Check out the latest Beastie Boys video, inventive as ever, for the single "Make Some Noise" off their upcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. A few weeks back they released a two-minute teaser for a short film (we suspect there's more to come), and today MTV premiered this video. It's full of wild celebrity cameos - look for Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Ted Danson, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Will Arnette, Rainn Wilson and Steve Buscemi (and tell us who else we missed!) Elijah Wood is such a convincing Beastie in this short film, we think someone should get him a Brooklyn-kid role in their next major motion picture.
Let's discuss this snowballing Tribe documentary situation... The Sundance Film Festival premiered the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Fans wondered why the group wasn't promoting the film and it became controversial; they seemed to be disassociated from the project. Phife attended the Sundance festival, but he was not happy and openly expressed regret that his bandmates were not there to share the moment. More internet rumors and rumblings suggested that Tribe was not happy with their producers, or the end result. But differences of opinion are hardly unique obstacles in film production. So the extent of Tribe's participation was called into question because the group was practically silent about it.
Finally, this week, MTV's news reporter Sway interviewed Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed (with Jarobi on speaker phone) to "Break the Silence" about the documentary. The video above was released today - it's only Part Two of the interview. The real shocking statements came in Part I of the interview, confirming rumors that it was a clusterf#ck of a project. [Watch Part 1] In Part I, Q-Tip shares some internal dialogue from the producers of the film, mainly Michael Rapaport, who has been very outspoken about the documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. It revolved around an email which was mistakenly sent to the group by one of the film's producers (probably on autocopy, thank you technology!) Even though the entertainment industry has never been known for tact, honesty or good business, the email #fail was inflammatory and upsetting to the group and its real fans.
We have some Tribe action to look forward to now, including the rest of this MTV interview, the documentary (which will be featured soon at Tribeca Film Festival) plus a new album from Q-Tip, and a "director's cut" from Michael Rapaport.
Update 3/18 - MTV has posted the full 7-part interview here.
Check out the latest video from Stones Throw's Mayer Hawthorne, "I Wish That It Would Rain," directed by Henry DeMaio. The video debuted today as part of MTVu's The Freshmen, and you should vote for him here. He's got stiff competition against Surfer Blood, B.O.B, Anarbor, and Two Door Cinema Club but the winner is already clear.
21-year-old Reni Lane, whose edgy beauty belies her geekier side, is about to turn some heads in the music scene.
Tall and radiant, Reni's charisma attracts the young, not so young, and apparently, legendary photographers. True story: Reni Lane goes to see a Verve concert. Wanting to soak up the magnificence that is The Verve from center stage, Reni bypasses her seat and cozies up into the front row. Turns out the seat belongs to Mick Rock, who, upon seeing Reni, has a quick jolt of Deja Vu: Reni reminded him of a young David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour. The two immediately hit it off, Mick offers to photograph Reni, and the rest is rock history.
In 2007, she played the famous Melkweg in Amsterdam with her band. Upon returning to the states, Reni was officially "discovered" by MTV talent executives and featured in their First Ladies of Rock campaign, sponsored by Virgin Mobile. Still a full-time student at Columbia -- maybe NYLON Magazine said it best when they wrote, "Some people seem to exist just to make the rest of us look like slackers. Reni Lane is one of them."
Reni Lane's Ready is out soon on Custard / Universal Motown. Stream the first single, "Place For Us" on her MySpace.