July 10th, 2012
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.
May 26th, 2012
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.”
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:
May 11th, 2012
May 4th, 2012
As a teenager in high school—one who obsessed over music and the Beastie Boys (not necessarily in that order)—I began to seriously think about what I’d do for a career when I got older. As stupid and/or as awesome as it sounds now, I chose my future profession based solely on getting to meet the Beastie Boys.
I figured being an on-air VJ was my best shot.
In late 2001, my high school aspirations didn’t seem so lofty when I began hosting music video segments for MTV2. In 2003, the dream was in reach as I was scheduled to interview the Beastie Boys at the Field Day Music Festival.
Long story short, certain residents of Long Island protested, the promoters could not secure a permit, and the festival was moved up a day and a state away, inside of Giants Stadium in New Jersey. My brother’s wedding was on the same day and I missed making my teenage dream a reality.
May 2nd, 2012
May 3-June 21, dang, I might go multiple times.
April 5th, 2012
He's interviewed them a bunch, so why not talk to Matt Pinfield about the Beastie Boys?
(above: Matt Pinfield chats about his favorite Beastie Boys album, he and Mike D's fascination with blaxploitation films, and being quizzed about musical factoids on a daily basis.)
March 28th, 2012
Shakin' off the rust with our first episode of the year:
(below: Abe Lincoln, Mike D in a Packers hat, Larry, and the Beastie Boys' go-to tracksuits in 2004).
December 21st, 2011
On the final podcast of 2011, we chat with Chili about The Pressure Softball Club, visit Dan's fish-eye-lensed office while he competes in 20 Questions, and rank our favorite tracks on Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!