Security

THE SITE IS MENTAL RIGHT NOW, HOLD TIGHT!

After unceremoniously removing my site from the interwebs yesterday, and a whole day on live-chat with their "helpdesk", Hostgator have put my site back up, but only partially. The navigation bar is missing, as are whole sections, so hold tight while we try and fix this mess.

PAX!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjaDUSjpSm4

I Am Never Drinking Again Part 326

Photo by Brother Sladey K, more here

So, a top night was had by all at Envy's LP launch do last night. I was, as predicted, an excellent and deeply rousing host, but contrary to my proclamations earlier this week, I was not a sober one. Indeed today it seems as if an angry, violent midget has taken up residence in my skull, and am beginning to think it was a bad idea to schedule the Why Lout? Superhero Music session for today.

What fun though! What excellent, virtuoso performances from Pariz1 and Tor Ceasy! What excellent DJing from Suicide Dogz, Medasyn, Scratcha and Moxie! What a great audience! And not one, but TWO sets from Envy! With a guest appearances from a skanking Morty and from me! WOW. Amazing. We danced and cheered and CELEBRATED our friend, whose dreams become reality this coming Monday when her album, Set Yourself On Fire, is released into the world.

In addition to all this wonderment, there was some excitement towards the end of Envy's second set when security attempted to remove me from the building for strange and shady purposes still unclear to me. I was right at the front, and this must have been very confusing for poor Envy. "Come outside now," barked the angry big man, grabbing my arm roughly. "Bog off." I replied, outraged, "I am watching my friend!" Security intensified their efforts, and I intensified my outraged refusal to be shouted at and manhandled by fools, and it could have gotten bad for your trusty Donovan had not the imposing figures of Tego Siegel and Ben Official - who you might have seen towering over, well, everybody at Marvin The Martian shows - along with Marvin himself, my hot girlfriend, and a number of concerned citizens inserted themselves between my innocent self and Cargo's world famous so-called "security". Word to Pro Green. Eventually the swine saw sense and retreated to their pig hole or wherever it is they lurk when they're not harassing innocent compères.

Yes, ATD Security is REAL, brothers and sisters, never doubt that for a second!

So, yes, thank you all. As for So-called Security's reasons for trying to get rid of me, I suspect them to be something to do with the night's soundman, who abandoned his booth during the headline act's set, leaving it to your valiant correspondent to attempt to get her vocals up to an audible level. The soundman was very angry when he found me, but was strangely unconcerned with doing his JOB, and making the artist sound good, instead choosing to foam at the mouth about how I'd better get Envy offstage by 1am. This is why so many shows have such crappy sound, even when they have good PA systems. It is a great tragedy that so many of our soundmen (and it's always men) hate their jobs so much.

Rah though, awesome night regardless, but by the bleatings of Infant Baby jesus, I am suffering for it today.

BOO HOO! I HURT ALL OVER!

Also, I have but one episode of Carnivale left to watch. This is probably for the best, given all the stuff I need to do, but it makes me a little sad, still.

Anyway, never mind all that. I must ofski now, and make things. Video and art for preorderers! Artwork for mixtape! Artwork for album! Songs for mixtape! A comic! And so on! And so forth! Truly, it is a wonderful, wonderful life!

Security

Akira The Don – Security Initially sent to preorderers of ATD20/Security T. Appeared on ATD20 Jan 29th 2010.

All praises due to The Independent Content Company, for filming that awesome thing up there! And coming up with the idea. And editing it. And rendering it. And uploading it. The Independent Content Company is pretty much the greatest Independent Content Company I have ever worked with. WOW!

All praises due to the most high for providing us with exactly what we wanted to make the thing. All we had to do was go for a wander around the Olympic Development Site, and we found everything, including a high rez jacket. Truly amazing, cheers multiverse.

You'll notice that's a totally different version to the one in the flash player, that got sent to preorderers, and appeared on ATD20. This was all Joey's idea, and an awesome one it was. For those that have been asking, yes, it is a true story. I used to wonder why so many terrible things kept happening to me. Well, in retrospect, I realise it might have been because I was doing so many terrible things. When I stopped doing terrible things, terrible things stopped happening to me! I have been blessed with wonderful fortune ever since. Let that serve as a warning to you all!

Now, if anyone knows how to karmically attract great riches, do share with us all in the comments.

Comic strip later on. We're finishing off the Sac VS Pip remix right now. IT IS SO CHOICE! From the feedback I've been getting, lots of you are very excited that I am doing a Sav VS Pip remix. Who else would you like me to have a go on, so to speak?

Oh, and a fabulous No Prize goes to whoever can work out what comic I am reading in my lonely booth up there. CLUE: "Illness."

ATD20 - The Mixtape

Get the CDQ MP3 bundle here.

Get the MP3 + T-Shirt here.

Love: Secured By The Don

Those goregous blue Security Ts are going out on Friday, but it hasn't escaped my attention that Valentines' day is coming up, and that shade of blue, whilst entirely gorgeous, is a little boyish. So the design team at Don Studios (hi guys!) has come up with a very special, super limited alternative. In pink!

Secure your love with the Pink Security T shirt!

I am having these made locally - ie if you order from the UK, they're made there, and if you order from the USA, likewise, so that they get to you on time for V Day. Speaking of which, if you need yours in time for V day, you'll need to order in the next few days.

ORDER HERE!

And don't forget to be here at 5pm GMT today for the ALL NEW WEEKLY DONCAST!

T-Shirt News!

Hey gang! I am glad you're enjoying ATD20. It makes me happy and proud. Please keep listening, talking about it loudly in public places, and telling your friends - my promo department currently consists of ME and ME alone, and it would be a shame if this didn't reach more people, as if one is not growing, one is likely to get infected by evil bacteria, and succumb to plague.

I WISH FOR NO PLAGUE! I wanna grow big and strong and smash, like Hulk, without the intelligence issues.

Anyway. T-shirt update. The Security Ts will be in on February 6th, which is exiting. If you got an MP3 bundle, and want to add a T-shirt to your order (as some of you seem to), rather than paying the full whack, you can send £10.50 to zillazillazilla at gmail.com with your preferred size and address, and I shall make it so.

And in other T-Shirt news, I found 4 The Don T-shirts! Two small, one XL, one XXL. So hurry and claim them, by clicking here. There are also only about 15 I Am Not Dead (Yeah!) T shirts, as modelled above by Gruff Rhys, so you wanna be quick in that department as well.

Oh, I might bring back the Thieving shirts. Is this something that interests you?

OK.

COMING UP THIS WEEK! Videos! Music! Comic strip! Comic strip titler-prize-winner announcement! The All New Weekly Weekly Doncast (Wednesday at 5pm GMT)! And so much more! AkiraTheDonDotCom! Where The Magic Happens!

Magic Marker

What a little git bag!

Dearie, dearie me.

So, here's a thing. I have been thinking that these backgrounds are actually distracting. But then, I like them, as they give context. That's my desk. Those are my monitors. That's my website on the left one. Manga Studio on the right. That's my Juno D. That's my Batman & Robin poster. But I'm not sure. So, here that same strip without the background:

What do you think?

Rah then. I spent much of today making Security, the song I'm sending to all you ATD20/Security T preorderers. See, I did have a song written in my head, and I had started a thing, but then I was sat at my desk today, and I've got my Juno D in front of me all the time now, and I was just hitting some keys while I was waiting for an email to send, and the sound pleased me so  much I had to record it right away, and the next thing I knew I had the basis of a whole new song, and it became Security. And I love it. It's a story song, a true story song, and one of the most personal things I've done since Patrick. It's very strange that it chose today to come out. How weird to think it would never have happened had I not said I was going to give a brand new song to people who preordered a T Shirt!

So it goes...

So anyway. It's done, but I'm gonna wait until tomorrow to play it really loud and make sure I like the mix, them I am going to send it, as promised, to all the preorderers. So what are you waiting for?

Reserve yours now!

Oh, and in other good news,  the prototype ATD Security T showed up today! It is so choice. The organic cotton makes a massive difference, I am amazed to report. Shit feels luxury soft. Here's me rapping in it this afternoon.

I might drop some of that footage tomorrow, I'll see how I get on with the music.

OK, bedtime. Be safe.

PAX!

PS - today's strip was soundtracked by RIP: A Remix Manifesto. Cheers the_otter_cast for reminding me about it.

Announcing! First Mixtape Of The Decade... ATD20!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pxhonI7Xtw

Above these words, above the amazing by of graphic design appropriation, you can see fine-ass footage, (by The Independent Content Company) of me going in over some Joey2tits magic for the forthcoming mixtape-to-end-all-mixtapes, ATD20.

Yeah, you heard right. January 29th, 2010. ATD20!

20!!!

Who'd a thunk it bubba? Who'd have known we'd make it this far, when I dropped the now legendary ATD1 back on May 20th 2004, inventing both myself and the internet mixtape in the process? A bunch of records I liked, smashed into each other with all the skill and subtlety of a three year old wielding a lumphammer. Raw, off the dome, just-learned-to rapping. Jim Steinman. EXPLOSIONS. Over the years I used these mixtapes to hone my craft, to experiment, to collaborate, to be as awesome as I possibly could at the time... Now here we are in the Tenties.  What have we learned? What skills have we amassed?

YOU ARE ABOUT TO FIND OUT!

It's a celebration! Get ready for the mixtape to define all mixtapes! 70 plus minutes of unparalleled, Don-certified AWESOME! Brand new songs! Amazing remixes! Soundscapes to frighten the gods! Old friends! New friends! Special guests! FREAKOUT!

ATD20 will be availiable as 1 track MP3, and a CD Quality 320kbps MP3 bundle, which you can get along with the ATD Security shirt.

Preorder CDQ MP3 bundle here.

Preorder MP3 + T-Shirt here.

All preorders get an exclusive song, Security, to be sent out next week sent out immediately by SEXY ROBOT.

PS - If you already preordered the shirt, you get ATD20 as well. I AM NICE LIKE THAT.

PPS - My Webcam came, so the Doncasts will be back this week, and there will be More Info. Whoo!