August 2008
Saturday, August 30th, 2008


Akira The Don & Son Of King Rebel rock the Rock Gardens!

Well. We drove to the other side of the country to find the venue in dispute with the promoters and the gig cancelled. Still, we got to see what Weston Super-Mare looks like. And eat some chips. Whoo!


Worked on some conceptual music to an advertising brief with BJ via ftps. Spent the rest of the day recording piano, brass and guitar parts for Son Of King Rebel’s EP. Very satisfying, although recording the trumpet gave me a migraine. At 2 am the electric ran out so we went to bed in the dark.


Woke up at half six to record James Chitty Harrison‘s guitar parts for the conceptual ad music. Worked on another song about not being broke forever till Martin and Mary turned up in the late morning. Martin made us a hearty breakfast, and Mary showed me video footage of the tiny Martin spawn rolling around in her belly.  At this juncture I shall let Martin tell the story:

Marylou and I spent thursday morning at Akira’s house singing and playing guitar on this big song he has called ‘The Answer to the Anti-life Equation’ a composition that veers from melancholic introspection to big beat hip hop and a strange bit that I haven’t got me head round yet. Sounds like something off ‘OK Computer’ which is not what you’d expect from Adam which is always what you can expect from Adam. Jeres came round to work on his Son of King Rebel album and we sang harmonies on ‘I Don’t Love Jesus No More’ which has an ace chorus, I can’t wait to hear the finished thing. Adam works hard, I think he had three or four sessions going on that day. Respect. I made everyone breakfast and Adam poured scalding coffee all over his hand and cooker. Sweet.

I am a liability in the kitchen, it has to be said. Anyway, we receorded Jeres‘ vocals for I Don’t Love Jesus No More and Dustin Hoffman, which was a lot easier than I expected. Jeres’ voice has matured and grown rich and raspy since he quit booze and went batshit on the ciggs. The songs sound brilliant.

The boy wonder Narstie showed up with Nathan and Legend at about 7, and we cranked out another three songs for his album, which is sounding so, so mega.


Wrote a new song for ATD16. Four minutes of straight rap. Drew some cartoons. Did another four joints with Narst in the evening. Read The Boys. Collapsed.


Wrote another song for ATD16. This one was pretty deep. Glacial horror stuff. Littles came by for a zoot and a catch up after the fuckery that was Nappa, and its rotten aftermath. Littles has some shit to deal with, but he’s coping admirably. Dude has a kid on the way and everything. Anyway, we ended up doing a song, which is very moving and will be on ATD16 as well.

— Saturday, August 30th, 2008

By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

I like this guy. Not the best I’ve heard from him. And sick of people putting sneaky high pitched rongtones at the back of their mixes, that’s creepy AND sneaky.

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008


Fuck me that woman is scary.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wants creationism taught in science classes.

In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, the soon-to-be governor of Alaska trotted out the usual creationist education canard: “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.”

From Wired.

Teaching evolution and creationism in a scientifically balanced way is simply impossible. Evolution is accepted by scientists as driving the development of life on Earth. Creationism, which puts a (Christian) God in the engine room of life, is unsupported by science. Its arguments have been roundly dismissed by scientists — many of whom, it should be noted, believe in God. They’re just sensible enough to understand where science ends and religion begins.

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

By Akira The Don on Friday, August 29th, 2008

— By Akira The Don on Friday, August 29th, 2008

By Akira The Don on Friday, August 29th, 2008

From Playlouder:

Self appointed President of Hip-hop KRS-One has welcomed controversial “party” rapper Soulja Boy into hip-hop, antagonising people like Ice T, who claim he is “killing it”. The two hooked up in some kind of staged meeting of the generations on Rap City, hosted by Q45.

“I hope I’m Hip-Hop” Soulja started Soulja Boy, sheepishly. “I’ve been number one on the Hip-Hop charts.”

Asked to define hip-hop, KRS answered, “You know I have a long, drawn out answer for that. Let’s start with the simple stuff: breakin’, MC’ing, graffiti writing, DJ’ing, and beatboxing. That’s the original elements of Hip-Hop. But the way in which you display that can be in infinite kinds. Every generation brings their own kind of presentation.”

“Hip-Hop is having fun: rapping which is basically what I do, dancing, and partying,” countered Soulja Boy. “I’m the life of the party so I think it’s all about getting it in, having fun and not thinking about the consequences.”

Soulja went on to complain that the whole industry was on his nuts, and he’s only a kid, and 50 Cent is old school to him, and KRS-One is the first of his ole school detractors to speak to him personally about Hip-Hop culture.

“What most of us are expecting is a continuation of the legacy, that the work we did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s was not in vain,” said KRS. “That’s really where the hurt is coming from. That the younger generation would forget about us and the struggles. We had to fight for this, even to have a Rap City. We expect those that come after us to keep that torch lit.

“Right now we’re dealing with a generation gap with younger people and us supposedly bitter old school Hip-Hoppers. By us being here we can settle a lot of the generation gap that is out here in the community today. And let me just say this [as] KRS-One, big respect to you and welcome to Hip-Hop!”

Ice T no happy. NOT IN MY NAME! Say he.

— By Akira The Don on Friday, August 29th, 2008