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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Got a Lot of Free Publicity at Adam Yauch Anti-Hate Rally

Posted November 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

A pair of swastikas accompanied by a pro-Trump message in Adam Yauch Park was enough to mobilize hundreds to Brooklyn Heights yesterday in an “anti-hate” rally co-organized by State Senator Daniel Squadron. The King Ad Rock addressed the protesters, among others, and called for love and unity in the face of a turbulent election. The crowd […]

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‘Licensed to Ill’ Turns 30, So We’re Revisiting their Old HQ at 59 Chrystie Street

Posted November 16, 2016 at 5:13 am

Yesterday was the thirtieth anniversary of Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys’ seminal debut on Def Jam Recordings. The long-player became the first rap album to top the Billboard album chart, and eventually shifted more than ten million copies just in the United States. During this formative era, the three-piece group dwelled (and partied) at 59 […]

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Celebrating Nearly 30 Years of ‘The East Village Eye’ with the Howl! Happening Gallery

Posted September 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

If you were a denizen of the downtown scene in the ’80s, you probably couldn’t wait to get your hands on the latest issue of the East Village Eye. Or maybe you came here because of what it vividly described. Published from May 1979 to January 1987, the monthly magazine featured extensive coverage of pop […]

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Named After Beastie Boys Album, Star Wars Alien ‘Ello Asty’ is Born to Ill

Posted October 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

The original Star Wars trilogy remains a personal obsession. Despite the creative meddlings of George Lucas, who butchered the legacy with revisionist history and a second trilogy of insufferable prequels. We devoured much of the literature on the fantasy world, including the Timothy Zahn Thrawn series from the early nineties. And one of the things […]

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Here’s How You Can Listen to Every Sample on ‘Paul’s Boutique’ with Seattle’s KEXP Radio Show

Posted July 27, 2015 at 10:21 am

In case you missed it, and have twelve hours to spare, it’s time turn on KEXP and listen to “Inside Paul’s Boutique.” This past Friday, the Seattle-based radio station assembled a stellar, engaging program that completely dissects (probably) every sample included on the Beastie Boys’ seminal 1989 record. That’s fifteen tracks comprised of more than […]

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Revisiting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at Ludlow and Rivington, Circa 1980s

Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

Here now, a couple photos of what LeRoy McCarthy would’ve called “Beastie Boys Square.” These images of Ludlow and Rivington Streets come courtesy of Boogie reader Larry Morales. Seen clearly in the background of both images is Lee’s Sportswear, the world famous apparel store that graced the cover of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. It was a […]

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Watch Joan Rivers Introduce the Beastie Boys in 1987 [VIDEO]

Posted September 5, 2014 at 9:22 am

Comedienne Joan Rivers passed away yesterday afternoon after complications from an elective medical procedure last week, during which she suffered cardiac arrest. She was 81. Rivers had been on life support at Mount Sinai the last week. Let’s celebrate that time she was on late night television. Like this gem from 1987, when the Beastie […]

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Muppets Mimic ‘So What’cha Want’ in Beastie Boys Homage [VIDEO]

Posted August 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

Another tribute to MCA has surfaced, but not in the way of outdoor memorials. As it turns out, the Swedish Chef, Animal, and Beeker were altogether big fans of the Beastie Boys. Witness their proper Muppet homage to the Boys by lip syncing the iconic “So What’cha Want.” In ribbed turtleneck sweaters. (Swedish Chef is Ad Rock, Animal […]

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This is the Completed Beastie Boys Tribute Mural to ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

The “Beastie Boys Square” that wasn’t now has a rather loud visual. Wolfnights – descendant of the Paul’s Boutique-era bargain business establishment – donated its wall for a tribute to the trio. Street artist Danielle Mastrion spent the entirety of Saturday painting Mike D, MCA, and Ad Rock on the Ludlow facade of the restaurant. […]

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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Proponent Organizes Mural to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Since “Beastie Boys Square” didn’t happen, outspoken proponent LeRoy McCarthy has taken a different approach. Wolfnights is donating its Ludlow Street facade for a new celebratory mural. The artwork will pay tribute to both the hip-hop trio and their 1989 LP, which was released 25 years ago today. The album cover features the southwest corner […]

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