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 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

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-20 (Episode 121)

This first episode of October is filled with tales by talented songwriters from a variety of perspectives. I think Tales From The Drop Box Episode 121 is a good reminder of the power of music to make you feel. From the vitriol of the Petrol Girls track “Strike” to the heartache and regret of San Cisco’s “When I Dream”, this episode is sure to trigger some emotion in you. I believe that the emotional connection is the point of this podcast i.e. my central mission is to provide you with a powerful emotional experience as a reaction to the music. Music trigger emotional response. That is, music should connect with you on both a physical and emotional level. I believe we’ve lost that connection because the mass produced music that permeates our daily lives no longer connects – it is soulless and just noise. I want this music to strike with clarity and leave you emotionally spent. I know that not every track will connect with you. My goal, each episode is merely one. One song that will lift you up, move you to cry, make you smile.

This is also a very good episode for headphones! Episode 121 is filled with late night music – the kind of music that you used to listen to when you were young – when you were lying in your bed with the lights off, just listening. I remember distinctly the excitement I felt as a kid when I discovered a new band or new song on the radio. In the later 70’s the best new music was actually played on radio and always late at night. From Rodney on the ROQ to John Peel, music was experienced with only the glow of the radio. A wave of pleasurable new sounds blasting through the headphones, all experienced eyes closed. So, if you have hesitated listening to this podcast because you don’t recognize any of the bands, take a chance. I think you’ll find that this is the rabbit hole you will want to explore, once a week, every week and re-discover the missing part of your life – when music meant something, connected, mattered and brought you . . . joy.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #121:

  1. Massage – “Crying out Loud” (Oh Boy)
  2. Petrol Girls – “Strike” (The Future Is Dark EP)
  3. Sudakistan – “Caminos” (Swedish Cobras)
  4. The Trews – “The New Us” (Civilianaires)
  5. San Cisco – “When I Dream” (When I Dream (Single)
  6. Satellite Stories – “Sunglasses” (Cut Out The Lights)
  7. Sister Disorder – “Delayed” (Away)
  8. Joyce Manor – “Silly Games” (Million Dollars To Me)
  9. 1000 Gram – “Daydream” (By All Dreams Necessary)
  10. The Contestants – “It’s Not” (Twelve Of Your Earth Years)
  11. Damper – “Panic” (Damper EP)
  12. Laser Tusk – “Mother Iron” (Traveling Light)
  13. Blue Haze – “Bloodmagic” (Nightdive)
  14. The Stranglers – “Golden Brown” (La Folie)
  15. Slothrust – “Some Kind of Cowgirl” (The Pact)

Golden brown texture like sun lays me down with my might she runs throughout the night no need to fight . . . are you waiting to storm the winter palace, bro? picture yourself on the front page? do you want a fucking monument or are you here to make change?

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-13 (Episode 114)

Bang. Here you have Tales From The Drop Box Episode 114 arriving a scant few days after Episode 113. What gives, you might inquire? Well, as you know there was the lengthy break in these podcasts but I was still listening to new music. So, I stockpiled a few things knowing that upon my return I had to go bigger, badder, and win you back. Episode 114 is a little more melodic than last week. Overall, the tracks are closer to the pop end of the rock spectrum, but there is a solid block of modern post-punk sounds that should keep you somewhat balanced. I know at least one of you (JB from Vancouver) is still recovering from the Pagan track a couple of episodes ago, so this should be a somewhat more pleasant listening experience for you as there is no disco/punkrock/deathmetal tracks this time. Maybe next time …

Oh, and so we are clear… The Whitehouse is not the place for Nazis. Why do we have to even say this?

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #114:

  1. Pi Ja Ma – “Ponytail” (Radio Girl EP)
  2. Waterparks – “ Blonde” (Entertainment)
  3. Shame – “Dust on Trial” (Songs of Praise)
  4. Cabbage – “Postmodernist Caligula” (Nihilistic Glamour Shots)
  5. Animal Flag – “Void Ripper” (Void Ripper)
  6. Acollective – “All Lights Up” (The Coming Of Light)
  7. Welshy Arms – “All For Us” (No Place Is Home)
  8. Blurred Out – “Ain’t It A Shame” (Blurred Out)
  9. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “How long?” (Hope Downs)
  10. Proud Parents – “Take My Hand” (Proud parents)
  11. Night Flowers – “Unwound” (Wild Notion)
  12. Warm Thoughts – “Airport” (I Went Swimming Alone)
  13. Rise Against – “Savior” (Ghost Note Symphonies Vol. 1)
  14. The Alarm – “What Kind Of Hell (Illegal Records Demo Version)” (Eponymous 1981-1983)
  15. Remember Sports – “The 1 Bad Man” (Slow Buzz)

I’m not afraid of what I did but I’m not getting over it and I know and I know and I know that I asked you to stay I’m just a bad man today …. Your defense is crumbling slowly you cannot get a witness to stand what’s it like when millions of voices stand up and call you a cheat what kind of hell what kind of hell am I living in

KFR