Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 (2021-02) / The Pandemic Episodes

Sanity returns to government. Honestly, the bar is really low for competence in government and perhaps it is time for people to think about the creatures that they elect to make important decisions about the future. Just a thought that perhaps we need to think about how we educate our citizens moving forward. The issue is not the elected creature but rather that there are a significant number of these morally bankrupt and evil scum bags being elected and continuing to be the loudest voices in a democracy. It is truly shameful that we are at a point in our history where the symptoms of the disease afflicting our democracy throw up right wing racists and extremists supporting fanciful conspiracy theories all in the name of good government. We have time, as a nation, to alter our path forward, but if we do not take aggressive steps to root out and repel the corrupt and evil and reject ideologies of hate then we are going to be back to the last 4 years soon enough. So, with those positive thoughts, what about the music?

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 is still a transitional affair in terms of starting a new music year but still containing some awesome tracks from 2020 which turned out to be a very good year despite the real world issues. So, as we continue into 2020, I suspect that there is much good music to come but let’s not throw away 2020 because the music from last year I think will resonate for a while.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 190 (2021-01)

  1. Alaska Reid – “Warm” (Big Bunny EP)
  2. Mary – “Growth” (Die Before Death)
  3. Red Zebra – “Innocent People” (Songs & Stripes)
  4. Miss Lava – “Red Atlantis” (Doom Machine)
  5. The OBGMs – “Triggered” (The Ends)
  6. Chubby And The Gang – “Blue Ain’t My Colour” (Speed Kills)
  7. Soviet Blackout Frequency – “Scenes From A Murder” (The Port Hope Incident)
  8. Oceanator – “A Crack In The World” (Things I Never Said)
  9. Mourn – “Men” (Self-Worth)
  10. Severin Bells – Boy Scout / Choirboy (A Brighter Side To The Unknown)
  11. Blue October – “Oh My My” (This Is What I Live For)
  12. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – “Fangs” (Blossom)
  13. The Reds, Pinks & Purples – “Sex Lies & Therapy” (You Might Be Happy Someday)
  14. Gene – “Wasteland” (The Albums)
  15. SPC Echo – “Just Stop” (November EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 190 (2021-02)

There’s a crack in the world and we’re all hanging on trying not to fall through the void . . You wear black hair, I have blue you look sadder than most girls do the way you walk around always watching the ground…

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 189 (2021-01) / The Pandemic Episodes

So, as a starter, happy New Year! I’m glad to be back after a short break. So where are we now a few weeks into a new year? Well, shit is still bad. As you might note by the title to these episodes – we are still in a deadly pandemic. In Los Angeles, where I am located, things are really bad. There are more people dying here every day than at anytime in the past 11 months. While there is hope on the horizon we are experiencing the surge caused by a catastrophic failure of people to listen to the advice and act. Here we are at a point where community spread is so high that we just passed 1 million (1,000,000!) COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and confirmed its first case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain first reported in the United Kingdom. This week the county also reported 14,669 new cases of COVID-19 and 253 additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 1,003,923 cases and 13,741 fatalities. See it’s bad.

Then there is the insurrection in the nation’s capitol as the 4 years of chaos under the Trump regime well documented in these pages comes to an insane end. There is still a couple of days until Biden is sworn in but as we should all be aware – that is no guarantee that there will be a peaceful transition of power. Honestly, these past 4 years have been exhausting with this nut bag in control of the reins of democracy. I am hopeful that the tyranny of the minority will end and the rest of us can confront the real issues created and exposed during the past 4 years including the economic disaster caused by the failed response to COVID-19, the harsh reality that the U.S. has institutionalized racism and economic disparity, climate change, and the other social diseases that are symptoms of economic inequality in a very politically divided country. I fear that we are in store for a very rocky ride to get out of the place where we are trapped now. Well, there is always hope….

As you should know by now, the beginning of a new year is also a state of transition for Tales From The Drop Box. Episode 189 delicately balances the urge to present a flurry of new releases that always arrive at the beginning of a new year with those that were released at the end of the last one. Then, there is always the ones that I just didn’t get to play or missed along the way. So, this is really a long way of saying this is a mixed bag of tunes, but all in my mind really good. This I believe is the best way to start a new year – contemplating the last one but always moving forward. So, with that said have a happy and safe new year. We are still going to rock our asses off.

Here is what you’ll find in Episode 189 (2021-01):

  1. Shitkid – “Downtown Apartment” (Crotchrock EP)
  2. Ben Kweller – “Hold Me Down” (Circuit Boredom)
  3. Babe Corner – “Killer” (Killer EP)
  4. The Dirty Nil – “Ride Or Die” (Fuck Art)
  5. Viagra Boys – “Ain’t Nice” (Welfare Jazz)
  6. Some Stranger – “Meet In Secret” (Meet In Secret Speak In Code)
  7. lié – “Drowning In Piss” (You Want It Real)
  8. Osees – “Nervous Breakdown” (Live At Big Sur)
  9. The Avalanches – “Gold Sky (feat. Kurt Vile)” (We Will Always Love You)
  10. Slow Worries – “When We Go Out” (Careful Climb)
  11. Foxy Shazam – “Burn” (Burn)
  12. Descendents – “Hindsight 2020″ (Suffrage 7”)
  13. Happy. – “April Is For Fools” (Imposter Syndrome)
  14. The Stone Roses – “I Am The Resurrection” (The Stone Roses)
  15. Gotts Street Park – “Favorite Kind Of Girl” (Volume Two EP)
Tales From The Drop Box Episode 189 (2021-01)

I’m about to have a nervous breakdown my head really hurts if I don’t find a way out of here …. Down, down, you bring me down I hear you knocking down my door and I can’t sleep at night …

KFR

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