Get Well Soon
Adam "MCA" Yauch announced last week that he has cancer. The tumor is highly treatable and located in his salivary gland. Unfortunately, The Beastie Boys will be cancelling all tour dates going forward, as well as postponing their new album release Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1. The original release date of September 15th has been pushed back indefinitely while Yauch undergoes treatment. As for the tour dates, headlining stints at Lollapalooza, All Points West and Austin City Limits Festivals are also cancelled. From your Pajiba fans, screw everything else and focus on getting better. We wish you a speedy recovery!
My favorite Beastie Boys song of all time: "Get It Together" feat. Q-Tip
In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will replace the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza Saturday August 8. As much as I am bummed out by the Beastie Boys' cancellation as well as the reason behind it, I have to admit I almost simultaneously cried and peed when I heard the replacement news. I was trying to finagle tickets to the sold out Minneapolis show a few months ago and wasn't able to get them. I'm really digging their new stuff and I can't wait! And I'm prepared for the comments saying, "The Beastie Boys are a way bigger act than the YYYs. There is no way they could draw the same amount of people as the Beasties!" So you can probably save it because I don't give a shit.
Jay-Z has been named as the replacement for the Beastie Boys at the All Points West Festival in New Jersey. Jay-Z's next album, Blueprint 3, will be released next month. Other festivals are still working on replacing the spots left open by the Beastie Boys. Speaking of Jay-Z actually, his new track "Run This Town," featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, has been "leaked" (is anything accidentally leaked anymore? Seriously?). You can give it a listen here (h/t to Pitchfork). I have to say -- it's not bad, although after it's gerrillionth time being heard on the radio, I'll probably want to bury all three of them in fire ants.
Reader/Eloquent TylerDFC (pictured left*) has a great site, RUFKM, that runs a consistently entertaining series called "13 Stupid Questions," where they pepper random bands with, well, stupid questions, usually to awesome results. Last week's ratcheted things up to "extra awesome" after a bizarre mix-up involving Nikki Sixx (of Mötley Crüe) and lycra-worshipping metal-satirists Steel Panther. Check it out here, it will brighten your day.
Jane's Addiction has canceled the Australian portion of their tour due to an elbow injury to drummer Stephen Perkins. The last tour date for Jane's will be a headlining slot at Lollapalooza. They are expected to make that show, but seriously? Is Lollapalooza 2009 cursed or something??
File this sumbitch under strange, yet fascinating. Anita Baker, eight-time Grammy-award-winning R & B singer, is apparently teaming up with Snoop Dogg for -- get this -- a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)." which is off the Superfly soundtrack (one of my all-time favorite soundtracks, by the way). If there was ever a song for some getting down, this is one of them. And now -- Snoop and Anita Baker. I feel like I should be angry, but instead I'm genuinely curious.
One of the great and current unanswered questions in life is: Why the hell did Sugar Ray make another album??? On top of that, the title of the new album is Music for Cougars. Even more dick baggy is that they cover an unreleased Weezer song called "Love Is the Answer" on the album. Speaking of Weezer, they are almost finished recording a new album and will release a deluxe edition of Pinkerton in the near future. I know for many of you think that Weezer lost any and all credibility with The Red Album, but being associated in any way with Sugar Ray brings it to a new level.
Here's a quickie Monday Afternoon Playlist. Have a good week, folks.
Felicia: So I know I was listening to Ida Maria a few months ago and many of you found her single "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" annoying, but now I have the full album Fortress 'Round My Heart and I'm listening to her again. The full album is short and sweet, filled mostly with fast paced danceable tunes. One of the two ballads, "In the End," even has a Feist feel to it. "Stella" is the song that's been in heaviest rotation for me this past week though. Who doesn't love a song about a hooker named Stella?
Sean: I've been listening to the Rotten In Denmark EP from indie rocker Davey La. It's simple, flowing, and mature pop-rock that could teach limp acts like Coldplay and The Fray a thing or two about passion in songwriting. A Brit based in Manhattan, Davey's current recording his full-length debut, which I will one day review and probably gush about, because that's what I do. You should pick the EP up on iTunes; the solo in "Fires" is what hooked me, but I'd rather introduce you to "Ichi Ni San Shi, Go!" because it's just a lot of fun.
TK: There are many reasons to love DC-based Thievery Corporation. One of those is their 2006 album, Versions, containing remixes of other artists' tracks. "Angels," by Wax Poetic featuring Norah Jones, was already a fantastic song, but their remix really brought Jones's voice to the forefront of the track, and added some trippy echo effects and a throbbing bassline. It's a gorgeous rendition.
Boo: "Fucking Boyfriend," The Bird and the Bee: Because I suddenly find myself on the market, and I need one. Or a vibrator. Whichever is cheaper.
By the way -- the number one album in the United States this week is Daughtry's Leave This Town. Others in the top five? Hannah Montana has been there since April, and the new Now That's What I Call Music has been there oh fuck it I've lost the will to live good-bye cruel world tell my wife I love her...