In retrospect this is one of my favourite bits of the whole Manga Music project. It is fucking HARD. I went flipping wild boar on the subs and drums. Jeres did the damn thing on that guitar. Can’t remember why I didn’t rap on it. I think I wanted to let it breathe . Until Jack’s bit, which is straight up amazing.
“Clockwork killers and tick tocking gorillas…”
Tonight! London! Walthamstow! Akira The Don & DK Jack Nimble live! With special guests! Also playing, Polar Bear, Barberossa and the Melting Ice Caps!
You heard that correctly brothers and sisters! In just a fortnight, me and DJ Jack Nimble will be returning to the arena of LIVE after a three month sabbatical to play righteous jams and party like it’s 2011. WHICH IT IS!
Also playing are Barbarossa, The Melting Ice Caps and my buddy POLARBEAR!
It’s for CHARITY!
DAMN HOMIE YOU’D BE A DUCK TO MISS THIS!
Let me hand the mike over to the organisers (who didn’t ask me to play until after they’d made the flyer or something, hence me not being on it, yeah right nice excuse etc.):
On Wednesday October the 19th 2011 Music Like Dirt is organising a charity concert as part of Oxfam’s month long “Oxjam Festival“. All proceeds from the night will go to help Oxfam’s work and some of my favourite bands and musicians have kindly agreed to play. There are styles to suit all tastes, from indie to pop, to hip-hop to electronic soul…So great music, great cause… its a win win!
Ahead of his 11 night run at Camden’s Roundhouse, the highly acclaimed PolarBear will be bringing his beguiling mix of spoken word and hip hop to Walthamstow. Barbarossa aka James Mathe performed a session for Music Like Dirt earlier in the year, and his gorgeous track “Stones” recently featured in US Series “How I Met Your Mother“. Blessed with a gorgeous voice and a knack for tying lovely melodies to melancholic lo-fi electronics, he’ll be playing a stripped down set. One not to miss.
Also on the bill are MLD favourites, The Melting Ice Caps with tales of love, loss and betrayal courtesy of lead singer David Shah. Reminiscent of the great English lyricists, Heaton, Tennant, Morrissey… able to craft intelligent, witty lyrics but with a slice of pop to embed them in your brain.
Knitting it all together will be the one man multimedia empire Akira The Don who’ll be performing as well as hosting the evening.
Can’t make it along but still like to support our fundrasing efforts?
There’s a Justgiving page which gives extra cash to Oxfam if you’re a UK taxpayer - OXJAM WALTHAMSTOW JUSTGIVING.
You can also donate via text message:
Text HQJB81 followed by the amount to the number: 70070 – eg to give £1 text “HQJB81£1″ to 70070. You wont incur any extra charge for the text.
The Standard Music Venue is literally across the road from Blackhorse Road tube station, 20 minutes from Oxford Circus on the Victoria Line (or close to St James Street Station for those coming from Liverpool Street on the train).
So, this past week I have bene consolidating the contents of my three PC harddrives onto one large harddrive that I can use on my Macbook Pro, and my Macbook Pro’s Bootcamped Windows alterego, meaning I have access to my 7 year sound, art and video archive (I have also, for the first time ever, got separate drive automatically backing everything up, thanks to the Mac’s super easy and visually gorgeous Time Machine thing). In doing so I discovered a ton of amazing historical video footage. Like Narstie and Littles fighting over a carton of juice. And me getting mobbed by zombies. And the footage you can see above: Me, DJ Jack Nimble, Marvin The Martian, Dego Brown and Jeres guesting on John Kennedy’s XFM show in 2006, with Tego Sigel strapped to the camera. Richard Bacon was cowering in terror down the hallway, but I ran into him in the corridor afterwards and he expressed his admiration. It was dope day all round. Aside from BOOM!, I think we did Oh! and a cover of Chris de Burgh’s Borderline. We went straight from the session to do a gig at the Barfly, I think.
Anyway. I hope you enjoy it. I sure did. It’s weird to hear how much my voice has changed over the years. And what vocal tics I still have, and which I have left behind.
Speaking of THE PAST, we saw Super 8 last night. Now, I am not saying it was a horrible experience or anything, but it was basically the film equivalent of Ocean Colour Scene. Or Beady Eye. Basically a rose-tinted attempted recreation of 80s kids adventure flicks like The Goonies and E.T. It got me wondering whether JJ Abrams and Geoff Johns (who to the uninitiated is a comics writer who’s spent the last few years trying to make the DC universe look like it was when he was a kid) have ever been seen in the same room. As you now, I’m all for referencing the past to create something new (like Zef’s amazing teletext referencing online CV, which he serendipitously just sent me), but recreating the past to, um, recreate the past seems pretty pointless to me. These people seem to confuse fond childhood memories with some kind of artistic golden age, which they spend their careers trying to recreate, and it really is all the rage these days. Hollywood’s doing it, the record industry’s doing it, even rap music is no longer immune to this plague of nostagia-as-real-art buffoonery (HAI Cool Kids, Freddie Gibbs, etc).
But never mind that old nonsense. When we got out of the cinema we discovered that my little brother’s baby, initially scheduled for release a week ago, had been born. Joy to the future!