Archive for May, 2012


I can’t say I remember a time when I have been more down about the death of a celebrity.  Adam “MCA” Yauch, a founding member of the highly influential and groundbreaking rap-rock band the Beastie Boys passed away today from a tumor in his salivary gland.

MCA has been and will probably always be one of my favorite rappers ever.  Not only is he a Jewish New Yorker (which I can relate to tremendously), Yauch brings such dimension to the Beasties.  I’ve always felt (and this isn’t a bad thing) that Ad-Rock and Mike D, the other two Beasties, have similar-sounding singing and rapping voices and MCA’s deep Brooklyn accent makes all B-Boys songs sound extremely diverse and layered.  On a more personal note, my 10th grade history teacher had the privilege of teaching high school English to Yauch and has always raved about what a nice guy he was and how intelligent and passionate he was about his music.  My teacher in fact used to tease him about the goofy rap-punk he played in high school, just when the Beasties were getting started.

And with the death of MCA presumably comes the death of the Beastie Boys (although the label wanted to replace Ad-Rock with Scott Stapp of Creed, so maybe they’ll want to do that again, but I hope not.)  For me, and for countless other musicians and fans, the disappearance of the Beasties is just a horrible notion.  The group brought a goofy, fun, silly but simultaneous level of awesomeness to music overall and they certainly changed how rap was done.  The most prominent rappers cite the Beastie Boys as a major influence—Jay-Z even covers “No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn” at his concerts from time to time.  The fact that three teenage Jewish punks from Brooklyn can burrow themselves into such an exclusive and intense genre and flip it on its side the way they did is simply remarkable.

“Sabatoge” remains to be one of the greatest pumpup songs ever and “You Gotta’ Fight For Your Right to Party” has become a slogan for being a kid.  I don’t know what music is going to be like without the presence of one of my favorite groups.

So finally, Rest In Peace, Adam and thank you.  Thank you for all that you’ve done for music, thank you for all the humanitarian work you’ve done and thank you for fighting this sickness for so long.  You will be sorely missed.  Today we lost a true rock god and his absence will be felt. The Sound Hound sends regards out to Adam’s family as well as his fellow band members, Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

P.S.: For anyone interested in reading the full obituary for Yauch, the group posted it on their website. 

So here’s The Sound Hound’s second video review ever. Last time it was of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball,” but this time I’m tackling Tenacious D’s “Rize of the Fenix.” The album officially drops on May 5th, 2012 but The D uploading the record on their soundcloud account to stream for free until then: I hope you enjoy my review. If you have any questions or comments leave them in the comments section or drop me a line on The Sound Hound’s facebook page (,) my twitter (@soundhoundmusic,) on my youtube channel page or on the blog itself. Be sure to check out the blog at! Thank you so much for tuning in. I hope you enjoy.