Entries tagged with: Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and now an exhibit featuring Beasties memorabilia will open at the organization's museum in Cleveland this weekend:
"Since we had such a rich, deep collection of stuff from the Beasties when they were inducted, we thought we'd put it out," Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger says. "We also wanted to represent more stuff from some of our recent inductees."In other Beastie Boys tribute news, JJ Abrams dropped in a reference in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where a character named Ello Atsy (named for Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty) has born "Born to Ill" inscribed on his helmet. (Check that out below.) This was not the only musical easter egg in The Force Awakens, either.
Rutledge-Borger says the unit will feature hand-written lyrics of the group's hit "Brass Monkey," action figures, Mike D's Volkswagen medallion and outfits from the "Intergalactic" video, among other things. - [Cleveland.com]
Elsewhere in the Beasties-related Universe: Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) has a new album, The Champagne Room, that is out March 5, featuring beats by Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Max Tannone, plus guest vocals from Bridget Everett, Erin Markey, Murray Hill, Larry Krone and Jim Andralis.
To celebrate the LP's release, Jerry's turning New York Live Arts space into The Champagne Room for five shows from March 2 - 5. Neal will open each show as himself, followed by Champagne Jerry, who will be accompanied by the Champagne Club, a rotating cast of performers including Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna, Bridget Everett, Carmine Covelli, and "a series of real and invented bands that exist in a world of cheap gold, dance, memories to last a lifetime and effervescence." March 2 - 4 performances are at 7:30 PM, and on March 5 there are two performances at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Tickets are on sale.
Beastie Boys at work in Oscilloscope Labs (via Oscilloscope)
The Beastie Boys' NYC studio, Oscilloscope Labs is going to be used a portion of the year as a learning center, part of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The studio was built in 2002 by the late Adam Yauch, Matt Marinelli and Mark Edwards. The Beasties made To the 5 Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 there, and it's also been used by Phoenix, Metric, Jon Spencer and others.
Beasties manager John Silva contacted NYU program chair Jeff Rabhan who told The Village Voice, "We went over there and looked at it, and you could feel the energy of the space. It's like, 'Holy shit.' It's an unbelievable room that screams Beasties. Instantly we were like, 'We'd love to do it.' " Oscilliscope is currently open to students in the program 30 days per semester. More from the Voice story:
"To them, it's like, 'Let me get my hands on the Beasties' studio,' " he says. "There's no trepidation on the part of students to get in there and start playing with the gear. They've been beating each other up to get on the sign-up sheet."Oscilloscope is now one of four recording studios associated with NYU.
'There's no trepidation on the part of students to get in there and start playing with the gear. They've been beating each other up to get on the sign-up sheet.'
Keeping the studio afloat was the endgame, but there's also a full-circle quality to giving students access to the Oscilloscope space. In their infancy, long before they became MTV darlings and generational spokesmen, the Beastie Boys were just another group of teenage kids trying their hand at punk rock and hardcore. It was Dave Parsons, then owner of Rat Cage Records, who gave the trio their first ingress to recording, and the rest is history. For Dechen, there's comfort in knowing that Oscilloscope now has the potential to offer the same kind of support to younger musicians.
"It would be great if Oscilloscope could do something similar for young bands," she said. "This partnership seems like a meaningful step in that direction."
Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard
David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).
More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:
David Byrne and Les EclipsesFor a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
by Bill Pearis
Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'
James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.
As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.
James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.
artist rendering of Diamond-designed 242 Pacific St. house
While Ad Roc stays busy making music with Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett, Beastie Boy Mike "D" Diamond is trading rhymes for blueprints. He's crafty! You may remember the New York Times story last year on his townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn -- where he lives with his wife Tamara Davis and their two kids -- that he helped design with architects John and Jill Bouratoglou. It is something else. Curbed reports that Diamond enjoyed the creative experience so much he's now offering his services to others. He and the Bouratoglous worked together on a new four-bedroom, four-bath single-family dwelling at 242 Pacific St with "a dramatic double height living room, custom built chef's kitchen, as well as a finished recreation room with twelve foot ceilings and plenty of natural light."
It's also got a garage and can be yours for a mere $4.98 million. And a quick trip to The Bell House where his old pals Luscious Jackson are playing.
We mentioned on Friday (7/25) that a Beastie Boys mural was being painted over the weekend at the LES corner of Ludrow and Rivington where the Paul's Boutique cover art was shot, in honor of that album's 25th anniversary. The mural's now finished, and SPIN points out that the artist behind it, Danielle Mastrion, has posted pictures to her instagram. That's the finished mural above. Check out a few more from the process, below...
The Beastie Boys' classic sophomore album, Paul's Boutique, turns 25 today (7/25), and though the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington where the album cover's artwork was shot isn't being renamed "Beastie Boys Square," in honor of the anniversary, the current owner of the storefront at that location will have a Beasties mural made. Rolling Stone reports that this Saturday (7/26) at 11 AM, artist Danielle Mastrion will begin painting the mural on the wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop at that corner. LeRoy McCarthy, who had launched the "Beastie Boys Square" campaign, spearheaded this project too.
Stream Paul's Boutique below...
Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett
Known collaborators and Ad-Rock associates Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett just got a little closer with the release of a new video, titled "Just Woke Up"...
Champagne Jerry, Max Tannone, Bridget Everett. They're all in your bedroom. You wake up. Early. Like at 5am. And boom. There they are. All three of them. Naked. Or dressed. Doesn't matter. Your choice. The TV is on in the background. A cooler with ice cold alcoholic beverages is within reach. Guess what, world? This is going to be the best morning of your life.Watch the Jason Cacioppo-directed sexy video for Jerry's new Max Tannone-written single ("Starring: Bridget Everett, Champagne Jerry, and the Champagne"), below.
Ted Leo associate Julie Klausner is also at Joe's Pub ALL THIS WEEK as part of a "Cabaret Situation" that "will feature a grown woman saying funny things, medleys of songs arranged suchly to make a point or to to just be pretty, and some visual "pow" that will leave your eyes both stimulated and lubricated."
Maybe you caught one of Champgane Jerry's monthly song release shows at Joe's Pub, like the one that just happened on 6/21 or the one on 4/3 with Ad-Rock. Maybe you didn't. Maybe you'll check out his next one on July 19, the day his full album is finally released. Maybe you won't. Jerry is also heading out on tour soon to "MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, MARYLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, TEXAS", but those are the only details for now.
Check out the video below...
The Beastie Boys just went to court with Monster Energy drink over the company using their music and likenesses in an advertisement, and it looks like things worked in favor of the Beasties. NBC reports:
Beastie Boys' fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group's music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million on Thursday.In other news, Mike D recently made it official that the band are no more. "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died," he told the NY Daily News, "We can't make new music."
A federal jury in Manhattan issued the verdict on the eighth day of trial in a copyright dispute between members of the Brooklyn-born band and the energy drink maker over songs the band says Monster used in a 2012 promotional video without a license.
It has been a year of legal dealings for the Beastie Boys, with the band fighting for their right to keep their songs out of ads and promotional videos. After coming to an out-of-court agreement with kids toys manufacturers GoldieBlox back in March, the group's two-year lawsuit against Monster Energy drink finally went to court this week in NYC.
The Beastie Boys claim the energy drink makers used likenesses of the band, as well as five songs as part of a "megamix" that were in a snowboarding video titled "Ruckus in the Rockies" that was posted on a promotional website back in 2012 -- only a few days after the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch. Yauch's will stated that "in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."
The trial began on Tuesday (5/27) at NYC's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in the Financial District, with Adam "Ad Rock" Horrovitz taking the stand. Billboard was there:
Horovitz couldn't help from smiling and laughing at some of the music business rudiments the case required him to explain, such as the nature of a "single." He described the importance of the five songs used as "very important to our catalog."Today (5/29), Mike D will take the stand... probably not in a sailor suit. Stay tuned.
During cross examination, proceedings got even more humorous, as the defense tried to establish that the Beastie Boys' claim of never licensing their work for consumer products, which Horovitz called "a form of selling out," wasn't true. This entailed Horovitz examining several pictures of Mike Diamond posted in a sailor outfit for the watch promotional campaign. Asked if it was Mike D in a sailor costume, Horovitz responded with a smile "He sure is." It seemed to take everything in Horovitz's power not to laugh out loud as the defense brought forth a gargantuan poster featuring Mike D's sailor picture for the jury to examine.
Beastie Boys @ T5 in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Yesterday, we posted that the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox lawsuit had been settled and that no details had been revealed. That's still the case but the toymakers -- who appropriated the Beasties' "Girls" in an online ad without permission (the band prohibits use of their songs for commercials) -- have issued a public apology on their website (via Rolling Stone):
We sincerely apologize for any negative impact our actions have had on the Beastie Boys. We never intended to cast the band in a negative light and we regret putting them in a position to defend themselves when they had done nothing wrong.
As engineers and builders of intellectual property, we understand an artist's desire to have his or her work treated with respect. We should have reached out to the band before using their music in the video.
We know this is only one of the many mistakes we're bound to make as we grow our business. The great thing about mistakes is how much you can learn from them. As trying as this experience was, we have learned a valuable lesson. From now on, we will secure the proper rights and permissions in advance of any promotions, and we advise any other young company to do the same.
Remember the drama between toy company Goldieblox and their appropriation of Beastie Boys' "Girls" in an online ad that resulted in preempitve and actual lawsuits? Well it's been settled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No details have been released but the case has been "dismissed with prejudice" (aka settled forever).
In other news, you can catch Ad Rock as part of Bridget Everette & the Tender Moments at Joe's Pub on March 27. Tickets are on sale.
Murray Hill at The Julie Ruin's Bowery Ballroom show (more by PSquared)
Downtown comedian and drag king legend Murray Hill will headline Gramercy Theatre for his first time on March 8 for a one-off of The Murray Hill Show. He's got some of his best pals (and impressive ones) lined up as guests for the show, including Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, singer/comedian Bridget Everett, Ad-Rock's collaborator and fellow rapper Champagne Jerry, and Peaches. They'll be backed by Murray's band The Rimshots (Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Kenbal Zwerin, Arthur Vint). Tickets for the show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, who just made a new video starring Ad-Rock and Carmine Covelli (also of The Julie Ruin), monthly at Joe's Pub. Their next show is February 25. Tickets are still available.
Champagne Jerry, who also has a recent video with Ad-Rock, continues his monthly appearances at Joe's Pub as well, which are in conjunction with his album rollout. The next one is on March 7 and tickets are on sale now.
In other NYC drag news, Night of a Thousand Stevies, the annual Stevie Nicks tribute drag/burlesque/dance party, returns for its 24th year to Irving Plaza on May 9. Tickets go on sale today (2/7) at 10 AM.
In more related news, The Julie Ruin just made a video for "Goodnight Goodbye," which you can watch below. They also have an upcoming tour with Screaming Females, and Kathleen Hanna will be curating Sled Island (6/18-22 in Calgary) this year.
Video of Murray Hill and Bridget Everett, with the show flyer, below...
In late 2013, a petition was launched to rename the LES corner of Ludlow and Rivington "Beastie Boys Square," and after petitioner LeRoy McCarthy was told he needed more signatures, the proposal has now officially been rejected. Via DNAinfo:
A proposal to name a Lower East Side street corner in honor of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys was rejected by Community Board 3 Tuesday night -- and the board has barred LeRoy McCarthy from reapplying for the street naming for the next five years.Bummer. At least we got Adam Yauch Park.
McCarthy, a Brooklyn resident who first suggested the Beastie Boys honor late last year, agreed at CB3's transportation committee meeting on Jan. 14 to temporarily withdraw his application and return to the board with more signatures in February.
However, CB3's full board voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to deny the proposal to name the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets Beastie Boys Square, which triggered a CB3 rule that an applicant cannot return with a similar proposal for five years, board officials said.
The board voted 24 to 1 with 1 abstention to reject the Beastie Boys Square application. McCarthy did not attend the meeting because he had told the board that he had withdrawn his application and he did not expect it to go to a vote.
"At a meeting on Tuesday night, LeRoy McCarthy was told that he will have to get more signatures on his petition before a Manhattan community board will vote on his request to name a street after the New York hip-hop trio.LeRoy plans to continue fighting (for his right to try and name a street). Sign the petition HERE.
McCarthy wants to rename the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets on the Lower East Side "Beastie Boys Square", 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.
The intersection of Ludlow and Rivington is featured on the cover of the group's second album "Paul's Boutique"." [CBS]
You may already know that the Lower East side corner of Ludlow and Rivington is the location where The Beastie Boys' shot the cover to their legendary 1989 album, Paul's Boutique. DNA Info reports there is currently a petition to officially name that intersection "Beastie Boys Square." This is being undertaken by LeRoy McCarthy who also recently launched a (thus far unsuccessful) petition to name a Brooklyn street corner after Biggie. From the DNA Info story:
"I think the Beastie Boys represent New York in a certain way," said LeRoy McCarthy, 46, who earlier this year proposed a street co-naming for rapper Biggie Smalls in Clinton Hill.McCarthy's overall goal is to increase the recognition of hip hop from New York City, and he wants an artist recognized in each borough. There's already a Queens intersection named "Run-DMC JMJ Way" and McCarthy is looking into something for Wu-Tang Clan in the Park Hill neighborhood of Staten Island.
"They grew up here. They are New Yorkers."
McCarthy, a film location scout who previously worked for a record label in Atlanta, has gathered nearly 20 signatures so far on a petition for the Beastie Boys co-naming, including eight of the nine businesses on Rivington Street between Ludlow and Essex streets and many of the apartments on the block, he said.
He hopes to present his proposal to Community Board 3 soon.
If "Beastie Boys Square" passes, it'd be the second NYC location named to honor the group this year, as Adam Yauch Park opened in Brooklyn Heights in May.
For a little more on the "Paul's Boutique" corner, check out the episode of AV Club's "Pop Pilgrims" below...
When girl-centric toymakers GoldieBlox issued a public apology for using The Beastie Boys' song "Girls" (with altered lyrics) in an online video/ad and took it offline, some might have thought that would be that. But the NY Times reports that yesterday The Beastie Boys filed a lawsuit against GoldieBlox, saying the company used a "campaign of systematic infrigement" and:
Achieved and continues to achieve additional publicity, press coverage, and, upon information and belief, greater sales of its products, as a direct result of the Beastie Boys' perceived affiliation with the GoldieBlox Advertisement. Unfortunately, rather than developing an original advertising campaign to inspire its customers to create and innovate, GoldieBlox has instead developed an advertising campaign that condones and encourages stealing from others.They also go on to say that Goldiblox has a history of turning other artists songs (they cite Queen and Daft Punk among others) into commercial jingles without permission. For those interested in page after page of legalese, you can browse the whole thing here. In a quote to the New York Times, GoldieBlox maintains that their use of the song in the video falls under "fair use."
In more pleasant news, Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock features in Champagne Jerry's new video "Yo, Kev!" which we premiered this week.
photos by Kevin Yatarola
Champagne Jerry and Adam Horovitz @ Joe's Pub, NYC (12/7/2013)
Brooklyn rapper Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) continued his monthly Joe's Pub appearances over the weekend (12/7) as part of the rollout for his upcoming album, For Real You Guys. In conjunction with this past Saturday's show, CJ is releasing the new single "Yo Kev!," which amazingly features Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, who also performed with CJ at the show where the song was debuted and the video first screened. That video now makes its online premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.
The softball-themed video, which was directed by Jason Cacioppo and shot it in September in Williamsburg, stars Ad-Rock, Champagne Jerry, Jerry's DJ and producer Max Tannone, downtown legend and everyone's favorite host Murray Hill as the coach, House of Larreon fashion designer, visual artist and performer Larry Krone, ex-Isotoners and performer Jim Andralis, Eben Burr, artist Cycle, Morningwood/Wallflowers/Exclamation Pony member Peter Yanowitz, fashion model Lisa Davies, Mia Juhng, writer and journalist Ada Calhoun, Babe the Blue Ox's Eddie Gormley, and legendary graffiti artist, graphic designer and creator of the Champagne Jerry logo Cey Adams.
Rolling Stone caught the Joe's Pub show, which saw a Beastie Boy in one of NYC's most intimate venues, and they wrote:
As the cavernous bass tones and rugged drums of "Yo Kev!" kicked in, Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock traded rhymes onstage, with the latter clad in a baseball cap and t-shirt baring the slogan "Referee." While Jerry's rhymes included the boast "all of Taylor Swift's songs are about me," the Beastie Boy dropped scattershot lyrics that featured him bragging how he "pop bottles so hard got carpel-tunnel" and included references to all-day brunch and the chicken-tastic Brooklyn food spot Pies 'n' Thighs. The video to the song, which has the characters playing ball in a rough and tumble environment, also had its world premiere.Pictures of the show are in this post too. Check out more, along with the new video, below...
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...