The Beastie Boys are having lots of fun with the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. First they made Fight for Your Right (Revisited), a music video-cum-short film (as only Michael Jackson could ever really pull off), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was recut into the “Make Some Noise” video that premiered Wednesday in advance of the film’s television premiere that night at midnight on VH1 and MTV. (The entire 22-minute film is streaming above.)
Then, on Saturday morning, they offered a live stream of the entire album?played through a boombox from center court at Madison Square Garden, in the dearest tribute to the ghetto blaster this side of Step Up 3D. Now that the album has leaked, they’re hosting an unmediated stream, so you can listen now! One definite listener: Jim Shearer, host of VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, who, when introducing “Make Some Noise” last week, practically threatened to quit the show if the song didn’t make the countdown.
Need more? New York Magazine has published an extensive oral history of the group’s early years. You can even play the text equivalent of the music documentary game: instead of minutes, guess how many paragraphs before Thurston Moore shows up!