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Love 'em, hate 'em, or if they were just "the party jam" at some point in your life, it's impossible to imagine anyone born after 1975 (or earlier?) that didn't have at least some personal connection to the Beastie Boys.
That is why Friday's news of the passing of founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch after a three year battle with cancer seemed to cast a cloud on May the Fourth for so many with memories devoted to the boys from Brooklyn.
Just a few local Sactown names to Facebook their morning mourning included comedian Keith Lowell Jensen (who also noted that 93.7 was thumping "Brass Monkey" around 11:30 a.m.), Abstract Entertainment's Brian McKenna (who reminisced about a show with the Beasties in 1996 at The Grind skate park in West Sacramento), the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, singer/songwriter Tony Bataska, Prieta drummer Brian Breneman, former SN&R scribe Jackson Griffith, Nibblers bassist Lynn Michael Palmer, and the Bee's Chris Macias.
Some would argue that the punk laced block-rocking hip hop, four-on-the-floor beats and party-themed rhymes churned out by the venerable trio didn't lend itself to long lasting or deep seeded emotional connections - or that the mourning of him wouldn't be quite the same as, say, those who mourned The Band's Levon Helm last week.
But that's what makes music what it is. No apologies. No explanations. Just memories...so thank you, MCA, for the ones you gave to so many.
What's the best therapy? More music. Try Ace of Spades on Tuesday night.
Delta Spirit is close to wrapping up their coast-to-coast tour in support of their new self-titled album, the band's third in a career that has garnered them a devout base of fans, fed by the frenzy of the group's notoriously raucous live shows.
Their new record represents a significant change of pace from their two previous efforts, "Ode to Sunshine" and "History from Below," leaning more towards driving arena rock riffs and hard-charging bass lines.
Whether you prefer their new take on things, like the whirling "California," or you prefer them thumping on Trashcan lids, their shows are nothing short of electric, go-for-the-gut rock and roll the way it's mean to be played: Loud, sweaty, and above all, honest.
Delta Spirit, with Waters opening, plays Ace of Spades (1417 R St.) on Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are available at www.aceofspadessac.com.
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