Purple Reign

art official age plectrumelectrum

U2 force-feeding Apple fans a copy of their new album? Pfft. Thom Yorke releasing new music via BitTorrent? Pah! If there’s any kick-ass move made by a musical maestro these past few weeks, it’s Prince’s canny decision to release TWO albums on the same day. Moreover, he’s only gone and given people the option to purchase them on a physical format (oh my!) both online and in record stores (maverick!).

Seriously though, it’s always a treat to get new grooves from His Royal Purpleness so a solo album, ‘Art Official Age’, and a collaboration with his live all-female backing band 3rdeyegirl, ‘Plectrumelectrum’, means autumn/winter 2014 are about to get a whole lot funkier.

Having caught the tiny god on his comeback tour in May, I can safely say that the new material was pretty jive. The Artist Formerly Known as Squiggly Symbol is never one to rest on his laurels so, although ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘Purple Rain’ inevitably proved the biggest moments of the night, it’s no surprise that new songs were strong too – and now we get to hear them again and again! Which album is YOUR fave so far??

Return of the Geek

So, May has been a month of game-changing gigs (thanks to Tori and His Royal Badness, Prince) and also ‘Office Space’-style trauma, where the day job has bled into the early evening and even the early hours.

mcgeek in may

But, alas, I am back to outgeek even myself with all the latest news, trailers, reviews and throwaway musings, such as today’s: there is only one Bank Holiday weekend left before Christmas. UGLY CRY.

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The King Prince Returns

Not only has Prince teased his first new material of 2013 this week (you can download new single ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ in full at his website), but the guy who used to be a symbol has now joined the denizens of Twitter.

Yup, Twitter geeks can now follow His Royalness online via the @3rdEyeGirl tag, which is all well and good, but you’d probably be better off sinking your ears into the delicious taster of the aforementioned single, which sounds like sex (as expected) and is as yummy as waffles at 8am.

He’s back, yo!