Locals digitally mourn Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch – Music therapy, anyone?

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 […]

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Locals digitally mourn Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch – Music therapy, anyone?

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 […]

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