#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.

 

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

#Music | Hollywood Vampires “Raise the Dead in Atlantic City”

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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)”

 

 

 

TV | The X Files Season 10 Premiere

Source: Fox Broadcasting

I am so excited to have The X Files back in active rotation. Just caught up with the first episode, “My Struggle,” and found it close to form. It generated a lot of new questions, barely answered any old questions, and gave us a whole new revised version of the old conspiracy to theorize about. All I know is I am locked in for the next episode, because I have just got to see how this mini-arc ends.

It was lovely to see Scully and Mulder “back together” and in the most awkward of consequences. They were more often trading barbs than kisses, which I’m okay with either way, but they did a fine job of simply making it feel awkward to watch them together. Again, not a bad thing, they are actors, after all, and it would be awkward to be called by a former boss to find a former lover, who is also a former co-worker, wouldn’t it? And, then, after more than a decade, hang out like it’s old times? Yep, definitely awkward.

We also get to see Skinner and the Cigarette-Smoking Man. Sans awkwardness, but with heated exchanges and statements of the obvious, respectively. And then there’s Joel McHale, playing buddy believer with Mulder, as a conservative TV host, who the New York Times felt was miscast here. But I thought he brought just enough energy, zeal, and overt seriousness (I mean, sometimes it felt like he was just trying too hard there.) to bring that character to life. It just reminds me that I need to start watching Community.

Overall, I was pleased, and I’m looking forward to where this little reboot takes us.

Pop | Tarantino Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Source: USA Today

Congratulations to Quentin Tarantino!! I have been a big fan of his movies since Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. I love how he tells a story, the actors he works with, and his dialogue is always intelligent and engaging. I haven’t seen a Tarantino film that I didn’t like. Pure entertainment, and well earned! Congrats to the folks who joined him in the “Class of 2016”. Click the image to see the entire USA Today article.

Love his quote:

“That’s really cool, I must have become a big shot,” he joked during his speech. “This is a real, real groovy day.”