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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.

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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.

RIP MCA

by BBG

MCA

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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MCA

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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Gangsta

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

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

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

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
www.Beastieboys.com
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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MCA

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.

Beastie Boys

"BEASTIE BOYS HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART 2 TRACK LISTING REVISED, REPLACED ENTIRELY WITH SONGS ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART 1"

The rest of the the "NEWEST INFORMATION" below...

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"ALTHOUGH WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT 'HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART 1' WILL CONTINUE TO BE DELAYED INDEFINITELY, 'HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART 2' WILL BE RELEASED ON TIME AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED IN SPRING OF 2011." -Beastie Boys

by BBG

Jerry Williams RIP

Every year, thousands of Elvis Presley fans make the pilgrimage to Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee to see the place where Elvis recorded his earliest works. For fans of the Beastie Boys, a place of similar importance would be Jerry Williams's studio located at 171 Avenue A in New York City. It was at Studio 171 A that the Beastie Boys would record their very first release on the Ratcage Records label.

In September of 1980, Jerry Williams would begin renovating the interior of 171A. Previously the place had been a glass shop, but after moving in their PA equipment Williams went on to build a stage at the front and an audio booth in the back. By November the 171A Studio was a venue used to house after hours parties where downtown bands like the Cooties would perform [but] with a huge New Year's Eve show coming up, the New York Fire Dept. stepped in and stopped further shows from proceeding...

By now though 171A had gained a lot of name recognition around town, so instead of shutting it down completely Williams decided to change it into a rehearsal studio. At the time, most of the available rehearsal spots in New York City were tiny little rooms, but 171A offered much more. Jerry described it as being like "...a full sized room with 15 foot ceilings and a floor space 60 feet long and provided recording artists with a quality PA system suspended from the ceiling. It was a cut above other rehearsal studios and since it was about half the size of CBGB's it produced a very similar sound."

Over the next few years, 171A Studio would then go on to be used by the Bad Brains, Reagan Youth, Beastie Boys, Young and Useless and many more. -[Beastiemania]

171A is where Bad Brains recorded one of the most influential hardcore releases of all time, the legendary ROIR cassette, with Williams aka Jay Dublee. Dublee, whose own band was th' Cigaretz, also had a hand in the also legendary "New York Thrash" compilation from 1982 that featured early material from Kraut, Nihilistics, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, and many others, and is considered to be a snapshot of early 80s NYHC.

Jerry Williams would have been 62 years old on Thursday, but sadly passed away in a California hospital room due to, according to his friend Mike Osterhout, liver problems. RIP Jerry.

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It's gotta be the shoes (via)
Ricky Powell

According to Billboard's 10 Reasons Why ATP Rocked:

The audience turned up Sunday afternoon to see Ricky Powell's famous hip-hop photos, but the pics weren't nearly as memorable as the shutterbug's don't-give-a-sh*t dialogue. For two-and-a half hours, Powell -- a fixture of New York rap and art scene -- downed tequila shots while he gave a first-hand account of hip-hop's '80s rise, dished about the celebs "on his d*ck" (Cindy Crawford, Chris Rock), and told outrageous stories about the "freaky bitches" he met during his weed-dealing days. Powell grew more "open" (as he put it) as the event went on, and only ceased his tirade when the mic was forcibly removed from his hand.
Next the acclaimed photographer, famed cable access host, and the "fourth Beastie Boy" Ricky Powell will present a photo slide show at Knitting Factory on 10/2. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of his cable access show, Ricky Powell recently released the archives of "Rappin' With The Rickster" show for a two DVD set. The first DVD compiles some of his favorite moments from the show, including interviews with Beastie Boys, Russell Simmons, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze, Run-D.M.C., Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), in addition to snippets featuring Eazy E, Beck, Q-Tip, Bobbito Garcia, and much more. The second DVD serves as a feature on Ricky Powell in 2010 "and beyond".

Some videos from the "Rappin with The Rickster" show are below....

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Marc Ribot @ Maxwell's in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
Marc Ribot

tonight in NYC
* Lost
* Aziz Ansari @ the Apple Store
* Bushwick Book Club @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Those Darlins @ Wonder Bar in Asbury Park
* Scrambler/Seequil, Sugarlife @ The Stone
* The London Souls, The Auctioneers @ Mercury Lounge
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Skeletons @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Das Racist cover Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique @ The Cameo
* Oberhofer, Blair, Cabinet Of Natural Curiousities @ Pianos
* Scary Mansion, Pepi Ginsberg, Alps, The Wailing Wall @ Cake Shop
* Retribution Gospel Choir feat. Alan Sparhawk, Object @ Union Hall
* BKLYN2HAITI Benefit w/ Girls In Trouble, Air Waves, Screens, Ill Ease, DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Southpaw
* Get Off Your Knees w/ Sara Schaefer & Kim Armstrong, Kristen Schaal, Claudia Cogan, Adira Amram @ The Bell House Front Lounge

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeletons play at (Le) Poisson Rouge as part of NY Guitar Fest. On Thursday (2/4) Chicha Libre and Gyan Riley close out the Fest when they soundtrack silent films at Merkin Concert Hall. Skeletons play with another multi-venue local fest that night, Sounds Like Brooklyn, at Zebulon with Up Died Sound.

bklyn2haiti at Southpaw tonight "is a benefit concert raising funds for Partners in Health. This organization has been actively providing health care services to the Haitian community for over 20 years." Bands are above. Flyer below.

Das Racist cover Beastie Boys at Cameo tonight. Actual Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, a.k.a Ad-rock, has been making cameos at a monthly show at Joe's Pub called Our Hit Parade. Videos from those appearances below...

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"CANT BELIEVE THEY REPLACED BEASTIES WITH TENACIOUS D ??????????????????????AND IF I PULL OUT THEY SUE! SO REALLY? TENACIOUS D AFTER ME? P.S I ORIGINALLY BOOKED ON SHOWS COZ BEASTIES WERE HEADLINERS , BUT NOW THEY AINT DOING IT AND I JUS WANNA SAY , WE HAVE TO GO HARD!!!" - M.I.A.

Outside Lands

When Tenacious D was asked - eventually - to step in as the closing act for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival next Sunday after the Beastie Boys were forced to drop out at the last minute, the guys didn't hesitate. In their mind, the substitution seemed like a natural fit.

"I think there are more similarities than differences, really, when you put us together," announced Jack Black, who formed the folk-metal duo with his friend Kyle Gass long before he became a big-time Hollywood star. The band may not have been up to much since starring in the feature film "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" three years ago, but when we spoke to them last week they promised, "The D will be in fine form."

SF GATE: Who got the call when the Beastie Boys had to drop out?

Jack Black: I assume they just called our manager. We actually have the same manager as the Beastie Boys.

The Outside Lands Festival kicks off today, Friday, August 28th, and runs through Sunday in San Francisco, California. You can watch some of it live at YouTube.

Neither M.I.A. nor Tenacious D will be viewable on the stream, but Built to Spill and The Dead Weather will be. Full lineup below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW on July 31st (more by Chris La Putt)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Add one to list of recent Beastie Boys tributes/cover songs/shout-outs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who subbed for the Beasties' Saturday night (Aug 8th) headlining spot at Lollapalooza, paid tribute to the group with a riff from Beastie's "So What'cha Want" tacked at the end of "Phenomena." Check out the (poor quality) video below. From most of the reviews, it seems like the group successfully pulled off the unenviable task of filling in for the uniquely populist Beastie Boys (as Jay-Z did at All Points West).

9:15 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 11th-hour replacements as headliners for the ailing Beastie Boys, deliver on the big stage. Singer Karen O makes a grand entrance in a head dress that makes her look like a large bird, and she dances with Kabuki-like grace. Once a frenetic dervish, the singer now balances more stylized movements with the unhinged galloping of old. In the same way, the band's music has matured and deepened. Besides rockers brimming with attitude, the trio also explores more fragile emotional and melodic terrain. The transformation is well-paced, the set balancing all facets of the band's personality in a confident, commanding performance, with Nick Zinner's guitar and keyboards as Karen O's reliable foil, at once melancholy and combustible. [Chicago Tribune]
YYYs will be playing a set of North American dates in September. Included in those will be a Wednesday, September 23rd show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th at noon.

All tour dates with Lollapalooza videos below...

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"GET WELL MCA" (more by Tim Griffin)
Yeah yeah yeahs

hey all,

hope you are doing well.

so i'm about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.

i'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday... so things are moving along.

but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks...

saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplay one of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o a "get well MCA" armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too..... very kind of them.

just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.

much love back at all of you!

adam

Get well soon, and much love back at you too!

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photos by Tim Griffin and Chris La Putt

All Points West 2009 - Day 3

"After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away, organizers hustled to get the schedule back on track, culminating in a dazzler of a headlining set by British rockers Coldplay.

Sunday's line-up, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the comedy tent and 2 p.m. on the music stages, was pushed back several hours due to severe storms that hit the area midday. Fans who arrived early were turned away at the gates, and it wasn't until just before 4 p.m. that ticket holders were invited to line up at the festival entrance for an even longer wait for admission. Comedians Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan and Janeane Garofalo, originally slated for 45-minute sets at the Queen of the Valley tent, were rushed through with 10 minutes each to make way for the musical acts that followed them. "I might do a tour of entirely rained-out festivals," said Barry, "it's big money for not a lot of work at all."

Some sets were canceled altogether--indie rockers Steel Train and New Jersey punk band the Gaslight Anthem, scheduled to take the main Blue Comet stage in the afternoon, were scrapped to allow later bands to perform at their scheduled times." [Billboard]

As you may have heard, Coldplay's Sunday night set included covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right". Jay-Z covered "No Sleep Till Brooklyn on Friday.

MGMT played against Coldplay on Sunday, and Echo and The Bunnymen instead opened for Coldplay on the main stage (with Courtney Love watching in the wings). Akron/Family, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Elbow, the Black Keys, and others also played sets on the shortened, very wet day. More pictures, and the two Coldplay cover videos, and some setlists, below....

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Jay-Z @ APW in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ - 7/31/09 (photo by Tim Griffin)
Jay z

Brooklyn's own Jay-Z opened up his headlining set at All Points West on Friday night with a cover of the Beastie Boys classic "No Sleep Till Brooklyn". Was it a fitting tribute to the group that he replaced on the lineup (due to MCA's diagnosis of cancer) or was it Jay-Z's way of reminding New Jersey what he plans on doing with the Nets? OK, I'll go with the former, and it was our own great Jay-Z festival moment (at his first-ever US festival appearance). The UK's Glastonbury got the (less sincere) tribute to Oasis in 2008.

Speaking of Glastonbury, All Points West got its mud... which came from the rain that miraculously cleared up before Hova took the stage (at which point he covered "No Sleep" with the "Beastie Boys at the Garden" line in the first verse changed to "Jay-Z at All Points West.", and then...)

Immediately after that, he performed his own "Brooklyn (Go Hard)."

Later, he dedicated his entire set to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. It was Yauch's illness -- he has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland -- that forced the group's cancellation, last week.

In his 80-minute day-closing set, Jay-Z also performed hits like "99 Problems," "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," "Big Pimpin'" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," as well as his recent single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." [NJ.com]

Tons more pictures coming soon. All our APW coverage HERE. Hopefully you didn't throw away your Friday ticket. Saturday's schedule HERE. A few more videos from Friday (including a clip of No Sleep) below...

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APW mud by Chris La Putt
Muddy Feet

As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tore into hits like "Zero" and "Runaway" at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Danielle Pukala, 24, from New York City and Kate Pluta, 24, from Boston, danced away happily in the mud.

"We're just having fun with it!," said Danielle.

And with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's high-energy performance, it was hard to keep still. The band ripped through songs from their latest album, "It's Blitz!" and well as older hits from their previous album "Show Your Bones."

And though it was only visible on the big-screen, lead singer Karen O wore an armband that read "Get well MCA," a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who had to cancel All Points West when he announced that he was diagnosed with cancer. [NJ.com]

There's no way all the mud from Friday is going to disappear by Saturday. Plan accordingly! More APW-muddy pictures below...

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