Behold, the new album cover!

19 comments:

5:22 PM funkyfour said...

what's hsc part 2 gonna be?

5:25 PM Emily said...

Awwwww...MCA has a kitty!!

ADORABLE!!

5:31 PM Fittonia said...

It's a'ight. I don't really get how the cover goes with the album name but I guess that's not important.

I thought Yauch was a dog man.

5:49 PM Justin said...

Worst album cover from them ever.

6:10 PM Spiffy D said...

meh, it's not the best but whateva

7:21 PM Kevin said...

I second the meh. No element of hip hop is shown in the cover.

8:02 PM Hot Sauce said...

I'm not sure what the inspiration behind the cover is. When I was a little one -- the same time the Beastie Boys would be little ones -- it was very popular to paint black and white photographs in a feminine hue (because color film was rare), similar to the look of the HSC cover. I always found the results to be creepy. It reminds me of when they put make-up on dead people for funerals. It's unnatural.

Yauch with the cat, of course, mirrors the pic of Diamond with the cat on the Sounds of Science back cover. Perhaps Horovitz will be holding a cat on a future album cover?

I guess the thing that strikes me most about the cover is Yauch being in the rear and removed. He's looking down and away. Conversely, Diamond and Horovitz are walking almost side by side and looking forward. In other words, while Diamond and Horovitz seem to "be in it," Yauch is not. Perhaps the cat symbolizes other interests? That said, the band dynamic has always seemed that way (i.e., Yauch being more removed than the other two).

The really great thing about the cover is the intensity of Horovitz' stare.

8:20 PM Penny said...

I read reviews from the last couple of shows where people said MCA didn't seem interested in being in the shows.

8:37 PM Hot Sauce said...

@Penny: I think those were people who aren't all that familiar with Yauch and his ways.

I read some comments from the Baltimore show in which people said they thought Yauch wasn't into the show. I didn't have that impression at all. He was his usual Yauchiness. I think people who are just general fans (as opposed to Beastie geeks) don't know that Yauch does not run around like Horovitz and Diamond do. Beastie geeks don't expect anything aerobic from Yauch.

When the band performed "Check It Out" in Baltimore, Yauch totally messed up his last verse. MMM rewound and was ready to go again, as were Diamond and Horovitz, but Yauch just shrugged his shoulders and gave this look like, "Forget about it. I'm not going to do it right. It's over." I thought it was hilarious because it was so un-Yauchlike, but I could see how someone not as familiar with the band would interpret his look and think he was disinterested and didn't care about what he was doing.

The difference between a general fan and a Beastie geek is this: general fans don't like the fuck-ups, and Beastie geeks live to see the fuck-ups.

9:16 PM Carter said...

I don't like it, especially the green. I sense they are going to preach about the earth and being green. A rap about plastic water bottles can be nothing but sucky.

9:56 PM MrSmiley1 said...

Anyone ever hear the saying "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit?" who gives a crap what the cover looks like, it is still the b-boys and we have a new album hitting just under 3 months.

10:21 PM Danielle said...

I agree about Adrock's stare being the best thing about the cover. I don't remember seeing him like this before. His eyes are piercing.

I like the cover. It's simple - the three of them being themselves. The setting on the other hand is confusing. What is the skyline in the background? It doesn't look like NYC to me. Are they on a bridge or elevator?

10:24 PM Danielle said...

I meant to type escalator, not elevator.

It's been a long day.

12:24 AM hayamate said...

is it a race to save the kitty's live? something to do with a rainforest?

who cares, as long as the songs are good :)

12:53 AM campbeln said...

I second Hot Sauce... the Beastie live fuck-ups are the best parts of the show!

I remember the Oakland show from HN (I think)... MMM made a sick drop into a track and the BBoys didn't like it, so they made him rewind and reset. One of the best live moments I've been in attendance for!

Cn

4:16 PM Nasty Rasputin said...

Anyone else feel Mike D strikes an uncanny resemblance to latter-day Howard Stern in this?

4:22 PM J. Ryall said...

The cat is central. All the songs are about the cat.

6:34 PM Hall said...

They're getting out of the BUSH, arent they? :D

However I really dont like the cover. It seems pretty chaotic and my first impression was like: guys had no particular idea how the cover shoult look.
I wish they had worked with Cey Aadms with this one

5:26 AM Doc said...

Adrock looks nothing like himself. I wouldn't recognize him if it wasn't for the other two guys and the process of elimination. Maybe I'll recognize when it's the LP cover. :p

It reminds me of the 70s for some reason. I'm sure I have washed out album covers on 70s LPs but I can't think of a specific one now. I mean that in a good way. I love an homage.

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