Friday, April 08, 2011

Make Some Noise

Song: Make Some Noise
Artist: Beastie Boys
Album: Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

The Beastie's are back!  And returning a bit to form after the disappointing "To The Five Borough's" from 2004. (2004!  Well... that's if you don't count the good but instrumental "The Mix-Up" from 2007.)

It's sort of hard to wrap my head around the fact that the Beastie Boys have been together since 1979.  That's thirty-two years as the court jesters of hip-hop, fusing rock, punk, surf, samples, you name it into a completely unique sound.  Nobody sounds like the Beasties... certainly not before, and not since.  I've been a fan of theirs since their debut "License to Ill" from 1986 but was, as many were, a bit underwhelmed with that last proper album... but when I first heard official first single "Make Some Noise" from their upcoming follow-up, it's hard not to feel it... this shit is pretty raw.

With a killer groove, the Boys trademark wordplay, blips, bleeps, and crazy rhythm's throughout... "Make Some Noise" has all the elements of vintage Beasties for our modern times.  Exciting!  The band had already released two other songs from the upcoming record, "Lee Majors Come Again," a buzzy rock track that will remind you of the harder punk on "Check Your Head" as well as "Too Many Rappers" with Nas, a pretty hardcore rap track that still feels unmistakably Beastie.

I'm totally confused about exactly how many albums the boys are releasing.  They stated that they were working on "Hot Sauce Committee," but recorded too many songs... so they recorded more to make a "Part 2."  But Part 2 got finished before 1, so they are releasing that first... and then the tracks on Part 1 became Part 2, which is coming out on time... but Part 1 is "indefinitely delayed."  ??? Actually, see if you can suss this out.  From Mike D during a Drowned in Sound interview:

"Pt. 2 is pretty much done. Basically we were making ...Pt 1, had too many songs, so we recorded some more songs. Which sounds bizarre but it actually worked out, because it made it clear to us which songs were going to be on ...Pt 1. Then we had this whole other album of songs: ...Pt 2. ...Pt 1's going to be your regular CD in the stores and to download, but ...Pt 2 is going to be released in...we're still figuring it out, but a different way. More of a 2009 style. You could get in the shower one day and, boom, all of a sudden you're showered with MP3s. Or we might send people a seven-inch every few weeks, so you have a whole box set."

From the Boys email list:

"In what can only be described as a bizarre coincidence, following an exhaustive re-sequence marathon, Beastie Boys have verified that their new Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be composed of the same 16 tracks originally slated for inclusion on Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. The record (part 2 that is) will be released as planned in spring 2011 on Capitol. The tracks originally recorded for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (which now are actually back on Part 1) have now apparently been bumped to make room for the former Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 material. Wait, what?"
"I know it's weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end." says Adam "MCA" Yauch. "We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. So we've come full circle."

You got me.  Regardless, they have a new record out.  It sounds like they are invigorated.  "Make Some Noise" is like totally dope.  What more do you need to know?

"Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" is scheduled for release on May 3rd.


Make Some Noise

Too Many Rappers

Lee Majors Come Again

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