Tom Gabel from Against Me! becomes a woman
The same week that North Carolina approved an amendment banning gay marriage and President Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage, singer Tom Gabel from the punk band Against Me! made his own bold announcement: he will become a she. And, in a sign of support for Gabel’s transgender journey, media outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Wikipedia, have already begun calling the singer she. So far be it from us to not follow suit. Gabel, who has suffered from gender dysphoria for years, will undergo hormone treatments and electrolysis. She will go by the name of Laura Jane Grace in her new life, and will remain married to her wife, Heather. Just try and stop ˜em, North Cackalack!
No Doubt releases sneak peak of new album
Are all your old No Doubt MP3s worn out from overuse? Fear not, a new album is on the way. This new webisode from No Doubt shows the band hard at work in the studio, recording their track Push & Shove. Check it out below, and curse Gwen Stefani for looking younger than ever.
Beastie Boys’ Adam MCA Yauch dies
Very sad news this week. Founding Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, passed away from cancer this week at the age of forty-seven. Anyone alive during the ˜80s knows the influence Yauch and his bandmates Adam Ad-Rock Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond had on bringing hip hop to the mainstream through hits like Sabotage and No Sleep Till Brooklyn. Yauch was also known for his humanitarian efforts as well as the films he produced through his company, Oscilloscope Laboratories. Musicians from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to fun. paid tribute to Yauch in concerts over the weekend. Check out Coldplay’s version of (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) below.
John Hamm raps about Taxi
If we knew the cast of Taxi, we probably would be laughing at this. But, since we’re far too young and fresh-faced to ever have watched that show, all we can say is, Keep your day job, Draper.
M.I.A. designing beer label for Beck’s
The foolish folks at Beck’s Beer are letting M.I.A. design a new label for their brews. We all know how much the pop star loves sparking controversy. So what’ll it be? Photos of Sri Lankan atrocities? Her middle finger? At least we’ll be wearing beer goggles this time.
Things Kanye doesn’t like
Hot on the heels of his new single, I Don’t Like, Kanye West has announced an expanded list of things he can’t abide. It includes: cargo shorts, big ass striped scarves and unruly sideburns. Read the entire list here, so you don’t risk offending Yeezy next time you’re out and about.
- Babs plans Brooklyn concert
- Jay-Z vows to spoil Blue Ivy
- Sheryl Crow flubs words to Soak Up the Sun
- Rihanna pisses off Lorne Michaels
- Adam Clayton robbed by housekeeper
- Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Diplo and more to tour Canada via train
- Listen to Passion Pit’s Take A Walk
- CBGB resurrected for four day festival
- Deadmau5 almost sets club on fire
- Watch Karmin’s new video for I Told You So
- Andre 3000 to play Jimi Hendrix in biopic
- Watch Lady Gaga trailer for The Simpsons
- Carrie Underwood tops Billboard
- Beyoncé rocks the Met Gala
- Justin Bieber says hello to falsetto on The Voice finale
Reported earlier today and later confirmed by Billboard; Beastie Boys founder, Adam “MCA” Yauch has passed away at the age of 47. Yauch had been undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland since he announced his diagnosis in 2009.
Yauch and the Beastie Boys originally formed as a Brooklyn-based hardcore punk band in the late ’70s, but by the release of their 1986 debut album Licensed to Ill, the boys had followed their initial experimentations and become a full-fledged hip-hop group.
Writing rough-edged rap lyrics and layering them over hard rock riffs, MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock changed the culture of hip-hop forever. And although their sound matured and diversified drastically over the years, they remained a constant and formidable force in the world of hip-hop and popular music in general.
Yauch became increasingly interested in humanitarian efforts and spirituality as his career progressed. He co-organized the wildly popular Tibetan Freedom Concerts in the late ’90s, and became a vocal advocate for Buddhism. Other projects included his extensive music video direction for the Beastie Boys (Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hí¶rnblowér”) and the creation of the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter, and will never be forgotten by the legion of Beastie Boys fans around the world.