Three albums? Homosexual Bible studies? Prince you stole all of my New Year’s resolutions. According to a 12/31 post on the LA Times blog, in which Ann Powers gets the “Golden Ticket” of an invite to Prince’s Mulholland Drive mansion, the tiny (bat)dancer has lots of interesting things going on in his life. In other news, it’s 2009. Prince invited the journo over to hear all the new music he’s working on, which is so much. Also the journo found out how much Prince enjoys reading the good book with gay people, which is also so much. We recently got a listen at a few “guitar-heavy” new Prince tunes, which it turns out was just the tip, Prince likes to give just the tip. Here’s what Ann Powers had to say:
Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He’s in final negotiations with “a major retailer” to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He’s not working with a record label. “The gatekeepers have to change,” he said several times throughout the evening.
In describing the records, the Times says the first disc, tentatively titled MPLSOUND, “is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios” using Pro Tools and other experimental recording techniques. It’s got Q-Tip on a song. Another song-set’s called Lotus Flower, it’s the “guitar-heavy” one, all solos and riffs, with a song inspired by comedian Dick Gregory.
Finally, about that apparently Prop 8-supporting New Yorker quote that all y’all commented on, not only did Prince not vote for the Prop, but also he’s still upset about being mischaracterized:
The controversy over a recent New Yorker “Talk of the Town” item, which Prince feels implied he supported the gay-marriage ban, has upset him. It’s the first thing he wanted to discuss when the Web geeks had gone and we were alone. “I have friends that are gay and we study the Bible together,” he said. He added that two sides fighting “only benefit the third person” who instigated the fight.
Cool. New fight: “Web geeks”? That is Us, but only We get to call Us that. The third-person instigator here is Ann Powers, a woman calling people “web geeks” via blog post, awesome.
Anyway — happy new year everybody! Nice to be back.