Entries tagged with: Beastie Boys
Ad-Rock at MoMA last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In case you aren't caught up with the toy company GoldieBlox vs Beastie Boys drama, they posted an video/ad (which has since been taken down) which repurposed the Beasties' song "Girls" as a feminist anthem for young girls, advocating the idea that girls can create whatever they want and not be forever subject to all things pretty, pink, and princess.
In the lyrics of the Beastie Boys' song entitled Girls, girls are limited (at best) to household chores, and are presented as useful only to the extent they fulfill the wishes of the male subjects. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video takes direct aim at the song both visually and with a revised set of lyrics celebrating the many capabilities of girls. Set to the tune of Girls but with a new recording of the music and new lyrics, girls are heard singing an anthem celebrating their broad set of capabilities--exactly the opposite of the message of the original. They are also shown engaging in activities far beyond what the Beastie Boys song would permit. GoldieBlox created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.The Beastie Boys didn't see eye to eye with that response, arguing that parody or not, the video was still used as an advertisement, and the group strictly prohibits the use of their songs in advertisements. In an open letter to GoldieBlox, they wrote:
Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.Now, GoldieBlox have responded with their own open letter, saying that they are "ready to stop the lawsuit":
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song "Girls" had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.
Dear Adam and Mike,Beastie Boy Ad-Rock just DJed the Body/Head show at MoMA last week (11/21) as a last-minute replacement for his wife Kathleen Hanna. He'll also be at the upcoming Champagne Jerry show at Joe's Pub on December 7, the next date of CJ's monthly series at the venue (tix).
We don't want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
When we made our parody version of your song, 'Girls', we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren't too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It's been incredible to watch.
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
We don't want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox
Watch the GoldieBlox "Girls" video (reposted by someone else) below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Body/Head / Kim Gordon & Ad-Rock
Kim Gordon's current band Body/Head continued their marathon of local shows at MoMA last night (11/21), following the IPR benefit they played last week. It was one of MoMA's PopRally series, and was quite the audio/visual experience, that included Kim going into the crowd with her guitar at one point. As always, Body/Head were noisy and dissonant, and as you might say, ferociously, beautifully inspiring. Kathleen Hanna was supposed to DJ, but she was replaced at the last minute by her husband/Beastie Boy Ad Rock due to illness. Fittingly, Ad Rock's DJ set included a Bikini Kill song. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Pictures from MoMA continue below...
Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
Kathleen Hanna isn't feeling well, so her husband Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock will be filling in for her as DJ at MoMA's Pop Rally event tonight (11/21). Kim Gordon's group Body/Head also performs and tickets are still on sale.
You can still catch Kathleen soon though, but on the big screen, when "The Punk Singer" opens in theaters on 11/29 (maybe you caught the documentary as part of Doc NYC). Ad-Rock is also featured prominently in the film, and even filmed a scene.
It's not all DJing, movies and bass playing for Ad-Rock these days though. The former Beastie Boy reportedly also raps a few verses on a forthcoming track called "Yo Kev" that he co-wrote with rapper and performance artist Champagne Jerry who he has been collaborating with lately.
"CHAMPAGNE JERRY also known as Neal Medlyn is, by far, the greatest rapper in the world. He likes snacks, books, sexual intercourse, and rhyming."If you don't know, now you know. Listen to "Tampa Realness" below - the track "was written by Champagne Jerry (lyrics) and Adam Ad Rock Horovitz (music) with additional production and mixing by Max Tannone. It is dedicated to the city of Tampa and all things neon, Four Loko, and teal. Adam wrote the beat on a plane to Hawaii, CJ wrote the lyrics on a bus in Brooklyn." Stay tuned for "Yo Kev".
"Tampa Realness" and "Yo Kev" will appear on Champagne Jerry's album For Real You Guys which is being rolled out one single at a time, and one monthly show in NYC at Joe's Pub at a time. The next show is December 7th and Ad-rock will be in the house, like he has been for many intimate shows at Joe's Pub in the past, sometimes with Bridget Everett who is also a Champagne Jerry collaborator, as is Carmine Covelli (who is in both Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin and Bridget Everett's band the Tender Moments) and Max Tannone (whose credits include Jaydiohead).
Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments next play Joe's Pub on 12/11 and 12/12.
Champagne Jerry music and videos below....
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
Frances Yauch and Ad-Rock at park rechristening (via @ascap_music)
Palmetto Playground on Columbia Street in Brooklyn Heights was officially rechristened Adam Yauch Park this morning in a ceremony attended by Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Frances Yauch, the mother of Adam (aka MCA) who died on May 4, 2012.
There's a MCA Day celebration at Littlefield on Saturday (5/4). Video from the Adam Yauch Park rechristening, and a few more pictures, are below.
In honor of Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, who passed away last year, Brooklyn's Palmetto Playground on Columbia Street in Brooklyn Heights will be renamed after him. The New York Post reports:
Beastie Boys fans fought for the right to rename a Brooklyn Heights playground after the group's late founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch -- and won.The renaming ceremony takes place this Friday (5/3) at 11 AM, and the two remaining members of the Beastie Boys, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond, are expected to be in attendance. The ceremony happens the day before the free 'MCA Day' at Littlefield which happens on the one year anniversary of his death (5/4). The flyer for MCA Day is below.
City officials and members of the legendary hip-hop band are expected to gather Friday at Palmetto Playground on State Street for a ceremonial renaming in honor of the Brooklyn Heights native, sources said. The site will be called "Adam Yauch Playground."
The movement to rename the park grew out of a post last year on the Brooklyn Heights Blog that gained steam on Facebook. At first, fans pushed to have nearby Squibb Park renamed in Yauch's honor, but Brooklyn Heights residents said such a name change would dishonor pharmaceutical giant Edward Robinson Squibb. Squibb opened his first lab where Squibb Park now sits at Middagh Street.
Fans then pushed for the renaming of Palmetto Playground and were met with little opposition.
In related news, Mike D and Ad-Rock are also working on a Beastie Boys memoir, according to The New York Times. It will be edited by hip hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and is due out in 2015 via Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau (who also published Jay-Z's "Decoded").
Beastie Boys' video for "Sabotage" and MCA Day flyer below...
Flying Lotus at LPR in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flying Lotus, whose great Until the Quiet Comes has been getting the credit it deserves on year-end lists by NME, Uncut, NPR, and Pitchfork, just made a list of his top ten films that have Criterion Collection editions. The whole list with commentary is on Criterion's website but you can see his picks below.
In related news, Flying Lotus' rap alter-ego Captain Murphy recently tweeted that he'll be in Austin this March for SXSW 2013. This announcement comes after SXSW's own recent announcement of artists which included Rhye, Savages, Flatbush Zombies, Deap Vally, Angel Haze, and more.
Flying Lotus' list below...
Mike D & Sam Talbot working a grill in the Rockaways (cheftalbot20)
Thanks to Richard Young for pointing us to this picture of Beastie Boy Mike D helping out on his 46th birthday in Rockaway Beach yesterday (11/20). If you'd also like to help out Occupy Sandy in the Rockaways, head to their website for more information.
still from 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'
To help benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief, Brooklyn Bowl and Oscilloscope Laboratories are teaming up to present a benefit tonight (11/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with screenings of Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited and LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits with "full concert sound." Admission is pay what you like with a suggested $10 donation. Every $5 donated gets you a raffle ticket for prizes and giveaways from Oscilloscope Labs and Brooklyn Bowl. Canned food and household goods will be collected at the show too. The Fight For Your Right Revisted video and the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits are below.
Another benefit you can attend tonight is the open mic at The Bell House, which is back open after being closed due to a blown transformer yesterday. All proceeds (financial donations only) will go to the American Red Cross. The open mic runs from 6 - 8 PM.
Brooklyn Bowl is also hosting a benefit with Gary Clark Jr. on Tuesday.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Blondie @ State Theatre - 10/2/12
Anarchy symbols, peace signs, skulls, and other images lit up the high walls and ceilings of Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (10/7) as Blondie came out for their third NYC area show (and final date) of the tour they'd been on since September. Debbie Harry, at 67 years young, was looking as great as ever decked out in sparkling black sunglasses, a metallic silver coat, and bleach blonde hair to go with her sharp attitude, sleek dance moves, and a very in-tact voice. Debbie was joined on stage by original members Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), and the lineup is rounded out by the more recently added Leigh Foxx (bass), Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboards), and Tommy Kessler (guitar), the latter of who looks like he wants to be a frontman and could've chilled with the Van Halen solos (though a chunk of the crowd seemed to love it). But that aside, the whole band was on point and still ageless in spirit.
In 2011, Blondie put their finishing touches on Panic of Girls, their first full length since 2003, so it wasn't a surprise that they chose to play a number of songs from that record. And don't get me wrong, Panic of Girls is a solid effort and the songs sounded good at the show, but of course the real treats came from the old singles. At under an hour and a half, my only complaint about the set is that I would have liked to hear more, but we still got a handful of crowd pleasers like "Dreaming," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and others. At the end of the rap-inspired "Rapture," they worked in a portion of fellow NYC legends Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," which they've been doing all tour (on past tours they've done it with "Fight For Your Right"). Debbie worked the crowd the whole show, especially doing so on "One Way or Another," for which she got everyone clapping and put the mic in the audience for the crowd to chant the song's title.
Unfortunately, none of the northeast shows on the tour were with Devo, who joined Blondie on most of the September shows (we did catch that tour in Austin though). This leg of the tour also hit the NYC area last Tuesday (10/2) at New Brunswick's State Theatre on Thursday (10/4) at Staten Island's St. George Theatre. The pictures in this post are from the State Theatre show, which The Smithereens opened. (No pics from the Capitol Theatre show but you can see some shots of the great looking newly renovated venue from Regina Spektor's show last week.) Though the public dates on the tour are over, as mentioned, Blondie will perform a YouTube Presents concert from the Google offices in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) at 4 PM, which will stream live on YouTube.
More pics from the State Theatre show (setlist written on a drum head included) and a video of Blondie doing "Rapture/No Sleep Til Brooklyn" in Houston are below...
Beach House @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Mickey Factz, Quest @ SOB's
* The Miracle Project @ 92YTribeca
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Arrington de Dionyso @ The Stone
* private Polica show at Pianos
* Cola Jet Set, The Pernnials @ Cake Shop
* Beth Orton, Selah Sue @ Joe's Pub
* Beach House, Zomes @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sea of Bees, The Loom @ Mercury Lounge
* Matana Roberts, Ches Smith @ The Stone
* Jon Benjamin @ Comic Book Club live @ Pianos
* Bowmont, Night Panther, Joywave @ Pianos
* Ramblin' Jack Elliott @ Highline Ballroom
* Chris Gethard, Broad City, more @ Union Hall
* James Morrison, Honeyhoney @ Webster Hall
* The Maine, Lydia, Arkells @ Santos Party House
* Regina Spektor, Only Son @ United Palace Theatre
* Man Forever, Colin L. Orchestra, Nymph @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Charalambides, Decimus, Tom Carter, Pigeons @ Death By Audio
* Mares of Thrace, Batillus, Sky Burial, Mortals @ Saint Vitus
* Power Trip, Reign Supreme, Brain Slug, Crushed @ The Acheron
* Rustie, Mess Kid, Kilo Kish, Spaceghostpurrp @ Santos Party House
* Japanther, Night Manager, Wild Yaks, EULA @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Leda, Young Unknowns, Emerald Lakes, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* The Hundred in the Hands, Erika Spring, Vorhees, Jacques Renault @ Glasslands
* Doe Paoro, Cat Martino, Shenandoah and the Night, Steel Phantoms @ Cameo Gallery
* Imaginary Cities, HITS (formerly Jump into the Gospel), Magic Wands @ Mercury Lounge
* Kristen Schaal, Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, Liam McEneaney @ The Bell House
* Weasel Walter, Elliott Sharp, Water Towers, Ashcan Orchestra, Turner Williams @ Zebulon
Check out some kids doing Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" in tribute to MCA, below...
Man Man at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Though we already knew that Man Man was heading to the NYC area for a show at Maxwell's on June 4th (tickets still on sale), the previously announced tour left out one key date which is now announced: June 5th at Brooklyn Bowl with Diamond Doves, a show that is FREE with RSVP or only $5 without.
Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, the club which recently hosted Jonathan Toubin's return party and has an upcoming Levon Helm tribute scheduled, will be paying tribute to MCA this evening with a screening, on all HD screens with full concert sound, of "AWESOME: I F*CKIN' SHOT THAT!". There will also be a special Beastie Boys tribute AV performance by Eclectic Method. It's free, and continues to be free if you stick around to see Questlove DJ ($8 if you show up after 10pm).
Brazilian Girls, whose Tuesday, 6/19 Brooklyn Bowl show is already listed as "limited admissions at door" have added a 2nd date at the club happening one day earlier. Tickets for the 6/18 Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale at noon.
Man Man is currently working on their new record, though no status on the progress thus far. Until then, be on the look out for some new tunes at the dates below.
Following Ad Rock's lead, Mike D posted a message and picture of his own to the Beastie Boys Facebook and blog...
I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it's huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it's heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.He included the above picture from inside Madison Square Garden which is a nice accompaniment to our previously posted picture from outside MSG.
In related news, someone posted video of the entire benefit show the Beastie Boys played at Hiro Ballroom in 2006. Watch below...
as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all ourThat picture and message was posted to the Beastie Boys blog by Adam Horovitz on Sunday evening, two days after the band heartbreakingly confirmed MCA's death.
friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support.
i'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.
The high profile and on-stage tributes continued on Friday night and throughout the weekend. You saw what Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry! did, as well as the message that Thom Yorke posted, and tributes by Madison Square Garden, the Mets, Rusko, A-Trak, the Mets and more. Check out even more below...
"NEW YORK LOVES AND WILL NEVER FORGET MCA." - El-P
Madison Square Garden pays tribute to Adam (pic via)
Like Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry!, and Thom Yorke, many, many artists and institutions have been paying tribute to Adam Yauch in their own way, More videos from last night below....
Entitled "Dot Connectors", this message was posted to Radiohead.com today:
I was very sad to hear the news of Adam Yauch's death yesterday.Check out videos of some bands remembering MCA from stage last night.
We looked up to the Beastie Boys a lot when we were starting out and how they maintained artistic control making wicked records but still were on a major label, and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts they organized had a very big influence on me personally and the way Adam conducted himself and dealt with it all impressed me a lot. He was a mellow and v smart guy. May he rest in peace.
On another note check this out> people connecting the dots of our weird weather patterns, though the climate change deniers still frantically shout their voice is getting quieter. climate dots around the world
and some music..
1. Kurduli Hidjazkiar Taxim Kementchedi Alecco Open Strings
2. Blue Horizon Sidney Bechet The Ultimate Collection
3. Too Polite Feat. Louis Vines Throwing Snow
4. When the Ship Comes In Bob Dylan
5. Gene Piece, R.A.I Bird Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer
6. Strange Fruit Sidney Bechet
7. Shake Your Rump Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
8. Ghana: Voices & Percussion Vocalists and drummers of Ghana African Rhythms & Instruments: Vol 1
9. Caves Of Paradise Actress R.I.P.
10.Ascending Actress R.I.P.
11.Ocoras Four Tet
BADBADNOTGOOD @ Brooklyn Bowl (5/4/2012) (via @hollaPino)
As I'm sure countless musicians who happened to have shows scheduled yesterday did from stage, Coldplay (at Hollywood Bowl and like they did at All Points West), BADBADNOTGOOD (at Brooklyn Bowl), and Bomb The Music Industry! (at the NYU Strawberry Festival) paid tribute to Adam Yauch with a Beastie Boys cover worked into the set (who else did?). Watch video of the three mentioned, below...
two diamonds, two adams and a sean
today in NYC
* BADBADNOTGOOD @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chicago @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Alela Diane, Matt Bauer @ Sycamore
* Dan Friel, Bunnybrains @ The Stone
* Bare Mutants, Outer Minds @ Union Pool
* Jesse Pop (comedy) @ Union Hall
* Sabaton, Sanitarius @ Gramercy Theatre
* D. Charles Speer, Luke Roberts @ Zebulon
* Pierced Arrows, Mr. Gnome @ Mercury Lounge
* Andrew Bird, Patrick Watson @ Beacon Theatre
* Martin Sexton, Stephen Kellogg @ Irving Plaza
* The Cranberries, Vintage Trouble @ Terminal 5
* Amy Lynn & The Gunshow, Aabaraki @ 92YTribeca
* Tournament, Ape, Meek Is Murder @ The Acheron
* Spectrals, Twerps, Family Portrait @ Glasslands
* Christina Perri, Sleeping At Last @ Webster Hall
* Dub Trio, Helio Parallax, Durians @ Bowery Electric
* Beige, Psychic Reality, Mora @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Miracles of Modern Science, Conveyor @ Mercury Lounge
* The Old Ceremony, Daniel Wayne, Rickolus @ Littlefield
* Plastic Plates, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sleigh Bells @ Prudential Center
* Xiu Xiu, Dirty Beaches, Father Murphy @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ritual Howls, Habibi, Numerators, Noon @ Death By Audio
* Parallels, DJ Matt Thornley, Win Win @ Public Assembly
* LE1F, Venus X, Malaria, The Vly House, PeeWee @ Littlefield
* New Detectives, Lioness, Tiny Hazard, Wolff & Tuba @ Pianos
* The Death Set, Wild Yaks, Total Warr, Rompers @ Shea Stadium
* Liturgy, Extra Life, Castevet, Mario Diaz de Leon @ Saint Vitus
* Autopsy, Funebrarum, Unearthly Trance, Undergang @ The Bell House
* DrFameus, Zoogma, Aboard The Half Moon @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Richard Barone, Fred Schneider, Tony Visconti, Garth Hudson @ City Winery
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Breton, Fort Lean @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cudzoo & The Faggettes, Uncle Monsterface, The Pendulum Swings @ The Gutter
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, LOL Boys, French Horn Rebellion @ Glasslands
* Toubab Krewe, Bajah The Dry Eye Crew, The Voodoo Fix, Prince Polo @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gospel Music, Kleenex Girl Wonder, The Randy Bandits, Parade Grounds @ Rock Shop
* Photon Dynamo and The Shiny Pieces, Hannah Vs. The Many, Aaron David Gleason, Duck! @ Cake Shop
* Wheatus, MC Frontalot, Jettblack Bullseye, Math The Band, Schaffer The Darklord @ Knitting Factory
* Bomb the Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Kite Party, Big Ups @ NYU Strawberry Festival
* Love Assassin, Don't Upset The Bear, Big Wilson River, Black Gandhi, Lisa Bianco & The Fury @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Onra, DJ Eleven, DJ AJ Finizio, The Denzels, Fast Years, The Wicked Tomorrow, Wojcik, DJ Matt Heart Spade @ Cameo Gallery
* The Ludlow Thieves, Hurrah! A Bolt Of Light, Caleb Hawley, Jamie Bendell, Empire Beats, The Rusty Guns, Jesse Scheinin Band, Brian Elmquist, Gabriel Rios, Jim Boggia, Bryan Dunn, Tom O'Brien @ Rockwood Music Hall
* St. Vincent, The Antlers, Tyondai Braxton, Buke & Gase, SINKANE, Ava Luna, Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, NOW Ensemble, Hubble, Joakim @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Breton and Fort Lean
Patrick Watson opens for Andrew Bird tonight and plays Manhattan Inn tomorrow.
Autopsy TONIGHT at the Bell House.
Check Evillive for more metal.
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival kicked off last night and continues today. The 3-day event. St. Vincent headlines tonight. Check out pics from last night.
Brooklyn's Beige are playing a local show TONIGHT (5/4) with Psychic Reality and Mora and DJs Scott Mou and Morris Code at all ages venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. Doors are at 8 PM. Admission is $7 and $5 after midnight. Some videos of Beige at 285 Kent below...
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It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "MCA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.RIP MCA
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.
With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums-including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill-win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.
In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985's Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.
In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women's Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans-each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.
Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including "So Whatcha Want," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin" and "Ch-Check It Out." Under his own name, Yauch directed last year's Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for "Make Some Noise" from Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.
Yauch's passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin' For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze's Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.
Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.
The first two hip hop records that I ever heard in full were nothing less than classics. I'll always remember having the cassette-dubs of the harder-than-hard leather-clad Run DMC, whose Raising Hell was the pinnacle of hip hop badassery. On the other side of the coin was the boyish, obnoxious, beer-soaked young lads responsible for the oh-so-fun Licensed to Ill. It was the perfect yin-and-yang, but I latched onto the Beastie Boys more, partly due to their cartoonish antics and over-the-top videos.
As Beasties evolved musically, so did I. They started going the cut-and-paste way of Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad when they teamed up with Dust Brothers for Paul's Boutique. They, along with Stetsasonic, used real instruments (shock!) on a hip hop record for Check Your Head, and even got back to their roots in punk on the same record. Their willingness to experiment and do what was right for them was an important lesson for my young mind; do what you like and the rest will follow.
MCA, thank you for providing the soundtrack to my youth. The world will miss you. Check out some of my favorite songs by the Beastie Boys below.
The rumors appear to be confirmed. We've lost one of our generation's musical legends and one of my personal heroes. As many are reporting and tweeting (including Russell Simmons, Questlove, TMZ and Pitchfork), Adam Yauch aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, who has been fighting cancer for a few years, passed away today at the way too young age of 47.
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
tUnE-yArDs is releasing a 12" single for w h o k i l l's "Gangsta" on September 27 via 4AD. The 12" features the album version of the track, an Ad Rock (of Beastie Boys) remix, a Cut Chemist Remix, the instrumental version, and a cappella version. The artwork (above) was designed by Merrill's sister Ruth Garbus (of Happy Birthday). You can download a free MP3 of the Ad Rock remix from a widget below. The single is also available for pre-order at the Beggars Group webstore as LP/MP3/Flac.
tUnE-yArDs will head out on a headlining tour this fall, which includes shows happening on September 19 and 20 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for both shows are still on sale and we're giving away one pair to your date of choice. Details on how to win are below.
Widget and contest details below...
Beastie Boys have posted a new video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" from Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 featuring an appearance from Santigold. Well actually, Santigold doesnt appear in the video, and neither does the Beastie Boys... but it does star a ton of action figures including a yeti. View the extended cut video by Spike Jonze (released early this AM) below.
Raekwon at Best Buy Theater (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Raekwon will headline Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday (7/9 @ 7:30pm) featuring an impressive lineup of Smif-n-Wessun, Joell Ortiz, Large Professor & Neek The Exotic, and more. There is a suggested $3 donation to get in to the (free) Lyricist Lounge-sponsored Celebrate Brooklyn show.
While on the subject of Smif N Wessun, the crew joined Pete Rock in a protest earlier this week at City Hall regarding the incident following the Monumental release party at Tammany Hall. General Steele of Smif N Wessun also sat down with Planet Ill to discuss the madness:
As an artist with a socially conscious solo catalog, why was this the wrong show for the police to show out at?Investigations continue.
General Steele: Oh yeah. Well they didn't know that; they didn't do their homework. And what I found out was after this event, after the melee they caused, they started going to clubs. I forget what the particular names of the clubs were, uh... UG Lounge, in L.E.S. [(CultureFix is one of them)] Why they would go there is beyond me, maybe they're the hub for criminals or something, but they went there asking about us. Inquiring about "what is these guys, who are they connected with? What is their real thing, what can we dig up on these guys?"
And to think about that is crazy to me.
This is our fifth album. This is our career. We just came from Norway. Before that we was in Czechoslovakia, before that we was in Poland. We do this for a living. Rap is not the side gig.
In other news, Raekwon and Nas recently teamed up for the track "Rich And Black" from Rae's new album Shaolin vs. Wu-tang. That song now has a video and related behind the scenes footage courtesy of LRG Films. Watch it all below.
Nas more recently teamed with Common for "Ghetto Dreams" from Com's forthcoming Warner Brothers release The Dreamer, The Believer. The just-released track can be streamed below and bought on iTunes.
AS announced, Nas and Damian Marley play Central Park Summerstage on 8/11. The show is still happening and tickets are still on sale, though the pair's show at Merriweather Post Pavilion (outside of DC) with The Roots, Chuck Brown and others has been cancelled. Chuck Brown however is also coming to NYC for some shows including one on the same stage Raekwon is playing this weekend in Prospect Park.
And last but certainly not least, Raekwon's partner in crime Ghostface Killah has a bit of legal trouble on his hands all of a sudden over his classic 2000 LP Supreme Clientele.
Hollywood composer Jack Urbont is suing Sony Music Entertainment and Ghostface Killah for illegally sampling his "Iron Man Theme," originally created for the 1960s television show, The Marvel Super Heroes.While you ponder this lawsuit, Boing Boing has a fascinating piece on how Paul's Boutique would lose $19.8M in sales if it followed today's copyright law.
Urbont is a veteran actor and producer on Broadway as well as the creator of theme music for Guiding Light, One Life to Live, General Hospital, as well as music for That 70's Show, Oprah, 20/20 and The View. He earned an Emmy for Lorne Greene's New Wilderness and won BMI's TV/Film Pioneer award in 1986.
... According to the complaint: "Defendant Ghostface is also known for the nickname, 'Tony Starks,' which is a take-off of the name 'Tony Stark,' Iron Man's real name and true identity. In this way, Defendants' use of Urbont's 'Iron Man Theme' gives them a substantial commercial advantage by linking Ghostface to Iron Man without paying for it." -[Hollywood Reporter]
Videos & song streams below.