Entries tagged with: Mike D
Ad-Rock at MoMA last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
In case you aren't caught up with the toy company GoldieBlox vs Beastie Boys drama, they posted an video/ad (which has since been taken down) which repurposed the Beasties' song "Girls" as a feminist anthem for young girls, advocating the idea that girls can create whatever they want and not be forever subject to all things pretty, pink, and princess.
In the lyrics of the Beastie Boys' song entitled Girls, girls are limited (at best) to household chores, and are presented as useful only to the extent they fulfill the wishes of the male subjects. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video takes direct aim at the song both visually and with a revised set of lyrics celebrating the many capabilities of girls. Set to the tune of Girls but with a new recording of the music and new lyrics, girls are heard singing an anthem celebrating their broad set of capabilities--exactly the opposite of the message of the original. They are also shown engaging in activities far beyond what the Beastie Boys song would permit. GoldieBlox created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.The Beastie Boys didn't see eye to eye with that response, arguing that parody or not, the video was still used as an advertisement, and the group strictly prohibits the use of their songs in advertisements. In an open letter to GoldieBlox, they wrote:
Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.Now, GoldieBlox have responded with their own open letter, saying that they are "ready to stop the lawsuit":
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song "Girls" had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.
Dear Adam and Mike,Beastie Boy Ad-Rock just DJed the Body/Head show at MoMA last week (11/21) as a last-minute replacement for his wife Kathleen Hanna. He'll also be at the upcoming Champagne Jerry show at Joe's Pub on December 7, the next date of CJ's monthly series at the venue (tix).
We don't want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
When we made our parody version of your song, 'Girls', we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren't too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It's been incredible to watch.
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
We don't want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox
Watch the GoldieBlox "Girls" video (reposted by someone else) below...
Yoko Ono is releasing a new Plastic Ono Band album this year, the first one since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. It's called Take Me to the Land of Hell, and was produced by Yoko herself, along with Sean Lennon and CIbo Matto's Yuka Honda. Sean and Yuka will be releasing it via their Chimera Music label on September 17. It also includes some interesting guests, like tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Cornelius and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), and will feature remixes by Mike D & Ad Rock and Cornelius. Get a taste of the new album with the song "Moonbeams," which you can stream below.
Yoko, who turned 80 this year, doesn't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a show here in NYC two days before the album's release at Bowery Ballroom (9/15). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.
Song stream below...
In honor of Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, who passed away last year, Brooklyn's Palmetto Playground on Columbia Street in Brooklyn Heights will be renamed after him. The New York Post reports:
Beastie Boys fans fought for the right to rename a Brooklyn Heights playground after the group's late founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch -- and won.The renaming ceremony takes place this Friday (5/3) at 11 AM, and the two remaining members of the Beastie Boys, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond, are expected to be in attendance. The ceremony happens the day before the free 'MCA Day' at Littlefield which happens on the one year anniversary of his death (5/4). The flyer for MCA Day is below.
City officials and members of the legendary hip-hop band are expected to gather Friday at Palmetto Playground on State Street for a ceremonial renaming in honor of the Brooklyn Heights native, sources said. The site will be called "Adam Yauch Playground."
The movement to rename the park grew out of a post last year on the Brooklyn Heights Blog that gained steam on Facebook. At first, fans pushed to have nearby Squibb Park renamed in Yauch's honor, but Brooklyn Heights residents said such a name change would dishonor pharmaceutical giant Edward Robinson Squibb. Squibb opened his first lab where Squibb Park now sits at Middagh Street.
Fans then pushed for the renaming of Palmetto Playground and were met with little opposition.
In related news, Mike D and Ad-Rock are also working on a Beastie Boys memoir, according to The New York Times. It will be edited by hip hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and is due out in 2015 via Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau (who also published Jay-Z's "Decoded").
Beastie Boys' video for "Sabotage" and MCA Day flyer below...
Mike D & Sam Talbot working a grill in the Rockaways (cheftalbot20)
Thanks to Richard Young for pointing us to this picture of Beastie Boy Mike D helping out on his 46th birthday in Rockaway Beach yesterday (11/20). If you'd also like to help out Occupy Sandy in the Rockaways, head to their website for more information.
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...
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam "MCA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.RIP MCA
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.
With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums-including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill-win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.
In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985's Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.
In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women's Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans-each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.
Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including "So Whatcha Want," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin" and "Ch-Check It Out." Under his own name, Yauch directed last year's Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for "Make Some Noise" from Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.
Yauch's passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin' For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze's Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.
Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.
DOWNLOAD: The Secret History - It's Not The End of The World, Jonah (MP3)
AA Bondy @ Webster Hall (more by Zach Stern)
today in NYC
* The Aquabats @ BB King's
* Rasputina @ The Wonder Bar
* Baroness, Coliseum & Minsk @ Maxwell's
* Kristen Schaal & Max Silvestri @ Sound Fix
* The Secret History & Mahogany @ Public Assembly
* Tom Gabel (of Against Me!) @ Knitting Factory
* Sondre Lerche & Sylvie Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
* Previously on Lost & Reggie Watts @ The Bell House
* AA Bondy, Steve Burns & The Struggle @ Union Hall
* Wilderness, San Serac & The Violet Hour @ Union Pool
* Violens, Telepathe & Picture Picture @ Mercury Lounge
* Ours & Plain Jane Automobile @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gabriel Kahane & Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) @ (le) poisson rouge
* Made Out Of Babies, Swear On Your Life, Les Sans Culottes, Hype of the States @ Europa
* CaUSE co-MOTION!, Cheap Time & others @ Ash's Place
==== THURSDAY 11/20 @ ASH'S PLACE (aka 234 WYTHE) ====Mike D of the Beastie Boys was born today in 1965.
:: caUSE coMOTION!
:::: Cheap Time --------- In The Red records
:::::: the Beets
:::::::: Jacques Detergent ----- short set
:::::::::: White Diamonds ------ short set
[ ASH'S PLACE ] aka 234 WYTHE
234 Wythe Ave @ N 4th St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, JM-Marcy, G-Metropolitan | 8pm | $6 | all ages
[ curated by Mike Sniper ]
Jason Forrest will be at Le Poisson Rouge tonight as DJ Donna Summer.
Liquid Liquid performed at Special Disco Version at Santos Party House last night. Video below...