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There are so many instrumental tracks from the Beastie Boys that we want to play this week in honor of MCA’s passing, but we grew up right when Ill Communication was hot, and every track just blew our minds. Check Your Head may be the masterpiece, the moment when it all changed, but Ill Communication was ours. “Get It Together” is like the blueprint for every skate video and street fashion shoot that ever existed after this…
By the time Check Your Head was released in 1992, the Beastie Boys were already established as experimenting artists beyond the License to Ill days, and things became very interesting and very stony mid-way through Check with “Something’s Got To Give.” It was no longer hip-hop, or punk, or rock… it was something new entirely.
Good friend and a very fine artist, Sage Vaughn, who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery this past November and December, has his work in the epic Beastie Boy Mike D curated Transmission LA at MOCA 17-day exhibition. Mouthful, but you get it. We saw that Sage posted his wall of envelopes, which look especially fantastic all orderly like this. His envelopes are always really great snippets into his style and method, some of our favorite work around. Love this wall.
The Beastie Boys are nerds. And so we think an action figure set of the three Beasties makes a ton of sense. And we love that A Bathing Ape did the toys, with baggy, preppy hip-hop clothes to boot. According to HB, the toys are made by, “Nowhere Ltd./A Bathing Ape. Made for the release of the trio’s ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ music video (the new Spike Jonze one), the set mirrors the characters used in the video. Each 11.5″ figure comes decked out in a 16″ x 12″ metal box accompanied with plenty of accessories and gear. Priced at $750 USD, the set is now available here.”
Look Palin may be confused by what most 5th graders learn about in their American History class, but let’s get this right: most people don’t know why Paul Revere made his famous ride. We mean, we know, we aren’t morons, but a lot of people don’t know. But those people vote for Palin, and they believe in some sort of false narrative about what it is to be American and how we need to get America back on the right track.
You know what being an American is, Mrs. Palin? Its knowing exactly why and what reason Paul Revere went on his famous ride … that is being an American. You don’t get that shit wrong. And you don’t alter Wikipedia pages to erase history. That isn’t getting America on the right track. Go away, now.
Cruising around Los Angeles in a rented Kia Soul, with this track from the Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” blasting on the stereo on Sirius radio, it really can’t get much better. This is the comeback that sounds just about right.
Even the album cover was fly on the Beastie Boys 4th LP, the 1994 near masterpiece, Ill Communication. In honor of Art In the Streets opening at MOCA, this album was our first foray into street culture; be it indie hip-hop, punk, streetwear, skate, and graffiti cultures. Ill opens with “Sure Shot,” and closes with the instrumental “Transitions.”
May 3rd, 2011, the Beastie Boys will drop the long, long overdue Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Sure, they probably won’t rewrite the script, but there are very few acts that can release an album this far into their career anymore and still cause a stir. As written on their blog, “Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission. They held their secret tightly. On may 3rd the HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART TWO will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens.”
The Beastie Boys recreated their seminal “You Got To Fight For Your Right” video by enlisting Elijah Wood (eh), Seth Rogen (double eh), and Danny McBride (hopefully he doesn’t become an eh) to shoot a short called “After the Party…”.
According to Moviefone, “The Boys (played by Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride) leave the party, ready to cause more ruckus. After a very amusing confrontation with the people who own the apartment (Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon), the short kicks in to a tripped-out extended Beastie Boys video (complete with Rogen, Wood and McBride rapping B-Boys style), which starts with them breaking into a bodega to steal beer and ends with them being challended to a dance off by their future selves (played by Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly), who show up in a DeLorean time machine with a dance mat awkwardly tied to the top of the car.”
This is one of the great hip-hop tracks of the 1990s, right around the time the Beastie Boys weren’t really doing hip-hop anymore, anyway. It has great back and forth between the Beasties and Q-Tip, with a mix of bravado and humor that both artists had mastered at this point. Enjoy.