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Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , on May 4, 2012 by 30daysout

The Beastie Boys: from left, Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock), Adam Yauch (MCA) and Michael Diamond (Mike D).

Beastie Boys MC Adam Yauch – a.k.a. MCA – has died. He was 47 years old.

The Beastie Boys are one of the most important and influential hip-hop groups of all time. They were instrumental in making hip-hop a global, mainstream force. Formed in 1981 as a hardcore band, they combined punk and rap into a singular sound that grew increasingly broad over the years, encompassing a vast array of genres.

Yauch, Michael Diamond (Mike D), and Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock) released several classic albums, including their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986, Paul’s Boutique in 1989 and Ill Communication in 1994. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and the illness caused him to miss ceremonies last month in Cleveland, where The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Adam Yauch obituary in Rolling Stone magazine

YouTube: “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by The Beastie Boys

Wines To Go With The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2012 by 30daysout

Not quite what we had in mind, Slash.

Editor’s Note: Our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller is back, with a column especially for the upcoming induction ceremony of new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out Randy’s cool wine blog Now and Zin.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will induct new members on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the 27th annual induction ceremony, the 27th time rock fans get to yell “It’s about time!” or “Where’s KISS?” With all that shouting, we’re going to need something to soothe our nerves.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2012 inductees and pair a wine with each.

Performer category

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys have the munchies.

If you’re singing along with “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” it’s a good bet you’re doing jello shots or drinking beer from a glass with quarters at the bottom. The Beastie Boys’ blend of funky rock, rap and hip hop need not be reserved for the lesser beverages. In fact, Beastie Mike D has dabbled a bit at wine criticism. Not surprisingly, he likes wine with a bit of funk. Root around a bit in the Côtes du Rhône aisle and pop for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You should be able to find a wine that brings enough funk to get a party started without fisticuffs.

MP3: “Drinkin’ Wine”


Donovan’s music is poetry, a delicate flower at one turn, a handful of psychedelics at the next. His lyrics abound with references to wine, including a lovefest for the “maroon-coloured wine from the vineyards of Charlemagne.” Sounds like a Burgundy is about to be opened. Bonneau du Martray should do nicely, from the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. You may want to select a white wine, as Charlemagne’s wife is said to have preferred her royal hubby not mess his beard with the red stuff. You are probably a much neater drinker than Charlemagne, though.

MP3: “Lay of the Last Tinker”

YouTube: “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan

Guns N’ Roses

No Axl, it's about ... never mind.

In the mid-1980s, when Guns N’ Roses exploded from L.A. with a balls-out Sunset Strip strut and an Appetite For Destruction, they redecorated a rock and roll landscape that had become rather tired and listless. G N’ R offered up a brashness which made other acts seem like they were mailing it in. You may be tempted to go with a beer for them – a cheap one, in a bottle you can hurl at something – but California has a wine worthy of the Guns N’ Roses brand of excess in old vine Zinfandel. Both winemaker Joel Peterson and his Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel are brash enough for rock and roll.

Y0uTube: “Paradise City”

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Bonus Video Du Jour No. 2: The ‘Real’ Beastie Boys

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Not quite sure what this is, except maybe some sort of promotion for the upcoming Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Probably some longer work is coming, but there are lots of familiar faces here even though I can’t tell what the hell is going on. CAUTION: Not Safe For Work!

Bonnaroo 09: Bruce, Phish and Beasties

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 3, 2009 by 30daysout

Super Bowl XLIII Football

Fresh from his Super Bowl halftime triumph, Bruce Springsteen will take his E Street Band to Tennessee this summer to headline the Bonnaroo Festival.  Also on the bill: Phish (reunited), the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello.  Check the complete lineup here at the Bonnaroo festival site.

Tickets are cheaper if you buy ’em early.  Make sure you pack a tent, some suntan lotion, lots of water and a bar of soap.

Bonnaroo 2009  festival website

Review: “Imus Ranch Record,” Various Artists

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2008 by 30daysout

No matter what you think about radio talk show host Don Imus (I happen to like him and listen to him daily) there is one thing you can’t deny…the guy does alot for kids with cancer and their families. He and his wife, Deidre, run the Imus Ranch in New Mexico, a working cattle ranch where kids with cancer can work with animals and get away from their illness for a little while. He has raised millions of dollars for the ranch in a number of different ways throughout the years and his latest fund-raising effort is the Imus Ranch Record.

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