Prince Track by Track: “Dead on It”

Prince Track by Track: “Dead on It”

(Featured Image: “Master Rapper” Barney Rubble, an MC at least slightly wacker than Prince circa 1987; photo stolen from Overthinking It.)

I’ve been trying to squeeze in at least one guest spot on Darren Husted’s Prince: Track by Track podcast per album, and for The Black Album I couldn’t resist taking on what is arguably its goofiest track, “Dead on It.” Listen to Darren and I dissect Prince’s skills on the mic here:

Prince Track by Track: “Dead on It”

I’ll be posting another podcast–one of my own–by the end of the week, then it’s off to Minneapolis!

Surprise, Dystopian Dance Party is Out!

Yesterday I sent the first physical issue of Dystopian Dance Party, the magazine I create with my sister Callie, to the press. I initially tried to share a preview of the page layout, but apparently the service we’re using doesn’t allow that without it being listed for sale on their storefront; so, what the fuck, you can now order our inaugural Prince issue a week earlier than planned!

If any readers out there are wondering why I haven’t been posting much lately, this is pretty much your answer. We put a lot of work into the magazine, and I hope that shows in the results. Included is work by myself and Callie, obviously, but also poets (including friend of the blog Jane Clare Jones!), artists (9T99, Jonathan Caustrita, Purple Project, and more), and even an honest-to-goodness spiritual medium. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be: eclectic, slightly irreverent, and unlike any other Prince tribute on the market.

For those interested in a digital copy, those will be available next week at a slightly reduced price (I’m thinking $6.99). And if you happen to be in Minneapolis next week for the Prince from Minneapolis conference and/or Celebration 2018, I’ll have about 50 extra copies for sale at $9 each!

You guys know I hate sounding too sales-pitchy, but I really am proud of this and want to get it into the hands of as many people as possible. I’ll be back to giving away my work for free soon, I promise!

Prince Track by Track: “Papa”

Prince Track by Track: “Papa”

(Featured Image: Prince’s funereal cover for Come, 1994; photo by Terry Gydesen, © Warner Bros.)

Allow me to begin this post with a few simple facts: when I first started guesting on Darren Husted’s chronological Prince: Track by Track podcast last September, I had just started writing about 1980’s Dirty Mind, and Darren was in the middle of 1985’s Around the World in a Day. Now, a little more than six months later, I’m a few tracks away from starting 1981’s Controversy, and Darren is over halfway through Come from nineteen-fucking-ninety-four. Whatever, it’s not a race, etc. Here’s us talking about “Papa,” one of the weirdest, toughest listens in Prince’s body of work:

Prince Track by Track: “Papa”

As we all know, April is a big month in the Prince world, so I’m hoping to kick d / m / s / r back into high gear pretty soon. Keep your eye out for more updates!

Dystopian Dance Party Issue 1 Kickstarter is Up!

Dystopian Dance Party Issue 1 Kickstarter is Up!

(Featured Image: Cover art for Dystopian Dance Party Issue 1 by Nazzpuller.)

Last November I announced the next stage of my and my sister Callie’s joint venture, Dystopian Dance Party: a physical magazine, the first issue of which–because we know where our interests lie and on what side our bread is buttered–will be dedicated to art and writing inspired by the music of Prince. Well, we’re now ready to roll out the next phase of the project: a Kickstarter to gauge interest and maybe even keep me from putting myself into (more) credit card debt!

The magazine will feature art by Callie, a.k.a. Nazzpuller, and writing by yours truly. One of the articles I have planned is an essay and accompanying playlist about Prince’s New Wave music: sort of a companion piece/introduction to my forthcoming chapter in Prince and the Minneapolis Sound. Our $100-level Kickstarter reward also includes the option to commission me to write a short essay on a subject of your choosing; so, if you’ve been dying for that close reading of Tony M’s rap from “Jughead,” now is your moment! And for those out there who like to read words by people other than me, I can disclose that we received some great submissions, including a poem by friend of the blog Jane Clare Jones that is as funny and beautifully written as I’m sure you expect it to be.

You can check out the Kickstarter–we’re already 25% of the way to our funding goal!–here:

I already say this on the Kickstarter page, but I will say it again here because it bears repeating: I do not expect to make a profit off this. At best, I’d love to be able to pay some of our contributors; at better than best, it would be great to get a head start on funding for Issue 2. I know there’s a lot of rancor in the fan community, warranted and otherwise, about people trying to make a buck off of Prince’s legacy; that ain’t me. We’re independent artists with no startup capital who want to do something cool and maybe even get fairly compensated for our labor in the process–I think that’s something Prince, of all people, would understand.

Anyway, please do take a look, and if you can’t support the project financially, share it! The magazine is coming out April 17, whether we’re funded or not; but Callie is working on some cool rewards that won’t be available anywhere else, so you might as well get in on the ground floor!

In the meantime, I’ll be back to d / m / s / r soon–hopefully by the end of the week. Thanks for indulging me as I continue to give myself more unprofitable side projects than any one human should reasonably have.