#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.

2019 Second Hand Analog Vinyl
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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#Music | Hollywood Vampires “Raise the Dead in Atlantic City”

Raise the Dead in Atlantic City

Source: Hollywood Vampires | News

Brian Ives gives us a stately look at the Vamps’ 5 July show from New Jersey’s Borgata in Atlantic City. I’ve only provided an excerpt of Ives’s humorous and insightful passage here, but go check out the entirety, you won’t regret it.

In the wrong hands, the band’s central theme – paying tribute to people who’ve died, mostly through substance abuse – could come off as dour, or even as a “Just Say No” commercial. Instead, Cooper (who knew nearly all of these deceased artists) celebrates Lennon, Hendrix, Morrison, Moon, et al, by asking, “What would they have liked?”

The show began right after 8 pm with a film showing some of the artists that the Vampires pay tribute to, and then the band hit the stage with one of their few originals, “Raise the Dead.”

“A sudden quick demise,” Cooper sang. “And so the body dies, but the music stays alive.” The show was proof of that. From there they went into Spirit’s “I Got a Line.” Then, two songs by David Bowie, whose catalog wasn’t eligible for a Vampires cover when  they released their self-titled debut last year, since he was still alive. That gave the performances of “Rebel Rebel” and “Suffragette City” more poignancy… or as much poignancy as a song that invites the audience to yell “Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am!” can have.

In this set, they performed covers of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” and “Bang a Gong (Get it On).” They sound awesome doing it! Watching Johnny Depp play guitar on T. Rex songs feels a lot like watching Johnny Depp in a Stephen King movie–double the joy! Double the satisfaction!

He looks good amid all the turmoil he’s facing off-stage, but the music is definitely providing a solid sense of escape for the man. He looks at home on the stage, in his element. I only wish I could go see him, but they aren’t coming far enough south. The closest they’ll be is the 7 July show in Aurora, IL. *heartbreak*

(From Alex Neff) Hollywood Vampires cover “20th Century Boy”

(From Steve Easton) Hollywood Vampires cover “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”

 

 

 

In Memoriam | Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Wildabouts Front Man Scott Weiland Dead at 48
Source: Billboard.com

On December 3, the world lost a bright rock ‘n’ roll light. Scott Weiland, famous front man for the Stone Temple Pilots (1986-2002; 2008-2013), Velvet Revolver (2002-2007), and the currently on-tour Wildabouts, was found dead, having passed in his sleep, on his tour bus just before a show in Bloomington, MN was scheduled to begin. The music world will definitely be a little more gray without him.

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

Here are two of my personal favorites from the Weiland repertoire.

With Stone Temple Pilots:

With Velvet Revolver:

Has anyone heard any of the new music from Scott and the Wildabouts? They released an album under that band name this year called Blaster. It includes a cover of T.Rex‘s “20th Century Boy”, which I find quite pleasing to the ear:

Pop | Happy 40th #Anniversary, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! #RHPS

Source: Pinterest

Forty years ago today, the world was utterly changed by a small play that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and became a cult film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

(From Akasha9393)

In honor of such longevity and its broad reach as a cult film, a stage production, and an outlet for frustrated, misunderstood creatives, here are some of my favorite moments!

(From Lex121100)

Source: Pinterest

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In Memoriam | Riley B. “B.B.” King (1925-2015)

Four days ago, the music world lost a great talent and legend in his own right. And, like Ludacris said during the Billboard Music Awards tribute on Sunday, as long as we can listen to the music “Blues Boy” King will never truly be gone. The angels are singing with you now, B.B., while the rest of us are left singing the blues.

Source: BBKing.com
Source: BBKing.com

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

In his honor and memory, I present “Lucille” – the song I always think of when I think of Mr. King.

(From Dave Wessling)

 

Pop|Billboard Music Awards 2015 Full List of #Winners #BBMAs

Sunday night was the live broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards. Posted originally at Variety, here is a full list of the winners. Much congrats to Taylor Swift; it was great seeing Molly Ringwald; and the tribute to B.B. King was short but sweet.

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Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.

TOP ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” (WINNER)

MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Calvin Harris (WINNER)
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Lindsey Stirling

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
Taylor Swift (WINNER)
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith

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In Memoriam | Leonard Nimoy (1931 – 2015)

Source: Twitter

I came to Star Trek and its far-reaching fandom much too late in life. My mom was more of a Star Wars fan, and the time I spent with my dad was not shared with his latent Trekk-iness. But, if there was ever a character in the science-fiction drama that I could relate to, it was Spock. He faced everything logically and did all he could to keep his emotions in check. In fact, he had to, it’s just who he was. That personality trait really spoke to me, and though, I’m sad he’s gone. I know he’s somewhere better.

Live long and prosper.

In honor of Spock and another classic, George Harrison, whose birthday was the 25th, a thoughtful melody to send our best thoughts to those missing their loved ones this week.

(From reacher60)

In Memoriam | Lesley Gore (1946-2015)

Leslie Gore
Source: Yahoo! News

 

Pop singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, famous for the track “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want To)” from 1963, passed away on Monday, February 16th. She was 68. Here’s a quote from the original article posted to Yahoo! News from Variety.

Gore’s partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson, told the Associated Press that she died of cancer at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

See the original article in its entirety here.