To celebrate the latest Beastie album, our favorite Burlington based DJ, DJ A Dog, who you may remember from the B-Movie post a couple of years ago. I love the original song and video. I think that I might like A Dog’s take almost as much. As an interesting (to probably no one by me) side note, I ran into Ricky Powell (the official Def Jam photographer from the 80′s) last week at a thing that I was shooting. I actually got some pretty awesome photos of him. I’m hoping to be able to share them, later. For now, Peep this vid.
This time featuring NAS. If you saw “Fight for your right revisited,” then you probably recognize this track from the dance-off scene, which disturbingly ends in a pissing contest. Anyway, I think this track is pretty cool. I’m not particularly a fan of NAS. To be completely honest, I was a bit disappointed with the whole hotsauce album. But, I have been a fan of the B-boys for so long that I kinda just like whatever they do, even if they are pretty old and obviously not really trying anymore. For a good time, listen to “Too Many Rappers” (below).
Pure Awesome. If you are as big of a Beastie Boys fan (nerd) as me, then you probably can’t wait to watch the 30 minute film “Fight for your Right Revisited,” tonight. According to the B-Boys website,
Tonight at midnight EST, tune in to MTV 2, mtvU, VH1 or VH1 Classic to watch the full 30 minute version of Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right Revisited.” It airs again 3 hours later on Palladia, and uncensored on Comedy Central at 3 AM EST. If you wanna, check in to the premiere on GetGlue at http://bit.ly/fKmViB and you can unlock a Beastie Boys sticker thingy.”
This week is another throwback from the mid-90′s. Luscious Jackson was probably in my top 10 favorite groups during HS. I thought that they were awesome for several reasons. Primarily, because they were signed to the label that the Beastie Boys started called “Grand Royal.” In addition to being tight with the B-Boys, I thought that they had a pretty swanky sound. It kind of reminded me of Deee-Lite, but with real instruments instead of a drum track and some Casios.
I also really liked the way that they looked, and the general vibe that they gave off. They just looked like mellow normal girls. I felt like if we had grown up in the same neighborhood, we would have probably been friends. I first came to this conclusion while watching them perform on Saturday Night Live, as the musical guest. I hope that statement doesn’t come off as arrogant, because it isn’t meant to be taken as me thinking that I’m so awesome that rock stars want to be friends with me. What I’m trying to say is that the Luscious Jackson girls seemed super approachable. Enough so, that they would have probably let me kick it with them, even though I’m three quarters nerdatard (it is a learned trait, no disrespect to my parents).
Now that I have managed to get all of the pointless speculation out of the way, and over-explain it, feel free to listen to one of my favorite LJ tracks, called “Here.”
I received an email from the Beastie Boys this afternoon, with “Houston, we have a problem” in the subject line. In the email was a link to the video below, of MCA announcing that they are cancelling their upcoming shows and the new album release because they discovered that he has cancer in one of his glands, and one of his lymph nodes. Apparently it is treatable, and he will be getting surgery next week. I’m pretty bummed. They are pretty much the main reason that I wanted to go to All Points West, at the end of the month. Anyway, I’m even more bummed that one of the guys who I grew up listening to, has come down with something so serious. I am glad that it appears to be totally treatable though. Here is the vid, if you want to check it.
I was rifling through morning email and came upon this news:
“Party People your dreams have now been fulfilled.” -Run DMC -1986
OK, maybe not so much, but to celebrate the spring season we are reissuing Check Your Head. Along with the original, we’ve put together 16 bonus cuts, rarities and assorted nonsense. All digitally re-mastered to the highest technical specs of course.
There will be five different steelos avail: from a digital-only package to a limited 4 LP vinyl, fabric-wrapped hardcover book case edition. Very exclusive and V.I.P. It’s available for a limited time at a special discount at http://checkyourhead.beastieboys.com/buy.
All of the above come with immediate digital downloads and are also available in lossless formats (FLAC and Apple lossless). You’ll also find band commentaries, videos, original album art, and a Wave Skater game. Kinda hot hot heat mixed with burning molten lava!
For further investigation go to www.checkyourhead.beastieboys.com.
Since this is probably one of my favorite albums, of all time. I’m pretty stoked.
The mashup phenomenon is one that kind of blew up a couple of years ago, and has since died down considerably. One thing is still true when it comes to mashups. Some are good, some are ridiculously bad. When Jay Z released an A capella version of the Black Album, it was like an invitation for mixtape and mashup artists (even really bad ones with no resources [or skills] to acquire said A capella tracks by other means), to go crazy. Go crazy, is just what they did. At any rate, it was a smart marketing ploy on the side of Jay Z (as if he was having trouble gaining exposure). One of the more popular mashups that the A capella Black Album spawned, was the Grey Album, by DJ Dangermouse. The Grey Album is a very “haha” clever title for the album, since the beats that Dangermouse used to lay behind Jay Z’s vocals were all laced with samples from the “Beatles’” White Album. It is debatable whether these types of creations really even count as mashups, since the traditional notion of mashups precluded the use of any added beats. Traditionally, the tracks being mixed would just be sped up, slowed down chopped (or not) and overlapped. But, whatevszzz. That is a conversation/rant for a different day. The song that I’m sharing today is a Dangermouse-style mashup, done by DJ BC. BC released a collection called the “Beastles” where he mashed up “Beastie Boys” and “Beatles.” I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’m guessing that BC’s idea for this track may have possibly had something to do with Dangermouse’s Grey Album. Just a wild guess. Most of the “Beastles” tracks, frankly, are garbage. No offense, DJ BC. Even the song that I’m sharing contains some corny mashup no-no’s such as including samples of speech that attempt to explain, or provide commentary about the track. Whaaaatttttttttttttt? I’m willing to look past that crap though, because the rest of the track comes together pretty well, and because I’m a sucker for projects involving the Beastie Boys. See what you think. Here is “Buildin my Life”