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