There's no denying the mutual love between the Beastie Boys and New York's five boroughs, but despite the close relationship will there will not be a "Beastie Boys Square" in Manhattan just yet. Beasties fan LeRoy McCarthy had petitioned to have the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington co-named "Beastie Boys Square," but a Manhattan community board voted Wednesday (Jan. 29) to deny the request.
GoldieBlox recently apologized for their usage of the Beastie Boys' 'Girls' in a promo for their line of toys for girls, but the band is not buying it. According to the New York Times, the band has followed through on plans to file suit against the toy company after the company first took legal action against them.
It looks as though the Goldieblox / Beastie Boys legal debate couldl be over before the case hits courts. The toy company has issued a new statement in which they reveal that they don't want to fight with the living members of the group and were unaware of Adam Yauch's wishes that the band's music not be used for commercial purposes at the time they created their parody of the song 'Girls.'
You may have seen this new 'Goldieblox and the Spinning Machine' commercial, which challenges preconceptions of what a girl's toy should look like and be able to do. The ad has gone viral on YouTube, partially due to the inclusion of a re-imagined version of Beastie Boys' 'Girls.' However, the commercial has led to a lawsuit between Goldieblox and Beastie Boys, which has gotten increasingly ugly over the past few days.
Mike D of Beastie Boys has emerged with some new music, the first released since the death of his bandmate Adam Yauch (MCA) last year. He was commissioned by the fashion company Kenzo to compose a piece for their Spring/Summer 2014 show. The result is 'Humberto Vs the New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remix).' Listen to the 10 minute track below.
This weekend will be rife with memories of late Beastie Boys musician Adam Yauch and the celebration of his life began Friday (May 3) in Brooklyn Heights, New York where the park where he played as a kid was officially named Adam Yauch Park in his honor. Today (May 4) officially marks the one-year anniversary of his death and there has been a movement over the last year to rename the Palmetto Playground in honor of the man also known as MCA.
Those who followed the Beastie Boys' early sampling trends would probably not be surprised by this mash-up, which finds them matched with classic rock icons Led Zeppelin. But the song choice comes from later in the Beasties' career when sampling wasn't as rampant, as mash-up master Nemozob pairs 'Ch-Check It Out' with Zeppelin's 'The Immigrant Song' to form 'The Immigrant Check.'