The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. completed the current lineup of the band in 2002. The band's name 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 band has released five consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss, Sam's Town, Day & Age, Battle Born and Wonderful Wonderful. They have released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust; the Killers are seen as one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, the most successful act to emerge from Nevada. They achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium. In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, a Las Vegas synthpop trio known as Blush Response. After attending an Oasis concert at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his calling was to be in a rock band and began searching for like-minded musicians.
He came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, a 25-year-old guitarist who had moved to Vegas from Iowa a year earlier. When the pair met they bonded over similar musical influences and began writing songs together in Keuning's apartment. In November 2001, they headed to Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, along with recruited drummer Matt Norcross to begin recording a demo. A month they recorded two more, "Under the Gun" and "Replaceable", with Keuning's roommate Dell Neal on bass. Keuning and Flowers played their first live show together at an open mic night at the Cafe Espresso Roma in Las Vegas in January 200; the pair, joined by Neal and Norcross, began playing venues around the city where they would hand out free copies of their demo. The Killers brought a unique style to the small Vegas music scene, predominately filled with punk, nu metal, rap bands. However, The Killers, whose early live sound was described as erratic, had, by the summer of 2002, fired drummer Matt Norcross and replaced him with Brian Havens, fired.
Bassist Dell Neal left the band due to personal reasons. Ronnie Vannucci Jr. joined The Killers shortly before Neal's departure. Vannucci was well-known on the Las Vegas music scene, having played in numerous bands since he was young, it was while he was drumming for other bands including Daphne Major and Romance Fantasy in 2002 that he had met The Killers. Ronnie's first show with the band was at a club called The Junkyard. Playing bass for The Killers that night was Mark Stoermer, at this point the lead guitarist for local progressive rock band The Negative Ponies; the band were keen on Stoermer joining them on a permanent basis, but he was reluctant to commit. They had first approached him to be the second guitarist when they were considering turning the band into a five-piece, "possibly more like the Strokes, with a keyboard". Stoermer mentioned on that he could play bass; the band had continued as a three-piece trying out other bassists until November 2002, when Stoermer accepted the invitation to join.
According to Ryan Pardey who booked many of the band's early shows "They became a great band when Ronnie and Mark joined. That’s when they became a cohesive unit. What Ronnie did — he was the discipline — and Mark was just a solid musician"; the four of them would get together in Vannucci's garage to work on song ideas. They would sneak into the band room at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at night to practice, it was during this period that the band wrote much of their debut album Hot Fuss including hit singles "Somebody Told Me" and "Smile Like You Mean It". The band continued playing at small venues around their hometown playing Sunday nights at a transvestite bar named Sasha's, it wasn't long before they caught the attention of Braden Merrick, an A&R rep for Warner Bros. Records who had come across their demo on a website dedicated to unsigned bands in the Las Vegas area, he took the band to the San Francisco area, to Berkeley, California, to record demos with former Green Day manager Jeff Saltzman, they sent the demo tapes out to major record labels in the US.
The band was invited to perform at a number of showcases but were not signed, the band however did catch the eye of Alex Gilbert, an A&R rep from the United Kingdom. Gilbert took a demo with him back to the UK and showed it to his friend Ben Durling, who worked at the newly formed Independent label Lizard King Records in London. Despite not yet meeting the band in person, Lizard King were quick to offer the band a deal based on the strength of the five song demo; the Killers signed with the British label in July 2003. On August 19, 2003, the song "Mr. Brightside" premiered on DJ Zane Lowe'
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician and journalist who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president. Kennedy was born in Brookline, the second child of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Kennedy. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and joined the U. S. Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his service. After the war, Kennedy represented the 11th congressional district of Massachusetts in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953, he was subsequently elected to the U. S. Senate and served as the junior Senator from Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960.
While in the Senate, he published his book Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. In the 1960 presidential election, Kennedy narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, the incumbent vice president. At age 43, he became the second-youngest man to serve as president, the youngest man to be elected as U. S. president, as well as the only Roman Catholic to occupy that office. He was the first president to have served in the U. S. Navy. Kennedy's time in office was marked by high tensions with communist states in the Cold War, he increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam by a factor of 18 over President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In April 1961, he authorized a failed joint-CIA attempt to overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, he subsequently rejected Operation Northwoods plans by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to orchestrate false flag attacks on American soil in order to gain public approval for a war against Cuba.
However his administration continued to plan for an invasion of Cuba in the summer of 1962. In October 1962, U. S. spy planes discovered. Domestically, Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps and supported the civil rights movement, but was only somewhat successful in passing his New Frontier domestic policies. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. Pursuant to the Constitution, Vice President Lyndon Johnson automatically became president upon Kennedy's death. Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was killed by Jack Ruby two days and so was never prosecuted. Ruby was sentenced to death and died while the conviction was on appeal in 1967. Both the FBI and the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, but various groups challenged the findings of the Warren Report and believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. After Kennedy's death, Congress enacted many of his proposals, including the Civil Rights Act and the Revenue Act of 1964.
Kennedy continues to rank in polls of U. S. presidents with historians and the general public. His personal life has been the focus of considerable public fascination following revelations regarding his lifelong health ailments and alleged extra-marital affairs, his average approval rating of 70% is the highest of any president in Gallup's history of systematically measuring job approval. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, at 83 Beals Street in suburban Brookline, Massachusetts, to businessman/politician Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy and philanthropist/socialite Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, his paternal grandfather P. J. Kennedy was a member of the Massachusetts state legislature, his maternal grandfather and namesake John F. Fitzgerald served as a U. S. Congressman and was elected to two terms as Mayor of Boston. All four of his grandparents were children of Irish immigrants. Kennedy had an elder brother, Joseph Jr. and seven younger siblings: Rosemary, Eunice, Robert and Edward.
As of 2019, he has been the only Catholic U. S. President. Kennedy lived in Brookline for the first ten years of his life and attended the local St. Aidan's Church, where he was baptized on June 19, 1917, he was educated at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, the Noble and Greenough Lower School in nearby Dedham and the Dexter School through the 4th grade. His father's business had kept him away from the family for long stretches of time, his ventures were concentrated on Wall Street and Hollywood. In September 1927, the family moved from Brookline to the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City. Young John attended the lower campus of Riverdale Country School, a private school for boys, from 5th to 7th grade. Two years the family moved to suburban Bronxville, New York, where Kennedy was a member of Boy Scout Troop 2 and attended St. Joseph's Church; the Kennedy family spent summers and early autumns at their home in Hyannis Port and Christmas and Easter holidays at their winter retreat in Palm Beach, Florida purchased in 1933.
In September 1930, Kennedy—then 13 years old—attended the Canterbury School in New Milford, for 8th grade. In April 1931, he had an appendectomy, after which he withdrew from Canterbury and recuperated at home. In September 1931, Kennedy started attending Choate, a prestigious board
Band of Horses
Band of Horses is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band has released five studio albums, the most successful of, 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms; the band's lineup, which included Mat Brooke for the debut album, has undergone several changes. Band of Horses' fifth studio album, Why Are You OK, was released in June 2016. Ben Bridwell formed Band of Horses, who were briefly known as Horses, in 2004 after the break-up of his previous band, Carissa's Wierd, along with bassist Chris Early and drummer Tim Meinig, they were soon joined by former Carissa's Wierd bandleader Mat Brooke. The band received attention from Sub Pop after opening for Iron & Wine during Seattle area shows. In 2005, the band released the Tour EP, sold at shows and on Sub Pop's website, their first full-length album, Everything All the Time, was recorded in 2005 with producer Phil Ek and released by Sub Pop on 21 March 2006. It features the band's original four-piece lineup, although both Tim Meinig and Sera Cahoone receive drumming credits.
The album included new versions of five of the six songs from the Tour EP along with five brand new songs. It was a minor hit in Scandinavia, entering the lower reaches of the Norway album charts. Ben Bridwell explained the sound of the album, "I thought before recording that I wanted an ELO-sounding record, with strings and keyboards and synths, but as we got closer to it, we wanted to take a more raw approach."Bridwell found that there was a personality clash between himself and Meinig and Early and the two left soon after the recording of the album. Ben explained his side of the story, "All of a sudden I was...with two guys I didn't even know...they were nice guys, there just wasn't a personality match." For the subsequent tour, Joe Arnone, Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett were brought in to play with Bridwell and Brooke. Everything All the Time's first single was "The Funeral", used in numerous television series, video games, advertisements. On 13 July 2006, the band performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman without Brooke, who had left the band.
Subsequently, he formed Grand Archives, who have since released two albums. Brooke explained how he joined Band of Horses, "So they ended up getting a show opening up for Iron and Wine in Seattle and Ben asked if I would just come up and do a couple songs, just'cause we're friends. So... I did that, it was fun and a couple of Iron and Wine tours came up...and next thing I knew, we were in the studio making a record for Sub Pop." On why he left, he said, "I'd never given the commitment to be a formal member. It was just a spur of the moment...and Everything All the Time took off fast... I still didn't feel quite committed, it was still 100 percent Ben's project and I kinda wanted to see what else I could do." Before recording their second album, Bridwell decided to relocate the band from Seattle to his native South Carolina. He said, "We were touring so much that nowhere was home, so I figured...if I'm gonna come home after these long stretches of traveling, it would nice to be around my family."Band of Horses toured Europe and North America in 2007, prior to the release of their second album.
Joe Arnone was no longer part of the band, which now toured as a six-piece band following the addition of Matt Gentling, Robin Peringer and Ryan Monroe to the line up. The album, Cease to Begin, was produced by Phil Ek, it was released by Sub Pop Records on 9 October 2007. The album features the core trio of Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett and Rob Hampton, with keyboards played by Ryan Monroe. Cease to Begin gave Band of Horses their first hit in the U. S. by reaching number 35 on the Billboard 200 and was a hit in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. It was voted ninth best album of 2007 by Paste magazine and 47th best by Rolling Stone; the single "No One's Gonna Love You" gave Band of Horses their first European hit single, reaching number 22 in Denmark. Following the release of Cease to Begin, Monroe became a permanent member of the band, along with new recruits Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds; this once again made Band of Horses a six-piece band. In addition to his role in the band, Ramsey performed solo as the opening act before the band play live.
In 2008, Band of Horses played at the Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park, the Bridge School Benefit concert, the Roskilde Festival. In May 2009, producer Phil Ek stated that he was recording the third Band of Horses album in North Carolina. Ben Bridwell mentioned that the new album was titled Night Rainbows several times while introducing new songs during the band's summer 2009 tour, but in a 2 March 2010 interview, the band revealed that the album was to be called Infinite Arms. Prior to the recording of the album, Rob Hampton left the band, he was replaced by Swedish guitarist Ludwig Böss, although Böss does not appear on the album and on 19 March 2010 it was revealed that he too had left. The album was recorded by the current five-piece lineup of Bridwell, Reynolds and Monroe. Infinite Arms was released worldwide between 14 and 19 May 2010 on the Columbia and Fat Possum labels. Aside from the North Carolina sessions at Echo Mountain Studios, parts of the album were recorded in Los Angeles at Perfect Sound Studios.
The album was self-prod
Midlake is an American folk rock band from Denton, formed in 1999. The band consists of Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Jesse Chandler and Joey McClellan. In 2012, vocalist and primary songwriter Tim Smith left the band during the recording of its fourth studio album. Following his departure and backing vocalist Eric Pulido filled Smith's vacated role, the band started afresh with its recordings, releasing Antiphon in 2013; the band first gained popularity in Europe, signing to Bella Union Records and playing at festivals such as Les Inrockuptibles, End of the Road and South by Southwest. Midlake was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas College of Music; the original lineup consisted of Tim Smith, McKenzie Smith, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Evan Jacobs. Their initial work – under the name "The Cornbread All-Stars" – consisted of funk/jazz explorations influenced by Herbie Hancock; the band began to lean more toward an indie rock sound.
Tim Smith quit playing saxophone and began writing songs that were influenced by bands such as Jethro Tull, Radiohead, Björk, Grandaddy, artists who experiment, while still remaining accessible. Speaking about the band's influences, Smith commented: We don't want to get called a Radiohead rip-off band. I think Radiohead is a lot closer to my natural tendencies as a songwriter than a band like, um, Jethro Tull. I listen to way more Jethro Tull than I do Radiohead these days, but I could write 10 Radiohead songs before I could write one Jethro Tull song. I want to sound more like Jethro Tull. That's a big struggle. In an interview with Reverb Magazine's Nick Milligan, Smith said of the band's origins: "We were jazz musicians, but right from the get go we'd never play jazz music. We'd play some funk stuff and jump right into playing Led Zeppelin. For jazz musicians, rock is sort of frowned upon for. If we had friends that knew we were playing, the best thing we could play was Herbie Hancock or Stevie Wonder.
A distortion pedal seemed like a no-no. It took us a while to get away from the jazz. Jacobs left Eric Nichelson took over on keyboard. Jason Upshaw joined the band as a guitarist. Live recordings from this period, recorded at Denton's Panhandle House studio, were never released as the band felt they had moved beyond the material. Not long before the band recorded their début EP, Milkmaid Grand Army, Upshaw was replaced on guitars by Eric Pulido, a longtime friend of drummer Smith, their debut full-length album, 2004's Bamnan and Slivercork, was recorded at home in Denton and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. It showed a move in the direction of lo-fi psychedelic electronica, embracing influences such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips; the album caught the ear of skateboarder-turned-actor Jason Lee, who produced and directed the music video for the song "Balloon Maker", who continues to support and promote the band. In 2006, after nearly a year-and-a-half of recording and re-recording, they completed their second release for Bella Union, The Trials of Van Occupanther.
The album was a venture into classic-rock revivalism, with a sound reminiscent of Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. The album was met with positive reviews. In January 2009, their song "Bandits" was featured in an episode of the FOX television drama Fringe. In February 2010, the band released The Courage of Others, which garnered good reviews, notably "album of the month" in Mojo; the album, which showcased Tim Smith's brooding baritone vocals, had a slower pace and denser musical arrangements inspired by British prog-folk acts like Pentangle, Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band. In a 2010 interview with Reverb Magazine, Tim Smith told editor Nick Milligan: I'm never satisfied with what we do, so when Occupanther came out I had changes I wanted to make, but what I disliked about the album is totally different than what other people might see as a problem. I might be focused on my voice, but I think we get a little better. We're getting more confident with who we are as musicians and as a band.
It's a natural progression to get to The Courage of Others. Although it did take a long time and that's due to my influences and falling in love with a different style of music to what we came from. Smith said in the Reverb Magazine interview that his favourite song from The Courage of Others was "Small Mountain": I think my favourite is'Small Mountain'. Though it seems that when we've played it live, it's the weakest one – people seem to not connect with it. They'd rather talk to their friend than listen to it, but people don't have the album yet. Maybe in time people will start to like that song more, it was written about when I was in college and my parents lived on the top of this hill. I'd wait tables at my dad's restaurant, it was just a good time for me, so it was nice to have a song that I can relate to it. I like the melody so that's my favourite. Of The Courage Of Others, Tim Smith said: The title track was written as a B-side for Van Occupanther so, old, we never used it. We wanted to hold on to it for the next album.'Children of the Grounds' we started playing towards the end of our touring for Van Occupanther, because I'd written that around that time and we thought we'd throw it in to see how it did.
But the rest of the material was written. There was a lot of material, thrown away, because I realised weren't good enough. Though the group spent much of 2011 and 2012 recordi
Death from Above (band)
Death from Above is a Canadian rock duo consisting of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger from Toronto, formed in 2001; the band broke up in 2006 after releasing only one studio album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. In 2011 they reformed and released their first album in a decade, The Physical World. Grainger and Keeler met at a Sonic Youth concert, they sometimes jokingly claimed to have met in prison, on a pirate ship, or in a gay bar, leading some journalists and fans to believe these stories. Keeler has said to have met Grainger when looking for a drummer to play in his hardcore punk band Femme Fatale, further stating "That's how Death from Above got started."On December 15, 2002, the band released their debut release, Heads Up. The band began recording for their debut album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine from February to April 2004 at The Chemical Sound in Toronto. Additional recording was done at Studio Plateau in Montreal and the album was engineered and produced by Al-P, with the exception of the Montreal sessions which were engineered by Drew Malamud.
The album was released in October, 2004. The band released three singles to promote, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, these singles where "Romantic Rights" on November 4, 2004, "Blood on Our Hands" on February 17, 2005 and "Black History Month" on June 13, 2005. In 2005, the video for "Blood on Our Hands" won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards. In 2004 the band changed their name to "Death from Above 1979" due to a cease and desist letter, filed against the band by James Murphy's label Death From Above Records; the band responded by attaching the legal minimum number of numerals required to keep the first part of the name. The band wrote a statement on their website: FUCK DFA RECORDS FUCK JAMES MURPHY WE DECLARE JIHAD ON THEM HOLY WAR ENDING IN THIER DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT... james murphy is a selfish piece of fuck that will burn in the flames of a specially dedicated rock and roll jihad. if i had the resources i would fly a plane into his skull. Murphy told his side of the story in a 2005 interview with Pitchfork, saying: We knew about them for a long time, the name thing wasn't a big deal.
It wasn't until they signed to a major label, which wouldn't release the record until we signed off on the name. That's how this all came about... Atlantic's not gonna release a record by a band with the same name as another entity in music... we spent a lot of money because we didn't just wanna be total fucking assholes and just say no. We were trying to find a way for it to work... I was like, "What the hell's wrong with Death From Above 1979?" But the copyright attorney was like, "No, that's not fine." And I said, "If they become a different name, it delays their record, that's something I'm not comfortable with." So we just tried to make it work as well as possible. As of August 3, 2006, the band disbanded. Keeler posted the following message on the official Death from Above 1979 forum: I know its been forever since I wrote anything on here. I'm sure by now most of you assume the band isn't happening anymore since there are no shows, no work on a new album, etc. well. I wanted to let you know.
We decided to stop doing the band... We decided that a year ago. We finished off our scheduled tour dates because there were good people working for us who relied on us to make a living and buy Christmas presents and pay rent etc. We couldn't just cancel everything and leave them out to dry... Plus I think. Our label was hoping that we would change our minds, so they asked us to keep quiet about the decision for at first. Well, it's been quite a while now and we are still sure the band won't happen again, so I guess it's time to say something. On MuchMusic's television program The New Music, Keeler further explained, he claimed it was due to disagreements with bandmate Grainger on many levels, including creative differences and musical style. On February 4, 2011, the band reunited. Grainger posted the following message on the band's website: It’s been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs.
11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I’m on the right path. It’s one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it if you’re so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal; this is the big show. Jesse and I have decided. Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration; the collision of two different worlds. As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you. All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way. Thank you all for sharing in our excitement! The band performed a new song while performing at EdgeFest on July 14, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto.
On September 18, 2012, a Canadian tour was announced. On October 28, 2012, the band's
Lone Wolf and Cub
Lone Wolf and Cub is a manga created by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. First published in 1970, the story was adapted into six films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, four plays, a television series starring Kinnosuke Yorozuya, is recognized as an important and influential work. Lone Wolf and Cub chronicles the story of Ogami Ittō, the shōgun's executioner who uses a dōtanuki battle sword. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyū clan, he is forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigorō, they seek revenge on the Yagyū clan and are known as "Lone Wolf and Cub". Ogami Ittō, formidable warrior and a master of the suiō-ryū swordsmanship, serves as the Kogi Kaishakunin, a position of high power in the Tokugawa shogunate. Along with the oniwaban and the assassins, Ogami Ittō is responsible for enforcing the will of the shōgun over the daimyōs. For those samurai and lords ordered to commit seppuku, the Kogi Kaishakunin assists their deaths by decapitating them to relieve the agony of disembowelment.
After Ogami Ittō's wife Azami gives birth to their son, Daigorō, Ogami Ittō returns to find her and all of their household brutally murdered, with only the newborn Daigorō surviving. The supposed culprits are three former retainers of an abolished clan, avenging the execution of their lord by Ogami Ittō. However, the entire matter was planned by Ura-Yagyū Yagyū Retsudō, leader of the Ura-Yagyū clan, in order to seize Ogami's post as part of a masterplan to control the three key positions of power: the spy system, the official assassins and the Shogunate Decapitator. During the initial incursion, an ihai with the shōgun's crest on it was placed inside the Ogami family shrine, signifying a supposed wish for the shogun's death; when the tablet is "discovered" during the murder investigation, its presence condemns Ittō as a traitor and thus he is forced to forfeit his post. The one-year-old Daigorō is given a choice by his father: a sword. If Daigorō chose the ball, his father would kill him; this assigns him the path of a rōnin, wandering the country with his father as "demons"—the assassin-for-hire team that becomes known as Lone Wolf and Cub, vowing to destroy the Yagyū clan to avenge Azami's death and Ittō's disgrace.
On meifumadō, the cursed journey for vengeance, Ogami Ittō and Daigorō experience numerous adventures, encountering all of Yagyū Retsudō's children and the entire Kurokuwa ninja clan, facing Retsudō himself. The last duel between Ogami Ittō and Yagyū Retsudō runs 178 pages—one of the longest single fight-scenes published in comics. Toward the end of their journeys, Ogami Ittō's dōtanuki sword is surreptitiously damaged by a supposed sword-polisher, an elite "Grass" ninja of the Yagyū clan; when attacked by the last of the Grass ninja, the sword breaks due to Yagyū tampering, Ittō receives wounds that are fatal. Deadlocked in mid-battle with Retsudō, Ittō's spirit leaves his body after a lifetime of fatigue and bloodshed, unable to destroy his longtime enemy and ending his path of meifumadō; the story finishes with charging in fury. Retsudō opens his arms, disregarding all defense, allows Daigorō to drive the spear into his body. Embracing Daigorō with tears, Yagyū Retsudō names him "grandson of my heart", closing the cycle of vengeance and hatred between the clans and concluding the epic.
Ogami Ittō —The shogun's executioner, Ittō decides to avenge the death of his wife, Ogami Azami and to restore his clan. Ogami Daigorō —The son of Ittō and Azami, Daigorō becomes a stronger warrior as the story progresses. Yagyū Retsudō —The leader of the Shadow Yagyū clan, Retsudō tries everything in his power to ensure that Ittō dies. Abe Tanomo —The shogun's food taster and a master of poisons; when Lone Wolf and Cub was first released in Japan in 1970, it became wildly popular for its powerful, epic samurai story and its stark and gruesome depiction of violence during Tokugawa era Japan. Lone Wolf and Cub is one of the most regarded manga due to its epic scope, detailed historical accuracy, masterful artwork and nostalgic recollection of the bushido ethos; the story spans 28 volumes of manga, with over 300 pages each. Many of the panels of the series are hauntingly beautiful depictions of nature, historical locations in Japan and traditional activities. Lone Wolf and Cub was released in North America in a translated English edition by First Comics in 1987, as a series of monthly, comic-book-sized, square-bound black-and-white comics containing between 64 and 128 pages, featuring covers by Frank Miller, by Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner, Mike Ploog, Ray Lago.
Sales were strong, but fell as the company went into a general decline. First Comics shut down in 1991 without completing the series, publishing less than a third of the total series over 45 issues. Starting in September 2000, Dark Horse Comics began to release an English translation of the full series in 28 smaller-sized trade paperback volumes with longer page-counts (from 260 to over
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats are an American band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is based in Durham, North Carolina. For many years, the sole member of the Mountain Goats was Darnielle, despite the plural moniker. Although he remains the core member of the band, he has worked with a variety of collaborators over time, including bassist and vocalist Peter Hughes, drummer Jon Wurster, multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas, singer-songwriter Franklin Bruno and vocalist Rachel Ware, singer-songwriter/producer John Vanderslice, guitarist Kaki King, multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark. Throughout the 1990s, the Mountain Goats were known for producing low-fidelity home recordings and releasing recordings in cassette or vinyl 7" formats. Since 2002, the Mountain Goats have adopted a more polished approach, recording studio albums with a full band, while still maintaining organically emotional lyrical motifs; the band's name is a reference to the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "Yellow Coat".
Darnielle released his first recording under the band name, Taboo VI: The Homecoming, on Shrimper Records, in 1991. Many of his first recordings and performances featured Darnielle accompanied by members of the all-girl reggae band The Casual Girls, who became known as The Bright Mountain Choir. One of this group's members, Rachel Ware, continued to accompany Darnielle on bass, both live and in studio, until 1995; the first five years of the Mountain Goats' career saw a prolific output of songs on cassette, vinyl and CD. These releases spanned multiple labels and countries of origin released in limited numbers; the focus of the Mountain Goats project was the urgency of writing. Songs not recorded adequately to tape within days of being written were forgotten. Cassette releases during this time include The Hound Chronicles, Transmissions to Horace, Hot Garden Stomp, Taking the Dative, Yam, the King of Crops. In 1994, the Mountain Goats released their first full-length studio album, Zopilote Machine, on Ajax Records.
It is the band's only full album featuring the entirety of The Bright Mountain Choir. By 1995, most of what could be considered classic Mountain Goats conventions were abandoned in favor of a more thematically focused and experimental sound; this period was marked by Darnielle's collaborations with other artists including Alastair Galbraith and Simon Joyner. In November 1996, Darnielle announced a vow to "clear his musical tendency for profanity" to promote a more optimistic reception to the ideas outlined in his material. In 1995, the album Sweden was released. Soon after its recording, a sequel titled Hail and Farewell, Gothenburg was recorded, but never released, it remained unheard by the general public until 2007. In 1996, the Mountain Goats released the album Nothing for Juice, Full Force Galesburg the following year. Rachel Ware left the band between recording the two albums, bassist Peter Hughes took over her position. Between 1998 and 2000, the Mountain Goats slowed down their prolific output, releasing The Coroner's Gambit in October 2000.
The album returned to the band's roots, as most songs were sporadically recorded on Darnielle's old Panasonic RX-FT500 cassette deck Boombox, which produced a loud background noise to the songs. 2002 saw the release of two Mountain Goats albums: Tallahassee. These albums mark a distinct change in focus for the Mountain Goats project, being the first in a series of concept albums that explore aspects of The Mountain Goats' canon in depth. All Hail West Texas featured the resurrection of Darnielle's early boom box recording for a complete album. Darnielle considers this album to be the culmination of his lo-fi recording style. Tallahassee, recorded with a band and in a studio and concludes the relationship of a couple whose lives were the subject of the song cycle known as the Alpha Series. Released that year was Martial Arts Weekend, attributed to The Extra Glenns, a collaboration with Franklin Bruno on several unreleased Mountain Goats songs. Following that recording, Bruno joined Darnielle in the studio along with bassist Peter Hughes, the second official member of the band and accompanies Darnielle on tour.
These three musicians formed. In 2004, the Mountain Goats released We Shall All Be Healed; the album marked a number of changes for the Mountain Goats, as it was the first time Darnielle worked with producer John Vanderslice, the first album of directly autobiographical material. We Shall All Be Healed chronicles Darnielle's life with a group of friends and acquaintances addicted to methamphetamine in Portland, though the album is set in Pomona, California; the following year, The Sunset Tree, was released. Again autobiographical, Darnielle tackled the subject of his early childhood spent with an abusive stepfather. Darnielle had dealt with this subject in what he refers to as the only autobiographical song he had written before 2004, the unreleased song "You're in Maya." The Mountain Goats relocated to Durham, North Carolina in 2006, issued Get Lonely, produced by Scott Solter, who had worked with Vanderslice on engineering for prior Mountain Goats records. Jon Wurster joined the group in 2007.
The band recorded tracks for its next album at Prairie Sun studios. Entitled Heretic Pride, the album was released on 19 February, 2008. Produced by John Vanderslice and Scott Solter, the album saw Darnielle and Wurster joined