As anticipated by last weeks Coronavirus explosion in the U.S. , we are going to be in a world of hurt in the U.S. over the next month. It should be not too surprising to anyone who has followed Tales From The Drop Box that not only was this rapid increase in infections anticipated, but sadly, even knowing what we know, the fact that we as a society could have prevented all of this tragedy and refused to do so was also predicable. That is, despite knowing what we actually truly do know about the spread of COVID-19, many millions of people still refuse to cooperate with the basics necessary to keep the virus spread in check. Thus, the predictable result is what we as a country are experiencing now – which is increased hospitalizations followed shortly thereafter by death. I am truly shocked by how numb we have become to the reports of COVID-19 deaths and our apparent acceptance of truly preventable tragedies. It is too sad and disappointing to actual reflect on this tragedy for too long. So…take action. Take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones by following the scientific guidance you know to be true – you are safer at home. Don’t gather in groups indoors. Create physical distance from each other. Wear a mask. Participate in the social contract we all make to live in a free society i.e. do no harm to each other.
Episode 186 of Tales From The Drop Box is a little bit more aggressive this week. Not sure why these tracks are a little louder, a little angrier perhaps, but they are. So sit back and turn the volume up. I’m going to do that as well. Then I’m going to think about the positives in my life so that I can go out and continue the fight to overcome ignorance by spreading the truth about things that matter to all of us, such as the importance of the rule of law, following the science, questioning authority and making decisions based upon empirical data. We can get to a better place in our world but it is going to take all of us.
Here is what you will find in Episode 186:
War On Women – “White Lies” (Wonderful Hell)
Tunng – “Death Is The New Sex” (Tunng Presents . . . Dead Club)
CatEaters – “I Don’t Wanna Be like You” (Rare)
Suburban Medicine – “American Nightmare” (Black Cats & Broken Glass)
Sarah And The Safe Word – “You’re All Scotch, No Soda” (Good Gracious! Bad People)
Shitbats – “Succubus” (Guano)
The Spits – “Breakdown” (VI)
Jeff Rosenstock – “NEVERGONNAGETITBACKAGAIN!!!” (Furlough Your Dreams)
Vulvarine – “Dangerous” (Unleashed)
Happy. – “June Gloom” (Imposter Syndrome)
A Tale of Golden Keys – “All Banks Are Dry” (The Only Thing That’s Real)
Milk Teeth – “Given Up” (Milk Teeth)
Lime Cordiale – “Robbery” (14 Steps To A Better You)
The Misfits – “Where Eagles Dare” (
Attic Salt – “Truck Stop” (Get Wise)
We walk the streets at night we go where eagles dare they pick up every movement they pick up every loser…I’m only thinking about the times you tried you tried to blame me kept saying that you were right, you can not look me in the eye . . .
I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. To my Canadian friends, I hope you had a terrific Canada Day. Normally, I would be celebrating America’s birthday, but it is difficult to celebrate America’s success when we are in the vortex of a disaster of our own creation. As COVID-19 numbers cross the 50,000 new cases per day threshold and a Federal administration that has fully given up talking about or doing anything about the senseless deaths, the signs for America’s future look a little bleak right now. However, there is still hope. America can reclaim its place as the greatest democracy by taking small individual and collective steps designed to unite one another for a common purpose. That purpose I would offer is to heal and protect our communities from threats from within. If July 4th is to remain a marker for the celebration of our culture and our nation – past, present and future – then action to preserve our democratic way of life must start with us. If we fail to take action to reverse the rivers of division threatening to drown our democracy then we are lost. The fight for a society where all persons are created equal is a good place to start. Black Lives Do Matter. Register to vote. Participate. Be a positive force for change and not just a critic.
As for Tales From The Drop Box Episode 166, it is definitely a hodgepodge of old and new. I think you are going to love a number of these tracks which might have passed you by during the past couple of months as social issues predominate attention and time. You’ll also get some insight into one of my guilty pleasures, San Cisco, including why I feel guilty, along with the usual mix of new music that you should be listening to right now.
Here is what you will find in Episode 166:
Hinds – “Waiting For You” (The Prettiest Curse)
Tuff Sunshine – “We Seal Every Deal With A Kiss” (Dig Deeper, Peanut)
Rusty – “Tricker Tricker” (Dogs Of Canada)
Animal House – “Modern Romance (feat. Lucy Sheehan)” (Premium Mediocre)
All The Wasted Years – “Ship Going Nowhere” (I’m Fine)
Disq – “D19” (Collector)
Honey Lung – “Getting Off” (Post Modern Motorcade Music)
Raveslut – “Insanity” (No Escape)
Jeff Rosenstock – “Leave It In The Sun” (No Dream)
Pretty Thrills – “Scarlett” (Pretty Thrills)
San Cisco – “On The Line” (On The Line – Single)
Silver Sun – “Needle In The Ball Pit” (Switzerland)
Terry Sharp – “Put In Bay Ohio Death Bird” (The Death Choir Sings)
The Skids – “The Saints Are Coming”
Bad Cop/ Bad Cop – “Breastless” (The Ride)
I gave you time in crowded places gave you love in empty spaces waiting for you . . . Don’t let me know all the reasons that it probably shouldn’t work or let me know all the things I’ll never do.