Beastie Boys

Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s New Single, “i”

The new Kendrick Lamar single, “i,” has arrived, and I can’t stop thinking about Swiffers.

Let me explain. Lamar… Read More

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20 Years Later, Beastie Boys’ ‘Ill Communication’ Is Still a Sure Shot

It’s 1994. You’re 13 going on 14. Kurt Cobain is dead, but your mourning is mostly just posturing because you don’t totally understand what the huge deal about him was. You knew he was important, though, and you just learned to play the opening chords of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the guitar. You say you’re punk, but you had your friend buy your Crass shirt at the Hot Topic, instructing him to turn the bag inside out as soon as he exited the store. You carry a skateboard everywhere, but the jocks who used to call you a “fag” have taken over all the good spots so they can do tricks on rollerblades. … Read More

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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more. … Read More

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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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15 of the Funniest Music Videos Ever Made

The music video is, by all accounts, as much of an art form as the feature-length film, although too often these mini musical movies are too serious. Still, plenty of artists have been able to show that they do, in fact, have senses of humor — not just in general, but even when it comes to their own public personae. Here are some of the best, many of which feature cameos from famous funny people to ensure the musicians don’t have to quit their day job. … Read More

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A Selection of Anthems to Getting Irresponsibly Wasted

And so, it’s New Year’s Eve, aka one of the days wherein society deems it entirely acceptable (and in fact, kinda obligatory) to get utterly blotto. When you think of it, waking up with a stonking hangover doesn’t seem like the most auspicious way to greet a new year, but if you’re gonna do it, you might as well have a decent soundtrack for the whole messy process. A few weeks back, we looked at the best songs about alcohol, for better or worse, and we’re revisiting the idea with a selection of anthems to getting irresponsibly wasted on, well, various substances. Have fun, and try to be somewhat responsible, eh? … Read More

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The Beastie Boys Are Entirely Right to Sue GoldieBlox Despite the Apology

The GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys saga rolls on. (If you missed it the first time around, our resident legal expert Michelle Dean wrote a fine summation here.) Last week the company withdrew its viral ad for non-gender specific toys, which used a song that was either a parody or a rip-off of the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” (depending on whose you argument you accept), and issued a rather high-handed apology: “We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.” This clearly cut no mustard with the Beastie Boys, who yesterday filed a suit against the company regardless. … Read More

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Everyone’s Behaving Badly in the GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys Dispute

We can all agree that the optics are’t good in the nascent case of GoldieBlox v. the Beastie Boys. For those of you who missed it, in the last week or so a video promoting GoldieBlox, a line of engineering toys for girls, went viral. It starred three adorable little girls who had built a contraption that ran through their house called the Princess Machine. The message was great, from a societal perspective: girls are doing cool things in the world beyond playing with princesses and dolls. To underline that point, this toy “trailer” plays a modified version of the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” in the background. … Read More

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The 50 Greatest Summer Albums, 1963-2013

Summer officially arrives this week, bringing with it afternoons in the park and rooftop parties and beaches. The thing is, though, every summer needs a soundtrack, and while every year there seems to be a rush to anoint a certain tune The Song of the Summer™, Flavorwire decided to go one better and choose a quintessential summer album for every one of the past 50 years, as something of a sequel to last month’s list of the 50 albums you need to own, 1963-2013. Click through and get… Read More

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