A Note From Ad-Rock:
Quick to acknowledge the wake of support and remembrances of fallen Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, taken by cancer this past Friday (May 4) at the age of 47 – RIP – fellow founding member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz posted an endearing thank you post on the band’s website last night, saying “As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you.” Meanwhile in ongoing sympathies to the hip-hop icon, Paste rounded up a 100-artist Twitter blast memorial. And Coldplay‘s Chris Martin revisited his haunting 2009 post-diagnosis cover of “Fight For Your Right” at the Hollywood Bowl late Friday night.
Honycomb B/W Gotham:
Today in psych-rock clangory news, Animal Collective are back with a 7” split via Domino records dubbed “Honeycomb/Gotham,” “Honeycomb” representing Side A and “Gotham” respectively on Side B, both of which the band has decided to stream for free on their website, if you just can’t wait for the June 26 45 drop date. Trademark aqua tribal shouts ensue leading with bleep-bloop “Honeycomb” hook repping the “impossible places you’ll go in your life,” and trailed by foot-shuffler “Gotham” questioning “what were we singing.” The fun is in the enigma, per usual.
NPR’s “First Listen” series is on a great-things-come-in-threes kick, teasing a trifecta of spring’s most anticipated albums before they drop proper. Coincidentally they’re all duos, leading with Brooklyn apocalyptic reverb dream team Exitmusic and their debut Passage (May 22; Secretly Canadian), followed by west coast beach-popsters Best Coast and their sophomore effort The Only Place (May 15; Mexican Summer) and caboosed by Maryland’s current king and queen of ambient guitar and keys swath, Beach House, and their fourth statement, Bloom (May 15; Sub Pop) effectively pillaring the most atmospheric spring to summer jump in years. Best Coast for the seasonal catchphrase win so far via the title track: “We’ve got the ocean/Got the babes/Got the sun/We’ve got the waves/This is the only place for me.”
The Wind Cries Andre:
Andre 3000 will indeed emanate the spirt of Jimi Hendrix in a forthcoming biopic called All Is by My Side, reports the Irish Film and Television Network. The film, rumored to be in existence since last summer and squashed by Jimi Hendrix’s Estate shortly thereafter, is currently in preproduction over-the-pond in Wicklow and Dublin, Ireland, exploring the flowering of the late icon’s early days in England and the incubation of his 1967 debut album Are You Experienced. John Ridley (Three Kings, U Turn) is set to both write and direct the film. What say you, you think they’ll let Andre sing in his own voice? Or will the veritable voodoo child make an overdubbed appearance?