Cotdamn! That was a goddamn crazy ass Doncast and no mistake! For those that missed it - you missed it. It was not recorded. I was too busy trying to make things work. My internal clock was going crazy and pitching the sound down, then up. Here's an example, sent in by Ben Bryans.
See? Crazy. Anyway, after an hour or more of outrageous technicalities, I gave up and went accoustic. We had James Dean Harrison in the building, along with Littles and the twins: Bugsy and Lickel P, so we went freestyle with James on my battered old spanish guitar that used to belong to Alexander Velky. We did classics like Oh!, I Am Not Dead (Yeah!), Living In The Future, Big, and a load of freestyle stuff which was WELL FUN after the initial mania had worn off. Hell, we even got the Doncast Dedication done. Happy birthday Liz!
So big up everyone that stuck through the technicalities! I hope it was worth it...
In ATD24 news, we are $47.89 away from our target of $298 to buy the Ustream Pro thing so we can broadcast with multiple cameras in HD and do transitions and shit and make it a flipping AMAZING SHOW TO REMEMBER FOR ALL TIME (yes, I will be doing extensive testing before hand to make sure it all works)! Only we're not, cos they charge 17.5% VAT. BUT WE ARE CLOSE!
So. Click button!
Or you can send money via paypal to zillazillazilla at gmail.com.
Right, I am off to the hospital to see my friend, then I am gonna see my Mum, who turns 50 today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! YOU ARE THE GREATEST MUM OF ALL TIME! AND AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN! LOOK AT ALL YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! MAY YOUR NEXT 50 YEARS BE THE MOST AWESOME 50 YEARS A PERSON HAS EVER HAD! I LOVE YOU!
Akira The Don - Bare Necessities ft Jay-Z and Dizzee Rascal FIrst dropped: Jan 29th 2010, on ATD20
This one goes out to Eloise in Thailand, who is ten years old and an AMAZING DRAWER (as in person who draws, not something you put your T Shirts in, don't be stupid!) - she sent me this today:
How awesome is that!? WOW! MEGA AWESOME, I would say, and I would be interested to hear what you art critics think.
Yessir. I have been meaning to do a remix of Bare Necessities for about 5 years, and I was so happy when I finally got around to doing it that I literally ran around in circles whooping. IT MADE ME THAT HAPPY! Jay-Z and Dizzee Rascal were the icing on on the sticky bun. Sticky buns, in case you were wondering, were the number one treat back in Lower Friars, the first stage of my secondary schooling... at first break you could get stale buns with icing on them from the canteen for 20p. Oh how we loved those sticky sweet things!
Anyway, I did want to make a nice bootleg video for this, but I haven't had time today, between packaging t-shirts (only 2 1 don shirts left!), working on my Sac VS Pip remix, shooting a video with Joey2tits AKA The Ambassador of Awesome and doing this flipping cartoon. Gah! I wish I'd had time, dear reader! But now I must make like that last panel, for it is 4am, and I have many things tomorrow, not least of all THE ALL NEW WEEKLY DONCAST!
That's right! It's that time of week again! BE HERE AT 5PM GMT for the live spectacular! I have no idea what I'm gonna be doing, but I know one thing - WE ARE GONNA HAVE FUN! YES WE ARE! But if you have any great ideas, I would love to hear them. Oh, and there are only three more days of FOCUSING ON ATD20... what song do you want singling out? TELL ME I NEED TO KNOW!
Get the CDQ MP3 bundle here.
Get the MP3 + T-Shirt here.
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?
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.
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!
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!
ATD enters the ring, refuses to pause, BLA-OW! Y'all zoidbergs better come hard or come dancing! Sheeeeeeeeeet!
This week's fight was from the pages of Spawn/Batman
By Frank Miller and Todd McFarlane
Image Comics, 1994
So, there were a bunch of updates and pictures and things, and they got wiped! Oh, the tragedy. So, a recap. On my last day on Rivington Street I saw a white thug in an open-top Hummer drive by blasting out 'I Want The One I Can't Have' and nodding along with a serious expression about his face.
Then we went.
Wade and I ended up on the coach, as there was no room in the van, or car. We got there early, and checked out the scene. The scene is small.
We don't actually live in Woodstock. We live in Shandaken, outside. Well, just outside. Half way up a mountain, hidden away by forest, amongst bears and chipmunks and what have you. In a big old dusty house full of weird porn and broken stuff, with brown water and giant ants. Like, there's a jacuzzi, but it doesn't seem to work. There is the biggest TV you've ever seen, but it's got a big black tear across the front and doesn't tune properly. It's a two hour walk to the nearest shop, whihc is a petrol station, and does a good line in biscuits. The local girl's got a lot of guns.
It is very lovely to look at up in Shandaken. Mountains covered in trees, mainly. Streams. Clouds so low you can jump up and punch them.
I miss Wade, who is back in London sorting out affairs. All my stuff is in boxes.
So I fell alseep on the sofa after 5, and was awakened gently by Super Phil at 6:20, and it transpired Bird left my bag with my passport in it at the venue last night. But Bird's got me another ID card, so we're outside waiting for Jeff to pick us up at 6:30. And at midday we're in LA, and soon after that we're in Interscope's offices,and I'm filling a bag with Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Gilbert And Sullivan, Dre, Peter Gabriel, Police and other such back catalogue. Jimmy Iovine has a signed letter from Tupac and a video console that won't switch on. And loads of ideas. A balcony. A lush view. LA is lush to look at, from these places of advantage. Like, later we visit Jeff and Trent's, and there's this fucking alien cat that loves me, and an incredible, incredible view, of this desolate wilderness spattered with money.
It was a lovely day.
But in the nighttime it is hard not to see that LA is awash with cunts. It is a sad and massive amount of cunts, and I am not sure whether it is sad because this is what the world did to them, or because this is what they do to the world, or because they are cunts, and you can see their faces rotting right in front of your eyes.