May 25, 2013 |
Concert music: I'm supposed to embrace it all. As the socially lucky offspring of professional pianists, I have survived music school, performed songs for actual money and worked in radio as well as a critic passionate about today's composers. That said, I keep a dark secret: There's a fair amount of music I cannot stand. Stuff from many eras that I've wondered whether I could ever learn to love. As with a lot of people who worship or hardly know the standard concert repertoire, I'm turned off by some dissonant music.
May 13, 2013 |
At some point, every enduring musician has to prove his or her worth and silence the doubters. The Beatles first succeeded with "Revolver," the Beastie Boys with "Paul's Boutique," Wilco on "Summer Teeth. " Talking Heads raised the bar with "Fear of Music," Lauryn Hill with "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. " New York band Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of those records, a brave, surprising third effort that's both challenging and confident, catchy but progressive, expertly imagined and executed.
May 6, 2013 |
This morning I woke up way too early, checked my Twitter and read music critic Maura Johnston confidently declare that Mariah Carey had just released the "song of the summer.” I groaned, rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, filled with a combination of skepticism and dread. After all, the evidence had already piled up against it: The song contains a hashtag, is called “#Beautiful,” and features one of the most overused words in the English language. Silly, trendy and typical, I snobbishly judged -- before hearing even a lick of it. While making coffee a few hours later, the computer stared, headphones laying wait.
May 4, 2013 |
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys -- perhaps better known to his fans as MCA -- died at the age of 47 one year ago, on May 4, 2012, after a lengthy battle with cancer. To mark the occasion, a New York City park was renamed in his honor on Friday in Brooklyn, not far from where Yauch grew up. "It's fitting that we're here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch because, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said at a ceremony attended by guests including Yauch's parents and fellow Beastie Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, according to Rolling Stone . Earlier this week, publisher Spiegel & Grau announced that it will publish a memoir by Horovitz and Yauch's other surviving bandmate, Michael "Mike D" Diamond.
April 29, 2013 |
Rumors that the Beastie Boys would soon be penning a memoir were confirmed on Monday by the book's U.K. publisher, Faber & Faber: " Yes, it is true ," the imprint's blog said. The book will be released in the U.S. by Spiegel & Grau, and is planned for fall 2015. The book, by surviving Beasties Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) will rely on oral storytelling as its primary narrative technique. The third member of the group, Adam Yaunch (MCA), succumbed to cancer last year.
April 4, 2013 |
How best to celebrate the 35th anniversary of a beloved live album? By re-creating it onstage, of course. That's the approach being taken by Cheap Trick, which announced Thursday that it plans to play "Cheap Trick at Budokan," the power-pop veterans' 1978 concert classic, at two shows this month. On April 28, the band will play the John Varvatos boutique in New York, at the former address of the defunct punk club CBGB. Cheap Trick will then head west for a gig at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre on April 30. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach Both concerts are to re-create the show Cheap Trick played on April 28, 1978, at Tokyo's Budokan.
November 1, 2012 |
Adam Horovitz, known the world over as Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, will perform at Largo at the Coronet on Dec. 2. The musician will appear as part of what the venue describes as "a great night of music and comedy on Largo's intimate stage," along with "friends and NYC sensation Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments. " Horovitz returns for one of his first public performances since the death of longtime friend and bandmate Adam Yauch , who succumbed to cancer in May. The identity of the "friends" listed as performing with Ad Rock is to be determined, but you can be certain it will be a typically varied Largo evening.
October 28, 2012 |
One of the key moments during "Caught in the Middle of a 3-Way Mix," a recent 60-minute creative re-edit of the Beastie Boys' pastiche classic "Paul's Boutique," comes a third of the way through: a two-note Beatles guitar/bass/drum sample from the beginning of "The End. " A tidbit dense with subtext - we've heard it, and know the general back story of the four men who created it - once it arrives, the sample stumbles into a loop, repeating awkwardly...
August 10, 2012 |
The Beastie Boys' breakout debut, 1986's “Licensed to Ill,” is an undeniable classic. Just don't expect to see “Brass Monkey” -- or any other Beastie Boys track, for that matter -- licensed to sell a product. Adam "MCA" Yauch, the group's fallen member, has forbidden the use of his music and “artistic property” to be used in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone, which obtained a copy of his will. It was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate court. RELATED: Adam Yauch appreciation: A Beastie Boy tamed by age and wisdom "Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the will reads.
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May 5, 2012 |
It had only been a few years since Adam Yauch had found fame as the in-your-face rapper and bass player MCA in the transgressive, boundary-breaking trio the Beastie Boys. But in 1992 he was searching for something else, traveling in Nepal to snowboard and pursue a growing interest in Buddhism when he came upon a group of Tibetan refugees. The encounter intensified his interest in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and he was soon one of the world's leading advocates for the cause of Tibetan independence.