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By Akira The Don on Saturday, February 18th, 2012

BLESSINGS!

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, February 18th, 2012

By Akira The Don on Monday, January 2nd, 2012

One of my favoutite young cats doing it right now.

Clams Casino performing live at SOM on October 20 2011. Recorded off the boards direct to Ableton, and mastered by Zachg. Forgive any inconsitencies, as we had no control over the signal coming out of the boards. We just did our best to clean it up. More importantly though, enjoy these tunes.

— By Akira The Don on Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Monday, December 19th, 2011

LYRICS:

the tin pot foreign general and the old iron lady
was dancing
bombs rained like confetti
guts hung like spaghetti
serengeti
on the stage
legs spread like plague
and meanwhile lickle dave was going crazy in the rave
king is gone but he’s not forgotten
old black joe still picking cotton
for your ribbons and bows
just like everybody knows
so they froze like prose in the memory
singing

rah rah rah
we’re going to run the world
ha ha ha
we dont account to noone

and tonight

thank god its them
instead of you

(it’s not you
Woo!
it’s not you)

i couldnt think
of nothing worse to do

thank god it’s them
instead of you
(down on your knees to your deity
beg death on they families)

i couldn’t think
of nothing worse to do

now
as i recline with my big spliff
there’s nothin on my mind but christmas
cos this years nothing like last christmas
i’m getting a baby this christmas
an now i gotta worry bout the bonos of this word
fillin up his head with horror
(or her if it’s a girl)
thinkin how we train our babies
to believe in an omnipresent
all seeing judgemental god in exchange for presents
then level up to government
and popes
sounds like a joke huh
sounds like a very good plan
man, sound like a scam
so should i send my son to school to get shouted
and shitted on
give him a girls name like sue in that song
or give him kung fu
so he that can get through
balance and ting
like kids from shaolin
win!

and tonight

thank god its them
instead of you

(it’s not you
Woo!
it’s not you)

i couldnt think
of nothing worse to do

thank god it’s them
instead of you
(down on your knees to your deity
beg death on they families)

i couldn’t think
of nothing worse to do

what kind of god
demands applause for killing babies
sparing bono and his lady
driving home in their mecedes
with their shades on
dont let me stop you
p p pray on
you should write that down in crayon
im just sayin

i aint never seen nothin as sad as children
scrawling messages on bombs
to kill somebody’s sons
and daughters
bring your babies to the slaughter
let us celebrate
we’re yaweh’s chosen
ones
lets g g get it on
an party

and tonight

thank god its them
instead of you

(it’s not you
Woo!
it’s not you)

i couldnt think
of nothing worse to do

thank god it’s them
instead of you
(down on your knees to your deity
beg death on they families)

i couldn’t think
of nothing worse to do

— Monday, December 19th, 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

 

 

 

 

— Monday, December 19th, 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

— Monday, December 19th, 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

From Saturnalia Superman… Akira The Don’s amazing Christmas album

I don’t know how many songs me and Envy have done by this point. A lot. They’re all amazing. Who remembers I Love You? That song was a.ma…zing. I don’t even have it anymore. I lost when my main harddrive fell off a table in New York, along with a whole unreleased album. So it goes.

Nothing Lasts Forever, our new single, is obviously a modern classic. Right now it’s attacking national radio like a gorgeous, rabid, lovelorn puppy, an it’s heartbreaking video is storming internets charts all over the, um, internets.

Indeed. Envy and Akira The Don is a duo proven to do damage. And this, our Latest Thing, is the first one in which we’ve bust out the crooning. We’d been listening to R Kelly a lot before we made this. Envy was all like, OMFG, have you heard the “you remind me of my jeep one“? I actually hadn’t, somehow. What a revelation that was.

Anyway. I made this beat by accident while I was making another song. I came across the synth while I searching for a sound for  another song, and had to stop right there and record the progression that makes up the backbone of this song. GODDAMN! I said to my self. WHAT LUSH CRAZINESS IS THIS? I thanked my Gods, then embellished the thing. Some fingersnaps, some sleigh bells, boom. Littles was going to be on this, until he didn’t turn up they day we were gonna record it. He wanted to call it “The Naughty List”. It was always destined for rudeness. Envy and I wrote it together in about an hour, and all that stuff at the ned was comped down from one take in which Envy freestyled like a rowdy nightingale through some reverb and auto tune for about 6 and a half minutes. She finished demading, in song, “don’t do that thing with the cracker where you put your thumb over the middle so you can win you biiiiiitch don’t piss me ooooooofff! But me an iiii paaaaaaaad!” I cut that bit as I felt it went against the positive, non comercial vibe prevalent in the rest of the song.

Thing is, for all it’s lusty auto-tuned crooning and banter from Envy about choking people with fairylights (“you’ll like it! It’ll do you good!”), this song is glorious and touching and truly emotional (and amazing) because it has genuine heart and a deep rooted beauty borne out of true love in it. Notice how I don’t even start singing that hearwrenching “I can’t think of noting/that we have to do” bit ’till halfway through the fade-out. Notice it’s a two minute fade out. I put that in so the end doesn’t take you out of your zone when you’re making sweet love to it.

I know, right? I do this for you, because I care.

You can thank me by naming your child AKIRA THE DON if it’s a boy (all three words, thanks) or ENVY if it’s a girl.

PAX!

— Monday, December 19th, 2011