By Rya Backer
Fellow Beastie Boys superfans, have you had an extra spring in your step lately? Noticed the birds are chirping a little louder, a little more melodically? Is there silver lining on everything that comes in your path? That’s because it’s lead-up season: the all-encompassing promotional blitz (remember the infomercials and paper cups for Hello Nasty?) that takes effect before the drop of a new, long-awaited album by our favorite band.
And no, I’m not talking about their next re-release (but that’s happening, too — 1994’s Ill Communication will receive the same deluxe, remastered treatment on July 14 that 1988’s Paul’s Boutique and 1992’s Check Your Head got earlier this year).
Rather, the trio announced last night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” that their new album will be titled Hot Sauce Committee, refuting initial reports (likely the byproduct of a joke gone too far) that it would be called Tadlock’s Glasses. They also mentioned that the album is completely finished and awaiting a September release.
Clips from two songs off the new album — “Lee Majors Come Again,” in which the band offers up a nod to their past by rapping over a hardcore song, and an a cappella “B Boys in the Cut” — have made their way onto the Internet. A few very lucky fans received those tracks on 7″ records with the Check Your Head vinyl package (and one lucky-ish fan scooped up a copy of the 7″ for over $100 on eBay).
Until that fateful September day, the Beastie Boys will be hitting up festivals nationwide and have a headlining gig on September 24 at Los Angeles’ legendary Hollywood Bowl. Here’s hoping all this buildup doesn’t amount to another To The Five Boroughs. (But seriously, Mike, Adam and Adam, I’ll still love you forever. Seriously.)