Tales From The Drop Box Episode 188 (2020-36) / The Pandemic Episodes

Positive news on the COVID-19 front lines with the emergency approval of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for distribution in the U.S. This is an important first step in ending the pandemic. Given the large number of people in the U.S., it is going to be quite some time before it gets to the average individual. A look at the CDC Advisory Committee’s plan for allocating initial supplies prioritizes 21 million health care workers and 3 million residents of long-term care facilities. After that it is likely to go to the 87 essential million workers not involved in front-line health care, then to the 100 million adults with certain high-risk medical conditions and the 50 million people who are 65 years old or older. I also anticipate that there will be line jumpers a plenty because nothing says American more than me first. After the shameful actions of the 106 republican members of Congress who signed off on frivolous Texas lawsuit challenging the actions of other states in conducting their elections because they did not like the outcome and after the lawsuit was rejected for lack of standing by the Supremes, it was not surprising that they subsequently tossed around the idea seceding from the U.S.. It’s not enough that these assholes are attacking the foundation of democracy i.e. the right to vote in free and fair elections but they are attacking the idea of a united states. So, in a country with a significant number of gutless and stupid leaders who are both morally and intellectually bankrupt, there are going to be continuing problems with vaccine distribution regardless of the good intentions of the person the large majority of the citizens elected to lead us out of the valley of death. At least this paragraph started positive. Here is hoping that sanity, cooperation, and science prevails over the cult of stupid.

I was missing live music this week and apparently a number of bands thought it was a good idea to release some pretty awesome live records this year, so I have cued up a number of tracks from those records. There are also some outstanding reissues from bands many of you who are under the age of 45 years old will have had little experience, so, they may sound like awesome new tracks, but trust me they are old, some real old. I have included tracks from The Gun Club, Gang of Four, Powderfinger and the House of Love, so how bad can that be? It’s not. It’s lovely really. So, like always, let’s enjoy the now and contemplate our navels for a few moments before rushing ahead into, what I hope is, a brighter, more positive new world. Oh, and this episode is a little bit longer. You are getting 25% more music for the regular price! Until next time, here is what you will find in Episode 188 (2020-36) of Tales From The Drop Box:

  1. Pale Honey – “Some Time, Alone” (Some Time, Alone)
  2. Powderfinger – “Daybreak” (Unreleased 1998-2010)
  3. Bearings – “Transient Colours” (Hello, It’s You)
  4. The Lathums – “I Know That Much” (Fight on EP)
  5. Heavy Lungs – “(A Bit Of A) Birthday” (Ultra Stereo)
  6. Frankie And The The Witch Fingers – “Where’s Your Reality? (Levitation Sessions)
  7. Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out Of Five” (Live At Royal Albert Hall)
  8. Kelly Jones – “Dakota” (Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day)
  9. Cut Worms – “Castle In The Clouds” (Nobody Lives Here Anymore)
  10. Gerry Cinnamon – “Where We’re Going” (The Bonny)
  11. Fontaines D.C. – “A Lucid Dream” (A Night At Montrose Live)
  12. The Gun Club – “A Devil In The Woods” (Miami)
  13. Gang of Four – “Damaged Goods” (Gang Of Four 77-81)
  14. The House Of Love – “Marble” (A Spy In The House Of Love)
  15. Dream Wife – “Kids” (IRL Live In London)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 188 (2020-36)

I designed the line that keeps you way down here I destroyed the void that echoes in your ear In a flash you were ashes in a cosmic ray . . . just how dark can an animal be? How dark can an animal be? Dark like darkness dark like a devil out in the woods now . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 187 (2020-35) / The Pandemic Episodes

I hope you enjoyed your week after the thanksgiving holiday. I took the week off llast week and perhaps you noticed there was no new episode for you to listen to last week. Perhaps, not. If you did look for something, I hope you went back and gave a listen to something you might have missed. I truly believe this has been a terrific year for new music. In what could have been a truly horrible year (keep reading) the music that is coming out now is pretty freakin’ awesome. Although it would appear that we do not have much to be thankful for this year, your perspective on what has happened this past year as we approach the end of 2020 is truly important. I am truly blessed and thankful I am still here, my family is safe and we are still earning a living. These are simple graces for a difficult year. I am saddened by the horrific loss of life that truly was preventable. There is plenty of blame to go around but that is not the point of this missive.

During Thanksgiving and this Christmas season, I think it is important to reflect upon, and be thankful for, the bounty we still have, individually and as a nation. We are still moving forward making progress on both COVID and the economy will rebound once we have progress against COVID and for those of us who are still battling COVID-19 and a former President of the U.S. I truly am hopeful that we are shortly going to emerge from the tunnel of chaos and death. I am also tremendously thankful to those who fought and are continuing to fight the COVID battle on the front lines including those retail workers, nurses, doctors, scientists, and all those who must risk contracting the virus each day as they perform a variety of tasks necessary for all of us to directly and indirectly survive. My thanks giving this year is truly for them.

I’m not sure where to begin with this weeks episode of Tales From the Drop Box. I was feeling somewhat contemplative as I selected tracks this week, so there is a more mellow vibe even though several of the tracks I think are absolute bangers. A few old favorites pop up this week with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard making an appearance, along with Elvis Costello, Pale Honey, The Kooks and Seahaven.

Here is what you will find in Episode 187 (2020-35):

  1. Doghouse Rose – “Try x 3” (The Harder They Fall)
  2. Baio – “What Do You Say When I’m Not There? (Single – Digital)
  3. Pale Honey – “Bad Thing” (Some Time Alone)
  4. Bad Nerves – “Terminal Boy” (Bad Nerves)
  5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz” (Live In San Francisco ’16)
  6. The Bats – “Field Of Vision” (Foothills)
  7. BRKN Love – “I Can’t Lie” (BRKN Love)
  8. The Brummies – “Automatic World” (Automatic World)
  9. Deeper – “This Heat” (Auto-Pain)
  10. The Flat Five – “Girl Of Virginia” (Another World)
  11. The Kooks – “In Love” (Too Much Is Not Enough)
  12. Seahaven – “Lose” (Halo Of Hurt)
  13. Jam City – “They Eat The Young” (Pillowland)
  14. Elvis Costello – “Secret Service” (The Complete Armed Forces (Super Deluxe Edition))
  15. Lydia – “Back Of Your Room” (I Was Someone Else)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 187 (2020-35)

You came in hot and I could not believe you know I’m super sensitive and eager to please it’s true I’m such a misty-eyed fool . . . black cards so cold, out of control you like it the truth, it hurts, your blood it burns you like it …

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33) / The Pandemic Episodes

A shift in emphasis for this podcast’s liner notes following the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America. The reign of terror we collectively have all suffered for the past 4 years will come to an end despite the continued nonsense from the loser. As it is obvious that we are truly a nation divided, there is nothing like a pandemic to bring people closer together, right? I am hopeful that Biden will get a chance to enact policies that will end the racial disparity pandemic. However, the immediate focus for all of us must be getting on the same page with regard to COVID-19. When I mean the same page, I mean follow the same understanding with regard to reducing the spread of the virus. That is, stay the F____ away from each other (and me) and wear a mask.

There is no scientific debate as to certain characteristics of the virus and reduction of transmission of the virus to each other. The virus is highly transmissible and its infectivity is viral load dependent (i.e. more virus you are exposed to the more likely you will get infected). The virus can be transmitted via aerosol. Consequently, the less time you spend in enclosed spaces, closer to one another, and without a barrier to prevent you from spewing droplets or reducing the amount of virus you receive from someone else’s viral spew – the better.

You can reduce the risk for you and everyone you encounter by following the basic rules for survival that we all know to be true. These rules might change over time but biology, like life, is full of change. So don’t freak the F___ out if these rules are altered as we learn more about a virus we had no experience with when we first encountered it 10 months ago. As we get more data, perform more analysis, we may reach different conclusions but this does not mean the “science” is incorrect. It means that we are making decisions in an every changing environment and that good science recognizes change and modifies conclusions while calculating probable outcomes to future events. This pandemic is all about probabilities. This one is proving true in those states that ignored the rules laid out above – if we as a nation continue to not follow the rules, then more people are probably going to die. I’d like to avoid that. Hopefully you would like to avoid more death as well, eh? We need to FOCUS!!!!!

As for music, even Tales From The Drop Box follows some rules. These are the track must be catchy, musically interesting, and, if I’ve selected properly, trigger some type of response in the listener. You can always tell me how I did. or not.

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33):

  1. Good Sad Happy Bad – “Star” (Shades)
  2. The Bachelor Pad – “Girl Of Your Dreams” (All Hash And Cock)
  3. I Love Your Lifestyle – “Inner Freakness” (No Driver)
  4. Pup – “A.M. 180” (This Place Sucks Ass EP)
  5. Salem – “Doomed (For Each Other)” (Salem EP)
  6. Bad Books – “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” (Bad Books (10th Anniversary Edition)
  7. Magick Mountain – “Colossus” (Weird Feelings)
  8. Foreign Air – “I Believe” (Good Morning Stranger)
  9. Bahamas – “Own Alone” (Sad Hunk)
  10. Saturday’s Heroes – “Seven Seas” (Turn Up The Music!)
  11. Asylums – “Genetic Cabaret” (Genetic Cabaret)
  12. Broadway Calls – “You Gotta Know” (Sad In The City)
  13. The Vagina Lips – “Watered By Our Own Tears (feat. AnnaJo)” (Outsider Forever)
  14. Circle Jerks – “World Up My Ass” (Group Sex (40th Anniversary Edition)
  15. Deep Sea Diver featuring Sharon Van Etten – “Impossible Weight” (Impossible Weight)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33)

You’re more like the sun because you shine all alone you’re more like the sun whenever I need some . . . Don’t change your name keep it the same for fear I may lose you again I know you won’t . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 184 (2020-32) A New Dawn In America And The End Of The Reign Of Terror /BLM/Pandemic Episodes

President-Elect Biden!!!. Well, I can stop holding my breathe after Biden pulled out a win for democracy. I am truly thankfully that a resounding majority of the American populous decided that decency, honor, truth, and the rule of law were more important than demagoguery, corruption and sociopathic narcissism from a crime family that operated the U.S. for the past four years. I am still markedly disturbed that almost 1/2 of the country voted for that sack of shit masquerading as a human, but hopefully once the stench is removed from the people’s house we can all move forward, find common ground, and operate in the best version of a democratic society. So, to those who voted for Biden – Thank You. For those Republicans who repudiated the former president’s message of hate and lawlessness a big Thank You is also in order.

Given how close the race was in a number of states, it is important to note the importance of every single vote. Every vote counted is a vote for democracy. When every vote is tallied, I am confident that the margins in battleground states will be larger for Biden. This election was a mandate for a different type of presidency. The country is still clearly divided on policy but with a stable individual as president I am hopeful bi-partisanship will be the form of governance. That is, with a unity message from President-Elect Biden, we can now, together, begin to truly confront the issues that are out-of-control in America, namely, the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic bias and racism in our government and society as a whole, and the unemployment crisis affecting our nation as a consequence of COVID-19 and a republican senate that truly did not give a shit about people. Hopefully cooperation is the order of the day as that is what it is going to take to end each of these inter-related emergent threats that easily could return us to chaos.

This episode of Tales From The Drop Box is a brief soundtrack to a new era filled with hope for a better tomorrow, starting today.

Here is what you will find in Episode 184 (2020-32):

  1. Juana Molina – “Bicho auto” (ANRMAL – Live in Mexico)
  2. Girlfriends – “California” (Girlfriends)
  3. Supercrush – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (SODO Pop)
  4. Love Fame Tragedy – “You Take The Fun Out Of Everything” (Wherever I Go, I Want to Leave)
  5. Moron’s Morons – “Sidewalk Services” (Looking For Danger)
  6. GWAR – “Death Pod” (Scumdogs Of The Universe)
  7. Cloud Nothings – “A Weird Interaction” (The Black Hole Understands)
  8. Adolescents – “Fast, Fucked & Furious” (Russian Spider Dump)
  9. The Primitives – “Been Hiding (The Aislers Set)” (Be Gay! Do Crime!)
  10. Rational Anthem – “Summer Nights” (Isolation Songs Vol. 1)
  11. Sault – “Don’t Shoot Guns Down” (Untitled (Black Is))
  12. Private World – “Charm” (Aleph)
  13. Naked Giants – “Unpeeled” (The Shadow)
  14. The Vibrators – “Shiver” (French Lessons With Correction! (2020 Remaster)
  15. Peach Kelli Pop – “Stupid Girl” (Lucky Star EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 184 (2020-32)

¿Es la luz de una vela? ¿Es la luz de un farol? ¿Es la azul luz de la luna? … California looks good on ya but it made a mess of me all my friends are doing drugs to drown out their anxiety

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 183 (2020-31) The Vote Trump Out Episode (We Still Have An Out Of Control Pandemic And It Is Getting F_ing Worse)

It is the day before the U.S. national election and these notes are short for a reason. They are designed to implore you to get out and vote to end the suffering of millions of Americans caused by a corrupt lying monster that is our current president. End the chaos, the suffering, the corruption, the lunacy and cult of personality. End the ridiculous abject failure of a COVID-19 non response. Vote the Republican bootlickers out as well. We need a fresh start to our democracy where there is less divisiveness, where Black Lives do matter, where issues that impact our citizens are taken seriously by our leaders, where society exists that balance individual freedoms against the objectives of a free society. Where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, where synchronicity exists. When it is not about the I or them but about the we – we the people of the United States of America. If I can’t change your mind then no one will. This election is solely about the will of a country’s citizens to unseat a corrupt demagogue. Make voting your priority.

But I digress. Get out and vote. In this election your vote truly does count. So, listen to this podcast while you wait in line to preserve what is left of our democracy.

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 183 (2020-31):

  1. Madeline Finn – “Trial By Fire” (Trial By Fire)
  2. Sophia – “Undone. Again” (Holding On/Letting Go)
  3. Dogleg – “Prom Hell” (Melee)
  4. The Happy Fits – “Moving” (What Could Be Better)
  5. The Cherry Pickles – “Mopkins” (The Juice That’s Worth The Squeeze)
  6. Nothing But Thieves – “Unperson” (Moral Panic)
  7. Dear Youth – “Cold Mines” (Heirloom)
  8. Doctor Fruit – “Kids Dream” (Tales Of A Fallen World)
  9. Grae – “2725” (Permanent Maniac)
  10. Low Cut Connie – “Now You Know” (Private Lives)
  11. The Death of Robert – “The Last Dance” (Casablanca)
  12. Elder Brother – “Halloween” (I Won’t Fade on You)
  13. Fuzz – “Returning” (III)
  14. The Dandy Warhols – “Bohemian Like You”
  15. Mystery Guest – “Moon, Moon” (Octagon City)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 183 (2020-31)

Sick, silent and staved the bodies they burn, they burn to the grave I’m a silent kill, you’re an emblem to engrave I’m a mind with nothing saved . . .You got a great car yeah, what’s wrong with it today? I used to have one too . . .

KFR