Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33) / The Pandemic Episodes

A shift in emphasis for this podcast’s liner notes following the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America. The reign of terror we collectively have all suffered for the past 4 years will come to an end despite the continued nonsense from the loser. As it is obvious that we are truly a nation divided, there is nothing like a pandemic to bring people closer together, right? I am hopeful that Biden will get a chance to enact policies that will end the racial disparity pandemic. However, the immediate focus for all of us must be getting on the same page with regard to COVID-19. When I mean the same page, I mean follow the same understanding with regard to reducing the spread of the virus. That is, stay the F____ away from each other (and me) and wear a mask.

There is no scientific debate as to certain characteristics of the virus and reduction of transmission of the virus to each other. The virus is highly transmissible and its infectivity is viral load dependent (i.e. more virus you are exposed to the more likely you will get infected). The virus can be transmitted via aerosol. Consequently, the less time you spend in enclosed spaces, closer to one another, and without a barrier to prevent you from spewing droplets or reducing the amount of virus you receive from someone else’s viral spew – the better.

You can reduce the risk for you and everyone you encounter by following the basic rules for survival that we all know to be true. These rules might change over time but biology, like life, is full of change. So don’t freak the F___ out if these rules are altered as we learn more about a virus we had no experience with when we first encountered it 10 months ago. As we get more data, perform more analysis, we may reach different conclusions but this does not mean the “science” is incorrect. It means that we are making decisions in an every changing environment and that good science recognizes change and modifies conclusions while calculating probable outcomes to future events. This pandemic is all about probabilities. This one is proving true in those states that ignored the rules laid out above – if we as a nation continue to not follow the rules, then more people are probably going to die. I’d like to avoid that. Hopefully you would like to avoid more death as well, eh? We need to FOCUS!!!!!

As for music, even Tales From The Drop Box follows some rules. These are the track must be catchy, musically interesting, and, if I’ve selected properly, trigger some type of response in the listener. You can always tell me how I did. or not.

Here is what you will find in Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33):

  1. Good Sad Happy Bad – “Star” (Shades)
  2. The Bachelor Pad – “Girl Of Your Dreams” (All Hash And Cock)
  3. I Love Your Lifestyle – “Inner Freakness” (No Driver)
  4. Pup – “A.M. 180” (This Place Sucks Ass EP)
  5. Salem – “Doomed (For Each Other)” (Salem EP)
  6. Bad Books – “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” (Bad Books (10th Anniversary Edition)
  7. Magick Mountain – “Colossus” (Weird Feelings)
  8. Foreign Air – “I Believe” (Good Morning Stranger)
  9. Bahamas – “Own Alone” (Sad Hunk)
  10. Saturday’s Heroes – “Seven Seas” (Turn Up The Music!)
  11. Asylums – “Genetic Cabaret” (Genetic Cabaret)
  12. Broadway Calls – “You Gotta Know” (Sad In The City)
  13. The Vagina Lips – “Watered By Our Own Tears (feat. AnnaJo)” (Outsider Forever)
  14. Circle Jerks – “World Up My Ass” (Group Sex (40th Anniversary Edition)
  15. Deep Sea Diver featuring Sharon Van Etten – “Impossible Weight” (Impossible Weight)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 185 (2020-33)

You’re more like the sun because you shine all alone you’re more like the sun whenever I need some . . . Don’t change your name keep it the same for fear I may lose you again I know you won’t . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 184 (2020-32) A New Dawn In America And The End Of The Reign Of Terror /BLM/Pandemic Episodes

President-Elect Biden!!!. Well, I can stop holding my breathe after Biden pulled out a win for democracy. I am truly thankfully that a resounding majority of the American populous decided that decency, honor, truth, and the rule of law were more important than demagoguery, corruption and sociopathic narcissism from a crime family that operated the U.S. for the past four years. I am still markedly disturbed that almost 1/2 of the country voted for that sack of shit masquerading as a human, but hopefully once the stench is removed from the people’s house we can all move forward, find common ground, and operate in the best version of a democratic society. So, to those who voted for Biden – Thank You. For those Republicans who repudiated the former president’s message of hate and lawlessness a big Thank You is also in order.

Given how close the race was in a number of states, it is important to note the importance of every single vote. Every vote counted is a vote for democracy. When every vote is tallied, I am confident that the margins in battleground states will be larger for Biden. This election was a mandate for a different type of presidency. The country is still clearly divided on policy but with a stable individual as president I am hopeful bi-partisanship will be the form of governance. That is, with a unity message from President-Elect Biden, we can now, together, begin to truly confront the issues that are out-of-control in America, namely, the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic bias and racism in our government and society as a whole, and the unemployment crisis affecting our nation as a consequence of COVID-19 and a republican senate that truly did not give a shit about people. Hopefully cooperation is the order of the day as that is what it is going to take to end each of these inter-related emergent threats that easily could return us to chaos.

This episode of Tales From The Drop Box is a brief soundtrack to a new era filled with hope for a better tomorrow, starting today.

Here is what you will find in Episode 184 (2020-32):

  1. Juana Molina – “Bicho auto” (ANRMAL – Live in Mexico)
  2. Girlfriends – “California” (Girlfriends)
  3. Supercrush – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (SODO Pop)
  4. Love Fame Tragedy – “You Take The Fun Out Of Everything” (Wherever I Go, I Want to Leave)
  5. Moron’s Morons – “Sidewalk Services” (Looking For Danger)
  6. GWAR – “Death Pod” (Scumdogs Of The Universe)
  7. Cloud Nothings – “A Weird Interaction” (The Black Hole Understands)
  8. Adolescents – “Fast, Fucked & Furious” (Russian Spider Dump)
  9. The Primitives – “Been Hiding (The Aislers Set)” (Be Gay! Do Crime!)
  10. Rational Anthem – “Summer Nights” (Isolation Songs Vol. 1)
  11. Sault – “Don’t Shoot Guns Down” (Untitled (Black Is))
  12. Private World – “Charm” (Aleph)
  13. Naked Giants – “Unpeeled” (The Shadow)
  14. The Vibrators – “Shiver” (French Lessons With Correction! (2020 Remaster)
  15. Peach Kelli Pop – “Stupid Girl” (Lucky Star EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 184 (2020-32)

¿Es la luz de una vela? ¿Es la luz de un farol? ¿Es la azul luz de la luna? … California looks good on ya but it made a mess of me all my friends are doing drugs to drown out their anxiety

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 181 (2020-29) The Pandemic/BLM/Vote Trump Out/ Episodes

If you have been reading these notes for the last couple of episodes of Tales From The Drop Box while listening (or even before listening!!!) to the podcast for the music, then you likely know how I actually feel and think about the two candidates for President of the United States. You are also aware that if Satan was running as a candidate against Trump, that I’d take a hard look at Satan. So, rather than continue to pile on that discourse, as most Americans have long ago made up their mind on whom they are going to cast their ballot (don’t get me started on the whole electors fiction) in this most important of elections, I can only say, once again, vote. If you have already cast your ballot, then thank you. If your ballot was cast for anyone other than Trump, then hopefully democracy will get a chance to say thank you after November 3.

As a reward for participating in the democratic process, I’ve expanded the show this week. Tales From the Drop Box Episode 181 is 5 songs longer but not lighter on quality! This episode has a pop feel to it, and I’ve included some artists who you may actually have heard of in this week’s episode. A surprise entry is Nick Lowe who has an amazing new track with Los Straitjackets, as well as some new goodies from Toronto’s Metz, Painted Doll, Don’t Kill The Octopus, the Arkells, Tropical Fuck Storm – you know the usual mix of music you need to hear.

So, kick back, put the headphones on tight, close your eyes and PLAY LOUD. The rocket ship is leaving now…

Here is what you will find in Episode 181:

  1. Sweeping Promises – “Hunger For A Way out” (Hunger For A Way Out)
  2. Night Birds – “Oblivious” (Fresh Kills Vol. II)
  3. Hangtime – “My Only One” (Destroy!)
  4. Metz – “The Mirror” (Atlas Vending)
  5. Rational Anthem – “Unimaginary Girlfriend” (It’s Only Permanent)
  6. Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets – “Crying Inside” (Walkabout)
  7. Arkells – “My Heart’s Always Yours (Acoustic) (Campfire Chords)
  8. Bee Bee Sea – “Drag Me Down” (Day Ripper)
  9. The Go Set – “A Letter To My Government” (Of Bright Futures EP)
  10. Billy Nomates – “Modern Hart” (Billy Nomates)
  11. Don’t Kill The Octopus – “Accident” (Stick Together)
  12. Painted Doll – “On The Ropes” (How To Draw Fire)
  13. Idle Hands – “A Single Solemn Rose” (Mana)
  14. The La’s – “There She Goes” (The La’s)
  15. Gladie – “Thank You Card” (Thank You Card EP)
  16. The Jaded Hearts Club – “Long And Lonesome Road” (You’ve Always Been Here)
  17. Into It. Over It. – “Brushstrokes” (Figure)
  18. Tropical Fuck Storm – “Legal Ghost” (Legal Ghost 7′)
  19. The Primitives – “Crash” (Lovely)
  20. Liar, Flower – “My Brain Is Lit Like An Airport” (Geiger Counter)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 181 (2020-29)

I heard you singing in the shower the alarm went off again and now you’re putting on your makeup I’m still laying in the bed . . . Here you go way too fast don’t slow down, you gonna crash you should watch, watch your step don’t lookout, gonna break your neck . . .

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 172 (2020-20) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Blah Blah Blah was a pretty good album by Iggy Pop and the theme for this week – Blah Blah Blah. As we get closer to the only election that matters and a turning point in our country’s future, the real question is whether good will triumph over evil. That an election should decide the battle of good and evil is a truly sad thought. Why you might ask? Did you ever consider that the result of that battle is still a toss up after almost four years of misery both political and personal, and that we still are nation gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest. Good will triumph over Trump … eventually.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 172 is just the antidote for an oppressive real world. There is hope and here is about an hour of it.

Here Is what you’ll find in Episode 172:

  1. Alexa Melo – “Digital” (Demoitis)
  2. The Thank Yous – “The Indie Pop Demon” (Good Times Killing Us)
  3. The Warlocks – “Sucking Out Your Soul Like A Son Of A Bitch” (The Chain)
  4. The Angry Agenda – “We Shall Prevail” (War EP)
  5. Catholic Action – “People Don’t Protest Enough” (Celebrated by Strangers)
  6. F.O.D. – “Wrong” (Sleepville)
  7. Left Hand Black – “Children Of The Night” (Left Hand Black)
  8. The Cowboy – “Mr. Lamppost” (The Cowboy 7”)
  9. Angel Du$t – “Lil House” (Lil House EP)
  10. Selfish Things – “Flood (Alternate Version)” (Logos (Alternate Versions))
  11. Nite Sobs – “Back On The Ride” (Do The Sob)
  12. Transit Method – “Cannibals” (The Madness)
  13. The Cavemen – “Death Row” (Various Artists – AA/VV In The Shit Records Collection N. 1)
  14. Unwritten Law – “Fight” (Here’s To The Mourning)
  15. The Dead End kids – “Hey Du” (Kommando Glitzer)

I heard you were concerned with my life I heard you had a lot to say motherfuckin’, thanks for nothin’ . . . I think I have answers the world is a cancer our blasphemous mantras of bullets and blood . . .

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 (2020-18) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

A bit of a throwback episode this week. As the number of days under pandemic increase, so does the length of the list of tracks that are – drop box worthy! America is struggling in getting the Sars-Cov-2 virus under control, and it doesn’t look like there is going to be any coordinated national response until there is new leadership in the White House. Not unsurprising, the President continues to spread lies, misinformation, and misdirection to attempt to deflect from a horrific and catastrophic loss of American lives (154,449 acknowledged deaths as of this date) and from his own failures. (See John Hopkins Coronavirus Center.) As a lesson for our future, should we have one and if American’s are still voting for elected offices, don’t elect morally corrupt lying sacks of crap who are willing to kill you for their own gain. There is hope and it is 93 days away.

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 is a musical smack down of diversity, with a new Osees track, a track from the former dBs vocalists Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple, new Soul Asylum, and X. There is some new-old music from earlier in the year and late last year before the world shut down in response to the pandemic. I’ve thrown in a couple of live tracks in the hope that live shows will someday return. We will survive the pandemic and when we get to the other side, the lessons we are learning each and every day will help form a new world order, hopefully one that is safer, kinder, and forward thinking. This podcast is merely your soundtrack to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is what you will find in Episode 170:

  1. Violet Soda – “Don’t Like This Song” (Violet Soda)
  2. Arson Daily – “Bring It All Back Home” (Late Reflections)
  3. Osees – “Blood On Your Boots” (Be Gay, Do Crime!)
  4. Surf Rock Is Dead – “Diabolik” (Existential Playboy)
  5. The Academic – “I Feel It Too (Live at the Iveagh Gardens April 24, 2020)” (Live at the Iveagh Gardens)
  6. The Bar Stool Preachers – “When This World Ends” (Soundtrack To Your Apocalypse)
  7. Chastity – “Flames (Live At The Whitby Courthouse Theater)” (Home Made Satan: Live Addition)
  8. Standup Stacy – “Mirrors” (The Magnificent You)
  9. Aviva – “GRRRLs” (Volume 1)
  10. X – “Alphabetland” (Alphabetland)
  11. The Movement – “Revolt” (Future Freedom Time)
  12. Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – “Black and White” (Our Back Pages)
  13. Soul Asylum – “Hopped Up Feelin’ (Hurry Up and Wait)
  14. Plain White T’s – “Big Bad World” (Big Bad World)
  15. Riverby – “Smart Mouth” (Smart Mouth)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 170 (2020-18)

It’s a big bad world we’re doing what we can sometimes we fall on our face before we even learn to stand . . . I, I never would hurt you but even if I did you you never would tell me . . life is simple, life is plain fuck the future, stay the same lust for lashes your country’s in ashes.

KFR