Whew. I’m a little late getting this one up. The past 3 days have been a whirlwind of beer, vodka, whiskey, rock shows and front porch laughs but now it’s back to the real world…

Anyhow, last week’s show featured Von from Americana Rock Mix pulling a cohost stint. It’s been a while since we had Von in studio so it was a whole lot of fun. He pulled a lot of the music for the show and much of it, I’d never even heard before. I bookended the show with a Beastie Boys cover and one of their hits while dropping a little McDougall in the middle of it all. Von and I have a worthwhile discussion about The Gaslight Anthem and the possibility that they’re just a one trick pony in the middle of it all too. If none of that is enough to entice you into listening to the show did you know that James Leg (Black Diamond Heavies) and Left Lane Cruiser are putting out an album together? Neither did I! But I did play the first single during the show.

Sound like the good stuff? Then go put some ears on the archived stream of the show.

Below is the playlist for May 10, 2012

01. Portland Country Underground – Fight For Your Right
02. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound – Everything Will Be Fine
03. James Leg & Left Lane Cruiser – Ramblin’ On My Mind
04. Michael Donner & The Southern Renaissance – Promise Me
05. Magic Box – Cover It Up
06. Sunday Valley – Old Sunshine
07. Whiskey Myers – Turn It Up
08. The Gaslight Anthem – 45
09. Arliss Nancy – Pages
10. Mosey West – Hell Hounds
11. McDougall – Ready, Begin
12. Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects
13. Truckstop Darlin’ – Southern Ghosts
14. Suburban Dirts – Lost In Transcription
15. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump

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Episode 71: aired 05.10.2012


I was nine when Licensed To Ill was released and I can only assume I heard it for the first time that year but I do remember who played it for me and that we were outside.  Luke Turner had a dual cassette deck and so as we listened to it he dubbed me a copy.  I lost my copy after a couple of listens but I remember sitting outside Luke’s house and hearing “Brass Monkey,” “Girls,” and “Paul Revere” for the first time.  It didn’t seem like music to me, not in a crotchety old white guy kind of way but in a these people aren’t real kind of way.

I was living in Georgia at the time and growing up a somewhat sheltered life but thanks to Luke my world had opened up a bit.  In previous visits to Luke’s house I saw my first dirty magazine and watched the long play video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”  For one of those awakenings his mother made me call home and get permission from my mom first.  Thanks mom.

Some how I missed Paul’s Boutique when it was released, probably because I was a sheltered white boy in Georgia but there was no way to miss Check Your Head.  The video for “So What-cha Want” was so bombastic and hallucinatory and “Pass The Mic” often played in the church van I rode in during high school.  From Check Your Head I rediscovered Licensed To Ill.  It was still awesome but as The Beastie Boys continued to prove, they were always up to something new, something you’d never see coming but glad you witnessed when it arrived.  They were the MTV era and their videos continually recreate this notion of disbelief.

I don’t want to give the illusion that I was a live and die Beastie Boy fan, they were one of many many bands that influenced my teens, though I did perform “Paul Revere” with a couple of guys at a church camp talent show, but that’s a whole story on it’s own.  But as I began to think more seriously about things so did The Beastie Boys.  The Tibetan Freedom concerts were the kind of thing my friends and I only dreamed about attending.  And magazines would always ask how the same group that sung about doing it with a baseball bat could now be so social conscious.  Even at 17 it seemed like a dumb thing to say.  We are who we become not who we once were.

When a friend sent me a text saying MCA had died I thought of those videos, “Sabatoge,” “Intergalactic,” “So What’cha Want,” and though I’d heard MCA had cancer it didn’t seem possible for a Beastie Boy to die.  It still doesn’t.  How could a Beastie Boy die when in my head they weren’t ever real?

I turned on the news after work.  Martin Bashir was talking politics and whatnot but at the end of the show he noted the passing of MCA and that he was survived by a wife and a daughter.  While writing this I found this video and took a break from writing to watch it.  Wow.  I don’t understand how a Beastie Boy can have cancer.  They seem so imaginary and there is nothing about cancer that isn’t real.  There are several people that work on this blog that have been recently impacted by cancer, myself included, and there may not be a more real thing than cancer.  Cancer doesn’t give a shit about concerts and videos.  More importantly cancer doesn’t give a shit about wives and daughters.

My facebook feed was populated all weekend with MCA and Beastie Boy shout outs.  Friday night a friend showed up in a Beastie Boy t-shirt and I overheard several songs being played in the arena while watching the UFC on TV.  Three immature dudes made one of the stupidest and illest records ever.  Thankfully the world let them grow and change because they went on to make artistic records that only these three dudes could imagine.

So I’m guessing you’ve got a Beastie Boy story.  Please share-come rock the “Sure Shot”

The Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
The Beastie Boys – Pass The Mic
The Beastie Boys – Sabotage


Last night The Beastie Boys debuted their brand new video Fight For Your Right (revisited) on the MTV family of networks. I didn’t get to see it cause, well, I don’t have cable. I do, however, have the internets and was straight watching that shit this morning and now, I’m sharing that shit with you cause it’s the Beastie Boys and only The Westboro Baptist Church doesn’t like The Beastie Boys.

Long before Lady GaGa stuck a phone on her head and called it art the Beastie Boys were making a reputation for putting together utterly awesome videos and this 25 minute epic is no different. It also features cameos from every actor in LA that was off the day they were filming. Seriously, I see Will Arnett, Orlando Bloom, Steve Buscemi and David Cross all get 3 seconds or so on screen. Hell, I think I saw Crispin Glover as a customer in the restaurant scene. Someone should seriously make a cameo bingo or drinking game out of this video.

I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did.

The original Fight For You Right video for your memory’s sake:

And here’s the new video:


Last year I went to over 30 shows. The year before that was largely the same but one thing never changes….no matter how many shows you go to, there are bands you wanna see live but just don’t. The reasons may vary. Some break up before you can catch them (Murder City). Some price their tickets too high (Beasties) and some might even refuse to tour your state as is the case with one Mr. Justin Townes Earle and Florida (though I managed to catch him at SxSW). So that’s the basis for this weeks Top 5: Band you have not seen live but would really like to. Please keep this list to bands you actually could see live (ie: no Nirvana since it’s completly impossible) and maybe next week we’ll do, 5 bands you wish you could have seen live.

With that said. Here are mine:

Murder City Devils: By the time I found this band they had broken up. They do short tours now but nothing that gets close enough to me to make the trip. I’ll catch them one day though, of that, I have no doubt.

Murder City Devils – Every Shitty Thing

I Can Lick Any sonofabitch In The House: Never got a chance to see these guys before they broke up and I am not sure if their new album will generate any Florida shows. Fortunately for me, I’ll be catching them in Denver in a little over a month.

I Can Lick Any sonofabitch In The House – Regrets To Greyhounds

Beastie Boys: I don’t know why I’ve never seen these guys. I do know that the last time they came to Tampa their ticket prices were just too high for me to justify. At this point I doubt I’ll ever see them, but man, I wish I had.

Beastie Boys – Pass The Mic

Jane’s Addiction: God damn I loved this band and listening to Nothing’s Shocking reminds me of skateboarding in fall and hanging out with my first high school girlfriend to this day. By the time I could actually afford to go to shows there was no more Jane’s Addicition. Pale versions of their former selves or not, if they came to town on a reunion tour….I’d be there.

Janes Addiction – Had A Dad

Lady GaGa: Nope, that’s not a joke. I tried to go to her last show here in Tampa but it was sold out and I couldn’t get a press pass. I’d love to see her for the spectacle of it all. I can’t see how it wouldn’t be a blast.

Lady GaGa – Bad Romance

Okay, what are yours?


This appeared in my mailbox the other day and I immediately tossed it in the car cd player. It’s been years since I’d listened to a proper Beastie Boys album since nowadays the albums are all chopped up and stored in a playlist on my iPod or on a self-made best-of mp3 cd in my car. So, for a few days I drove around enjoying the album as it was meant to be heard before deciding that I wanted to post about it on here, and I figured a Friday is the perfect time to write about the Beasties.

Paul’s Boutique was released in 1989.  Coming on the heels of the commercial smash that was Licensed to Ill, it largely disappointed their fan base. Hell, I can remember listening to it for the first time as a kid with massive disappointment. Twenty years later, though, I’m listening with new ears and can fully appreciate the leap the band took with this album. I finally understand and appreciate what the band was trying to achieve and the thought process that was so succinctly summed up by MCA when he said, “Fuck that!! This is the record, with no fucking single!… Fuck “Brass Monkey”! None of that fast-rapping commercial shit!”

Okay, it’s Friday and 200 words is enough, if not too much, for any B-Boys Record, so pick it up on your way home, pour some drinks and play it all night. If anyone complains then they’re probably not a Friday night caliber kind of friend.

Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies!
Beastie Boys – Car Thief

Beastie Boys Official Site, Beastie Boys on myspace, Buy the Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition)

Beastie Boys – Best Of Grand Royal 12s

The Beastie Boys are one of those bands. It doesn’t matter if you’re a metal kid, a punk kid, a hip hop kid, a goth kid or an old curmudgeon such as myself…everyone likes the Beastie Boys. I’ve even heard people flat out say, “I can’t stand rap, but I dig the Beasties.” If you know someone out there who seriously dislikes the B-Boys, I would advise you to harbor a sensible amount of distrust towards them.

Best of Grand Royal 12s is a collection of 17 remixes from their Grand Royale catalog. When it’s on it’s freaking great, and there are a lot more hits than misses. The hits include “So What’cha Want (Soul Assassin Remix)”, Fatboy Slim’s remix of “Body Movin'”, and “Drum Machine (Psycho Dust Mix)” which features some of the biggest drums I’ve heard in quite some time. The biggest miss is that they included “In A World Gone Mad” on the album…no remix, just the song. Why? It was a terrible song when they gave it away originally, and time hasn’t done it any favors.

This is an album tailor-made for the iPod generation. Stream it, put the tracks you’re diggin’ on the iPod and then rock your face off.

Beastie Boys – So Watch’ Cha Want (Soul Assassin Remix Version)
Beastie Boys – Rock Hard (12inch Version)
Beastie Boys – Body Movin (Fatboy Slim Mix)

Beastie Boys Official Site, Beastie Boys on myspace, Buy Beasties music

In the gospel according to Autopsy IV this is the greatest Beastie Boys song ever: