#Music | ‘Help Us Stranger’ Singles

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Photo Credit: Yasuhiko Shimizu

So far, The Raconteurs have released four singles from their newest album Help Us Stranger. Three of them have official music videos. They are included below in order of their release.

From The Raconteurs Official YouTube Channel

“Now That You’re Gone” / Dikayl Rimmasch

“Sunday Driver” / Steve Sebring

“Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)” / Official Audio

“Help Me Stranger” / Yasuhiko Shimizu

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#Music | Scarecrow Electric

 

Order Scarecrow Electric’s new album Fourth DimensionBandcamp page

Instagram has become my new favorite place. Mostly because it’s very image driven, but there’s a whole bunch of other media happening, being created, on that handy little social media site. In a word: music. Lots of it. And when musicians aren’t talking about their music, they are talking about instruments and rigs and pedals–oh my!

But, if I can get back to the point of this post, Scarecrow Electric is a sexy little garage rock duo from sunny Orlando, FL with a big sound, and I am officially in love with their punk rock and heavy blues infused songs. Seriously, I cannot get enough. How they haven’t called security on me yet is something of a miracle. They must think I’ve got nothing else going on in my mind…

And… aside from seeing The Raconteurs in October, and work, of course, I have to admit, I kinda don’t.

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Bandcamp link to digital download of Second Hand Analog

From the Bandcamp site, the band was established in 2016 and consists of:

  • Gio: Drums/Vox
  • Carlos: Vox/Guitar/Keys

Pick up their free download of the single “Just Another Stranger” and check them out on YouTube, Soundcloud, and Spotify!

Check out their kickass lyric video for a recent single (and one of my favorites), “Waiting for a Surprise”:

Racon-Tour 2019: Released Dates

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Original Photo Credit | Vance Powell

Get latest updates at TheRaconteurs.com!!!

US Dates

Saturday, April 6 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records 10th Anniversary Celebration

Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records Blue Room

Saturday, August 10 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival (Grounds at Keeneland)

Friday, August 16 – Watkins Glen, NY – Woodstock 50

International Dates

Tuesday, April 16 – Auckland, New Zealand – Powerstation

Thursday, April 18 – Melbourne, Australia – Regent Theatre

Saturday, April 20 – Sydney, Australia – Big Top

Monday, April 22 – Byron Bay, Australia – Blues Fest

Wednesday-Thursday, April 24-25 – Tokyo, Japan – Blitz Akasaka

Saturday, May 25 – London, UK – All Points East Festival

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Patreon | Introducing SwenkStock Nature & Urban Stock Photography

Ackley Train Tracks by SwenkStock

Taking pictures just like this has been a hobby of mine for quite some time. I really enjoy shots like the one below, as well.

While it’s always been a fulfilling hobby, I’ve found that with my editing work I don’t have a lot of time to pursue it. Like reading books, taking pictures is a way for me to escape the daily grind and truly look at life from a different perspective.
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#ToRead | How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis 

Here’s a bit about the book from Penguin Random House:

While debating literature’s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation—her whole life, she’s been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre.

With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies—the characters and the writers—whom she has loved since childhood. From early obsessions with the March sisters to her later idolization of Sylvia Plath, Ellis evaluates how her heroines stack up today. And, just as she excavates the stories of her favorite characters, Ellis also shares a frank, often humorous account of her own life growing up in a tight-knit Iraqi Jewish community in London. Here a life-long reader explores how heroines shape all our lives.

 

#ToRead | David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

David Bowie A Life Dylan Jones Penguin Random House 2018

Here’s a bit about the book from the Penguin Random House site:

Remembering 9/11: 15 Years #NeverForget

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Source: Askideas.com

On this anniversary, in the face of the upcoming election, I ask all of us to remember how important unity is, how important fighting for each other is–rather than against. It isn’t that we can’t argue or partake in educated–or, at the very least, adult–conversation about the ideas, the morals, the values that drive us. It takes being respectful, mindful of the fact that not everyone will think like us. This doesn’t mean we can’t come together, find a common goal, and work together to achieve it–while still maintaining our own opinions, our own moral code, our own idea of ethics.

Shake the hand of an American you don’t know today. Thank your chosen deity for giving you another day and choose to appreciate it by showing gratitude to someone else. Give something to someone else–even when you’re feeling your own sense of lack. Put someone else’s perspective ahead of your own, just for a second, and you’ll see the world in a whole new light–especially when you get a smile from the person you boosted today.

When so much of the world is centered on segregating us, breaking us down along ideological, moral, or any other check-boxes, think about what makes (or made) us all the same today–we were attacked for the things that we, as Americans, hold sacred: freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and a never-ending drive for equality among all people–even when all those above us can do is continually show us how “different” they think we are.

The destruction of this day should stand as a lasting reminder of what can happen when we choose to see ideologies before the people who hold them. We are all people, and we all feel the loss of those who suffered at the hands of fear and violence. Let us cooperate, let us compromise, let us try diplomacy, so that no more innocent lives–on either side of the fight–are lost.

In Memoriam | Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

Source: Variety

Thank you, Gene, for being a bright light and making us smile. Not only did I enjoy your performances in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryYoung Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles, but I really enjoyed your small stint on Will and Grace as Will’s boss Mr. Stein. The world will be a little less bright without you. Gene was 83 and died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

Source: Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies