Welcome back to akirathedon.com, the Best Artist Website In The World! We were gone for a day, but now we are back, and we - the royal we, word to The Dear Dead Queenie Mum - are glad. We are glad to be back, and we are glad we were gone, because we believe it is important to stand by our principles, and to play our part, no matter how small, in the fight against assholeism.
If you're still not quite sure what all this STOP SOPA AND PIPA stuff is all about, you could do worse than watching this lil' Ted talk by Clay Shirky who nails it down in a beautifully succinct fashion. Suffice to say, had SOPA and PIPA been in place in 2004, www.akirathedon.com would not exist.
Almost as big on the internet yesterday was Alex James, who shocked the Channels by writing a column for The Scum about how much he loves McDonalds, and what a great idea it is to open up Greggs stores and put local bakeries out of business.
I am of the opinion that Alex James died in 1996 and was replaced by a Victorian-styled automaton created by Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris "for a laugh", but regardless, the level of outrage and "wah I loved Blur this has ruined my life" comments were a little surprising to me. He has, after all, been writing his column for The Scum for ages now. I've never read it, but it's a column for The Scum - what do you think's gonna be in it? Poems about how wonderful Arthur Scargill is?
Now, see that up there? That's a man with a fish for a head. I am possibly violating the fish's copyright by publishing that drawing, but that is beside the point. That up there is a drawing of a man with a fish for a head that I found in a folder of sketches from 2009 last night, and I have no idea why I drew it. I posted it on a few of my Channels last night, and people dug it, like celebrated illustrator and Draw Serge curator Jonathan Edwards.
Then I found ANOTHER one. This one was in colour, and a little bit freakier than the previous. I still have no idea why I drew them, or what they mean, but I am starting to think I should draw a hundred of them on a single two metre wide piece of paper.
I think that guy's eating a Refresher bar. Swag him out. I just took receipt of a load of bags of refresher bars, so they will be appearing in your bags of swag. The Little Shop of Awesome is open for business, and while a few of the Christmas offers have gone, many remain, and some new ones will be popping up shortly.
Ah, bless your soul Katie. When my merch is handled by a squad of miniature Charlie Sheen clones I will miss these little moments. It is a great pleasure to package up your parcels for you and write little notes and put sweets in them. But it takes so long! And that is time I could be spending writing the songs that soundtrack your life, that will remind you of falling in love when you are old and grey, that will give you the strength to biff a bully on the NOSE, and the urge to throw violent shapes on THE TRAIN.
Oh, hey, here's some good news. Following the success of my recent videos, and all the radio play I've been getting (Radios 1 AND 2, for instance!), The Life Equation is coming out in ACTUAL SHOPS! The first will be Rough Trade in London. So please go there and buy yourself, or your Mum a copy, so that they invite me back into the so-called real world, so to speak.
The next single and video from The Life Equation will be We Won't Be Broke Forever ft. Gruff Rhys in February. Dan Le Sac has done a beautiful remix. This excites me. And before that, there will be some new mixtape videos. So there is much to look forward to, brothers and sisters.
Oh, and I've uploaded some more acapellas for you. I have still not found an official home for them on here, so here's an updated list.
DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – Evangelion ft Pixel & Marvin The Martian Acapella 140 DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – Fist of The North Star ft Littles Acapella DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – We Won’t Be Broke Forever Baby ft Gruff Rhys Acapella DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – I Am not Dead YEAH Acapella 105 DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – Nothing Lasts Forever ft Envy Acapella 105 DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – Video Highway Acapella DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – We Are Not Alone Acapella 125