346: “Loran’s Dance” by Idris Muhammad

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
-Walter Benjamin

Song: Loran’s Dance
Artist: Idris Muhammad
Album: Power of Soul
Label: Kudu

190: “Nonstop Disco Powerpack” by The Beastie Boys

I get paid for this shit.Talk about a time machine timewarp. To celebrate the release of their latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (May 2011), the Beastie Boys threw free tracks of the entire album onto YouTube, and get this… the tracks are recorded off a damn jambox sitting on the Knicks’ floor in Madison Square Garden.  It sounds terrible, like warm ass.  It’s poetry.

I hope you’ve appreciated what has gone down here this month… it’s fruition of the future.  You don’t need flac files and gold speaker wires to taste these jams.  A jambox (and/or a broadband Internet connection) is all the technology you need.  And if you want a distilled taste of Beastie Boys relevance listen to Ad-Rock find his flow at 1:05.  Dude was born in 1966.  But he’s only as old as his last idea.

And yes, there’s a 30-minute video revisit of “Fight for your Right” with Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Jim Henson’s muppets.  Here it is.

So strap on your hightops, tighten up your fade, let your suspenders hang, and enjoy a radical ride, dude.

Song:  Nonstop Disco Powerpack
Artist: Beastie Boys
Album: Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Label: Capitol Records
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Watch: YouTube

64: “Groove Holmes” by The Beastie Boys


Beastie Boys direct the shit out of some traffic.If you haven’t heard The Beastie Boys‘ INSTRUMENTAL album from 1996, The In Sound From Way Out!, then you just don’t know what these three Jews can do.

Along with keyboardist Mark Ramos Nishita (Money Mark), The Beasties created an ambitious sound that was TOTALLY different from what they had been doing before.

The Beastie Boys’ transformation is comparable to the change that The Beatles underwent.  Simply in this: both bands are brothers who followed the path wherever it led.  The great ones usually go unexpected places.


Song: Groove Holmes
Artist: The Beastie Boys
Album: The In Sound From Way Out!
Label: Capitol
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes