “Alice Isn’t Playing” (Where The Light Shines Through:1981-2017)
  15. Dizzy Sunfist – “Summer Never Ends” (Dreams Never End)

In the light you can disappear without a trace in the night every shadow seems to burn your face . . . Nioi tatsu hodo no yokujo kurushiku naru hodo hoshii no? (Trans: For having such sense of lust do you painfully want it that much?)

 

KFR