PODCAST: Episode 99: Adam Dubin Talks “Murder In The Front Row” Documentary

Filmmaker Adam Dubin chatted with Ghost Cult recently about the wide release of his acclaimed documentary, Murder In The Front Row, documenting the birth of Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, which birthed several genres. We chatted about the impetus to making the film, all the thrash metal stars he interviewed such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (53 all told)  his history in the business, making films and music videos in 1980’s such as Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and  “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”, his long history of interactions with Kerry King, the lasting impact the genre has had on all heavy music, and what he learned most during the project. You can purchase the deluxe version of  Murder In The Front Row at this link, stream it on VOD, and check out our chat with Adam here: Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sons of Disaster – Cursed

Not to be confused with Maylene’s Alabama-based Sons of Disaster, this Brussels quintet peddles a more straightforward brand of heady, Punk-steeped Rock. Sophomore album Cursed (Mottow Soundz) sees the band return from hiatus to deliver a no-nonsense follow-up. Continue reading

Apple Options “Beastie Boys Story” Documentary, Limited IMAX Engagement This Spring

Apple announced they have acquited the rights to Beastie Boys Story, a new nonfiction film from Grammy Award-winning Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz and Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze. A special cut of the documentary feature will open exclusively in select IMAX® theatres for a limited engagement April 3, before premiering globally on Apple TV+ on April 24. Based on the best-selling book Beastie Boys Book and limited engagement, sold-out tour, Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former “grandfather”, filmmaker Spike Jonze. The third founding member of the Beasties, Adam “MCA” Yauch, died of cancer in 2012. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: October 4th New Music Releases

Purchase and stream all the new music released today!

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Beastie Boys are Releasing a Special “Sabotage” RSD3 3-Inch Single

Beastie Boys recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their Ill Communication (Grand Royal) album. The band is now releasing a special single version of their classic track ‘Sabotage’ as a RSD3 3-inch. The release date is July 19, 2019, and the initial pressing is limited to 2500 items. The RSD3 mini-turntable record players were a special collaboration made in conjunction with Record Store Day 2019 and players can be bought at participating dealers. More details about the ‘Sabotage’ single can be found below. Previous RSD3 special releases so far include Foo Fighters, Epitaph Records and Third Man Records special collections. Continue reading

Beastie Boys Released “Ill Communication” Twenty-Five Years Ago

Beastie Boys were on fo the biggest, most successful groups in the work in the early 1990s when they made Ill Communication (Capitol/Grand Royale), released twenty-five years ago today. Prolific, putting out a new album every 2-3 years, the band was focused on never repeating themselves, and constantly improving. It would have been very easy for them to just keep remaking Licensed To Ill (Def Jam) over and over and that would have been enough for many bands. But Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA (RIP Adam Yauch) kept on changing and evolving. As they had on the previous few albums, they played all the instruments, and played them incredibly well on every track, across multiple genes. They had genius guest stars and collaborators (Q-Tip, Biz Markie, Amery Smith of Suicidal Tendencies, Money Mark, Bobo from Cypress Hill) and put the music first, before everything. Even the production on Ill Communication is incredible, all respect due to the B-E-A-S-T-I-E’s and their frequent partner at this time, Mario Caldato (“Mario C”). Continue reading

Beastie Boys Book Tour Announces Three More Live Exclusive Events

One of the events of 2018 was the live Q & A book tour by Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond to promote the Beastie Boys Book with the show Beastie Boys Story As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz. Now due to overwhelming demand, three more events have been announced, directed by frequent Beastie Boys video and film collaborator Spike Jones. The tickets are on sale now at the link below and expected to sell out. As with any Beastie activity, the group has disbanded and everything is done with respect to the care and legacy of the group, in memory of their co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died of cancer in 2012.  Continue reading

Beastie Boys Classic Track Features In Trailer For The Lego Movie 2

The Lego Movie 2 is coming out this coming February 9th, 2019. The sequel to the hit original Lego Movie (and also Lego Batman and all of the animated Lego films so far) just dropped a hysterical trailer with a surprise. Along with the space theme of the film, The Beastie Boys’ late 1990s hit song ‘Intergalactic’ from their album Hello Nasty can be heard in the trailer. Check it out! Continue reading

Discrepancies Release A Music Video For Rock The Show

St. Louis neo Nu Metallers Discrepancies have released their official music video for their new single ‘Rock The Show’. The track comes off of their début album The Awakening, which is out now. Check out the hilarious clip below, Continue reading

Riot Fest 2017 – Chicago, IL

Nine Inch Nails at Riot Fest 2017, by Omar Cordy/OJC PICS

Riot Fest was started a few years back in the grand spirit of the old school one-off festivals of lore. It was intended to be special from the get-go and they have done a reasonable job of sandwiching themselves into a busy summer of Lollapalooza, Chicago Open Air, and many other destination festival shows. Having a mix of alternative rock, metal, Hip-Hop, indie rock, and more has helped carve out its own niche, and between special performances, varied food and beer options, late-night after parties, and basically the cool factor Chicago offers as one of the best cities in America, it’s no wonder fans flocked to the event from all over the world. Continue reading