"Awesome" in Australia

Beastie Boys fans in Australia are being offered a special screening of Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! in four cities. The screening will include a pre-recorded video introduction by Adam Yauch, as well as a recorded post-screening interview about the making of the film with Yauch.

July 11, 7:30 p.m., Federation Square ACMI Cinema, Melbourne
July 12, 7:30 p.m., Mercury Cinema (Lion Arts Centre), Adelaide
July 19, 6:45 p.m., South Bank Cinema Complex, Brisbane
July 19, 7:30 p.m., Greater Union Bondi Junction, Sydney

Tickets for the special screening are available to purchase at popcorntaxi.com.au.

Awesome is also being screened in Perth; however, there has been no announcement that the screening there will include the special content with Yauch.

Death-defying rapper

A clipping from Sunday's New York Daily News:

I have just one question: What would be much worse than seeing a parent almost get killed?

The Times interviews Adam Yauch

Someone shake Adam Yauch awake and remind him that he's a Beastie Boy, please. The Times (UK) has published a new interview with Yauch that is as interesting to read as a credit card company's privacy policy statement.

An "unusually sober and thoughtful" director isn't going to convince Brits to see the movie; a Beastie Boy, on the other hand, might be able to charm them into the idea. Why doesn't he realize that?

Money Mark to perform at UK music festival

Money Mark is among the acts confirmed to perform at the TDK Cross Central music festival in London, England, on August 26 and 27, 2006 (August Bank Holiday Weekend). Undoubtedly, Mark will be performing new material from his upcoming album, Brand New by Tomorrow.

Tickets cost £20/day (Mark performs on August 26 only) and may be purchased online. Keep updated on the festival by visiting its Myspace page. More acts will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Deep in Lies

The Beastie Boys' film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! is the focus of the current issue of Little White Lies, a UK movie magazine. Included in the issue are an interview with Adam Yauch, reviews of the film by fans who attended a secret screening in London, and drawings of the band created by fans.

The magazine may be purchased at LWLies's online shop.

(Yo, Jeremy)

Playing in the park

From Gawker.com:

Could the Beastie Boys be shooting a video to include on the Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! dvd or were they just playing around?

Brand new Mark

Surprise! Money Mark has a brand new album coming out this fall. Brand New by Tomorrow is now available for pre-order at HMV.co.uk. The album is scheduled for release on August 14, 2006.

(Shout-out to Xavier)

New Lady Sovereign track posted online

Several of the new songs from Lady Sovereign's forthcoming album, Public Warning, have begun appearing on the internet, including the title track. Last week, a digital promo from the album -- a song titled "Gatheration" -- was distributed to the media. I have been unable to confirm if this is one of the songs that Adam Horovitz produced because production credits were not provided with the promo. Download the song from TheFader.com (3.9 MB mp3) and decide for yourself if it sounds like Horovitz' handiwork.

Beastie Boys got soul

Kidda, an up-and-coming producer in Brighton, England, is getting attention in the British press for mashing the Beastie Boys' To the Five Boroughs acapellas with classic soul songs. Kidda's unique mashups, which he has collectively titled On the Bus to NYC, are available to download for free at his web site.

In its review of the mashups, The London Evening Standard said Kidda "has taken their [Beastie Boys] lacklustre 2004 album and improved it tenfold." I wouldn't say that's true -- but then again, I would never call the To the Five Boroughs lacklustre.

More amusing to me than the mashups is the open letter to the Beastie Boys that Kidda has posted on his web site, inviting the band to rap on one of his albums. Good luck with that.

"We are all in the Garden tonight"

On October 9, 2004, the Beastie Boys employed 50 fans to film their concert at Madison Square Garden for the band's first concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! The band and their camera army, however, weren't the only ones recording that evening. A number of fan-recorded videos and audio recordings have surfaced from that concert, now including my audio share for today. This audience recording has not been shared previously and should not be confused with other recordings floating around.

For those of you who are picky about your audience recordings, download the following sample track to determine if the recording is up to scratch (pun intended):
 Sample: "Posse in Effect" (3.16 MB mp3)
For those of you with slower connections, I have uploaded the concert in three zip (compressed) folders. You will need software to extract the mp3s (for Windows PC: WinZip; for Macintosh: ZipIt).
 Tracks 1-12 (Zip folder, 32.51 MB)

 Tracks 13-24 (Zip folder, 39.95 MB)

 Tracks 25-34 (Zip folder, 26. 58 MB)
If you have a high-speed connection, you may download the whole kit and caboodle in one shot:
 Beastie Boys 10-09-04 (Zip folder containing all tracks, 99.03 MB)
The mp3s were created from lossless audio. Please do not upload these files to torrent or other file-sharing sites (they won't meet the criteria) except for the Beastie Boys Hub. The taper intends to share lossless audio at DIME in the future -- but don't hold your breath for that to happen.

01 Walk in - Triple Trouble 2:02
02 Sure Shot 2:45
03 Root Down 3:15
04 Will Ferrell Video 0:50
05 Hello Brooklyn 2:07
06 Time to Get Ill Instructions 1:59
07 Time to Get Ill 3:03
08 All Lifestyles 2:12
09 Mattress Guy Video 0:42
10 Posse in Effect 2:45
11 Shake Your Rump 3:33
12 MMM Interlude 3:16
13 Sabrosa 3:45
14 Ricky's Theme 3:25
15 Something's Got to Give 4:51
16 Shout-out Video 1:44
17 An Open Letter to NYC 3:41
18 Right Right Now Now 2:36
19 Banter Break 1 2:02
20 Paul Revere 3:38
21 Body Movin' 2:36
22 Incredible Wild Video 0:41
23 3 MCs and 1 DJ 2:44
24 Brass Monkey 3:18
25 So What'cha Want 3:15
26 Banter Break 2 1:19
27 Ch-Check It Out 3:35
28 To the Seats 1:14
29 Intergalactic 3:19
30 Back to Stage 1:08
31 Gratitude 3:50
32 Banter Break 3 1:01
33 Sabotage 3:23
34 Outro 1:16

Much thanks to the taper for allowing me to share this recording with the fan community.

Related post: Awesome; Some Other Guys Fuckin' Shot This!

Mike D interviews Sonic Youth

This week Sonic Youth released their 20th studio album, titled Rather Ripped. Usounds.com is offering audio (Windows Media and Real Audio) of live versions of their new songs with an interview of the band conducted by Mike D. (Geffen Records is the original source of the audio; however, the audio links at Geffen.com are fudged at the moment.)

1. "Incinerate" (Live)
2. Mike D interviews Sonic Youth - part 1
3. "Reena" (Live)
4. Mike D interviews Sonic Youth - part 2
5. "Do You Believe in Rapture?" (Live)
6. Mike D interviews Sonic Youth - part 3

For posterity, download and enjoy:
 Mike D interviews Sonic Youth (34 MB mp3)

Mix Master Mike to perform in Denver

Mix Master Mike will be performing at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado, this Friday (June 16) at 8 p.m., and the price is right! Free tickets to this 21+ only show are being distributed at the Bluebird Theater this week.

Mix Master Mike will be showing off his supreme DJ skills, much like he did at the following appearance on G4TV in November 2004:

Click on the image to view the video.

Mo' Mark

Universal Music has announced that it will be re-issuing some of the Mo' Wax catalogue, including three of Money Mark's releases: Mark's Keyboard Repair CD, Push the Button CD, and the "Hand In Your Head" 12-inch single. The re-issues will contain bonus material not found on the original recordings. The release date is set for September 4, 2006, with bonus material yet to be confirmed.

Beastie Boys Radio returns

After a five-month hiatus, Beastie Boys Radio returned last Thursday (June 8) on Little Radio. For two hours, the Beastie Boys played songs and chatted with one another during breaks. Mike D premiered two remixes of "Shazam!" -- one that he created and one that Adrock created for the Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! dvd -- and asked listeners to choose their favorite. (I prefer the crazy genie version by Mr. Horovitz.)

Download, listen, and choose your favorite.
 "Shazam! (Mike D Remix)" (2.9 MB mp3)

 "Shazam! (Adrock Remix)" (2.53 MB mp3)

For advanced Beastie Boys fans, I offer another related download: the song that Beastie Boys sampled in "Shazam!"
 "Open Sesame" - Kool & The Gang (4.6 MB mp3)

Un documentaire unique

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! will have its French premiere in Paris on July 3 at the Divan du Monde. In true French style, a set of Beastie Boys songs will be spun by DJ Pfel, a two-time ITF DJ world champion, before the film is shown.

Beastie Boys attend film school benefit dinner

The Beastie Boys attended the second annual benefit dinner for the Ghetto Film School last Monday (June 5) in New York City. Rachel Horovitz (Adrock's sister) is the chair of the board of directors for the school.

The Ghetto Film School provides underprivileged students with an opportunity to participate in workshops and courses about film-making.

Sovereign album set for release

Def Jam has announced its fall release schedule. Lady Sovereign's much-anticipated album, which includes several tracks produced by Adrock, will be released on October 3.

Related Reading:
  • Allhiphop.com interviews Lady Sovereign
  • Lady Sovereign: "My mom loves the Beastie Boys"