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Glen E. Friedman My Rules art show London


Skate and music photographer Glen E. Friedman will be heading to London to exhibit some of his finest prints for the first time in almost 20 years.

His mammoth new book My Rules that features classics from his first 2 skate and music publications Fuck You Heroes and Fuck You Too and over 100 unseen images, will be on display alongside audio installations from Ice-T, Ian MacKaye and Alan “Ollie” Gelfand as well as a selection of curated films by Friedman and Q&A sessions throughout the opening weekend. Work will include shots of Beastie Boys, Fugazi, Public Enemy, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Black Flag, Run DMC and many more.

The location for this show is at 14 Henrietta St, Covent Garden WC2H from November 21st 2014 – January 18th 2015.


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Adam Yauch designed deck graphic before he passed

It is being reported in America this morning that Beastie Boy rapper Adam Yauch left a legacy to his love of skateboarding 2 months before he died in March this year and sketched the lyrics to the Beastie’s tune “Bodhisattva Vow” across 3 decks.

The one-off series comissioned by Bucky Lasek is said to be auctioned on November 29th alongside many other musicians that include Ben Harper, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty whose lyrics etched into decks will go on sale to raise money to build skateparks in low income areas across the pond for the Tony Hawk Foundation.


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Heavy Artillery Crew’s graf tribute to Adam Yauch

Following the awful news of Adam Yauch aka MCA from the Beastie Boys passing this month, MSK / Heavy Artillery Crew‘s Aroe from Brighton has recreated the 1986 “Licensed to Ill” album cover as a fitting Rest In Peace tribute. The piece is 12ft high, 64ft long and ‘kin amazing. Take it in.

Speaking to people who knew him well this week within the music industry, Yauch was known as the Beastie Boy who would always ask if you were OK, would always enquire if you needed anything and would always include you in his plans. We almost convinced the band to play a secret show at Bay 66 Skatepark around the launch of the “To The 5 Boroughs” album but they chose to play the ICA instead. With all the wishes in the world behind our proposals it didn’t happen but it was a pleasure to have just appreciated what this band have delivered us over the years and that’s enough for me.

MCA will be sorely missed by us all here at Crossfire. Our love goes out to all family and friends. RIP.

Photo: AVK/Datachump

Listen to this tribute mixtape by Eclectic Method.

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Bad Brains documentary to debut at SXSW

A documentary on seminal hardcore band Bad Brains will debut at the SXSW festival in Austin this year.

The film features the likes of Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Adam Yauch and Don Letts and has the following synopsis:

“Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and influence can be heard in groups like Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction and countless more.

Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they have stayed together for 30 years without ever reaching the level of success so many think they deserve. Using rare archival footage and original comic illustrations the film re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history.”

Check out the trailer below and get hyped.

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Free Z-Trip Beastie Boys mix

DJ extraordinaire Z-Trip has put together a free 23 minute Beastie Boys mix in preparation for the NYC trio dropping their new album.

Mixing up stuff from the new album and old classics, it’s the perfect way to kick off any day, so head over to Z-Trip’s Bandcamp page and download it!

Plus it gives us another chance to watch the awesome Make Some Noise video!

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Make Some Noise

It’s been a while since we last heard music from the Beastie Boys. It was 2009 when they dropped their track featuring Nasty Nas Too Many Rappers and had everyone clamouring for a new album to drop, but with MCA’s fight against cancer, the album took a deserved lay-off. However, now the New York trio are back with Make Some Noise and it was absolutely worth the wait.

The intro wah-wahs slowly before the drums are unleashed and segue into a backdrop for the inimitable MCs to bring the house down. The drums are crisp, the tune is fun and the gang vocal chorus is classic Beasties. We all know what the rappers sound like and we all love them, so hearing them on a fresh beat is as enjoyable as it could ever be.

With MCA rapping about parties on the right and the left, it seems inevitable that your feet will start to tap, your legs’ll shake, your head will nod and before you know if you’re having your very own personal party in your chair. And that’s what the Beastie Boys are all about – getting rowdy. Despite their age, they can still mix it with the very best and if this is any indication of the new album, we’re all in for a treat.

“It’s the anti-depresser” runs one of the opening lines, too bloody right!


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Beastie Boys short for Fight For Your Right Revisited

BeastieBoysHotSauceCommitteePt.2The Beastie Boys have unleashed a short film teaser for their new album coming for May featuring Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen and Jack Black. Humorous? Yes of course, it’s the Beasties.

See the ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited‘ short here and see for yourself.

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New Beastie Boys album scheduled for May release

BeastieBoysHotSauceCommitteePt.2Beastie Boys fans will be stoked to hear that the boys will be back to release their new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 in May this year. The record was put back in 2009 due to Adam Yauch’s cancer condition which has got better but MCA is not confirmed as being out of the woods on that front just yet.

The track list for the album is below and for now you can check out the track with NAS called ‘Too Many Rappers‘.

‘Tadlock’s Glasses’
‘B-Boys In The Cut’
‘Make Some Noise’
‘Nonstop Disco Powerpack’
‘Too Many Rappers’ (feat. Nas)’
‘Say It’
‘The Bill Harper Collection’
‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ feat. Santigold
‘Long Burn The Fire’
‘Funky Donkey’
‘Lee Majors Come Again’
‘Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament’
‘Pop Your Balloon’
‘Crazy Ass Shit’
‘Here’s a Little Something For Ya’