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LIVE: Beastie Boys

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Tuesday, March 4
New York, NY
Terminal 5

Moby was billed as the host of last night’s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function benefit concert. I didn’t know what that exactly entailed–was he going to perform? Spin some records? Or just introduce the Beastie Boys? If you chose option number three, you’re correct. You’d also be right if you chose option number one (kind of).

Moby gave a brief summary on the work of IMNF–basically, when brain functions decrease or one goes through certain life-altering tragedies, one surefire way to get the brain feeling optimistic again is through the power and therapy of music. Moby then introduced someone who benefited from the institute’s work, a young man named Jeremy, who had lost both of his hands in an arson fire. With Moby on guitar, and another friend on keyboard, the three performed a cover of “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Moby thanked Jeremy and said the Beastie Boys would be on in 10 minutes–he was thirty minutes off.

When it was finally time for the Beastie Boys’ set, Mixmaster Mike arrived on stage first and warmed the crowd up with a little cuttin’-and’-stracthin’. His casual wear suggested that the Beastie Boys were not enforcing a strict pageant dress code. Soon after his intro, Mike D, MCA, and Adrock appeared on stage kicking into the opening chorus of “Root Down.” Though pageant-wear was optional, Mike D decided to wear a powder blue, 1950’s double-breasted sweater, while Adrock was decked out in a khaki green collared-shirt and gentleman’s dress-cap. MCA went more casual with an un-tucked red polo shirt.

The Beastie Boys followed with “Flute Loop” and “Sure Shot”. MCA then dedicated “Shake Your Rump” to a guy who had Paul’s Boutique stuck in his stereo for an entire road trip. Mike D interrupted, “Was it a tape or a CD stuck in the stereo?”

Following “Shake Your Rump”, the Beastie Boys headed for their instruments and began playing “Time For Livin'”. This is where the show hit the first snag of the night–something went wrong with Adrock’s guitar set-up. Good thing this was just a “tune-up” show for the Langerado Festival this weekend (stop a festival show for ten minutes and a riot could break out). Mike D tried to smooth out the situation by claiming, “Hey, we had to travel a long way tonight. We were downtown and we came all the way uptown.”

After brining out another amplifier and a new batch of cords, Money Mark and a guitar tech deduced that Adrock’s sunburst guitar had puttered out. Adrock brought out his backup ax and the game was back on. The Beasties launched into “Remote Control” and then slowed things up with “Ricky’s Theme.” Before the song Adrock asked the crowd, “How much were tickets tonight? $75? Hey–it’s live entertainment.”

Later in the set, per request by Moby, the Beastie Boys performed “Egg Raid on Mojo.” The Beastie Boys didn’t stray from their comfort tracks last night (“Root Down”, “Sure Shot”, “Shake Your Rump”, “Pass the Mic”, “Body Movin'”, “Three MCs and One DJ”), but they did throw in a couple of treats: Money Mark appropriately taking lead on “Mark on the Bus” and a MMM beat-treated version of “Rhymin’ and Stealin'”.

The funniest moment of the night came during the “fresh” stop-down in “Ch-Check it Out”, when a homemade poster of Mike D was passed to the front of the stage. The sign read: “Watch the Finger” (a reference in which Mike D instructs the crowd to watch his finger fall just as Mixmaster Mike drops in a beat on his turntable). It also featured a nude drawing of Mike D (ala Michelangelo’s painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling) with a bagel covering up his nether region.

MCA and Adrock told Mike to explain himself. Mike collected his thoughts for a moment and said, “New York’s a very fashionable town. When I’m not performing, I got a family to feed. So sometimes to get a little extra cash, I pose for artwork like this.” After a lengthy stop down (which has developed into a new tradition during “Ch-Check it Out”), the Beasties kicked back into the tune and finished strong. A tech-hand took the poster off of the stage as MCA instructed, “Keep that one for the files. I’m going to hang it up with all the other naked pictures I have of Mike.”

“What?!” questioned Mike D.

MCA replied, “Yo, just go to imdb to see all of Mike’s work.”

The Beasties closed their set with a strong rendition of “So What’cha Want””–probably their tightest song of the night.

The Beastie Boys encored with “Intergalactic”, “Heart Attack Man”, and “Sabotage.” The highlight of the encore was Money Mark randomly finding his way to the front of the stage and frantically leaping throughout the duration of “Heart Attack Man” (he still got mad hops).

Not too many Beastie surprises tonight, but it looks like they’ll be in game form come Friday’s headlining performance at Langerado. This was also a good little warm-up for me as well–I needed to get my concert-legs back for next week’s SXSW festival. You just can’t go into four days of non-stop music cold.

Root Down
Flute Loop
Sure Shot
Shake Your Rump

Time For Livin’
Remote Control
Ricky’s Theme
B Is For My Name
Egg Raid on Mojo

Triple Trouble
Pass the Mic
Body Movin’
Rhymin’ & Stealin’

Off the Grid
Tough Guy
Lighten Up
Mark on the Bus
Sabrosa (w/ Alright Hear This bass interlude)

Super Disco Breakin’
Three MCs and One DJ
Ch-Check It Out
So What’chat Want?

Heart Attack Man


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.