Australian Singer-Songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT Smiles Real Nice

New sriking strokes

15 October 2021

Arresting Australian singer-songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT releases her
new album Things Take Time, Take Time on 12 November 2021. So far
she made me happy with three tracks (hear them below via Bandcamp)

But before the LP launch, she surprises us with a new, non-album, track
called SMILE REAL NICE. It’s the theme song for an upcoming animated
TV series adaptation of Harriet The Spy, which debuts on Apple TV+ next
month.

Listen and smile…

The three shared tracks
from her upcoming album…


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COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

SUNFLOWER BEAN Back With Easy-Going Pop Thrill ‘BABY DONT’ CRY’

14 October 2021


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: SUNFLOWER BEAN
Who: Guitar pop trio out of New York City

Since the release of second album Twentytwo In Blue 3 years ago,
the band disappeared into the night. But, wait, they’re back now with
a new single titled BABY DON’T CRY. A harbinger for a new full length?
We’ll see/hear.

About the new tune: “So many things in our lives are disposable. Content
and news are consumed and discarded leaving us unfulfilled. “Baby Don’t Cry”
is about enjoying the real. The things right in front of us that give us meaning
and how sometimes, even sad songs can give you that warm feeling of hope.”

Baby Don’t Cry is SB by numbers. An easy-going
and sugary mid-tempo pop thrill to hum along.

Enjoy here…

SUNFLOWER BEAN: Facebook

THINGS ARE GREAT For Americana Rockers BAND OF HORSES

New striking strokes

13 October 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Out: 21 January 2021 – more info here

First single: CRUTCH

Ben Bridwell (frontman): “I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’
starts with something from my real life. Obviously, ‘Crutch’ means
some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one.
I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was
funny how relationships also feel like crutches.”

Crutch sounds totally like Band Of Horses always sound.
A streamlined rock drive, a feet-tapping beat, and
high-pitched vocals.

Fall in love here…

BAND OF HORSES: Website

Welsh Songsmith CATE LE BON Announces 6th Album And Shares First Single ‘RUNNING AWAY’

New striking strokes

13 October 2021

Artist: CATE LE BON
Who: Welsh singer-songwriter
Active: Since 2007 / 6 studio albums
(new one included)

New album: POMPEII
Out: 4 February 2022 via Mexican Summer

Le Bon: “Pompeii was written and recorded in a quagmire of unease. Solo.
In a time warp. In a house I had a life in 15 years ago. I grappled with existence,
resignation and faith. I felt culpable for the mess, but it smacked hard of the
collective guilt imposed by religion and original sin.

Running Away is a smooth babbling introspective reverie constructed
around a synth-bass riff while tranquilizing horns cause a heartening
feel. And on top, of course, Le Bon‘s magnetizing voice.

Have a listen…

CATE LE BON: Facebook

Artwork POMPEII

ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS Share New Single From Upcoming Album – ‘HIGH AND LONESOME’

New striking strokes

9 October 2021

Artists: ROBERT PLANT and ALISON KRAUSS
Who: Former Led Zeppelin frontman & American bluegrass songstress.
They worked together before on 2007 album ‘Raising The Sand’

NEW ALBUM: RAISE THE ROOF
Out: 19 November 2021 via Warner Music.

Robert Plant (in an interview with Mojo): “The good thing with Alison and
I is that we’re a couple of kindred spirits. Most musicians form a band, then
they stay in the band until it’s over – 20 years, 30 years, 50 years, whatever it
is, and it starts to look really decrepit. With us, there’s nothing written in blood.
We were ready to do something new, and we knew how good it was before, so
we can just join up again and see where we go. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

New single: High And Lonesome

Funky groove, but where’s Alison Krauss?

Clap your hands, folks…..

ALISON KRAUSS: Facebook
ROBERT PLANT: Facebook

SUEP – Combo Of Kooks Drops Kooky Pop Debut Single ‘DOMESTICATED DREAM’

6 October 2021

Band: SUEB
Who: A stubbornly high spirited combo creating oddball music with
a touch of theatrical storytelling. Led by SuepLord (Porridge Radio, Garden
Centre, The GN Band
) and Brain Wastefield (UK top model) SUEP is borne
out of a near-decade of wearing silly clothes and deconstructing pop
together.

Debut single: DOMESTICATED DREAMS

SuepLord: “It’s about not having enough money or time to acquire stuff
that you want because of capitalism, and about wanting someone to share
your life with in a cosy and settled way.”


Turn Up The Volume
: The horrible pandemic times led to an avalanche
of lockdown blues songs and countless artists covering other artists as if
they were too lazy to write new music, despite all the time on their hands.
Now that the virus crisis is under control, I want to have some mindless fun.

Enter SUEP. A British combo of kooks playing kooky music. Their debut
single resonates like a let’s get old together lullaby for 20st Century people,
born futureless who share a dance on Saturday nights when their favorite
radio show comes on. Home, sweet home. Yippie Yayee, all the way.

Ring your cowbell here…

SUEP: Twitter

Sensual And Seducing SIOBAMM Haunts Her Male Prey With ‘PICK YR POISON’

New striking strokes

4 October 2021

Artist: SIOBAMM
Who: Canadian indie rocker, Derby-enthusiast,
and Roller Skating fanatic

Single/video: PICK YR POISON.

Siobamm: “I wrote this song with the idea of a revenge fantasy in mind:
a woman speaking to a man she knows wants to hurt her. The woman turns
the situation around and becomes the predator, hunting and taunting her
male prey.”

Turn Up The Volume: This deep bass-drone driven stomper moves like
a serpent in disguise on a don’t mess with me mission. Siobamm‘s voice
sounds sensual and seducing but doesn’t let that fool you. She warns
you with her crystal clear message while the repetitious beat gets under
your skin, slowly but surely.

Beware…

Pick Yr Posion is part of her new 4-track Gloom Patrol EP

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SIOBAMM: Instagram

RICHARD ASHCROFT Drops Second Taster From His Upcoming Album – Here’s ‘THIS THING CALLED LIFE’

New striking strokes

2 October 2021

RICHARD ASHCROFT, who celebrated his 50th birthday last month offers us
a new album titled ACOUSTIC HYMNS VOL 1 featuring twelve acoustic versions
of classic songs from his career – with The Verve and solo, on 29th October. Order
info here

We already heard a stripped-down version of Bittersweet Symphony.

Here’s taster number two. A re-worked version of a song called A Thing Called Life
from his 2010 album with The United Nations of Sound. Unless there’s something
wrong with my ears I hear not much difference from the original.

Check it out…

RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook

LIMP BIZKIT Return (Oh No) With New Kick-Ass Groover (Oh Yeah)

New striking strokes

1 October 2021

Band: LIMP BIZKIT (Jackson, Florida)
Who: Businessman Fred Durst’s hobby project
Active: 1994-present / 5 studio albums (so far), with
2011 full lenght Gold Cobra as the most recent one

New album: Still rumours circling
that a sixth LP is in the making

New single: DAD VIBES
First new track since the 2014
single Endless Slaughter

Turn Up The Volume: I never liked Limp Bizkit. To my ears they
just wanted to be the white Rage Against The Machine and jumped
on every crossover bandwagon. But hey, I just heard the new single
Dad Vibes and my ears were flapping like crazy.

Not that Durst suddenly invented a new wheel, but as
I said my ears flapped without pause. Yes, LB rock!

“Check out your dad with the swag on the floor
Momma gonna brag when I walk in the door
Y’all ain’t ever seen a guerrilla in the mist
Walk the line so fine with a blindfold”

Listen and start groovin’…

LIMP BIZKIT: Their storyFacebook

JOHN MELLENCAMP And BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The First Duet Of The Two Giant American Rockers

New sonic strokes

30 September 2021

The two legendary giant rockers JOHN MELLENCAMP and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
shared the same stage a couple of times, as mutual guests or for a benefit, but
never recorded together.

But lately, they have been spotted a few times, hanging out together. And yesterday
we heard what the duo was actually doing. They dropped a characteristically Americana ballad called WASTED DAYS, written by Mellencamp, sing by himself and The Boss who
also plays acoustic guitar.

A melancholic beauty…

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Facebook
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Facebook