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 Episode 163 (2020-11) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

If you don’t want to read the political venting this week, skip the second paragraph of these notes. While I think the topic of Black Lives Matter is important enough to publish as a reminder that things must change, I also know that not everyone agrees with me. I also believe that we should not stay silent in the face of great injustice. Sure this looks like I am jumping on the bandwagon. I am. It’s okay, this is a bandwagon worth jumping upon at a time when one voice can be a force for change. Perhaps it is the outrage I feel when I hear of the senseless deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two people I never met and do not know much about, but who were murdered by agents of government. You get the idea, skip the next paragraph if you are afraid my thinking is contrary to yours and you don’t want to be compelled to read opinions contrary to your own.

Another week in America. More COVID-19 deaths and more killings of Black Americans by police officers (yesterday in Atlanta). This devolution is created by a failure of government and an alarming lack of leadership at the Federal level. Chaos fills gaps in order. When social disorder reaches a critical threshold, change will occur. The mostly peaceful protests worldwide suggest that the time for meaningful change is here. Whether there will be success depends on each of us – depends on you. That doesn’t mean that bias and racism won’t exist – it will. If the violent and antagonistic counter-protests by fascists and far-right groups are any indication, then there will be violence. We need true leaders to ensure that the transition to a new day in America, where all are treated equally and respectfully by the agents of government exists. We need an America where Black Americans are not systemically disenfranchised by systems designed to keep them from achievement. It is not just the police, but education, economic disparity, and other bias inherent in our government’s treatment of people. It is the concept of privilege that is being missed in these discussions and how that impacts our government’s treatment of the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill. These words are just placeholders for “black” and the reason why the system must change. Fight for change because failure to change is not an option. Black Lives Matter.

So, what about Tales From The Drop Box Episode 163? It rocks! This episode is a little more aggressive than most. It is filled with angry running from the police music. Play loud…

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 163:

  1. The Pack A.D. – “No Good” (It Was Fun While It Lasted)
  2. American Terror – “She’s A Bitch” (Influencer)
  3. Green/Blue – “Police Street” (Green/Blue)
  4. Bullets & Octane – “Give Me A Reason” (Riot Riot Rock n’ Roll)
  5. Nufo – “Fight Your Thoughts” (Fight Your Thoughts)
  6. Annabel Lee- Never Give” (Let The Kids Go)
  7. Ground Culture – “Trauma Can Teach” (How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?)
  8. Subsistance – “Re-educating The Rich” (Unstoppable EP)
  9. Es – “Foundation” (Less of Everything)
  10. Dens – “Learn” (Taming Tongues)
  11. Hot Mulligan – “Feal Like Crab” (You’ll Be Fine)
  12. Cold Cream – “Rat Fucker” (Cold Cream)
  13. Dark Thoughts – “Where Did You Come From?” (Must Be Nice)
  14. Sex Pistols – ‘No Feelings” (The Last Show On Earth + Sid’s Debut)
  15. Die Happy – “Give Me A Break” (Guess What)
  16. Cruel Youth – “When I’m Looking At You” (The Powder Room)

When You speak, the earth it quakes when You speak, the fires rage when all is quiet, there You are when You speak, the waters flood . . . I’ve seen you in the mirror when the story began and I fell in love with you . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 161 (2020-09) The Pandemic Episodes

Sad week in America. COVID-19 deaths are increasing, George Floyd’s senseless death, and violent protests against police brutality exposing a systemic failure of leadership and a nationwide culture of racism. All this is against a backdrop of civil unrest, looting and destruction in many cities across America demonstrating just how thin the line between good and evil is in this country. The politics of outrage will not be a satisfactory response to the wounds of racism ripped open this week and then poked at by the occupant of the White House. Regardless of your political affiliation, you should certainly be able to see the injustice perpetrated against Black America and institutionalized in the militarized police force against all persons of color. Certainly you should be able to recognize that George Floyd’s death was morally wrong. He was murdered by a police officer and three others watched and failed to intervene. Black lives do not matter to the police as currently constiuted in cities across the nation. The data is shocking and disturbing. Police violence is not isolated.

As this week’s George Floyd protests have spotlighted, police violence is endemic and it is multi-generational. NWA’s “Fuck tha Police” (August 9, 1988) was not the only song pointing out the obvious 32 years ago, the Dead Kennedys, eight years earlier than that identified the police as a criminal gang in “Police Truck” (May 1980). “Police Truck” was inspired by an incident in Los Angeles in the late 1970s in which two police officers performed illegal activities such as drinking on the job, beating up drunks, and raping prostitutes. A similar incident was documented recently in 2017. Obviously, I do not have the answers but I have to believe that answers do exist and are out there to be adopted. A recent report issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights entitled “Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices” might be a good place to start.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 161 seems a rather insignificant offering in light of the protests, but perhaps you can reflect, as I am, about what we can do to stop the violence. Perhaps it is something simple such as giving support to peaceful protestors who were arrested exercising their freedom of expression and rising up against wrongdoing, such as protesting the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. You can contribute to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Louisville Community Bail Fund, Columbus Freedom Fund, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and Los Angeles’ People’s City Council Freedom Fund.

Here is what you will find in Episode 161:

  1. Retirement Party – “Compensation” (Runaway Dog)
  2. The Detectors – “Opportunities To Grow” (Ideology)
  3. Duncan Reid and The Big Heads – “Your Future Ex-Wife” (Don’t Blame Yourself)
  4. Boat – “So Many Reasons Your Hair Turns Grey” (Tread Lightly)
  5. Ethyl Ether – “Cold Black Soul” (Chrome Neon Jesus)
  6. One Dollar Short – “Board Game” (Unforgotten Songs)
  7. 999 – “Statue” (Bish! Bash! Bosh!)
  8. All Time Low – “Bottle And A Beat” (Future Hearts B-Sides)
  9. Moses – “Basically” (Almost Everything Is Bullshit)
  10. Rocket Surgeon – “Lich King” (Flash Fiction)
  11. Melenas – “No Puedo Pensar” (Dias Raros)
  12. The Luka State – “[Insert Girls Name Here]” (Feel It)
  13. Public Practice – “Cities” (Gentle Grip)
  14. Stiff Little Fingers – “ A River Flowing” (Tinderbox)
  15. Answering Machine – “Bad Luck” (Bad Luck)

Judgment man on the bench again telling me what I’ve done wrong . . . what can you do if you feel that way so many reasons your hair turns gray…

Tales From The Drop Box 2018-16 (Episode 117)

Hopefully you enjoyed your long weekend. I am just getting back from 5 days in Las Vegas attending a legal convention where I had a chance to ponder why I still practice law when I would rather produce episodes of this podcast. I selected the songs for Tales From The Drop Box Episode 117 while listening to a seminar on harassment cases. The topic itself was compelling and a rather serious subject concerning the introduction of #MeToo evidence, i.e. the introduction of other similar incidents as evidence of a pattern or practice of sexual harassment. However, the speaker left me cold and consequently, I looked for a diversion, and you – my faithful listeners – are the beneficiary of that diversion.

Episode 117 is fifteen catchy tracks covering the gambit of the rock pantheon. Okay, not really. The episode is mostly a selection of catchy indie pop and rock, with some punk rock at the end.  And it has a Pavement classic track. That is just how it all worked out by the end of the seminar. A good analogy is that you are getting the sweetness of desert at the beginning, and the meat and potatoes at the end. In short, the perfect way to eat a meal.  I start with a few tracks that I have had kicking about (and playing repeatedly) from April and May of this year but add a couple of new tracks such as the latest from Interpol, Murder By Death, and Personality Cult. In short, your usual solid lineup of music from the fringe.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode #117:

  1. Say Sue Me – “Old Town (Radio Edit)” (Where We Were Together)
  2. Peace – “Power” (Kindness is the New Rock and Roll)
  3. Belly – “Stars Align” (Dove)
  4. The Lulu Raes – “Slow Ride” (Lulu)
  5. Lady Legs – “Bottomless Pit” (Holy Heatwave)
  6. X-Wife – “Monday Tuesday” (X-Wife)
  7. Personality Cult – Brazen” (Personality Cult)
  8. Murder By Death – “New Old City” (The Other Shore)
  9. Interpol – “Complication” (Marauder)
  10. Lydia – “Tourist” (Liquor)
  11. Exit – “See You Around” (Too Little, Too Late)
  12. Turnstile – “Generator” (Time & Space)
  13. The Longest Hall – “Punch A Nazi In The Face” (Don’t Panic!)
  14. Pavement – “Summer Babe (7” version)” (Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Redux)
  15. Black Lilys – “Dust of You” (Boxes)

And she’s eating her fingers like they’re just another meal and she waits there in the levee wash mixing cocktails with a plastic-tipped cigar . . . Hey, wake up and smell the lavender of my flower power, technicolor massacre just rolled into your ends dismembered all your friends…

KFR