Tales From The Drop Box Episode 189 (2021-01) / The Pandemic Episodes

So, as a starter, happy New Year! I’m glad to be back after a short break. So where are we now a few weeks into a new year? Well, shit is still bad. As you might note by the title to these episodes – we are still in a deadly pandemic. In Los Angeles, where I am located, things are really bad. There are more people dying here every day than at anytime in the past 11 months. While there is hope on the horizon we are experiencing the surge caused by a catastrophic failure of people to listen to the advice and act. Here we are at a point where community spread is so high that we just passed 1 million (1,000,000!) COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and confirmed its first case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain first reported in the United Kingdom. This week the county also reported 14,669 new cases of COVID-19 and 253 additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 1,003,923 cases and 13,741 fatalities. See it’s bad.

Then there is the insurrection in the nation’s capitol as the 4 years of chaos under the Trump regime well documented in these pages comes to an insane end. There is still a couple of days until Biden is sworn in but as we should all be aware – that is no guarantee that there will be a peaceful transition of power. Honestly, these past 4 years have been exhausting with this nut bag in control of the reins of democracy. I am hopeful that the tyranny of the minority will end and the rest of us can confront the real issues created and exposed during the past 4 years including the economic disaster caused by the failed response to COVID-19, the harsh reality that the U.S. has institutionalized racism and economic disparity, climate change, and the other social diseases that are symptoms of economic inequality in a very politically divided country. I fear that we are in store for a very rocky ride to get out of the place where we are trapped now. Well, there is always hope….

As you should know by now, the beginning of a new year is also a state of transition for Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 189 delicately balances the urge to present a flurry of new releases that always arrive at the beginning of a new year with those that were released at the end of the last one. Then, there is always the ones that I just didn’t get to play or missed along the way. So, this is really a long way of saying this is a mixed bag of tunes, but all in my mind really good. This I believe is the best way to start a new year – contemplating the last one but always moving forward. So, with that said have a happy and safe new year. We are still going to rock our asses off.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 189 (2021-01):

  1. Shitkid – “Downtown Apartment” (Crotchrock EP)
  2. Ben Kweller – “Hold Me Down” (Circuit Boredom)
  3. Babe Corner – “Killer” (Killer EP)
  4. The Dirty Nil – “Ride Or Die” (Fuck Art)
  5. Viagra Boys – “Ain’t Nice” (Welfare Jazz)
  6. Some Stranger – “Meet In Secret” (Meet In Secret Speak In Code)
  7. lié – “Drowning In Piss” (You Want It Real)
  8. Osees – “Nervous Breakdown” (Live At Big Sur)
  9. The Avalanches – “Gold Sky (feat. Kurt Vile)” (We Will Always Love You)
  10. Slow Worries – “When We Go Out” (Careful Climb)
  11. Foxy Shazam – “Burn” (Burn)
  12. Descendents – “Hindsight 2020″ (Suffrage 7”)
  13. Happy. – “April Is For Fools” (Imposter Syndrome)
  14. The Stone Roses – “I Am The Resurrection” (The Stone Roses)
  15. Gotts Street Park – “Favorite Kind Of Girl” (Volume Two EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 189 (2021-01)

I’m about to have a nervous breakdown my head really hurts if I don’t find a way out of here …. Down, down, you bring me down I hear you knocking down my door and I can’t sleep at night …

KFR

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 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 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

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 182 (2020-30) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

We are still in a pandemic. America should have it under control by now. We should, as a nation, have a plan. Public safety is not a violation of your individual rights. Public safety keeps us all safe. While you certainly do have an individual right to be an idiot, your individual rights do not exceed mine. I have a right to be safe. So, as you consider the next 4 years, think about those you love, those who have died needlessly from an abject lack of competence and leadership, and do the right thing for all of us – vote for someone who is not an idiot. Vote out the idiots enablers. Stop watching Fox News. Wear a mask and keep your distance, eh? It’s simple.

As for the tunes, you know that Tales From the Drop Box has got you more than covered. So rather than belabor the obvious i.e. turn up the volume as this one is bit of an uptempo affair and have a blast, here is this week’s episode …

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 182:

  1. Girl Friday – “Earthquake” (Androgynous Mary)
  2. Disheveled Cuss – “Wanna Be My Friend” (Disheveled Cuss)
  3. The Blinders – “From Nothing To Abundance” (Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath)
  4. Mando Diao – “All The People” (All The People EP)
  5. The Howl & The Hum – “Love You Like A Gun” (Human Contact)
  6. The Sonic Dawn – “Loose Ends” (Enter The Mirage)
  7. Slotface – “Murder On The Dancefloor” (The Slumber Tapes)
  8. The Dirty Truckers – “Arms Length” (Second Dose)
  9. Devon Kay & The Solutions – “In A Prairie State” (Limited Joy)
  10. We Versus The Shark – No Negative Space Rules Forever” (Goodbye Guitar)
  11. The Bouncing Souls – “Highway Kings” (Highway Kings)
  12. Emily & The Blackouts – “Domino” (Emily & The Blackouts)
  13. Takers & Users – “The Town That Committed Suicide” (Tales Of This Town)
  14. The Clash – “White Riot” (The Clash)
  15. Current Affairs – “Draw The line” (Object & Subject)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 182 (2020-30)

Oh, I love you like a gun loves the bullet right before it’s gone . . .Sitting here drinking again…Thinking back on how simple it used to be. Can it ever be that way again?

KFR