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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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Beach House @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Beach House

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...

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Man Man at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Man Man

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.

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Beastie Boys

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...

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as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our
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.
thank you.
That 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.

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...

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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....

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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.

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


Check out videos of some bands remembering MCA from stage last night.

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...

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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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Rest in Peace Adam Yauch.

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Adam Yauch

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.

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.


by BBG


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.

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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.

UPDATE: Beastie Boys issue official statement.

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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...

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Beastie Boys

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.

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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?

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.

Investigations continue.

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.

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]

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.

Videos & song streams below.

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Clipse photos by Brook Bobbins

Nas & Damian Marley at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
Nas & Damian Marley

Distant Relatives Nas & Damian Marley will team up for a summer show in NYC this year just like last. They'll hit Central Park Summerstage on August 11th. Tickets go on web presale at 10AM on Thursday (5/19) with regular sale hitting Friday. One difference from from last year though, they're calling this one their "grand finale," so don't sleep if you've been wanting to catch the pair together. THAT SAID, they were also just announced on the lineup of ACL which is happening a month later.

Wiz Khalifa also has a Summerstage show coming up.

In other hip hop news, Q-Tip will DJ The Fort Greene Festival kick off party on May 28th at Sanders Studio (525 Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn), a benefit to raise money for the forthcoming annual event. Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door.

As previously mentioned, Q-Tip will perform at the annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 16th where he'll be joined by new additions Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde. Get your tickets.

Rock the Bells is going to announce some news from a "launch party" at House of Blues in LA on May 24th.

Talib Kweli will link back up with his side project Idle Warship to play BB Kings on June 10th. Tickets are on sale. And don't forget Kweli will also play a free show in Red Hook Park on 6/21.

Edan plays Southpaw on May 25th.

Clipse @ Terminal 5 in April

Clipse made a NYC appearance at Terminal 5 on April 30th. They opened for A-Trak, and pictures from their set are in this post. More of them below.

Ghostface & Raekwon supported Mobb Deep at recent show at Best Buy Theater. Pictures from that show are HERE. Some upcoming UK Wu-Tang dates are below.

The previously announced "Salute to Hip Hop" show that was supposed to take place at Best Buy Theater in Times Square in April has been rescheduled. You can now catch The Lox, EPMD, and Brand Nubian at the NYC venue on June 30th. Tickets are on sale.

The previously announced Curren$y show happening at Irving Plaza in June is still happening, but now so are many more tour dates around it including the Pitchfork Festival. They are listed below.

And finally, Beastie Boys have no tour dates in support of their Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 yet, but you can catch Ad-Rock hosting/DJing as part of a day long Children's Museum of Art benefit. Tickets for both events at Webster Hall on 5/22 are on sale. Meanwhle check out "The Greatest Beastie Boys Lyrical References To New York, In Order."

A recent video by Nas & Damian Marley for "Nah Mean," those Clipse pics, and tour dates, below.

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Beatie Boys

MoMA Nights with DJ Adam Horovitz and a Special Poster Signing
Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

MoMA is open late the first Thursday of the month, September-June, with a DJ, a cash bar, a prix-fixe menu in Cafe 2, and special Gallery Talks. In July and August, MoMA is open late every Thursday, with live music presented in two sets, at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., in the Sculpture Garden.

Regular Museum admission applies.
On Thursday, May 5, MoMA Nights features activities and music in conjunction with the exhibition Looking at Music 3.0, including a DJ set by Adam Horovitz (of the Beastie Boys) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a poster signing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with artists featured in the exhibition, such as Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) and Def Jam Recordings creative director Cey Adams. (Posters are $20 each.)

Listen to Hot Sauce Committee Part Two at hotsaucecommittee.com.

Zola Jesus @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Zola Jesus

today in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Earth Fair @ Grand Central
* Boys Noize @ Webster Hall
* Kim Gordon @ The Stone
* Talk Normal @ The Stone
* Smokey's Round-Up @ Barbes
* The Bad Plus @ The Blue Note
* Of Montreal, The Knocks, Vassar
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Sea of Bees, The Loom @ Sycamore
* Davila 666 afterparty @ Bruar Falls
* Electric Junkyard Gamelan @ Barbes
* Gordon Monahan @ Issue Project Room
* Morne, Batillus, Belus @ Union Pool
* Dodsfalla, Oiltanker, Praetura @ Silent Barn
* Jimmy & the Wolfpack @ Parkside Lounge
* Jowe Head, The Surprisers, Cuffs @ Cake Shop
* Diamondsnake, Tab the Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Doveman, Norah Jones & friends @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Davila 666, The Beets, Xray Eyeballs @ Knitting Factory
* No Fun, Gone Bad, Strange Rivals, Florida @ Bruar Falls
* Zachary Cale, Little Gold, The Gang Violets @ Union Hall
* Pacific Theater, Mahogany, Frozen Faces @ The Rock Shop
* Retro Grave, Gnaw, Kayo Dot @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* My Chemical Romance, Neon Trees, The Architects @ Terminal 5
* Huasipungo, Born in a Cent, Fialka Trupe, llucsi Cai @ ABC No Rio
* Zola Jesus, Naked On The Vague, Cult of Youth @ Bowery Ballroom
* PC Worship, Denney and The Jets, Buck Gooter, Florida @ Death By Audio
* Man Forever, Notekillers, Moonrises, Gary Higgins @ Monster Island Basement
* Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, Grass Widow, K Holes @ Glasslands
* Curtains, Chen Lo, YC The Cynic, Top Dolla Raz, Mic Blaque, H. Wood @ Southpaw
* All Eyes West, Soul Control, Something About Death Or Dying, Descender @ Lit Lounge
* Crocodiles, The Fresh & Onlys, Young Prisms, Bass Drum of Death @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Ducktails, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Dolphins into the Future, Floris Vanhoof @ 285 Kent Ave
* Prince Rama, The Present, Total Slacker, DJ Thanksgiving Brown, DJ International Tapes @ Santos Party House

Beastie Boys have revealed what they meant by their message (it's a full stream of their new album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, out May 3rd). You can play it below...

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Beastie Boys sent out a message this morning with the subject "MSN MSG" which then just said:

This Sat, 10:35 a.m. EST
Just listen, listen, listen to the beat box
I guess we'll find out what that means on Saturday.

In related news, though it doesn't seem very official, lots of people are posting the full, explicit, long version of "Fight for Your Right: Revisited" (the previous officially released video is a shortened version/trailer) which premiered in the middle of the night two nights ago on VH1 and MTV and Comedy Central. The full 21.5 minute video, which someone ripped from TV, if you can get it to play, is below...

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Beastie Boys member Mike D says the veteran rap trio is still on track for a 2011 comeback that includes the release of new album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" this spring, after Adam Yauch's cancer battle rendered the group inactive for much of 2010.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1, Mike D confirms that the Beasties' release schedule for its two "Hot Sauce Committee" albums has not changed from what was announced back in October 2010. "It's still delayed - the first one," he says. "The second one is coming out as originally scheduled."

The rapper adds that while the group is "really happy" about Yauch's improved health, touring plans for 2011 are still unclear. "We're still going to have to see how he's [Yauch] doing," says Mike D.

Although the BBC Radio 1 interview led to widespread reports that Mike D said Yauch was cancer-free, a spokesperson for the group clarifies to Billboard.com, "Mike did not say that." -[Billboard]

No real new news here, but that there seems to be some confusion on the internet today about the status of Adam Yauch's cancer (at least one big site wrote an article and already pulled it down), and this Billboard article seems to be the one with the facts straight.