i live for the bass drum

Lyrics written by Namjoon

Because he didn’t only write “I’mma beat that p*ssy like you never ever felt before”

-“Having tight schedules Even tough i’m tired,I smile
Cause in a family called bangtan i’m a not an only child”
-Unpack Your Bags

-”I can be assigned to many places,
But why can’t I find the real me anywhere?”-
So 4 More

-”I don’t know whether I’ve lost the way
or whether from the beginning I was lost
even when I’m with someone, one corner of my heart is lonely”

-”This sea is too deep
Still, I’m lucky
Because even if I cry, no one would know”
-Whalien 52

-“Never be late to do what you wanna do right now
Because at one point of someday,
Everything you did
Would be exactly what you will be” -

-”Thank you for letting me be me
For helping me fly
For giving me wings
For straightening me out
For waking me from being suffocated
For waking me from a dream which was all I was living in" -SAVE ME

-”I just wanted to succeed
the words I tediously heard from others were only that
I thought I could catch the mirage known as happiness
but the me in front of my desk wasn’t happy even for a moment
Without my mom knowing, I put a sheet of white paper between the pages of my workbook
My identity that I wrote down matched to the drum and bass”

-“The grown-ups confess
That we have it so easy
They say that we are happier than our portion
Then how do you explain my unhappiness?
There’s no conversation topics beside studying
Outside, there are so many kids like me,
Living the life of a puppet
Who will take responsibility?”

-”Life isn’t about living along but living through
As you live through, you’ll disappear some day
If you keep spacing out, you’ll be swept away,
if you ain’t no got the guts, trust”

-”I empty my drink but it gets filled with loneliness […]
All I did was color you in my white, blank paper
But then I realized, it already became a finished picture”
-Hold me tight

-”Hey you, who’s looking over the Han River
If we bump into each other while passing, would it be fate?
Or maybe we bumped into each other in our past life
Maybe we bumped into each other countless times”

-”My mother said the sea is blue
She said to let out your voice as far as you can
But what to do, it’s so dark and there are only different whales
speaking entirely different words”
-Whalien 52

-”The media and adults say we don’t have willpower
condemning us like stocks
Why are they killing us before we can even try
Why are you hanging your head and accepting it already?” -Dope

-”Life is more beautiful knowing that we’ve taken a loan on death
Even light is treasured more when there’s darkness
The sunshine appears after we’ve passed through the storm”

-”Let’s be happy, let’s be happy
Even if we live with these heavy words in our mouths every day
To be honest, I still don’t know
Why am I often lonely”

-“I’m living to understand the world, 
But why hasn’t this world tried to understand me”

-”Back then I thought this was a big place
But my ambition grew too big
That big house became too small now”

-“In the darkness,
People look happier than the day
Everyone else knows where they’re supposed to be
But only I walk without purpose”

-”Outside was a whole battlefield so I bring out the chopper
Every night inside me I quietly fight with myself
My heart pounds, my colleagues stab me in the back
While saying that I became a moron after joining a company”

-”It’s just one life
Who are you living for?
My heart stopped when I was nine or ten
Put your hand on your heart
and ask what you dream was
What is really was”

*This was Sarah for you daily Namnam appreciation

(cred to Lynn and papercrowns!)

While the bass is sounding, while the drums are pounding
Beatings of my broken heart will rise the first place of the charts,
My heart arranges, oh, those magic changes    

A happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

I’ve missed my babies. I’ve been waiting to do the Grease/Zutara mashup since I saw Grease Live and I loved this scene to bits. 

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I’m on a posting spree and I hope you guys don’t mind! This one here is dedicated to the sweetest Swiss gal out there: @thesmutofthemendes

I love ‘The Storm Within’ so much and I just wanted to thank you for being your lovely self and for reading this yesterday! Warning: Smut ahead

The basses were drumming loud in their ears as they screamed their lungs out.

There were some perks of being best friends with Shawn Mendes.

VIP tickets for that John Mayer concert in Toronto were certainly one of them.

She danced to the live music, a cup of beer in her hand while Brian and Ian were goofing around, snapping the concert and taking selfies. They were clearly drunk by now and she was actually afraid they might fall down the box but somehow they managed to stay inside.

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“Bill left the band in 1958 and went down to Louisiana to live with his brother. Then he came back after a while and formed his own group. After a while he got Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums and he became very popular with that group, winning a number of Grammy Awards. He was a great little pianist, but I don’t think he ever sounded as good after that as he did when he played with me.” Miles Davis


ask me shit on/off anon

1: Favorite EP?
2: Favorite song from an EP?
3: Favorite song off of their first album?
4: Favorite LIVESOS song?
5: Favorite songs that 5SOS abandoned? (Ex. Superhero, Perfect Disguise, etc)
6: Overall favorite song?
7: Overall least favorite song?
8: Based off the limited things we know about the new album, what do you think your favorite song will be off of Sounds Good Feels Good?
9: She Looks So Perfect vs. She’s Kinda Hot
10: Amnesia vs. She Looks So Perfect
11: Good Girls vs. Don’t Stop
12: Favorite tattoo of Calum’s?
13: Favorite hair color on Mikey?
14: Ashton’s bandana vs. fedora?
15: Luke’s beard vs. no beard?
16: Calum’s middle finger vs. Michael’s middle finger
17: Luke’s lip ring vs. Ashton’s tally tattoo
18: Who’s voice makes your knees weak?
19: Who had the best fetus hair?
20: Favorite cover?
21: Favorite keek?
22: Bromance vs. Sold Out
23: Make up a fake reason as to why 5SOS named themselves 5SOS
24: What should we be called if we weren’t the 5SOS fam?
25: If any, what merch do you own?
26: What is an item from the merch store/concert merch stands you desperately want?
27: Have you ever been to a 5SOS concert?
28: Have you ever talked to their security?
29: Have you ever met any of the boys? If so who and where?
30: Have you ever made fan art?
31: Have you ever written any time of fan fiction about them?
32: Have you ever considered doing 27-28?
33: Has 5SOS official ever reblogged anything from you?
34: Do any of the boys follow you on Twitter? If so who?
35: Off the top of your head what is your favorite tweet one of the boys have made?
36: Out of all the boys major influences, which is your favorite?
37: Favorite ship?
38: Cake vs. Muke
39: Muke vs. Malum
40: Muke vs. Cake
41: Pengy vs. Daniel
42: Ketchup vs. Pengy
43: Daniel vs. Ketchup
44: Have front row tickets and back stage passes so you meet them for a few minutes vs. Have lawn tickets and bump into them after the show giving you a little more time to talk
45: White bass with love sticker vs. Black bass with pink X
46: Cherry red guitar with stickers vs. Black Guitar with white X’s
47: Mint guitar vs. White Guitar
48: Drums with tallies vs. Drums with skull
49: If you could go up on stage for rejects who’s instrument would you want to play? (Including drums :))
50: Rejects live vs. Wrapped around your finger live
51: What I Like About You Live vs. American Idiot Live
52: Rather get a guitar pick or drum stick?
53: Tallies vs. Heart Eye Skull
54: Balls or fuck?
55: Hi or hey?
56: How/When did you find out about 5SOS?

live thoughts on day6 how can i say
  • the aaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!! in the beginning
  • wonpil dont hate urself i love u omg why do you do this to me
  • wonpil’s “eh” omg
  • sungjin’s voice is giving me so much life I LOVE HIS RASP UGH THIS SONG SUITS HIM SO WELL.
  • jae singing chorus is lssfajefww !!! ! !! ! !!!! !! ! ! IM LIVING.
  • so many angles on the instruments
  • i love brian so much how tf is he so talented omg
  • sungjin omg i cant
  • i really cant with sungjin his voice is all i need
  • jae is so hot wtf
  • LOVE DOWOON MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • “i dont love you n omore”
    im hurtwonpil y cant u luv me no mor
  • the END “HOW CAN I–” *instrumental* *abrupt cut off* #shookt
  • i love day6 so much
  • “OH HOW CAN I SAaaaYy”

[VID] [170607 - 170611] FTISLAND’s Video Recap

170607 10th Anniversary Showcase

170608 Mnet MCountDown

170608 FTISLAND at Hongkira

170609 KBS Music Bank

170610 MBC Music Core

170611 YHY Sketchbook

170611 SBS Inkigayo

  • Wind
  • Love Sick
  • Interview (pt.1 / pt.2 / pt.3) (The quality is really bad but this is the only video that I still found surviving on Youtube :/)

Honorable mention:

170606 FTISLAND’s 10-year songs mashup special

PS: Please do watch the music shows performances on the official videos linked above, don’t forget to give your likes and leave comments! Do you know Primadonnas?? xD

And The Trumpets, They Go...

Daveed x Jazz-Trumpet-Player!Reader

Summary: You’re a jazz trumpeter in New Orleans and things between you and your boyfriend, Daveed, get a little steamy after your gig.

Warnings: Smut, Swearing

A/N: This is my favorite recording of the song “Sing, Sing, Sing”, which I mention in this fic. https://youtu.be/fhyhP_5VfKM

The clinking of piano keys. The heavy, humid New Orleans night air. The shine of the lights on brass. The smell of cigarette smoke and alcohol. The pulse of the string bass. Thump of the drums. The wail of saxophones. Trombones and trumpets screaming into the stratosphere.

This is what you lived for. The music, your band mates hopping around on the stage with you. The eyes of everyone in the club turned toward the stage. Bodies grooving to the jazz blossoming from the instruments. You were lead trumpet in this jazz band. You had started it with your friends back in high school. By college you had decided on a name. “Backbone”.
You booked your first gig in New Orleans when you got out of college. You had moved there and hadn’t looked back since.
That is, until a tour to New York City brought Daveed into your life.
He came to your first New York show. You’d recognized him from “Hamilton” and had missed some notes. He was all fluffy black hair and huge bright smile.
In the days after your show, he had taken you on a whirlwind tour of New York. You spent every minute you could together and any time you weren’t with him, you were texting each other.
Now here you were. Nearly a year later, you and Daveed were dating and living in a small apartment in New Orleans. You were in heaven.

The song of the moment was “Sing, Sing, Sing”. It was the final song of your set and one of Daveed’s favorites. You gazed out at the crowd, peering over the bell of your trumpet. You spotted Daveed sitting at a corner table, smiling and tapping his foot appreciatively. Your fingers flew over the keys, the last few notes of the song resonating in the air. Your band accepted the crowds applause before filing backstage.

You strolled through the humid night towards your apartment. Hand in hand with Daveed and your trumpet case slung over your shoulder. Neither of you saying anything. Just enjoyed each other’s company.

The second the door of your apartment closed, the calm broke. You dropped your case as Daveed grabbed your wrists and shoved you hard against the door, pressing his hips to yours to pin you there. He was looking down at you, his lips inches away from yours.
“You have no idea how much I wanted you when you were up there. Dancing around and blasting on that horn and shaking your damn hips…”. He was breathing hard.
“You’ve got 2 minutes to get undressed and get to the damn bedroom.” He growled before pushing himself off the door. He started making his way to your bedroom, leaving a trail of clothing as he shed them.
You leaned against the door, smiling for a second before running to follow him.

Upon entering the room you were immediately scooped up and tossed unceremoniously onto the bed. Daveed was already stripped down to his boxers. He pushed you down on the bed and pulled your shirt off, pants, socks, and undergarments following closely behind.
Both fully undressed now, he pulled back to look at you, running his fingers from your neck, down between your breasts. His thumbs sank into the soft parts of your hips, pressing you down gently. He was leaning over you, eyelids heavy and half closed. His full lips parted and brushing against yours. You felt his erection between your legs. He was hardly even touching you, yet your whole body was tingling. He dug his thumbs into your hips and squeezed your waist. He moved his hips forward a bit and you could feel the blunt head of his cock nudging against your opening.
“Daveed…” you whined.
“This is payment for all that hoppin’ and hip shakin’ you did on stage…” his voice was a dangerous whisper.
“Doll…” he growled as he pushed forward suddenly, bottoming out in one fluid motion.
You could feel the head of his cock hit your sweet spot and you squirmed against his hands.
“Do you like how it feels when I fill you like this?”
You moaned as he slowly slid out before snapping his hips and pounding into you again.
“Yes. Yes! Oh god yes! Fuck, I love you.” you whimpered.
Those three words were all it took for him. Faster than you could react he slung your legs over his shoulders and started bucking his hips against you. You were lost in pleasure.
“Arch your back.” He commanded. “I want to make you scream…”
You did as you were told and pushed up against his chest. Soft belly pressed against hard abs. You could feel the pressure between your hips begin to build.
He quickened his thrusts, grunting with each one. Bending over you, he stole a kiss before burying his head into your neck. Your hands immediately twisted in his curls as you both huffed and panted, bodies rocking in perfect sync.

You felt his abdominal muscles tighten and relax, tighten and relax and a second later he was coming. Pushing deep inside you as you felt a hot rush fill you. He pressed into you once, twice, three more times before your climax came rushing through you, your legs locking around his hips and your hands tugging at his hair. You could hear yourself whimpering like a kitten as he helped you ride out your orgasm.

When he felt your body relax under his, he pulled out and rolled the two of you over. You curled against his chest as he pulled the blankets up around the two of you.
He shifted you closer to him so your head was buried in the curve of his neck. Your bodies flush and fitting perfectly together.
He stroked his fingers soothingly down your spine. You pressed a kiss to his collar bone before drifting off to sleep.

Daveed lay awake for a while after you had fallen asleep, absentmindedly stroking your hair, your back, your ribs, watching them expand with every breath you took. Smiling at your fingers as they twitched against his chest. You sighed in your sleep. He gently, softly kissed the crown of your head before drifting off himself.


“If you look at the makeup of my previous music, as far as production elements go, there are a lot of live drums, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and live bass. And if you look at the landscape of 1989, it’s mostly synths and automated drums and these kind of big epic synth pad sounds, and key bass, and layered vocals. I have a very big band, there are, what, 14 of us, so what you’re going to end up with is more of a live feel in that it’s going to be filled in and more dramatic with more layers to it, but never to the point where it’s going to feel noisy or overcrowded. The music on this tour is going to live a little bit in that world, and thank God, my fans really seem to like that world.”

Best SLFL Moments: A Masterlist
  • chasing cars cover in Belfast (x)
  • mini 5sos (x)
  • German hats & breaking records (x) 
  • that one time we died when broken home was played (x)
  • michael eating a muffin on stage (x)
  • Born Again Berlin (x)
  • Tallinn Soars Like An Eagle (x) 
  • lukes pants being unbottoned during the Nagoya show 
  • “my name is Calum and I like pizza” (x)
  • muke lives!
  • synchronized jumps are still very lit
  • Beside You. (x)
  • jet black heart!! 
  • ashton playing bass (x) 
  • calum playing drums (x)
  • merchmerchmerch 
  • Calum talking in Spanish (x) 
  • fucking waste the night
  • Swiss Chocolate, Swiss Cheese (x) 
  • michael’s and luke’s guitar battle during castaway (x)
  • calum is still beautiful in amnesia 
  • all the tour diaries (x) 
  • how to ROCK (x)
  • when wrapped was brought back 
  • Mansfield shenanigans (x) 
  • Madrid’s Song (x)
  • michael’s star pants that he wore everyday 
  • luke in stripes
  • the posters!! 
  • Calum’s speech at Tinley (x) 
  • when they put catch fire on the setlist!!11!! 
  • all the hq’s!! 
  • Luke teaching us how to count (x) 
  • the soundchecks! (x)
  • When michael couldn’t sing because everyone was cheering before jet black heart
  • 5sos running to the venue next door to see ACDC
  • France off! Take my pants off! (x)
  • Hot Damn, Amsterdam (x)
  • All the snapchats 
  • Ashton on a scooter in Nashville (x) 
  • hoeg (x)
  • Girls Talk Boys getting LEAKED (x)
  • Girls Talk Boys officially getting RELEASED 
  • Girls Talk Boys getting PLAYED LIVE AT MSG (x) 
  • “You can do absolutely anything!” (x)
  • Happy Birthday Luke! (x)
  • San Francisco (x)
  • Ashton telling the crowd to move closer (x)
  • who wants to kiss Calum? (x) 
  • Covering Wonderwall (x)
  • luke rapping to lose yourself (x)
  • Calum making Michael laugh at the Sydney Show (x) 
  • “We come to concerts like this… and tonight, is about love!” (x)

All in all SLFL was a tour with so many awesome moments, (I couldn’t think of them all!) but each show was special in their own way and 5sos did a kickass job and should be very proud. Until next time… xx  :-) 

anonymous asked:

Thanks a lot for the Colin's singing analysis. I was wondering what did you think of Lana's singing? Like I know ppl have different tones and vocal ranges, but to me it felt weird, and she didn't sound so good. But then again I think it might be because this song is a totally different style of music than the style used in Hooks number.

I thought about writing on her singing as well, but I let it go after thinking I may sound petty…

But hey, you asked, and this is my blog and I do whatever I want, and everything is going under a cut and this post is tagged ;)

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Reasons To Listen To Enter Shikari

Thanks everyone for getting this blog to 100 followers! Here’s my reasons why you should listen to Enter Shikari if you haven’t already. Hope you enjoy: 

1) #ShikariFamily = The sense of family is important to these guys. Everyone in this fandom considers each other as family and not as fans. It gives a sense that you’ve known people for ages.  

2) Second biggest independent band = The fact that the band have grown while staying independent mind boggles me. They release their music through Ambush Reality which is their own record label they created and are still under to this day. 

3) Music Releases = Also the fact that they release music so regularly throughout the year. Their last release was in November last year which was a live album (which was magnificent may I add) and now they are working on their fifth album. 

4) Future projects = The band are doing so much right now. From writing album five to working on the Take To The Skies 10 year celebration tour to a new book this band are definitely hard workers. 

5 ) Step Up clothing = Rou Reynolds, frontman, has created his own sustainable clothing line. With his clothing line he promotes topics that are important to him; veganism, LGBTQ and the environment among others. 

6) Interactive on social media = Many bands are not as interactive as the guys are on their social medias, mainly Twitter. Their main Facebook page replies to comments as well as the individual band members replies to tweets sent their way. This supports the first point and makes the #ShikariFamily connection even stronger and makes the fans feel as if they have some sort of a connection with the guys. 

7) Growing up with the band = Even though this may not be true to newer fans but some older fans who have been with the band longer will have felt that they have grown up with the band. When Take To The Skies was released the band were around 20 years old and when I got into the band I was 14. Even though there was an age gap it still felt like I’ve grown up with them. 

8) Seeing how they’ve developed as people = This links into the seventh point that because the fans have felt that we’ve grown up with them we’ve also seen how they’ve developed as a band and individually through their personal lives. Such as them getting married and having children. It can be quite emotional for the fans when they make big decisions in their lives; or it has been to me anyway. 

9) Their signings are free = Rou has expressed his views against VIPs and hates the fact that people have to pay to see other bands and has decided to allow fans to meet them for free. he doesn’t believe that the #ShikariFamily should pay to meet the band. 

10) Trying to meet everyone = This links in with the ninth point that when the band do signings they try and meet everyone and spend a lot of time talking with them. Even if they are told that they have a certain time limit they will go over it to make sure they get to see people that have queued to meet them. 

11) The cats = Let’s be real, Freya and Crumpet are the stars of Enter Shikari really.  

12) Rory C’s growing family = It’s so cute being able to see Rory’s family grow not that he has two kids; a boy and a girl. It will be exciting seeing these two grow and develop. 

13) Pre-Enter Shikari era = It’s always interesting hearing what your favourite band did before they formed their current band. This is what Hybryd was. This was pre-Enter Shikari and it’s just interesting to go and listen to their EP on youtube to see how much Rou, Chris and Rob (Rory joined when Enter Shikari were created) have developed as musicians. 

14) Pre-Take To The Skies = Even though I personally wasn’t a part of this era it’s interesting to listen to their EP that was released before the Take To The Skies album was released and such as the thirteenth point it’s interesting to listen to how they’ve developed as a band. 

15) Intimate shows = The fact that they still do intimate shows when they are getting as big as they are is testament to how much they care about their fans. They love to feel the connection between them and the fans when they are playing and playing small venues allows this and creates a positive atmosphere.  

16) Amazing Arena Tour = Even though the band still does intimate shows they just embarked on their arena tour last February and played sold out venues. They wowed audiences around the country and showed that they have what it makes to create excellent live arena shows. 

17) Creating an experience at their shows = With their new arena tour they used a Quadraphonic sound system that meant that they had speakers around the venue, and not just at the front, which meant the audience gets a slightly disorientating but interesting experience at the gig. 

18) Shikari Sound System = This is there DJ set since a lot of the band members love Drum N’ Bass. Even though I’ve never really been a fan of this music I went to their DJ set last year and they did open me up to some new music that I didn’t think I would like. It’s always great to get into new music by your favourite band. 

19) Collaborations = The band always seem to be collaborating with other artists either on new songs or by remixing other bands tracks. 

20) Featuring other artists in remixes = They feature many artists who remix their songs on their albums such as the remixed album of The Mindsweep. It’s always interesting to see other people’s interpretations of Enter Shikari’s songs in remix form. 

21) Inside Jokes = If you don’t understand the jokes of the #ShikariFamily then you just haven’t been in the fandom long enough. That’s just how it goes. 

22) Punk influence = the band are influenced by punk music and term their band as punk. It’s great to see punk bands still thriving with the current affairs happening right now. 

23) Calling out people = The band aren’t afraid to raise their voices about situations or certain individuals that are pissing them off. They do this in either their songs or their shows or on their social medias. 

24) Encouraging people to improve themselves = I know I definitely have improved myself through being an Enter Shikari fan. It can be vast reasons for Shikari improving people’s lives but they helped me to realise that I could get over my travel anxiety when I went to see them at the Manchester show last year. I’m not perfect with it but Shikari did help with encouraging me to realise I could improve on it a lot more than I thought. 

25) Enter Shikari being awesome in general = these guys are just so laid back that it’s impossible not to like their personalities. It’s great to see their personalities show on social media and their videos.  

Thanks again for the 100 followers and here’s to another 100! 

changedmindchangedme  asked:

I had the unbelievable luck of winning tix to the soundstage show and the first thing I said seeing him is that he is so much bigger than I thought he would be. He's very broad across the shoulders and SOLID. Like I imagine he weighs more than you think and it would be all muscle. Also, in person, the Irish accent is a million times better. Everything about him was just MORE in person! And the band sounds so, so good!!! The room was so small that the drums and the bass shook the floor (pt1)

and the addition of the band on TT was incredible. I know you can hear it on the live stream, but in person it was unbelievable. Like the piano coming in and the brushes on the drums. It was the best. And you could hear that he had a sore throat but it almost made it better? His songs work with a gravely voice like that. The live stream did a pretty good job of blocking out the audience noise, but there were ladies screaming stuff out to him the whole time. Asking him a him a bunch of questions. It was funny. For the most part though everyone just quietly sang along with him and really paid attention to him. I imagine that had to be such a different experience for him to see from stage. Everyone was there FOR HIM and knew all the words and sang along. This just added more proof about how he’s really just a mellow guy who loves making music. And hearing OTL in person, you really, really hear the Fleetwood. And his laugh, so cute! So happy for Niall!

this is so amazing, oh my god!! you are so lucky you got to see him at this show, he really seemed to be enjoying himself and the crowd!!! he is just everything and deserves nothing but good in this world. im glad hes doing his thing and doing it WELL!!! thank you for sharing with me!! 

Musicians for Kalafina’s 10th Anniversary

The supporting musicians for Kalafina’s live on January 23, 2018 at Nippon Budokan celebrating their 10th Anniversary have been decided! 

Date: January 23, 2018 (Tue)
Venue: Nippon Budokan

Guitar: Korenaga Koichi
Drums: Sato Kyoichi
Bass: Takahashi “Jr.” Tomoharu

- Konno Hitoshi Strings -
1st Violin: Konno Hitoshi
2nd Violin: Todo Masahiko
Viola: Ikuno Masaki
Cello: Nishikata Masaki

Keyboards: Sakurada Hirotaka
Flute: Akagi Rie
Percussion: Nakajima Obawo
Accordion: Kato Kanako
Manipulator: Oohira Yoshio

YESSS! I am glad we are getting Konno Strings for their 10th Anniversary. Although I would have hoped for even more strings! Percussion, flute and accordion are great additions too!

As for today’s 「Kalafina “9+ONE”」 live in Fukuoka.

They sang 「Hyakka Ryouran」 during the encore as track 22! And 「Samidare ga Sugita Koro ni」 as final song = track 23 (meaning they sang it TWICE!). Track 13 was ring your bell ~acoustic ver.~

julierthanyou  asked:

ok, how come every time 'if i wanted someone' comes on, i'm floored by the groove of it, like it's the first time i heard it? the drums, the riff, the bass, the whole thing. it's probably my favorite intro into a song ever. i turn to you since i think you might be the only one i know on here who could relate.

For sure!

The secret sauce is Griff and Wylie. I didn’t appreciate this until I saw them live back in March, but those two are a machine. I think they get overshadowed by the triple-genius-level singer/songwriter/guitarist with the tousle-y hair at center stage, and in the earlier records they’re kind of down there in the mix. Doesn’t take away what they do, though. Rock and roll is a rhythm-based effort first and foremost and they’re the engine on this train. I don’t love the production of We’re All Gonna Die, but I will say it lets them shine more.

They’re headlining at the Taste of Randolph Street Festival on the 19th, and I’m going there to absolutely geek out. I will be That Guy. Fanboi. Singing loudly and dancing pathetically, like I do. Can’t wait. I don’t know if they’re coming back your way on this tour, but you have to see them if you can. Or come see them here! I’ll buy your beer.

Debrief Day 3

Note : I’m typing this on my phone so forgive typos!

Intro/Concert Clip

Today kicked off with footage from the Miami Purple Rain tour stop, April 7, 1985. The theme for today’s clip was intended to be “funny Prince” and it was indeed that! And also….Haha not family friendly Prince. He lasted one song before his shirt was mostly no more…among other moans, dips, and thrusts… Must be something about that last tour stop buzz to really pull out all the stops! 🙃


Uneventful this time! We went to look at the fence. Full of wonderful tributes! This one in particular was pretty cool!

In the Studio

Panel discussion with sound engineers Susan Rogers, Chris James (Art Official Age, Hitnrun Phase 2/Plectrumelectrum), Dylan Dresdow (Hitnrun Phase 2/Judith Hill’s P Produced Back in time)

Chord progression of Power Fantastic and Mountains was written by Wendy and Lisa, finished by Prince.

P did not like singing vocals in front of anyone when laying down tracks. Usually did them by himself. On the rare occasions when an engineer was there, he would not allow them to have a direct line of sight to him.

Susan repeated the story of when the Revolution was a recording a song at Prince’s home studio. They did not have enough headphones to go around and it was important for at least the band members to have some. They were positioned all around the house recording together as the instruments could not fit all in one place. Everyone had headphones except Susan and she was in the control room with Prince singing lead vocals. He positioned the microphone in the corner and sang facing the corner. And he made her position herself with her back to him so she couldn’t watch him sing. She did have a treat though… she got to hear Prince singing in a raw full out way without hearing everyone’s else’s parts mixed in. 💜

The pattern of Prince writing a song :

Music first. Rides around with it in the car to come up with lyrics. Records them on top of the music by himself in the studio.

Lyrics first. Drums, Bass, Guitar, etc.

Live Band. Hears in his head…Teaches people parts. Makes adjustments, sometimes allowed people to interpolate his musical ideas.

On Prince giving compliments :

Susan was working really late putting together a sound rig. She had been up all night working on it all by herself. P came in to check on her around 4am, Sheila was with him. Not talking directly to Susan, Prince said “if a woman is really good at one thing she usually doesn’t know how to cook. Can you cook Sheila?” Sheila says “I can cook on the drums…” And Prince says “Well Susan [is special she] can cook too…”

Tender moment with Chris James

When he was a little boy, he used to watch MTV just as it was getting started. He would put on his raincoat and play guitar using one he fashioned from old blinds…“Because I wanted to be like Prince. So to sit up here on this stage now…” And he started to cry. 😢

Paisley Park Tour

This part to be honest was a little disappointing, but I think it’s because we had already taken the VIP tour last October when we are here for the tribute. We only got to see Studio A & C (No magical Studio B or Galaxy Room!), the album spotlight rooms and his office were roped off so you could only peek in vs walk into them, and the video editing bay was closed. We’re not sure if it was like that due to the volume of people there and the limited amount of time to peruse, or if all the tours are that way now. Shout a holler if you’ve been recently and say!

The Time concert

A jam as to be expected! And special shout out to @stephaniejuhnay! She got scooped up to dance the Bird on stage!!!

Interviewer: You seem to have particularly loyal fans. How did you do that?

Josh: I don’t know if that’s something that I did, I don’t know. I think that, what I’ll say is that when we started that’s the tricky part in a band, is right when you kind of start and you’ve got to, you can’t just put a song on the radio and you can’t just be like alright I think this one’s good, I think this one’s going to be a hit, and deliver it to radio station or whatever. So for us it was kind of just about playing live, and we try to write songs around what it would look like live. And one of the first times that I went over to Tyler’s to work on music, he was kind of showing me an idea that he said, and this is the point where we’re going to put a bass drum on top of the crowd, and that was something that we both like- that made sense to us. It was all sorts of just like what can we do to get people to go tell their friends about it or to come back to a show. And um, I think that people did start to do that. And if one person went and told their brother and their best friend and then bring somebody, and then the next time that we come back there are more people there, and um, what’s cool is that I think we’ve accumulated a group of people that want to stick around. That have kind of taken the songs and made them their own, and applied their own meaning to it, which I think is really cool.

On June 5th, write “the music plays on” on your wrist in honor of all the musicians who lost their lives this year. We have lost so many amazing band directors, band students, and musicians this year. Let’s honor them.