There isn’t going to be any more new Beastie Boys music unless we get some version of Hot Sauce Committee Part One.
As a longtime Beasties fan, I’m not sure that has really sunk in yet. But it’s where we’re at. Apart from the odd collaboration like Mike D on Cassius’ ‘Action’ (he also recently appeared with Slaves), that’ll be it from Adrock and Mike.
During the summer I spent a week listening to Beastie remixes (must do a post sometime) so this is right up my street. A couple of years ago, Coin put together a mashup album featuring Beastie Boys raps over Daft Punk beats and it’s been doing the rounds again this week.
It’s a fun listen too. Check It Out is my favourite.
In 2013, the remaining Beasties Mike D and Adrock appeared in a Yoko Ono video but there’s been very little else on offer.
On Friday, French band Cassius changed that with the appearance of a new song ‘Action’ featuring Mike D and singer Cat Power on the hook. It’s a rolling percussive dance track that has the hallmarks of a laid-back sunshine groove.
‘Too Many Rappers’ is a Beastie Boys song that appeared on Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, the band’s final album before MCA passed away. A different version of the song was released as a single in 2009 and Roman Coppola directed a video in 2010 at the band’s Bonaroo show in 2009 that would end up being the band’s last ever live show. The video was never released.
Until now. Beastie fan and videographer Eoin McLernon, an Irish English and New Media student stumbled across it on. He explains how he found it:
While travelling by bus from the city of Limerick via my native Clare to another city Galway, I was watching a Beastie Boys video on my iPad. Specifically, the video for the single ‘Don’t Play No Game (That I Can’t Win)’ featuring Santigold. While watching the end credits for the music video a particular name caught my eye. That name was Neal Usatin, a producer and video editor. I had seen this name on previous Beastie Boys productions and projects made by the late Adam Yauch’s film distribution company, Oscilloscope Laboratories. Intrigued, I decided to Google Neal in order to find out about more of his work. This led me to his website “sweetcutz.com” which featured his online résumé. Curiously, this curriculum vitae included a credit for work on a 2010 video for the Beastie Boys single “Too Many Rappers ft. Nas,” directed by Roman Coppola. Further research led me to Neal Usatin’s Vimeo uploads, and lo and behold, there it was, the fabled lost video which us Beastie fans have lusted after for the past five years. I cannot begin to describe the nervousness and emotion I felt as I loaded the video and watched it for the first time. It existed and was sitting online in its entirety for years, unbeknownst to our tight-knit community of fans.
As soon as I arrived in Galway, I made my way to a friend’s house to celebrate his birthday. I had one goal, to reach a stable internet connection and share this new video with my fellow Beastie Boys fans via the band’s official message board. As soon as I did so, I started to receive a huge influx of Facebook friend requests and forum replies and Facebook messages thanking me for my discovery. My phone did not stop buzzing all night as I had a few casual drinks with friend’s to celebrate the aforementioned birthday. The response from the fans has been overwhelming, as this is possibly the biggest Beastie Boys related news since the tragic death of founding band member, Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, on the 4th May 2012. This has certainly been among the most exciting 24 hours of my life of the past few years. I’ve even been offered money and a kidney if I ever need it by one fellow fan! It was also suggested that I make my way to New York this coming summer for MCA DAY 2015. Attendance at such an event would make my year! The video is better than I could have possibly imagined as it contains some emotional scenes from the group’s last ever live performance at the Bonnaroo music festival in 2009.
I’ve been on a bit of a Beastie Boys buzz this week, something which happens a lot when the sun starts appearing. So this edits collection from Brainfeeder’s Jeremiah Jae has arrived on the right day.
Black Castle is a 12-track download of psychedelic soul-tronic instrumentals with rhymes from ‘Just A Test’, ‘Flowin’ Prose’, ‘Electrify’, ‘Time To Build, ‘Grasshopper Unit’, ‘Intergalactic’ and ‘Check It Out’. It works reaaaal nice. Download link.
It’s taken three years for Solid Steel DJs Cheeba, Moneyshot and Food to construct their own version of the Beastie Boys’ album Paul’s Boutique (aka one of the greatest albums ever) entirely out of the original songs sampled on the album of which there are 150. Inspired by Moneyshot’s Check Your Head album along the same lines, the result is Caught In The Middle Of A 3-Way Mix, a hour long reconstruction and homage to the album and the Beasties which also features interviews with the band, demos and quotes. I can’t really imagine a better tribute to MCA, who passed away a few months ago. Artwork by Jim Mahfood.
This was first aired in 1998 and my friend Ciaran recorded it for me on VHS and made a cover for it and everything. It’s up on Youtube but it parts are missing due to copyright claims. Here’s the full version via Vimeo. A great watch. RIP MCA.
RIP Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch aka MCA who died today aged 47 from cancer. It’s devastating news. His passing marks the end of the trio of Mike D, Adrock and MCA as a band, a unit, a rap group. We will never see the three of them finish each others rhymes in the flesh ever again.
The Beastie Boys define my teenage years. Ill Communication, Hello Nasty, Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head are very much responsible for shaping my musical tastes. The cleverly placed snatches of samples from funk, reggae, country and rap albums made me want to explore those other genres of music. MCA was always the elder, the enlightened, the one who kept the other two mad hatters grounded in reality; both on record and in interviews.
Mark Richardson, writing for Pitchfork perhaps has best summed up the appeal of the Beastie Boys:
MCA was the best rapper in the Beastie Boys as well as the best instrumentalist, and he also directed some of their many brilliant videos. But he was never the “leader” in any way because this wasn’t a group that needed a leader. The Beastie Boys are ultimately a celebration of friendship. You find people you care about and who care about you, and you make a community with them. The Beasties, both as a group and as individuals, embodied this ideal.
Thank you Adam Yauch aka MCA aka Nathaniel Hornblower aka Nathan Wind aka Sir Stuart Wallace for your part in my life and the lives of many others whether that was through your music, your music videos, your rhymes, your silly characters, your spirituality or your activism. Your rasp will be missed. I’m off to throw eggs at passers by in your honour.