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Friday, December 12th, 2014

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So PC Music was by far my favourite label of 2014, and Hannah Diamond’s Attachment was my favourite ballad. Turns out Wade loved it all just as much as I did, so for our final remix of 2014, before we drop the mixtape on your asses next week, we gave it the peakwave treatment, and I even did a bit of singing, dragging in some bars from Pet Shop Boy’s immortal RENT, a track I’ve covered previously and considered a sort of spiritual twin slash boyfriend to Hannah Diamond’s song.

I hope you dig it! Get your free download in the format of your choice over here.

Meanwhile! I am finishing my backlog of Don Doodles today, and will be getting them in the post this afternoon. Get yours here while you still can!

It rained again in L.A. last night. I wasn’t expecting it, so I slept with the window open and woke up soaked. It was pretty amazing. And rare. The multifaceted reality of L.A. is slowly revealing itself to me. After happily walking 170 miles last month, have finally found that “you need a car in LA” thing to be factual. Left my phone in an Uber, and the guy who has it is an hour drive away… but its gonna take 5 hours on Public Transport. I am afraid to leave the house in case a piano hits me or I get shot by someone aiming at Suge Knight, these things always come in threes.

Ho ho. I jest. I am not superstitious, apart from when it comes to walking over drains, and things are going amazingly. 2015 is approaching bearing down on me like a runaway train, and I am ready, oh brother, oh sister, I am ready.

— Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

“Each time you vote, you support the process.”
Morrissey, 2014

My old man got some leaflet about voting for “hope” through the letterbox while I was staying with him. It had Billy Bragg and that chick who won the Mercury and bitched about it begging people to vote for anyone but Ukip, to vote not for “hate”, but for “hope”. Cos the most important thing to do right now is stuff some trolls to bursting whilst supporting the criminals actually in power who are actually looting the country, the system that keeps them there decade on decade, and the slippery scum who pretend to oppose them. What happened last time we voted for “hope” and those charlatan swine got in? OH YEAH WE INVADED SOME COUNTRIES FOR NO GOOD REASON AND THEY ABOLISHED GRANTS AND THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR GREW EVER VASTER LIKE SOME FUCKING OTOMO TUMOUR, WOO THAT’S SOME HOPE I CAN REALLY GET BEHIND! MORE OF THAT PLEASE! LET’S KEEP EVERYBODY BUSY TWEETING CRAPPY JUVENILE MEMES AND BICKERING AMONGST THEMSELVES ALONG THE ANCENT PARTY POLITICAL LINES OF THE PRESCRIBED AGENDA SO THE POSHO SCUM WHO HAVE ALWAYS LORDED IT ABOVE US MAY CONTINUE TO DO JUST THAT! HIGH FIVES ALL ROUND GENIUSES!

So no, I will not be leaving the house today, it is raining, and I have coffee already.

If you’re going out though, do remember to Put A Jumper On.

PS, Narstie says:

 

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ANTHEM

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

In which Rush were indicted into the “Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame”, and not a word was wasted.

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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From PressGazette:

The organisers of tonight’s Brit Awards for pop music appear to be asking journalists to guarantee coverage of sponsor MasterCard as the price of attending.

Before providing journalists with accreditation to attend the event House PR has asked journalists to agree to a number of requests about the coverage they will give it.

They have even gone as far as to draft Twitter messages which they would like journalists to send out – and asked that they include a mention of the marketing campaign #PricelessSurprise and @MasterCardUK.

Here’s the email that was sent to Telegraph Mandrake columnist Tim Walker:

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. As you know we’ve been in touch re. accreditation for the BRIT’s but just wanted to check in with you directly to confirm that you are happy with the below.

Firstly as part of our Priceless Surprise we are putting on cars to take guests directly to the awards – we will be booking your car to take both yourself and Katy from the office at 4:30pm. Are you happy with these details?

In addition – in return for this ticket we would like to ask that you agree to the following…

Social media support from both publication and personal Twitter feed

Pre event – e.g. Really excited to be heading down to @BRITAwards tonight with @MasterCardUK #PricelessSurprises

Event night – live tweeting from the event including @MasterCardUK handle and #PricelessSurprises and to retweet @MasterCardUK tweets throughout the night where appropriate

Post event – tweet directing followers to @MasterCardUK BRITs YouTube videos

Pre-event coverage of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprise video edits with either Laura Mvula, Kylie Minogue and/or Pharrell Williams – to include full credit for MasterCardUK and #PriclessSurprises

All features to be pushed on publications social feeds – to include @MasterCardUK and #PricelessSurprises

MasterCard inclusion in post event write-up (print and online) including #PriclessSurprises hashtag and somethingforthefans.co.uk URL

Post event write up presence on publication homepage (where possible)

Inclusion of MasterCard branded event night images in post event piece

Post event – coverage support for MasterCard music activity in 2014 (Beyonce & JT)

The email concludes:

We are really looking forward for you to join us at the awards with us on Wednesday and if you could let us know you are happy with all the above that would be great

Please let us know if you have any further questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Tim Walker told Press Gazette: “If they are going down that route they should really take out an advertisement.

“Going to the extent of drafting you a pro-forma Twitter message shows the extent to which Twitter is being polluted by all this sort of stuff.

“A lot of people on Twitter aren’t all that up on journalistic ethics. The sad thing is that a lot of journalists now haven’t perhaps been up through local papers and may not realise that this sort of thing isn’t ethical.”

Press Gazette has asked House PR for a comment.

However, some journalists have already started using the agreed hashtag. Here are some of the best…

Check those out here.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

BAHAHAHAHAHA. Thank you shred dudes. What a great and thoroughly modern artform you have mastered.

Rah though, having never heard a single One Direction song in my life that I know of – this was the first time I ever even SAW the weird lil buggers, outside of the odd tabloid cover that krept into my peripheral vision whilst out amongst the newsracks – tell em, is this one of their actual songs, or did the shredders make it up?

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014