multi instrumentalists

  • friend: so what's your favorite Panic! at the Disco album?
  • me: Vices & Virtues is the third studio album by American rock band Panic! at the Disco, released on March 22, 2011 on Fueled by Ramen. Produced by John Feldmann and Butch Walker, the album was recorded as a duo by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith, following the departure of lead guitarist, backing vocalist and primary lyricist Ryan Ross and bassist/backing vocalist Jon Walker in July 2009.
‘Samurai Jack’ Creator on Final Season: ‘Everybody’s Going to Be Bawling’
Photo: Adult Swim

The premiere screening of Season 5 of Samurai Jack began with a live performance by Tyler Bates, who composed the music for the new season. Like the show itself, it was alternately dark, stylish, crushingly loud, teasingly light, jazzy, hard-driving, hilarious, terrifying, and fun. Bates brought an eight-piece ensemble to play selections from the show and, in addition to as many as four people playing taiko drums, the multi-instrumentalists also moved between standup bass, flute, bowed electric guitar, bullhorn, a synthesized string section, and two full drum kits.

Related: Review: ‘Samurai Jack’ Is Back, as Exciting and Beautiful as Ever

Samurai Jack — if the three new episodes screened for a packed 1,600-seat house are any indication — hasn’t lost a step in the 12 years it’s been away. Nor has the move to Adult Swim from its original home at Cartoon Network changed the core of the show. Yes, there is now blood. Yes, there are rivers full of moaning corpses. Yes, there is a robot assassin who talks like Sammy Davis Jr., an entertainer who died before much of Jack‘s audience was born. But, explained Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, after experimenting with a much gorier version of the show (“Initially we were chopping heads”), they realized, “This doesn’t feel right.” The first time Jack takes a life, they opted for a “stylish, designed blood flow” rather than a more realistic splatter.

Once Tartakovsky made the decision to return to Samurai Jack, “all it took was one email and one phone call.” Adult Swim executive Mike Lazzo called the next day. “How much? How many? That’s all he said.” Within two weeks, they were in production.

The original incarnation of the show was borne out of a sense of frustration. “Most animated TV shows are talking; it’s just constant talking. I wanted more,” said Tartakovsky. “And I wanted it to be visceral. I wanted it to feel like a ’70s movie, like French Connection or something.” But the idea goes back even further. “I’ve been having the same dream since I was 10: The Earth is destroyed. Mutants come alive. I’ve got my samurai sword. I go next door to the girl I have a crush on. I grab her — she’s survived, of course. And we travel the world fighting mutants.”

Tartakovsky had always intended to come back and properly end the series. But after four seasons, the team was a little burned-out. They took a break, and by the time they might have been ready to return, they were already working on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The final story has been in the creator’s head for the past eight years: “It hasn’t changed,” he said. But changes at the network — and his eventual hiring by Sony Pictures Animation — prevented him from coming back. “I didn’t want to beg anyone to do it. I really wanted them to ask me.”

Photo: Adult Swim

In that time, there had been multiple attempts at making a live-action version, all of which met with failure. “We’d work on a script, the script’s terrible, it doesn’t go anywhere, it dies. Somebody else get the idea to do it. Same thing.” Tartakovsky said studios would always strip away the parts of Jack that were integral to its success: “Everybody wants to make Jack their own thing rather than what it should be.”

One thing that may leave fans disappointed: When asked directly if Jack has a real name and if he’ll ever say it, Tartakovsky gave a hard “No.” Which doesn’t rule out somebody else saying his name, but it’s best not to hold your breath.

He is very confident, though, that fans will be satisfied with the final episodes. “I’ve never done this and I don’t want to give it away, but what we’re doing is something I’ve never done, and I want to do it so special that everybody’s going to be bawling at the end.” So get those hankies ready, because it doesn’t sound like there will be any sequels or spinoffs after this. Tartakovsky noted, “The ending is an amazing ending, and it should be done.”

The final season of ‘Samurai Jack’ premieres Saturday, March 11, at 11 p.m. on Adult Swim.

Read more from Yahoo TV: 
 ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 20th Anniversary: 20 Genre Show Producers Pay Tribute
• ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Co-Creator Julie Plec on Loss and Redemption
• ‘Once Upon a Time’ First Look: David Really Needs a Nap

  • Roger Taylor: Obtained a BSc (Bachelor of Science) qualification in Biology
  • Roger Taylor: Has O-Levels in English Literature, English Language, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French, Maths
  • Roger Taylor: Has been playing the drums since the age of 12
  • Roger Taylor: Has written a collection of Queen's greatest hits. Including 'Radio Ga Ga' and 'A Kind of Magic'
  • Roger Taylor: Is a multi-instrumentalist and can play over 4 different instruments
  • Roger Taylor: First Queen member to start a solo career
  • Roger Taylor: Uses his music to express his opinions and views
  • Roger Taylor: Also uses his writing as protest against political issues
  • Roger Taylor: Promotes and raises money for AIDs awareness
  • Roger Taylor: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001
  • People: Oh the drummer who's in love with his car LOL.

Producer Ludwig Goransson Explains How Funkadelic Helped Shape Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’

“We actually built a drum room in Donald’s house just to get the exact drum sound we wanted; it took a couple weeks to build,” says producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and and co-produced the entirety of Awaken, My Love! and has worked with Glover for nearly a decade. “There are small little ingredients and notes [on the album] that are very well-thought-out, arrangement-wise, and there’s a lot of ear candy in there happening… I feel like it’s kind of the natural evolution of [his] sound.”

Click here to read more.

Hey guys, I know a lot of my followers know who this is but with all the hype surrounding The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) I thought I would make a bit of an appreciation post

This is Julian Koster, though many of you might recognize him as Julian The Janitor, he is the genius behind The Music Tapes and The Orbiting Human Circus. Many indie-rock fans may recognize him as a multi-instrumentalist for various Elephant 6 related bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Chocolate USA, and as I mentioned earlier The Music Tapes. He is not only an incredible musician but a genius storyteller. He wrote an amazing story album with The Music Tapes called “2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking” (which didn’t get the attention it deserved) and he has toured across the country in a giant circus tent called The Traveling Imaginary and now with the help of the people at Night Vale Presents his genius is being spread to a wider audience. I know many of you are in love with the amazing things that the Night Vale crew has put out (I am in that same boat) but I wanted to take a moment to appreciate how awesome this man is.


Time Machine Video of the Week

The Velvet Underground & Nico - Venus In Furs (1967)

Well i am posting this as the Velvets first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, was released 50 years ago today, March 12, 1967.

The Velvet Underground were a rock band formed in New York, America, by singer / guitarist Lou Reed, Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (who was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965.

Accompanied by German born vocalist Nico, the album was recorded in 1966 while the group were featured on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial lyrical topics, including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy.

Most rock bands that have followed have been influenced by the Velvets, than by any other band in the history of music.

Venus In Furs was never released as a single but was the fourth track on side one of the debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, and is one of my favourite Velvets tracks, but i love the whole album, i can remember that i was totally blown away by its sound the first time i played it.

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart


Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, pianist, and principal songwriter of the rock band Muse. As a performer, he is often recognised for his eccentric stage persona, wide tenor vocal range, and piano and guitar playing abilities.

Happy 37th Birthday, Matt!


prog rock moodboards: tony banks

Anthony George “Tony” Banks is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, primarily known for being the keyboardist and a founding member of the rock band Genesis. He is one of the only two members who have been with Genesis throughout the band’s entire history. In 2010, Banks was inducted (as a member of Genesis) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was named “Prog God” at the annual Progressive Music Awards… Banks was one of the main composers of Genesis’s music and made major lyrical contributions to the band’s songs. (x)

Nick Jonas Exits CAA for WME

The musician and actor will next be seen in Sony’s ‘Jumanji’ reimagining.

Nick Jonas has signed with WME in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He previously was with CAA.

The former Jonas Brothers multi-instrumentalist has made a successful transition out of adolescence and into careers as an actor and solo artist.

Jonas will be seen later this year opposite Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in Sony’s reimagining of Jumanji. He co-starred in the fraternity hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance last year. In addition to his ongoing role as a gay MMA fighter on the Audience Network’s Kingdom, he was a member of Scream Queens’ season-one ensemble.

As a musician, Jonas’ 2014 self-titled album included the double-platinum “Chains” and triple-platinum “Jealous,” while 2016’s follow-up Last Year Was Complicated featured the platinum-charting “Close” with Tove Lo. Jonas also has received much recognition for his songwriting, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award last June.

Jonas continues to be represented by manager Phil McIntyre.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Tsukishima Kei Headcanons
  • Tsukki doesn’t always listen to music while wearing his headphones
  • He wears dinosaur pjs to bed
  • Tsukki is quite a caring person, but he doesn’t know how to properly communicate his feelings. (he actually relates to Kageyama in that sense, but Tsukki hates to admit it)
  • Tsukki only trusts Yamaguchi
  • Tsukki sings whenever he’s alone (or with Yama)
  • He’s a really good singer (Yamaguchi tries his hardest not to brag about Tsukki’s talent)
  • But he can’t dance, even if his life depended on it 
  • Multi-instrumentalist (????)
  • Tsukki likes listening to rock music, and has actually learnt some English from it. Just imagine Tsukki’s engrish…
  • He really enjoys Kuroo’s company (and the other guys from the 3rd Gym)
  • Tsukki and Akaashi keep in contact (texting, even phone calls?)
  • He absolutely loves dirty jokes