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Clash of The Titans II

October 17th, 2012

VH1_Game 2 2012 from Pressure Softball on Vimeo.

My Book Is My Shield

October 1st, 2012


Fredo Ortiz, Ep. 29

September 26th, 2012

Percussion wunderkind and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Fredo Ortiz, graciously drops a heaping serving of  knowledge (while simultaneously tending to his wife's surgically repaired hand) about his upcoming Bongoloidz debut album and playing drums in the Beastie Boys.



Feeling The Pressure

September 7th, 2012


In a back-and-forth softball battle, Team VH1 was able to hold off a 9th inning rally from The Pressure to win this year's clash 8-7.

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Fan Day, Ep. 28

August 11th, 2012

Jason Palk breaks down Beastie Boys Fan Celebration Day (held in NYC on Aug. 4, 2012) and 20 Questions returns.


(clockwise from top left: The Money Man, The Beastie Car, and the attendees of Fan Celebration Day.)


MCA For My Name

July 31st, 2012

Check Your Tweets

July 10th, 2012


My Lost Beastie Interview (2004)

June 16th, 2012

After briefly meeting Mike D and Adrock the day before, on June 9, 2004 I got to meet MCA and conduct my first interview with the Beastie Boys—a teenage dream come true.

Star-struck, nervous, and excited; the first interaction with my musical superheroes was both awkward and glorious.

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An Open Letter to the VMAs

May 26th, 2012

Dear VMAs,

In the past four months, music has lost the following legends: Whitney Houston, Jim Marshall (Marshall amps), Levon Helm (The Band), Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Dunn (Booker T. and The MG’s), Donna Summer, and Robin Gibb (Bee Gees).

Of the aforementioned, Houston and Yauch’s work directly impacted the MTV-generation.


(above: In exchange for giving MTV a classic VMA "moment," fans of Adam Yauch now deserve one.)

Houston brought vocal talent to pop music and Yauch—although his uncle Nathanial Hörnblowér may take credit—directed and starred in some of the most memorable videos ever seen on MTV. Just last year he won a Moonman for “Best Director.”

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Beastie Boys’ Last Hometown Gig

May 17th, 2012


Over the last two weeks I have been mourning the death of Adam Yauch and reflecting on my favorite Beastie Boys memories.

The last time I got to see them perform live, and the last time they performed a hometown gig in New York City, was at the Institute for Music & Neurological Benefit held at Terminal 5 on March 4, 2008.

Because I was professionally blogging at the time, I was happy to discover a thumb-drive that still has detailed notes from the evening’s events.

(above: Beastie Boys get into battle formation one more time. Photo: doutback)

Here’s a look back at my last Beastie concert experience:

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