Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]

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Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]Cassius Dreems

French house icons, Hubert Blanc-Francard, and the late Philippe Zdar, known to fans as Cassius, have released their fifth and final album in Dreems. The LP features heavy-hitters from across the musical spectrum like Portugal. the Man’s John Gourle and Mike D of Beastie Boys infamy, but ultimately represents more than two decades of musical growth since Cassius’s first releases in 1996.

Dreems isn’t just an hour of new Cassius material, which would be a delight in itself, but it’s an album where songs successfully build on one another, borrowing melodies, instruments and vocal motifs throughout, proving the duo’s attraction to the art of the LP. The album’s most vivid example of this is in how “W18” thematically and musically unfolds into its successor, “Walking on Sunshine.” Other track like “Summer,” the album’s opener, and “Don’t Let Me Be” draw a more refined and generally upbeat picture than 2016’s Ibifornia, while still maintaining much of the latter’s highly-acclaimed funk.

With Dreems being the group’s final release, it’s hard to find a more apt farewell than in the lyrics of the album’s title track.

Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone
Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone

Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication Is 25 Today: Watch Their New Mini-Doc Still Ill

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Beastie BoysBack in 2014, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Beastie Boys’ 1994 blockbuster Ill Communication. But here at Stereogum we can’t, we won’t, and we don’t stop revisiting classic albums, so we’re happy to report that Amazon has assembled a mini-documentary in honor of Ill Communication turning 25. It’s called Still … More »

Beastie Boys Announce Beastie Boys Story Shows With Spike Jonze

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Last year, the Beastie Boys Book was released and surviving members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz went on a book tour in support of it. And it looks like they’re cooking up something else new. Today, they’ve announced three shows that will take place next month in New York and … More »

Breaks With Tradition: “I Walk On Guilded Splinters”

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Twenty-five years ago today, Beck dropped Mellow Gold and disappointed at least a few of my friends who were expecting to hear more songs like “Loser.” I kinda don’t blame them: “Loser” is one of the most miraculously strange Top 10 hits of the last quarter century, the culmination of Beck’s anti-folk tendencies meeting up … More »

Breaks With Tradition: “When The Levee Breaks”

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Led-ZeppelinFifty years ago this week, Led Zeppelin released their self-titled debut album, and — well, it’s Led Zeppelin, you know the deal. Revolutionized hard rock, brought it into the arenas, reinvented ’60s psychedelia as ’70s heavy metal, so on, so forth. I figure most of us have opinions on the Zep and what it means … More »

Hear The Beastie Boys Interviewed By Marc Maron On WTF

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Beastie-BoysThis past fall, surviving Beastie Boys members Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz — Mike D and the King Ad-Rock — published their Beastie Boys Book, a massive tome that I am very much hoping to get for Christmas. They have been out on the promo circuit for the past few months, heading out … More »

Donald Glover Spotted In 2004 Beastie Boys Concert Footage

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Donald GloverYou know how sometimes at weddings they put disposable cameras on all the tables and ask the guests to document their experience? Back in 2004, the Beastie Boys tried something similar but more elaborate during their concert at Madison Square Garden. The group gave camcorders to 50 people in the audience and asked them to … More »

Watch Mike D & Ad-Rock Talk Beastie Boys, Clubbing As Children, & Boom Boxes On Fallon

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Beastie-Boys-on-FallonThis past week, the former Beastie Boys members Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz — Mike D and the King Ad-Rock, to most of us — published their long-awaited memoir Beastie Boys Book. They’ve been out on the promo trail around the book, telling great anecdotes in the excerpts that were published … More »

Ephwurd samples The Beastie Boys on earth-shaking ATRIP collaboration, ‘Check It Out’

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Ephwurd samples The Beastie Boys on earth-shaking ATRIP collaboration, ‘Check It Out’Ephwurd Atrip Check It Out Collab Single

Datsik‘s inevitable departure from Ephwurd hasn’t stopped Bais Haus from carrying the project forward as a solo act, with the ultra smooth summer jam “Everywhere I Go” serving as a first step earlier this year. Now, Ephwurd returns to the more explosive side of house with the ATRIP-assisted “Check It Out,” arriving via his own Eph’ed Up Records imprint.

Lingering on a deliciously menacing intro featuring distorted guitar strums and instantly recognizable Beastie Boys chops, the track forecasts a heavy dose of bass early on. The delivery comes fast and furious with a rumbling drop that builds layer after of layer of head-knocking percussion. ATRIP’s grimy sensibilities are the perfect addition, keeping things crackly, maintaining a driving appeal across the entire track. If “Check It Out” is any indicator of Ephwurd’s momentum as a solo venture, it’s safe to say the future is bright and bass heavy.

Ad-Rock On The Beastie Boys Refusing To Diss MC Hammer: He Seemed Nice

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Beastie Boys Book, the long-awaited memoir from surviving Beastie Boys members Mike D and Ad-Rock, aka Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, is out on October 30. Vulture today published an excerpt that details the recording and release of the group’s second album Paul’s Boutique, their first post-Def Jam release on Capitol … More »