Tales From The Drop Box Episode 167 (2020-15) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Another week and the COVID-19 pandemic is out of control here in America. An abject failure of federal leadership is the cause of the uncoordinated patch work of responses and when combined with the large volume of inconsistent information, disinformation, and misinformation the result is that a large number of people are going to die needlessly. That is the true cost of a President who is wholly incompetent and callous.

So, where do we go from here? Good question. Hopefully, someone with the power to enact change will step up. As I’ve mentioned previously somewhere in these posts, I believe the start for change begins with us individually. The only person who can save us from the impending disaster, whatever the disaster, is ourselves. That is, the first step forward begins with us. So, as you think about the next couple of months, some of which are likely going to be spent at home as stay at home orders are reimposed, ask you may ask yourself how did I get here? And you may ask yourself how do I work this? And you may ask yourself Am I right? Am I wrong? And you may say yourself “My God! What have I done?”(And you may ask yourself isn’t that the Talking Heads “One in a Lifetime” playing in the background as I read this?). And that is the point – what are you asking yourself as you sit at home unable to go outside, unable to go to work, unable to feed your family, unable to eat in a restaurant, unable to be? You should be asking yourself what is the next step forward. That begins with you.

Register to vote and then vote. There must certainly be a better option to lead our country than the idiot who has raised the level of misery so high that having a misery index seems irrelevant. Each of us is responsible for our choices, but those choices impact other lives. Rather than bitch about the past, take action.

Here is what you will find in Episode 167 of Tales from the Drop Box:

  1. Whim – “Brick Walls & All Their Secrets” (Abuzz In The Abyss)
  2. Jehnny Beth – “Heroine” (To Love Is To Live)
  3. Bad Moves – “Cape Henlopen” (Untenable)
  4. Disheveled Cuss – “Nu Complication” (Oh My God)
  5. Jaded Truth – “Wide Asleep” (Rx)
  6. Rowland S. Howard – “I Burnt Your Clothes” (Teenage Snuff Film)
  7. The Real McKenzies – “Big Foot Steps” (Beer & Loathing)
  8. The Vacant Lots – “Into The Depths” (Interzone)
  9. C Silver – “Gentle Yellow” (In Clarity & Curses EP)
  10. Back Up Kid -” I’ve Got a Bad Habit of Looking Down Alleys and Thinking Too Much” (Goodness, Gracious)
  11. Badtalkers – “Better Run” (Sick Arms)
  12. Wire – “The Art of Persistence” (10:20)
  13. Unknown Era – “Meet Me (On The Dancefloor)” ( A State of Affairs)
  14. The Dukes Of Stratosphear – Vanishing Girl (2001 Mix) (Chips From The Chocolate Fireball)
  15. Delacey – “Actress” (Black Coffee)

The art of persistence, survival bred skills repairs for the final, test of the wills persistence, survival, test of the wills prepare for the final, perfect rival to kill … Someone’s knocking in the distance but I’m deaf and blind she’s not expected home this evening so I leave the world behind

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 166 (2020-14) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. To my Canadian friends, I hope you had a terrific Canada Day. Normally, I would be celebrating America’s birthday, but it is difficult to celebrate America’s success when we are in the vortex of a disaster of our own creation. As COVID-19 numbers cross the 50,000 new cases per day threshold and a Federal administration that has fully given up talking about or doing anything about the senseless deaths, the signs for America’s future look a little bleak right now. However, there is still hope. America can reclaim its place as the greatest democracy by taking small individual and collective steps designed to unite one another for a common purpose. That purpose I would offer is to heal and protect our communities from threats from within. If July 4th is to remain a marker for the celebration of our culture and our nation – past, present and future – then action to preserve our democratic way of life must start with us. If we fail to take action to reverse the rivers of division threatening to drown our democracy then we are lost. The fight for a society where all persons are created equal is a good place to start. Black Lives Do Matter. Register to vote. Participate. Be a positive force for change and not just a critic.

In California you can register to vote here: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

As for Tales From The Drop Box Episode 166, it is definitely a hodgepodge of old and new. I think you are going to love a number of these tracks which might have passed you by during the past couple of months as social issues predominate attention and time. You’ll also get some insight into one of my guilty pleasures, San Cisco, including why I feel guilty, along with the usual mix of new music that you should be listening to right now.

Here is what you will find in Episode 166:

  1. Hinds – “Waiting For You” (The Prettiest Curse)
  2. Tuff Sunshine – “We Seal Every Deal With A Kiss” (Dig Deeper, Peanut)
  3. Rusty – “Tricker Tricker” (Dogs Of Canada)
  4. Animal House – “Modern Romance (feat. Lucy Sheehan)” (Premium Mediocre)
  5. All The Wasted Years – “Ship Going Nowhere” (I’m Fine)
  6. Disq – “D19” (Collector)
  7. Honey Lung – “Getting Off” (Post Modern Motorcade Music)
  8. Raveslut – “Insanity” (No Escape)
  9. Jeff Rosenstock – “Leave It In The Sun” (No Dream)
  10. Pretty Thrills – “Scarlett” (Pretty Thrills)
  11. San Cisco – “On The Line” (On The Line – Single)
  12. Silver Sun – “Needle In The Ball Pit” (Switzerland)
  13. Terry Sharp – “Put In Bay Ohio Death Bird” (The Death Choir Sings)
  14. The Skids – “The Saints Are Coming”
  15. Bad Cop/ Bad Cop – “Breastless” (The Ride)

I gave you time in crowded places gave you love in empty spaces waiting for you . . . Don’t let me know all the reasons that it probably shouldn’t work or let me know all the things I’ll never do.

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 165 (2020-13) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Pandemic still ongoing. Still no justice for victims of systemic racism carried out by police officers against Black Americans and other persons of color. Still no answer to the real problem of privilege in our country. The COVID-19 problem is, alarmingly, growing. As the world wide number of estimated infections crosses the 10 million persons infected threshold this should give us all pause to think about the rapid acceleration of the virus. The numbers are accelerating world wide. Last week the WHO reported 183,000 new cases – the single largest number of new cases reported in one day. On average, there are approximately 150,000 new cases per day worldwide. The U.S. which accounts for 25% of those cases recorded the largest number of daily reported cases since April 23 – the peak of the New York infection. There is little doubt that the lack of leadership at the federal level is the greatest threat to the safety of our country. The response is an abysmal failure. So, as I try to be positive with these notes, here are some suggestions:

  1. Always physically distance yourself from persons who are not your immediate family. This should make intuitive sense to everyone. I stay away from you and yuo stay away from me and we don’t spread the virus to each other. Why people still argue this point is a mystery to me. The large numbers of people who believe that this advice is false is a greater concern. Truly, this mystical belief that the physical distancing from each other is not effective and that the virus will disappear as if by magic (see a certain POTUS) is the very definition of idiot.]
  2. Wash your hands and avoid contact with your nose, eyes and mouth.
  3. When you cannot physically distance yourself from other people wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose i.e. a face mask. [This is not a political statement – it is an objective statement based upon the best available science. Don’t be stupid – mask up].
  4. Vote for leaders who understand that public health emergencies are not political theater and need to be taken seriously; react by providing responses based upon based available objective data; provide a consistent rational message including realistic probabilities of events where the data is unclear; and don’t lie to the people. [Again, this is not advocating for any particular political party. It is a statement about leadership. Don’t vote for idiots who will kill you because they are either stupid or incredibly uniformed and lazy to actually think and then take reasoned action].

As for this week’s episode of Tales From The Drop Box Episode 165, there is no real theme. I have tried for consistency over these latest episodes and this one should fit right in the pocket. I have some power pop, indie rock, pop, punk rock and hell yeah a little live Chris Isaak whose first couple of records were actually really good. So, turn it up a little bit (because you are physically distanced) so you can share it with your neighbors, think positive thoughts and stay safe until next week!

Here is what you will find in Episode 165:

  1. Indian Queens – “Wanderlust” (God Is Woman)
  2. Butch Walker – “Gridlock” (American Love Story)
  3. Nova Twins – “Devil’s Face” (Who Are The Girls?)
  4. The Whiffs – “Hey Little Anne” (Another Whiff)
  5. The Wombats -“Headbutt Rock” (B-Z Sides 2003-2017 (In Rough Chronological Order))
  6. Japan, Man – “I Like To Wait” ( I Like To Wait EP)
  7. Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band – “Stay Away” (Nevermind)
  8. Pkew Pkew Pkew – “The Polynesian” (Optimal Lifestyles)
  9. Silverstein – “Coming Down” (A Beautiful Place To Dream)
  10. Woods – “Where Do You Go When You Dream” (Strange To Explain)
  11. My Ugly Clementine – “Don’t Talk To Me” (Vitamin C)
  12. Boniface – “Dear Megan” (Boniface (Deluxe Edition))
  13. Single Mothers – “Road Sick” (New Damage Switcheroo Vol. 1)
  14. Chris Isaak – “Somebody’s Crying (Live)” (The World Was On Fire (Live 1995)
  15. Abbey Glover – “La Nuit” (Everybody Leaves)

Counting the days ’til, ’til I run away counting the days and the nights I stay oh, waiting is a game I like to play . . . Preoccupied with life itself absorbed all the attention you need
return to the state you were born an old friend you left to die . . ..

KFR

Tales From The Drop Box Episode 162 (2020-10) The Pandemic/BLM Episodes

Black Lives Matter.

As mentioned in the last episode, COVID-19 was replaced last week as the topic du jour by a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the tragic execution of George Floyd by a police officer. After two weeks of protests, yesterday’s demonstrations in support of change in police use of force policies disproportionately impacting Black Lives were the largest of this current cycle. Peaceful demonstrations in cities and towns worldwide to support changes to systemic race based policing policies which disproportionately impact Black Lives are an important first step in creating an environment for change. Perhaps now is the time for actual change that matters. Talk – Action = 0. Real change to race based police brutality and disproportionate treatment will take both persistence and new leadership. The divisive incompetent in the White House must go. Register to vote. Then vote. Vote for candidates who will lead us out of the darkest period of our modern history. Not since the Civil Rights era of the late 1960s does America have a chance to right historical and systemic wrong and stand against police brutality. It is not enough to stand against racism. The real conversation is about what we stand for as a nation. Do we stand for good, fair treatment of all people and for all nations? Do we stand for equal justice under the law? How can you help?

Do Something!

As for the music, Episode 162 of Tales From The Drop Box marks a slight departure from prior episodes. This week is filled with mostly new music but for kicks I’ve included a block of oldies that may be slightly unfamiliar to you. Classic well known bands bust different versions of songs that you might be familiar with. A small change for sure, but as noted above we all need change, so I am modeling a little bit.

I have been on this planet long enough to know that it is going to take a number of small changes to tip the current equilibrium from unjust to just. When the shift in equilibrium happens – and I truly believe that it will – there will be some turbulence and chaos before that new equilibrium is achieved. There is never a convenient time for revolution when the battle is truly for this nation’s soul. I hope that the worldwide peaceful demonstrations are sufficient force to create the change we need for our country and the end result of this turbulent time is a country where all persons are created equal and all are equally respected by the law. #Black Lives Matter

Here is what you will find in Episode 162:

  1. Mrs. Piss – “M.B.O.T.W.O.” (Self Surgery)
  2. The Howl & The Hum – “Love You Like A Gun” (Human Contact)
  3. Joyce Manor – “House Warming Party” (Songs From Northern Torrance)
  4. The Dears – “Heart Of An Animal” (Lovers Rock)
  5. Of Good Nature – “Fade” (Everything Turns Gold)
  6. Skuldpadda – “Summer In The City” (Commitment)
  7. Taking On Water – “How The West Was Won” (20 Years Too Late)
  8. Gold Key – “Human” (Panic Machine)
  9. Heads – “Nobody Moves & Everybody Talks” (Push)
  10. Household Names – “Famous (For Losing You)” (Picture In My Head)
  11. It’s For Us – “The Fight” (Malax EP)
  12. The Buzzcocks – “Tranquilizer” ( The 1991 Demo Album)
  13. Magazine – “Look What Fear’s Done To My Body (Because You’re Frightened)” (The Complete John Peel Sessions)
  14. The Jam – “Burning Sky (Demo Version) (Setting Sons (Super Deluxe Edition)
  15. Penny Diving – “Shotgun, She Said” (Big Inhale)

How are things in your little world? I hope they’re going well, and you are too Do you still see the same old crowd? The ones who used to meet every Friday? . . . You love me because you’re frightened and I’m falling in love with you because I’m getting frightened of the things you somehow make me do…

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…