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Monthly Archives: July 2009

News: Beastie Boys Postpone Album Release, Cancel Tour

News just arrived that the Beastie Boys are postponing the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, and canceling upcoming tour dates. The unfortunate reason is that Adam Yauch, nee MCA, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left parotid gland. Fortunately, it was caught early and it is considered to be very treatable. Yauch had this to say:

“I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we’ll release the record and play some shows. It’s a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later.”

Books: Q-Tip – Industry Rules

“Industry rule number 4,080: record company people are shady.” So said Q-Tip on the classic Tribe Called Quest song, “Check the Rhime.” Now he’s prepared to expand and expound upon said rule, and presumably many others, as he will release a book called Industry Rules (Ballantine Books) sometime next year.

Tip had this to say: “It was important to me to write a book, because on the whole, I feel we could all be more literate, and as an artist, I’m always looking for ways to do something cool, different, and both light and introspective at the same time. With so many influences, like Duke Ellington’s writing, or the music played by radio DJs in the ’70s, or just what you see hanging out on Linden Blvd., there’s a lot to say, and I look forward to reaching a bunch of colorful dudes and gals with the project.”

Tour Dates: Wye Oak

Wye Oak have a wonderful new album coming out on Merge on July 21 called The Knot. I have a review for Blurt that should be published soon, but in the meantime, listen to this:

And some tour dates:

7/21 – Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
8/12 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
8/13 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
9/28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre