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


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.