Tales From The Drop Box Episode 191 (2021-03) / The Pandemic Episodes

Another Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure I have any skin in the game, but I’ll watch because it is a short attention diversion as I am still trapped inside because I am still trying to avoid crowds and gatherings until such time as we ( the royal societal we) are able to resume some type of safe human interaction with strangers. Even when the pandemic is over, I am not sure how safe we will be with the number of certifiable nut jobs on the loose in this nation. The real time coverage of the ass wipes who attempted the January 6 insurrection in the service of Trump – a repository of all things evil, does not give me much confidence that people will suddenly wake up from this 4 year nightmare saying “what happened? Let’s all be good to one another, right? Why can’t we all just get along? Trump exposed and gave voice to the evil that lies in the heart of man. Combined with a Republican party corrupted to its amoral core willing to accept evil under the “big Republican tent”, I am not sure that we are not headed to a full reckoning involving violence. Well, so that I don’t sound paranoid, let’s hope that I am incorrect and that humanity will course correct and head towards self-actualized positivity as a society rejecting the temptation to divide through arbitrary classification. I would posit that all of divisions are a symptom of an unconscious desire to classify and is so doing the failures of our society are a symptom of the useless need to divide people into the us and them. That is, society has difficult when we try to categorize people in all shapes and manners – race, political affiliation, gender, nationality etc. The disease is classification, the symptoms are the isms.

I’ve been alive for all of the Super Bowl games although I don’t recall any of them until the mid 70’s. So, I believe I have enough experience to spot the ills that interfere with our ability to live together i.e. a part of the whole and yet still retaining individuality. Trumpism is a cult where the individual, the I, is subsumed into the whole – the mass of Trump followers and thereby losing their fucking minds. History will reflect that the power of the masses is so great that the individual mind is lost. This is not a new philosophical construct. It is a pattern oft repeated. So, stop being a fucking follower of evil and retain your individual ability to think for yourself. Now I’m going to step off the soap box….

I’ve tried to capture this week a group of more melodic pop inflected tunes while still throwing in the weird and off beat!

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 191:

  1. Tired Lion – “Drama Club” (Breakfast For Pathetics)
  2. Billy Harvey – ‘Bullseye” (Bullseye)
  3. The Instatute – “I Know This Girl” (Instatute)
  4. Casual Friday – “Be My Babe” (Stay)
  5. Newton Faulkner – “The Sun Is Coming Up” (Chapter II – Better Way/Here Tonight/The Sun Is Coming Up)
  6. The Yum Yums – “For Those About To Pop” (For Those About To Pop)
  7. Martha & The Muffins – “Echo Beach (Rework by Bass)” (Echo Beach (40 Year Anniversary))
  8. Georgia – “About Work On The Dancefloor (The Blessed Madonna Remix)” (Seeking Thrills (The Ultimate Thrills Edition))
  9. Dick Move – “Femoids Attack” (Chop!)
  10. Get Dead – “Nickel Plated” (Dancing With The Curse)
  11. Beabadoobee – “Worth It” (Fake It Flowers)
  12. The Sewer Rats – “My Sweet Chun-Li” (Magic Summer)
  13. Kleenex Girl Wonder – “All You Need Is Your Feeling” (Let It Buffer (Forever))
  14. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “I’m Just Looking” (Searching for The Young Soul Rebel)
  15. Yumi Zouma – “Lie Like You Want Me Back (Alternate Version) (Truth Or Consequences)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 191 (2021-03)

Pull me apart pour me a drink I know that you lost your everything they figured us out . . . Your eyes are just like his but your face is a bit different you’re a bit more fucked but I guess that’s fine…

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 (2021-02) / The Pandemic Episodes

Sanity returns to government. Honestly, the bar is really low for competence in government and perhaps it is time for people to think about the creatures that they elect to make important decisions about the future. Just a thought that perhaps we need to think about how we educate our citizens moving forward. The issue is not the elected creature but rather that there are a significant number of these morally bankrupt and evil scum bags being elected and continuing to be the loudest voices in a democracy. It is truly shameful that we are at a point in our history where the symptoms of the disease afflicting our democracy throw up right wing racists and extremists supporting fanciful conspiracy theories all in the name of good government. We have time, as a nation, to alter our path forward, but if we do not take aggressive steps to root out and repel the corrupt and evil and reject ideologies of hate then we are going to be back to the last 4 years soon enough. So, with those positive thoughts, what about the music?

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 is still a transitional affair in terms of starting a new music year but still containing some awesome tracks from 2020 which turned out to be a very good year despite the real world issues. So, as we continue into 2020, I suspect that there is much good music to come but let’s not throw away 2020 because the music from last year I think will resonate for a while.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 190 (2021-01)

  1. Alaska Reid – “Warm” (Big Bunny EP)
  2. Mary – “Growth” (Die Before Death)
  3. Red Zebra – “Innocent People” (Songs & Stripes)
  4. Miss Lava – “Red Atlantis” (Doom Machine)
  5. The OBGMs – “Triggered” (The Ends)
  6. Chubby And The Gang – “Blue Ain’t My Colour” (Speed Kills)
  7. Soviet Blackout Frequency – “Scenes From A Murder” (The Port Hope Incident)
  8. Oceanator – “A Crack In The World” (Things I Never Said)
  9. Mourn – “Men” (Self-Worth)
  10. Severin Bells – Boy Scout / Choirboy (A Brighter Side To The Unknown)
  11. Blue October – “Oh My My” (This Is What I Live For)
  12. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Fangs” (Blossom)
  13. The Reds, Pinks & Purples – “Sex Lies & Therapy” (You Might Be Happy Someday)
  14. Gene – “Wasteland” (The Albums)
  15. SPC Echo – “Just Stop” (November EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 (2021-02)

There’s a crack in the world and we’re all hanging on trying not to fall through the void . . You wear black hair, I have blue you look sadder than most girls do the way you walk around always watching the ground…

KFR

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