Merry Gifmass Don Ami!
Enjoy this fine Gifmass Card, courtesy of me, Akira The Don!
PAX ON EARTH!
So I had a lovely of day hanging out with sharks and manta rays and OD-ing on ice cream in central London with my wife and sisterinlaw and five year old niece, then I returned home in the early evening (to a very warm house, as we’d accidentally left the heating on, for which I was briefly very thankful) with no time to edit a whole video, as planned for today’s Advent Gift, so, instead, I took to the internets and asked my good good people to suggest something Christmassy to draw specially. And so, the work of art you see above was boen, from this Facebook message by Alexander Shakles:
I followed the instructions pretty much to the letter, apart from the winking, which I forgot about until too late. I painted the whole thing with my Wacom DTF 510 in Photoshop, as my Manga Studio has stopped working correctly with the tablet for some reason.
And remember! For a limited time, you can purchase your very own hand drawn Don Doodle, drawn by me and my hand, in the ATD Xmas shop for a mere £5! Jollity abounds!
Tune in tomorrow, when we will bear witness to the mighty rebirth of the Nothing Lasts Forever video, and the first-birth of its accompanying digital single bundle release…
I just watched Thundercats HO! – The Movie. It was pretty flipping badass.
Beautiful art by YOU! For full credits and big versions (well, as big as I got sent) visit http://www.akirathedon.com/image/. Send your fan art to akirathedon at gmail.com.
The music is Fin With Science, which you can find on my compilation LP, Living In The Future
Details on the drawing, and pictures of the sketches here.
Akira The Don VS CCHG – Happy When it Snows
From ATD20 Jan 29th 2010.
I think might have been the most fun I’ve had drawing this comic strip so far. Thanks for the opportunity gang!
Happy When it Snows, then. Do any of you know who CCHG are? Because I do not! I came across this amazing piece of music perusing Vice Magazine’s new flash player on their website. I was looking at flash players that morning, and happened upon Vice’s. The second song I heard was Chinaman Pappa by CCHG – it was perfect. Southern styled 808 drums married to music that sounded like tragic Georgio Moroder dreamscapes. Descending chords. I put it on repeat, sat in my chair by the window, rolled myself a zoot, opened the window, and wrote the song there and then, as snowflakes drifted into the room and mingled with the smoke. It was magical.
So shout out whoever play-listed the Vice flash player, and shout out CCHG, whoever you are. Thank you for the music. Oh, and shout out Sun On The Sand, who had it on their lovely site earlier this week.
Rah then. NEWS.
As I type, Chilly Gonzales and Andrew W.K. are in New York being told what to do by a video recording of me.
And what am I telling them?
Here’s a transcript of my message:
Hi Chilly. Hi Andrew. Hi people of New York. Yes it is true, I am British personality and Some Kind Of rapper Akira The Don. You might remember me from such epic piano battles as Chilly Gonzales VS Andrew WK, held in this very venue last September.
Yes, I judged that battle. And, to my eternal regret, I publicly declared Gonzales the victor.
You see, GONZALES WAS NOT THE VICTOR.
Indeed. Now, myself and the International Piano Battle Judging Scholars For Truth have reviewed the videos and interviewed the principals, and it seems Gonzales , while he was not technically cheating, is not entitled to claim the throwing of a gold chain as a musical gesture – it was clearly intended to destabilize his opponent.
As such , the battle is declared null and void, and a a Piano Battle Rematch will be held in Europe this fall.
Moreover, until the rematch, any collaborations between Gonzales and Andrew WK must include Gonzales in the subservient role of piano accompanist and ONLY that.
Gonzo, you stole a moment of potential glory from Andrew in his hometown. By the power vested in me, I demand that, painful as it might be, you suppress your ego… and gave something back.
So there you go. Andrew and Gonzo performed three songs at Joe’s Pub last night, with Gonz playing the subservient pianist to Andrew’s heroic frontman. Meanwhile, The Rematch will happen somewhere in Europe, this coming Autumn.