Friday, April 3, 2009


As the world waits for the long-awaited deluxe edition reissue of the Beastie Boys' 1992 skate-punk masterpiece Check Your Head, please enjoy this amazing, amazing find in Adam "MCA" Yauch's 1987 B-Boys side project Brooklyn, a band featuring Yauch on guitars and lead vocals, Bad Brains guitarist Daryl Jenifer on bass, Tom Cushman on second git and Murphy's Law drummer and current owner of the greatest breakfast eatery in the Hudson Valley, Dougie Beans. "Gratitude" off Check Your Head actually stems from these sessions.

I remember hanging out with Dougie back in New Paltz before a concert at Snug Harbor by our mutual friends in the seminal HV-based proto-metal group mearth., and he was telling me about this group and I thought he was fucking with me. Turns out he absolutely was not, and the proof can be found on the wonderful NYHC-based blog The Hardcore Archaeologist.

Hopefully one of these days, considering how the Beasties have taken to looking back in time with the recent reissues of Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head, an official release of this historic document will become available. Until then, hit up the Archaeologist and enjoy.

Beastie Boys "Gratitude" video:

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