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January 2012
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

GLORY!

Yes brothers and sisters, the next single from my acclaimed second LP, The Life Equation will be We Won’t Be Broke Forever ft. Gruff Rhys. That’s the beautiful artwork up there, created entirely by ME and my Wacom DTF 520. The background pays tribute to the work of the mighty Pete Fowler, whose joyous images were as much a part of the the Super Furry Animals’ allure to the teenage me as the music itself.

Included in the single package is a stunning and transcendent remix from dan le sac. The video for Broke is directed by Aaron Shrimpton, and is the third part of The Life Equation Trilogy that started with Nothing Lasts Forever.

Broke comes out on February 27th on digital download and limited edition radio promo CD. You will also be able to buy similarly limited edition prints and canvases of the artwork to put on your wall and brighten up your home.


Preorder now!

MP3 – £3.99
FLAC – £3.99
CD (Plus download) – £5
8″ x 8″ Print (comes signed with download & CD) – £10
6″ x 6″ Framed canvas (comes signed with download & CD) – £25
Broke Bundle (everything!) –  £30

PRESS RELEASE:

SINGLE
Akira The Don – We Won’t Be Broke Forever Baby ft Gruff Rhys
Out February 27th on Living In The Future

We Won’t Be Broke Forever Baby is the euphoric new single from Akira The Don. Featuring Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon) and produced by synth pop pioneer Stephen Hague (New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Blur), Broke is already getting radio play (Radio 1, 6 Music, record of the week on Awesome Radio) without having actually gone to radio yet, because it is a beautiful and inspirational anthem for our times.

The single bundle includes a sleek and Kirbyesque dan le sac remix that sounds like venus, and the instrumental, replete with personally approved Dollar sample.

The video, part three of Akira’s acclaimed The Life Equation Trilogy, is directed by Aaron Shrimpton (Scroobius Pip, Beardyman, B Dolan), co-stars Gruff Rhys, Envy and Eddie Argos (Art Brut, Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now), and drops on February 13th.

We Won’t Be Broke Forever Baby is taken from Akira’s second album, The Life Equation, which will receive a nationwide physical release on March 5th.
Praise for The Life Equation:

  • “Brilliant” – Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles)
  • “Spectacular… A real slap upside the head” – The 404
  • “Glorious” – Subba Cultcha
  • “The urgent and danceable truth” – Jeff Wells (Rigorous Intuition)
  • “Triumphant” – Sun On The Sand

For more information, visit the best artist website in the world: http://www.akirathedon.com, or follow Akira on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/akirathedon

— Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

It  should come as little surprise to learn that Chris de Burgh and LIl B are making pretty similar looking videos these days.

Look at these two! The cameraman even seems to move in the same way. So amazing.

No, not amazing…

Swag.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

More amazing photos of a bygone era here.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Today I worked on my swaggy new video, then I left the house in the freezing cold on my bicycle (finally, cold has arrived in the English winter!) I visited a Post Office, wherein I sent massive parcels to the four corners of the Earth – Sweden, America, Germany and Wales – then I went to the gym, ON MY OWN, and the spa, ON MY OWN. Usually I go with Jeres, and we talk about manly matters, but he has quit, as it is pretty expensive, and he’s already in another gym that has one of those tectonic plate thingamajigs in it.

I enjoined my lone spa. The place was pretty much deserted for some reason, and I did some pretty good thinking as I flitted between the minty super hot steam room and the ice cold plunge pool and the sauna, stopping every now and again to yank a big metal chain and upend a barrel full of ice water on my head. The sauna made me think of Shandaken, where I lived for a short while. Long time readers of this site might remember that strange episode. While we waited for my Interscope deal to sort itself out, myself and my friends rented a great big fuck off house up the side of a mountain in Upstate New York. It had a jacuzzi and a sauna in it, amongst loads of other weird things – like a porno with pictures of my old Camden flatmate in it, and weird and distressing diary notes purportedly written by a 14 year old alluding to deviant and illegal sexual activities that took place on the premises… they told me Bob Dylan lived there once, and the place was surrounded on all sides by angry and cacophonous racoons and other strange animals. Bears used to run off with our rubbish bags, tear them open and strew the contents around the mountainside. I mentioned it on one of my favorite songs that I did last year:

My American adventure feels like a long time ago now, and I have been missing that country of late. I was pondering this at the weekend, then suddenly a pair of Exciting American Opportunities presented themselves to me – entirely separate , yet rooted in the same city… a city I once got kicked out of a nightclub in at 7am by a stoney faced, Batman-jawed Lesbrarian, who told me to get my cigarette stinking Limey face out of her face before she set the seven foot hunk of bricks to her right on my pisstaking ass.

Two clues:

BZZZZKTPH

Tomorrow I will reveal the artwork for my next single, and details on how you can pr-order some rare Akira The Don art. I might also post a picture of me in a rabbit mask wielding a firearm. Peace be upon you, friend.

— Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

By Akira The Don on Monday, January 30th, 2012

Tragically relevant, 20 years later.

— By Akira The Don on Monday, January 30th, 2012

By Akira The Don on Monday, January 30th, 2012

This looks rather dope, cheers Mothboy for the headsup…

— By Akira The Don on Monday, January 30th, 2012