Mike D helps Sonic Youth select hits

From Spinner.com:
Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond Backs Sonic Youth '100%'
Benjy Eisen

Throughout their 27-year career, icons Sonic Youth have had plenty of hits ... just not chart-toppers. So, to help them select their finest, certain well-known Sonic Youth fans were each asked to name their favorite. The Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond chose '100%' and tells Spinner that he picked it because it's "just a great song." The track will appear on Sonic Youth's 'Hits Are for Squares,' a limited-edition CD available only at select Starbucks and online at www.starbucks.com, beginning June 10.

"It's got all you could ask for in a pop song: interesting, dark, and yet celebratory subject matter. Dual guitar solos. A great vocal from Thurston. And a fine Steve Shelley drum break," Diamond says. "The video is heat, too!"

Other famed fans who contributed to the selection process include Beck ('Sugar Kane'), Radiohead ('Kool Thing'), Flaming Lips ('Expressway to Yr Skull') and Eddie Vedder ('Teenage Riot'). Not all Sonic Youth fans are rock stars though -- thus, writer Dave Eggers, comedian David Cross and filmmaker Gus Van Zant each got to pick one for the team.

Beastie Boys on your chest

Ricky Powell has teamed up with Goodspeed, a Japanese graphic t-shirt company, to offer some of his classic photos of the Beastie Boys and other artists on limited edition t-shirts. Choose from the following Beastie Boys designs (click to enlarge images):

Beastie Boys, May 1986

Beastie Boys in San Diego, 1994

Beastie Boys in Los Angeles, 1988

Beastie Boys on Soul Train, 1987

The t-shirts will be available to purchase at Graphy-t.com. A note at Graphy-t.com states the Ricky Powell stock is not yet available. (We'll keep on eye on availability.) Other shirts in the same line are priced at approximately 6000 Yen (US$57), so you can expect to pay something similar to that for the Powell tees.

Beastie Boys are all about movies and plays now

We've been slacking a bit at M2M due to the holiday and one of us graduating from school. (CONGRATS, KLEPTO!!) It's Beazley catch-up time!

Last week, Adam Yauch announced the first film to be distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures in the first-ever Oscilloscope Laboratories e-newsletter, reprinted below:
23 May 2008

hey, so you actually signed up for the oscilloscope laboratories newsletter! nice, i didn't know so many people would sign up.

so here's the skinny; we will be releasing a film called FLOW later in the year. click here to check out our very professional press release.

also, "gunnin' for that #1 spot" first wave will hit theaters on june 27th, (the day after the NBA draft) then more cities will be added after that. dan will put more specific info about what theaters on what dates below....

talk to you soon,

Opening Theaters for Gunnin' on June 27th:

New York, NY - AMC Empire 25
New York, NY - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
New York, NY - Loews Village East
Phoenix, AZ - AMC Arrowhead 14
Phoenix, AZ - AMC Deer Valley 30
Phoenix, AZ - AMC Mesa Grand 24
Los Angeles, CA - AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15
Los Angeles, CA - AMC 30 at the Block
Los Angeles, CA - AMC Santa Monica 7
Baltimore, MD - AMC Owings Mills 17
Portland, OR - Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
Philadelphia, PA - Ritz at the Bourse

If you haven't already signed up to receive the Oscilloscope Laboratories e-newsletter, go here to do so. Please note that there is no longer an intelligence test associated with signing up for the e-newsletter as there initially was.

To learn more about Flow, visit the film's official web site.

The official trailer for Yauch's film, Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The trailer, as well as an update on the theatrical release of the film (with news of swag and ticket give-aways to the New York premiere of the film on June 25!), was posted on the Gunnin' Facebook page. Non-Facebook members can read about it at Oscope Archive.

Horovitz Senior and Junior. Photo by Chris Leary

On May 21, Adam Horovitz hosted an invitation-only event at Manhattan's Westside Theater for the New York Playwrights Lab, an organization founded by his father, playwright Israel Horovitz. The event, titled "Ex-Lovers," was performances of 8 ten-minute plays written by members of the Playwrights Lab.

The invitation noted there would be a "special celebrity-guest host." Special, indeed! "Ex-Lovers" was billed as "sexy, provocative, upsetting, and very, very funny." Sounds like Mike D's cup of tea!

The younger Horovitz told the New York Observer, "I'm 41, and my whole life I've been going to see his plays...[The lab is] just all these writers, and they keep in touch and they work every week; it's friends together being creative. Its reminiscent of writers' salons and shit. People don't really seem to do that anymore. It's cool."

See more photos from the event at Gettyimages.com.

The commercial for The Mix-Up album

Apparently the commercials for The Mix-Up, Solid Gold Hits and To The 5 Boroughs have been on Youtube for some time now. After some research, there's still doubt if these commercials by dedwerdz/sweetcuts are the same as mentioned on Oscilloscope's website, but it is very likely because the same editor did some of the music videos mentioned on the same list.

A talk with Keyboard Money Mark

Photo: IFC.com
Jim: Everyone knows you as the long-time keyboardist for the Beastie Boys. During live performances of "Sabotage" you sort of flip yourself perpendicular to the ground. Have you ever injured yourself while playing keyboards?

Mark: No.

Jim: Never?

Mark: No. I practice that move a lot. In fact when I leave here I'm going to go practice that move.

IFC.com has posted an entertaining interview with Money Mark in which he discusses his work on various soundtracks and a new album, his history with the Beastie Boys, and his shenanigans when performing with them, among other topics.

Most interesting to Beastie Boys fans will be Mark's reply to the question if he is working with the Beastie Boys on their new album: "Yes. Every once in a while we will get together and do something. It is not very intense at the moment."

Read the full interview (highly recommended!) at IFC.com.

Adam Yauch interview in Mean magazine

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Adam Yauch is interviewed (and photographed amusingly) in the June issue of Mean magazine.

Props to Allan Baldwin for supplying the scans!

Tamra Davis Cooking Show features Beastie Boys

Tamra Davis and Mike Diamond get special visitors in the latest episode of the Tamra Davis Cooking Show.

Yauch is the special guest cook, when he helps with the fresh lemonade, and Horovitz has a deep conversation with Skylar and Davis. Fredo also says hi.

Adam Yauch at Filmmaker Talks event available on iTunes

Adam Yauch's Filmmaker Talks session at the Apple Soho Store on May 2, 2008 is now available as a podcast here (launches in iTunes). Yauch talks about directing his new film Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, of course, as well as Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! and other Beastie Boys videos, and more...

Alternative link: Click HERE [EXPIRED] to listen to/download an MP3 of Yauch talking film.

Photo: MSN.com

Money Mark joins Jack Johnson tour

Photo by Erik Voake

Money Mark will be packing up his keyboards and bags to hit the road and perform this summer. In addition to his previously announced performance date at Bonnaroo, he will be performing at least one solo show in Canada and several dates as the opener on Jack Johnson's tour.

Mark will be performing at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario, on June 12. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. He will open for Jack Johnson at the following shows:

June 13 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 17 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
June 18 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 21 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 22 - Somerset, WI - River's Edge

Tickets for Jack Johnson's tour are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Oscope Archive update

Since launching Oscope Archive a few weeks ago, we've posted new video clips, screen captures, reviews, credits, and a lil' something we're calling "Nerd Notes" to some of the project listings. Nerd Notes are interesting facts about the people and places in the videos and films.

We will continue updating the project listings as we find content and the time to post the material. We ask readers to submit any screen captures, reviews, Nerd Notes, or other items using the CONTACT button at Oscope Archive.

Among our recent updates to the archive is the addition of several video clips from the short film A Day in the Life of Nathanial Hörnblowér, starring David Cross as Hörnblowér (see one clip above).

On the topic of videos...check out the Part 2 video of Tamra Davis' trip to the Southwest with her husband and children on her cooking blog, the Tamra Davis Cooking Show.

What's up with the Beatsie Boys?

Some Beastie Boys music news has slipped out of Adam Yauch's mouth while he has been talking to the press about his film Gunnin' for That #1 Spot. Yauch told Rolling Stone that the Beastie Boys are "40 percent" finished with a new album. "It'll be a mix of things. We'll play on it, and there'll definitely be some hip-hop," Yauch revealed.

When and how much the Beastie Boys have been working on the album is a mystery because they have failed to turn on the O-scope cam, which they promised fans they would do if they were in the studio working. This so-called "40 percent finished album" could be comprised of recycled or unused songs from previous recording sessions.

Although most fans have come to accept the lack of updates and communication from the band, it remains disappointing to be left in the dark about promised Beastie Boys projects, including the remix version of The Mix-Up and the Detroit/Chicago Gala Event dvd. Most disappointing (and, at the same time, exciting) for us to learn is that there is a new Beastie Boys song in Gunnin' for That #1 Spot. How could the band overlook telling their fans something that interesting?!

According to the press notes handed out to the media at the Filmmaker Talks event at the Apple store in Soho, Yauch's basketball documentary contains a new Beastie Boys song titled "Bass Line Is Nice."

New traveling episode of Tamra's cooking show

There’s a new video from Tamra Davis’ Cooking Show posted on tamradaviscookingshow.com. This time it is not a cooking show, but instead shows how they travel with children.

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot web site now available

In case you haven't noticed, the official web site for Gunnin' for That #1 Spot is now fully launched. If you're hot to see the film, you may want to review a list of the cities and theaters in which the film will open on June 27.

Remember, we're posting all reviews and interviews related to Gunnin' for That #1 Spot at Oscope Archive. One feature article we'd like to direct you to read in particular is by the Wall Street Journal, which asked Adam Yauch to list his favorite New York films from the era in which he grew up. Read the article at Oscope Archive.