Archive for May, 2012
Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Sean
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Sean
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Sean
Monday, May 14th, 2012 by Sean
Friday, May 11th, 2012 by Sean
Beastie Boys is one of few musical phenomena that are at once universal and obscure. Everyone knows Sabotage and Intergalactic, but how many folks are familiar with deeper cuts from acclaimed albums — songs like Ricky’s Theme or And Me — that are brilliant in their own right, but totally unmarketable? After all, Beastie Boys did it all. Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA did nonsensical pop, they did hyper-conscious rap, they did instrumental jazz, and even had the marbles to close a comeback album with a heart-rending dirge. Even now, one week after the death of MCA, the Beastie’s best rapper and most talented player, most of the remembrances focus on the band’s most commercial work. You can’t blame anyone for remembering what was most prevalent over the last three decades, but let us take advantage of this ever-brief opportunity to remember Adam Yauch with something that showed his philosophical side:
I’ve loved this group since the first time I heard the thunderous opening chords and beats of Sabotage coming out of my television speakers. I must have been 10. When I heard about the death of MCA last Friday, I was obviously saddened to hear that a remarkable musician had passed. A few hours later, I realized Beastie Boys was gone forever. That made things worse.
Just like most folks don’t know much about all the chances the Beasties took, most folks don’t know much about the three personalities behind the act. Here, I too am guilty–if guilt’s the right word. I think the death of MCA proves you don’t really need to know much about a dude to love him, to value his work, to miss him when he’s gone. Beastie Boys changed my life by introducing me to rap music, by suggesting it wasn’t all about bitches and strife, by proving you could be totally irreverent and inane and profound all at once. Not a lot of musicians can say they changed the entire game. Beastie Boys can. See you soon, MCA. Thanks for everything.
Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Sean
“The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. Not all things are black nor all things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes…Sexual behavior is either normal or abnormal, socially acceptable or unacceptable, heterosexual or homosexual; and many persons do not want to believe that there are gradations in these matters from one to the other extreme…The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning human sexual behavior, the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex.”
— Alfred Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by Sean
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 by Sean
Monday, May 7th, 2012 by Sean
So, it turns out the Los Angeles Kings are not only into winning hockey games, a number of players on the team have the potential to moonlight as stand-up comedians, too. Take it away, boys.
Friday, May 4th, 2012 by Sean