Un-Licensed To Ill: 

Some odd cosmic force tweaked a copyright infringement lawsuit the Beastie Boys‘ way on the eve of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death on May 3, AllHipHop reports. Claiming the Beastie’s first two albums, Licensed To Ill and Paul’s Boutique, illegally sampled Trouble Funk cuts “Say What” and “Drop The Bomb.” Tuf America Records is citing the fact that anniversary and commemorative releases of said albums are earning profits the label has never seen a cut of, on top of the original purported infringements. MCA’s passing or not, Paul’s Boutique dropped in 1989. And Licensed To Ill was three year’s its senior. This is a two-and-a-half decade post-facto cheap prod into an era regarded as the “free” era of hip-hop, in which beats were respectively mined without the fear of suits. Here’s a tune for you to “determine punitive and exemplary damages” Tuf America. Play it with the world’s tiniest violin.

Blow Your Pants Off:

Jimmy Fallon is one-upping Weird Al Yanchovic‘s parody legacy with a full-album spin off his viral goofisms he’s been keen on debuting via his Late Night NBC hosting role. The caveat: he’s coerced guest performances from a handful of musical personalities from Bruce Springsteen to Paul McCartney and Eddie Vedder. The icing: the record will be called Blow Your Pants Off. Dropping June 12, expect that pitch-perfect “Reading Rainbow” poke at The Doors, “Charles in Charge” in the ruse of Bob Dylan, and those aforementioned star features speckled about. For the full track list, head over to Rolling Stone.


Megaupload kingpin Kim Dotcom, out waxing his “Guilty” Benzos on bail since February awaiting the largest copyright infringement trial since Napster, has dropped a cheeky attack via song against New Zealand politician John Banks, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently Banks, leader of New Zealand political party ACT and a member of Parliament, took a donation from Dotcom in upwards of $50,000 NZ duckets while campaigning. But since Dotcom has run into legal trouble, Banks is out to hide said donation. At least that’s what Dotcom has commissioned a couple singers to lambast in a club banger dubbed “Amnesia” lacing a snarky female voice over a dub-step froth squawking, “That politician got amnesia again.” Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for this “history in the making” full LP, Dotcom.

We Can’t Be Beat:

Dig on the new harmony rallying “We Can’t Be Beat” from The Walkmen‘s forthcoming Heaven, of which the band teased as the third digital single behind “Heartbreaker” and the title track. Whereas the former two cuts saw the expansive NYC rock quartet sprawl out electrically like they do best, this one’s backbone is an acoustic finger plucking, spun around some glistening vocal howls. Combined with the band’s utterance that “the detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone,” and the lyric “I don’t need perfection/I love the hope,” we are a wee bit excited about this one, yes we are.


Today marks the anniversary of The Beatles‘ 12th and final album drop, Let It Be, sullied in the grand oeuvre of things for breaking up the band, and doubling up its status as a soundtrack to a film of the same name, but still regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, its eponymous title track asterisking the lot. Lennon was always jealous if you ask us, going on about how McCartney penned the tune in emulation of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” But here’s the breaks – it was recorded before “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was even written. And Lennon, wherever you are up in that great rock hall in the sky, I hope you’ve wised up to the pristine rock sentiments of the song:

And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be