Beastie Boys win $1.7 million lawsuit against Monster Energy drink, plan to buy SO much blue-flavored Red Bull

Beastie Boys win $1.7 million lawsuit against Monster Energy drink, plan to buy SO much blue-flavored Red Bull

Fanatics of pop-culture litigations, buckle up, as I’m about to infuse your TMT with some TMZ and talk about some courts that aren’t Parquet!

Readers with too much time on their hands will remember back in August 2012 when the Beastie Boys accused Monster Energy Drink of doing a little “Rhymin’ and Stealin’” of their own (minus the rhymin’) when the company used several Beastie Boys songs in a promo video without the band’s permission. Alas, we ended up with an almost two-year-long legal dispute that made it impossible for 20-year-old college guys to pick sides. Over those 22 months, the tone of the case ranged from sad (late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch’s will forbids the band’s music from being used for ad purposes) to a level of absurdity only a Monster Energy Drink lawsuit could provide (i.e. the court debating the legal definition of the phrase “Dope!”).

Well, the jury has finally spoken, and they’ve awarded surviving members Ad-Rock and Mike D $1.7 million in damages. Think of all the energy supplements they can buy… ginseng, taurine, L-carnitine, Listerine, the possibilities are endless! Understandably, Monster’s attorney (who is disappointingly not named something like Këëthe) is upset, saying (text in brackets added on my own to maintain brand guidelines), “Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury [dudes], we strongly disagree with it [man]” and that the company plans to appeal the decision, although they do not deny the infringement.

And while Monster ended up shelling out $1.575 million more than they had offered, something tells me the folks at the company won’t be losing too much sleep over this (they have millions of dollars and copious amounts of caffeine).

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Death Grips surprise-release niggas on the moon with Björk, part 1 of the powers that b double album; stream, download, and have a sad cum NOW!!

If you thought the new episode of Game of Thrones was deadly, then wait’ll you hear the latest transmission from Death Grips. The group once again decided to surprise-drop a release — it’s what they do! — called niggas on the moon, which they say is actually half of a double album titled the powers that b, due for a proper release later this year on Harvest/Third Worlds Records. The best part? niggas on the moon features eight new tracks, and each track features Björk. Download here or here, and prepare yourself for the second half — jenny death — when you least expect it.

Quoth Death Grips:

this is “niggas on the moon”, featuring björk on all 8 tracks.
it is the first installment of our new double album, “the powers that b”, due out later this year on Harvest/Third Worlds Records.
the second disc is titled “jenny death”.
peace & love
have a sad cum bb

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Ab-Soul announces new album These Days, proving himself rap game Nico once and for all

Do you ever imagine Ab-Soul decked out in a brown fur coat, descended from a bus in slow motion? No? Probably good, probably means your brain’s working correctly. Me, I’m imagining it right now. There’s a reason, there’s associations at hand. Think Royal Tenenbaums. Gwyneth Paltrow walks off that bus. Nico plays. The song’s originally by Jackson Browne, it’s called “These Days.” That’s also the name of the new Ab-Soul record, albeit with a bit of apparent uncertainty, since These Days… is the title at its most accurate. As said by HipHopDX, it’s out June 24 through TDE. This is why I am imagining Ab-Soul covered in fur, stirring up feelings within Luke Wilson.

Feast your eyes on that super-intense cover art above. Looks like someone’s getting his late-90s Nas on! In attempts to put out the top crucifixion-themed rap album of 2014, there’s also a clip of first single “Stigmata” that you can view right here. Some say that the cross in the video is meant to symbolize Ab-Soul’s failures. Well, buddy, he has not forgotten them.

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Welsh odd-bod Gruff Rhys takes project to logical conclusion with American release of American Interior

Way back in 2012, Gruff Rhys (the guy who sometimes sings in Welsh, other times in English for bands such as Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon) embarked on a tour around America. Being the far-out kind of dude he is, Rhys dubbed the tour an “investigative concert tour” and used it as an opportunity to re-trace the steps of his relative John Evans who had disappeared circa 1792 while searching for a mythical tribe of Welsh-speaking First Nation Americans.

On said tour, Rhys performed with a puppet avatar of John Evans and a kickass PowerPoint presentation. I’m not making this up.

The tour was such a blast that the project, now called American Interior, has been released as a book, film, app, and album. Although the latter iteration is well and truly available in the UK, it is now due to be released in America on November 4 via Turnstile with bonus content that is so ultra-awesome we can’t even tell you what it is yet. Knowing Rhys, the bonus content could be anything from a vile of yeti DNA to the Welsh transcription of the lyrics of Roy Orbison’s entire back-catalog. You’ll just have to wait to find out, though.

Finally, as if to bring the whole thing full circle (or perhaps spin it off on an entirely new axis) Rhys will be touring America to celebrate the American release of American Interior, which is the album that follows the app, film, and book about the American tour he embarked upon to re-trace the steps of the American tour his distant relative undertook over 200 years ago. Watch a video for the title track below, and then check out the tracklist and tour dates.

American Interior tracklist:

01. American Exterior
02. American Interior
03. 100 Unread Messages
04. The Whether (Or Not)
05. The Last Conquistador
06. Lost Tribes
07. Liberty (Is Where We’ll Be)
08. Allweddellau Allweddol
09. The Swamp
10. Iolo
11. Walk into the Wilderness
12. Year of the Dog
13. Tiger’s Tale

Tour dates:

11.06.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
11.07.14 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.08.14 - New York, NY - Baby’s All Right
11.10.14 - Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
11.11.14 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
11.12.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11.14.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
11.15.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.18.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
11.20.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

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Perc and Truss get dirty on upcoming Perc Trax EP Two Hundred

You’re reading this website, so you probably know that we sometimes tire of cleanliness. Sometimes, despite the accumulated soap products that we’ve purchased in order to make us smell as if God and Mr. Clean fused colons and let out one hell of a huffable fart, we like to deliberately (and figuratively) smash mud sandwiches in our pristine classmates’ faces. And it’s no use trying to deny this feeling when it comes to our listening habits, as we’re all familiar with the repellence of overproduction common both in and outside of pop music. Thankfully, UK producers Perc (Alistair Wells, who released this year’s incredible The Power and The Glory) and Truss (Tom Russell) are here to cater to our whims, collaboratively once again, with some dirty, dirty techno.

The 12-inch Spiker, released last August, is now being followed up by a new EP, Two Hundred, on July 14. Like the former, each track on the EP was recorded in one take, allowing for the inclusion of “happy mistakes” and “bizarre unexplainable audio artifacts,” which nonetheless assuredly didn’t stem from any sort of supernatural presence. Sorry, ghost hunters, your beliefs still aren’t justified!

Have a listen to some previews below. Dig the use of analogue electronics, but appreciate the fact that we’re a looooong way from the sine wave.

Two Hundred tracklisting:

01. Two Hundred
02. Judd
03. Forever Your Girl
04. Van Der Valk

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Fis, ever-mysterious Tri Angle producer, touring Europe this month

Having released two EPs on Tri Angle Records (most recently Iterations) and one for the super-exclusive, vinyl-only Samurai Horo label, New Zealand-based artist Fis has established a raw, ethereal sound driven as much by scattershot beats as organic texture. It’s abrasive yet groovy, and very no-fucks-given in a smart way. Fis has been tipped heavily as one of those rare new artists with a real new sound. He claims to be inspired by the rhythms he finds in meditation, as well as traditional Maori music. His name is a Gaelic word for “secret knowledge,” according to a big feature on him over at Resident Advisor. He was even reluctant to get a Facebook page.

Well, with all the hype and mystique, it seems just about the right time for Fis to make an appearance or two. He’ll be touring in the month of June, peddling his elusive sound throughout Europe; have a listen to a track from his first EP, Preparations, in the meantime:


06.05.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
06.07.14 - Leipzig, Germany - Institut fur Zukunft
06.12.14 - London, UK - The Waiting Room
06.20.14 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe
06.21.14 - Dublin, Ireland - Tengu Bar
06.25.14 - Machester, UK - Soup Kitchen
06.26.14 - Berlin, Germany - Chesters

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