Beastie Boys Square Is Probably Definitely Not Happening

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Community Board members are not impressed with gatefold album covers

A plan to rename the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Streets "Beastie Boys Square" received another set-back last night when Manhattan's Community Board 3 voted 5-1 against the motion.

LeRoy McCarthy, whose idea was inspired by the iconic Paul's Boutique album cover, will now have one last shot at presenting his case when the motion is taken to the full board on March 25th. This follows a 24-1 vote against the idea earlier this year. After Community Board 3 cited the lack of a tie between the Beasties and the community as a reason to deny the motion, it seems the group won't be getting a hometown street sign honoring their achievements any time soon.

See also: Campaign Underway to Rename a Brooklyn Street After Notorious B.I.G.

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Ad-Rock Hated "Faggots" and Other Beastie Boys Revelations Gleaned From Our Archives

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Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer, we slogged deep into the back issues to find the most interesting articles about a few Big Shot Bands From Way Back When, which we then scanned and dumped into this here blog for a little #tbt feature we're calling "Deep Voice." (Get it?)

In this, our "Deep Voice" first installment, we find 1) a 1986 preview of the Beasties opening for RUN DMC at the famed Apollo Theater from a writer with no byline who calls them "lazy fucks" 2) a 1989 article by Robert Christgau that features the Dean calling out the group on the grounds of cultural appropriation (some things never change!) and grades the collective Beastie output at a 70, some 20 points below LL Cool J and Kool Moe Dee and 3) "The Portable Lower East Side," a feature by former-Maxim and Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Joe Levy (now an editor at Billboard). And, oh yeah, 4) a 1987 article by Doug Simmons, "Yo Homo," which quotes Adam Horovitz saying "I hate faggots."

See also: Hear the Beastie Boys Talk About Touring With Madonna in This Archival Interview

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Hear the Beastie Boys Talk About Touring With Madonna in This Archival Interview

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The '80s in America. Terrible time. Terrible place. Wall Street was destroying the country. Politicians were corrupt. There was cocaine everywhere. People dressed in neon, acid washed jeans, and leggings and crimped their hair. The rich were got richer while the poor got poorer.

Oh, wait.

One weird thing that happened in the American '80s that's unique to that time in place, though: The Beastie Boys toured with Madonna. And, on top of that, they were arrested after one of their shows with her ... for cursing onstage. Things have changed so much, and they haven't changed at all. Here, the Beasties talk about being stupid in an archival interview from 1985. It's been illustrated by our friends at Blank on Blank. Enjoy.

See also: Hear Jim Morrison Talk About Why Being Fat is Beautiful

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Ad-Rock Is DJing A Benefit For The Jailed Russian Band Pussy Riot At Death By Audio Tonight

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Tonight at Death By Audio, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz of the Beastie Boys will spin a DJ set during a benefit show for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who have been in prison since this spring for alleged "hooliganism" stemming from their public performances and might spend up to seven more years there, depending on how their case works out. (You can read more about Pussy Riot's travails here.) Tonight's DJ gig will be the first public appearance by Ad-Rock since the death of his bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch last month.

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Chris Brown Dedicates Video To MCA, Misses The Point (Yet Again)

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Today the perpetually troubled R&B brat Chris Brown released the video for "Till I Die," a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean that waxes semi-poetic about the joys of getting fucked up and eating shrimp-laden pasta. (Is that a sex metaphor? Please say no.) The song itself sounds like a reverse-engineered version of the Karmin cover of Brown's hit "Look At Me Now," only with lyrics to prove that he's still a badass, y'all; the video has a lengthy section that brings to mind the Go-Gos' iconic clip for "Our Lips Are Sealed," only with some Disney-flick-like CGI that dances around the three principals' heads in an effort to represent just how fucked up the substances of which they sing have made them. There is also a dedication to Adam "MCA" Yauch, the recently deceased Beastie Boy slash activist slash all around great guy. Which is a nice gesture! Except when you look at it in the context of not just this video, but Brown's very recent behavior.

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The Clip Of Kids Re-Enacting The "Sabotage" Video Is The Best Thing You Will See Today

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To celebrate the memory of the late Adam "MCA" Yauch, Portland filmmaker James Winters enlisted his younger family members to recreate the '70s-cop-flick homage that is the Beastie Boys' video for "Sabotage." The tribute is really well-done, and as someone who used to just shout "COCHISE!" at her friends at unannounced intervals (oh the innocence of the '90s!), I am feeling quite the hellacious mix of admiration and jealousy at the moment. Compare and contrast with the original below.


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The Beastles And Let It Beast, dj BC's Beastie Boys-Beatles Mashups, Are Back Online

The Beastles, Boston-based dj BC's well-received (but ultimately unauthorized and subsequently yanked offline) Beatles-Beastie Boys mash-up, is now fully available online. In memory of Adam Yauch, Bob Cronin (dj BC's alter ego) has decided to face any potential legal wrath from publishing companies and repost The Beastles and its 2006 followup, Let It Beast.

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Clip Job: The Voice's First Impressions Of The Beastie Boys' Back Catalog

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Today, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch passed away, and in memory of his group's New York legacy, we turn to our archives to see how the genre-breaking group's art was perceived when it first landed on turntables and in CD players. Below, scans of Village Voice reviews for the "Cooky Puss" EP and Licensed To Ill, and reviews of other parts of their back catalog from Voice critics.

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Adam Yauch, R.I.P.

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Adam Yauch, better known as MCA and one of the founding Beastie Boys, died today after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He was 47.

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SOTC's March Madness: Sonic Youth, Miles Davis, Neil Diamond, And The Rest Of The Round Of 16

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Will the Beastie Boys prove to be triumphant?
​This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchups--four of which kicked off yesterday, four of which begin right now--we're going to dispense with the punditry and get to the voting. The combatants, which hail from the Downtown and Queens quadrants: the still-kicking No. 16 seed Sick of it All and Sonic Youth; the Velvet Underground and the Beastie Boys; Carole King and Blondie; and Neil Diamond and Miles Davis. Ballot below. Please note that you have to vote in all four races in order for your vote to count.

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