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if you wanna know the real deal about the three
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
Here's one for the bleachers and the upper tier
Versatile All-Temp-A-Cheer
If you wanna drink call Mr. Belvedere
Run this rap game like a brigadier

It's fun to be a fan. I'm a true fan of so few things that when I get to be a fan I relish every moment. It is safe to say that the Beastie Boys are the only musical group that I've ever been a true fan of. I enjoy reading about them, watching them on TV, watching their videos, and of course listening to their music. The past 24 hours I have been completely immersed in a world of Beastie.

Yesterday I spent around 12 hours working on the lyrics for the new album. I figure I'm about 2/3's done with the initial draft. However, with the work I haven't had a chance to really enjoy the record, but as a first reaction, I must say I'm really pleased. To be honest, this record as an album is stronger than their past two (Ill Communication and Hello Nasty). One of the problems with the past two Beastie Boys albums is that they've been front-heavy; a lot of strong songs filling the front and middle of the album then it peters out toward the end with a bunch of filler and throw-away tracks. Missing from this album are a lot of things which have made the past couple of albums problematic; it's just 16 solid rap/hip-hop tracks - no instrumental noodling, none of MCA's free-form Buddhist prayers-set-to-song, no featured artists, no punk songs, no muss, no fuss. Even the level of political moralizing is kept in check and balanced by the sort of goofy, pop-culture referencing that they are famous for. If I may be so bold, while the musical complexity doesn't hold a candle, the depth of lyrical references is on par with the mythical Paul's Boutique.

In short, I will have a musical love affair for the next couple of months.

I've been getting my annotations on-line as I finish them and the response on zero-day was pretty much what I expected; website traffic doubled on the release-date yesterday and I suspect it will probably be like that for most of the week then taper off over the next two weeks back to a normal level.

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I can't wait to get a hold of the new album and give it a spin. I'll let you know what I think.

I don't know if you're familiar with usenet, but it on a.b.s.m.rap-hiphop if you're lookin' :)

hey, what usenet server you using now?

When I was shopping for usenet servers Astraweb appealed to me because they have a nice pay-as-you-go plan the others don't have. Being on the road, my use is rather erratic and I didn't think I could justify paying a flat monthly rate and have it go unused some weeks. I buy a 25G block for 10 bucks and I can use it at my own pace (their unlimited monthly plan is $10/mo and there's no way I D/L 25G in a month, that's more like 3 months for me). They claim to have a 15 day retention in all groups but my experience (at least before I broke my leg) is that it's more like 7-10 days. Um, they don't keep any sort of download/usage logs so the anonymity level is comfortable and they don't filter/censor the groups in anyway.

I hear one of the big boys (giganews or easynews) is boasting a 30 day retention these days, which might be more suitable to someone in a more static situation than myself. It would be conceivable to surf the groups twice a month and load up a big muhfuhn download queue and be done with it.

astraweb sounds perfect! i hadn't yet seen a place that just gives you blocks of bandwidth for an unlimited interval... thanks!

i was on giganews forever and they are very, very good (and their retention is actually more like 6-7 weeks in many cases). but i would go months without using usenet at all, especially after picking up on BitTorrent, so it wasn't even worth it any more and i finally cancelled. of course now i want to go back out there looking for things... :)

incidentally, i was a huge fan of the beasties at age 11 or 12. so i hear where you're coming from, i think, as far as the whole warts-and-all thing goes. there are very few bands for whom i'm willing to make that concession. sonic youth maybe? but they've been really good lately.

yeah i think astraweb is a perfect solution for the moderate usenet user..... glad i could help...

i've heard that the new Sonic Youth is quite good, but haven't had the chance to hear it yet.... being stuck with dialup and all... it was a painful process downloading the BB album at dialup speeds... but it was one of those must-have situations... that, along with the Slack Album of course, are two of my top downloading priorities once i get my hands on some broadband again ;-)

really? i don't care much for the band. there's a few songs that are alright, but in all i think they have an annoying sound.

that's the weird thing about fandom... one person can completely become enamored with an entertainer and another person won't get it at all...

i'm often amazed that bands like the Descendents have fans... you know, people who know all their songs and own all their albums... but they exist... it takes all types :)

with all due respect, yo! just another perspective... i have never been a big fan of the beasties as lyricists. i don't enjoy their attempts at rock ("whatcha want," "sabotage") in the slightest. i DO enjoy mario caldato's work and the work of other fine producers that have graced their albums for the last 15 years.

however, yeah, i felt this album was a huge disappointment. hello nasty was a cool album but ultimately forgettable-- i heard the single in a bowling alley a few months back (christ, can't even remember the name) and it was very noticeable that it was just gimmickry (and not very well dated gimmickry at that). but i felt the new album was, musically speaking, wack as hell. it does get slightly better toward the end, though.

"Intergalactic" ;-)

Well, I don't claim to be completely unbiased. I think I do a reasonable job of keeping a modicum of objectivity; I'm not the sort of fan who thinks that everythng they've ever done is brilliant and better than anything else ever done, but at the same time, I know I'm somewhat biased.

The Beastie Boys don't really appeal to me on an intellectual level or even a musical level, it's the whole package. I became a fan when I was 16 and it's something that just stuck. Something about the attitude, the aesthetic. The appeal in broad strokes as opposed to the scrutiny of their art under a microscope. I think it's kinda of like being in love; when you're a fan you're a little blind to the blemishes and warts because there is a deeper affection that goes beyond the tangible, physical aspects that you might not really be able to explain.

use the site to meet them? Surely someone has pointed it out to them, yes?

dude, if that ever were to happen i'd be in seventh heaven...

my website gets mentioned with some regularity on the bulletin boards of the official website but i have know idea if they actually know i exist...

hell, i'd settle to be a lyrical reference... it'd be like becoming a part of pop culture... :)

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