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Rick Rubin Just Annotated A Ton Of Kanye West, Beastie Boys, & Johnny Cash Songs On Genius

One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that they worked on or that they really love. Case in point: Super producer Rick Rubin recently made a profile on the site and set about adding some background informatio… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015

Beastie Boys Want Another $2.4M From Monster Energy For Legal Fees

Back in June, the Beastie Boys won a copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink after the company used the band's music and likeness in promos for a sponsored snowboard competition without their permission. The surviving Beastie Boys were awarded $1.7 million, but they are now asking for an additional $2.4 million to cover the… More »

By: James Rettig / January 19, 2015

Watch Beastie Boys & Nas’ Unreleased “Too Many Rappers” Video Directed By Roman Coppola

One of the highlights of the Beastie Boys' final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was "Too Many Rappers," a collaboration with Nas. Roman Coppola shot a video for the song featuring all four rappers in a grocery store and other commercial environs (Ad-Rock's thinkin' Arby's), but it was never released. Fortunately, a fa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 12, 2015

Ad-Rock Uses A Homemade NY1 Guitar Strap In Tribute To Their Viral Air Guitar Video

The local New York news network NY1 is much-loved in town thanks to its wry tone and to a kind of shambling amateurism that sometimes comes through. Case in point: Last year, NY1 reporter Roger Clark reported on an air guitar championship at the Bowery Ballroom by giving a flailing on-air Rush air-guitar solo of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2014

Mike D Discusses The $5M Townhouse He’s Designing And Selling In Brooklyn

Beastie Boy Mike D has been working on developing a brownstone in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn alongside his wife, Tamra Davis, and architect friends Jill and John Bouratoglou. The townhouse is now on the market for $4.98 million and features three floors, four bedrooms, and a garage. He and Davis moved to the… More »

By: James Rettig / September 16, 2014

Ratking – “Canal (Ad-Rock Remix)”

The rowdy New York experimental rap crew Ratking are playing Lollapalooza this weekend, and to heighten anticipation for their set they've released a remix of their So It Goes single "Canal" by none other than Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz. Ad-Rock turns the bassy, dramatic original into something jazzy, grimy, and at least a little… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014

Beastie Boys’ Mike D Remembers The ’90s: Watch Him Talk Tupac, Grunge Fashion, “Sabotage” Video

Beastie Boy Mike D recently sat for a series of short but packed-full-of-stuff video interviews with Vanity Fair, all of them about the pop culture of the '90s, a time when Mike and his group were absolute kings. He doesn't exactly say anything new in these videos, but the way he leaves all this stuff… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2014

Site Of Paul’s Boutique Cover Getting Beasties Mural For Today’s 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, a little group called the Beastie Boys put out a little album called Paul's Boutique. To celebrate that fact, artist Danielle Mastrion is going to begin work tomorrow morning on a Beastie Boys tribute mural adorning the wall of Wolfnights sandwich shop on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, the… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 25, 2014

Beastie Boys Poised For Another Legal Win, This Time Over Paul’s Boutique Samples

Beastie Boys already prevailed in legal battles against GoldieBlox and Monster Energy this year, and now they seem likely to win a third. Before Adam Yauch died, the record label Tuf America sued Beastie Boys over the use of uncleared samples from Trouble Funk's "Say What" and "Let's Get Small" on the Beasties'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 12, 2014

Beastie Boys Win $1.7M In Monster Trial

Two years ago, the Beastie Boys filed a breach of copyright suit against Monster Energy Drink when the company used the band's music in promotional materials for the Monster Energy-sponsored snowboard competition Ruckus In The Rockies. Those materials (namely a Monster-commissioned mix by DJ Z-Trip that included several Beastie Boys' songs) allegedly started appearing… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 5, 2014

Mike D Confirms Beastie Boys Are Done, Ad-Rock Dances On Inside Amy Schumer

Last week, during the Beastie Boys' court battle against Monster Energy Drink, Mike D said something we all already knew: After the death of Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys are done. Here's what he said: "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can't make new music." Honestly, this i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014

An Amused Ad-Rock Takes The Stand In Beastie Boys V. Monster Energy; Defense Promises Jury Will Learn Definition Of “Dope”

Two years ago, just days after the death of Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch, Monster Energy Drink featured five Beasties songs from Z-Trip's Beasties Megamix in a promo video for a snowboarding event called Ruckus In The Rockies. The end of the video featured the phrase "RIP MCA" in the same typeface as Monster'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2014

Ill Communication Turns 20

Where did "Sabotage" come from? I'm not talking about the fake-cop-show video, a clear masterpiece of the form and the main reason Spike Jonze ever got to make movies in the first place. I'm talking about the single itself, a delirious chunk of Camaro-rock that has no precedent in the Beasties discography. The Beasties had… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “She’s On It” (Beastie Boys Cover) + “Jack The Ripper” (Link Wray Cover) Video

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion just released a Record Store Day recording of their popular live medley of "She's On It" by the Beastie Boys blended with "Jack The Ripper" by Link Wray. Now you can watch the video for it, which patches together footage of the band playing it live. Watch it below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 21, 2014

Check Out These Lego Versions Of 20 Famous Bands

If you can't quite get your fix from The Lego Movie (which honestly, who could blame you) artist Adly Syairi Ramly has you covered with 20 bands he's recreated in Lego form. No photoshopping was involved and everyone from Joy Division to No Doubt to Radiohead to Napalm Death shows up. Check out a gallery… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 19, 2014

GoldieBlox Settles With And Apologizes To Beastie Boys For “Girls” Ad

Last year, GoldieBlox, a toy company that specializes in non-princessy toys for girls, made an online commercial that used a parody of the Beastie Boys' 1986 lunkhead nugget "Girls," flipping the lyrics to turn them feminist. You'd think this would be the sort of thing that the now-enlightened Beasties might appreciate, but there wa… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2014

Toy Company Removes “Girls” Ad, Writes Open Letter To Beastie Boys

What counts as fair-use parody, and what counts as a simple advertisement? For the past few days, many of us have been arguing and wondering over those things, thanks to a viral toy commercial that put a feminist spin on the Beastie Boys' ridiculously catchy 1986 lunkhead standard "Girls." The YouTube commercial, from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013

Beastie Boys Accuse Viral Toy Commercial Of Copyright Infringement

The Beastie Boys have always been vocal about their refusal to license their music for TV commercials, but I'd thought they'd made an exception for the Princess Machine, a girls' toy that puts big emphasis on engineering rather than, like, sparkles. The toy commerical used a feminist flip on the Beasties' Licensed To IllMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2013

Viral Toy Commercial Gives Beastie Boys’ “Girls” A Feminist Rewrite

The Beastie Boys were always vocal about their refusal to license their songs for TV commercials, but it looks like they've made a very justifiable exception. For the past couple of days, a commercial for the Rube Goldberg toy the Princess Machine has been burning-up the mommy-blog circuit, and it's gone viral for a bunch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2013

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – “Bad Dancer” Video

Yoko Ono's video for "Bad Dancer," a track off her recent album Take Me To The Land Of Hell, might be the most diversely star-studded video of the year. Reggie Watts, Heems, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Ad Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Ira Glass, Questlove (slow dancing with Ono above), it just… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 4, 2013
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