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Mike D and Jonah Hill Talk Beastie Boys Book, Working With Spike Jonze, and Their Favorite Kanye West Albums

Founding Beastie Boys member Michael “Mike D” Diamond hosts a regular show on Beats 1 Radio called “The Echo Chamber,” and for the latest episode of the series, Diamond sat down with 80s baby and noted skate enthusiast Jonah Hill to discuss their mutual passions for hip-hop and skateboarding, as well as a new stage...

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Beastie Boys Announce Vinyl Reissues of Paul’s Boutique, Ill Communication, and To the 5 Boroughs

Beastie Boys have spent much of this year celebrating their legacy as a group. In March, surviving members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond appeared in a documentary dedicated to the 25th anniversary of their album Ill Communication. This summer, the group released new versions of To the 5 Boroughs and Paul’s Boutique...

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The 69 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1999

1999 essentially marked the end of the alternative dream floated by punk bands in the ’80s, sold by record companies in the ’90s, and eventually rebooted in the Garden State ’00s. Five years earlier, alternative-minded Gen-Xers made Woodstock ’94 their own by throwing mud (Green Day) or wearing mud (Nine Inch Nails). Woodstock ’99 was,...

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Beastie Boys Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Paul’s Boutique With New EPs

The Beastie Boys’ landmark 1989 album Paul’s Boutique celebrates its 30th anniversary on July 25, and to mark the occasion, the Brooklyn trio have announced six new EPs of rarities from the era. The monthlong rollout begins July 19 with the release of two new EPs titled Love American Style and An Exciting Evening at Home with...

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Beastie Boys Release To the 5 Boroughs Deluxe Edition for 15th Anniversary

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ 2004 album To The 5 Boroughs and to celebrate the occasion, the trio have made 12 B-sides, remixes, and rarities available on streaming platforms for the first time. “Hello everybody—To the 5 Boroughs came out 15 years ago today,” the group wrote on Twitter this morning....

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Geto Boys & Rick Rubin: Spin’s 1990 Feature, ‘Censorship Isn’t Def American’

This article originally appeared in the November 1990 issue of Spin. “The adolescence of individuals of color becomes a trial balloon, a posse sent ahead to scout uncharted social and psychological domains. The pose may be killed or maimed or wounded so that the rest of society can occupy the social terrain that has been...

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Beastie Boys Reflect on Ill Communication’s 25th Anniversary in New Documentary

Beastie Boys and Amazon have released a 14-minute documentary and 40-minute audio documentary about Ill Communication in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary tomorrow. The docs feature new interviews with surviving members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, keyboardist Mark Nishita, and producer Mario Caldato, and find the boys reflecting on Paul’s Boutique’s commercial flop, discovering...

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