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The Beastie Boys’ music is a big part of my life. I’m lucky to have listened to them evolve from punk brats to hip hop godfathers. If a Venn diagram of the most important music in my life could be drawn, the Beastie Boys would sit at the intersection of the punk, jazz, and hip hop that feeds my soul.

From Cooky Puss to Ok, I love it all, but if I had to choose only one album to convince our future robot overlords that humans once had souls worth fighting for, my choice would be the Root Down EP. Seriously, check it:

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1. Root Down (Free Zone Mix) (3:49)
2. Root Down (LP) (3:31)
3. Root Down (Pp Balloon Mix) (3:31)
4. Time To Get Ill (1:59)
5. Heart Attack Man (2:09)
6. The Maestro (3:15)
7. Sabrosa (2:53)
8. Flute Loop (1:40)
9. Time For Livin’ (1:59)
10. Something’s Got To Give (4:59)

Three legit versions of the pure Beastie lyrical power that is Root Down, and then a selection of six live songs from all across the Beastie Boy songbook. To my knowledge, this is the only non-bootleg of the Boys playing live. (BTW, prepare for that to change…some cynical music executives are lining up the annual Christmas cash-in of whatever they can cobble together that hasn’t already been released.)

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If I’m lucky, this will be the first Beastie Boys album that I give to my daughter when she’s old enough. If she’s lucky, she’ll love it too.

remember Wooly Willy…

not that, get your mind out of the gutter…the toy that gave you hours of fun by moving magnetic shavings around to make different facial hair configurations…well now, there’s Furry Jimmy…your new digital friend…

start with the all American classic…The Youklis…

or go casual with The Weekender…

you can go all the way with The City Gentleman…

need a quick halloween costume? don’t be a pirate, again! try on one of America’s most beloved characters…The Lincoln…

(or Amish, if you prefer…)

there’s the perennial Fu Manchu…

it’s still not too late to go to Comic-con as your favorite comic book super hero…

(the boys in legal said we can’t use the real name, so we just call this one Chops…)

add a few chin whiskers…and you’ve got a Reverse Fu Manchu…

wanna scare the young punks in your neighborhood…nothing beats The Enforcer…

if you really want to make people poop their pants, you can’t go wrong with The Cleric…just add a robe and a towel and terrify your friends…

but nothing beats America’s all time favorite…Der Fuhrer…

brought to you by FunCo!!!

(FunCo will not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the misuse, or inability to grow facial hair, or any damages that may or may not result in use of facial hair. If your use of extreme facial hair results in the need for servicing, repair, or correction of your equipment you assume all costs thereof.)

remember Wooly Willy…

not that, get your mind out of the gutter…the toy that gave you hours of fun by moving magnetic shavings around to make different facial hair configurations…well now, there’s Furry Jimmy…your new digital friend…

start with the all American classic…The Youklis…

or go casual with The Weekender…

you can go all the way with The City Gentleman…

need a quick halloween costume? don’t be a pirate, again! try on one of America’s most beloved characters…The Lincoln…

(or Amish, if you prefer…)

there’s the perennial Fu Manchu…

it’s still not too late to go to Comic-con as your favorite comic book super hero…

(the boys in legal said we can’t use the real name, so we just call this one Chops…)

add a few chin whiskers…and you’ve got a Reverse Fu Manchu…

wanna scare the young punks in your neighborhood…nothing beats The Enforcer…

if you really want to make people poop their pants, you can’t go wrong with The Cleric…just add a robe and a towel and terrify your friends…

but nothing beats America’s all time favorite…Der Fuhrer…

brought to you by FunCo!!!

(FunCo will not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the misuse, or inability to grow facial hair, or any damages that may or may not result in use of facial hair. If your use of extreme facial hair results in the need for servicing, repair, or correction of your equipment you assume all costs thereof.)

my little wildflower garden…

From morning in the garden…
From morning in the garden…
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