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:
Girl Friday – “Earthquake” (Androgynous Mary)
Disheveled Cuss – “Wanna Be My Friend” (Disheveled Cuss)
The Blinders – “From Nothing To Abundance” (Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath)
Mando Diao – “All The People” (All The People EP)
The Howl & The Hum – “Love You Like A Gun” (Human Contact)
The Sonic Dawn – “Loose Ends” (Enter The Mirage)
Slotface – “Murder On The Dancefloor” (The Slumber Tapes)
The Dirty Truckers – “Arms Length” (Second Dose)
Devon Kay & The Solutions – “In A Prairie State” (Limited Joy)
We Versus The Shark – No Negative Space Rules Forever” (Goodbye Guitar)
The Bouncing Souls – “Highway Kings” (Highway Kings)
Emily & The Blackouts – “Domino” (Emily & The Blackouts)
Takers & Users – “The Town That Committed Suicide” (Tales Of This Town)
The Clash – “White Riot” (The Clash)
Current Affairs – “Draw The line” (Object & Subject)
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?
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:
The Pack A.D. – “No Good” (It Was Fun While It Lasted)
American Terror – “She’s A Bitch” (Influencer)
Green/Blue – “Police Street” (Green/Blue)
Bullets & Octane – “Give Me A Reason” (Riot Riot Rock n’ Roll)
Nufo – “Fight Your Thoughts” (Fight Your Thoughts)
Annabel Lee- Never Give” (Let The Kids Go)
Ground Culture – “Trauma Can Teach” (How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?)
Subsistance – “Re-educating The Rich” (Unstoppable EP)
Es – “Foundation” (Less of Everything)
Dens – “Learn” (Taming Tongues)
Hot Mulligan – “Feal Like Crab” (You’ll Be Fine)
Cold Cream – “Rat Fucker” (Cold Cream)
Dark Thoughts – “Where Did You Come From?” (Must Be Nice)
Sex Pistols – ‘No Feelings” (The Last Show On Earth + Sid’s Debut)
Die Happy – “Give Me A Break” (Guess What)
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 . . .
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.
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:
Say Sue Me – “Old Town (Radio Edit)” (Where We Were Together)
Peace – “Power” (Kindness is the New Rock and Roll)
Belly – “Stars Align” (Dove)
The Lulu Raes – “Slow Ride” (Lulu)
Lady Legs – “Bottomless Pit” (Holy Heatwave)
X-Wife – “Monday Tuesday” (X-Wife)
Personality Cult – Brazen” (Personality Cult)
Murder By Death – “New Old City” (The Other Shore)
Interpol – “Complication” (Marauder)
Lydia – “Tourist” (Liquor)
Exit – “See You Around” (Too Little, Too Late)
Turnstile – “Generator” (Time & Space)
The Longest Hall – “Punch A Nazi In The Face” (Don’t Panic!)
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…
Now that school is in session for another year, Tales From The Drop Box Episode 116 is also gearing up for fall with the latest trends and styles…. not likely. Here you will find a selection of music loved by your host, Mr. Belding, that have been released relatively recently and that you are unlikely to find on the radio or in some Spotify playlist. Someone asked me what the purpose of the show is. Purpose? WTF? I have an objective, not a purpose. The objective is to bring you the best new music while focused on the music and the musicians, not their social life, nor their Instagram worthiness. I do not care who they are dating. The only critical analysis in these podcasts is related to my enjoyment i.e. that a record connects with me on an emotional level i.e. joy, sadness, happy, anger, etc. Music is emotional and I believe that it is meant to be experienced on both physical and emotional levels. The best songs make you want to move, to sing-a-long, to think about the lyrics. That is, they connect with you on multiple levels. I know that some of these tracks may not make an instant connection. Some tracks you may never connect with because of mood, time, or the energy it takes to make that connection. Some tracks may leave you cold. I get it. However, I appreciate that you still follow along, looking for that diamond track – the one song that sparkles and shines and that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. I’m looking to bring you joy. These songs do that for me. This podcast is simply my effort to share my experience with you. That’s it.
Also, for those of you who were not here at the beginning, sometimes these notes are a version of a public forum. That is, these notes are where I, on occasion, share my perspective on various matters. In general they concern current legal, political, or ethical issues and I and often explore their intersection looking for a fresh perspective on a topic or bringing attention to an important ( at least in my mind) issue. Sometimes these notes are simply Trump bashing. I also know that Trump is a truly easy target.The Trump bashing is simply my way of adding my voice to a permanent record of the shit show this President has created and the dangers of an uniformed electorate who vote for a pathologically and chronic lying sack of shit who is also morally bankrupt and corrupt. Feel free to fact check the last statement. The only portion that I believe, at this point in time, is purely opinion is that Trump is also corrupt. Everything else is fact. Don’t get hung up on the morally bankrupt contention – this fact is self-proving. Given this past week’s disclosure of the immunity deals for Trump’s inner circle of crooks, I’m feeling confident that the “corrupt” aspect of my statement will also prove to be a fact as well.
So, if you are sensitive, do not want to read my perspective, then skip these notes. I’m good with it if you are! I am positive that if you are listening to this podcast that you also have ideas, opinions, and thoughts of your own that are also interesting, intelligent and amusing (see how I did that?) and perhaps you can drop me a note expressing some of those thoughts.
If all you are interested in is the music, then be assured that Tales From The Drop Box is only about the music but the notes may not be about the music at all. Does it make sense now?
Here is what you’ll find in Episode #116:
The Ballroom Thieves – “Almost Love” (Paper Crown EP)
The Sufis – “All Knowing” (After Hours)
The Shins – “Mildenhall (Flipped)” (The Worms Heart)
Palace Winter – “The Ballroom” (Nowadays)
Sweet Reaper – “Black Widow” (Sidekick)
La Luz – “Don’t Leave Me On The Earth” (Floating Features)
Poptone – “Mirror People” (Poptone)
Dearist – “Shame” (Sonder)
Middle Kids – “Bought It” (Lost Friends)
Better Half – “Fixate” (Maybe I Was Wrong EP)
Slapshot – “Make America Hate Again” (Make America Hate Again)
The Coronas – “Not Sure How To Lie” (Reprise EP)
Pet Symmetry – “Ends With Benefits” (Reflection)
Plasmatics – “Butcher Baby” (Butcher Baby b/w Fast Food Service 7”)
Gouge Away – “Only Friend” (Burnt Sugar)
Butcher baby dressed up in red, butcher baby messed in your head . . . the mirror people, know not how to cry so they scream, the mirror people scream inside