Let’s go with why we really began to get into the Beastie Boys… the jazz, experimental, jammed out, stony instrumentals, and “Sabrosa” from Ill Communication, with MCA’s funked up stand-up bass, and here played live so well, is just perfect.
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.
Dust Brothers, the Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique, 1989, and one of the most revolutionizing albums in history. See sampling laws. “Shake Your Rum” is one of our all-time favorite tracks, and in honor of MCA, we keep the tracks rolling all week long…
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.”
With the video for the track “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” featuring Santogold. And its over 11 minutes long, so you know that Spike and the Beasties wanted this to last forver, and ever. And their are action figures, so somebody was on acid.
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.