Beastie Boys take the summer off

I've been slacking a bit at Mic to Mic. Sorry. Here's a round-up post to make up for my lack of updates lately.

Brooklyn-born artist Santogold revealed to NME that she is working on a track with the Beastie Boys for their record. To which I say, "Woo-hoo!" -- not only because I like Santogold and her 2008 self-titled release, but also because I like the idea of the Beastie Boys working with a female artist. Beastie Boys have not collaborated with a female artist since the 90s when they worked with Miho Hatori. (Hatori contributed to the Beastie Boys' songs "Twenty Questions," "I Don't Know," "Hail Sagan," "Start," and their cover of "Light My Fire.")

Speaking of the Beastie Boys new album...No work is currently being done on the album. The band are taking the summer off from making music. (Hear it from Yauch's mouth in a new interview with Radio 1045. He says the new album is "half-way done.")

Mike Diamond is spending his summer in Malibu with his family. There have been confirmed sightings of Mike and family frolicking on the beach. Adam Yauch is busy with the business of film making. He has turned his focus to Oscilloscope Pictures, promoting Gunnin' for That #1 Spot and the two films Oscilloscope Pictures has chosen to distribute, FLOW and Frontrunners. (Visit Oscope Archive to learn more about these films.) Money Mark is in California, just back from the Jack Johnson tour, buying equipment and recording his own new album (see a new article about Mark at Giant Robot's blog). Mix Master Mike has been doing private shows in the United States and signed on to appear at some European festivals later this summer, the newest one being in Geneva, Switzerland. I don't know what Adam Horovitz is doing with his summer -- probably playing softball.

Other Beastie Boys-related news...Former Beastie Boys percussionist Eric Bobo will be releasing a solo album later this year, either in August or October. will have the details in the near future.

Did you know Mike D is lactose-intolerant? I didn't before I watched Tamra Davis' newest cooking video, which shows the Diamond family enjoying a Tamra-prepared meal in Hawaii with Beastie Boys uberfan Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor. Check out the video and recipes at Tamra Davis' Cooking Show blog.

Finally, I wanted to share that I had the opportunity to see Yauch's documentary Gunnin' for That #1 Spot when I was in New York earlier this month. I intended to write a detailed review for Beastie Boys fans who were curious about the film, but after seeing it, I decided that I'm not qualified to write about a basketball documentary. I like basketball, and I like documentaries, but I'm no movie critic. I am, however, a music fan and can tell you about the four new Beastie Boys songs that are in the film.

The titles of the new Beastie Boys songs in the film are "LTD," "Beasley Is a Beast," "The Panda Rat," and "Politickin'" (all written by Horovitz, Yauch, Diamond, and Nishita/Brooklyn Dust Music). Another song, titled "Bass Line Is Nice," appeared in the first edit of the film, which was shown at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, but removed for the theatrical version.

Three of the four new songs sound like outtakes from The Mix-Up, and one song is more electronic/BS 2000-y -- kind of like "And Then I" but without vocals/rhymes. I believe the electronic song is titled "LTD," but I can't say for sure because the song credits were not listed in as-heard order. Only one of the new songs is heard at length in the film. It accompanies Lance Stephensen's profile. It's a jam piece, centered around Money Mark's organ.


5:27 PM Emily said...

I LOVE Santgold!! I'm excited to hear what she does with the Beastie Boys!!! :)

6:30 PM Kevin said...

Milk is Mike's kryptonite.

6:39 PM b-boys#1fan said...

now is their new cd instrumental??

8:28 PM Hot Sauce said...

In some of the press Yauch has done for GUNNIN', he has described the new album as being a mix of things -- rap, instruments -- similar to CHECK YOUR HEAD and ILL COMMUNICATION.

9:01 PM Fittonia said...

I saw Yauch's doc. It was packed full of tunes but I didn't recognize any of them as Beastie Boys except for Freaky Hijiki. How did I miss the new tunes??

11:08 PM Kevin said...

Maybe you fell asleep.


9:54 AM Hot Sauce said...

You'd have to be paying a lot of attention to the soundtrack to hear the new Bboys songs. What you hear are snippets of the songs - like 10 or 15 seconds. The only song that's played at length is the one heard during Lance Stephenson's profile.

I was surprised by the soundtrack. I expected it to be a little more retro than it was because of the old stuff the band play on the Little Radio show. I was surprised by all the contemporary music by artists like Ludacris, Nas, Jay-Z, & M.I.A.

10:19 PM funkyfour said...

it's whack mike is cool with celebrity fans but not with regular fans

5:43 PM modart said...

If we're lucky, Beastie BOys will put the new songs on the gala dvd.

2:22 PM The Update said...

wow, never heard about this Santogold before, but it seems like she's got some awesome tracks. I am looking forward to hear what they can figure out.

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