By Zachary Swickey
On the eve of the late Adam Yauch's birthday, Beastie Boys fans can celebrate the life and legacy of MCA with a Beastie-centric walking tour of New York City. Happening Saturday (August 4), the tour will visit over a dozen different locations that relate to the Boys and their musical history.
Led by a Beastie's super fan, the tour group will rendezvous at Frederick Douglass Playground on the corner of 101st Street and Amsterdam Ave. before traveling to their first official stop at John Berry’s Loft, which was the first venue to host a Beastie Boys performance.
Also included on the tour is Oscilloscope Laboratories, the independent film distribution company that was founded by MCA along with David Fenkel, which notably released street artist Banksy’s documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” In addition to being a film production company location, To the Five Burroughs, The Mix Up and Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 were all recorded there.
Of course, one must-see stop of the tour is the location of the Paul’s Boutique album cover shot, which took place at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
The free tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a party at 8 p.m. Participants are reminded to wear comfy shoes and bring subway money. You can hit up the Facebook page for more info, including a pdf with full details of each planned stop. "Expect lots of Beastie Boys related music, fans sharing stories, and most importantly, good times,” according to the tour's Facebook page.
Space, it really is the final frontier. And with the Space Shuttle Atlantis due to blast off for the last-ever shuttle mission into the heavens on Friday morning (unless Mother Nature gets in the way), we were feeling all nostalgic about songs that glorify the deepness of the cosmos.
When they're not focused on penning songs about their sexual conquests, cars or whatever "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about, rock stars have often looked to the heavens for inspiration. Some have returned to that topic over and over again to great effect, including the original cosmic cowboy, David Bowie, who has written some of the best galaxy tunes of all time with "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes," "Five Years," "Life on Mars" and "Starman."
By Zachary Swickey
The Beastie Boys are at it again. The trio is re-teaming with veteran music video director Spike Jonze to helm the clip for the group’s upcoming single, “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” which features the unstoppable Santigold as guest rhyme-spitter.
We all know and love Jonze’s throwback video for the Beastie’s “Sabotage,” which featured the boys riffing on the police dramas of the 1970s – mustaches and all. For the second single off their critically acclaimed album Hot Sauce Committee Pt II, it appears Jonze and his crew are looking to have some fun again as the Boys will be portrayed by action figures in a style that is hopefully akin to the Robot Chicken series.
The band has posted a picture of their action figures – donning white parkas with artillery in hand – and it looks like production has already wrapped for the clip. “The video was directed by our esteemed colleague Mr. Spike Jonze. It is an explicit action adventure spectacular. It features action figures of us and yes, they are ACTION figures, NOT dolls!”
No word on when we should expect the video, but there will apparently be short and “epic” length versions for us to enjoy. Jonze is no slouch with epic music videos either. He is one of the grandfathers of the art form. You’d be hard pressed to find a more in-demand video director than Jonze during his heyday, when everyone from Bjork to Tenacious D requested his services. While there were plenty to choose from, here are some favorites from the man who would go on to direct Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are. Read More...
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.
By Tami Katzoff
The Beastie Boys (along with Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Santogold, Ben Harper, Tenacious D, and Crosby & Nash) are about to bring their music and their message to some key battleground states leading up to the big election on November 4. The Get Out and Vote Tour kicks off on Monday and wraps just a day before the election. The Boys said, "This is the most important election of our lives," so they want young people to know that every vote matters.
Bruce has done it. Jay-Z and John Legend have done it. Now, it's the Beastie Boys' turn to hit the road for some election-year shows in battleground states. The veteran hip-hop trio have announced Get Out & Vote '08, a tour which will drop into Virginia (October 28), Minnesota (November 1) and Milwaukee (November 2) with a gang of bold-faced support acts in tow.
The Richmond, Virginia, date at the Richmond Coliseum will find the Boys joined by Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones and Santogold; while Ben Harper and Tenacious D will share the stage in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The D and Harper will also be along in Milwaukee at the US Cellular Arena, in addition to a pair of folk icons, David Crosby and Graham Nash. According to a press release announcing the trek, more shows will be added soon.
Representatives of Rock the Vote will be distributing information at the gigs on local polling sites and early voting locations.