“I love a success story. But even more than a success story? I like a ‘dude who fucks his life up and then gets it together again’ story.”
That was one of the first Joe Rogan quotes I wanted to turn into a song, for as long as I remember being aware of it, yet for reasons known only to the gods, it did not make the beloved debut Joe Rogan Meaningwave LP, Experience, and instead lay dormant, patiently waiting for its time.
That time came in the Spring of ‘23, when I was finishing MEANINGWAVE MASTERPIECES IV, and had a very specific tone missing. I was poring through my goliath MEANINGWAVE IDEAS spreadsheet, clicking on video and podcast clips, when a voice suddenly instructed me to leave that blessed spreadsheet be, and visit a part of a hard drive that had remained undisturbed for many years. I listened to the voice, as I have learned to do, and navigated to a dusty, light-starved sector of one of my hard drives, where lay a folder that was the first draft of what would become that Joe Rogan LP. And lo, there it lay:
JOE ROGAN MY FAVOURITE STORIES EPIC NUKE SONG
I opened the thing, and it was as if a bright light beamed forth from my monitor, like The Argonauts Golden Fleece, like that suitcase in Pulp Fiction. There was the sample, in all its glory, and within about half a dreamlike hour the song had taken form - the chords, bass, some strings, a rough guitar part, the chorus melody. I excitedly sent the thing to my guitarist to replay my rough parts and moved my attention, and that ever increasingly powerful musical momentum straight on to the next song (which you’ll hear next week), forgetting about JOE ROGAN MY FAVOURITE STORIES EPIC NUKE SONG, until the guitar parts returned, upon which point I was able to listen to it as if for the first time, which I did, with a great big smile on my face, for it was just as I had imagined all those years hence.
Enjoy this fine MEANINGWAVE release and all the fine MEANINGWAVE releases that are coming your way, every week, for the foreseeable future… MEANINGWAVE MASTERPIECES IV drops on June 2nd, and after that, the hits will KEEP COMING, by Jove, for multiple records are in what smart people throughout time have referred to cryptically as The Can, and I am executing daily on their noble successors, in the makeshift glory of my Mexican Air B&B studio, as all the while my first proper studio in years emerges from the shadows…
LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
Akira The Don
Don Studios Playa Del Carmen MKII, May 2023
ELSEWHERE IN THE MU!
STREAM: I’m joining Commie Mark, Aydin Paladin, RenieDraws and Lofti Pixels for a live streamed game of RISK tonight, which should be fun, as I don’t remember how to play Risk.
MIXTAPE: THE HERO’S STORY: A Zelda Meaningwave mixtape drops tonight!
Timelapse of me drawing my new avatar
Tools: Procreate on iPad with Apple Pencil
Own the NFT at https://opensea.io/akirathedon !
“THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED…”
At last! It is time!
Crystalizing the wisdom of Frank Herbert’s Duniverse into a single-hour-long, sixteen-track epic musical explosion…
Four years in the making!
Recorded on multiple continents!
With vocals from beloved personality and Dune authority Danika XIX, and vocals and production from I, Akira The Don.
DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY is both a diamond-hard distillation of the wisdom of the ages, a timeless and futuristic cosmic space trap rock opera, and a summing up of the first 5 years of Meaningwave, as concise as it is anthemic.
You can stream on your platform of choice (https://go.meaningwave.com/DUNEWAVEODYSSEY), download the digital album here now (https://akirathedon.bandcamp.com/album/dunewave-odyssey), and you can also, ...
Brothers and sisters! It is time!
Tonight, we proudly present to you… after four years in the making, the hour-long, sixteen-track opus, based on the works of legendary author Frank Herbert…
We shall be gathering together to listen to the record for the first time at 9PM EST right here.
SEE YOU THERE!
LOVE! TO! YOU! AND! YOUR! FAMILY!
Akira The DonDon Studios Playa Del Carmen MKII, September 2023
STREAM & DOWNLOAD: https://go.meaningwave.com/BALANCEDJUDGEMENT
MEANINGWAVE VINYL: https://www.meaningwave.com/collections/vinyl
“DO NOT GIVE SOMEONE A STICK TO BEAT YOU WITH.”
BALANCED JUDGMENT (https://go.meaningwave.com/BALANCEDJUDGEMENT) is the latest single from the forthcoming DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY, and the last before it drops next week!
An intergalactic space trap anthem and meditation on the terrors of the prisons man builds for himself.
“CODES AND MANUALS
CREATE PATTERNED BEHAVIOR.
ALL PATTERNED BEHAVIOR
TENDS TO GO UNQUESTIONED,
GATHERING DESTRUCTIVE MOMENTUM.”
Lyrics adapted from Frank Herbert’s DUNE novels.
And that leaves us with just A WEEK till the DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY album releases!
You can preorder the digital album here now, and you can also get… FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ...