Archive for November, 2013

London Grammar

London Grammar are a British trip hop trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman. Their début EP Metal & Dust was released in February 2013 by Metal & Dust Recordings Ltd. Their début album If You Wait was released on 9 September 2013.
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John Mayer

John Clayton Mayer (/ˈmeɪ.ər/ MAY-ər; born October 16, 1977) is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in Fairfield, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following, and he now lives in Montana. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003), did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”

Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard throughout his 2005 live album Try! with the John Mayer Trio and his third studio album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting on the World to Change”. He released his fourth studio album, Battle Studies, in November 2009. His fifth album, Born and Raised, which saw another musical style shift, was released in May 2012, followed by his sixth album Paradise Valley in August 2013. He has sold over ten million albums in the U.S. and over 20 million albums worldwide.

Mayer’s career pursuits have extended to comedy, graphic design, television hosting, and writing; he has written pieces for magazines, most notably for Esquire. He is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and various environmental causes.
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The Killers

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002. The name The Killers is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.

The group has released four studio albums, Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012) and sold more than 20 million albums. They have also released one compilation album, Sawdust (2007) and one live album titled Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009). A greatest hits compilation, Direct Hits was released on November 11, 2013.
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Seth MacFarlane and his many voices

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (/ˈsɛθ ˈwʊdbɛri mɪkˈfɑrlən/; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, voice actor, animator, screenwriter, comedian, producer, director, cartoonist, singer, and television host. He is the creator of the show Family Guy (1999–2003, 2005-present) and co-creator of American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013), for which he also voices many of the shows’ various characters.

A native of Kent, Connecticut, MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied animation, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Recruited to Hollywood during the senior film festival by development executive Ellen Cockrill and President Fred Seibert, he was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, I Am Weasel, and his own Family Guy-like “prequel”, Larry and Steve.

As an actor, he has made guest appearances on shows such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home, and FlashForward. MacFarlane’s interest in science fiction and fantasy has led to cameo and guest appearances on Star Trek: Enterprise and voicing the character of Johann Kraus in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. In 2008, he created his own YouTube series entitled Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. As a singer MacFarlane has performed at several venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. MacFarlane has won several awards for his work on Family Guy, including two Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009 he won the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year. He occasionally speaks at universities and colleges throughout the United States, and he is a supporter of gay rights.

On an episode of Conan that aired on February 10, 2011, MacFarlane announced that he was directing his first feature-length comedy film, Ted. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as an adult who, as a kid, wished his teddy bear would come to life. MacFarlane voiced and provided motion capture for the bear. It was released on June 29, 2012, and went on to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. In September 2011, MacFarlane released a debut album of American standards, Music Is Better Than Words. Also in 2011, he began a revival of Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones for the Fox network. The first episode was due to air in the U.S. in 2013, but production has been indefinitely delayed due to MacFarlane’s schedule.

Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane

MacFarlane at the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 25, 2010
Born Seth Woodbury MacFarlane
October 26, 1973 (age 40)
Kent, Connecticut, US
Education Kent School
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
Occupation Actor, voice actor, animator, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, activist, cartoonist, television host
Years active 1995–present
Known for Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, The Winner, Dads, Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, Music Is Better Than Words, Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Comedy Central Roasts, 85th Academy Awards
Net worth Increase US$150 million
Religion None (Atheist) (previously Catholic)
Parents Ronald Milton MacFarlane
Ann Perry Sager
Relatives Rachael Ann MacFarlane (sister)
Signature Seth MacFarlane signature.svg
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
2000 Family Guy
Outstanding Music and Lyrics
2002 Family Guy



Year Film Role Notes
1995 The Life of Larry Larry, Steve, Lois (voice) Student film
2005 Inside the CIA Stan Smith, Roger (voice) Short film
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Stewie Griffin, Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Various voices
2006 Life is Short Dr. Ned Short film
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Johann Kraus (voice)
2008 The Negotiating Table Alan Richdale (voice) Short film
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Mars Vegas Singer (voice)
2010 The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! I.S.R.A.E.L. (voice)
2010 Tooth Fairy Ziggy
2012 Ted Ted (voice) Also director, writer, producer
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Albert Post-production; also director, writer, producer
2015 Ted 2 Ted (voice) Pre-production; also director, writer, producer


Year Series Role Notes
1995 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Rhode Island Bug (voice) Episode “Bugging Out!”
1997 What a Cartoon! Larry, Steve (voice) Episode: “Larry & Steve”
Family Guy Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Various voices Also creator, executive producer, writer
2002–2003 Gilmore Girls Zach, Bob Merriam 2 episodes
2003 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Wayne the Brain (voice) Episode: “Super Trivia”
2003 The Pitts Radio voice Episode: “Squarewolves”
2003–2005 Crank Yankers Dick Rogers, Arthur Johnson (voice) 4 episodes
2004 Complete Savages TV Announcer Episode: “Nick Kicks Butt”
2004–2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Ensign Rivers (Engineer) 2 episodes
2005–present Robot Chicken Various voices 16 episodes
2005–present American Dad! Stan Smith, Roger, Various voices Also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2006-2009 Late Show with David Letterman Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin (voice) 2 episodes
2006 The War at Home Hillary’s Date Episode: “I Wash My Hands of You”
2006 Help Me Help You Seth Episode: “Moving On”
2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Emperor Palpatine (voice) TV special
2007 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin (voice) TV special
2008 Yin Yang Yo! The Manotaur (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Emperor Palpatine, Various voices TV special
2008–2009 Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Various voices 50 episodes; also creator, writer
2009 Bones Stewie Griffin (voice) Episode: “The Critic in the Cabernet”
2009–2010 FlashForward Agent Jake Curdy, FBI Agent 2 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Tim the Bear, Various voices 88 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2010 Phineas and Ferb Jeff McGarland (voice) Episode: “Nerds of a Feather”
2010 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Emperor Palpatine, Various voices TV special
2011 Night of the Hurricane Various voices TV special
2012 FOX 25th Anniversary Special Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stan Smith (voice) TV special
2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ted (voice) Guest
2013 85th Academy Awards Ted (voice) TV special
2013 The Simpsons Ben (voice) Episode: “Dangers on a Train”
2013 Futurama Seymour (voice) Episode: “Games of Tones”
2013 The Fairly OddParents Upcoming Episode

Video games

Year Video game Voices
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Various voices
2012 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Various voices

As executive producer

Year Title Notes
2007 The Winner 6 episodes
2013 Dads 6 episodes
2014 Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey 13 episodes
2014 Bordertown 13 episodes

As writer

Year Title Notes
1996–1998 Jungle Cubs
1996 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
1997–2002 Johnny Bravo (46 episodes); also storyboard artist
1997–1998 Dexter’s Laboratory (23 episodes); also storyboard artist
1997 Cow and Chicken (3 episodes); also storyboard artist
1998 Oh Yeah! Cartoons Zoomates only

As himself

Year Title Notes
1995 The Life of Larry Student film
2006 MADtv Episode: “12.5”
2007 The Family Guy 100th Episode Celebration TV special
2009 The Proms 2009 Prom 22: John Wilson Orchestra – A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals – Singer
2010 Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff TV special
2010 BBC Swingin’ Christmas John Wilson Orchestra – Singer
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Donald J. Trump TV special
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen TV special
2011 Seth MacFarlane: Swingin’ in Concert TV special
2012 FOX 25th Anniversary Special TV special
2012 The Proms 2012 Prom 59: John Wilson on Broadway – Singer
2012 Saturday Night Live Episode: “Seth MacFarlane/Frank Ocean”
2012 Shark Tank Episode: “4.8”
2012 Family Guy: 200 Episodes Later TV special
2013 Movie 43 Cameo
2013 85th Academy Awards TV special


Making Of Avenged Sevenfold's Self-Titled Album

Avenged Sevenfold is the fourth studio album by Avenged Sevenfold, released on October 26, 2007 by Warner Bros. Records. The album, originally slated for an October 16 release, was delayed by two weeks in order to provide more time to complete bonus material and production for the record, including the making of the animated music video for the song “A Little Piece of Heaven”. The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200. On September 23, 2008, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album has also been released as a vinyl. The band supported the album with a tour, beginning a day before the release of the album and ending in 2009.

Avenged Sevenfold is the last full-length studio album produced by the band before The Rev’s death which occurred on December 28, 2009, just two weeks before the band was to commence recording their follow-up album Nightmare. His vocals are recorded in all of the songs on the album.

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5 Myths Of Vintage Recording Many Of Us Should Stop Believing

They say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, but perhaps the modern recording world has more than its fair share of rose tinted glasses – you don’t see too many computer sites waxing lyrical about wanting to recreate their old gear. I’m not suggesting for one minute that our desire to recreate the old stuff isn’t without merit, but it might be good for some of us old farts who actually used it to put some myths to bed. I was inspired to write this post after getting involved in a Facebook conversation with my old friend Nigel Bates, who like me lived through that ‘golden era’ of recording.

  1. It Sounded Better
    Did it? It might be nice now to add a bit of channel noise, distortion, hiss, sample-rate or bit reduction to a track, but when we had no choice then we would have killed for a copy of Pro Tools or a software based sampler. I think those of us struggling to get a decent sounding sample into an Akai S900 would have thought the idea of trying to make something sound shite completely nuts. Continue reading →

Batman's soundtrack by Danny Elfman

Batman: Original Motion Picture Score is the score album for the 1989 film Batman by Danny Elfman. According to the Batman DVD Special Edition, Elfman said that producer Jon Peters was not sure about him as a composer until Tim Burton made him play the main titles. Elfman admitted he was stunned when Peters announced that the score would be released on its own album, as releasing a separate score album for a film was something that was rarely done in the 1980s. Elfman’s “The Batman Theme” went on to become an iconic piece. It served as the basis for the theme music of Batman: The Animated Series, which premiered in 1992, although this was later changed. Some parts of the Elfman score are also heard in Lego Batman: The Videogame and Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. Parts are also played in the queue, and on the station platform of Batman the Ride at various Six Flags theme parks.
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Beethoven Flash Mob

A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.
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Mark Hamill as the Joker in Batman: the Animated Series

Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his performance as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as his voice role as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, its various spin-offs, and the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Hamill has also lent his voice to various other villains and anti-heroes in various other animated productions.
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Antartida, HBO – Original music by