Beastie Boys

Laura’s Australian Dance Party

Beasties as Muppets in the last post, and now Beasties as action figures in this one. The Boys have reunited with Spike Jonze for the 6th(?) time for yet another fun vid. Spike’s real name is Adam, which make their collaborations 75% Adam. Do you think they all pick on on Mike D? “Mike? What kind of stupid name is MIKE?”

Did you enjoy that? Did you say to yourself, “Man, if I had some of those Beastie Boys action figures, I would steal my sister’s Barbie Beach Cruiser and have them act out a buddy flick!”¹ If you had that thought and have $750 on hand, you can own your very own set! Yes, you read that right. Seven-hundred fifty dollars. But before you soil your last pair of clean undies², all proceeds are going to three charities who work with kids who have cancer. Plus they come with a lot of stuff like different outfits, decals and hands. Hands, man. And, as the site states, “these are some real limited edition, explicit, bottle service/ v.i.p. type items“. I have to say, they look pretty awesome. Or dope? Do people still say that?

MTV just turned 30 over the weekend and it’s like the child actor of TV stations. It started out fun and cute and a bit kooky. It did its thing and we loved it. Then once it hit its teens, that’s when the trouble started. It decided to start dabbling in shows that had nothing to do with music – shows of people’s actual lives. And since then it’s all been downhill. MTV needs to be on Intervention, it’s now a crack whore – missing teeth and scabby. I would be one of those weeping loved-ones, reading my letter to MTV and telling it how much I miss the times we had and how I don’t even know it anymore, begging for it to get into treatment and be the channel I loved all those years ago. Remember the day you were born, MTV?

There is a reason for this little rant. Lately I have been finding that a lot of videos have been premiering exclusively on MTV.com. I have a couple of issues with this. One – it’s region restricted, so I can never watch the goddamn vids. (Hulu, I’m glaring in your direction too and YouTube, you’re headed down this slippery slope as well.) Two – why give an “exclusive premiere” to a station that barely plays music, despite having “music” in their name? Do people ever watch MTV for videos anymore? How do you find them?

Anyway, the cameo-heavy video for Best Coast‘s “Our Deal” is one of those “exclusive” videos I was referring to. The only place I could find it that didn’t link to the MTV video, constantly deny me, was a site in Chinese, so sorry about that. It’s pretty much Romeo & Juliet with better makeup, hair products and leather jackets. Maeby from Arrested Development is in it, as well as Donald Glover. I only know the actress playing the lead because she played Jack Donaghy’s young nemesis on 30 Rock. Anyway, thank you, China! And as for you, MTV, I hope that one day we can be friends again but I can’t watch you as long as you continue being a whore.
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¹ I refuse to use that term that rhymes with “fromance”.
² I know; I was too late. My apologies. If you don’t have time to do some laundry before work, just wear a bathing suit under your clothes. I won’t judge you. I promise.

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Slow Jam ’98

Last week, I re-watched the Kermit vs. Kermit version of “Under Pressure”. That video is so brilliant, I just love it. I mean, Queen, Bowie, and Kermit? What’s not to love? “Under Pressure” is one of those songs that has been one of my all-time favourites without me even realizing it.

Then later in the week I see this Sesame Street mashup of “Sure Shot”. Oscar as MCA, Grover as Ad-Rock, and Cookie Monster as Mike D is pretty great, but it doesn’t beat the Kermits for me. Still good stuff though.

I often wonder if Matt & Kim ever get upset. They’re always smiling and seem like they’re just having so much FUN all the time. It’s pretty infectious, which was apparent when they played Fallon this week. The Roots definitely caught it!

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Kindest Lines is relatively new on my radar, but I am enjoying what I have heard so far. They are out of New Orleans, which seems to have quite a music scene brewing lately, and are dark but dancey. Check out their debut album, Covered In Dust, which has been out for just over a month or so now, and they will soon be touring with Xiu Xiu, so check them out if they turn up in your ‘hood.

Not new on anyone’s radar is LCD Soundsystem, and some fine individual has remade their video for “All My Friends” in Lego. It is pretty great. You can compare it to the original here if you like to do that sort of thing.

It seems as if documentaries on bands are popping up more and more often lately. Beats Rhymes & Life, the doc on A Tribe Called Quest, was directed by Michael Rapaport which seemed like an odd pairing. That one is in limited release around the US, but sadly, I don’t think it has made it north of the border just yet. I would love to see this one and have actually considered road tripping to go see it, but I’m sure the internet will eventually throw me a bone.

In a more logical pairing, there is the Pearl Jam doc from Cameron Crowe that will be premiering at TIFF this year. I was a big-time Pearl Jam fan back in the day. They were the band I most connected with in high school. A friend of mine worked at a surf shop and got to deliver a custom board to Eddie once and they became surfing buddies. Obviously, I thought my friend was the coolest ever.

Watching the trailer brought back a lot of memories. You have to admit, Pearl Jam is pretty amazing. There aren’t many bands of that era that have survived this long that are still making music together; I have a lot of respect for them as a result. Looking forward to checking this one out too.

You wouldn’t think the White House would be up on internet memes, but I guess if that meme involves Rick Astley, they might be. You also wouldn’t think the White House would Rickroll someone via twitter, but that totally happened last week. Good one, sir!

Just

The world has pretty much been waiting for this since ’87, and if anyone is going to deliver, it’s the Beastie Boys. Their next album, Hot Sauce Committee Part One, was originally to be released in 2009, however it was delayed on account of MCA having some cancer to deal with. The boys are ready to release this sucker out into the world on May 3rd, but with some slight track changes and under the title, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. MCA seems to be back in fighting form, as he has put together a short film titled, Fight For Your Right Revisited. It’s pretty much the follow-up to the original “Fight For Your Right” video and its cast is the stuff of legend. As of yesterday, Fight For Your Right Revisited is out in full-form and it includes the best comedic pissing since Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Pee”. Thank whatever you believe in for the Beasties. Fucking epic.

If you don’t have half an hour to watch the full deal and just want a sampler, you can check the vid for the first single, “Make Some Noise” here. Or, if you want a strictly aural sampling, here’s a little something for you.

“Say It”

Danny McBride has apparently been a busy guy. Other than playing MCA, he also has a movie coming out called 30 Minutes Or Less. The red band trailer just hit and it looks like a good time.

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Death Cab for Cutie is also unleashing a barrage of samplings from their next album, Codes and Keys, out at the end of May. They did a live, single-take video for “You Are A Tourist”, in addition to putting a few tracks on the wonderful internet.

“Some Boys”

“Home Is A Fire”

Principe Valiente is yet another Swedish band I am liking a lot. Based out of Stockholm, they released their first full-length last month. They remind me of  Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine or, more recently, Interpol – all good things to be reminded of.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Let’s do some math. Wes Anderson + stop motion + Roald Dahl + Owen Wilson + George Clooney + Meryl Streep + Bill Murray + Jason Schwartzman = Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Passion Pit was on Jimmy Fallon this past week. Of course, I can’t link to it since it’s on that dipshit Hulu,(lucky you, if you’re in the land of America,) but here’s their video for “To Kingdom Come”.

You’ve probably heard by now, but MCA from Beastie Boys has cancer. Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which was supposed to be released on September 15th, is being pushed back and they’ve cancelled shows while he has surgery and starts treatment. He says it’s very treatable, but scary shit, man. Hear it direct.

8-bit Weezer of varying eras. I am glad to see Tugboat doing “El Scorcho”.

Yes, Bobby McFerrin did a song that was so catchy you hate it, (with a video starring Robin Williams and Bill Irwin). BUT, he’s a pretty cool and clever guy.

What do you get when you put together an 80’s compilation and a silent film? Well, this:

This lovely couple from Idaho had a Katamari Damacy wedding. Nerdy, but pretty darn cute.

The second Flight of the Conchords album, titled “I Told You I Was Freaky”, will be released on October 20th. That song about balls is going to be on it.

If Andrew W.K. was my local weatherman, I would actually watch the news. REGULARLY.

Strangely, I really love the Octopus Project, yet really don’t like actual octopuses. Either way, here’s their new vid for “Wet Gold”.

Eee! New Echo & the Bunnymen!

People who are knocked up or have gotten someone knocked up and don’t plan on fleeing like a pansy-ass, read up and learn a lesson or two from W.N. Kellogg. Do NOT raise an ape alongside your baby!

This would not work on trash cans in Hawai’i, since they say “Mahalo”, but at least there’s always Bachelor Party to help up cope! Mahalo for that!