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 …


Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

Many of you, from around our great nation, will have received your ballots by mail. So, fill them out and vote. In past elections the choice came down to perceived differences in policy. That is, reasonable minds could differ on the policy objectives of a particular party that would dictate a common objective – to build a more perfect union. The sole objective in our democracy is to “form a more perfect union” as that goal is embodied in the preamble to the Constitution:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Our Union supposed to get better over time, not worse. When the president ignores the Constitution and destroys the fundamental underpinnings of it’s validity at every turn we all lose our freedom. These past 4 years are demonstrably worse for America by all measures – economy, health, racial injustice and inequality, individual rights, the general welfare of all citizens, voting etc. All of these failings are the symptoms of a failing democracy. These symptoms are caused by the personal failure of Trump to be a President for all people. The disease is Trumpism. Notably, the current occupant of the office of the President is a corrupt pathological liar incapable of executing the office of the President or carrying out the duties of the office i.e upholding the oath every president, upon assumption of the office, swears:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

If the past 4 years portends the next 4 years then America is truly lost if Trump is re-elected. So, regardless of your view of the perceived deficits of Biden, vote as if your life depends upon it, because it probably does.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 is filled with a ton of new releases this week from Drop Box faves King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Frankie & The Witch Fingers, as well as exciting new music from Mercy Music and The Medicine Dolls with a couple of oldies mixed in from Ty Segal & Mikal Cronin and Alternative TV. How could you go wrong?

Here is what you’ll find in Tales From the Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28):

  1. Death Valley Girls – “Breakthrough” (Breakthrough b/w Rock n’ Roll/EGA 7”)
  2. Elm Tree Circle – “I Get It” (No Fomo)
  3. Mercy Music – “Living With A Ghost” (Nothing In The Dark)
  4. All Souls – “Sentimental Rehash” (Songs From The End Of The World)
  5. Frankie & The Witch Fingers – “Where’s Your Reality?” (Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters)
  6. Acceptance – “Wildfires” (Wild, Free)
  7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Let It Bleed (Demo)” (Demos Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
  8. Bob – “Telepathy” (You Can Stop That For A Start)
  9. The Medicine Dolls – “She Tastes Like Cocaine” (Filth and Wisdom)
  10. Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – “Pop Song” (Pop Song 7″)
  11. Faded Paper Figures – “She’s Walking Out” (Kairos)
  12. The Cheats – “Take No Prisoners” (Cussin’, Crying n’ Carrying On)
  13. Lost In Society – “All Is Fair” (Love and War EP)
  14. Alternative TV – “Action Time Vision” (Action Time Vision)
  15. Anna Graceman – “Night Follows” (The Way The Night Behaves)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 180 (2020-28)

10, 000 Maniacs miscellaneous old mister time he looked funny the children called him the scarecrow . . . I want to see my love bird want to see my love bird again . . .