In case you’re short on your Chris Brown news (blurg) here’s yet another video, this time it’s for “Till I Die.” Brown calls on buds Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa for the visuals and avoids sneering at all costs. Instead he and the guys mess around in the office and ride around in a schmancy car like they’re the definition of cool, yada yada.
The track is from his upcoming album Fortune (out July 3) and he dedicated the video to the Beastie Boys’ MCA. The gesture is well-intentioned but makes it hard to say anything bad about the media-torn Chris Brown. Also, if he didn’t mention that it was in honour of MCA, we wouldn’t have known. He doesn’t exactly capture the spirit of Adam Yauch in the video.
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In memory of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, Coldplay performed a piano cover of the rap group’s classic song ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’.
Singing at the Hollywood Bowl yesterday, Chris Martin also added an extra lyric to the end of the song to include the line: “We’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys.”
Other musicians who have paid tribute to the rapper are Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem and The Strokes.
Yauch, who was known as MCA, died at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer.
Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, has died at the age of 47. Yauch, who was also known as MCA was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node but had since undergone surgery and radiation therapy.
It’s not clear if the rapper’s death was due to cancer. In April, Yauch sat out of the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album.
MCA co-founded the group with Mike D and Ad Rock in 1979 and they went on to win multiple Grammys. He’s survived by his wife and daughter. [Source]
Short snippets of the video have been circulating around on TV and online, and the short-film does not disappoint. Featuring a battle-royale of sorts between the 1986 Beasties (Danny McBridge, Seth Rogan and Elijah Wood) dueling the future Beasties (John C. Reilly, Jack Black and Will Ferrell) and their acid-tripping rampage. Along the way, run in’s with various famous faces: Stanley Tucci, Jason Schwartzman, Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Bateman, Amy Poehler, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Rashida Jones, Rainn Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Chloe Sevigny. Oh yes, Orlando Bloom drops in for the shenanigans also.
Adam Yauch wrote and directed the footage of the trio’s short film and music video, in connection with his indie film company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
“Normally the song is king and the footage has to kind of bow down to it. With this I flipped it,” he said, explaining how he used sound effects and toyed with the track’s tempo to fit the narrative, such as it is.
The group’s ninth album, “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two,” is due May 3.
Don’t like the Beasties? Well, check out the casting call: Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Rainn Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Alicia Silverstone, Martin Starr, Ted Danson, Rashida Jones, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA.
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival last month and received a mix of reviews. In the video, we find the Beastie Boys (Elijah Wood, Seth Rogan, Danny McBride) in 1986 the day after the legendary “Fight for Your Right (To Party)” video took place. It is rumoured to be a long-running Saturday Night Live skit from there on out.
Judging by the preview, it appears to be some battle royale between past and present versions of the Beastie Boys. At the same time, it is between comedy of today versus yesterday. Some fascinating double-entendre, I do say.
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For some icing on the cake, the band is also reportedly going to start working on their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1, again, which was indefinitely postponed after Yauch was diagnosed.
The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival will return to Montreal this summer with two huge headliners: Coldplay and Beastie Boys.
The fourth installment of the annual extravaganza will take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Aug. 1 and 2, with the Brits headlining on Saturday and the Brooklyn MCs closing the festival on Sunday.
The Beastie Boys have recruited several famous friends for their “Get Out and Vote” mini-tour, which they hope will drive concertgoers to the polling booths come election day in the U.S.
Among those joining the rap trio for the series of concerts are Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and Tenacious D.
Three dates have been announced so far: Oct. 28 in Richmond, Va., Nov. 1 in St. Paul, Minn., and Nov. 2 in Milwaukee, with a different set of artists performing with the Beastie Boys each day.
Rock the Vote, which is co-sponsoring the tour, will have representatives on hand at the shows to distributing information on local polling sites and early voting locations.
“This election is too important to stay at home,” the Beastie Boys said in a joint statement Friday. “We hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.”
Although the tour is technically non-partisan, both the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow have publicly endorsed Barack Obama.
To promote the release of their newest album “The Mix-Up” The Beastie Boys are hosting a number of gala shows for their loyal fans – they only have one request. Dress nicely.
Making only a few stops, The Beastie Boys have scheduled performances for Montreal and Toronto, bringing along indie synth-funk twosome Chromeo to open up the show.
In a statement made by Capitol Records, the band asks fans to not “dress up like box-car-johnney”. The band goes on to instruct their potential audience to “don a suit, or a tux, or a dress, or something that says ‘ooh i’m looking fancy’ or ‘i look quite smart.’ Leave your crappy t-shirt and jeans at home, it’s not that kind of party and when we see you dressed up all nice, we will be friends again.” Poorly typed, improperly punctuated and lacking some much needed capitol letters – the message is still very clear.
However, for those who do not get the point, the band also supported their request with photographs of fans that have dressed “appropriately” in the past and can be viewed on their official website.
Adam Yauch (AKA MCA) pushes Michael Diamond (AKA Mike D) off his chair, then throws it on top of him. Diamond, lying facedown on the floor, uses the chair as a flotation device as he swims across the floor. Meanwhile, Adam Horovitz (AKA King Ad-Rock) talks about performing onstage.
And that was as serious as the Beastie Boys got in a 20-minute interview with andPOP last week.
“This interview is going fuckin’ swimmingly,” says Diamond, as he rejoins the band.
In Toronto to promote their award-winning DVD, “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot that,” the Beastie Boys have other things they’d like to discuss.
“The tension that exists in the band right now is that we’ve got two Adams and one Mike. I don’t have Mix Master Mike right here with me to balance things out and it’s a real problem,” says Diamond.
“Of all the rants you’ve gone in,” says Yauch, “this is perhaps the bottom of the barrel.”
“Truth hurts,” says Diamond. “Is that what you’re saying?”
“It seems to hurt you a lot more than it hurts us,” adds Horovitz.
Simple questions about the DVD turn into long-winded rants about the most obscure topics.
“Why don’t you tell the people what you’d like for your birthday,” Diamond tells Yauch, whose birthday is on August 5.
“I actually would like a Mah Jong video game that is compatible with a Mac. Most of the good ones are all on PC.”
“What about, just as a suggestion, as an alternate present, chain mail?” Diamond generously asks.
“Like writing letters to people or armour?” Yauch asks.
“Armour. It’s good to have around the house.”
“I’m planning on doing some swimming so I don’t know if the chain mail is really going to work.”
“It couldn’t hurt to have some armour around the house, you know, in case some shit goes down,” says Horovitz.
“I was trying to get you to get armour when you lived over at that weird Spanish castle,” Yauch reminds Diamond.
“I blew it on that,” Diamond says, “I should have bought the suit of armour from the people who had it before. It’s one of my biggest lifetime regrets.”
Chain mail could not be more off the topic from the DVD, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year. It’s the first live DVD released by the Beastie Boys, the revolutionary hip-hop trio from New York who have been making music for over two decades.
The Beastie Boys provided camcorders to 50 fans who were attending one of their concerts at Madison Square Gardens in 2004. The only instructions the fans were given was to leave the camera rolling the entire concert.
Yauch was browsing through the group’s online message board when he noticed someone posted a 30-second clip of a performance using a camera phone. Seeing that clip, he said, triggered the idea to create the almost bootleg-like DVD.
“It seemed like it captured the energy of the show better than most of the stuff I’ve seen filmed of shows. They don’t seem to really capture the essence of the show and this way did,” says Yauch, who also directed the film under the alias of Nathaniel Hornblower.
Since Yauch had many angles to choose from, the editing process took over a year to complete.
“The hardest part is having so many options, like certain songs we decided to just cut from the DV cameras. Some stuff was overwhelming,” says Yauch in a rare moment of seriousness, before the conversation turns to glue. Yes, glue.
“I have a new announcement. Adam and Adam don’t know about this yet,” says Diamond. “I’m in extended talks with Elmer’s Glue.”
“Extensive?” asks Yauch.
“That too. I think it’s going to culminate very …”
“Is that a solo venture or is it going to help the band?” interrupts Horovitz.
“Long term working relationship with the band,” Diamond says, as Horovitz starts talking about the quality of the glue and Yauch asks if it is the white glue.
“Well there will be some new ventures, some invisible erasing glue sticks,” Diamond explains.
“Because the white glue doesn’t get you high,” says Horovitz.
“This is why it’s a great tie in for us. No downside,” says Diamond. “Nobody died from Elmer’s Glue.”
“Except horses,” says Horovitz, “if you don’t care about that, but that’s cool, Mike.”
“They don’t use horses in glue,” says Diamond.
Horovitz corrects him. “Scientologist horses.”