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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.

Beastie Boys

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...

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Beastie Boys

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.

In related Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique and sandwich shop news, Ricky Powell was spotted making birthday dreams come true at Brancaccio's Food Shop in Windsor Terrace yesterday (true story).

Stream Paul's Boutique below...

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Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett
Bridg and Champ

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.

Catch Bridget Everett & Tender Moments after a set by Julie Klausner at Joe's Pub tonight (6/24).

Bridget is also at the intimate Manhattan club on August 6th (look out for Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz on bass, and of course Bridgett's titties).

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...

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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.

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.

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."

Beastie Bosys

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."

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.

Today (5/29), Mike D will take the stand... probably not in a sailor suit. Stay tuned.

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)
Murray Hill

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...

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Beastie Boys

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.

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.

Bummer. At least we got Adam Yauch Park.

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"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.

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]

LeRoy plans to continue fighting (for his right to try and name a street). Sign the petition HERE.

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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.

"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.

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.

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.

In other Beastie Boys news, they recently filed a lawsuit against GoldieBlox, and Ad-Rock rapped in the new Champagne Jerry song/video.

For a little more on the "Paul's Boutique" corner, check out the episode of AV Club's "Pop Pilgrims" below...

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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)
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Champagne Jerry
Champagne Jerry

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...

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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.

Word then got out that the Beastie Boys were threatening copyright infringement over the use of the song, but GoldieBlox claimed it was parody and protected by Fair Use:

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.

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.

Now, GoldieBlox have responded with their own open letter, saying that they are "ready to stop the lawsuit":
Dear Adam and Mike,

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

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).

Watch the GoldieBlox "Girls" video (reposted by someone else) below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Body/Head / Kim Gordon & Ad-Rock
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.

Ad-Rock will appear on stage in NYC again soon - on December 7th at Joe's Pub with his friend Champagne Jerry who was also at MoMA to hang and support his fellow rapper.

Pictures from MoMA continue below...

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Ad-Rock and Champagne Jerry
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.

We recently caught the Julie Ruin at Fun Fun Fun Fest and at MHOW, and not that long ago at Union Pool where Ad-Rock was reportedly seen hanging with Champagne Jerry.

Champagne Jerry music and videos below....

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Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Dave and Phil

Who are Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments? To quote the NY Times:

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...

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Frances Yauch and Ad-Rock at park rechristening (via @ascap_music)

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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...

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Flying Lotus at LPR in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flying Lotus

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...

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Mike D & Sam Talbot working a grill in the Rockaways (cheftalbot20)
Mike D

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'
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.

Videos below...

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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...

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