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:
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:
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!
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.
Well, folks, it’s another week, so I guess that means another 15 minutes of me and Darren Husted talking about Prince. The subject this time around is another of my favorite B-sides, 1983’s “Irresistible Bitch”:
I know content has been scarce around these parts lately, but we should be back in business by next week! In the meantime, watch this space for more information about another one of my seemingly endless Prince-related projects.