Beasties Eyeing M.I.A., Cocker, Allen For New 'Mix'
By Gary Graff
The Beastie Boys are moving ahead with plans for a vocal version of their latest album, the all-instrumental "The Mix-Up."
Adam "MCA" Yauch tells Billboard.com the trio is "talking to some different artists who might do kinda like remixes and put vocals on it, so it wouldn't be us doing vocals on it. It would be kind of like a different version of the album, with a bunch of people guesting on it."
Among those in the loop, according to Yauch, are M.I.A., Lily Allen and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker -- "a bunch of British people," Yauch notes with a laugh. "It'll be interesting to see what they do with the stuff."
That might not be the only outgrowth of the "The Mix-Up," which Yauch, Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz released in June. Yauch says the Beasties have an idea for a visual version of the album as well, incorporating images from the group's touring to support "The Mix-Up."
"We've been traveling with a Super 8 camera," he reports, "and a lot of times we'll just make something. While we were in Singapore we filmed stuff, and in Australia and different places. We're talking about cutting it together into a full-length film that kinda goes the length of the album."
Yauch says the group is enjoying the tour, which alternates standard Beasties performances with Gala Event shows during which the three Beasties and their cohorts play instruments throughout. "About half of it is instrumental and half of it has vocals, but it's all based around the instruments," Yauch explains. "And a lot of it is B-sides and album tracks. We're not doing as many of the singles. It's fun."
Yauch says there are no plans to document the tour with a live album or DVD. After the trek wraps Sept. 27 in Chicago, the Beasties plan to return to the studio. "We're gonna start recording again," says Yauch, who's also working on a documentary about high school basketball players and their journey to the NBA.
As for where the next Beasties album will go, he notes that, "We just kind of go in and mess around, see what happens. There's no plan or anything."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007