News Roundup: Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Islands, They Might Be Giants


–Islands have released the bubbly new track “No You Don’t,” from their upcoming third album Vapours, the one frontman Nick Thorburn once famously left on the C Train. The song features him switching between a falsetto and more conversational style, with lyrics like “Don’t buy dope from the man you don’t know / I don’t know you won’t / Don’t get stuck in his pickup truck,” advice we sadly had to learn the hard way.

–The sad news of Adam Yauch’s cancer, the cancellation of All Points West and all other tour dates, and the postponement of new album Hot Sauce Committee Volume 1 yesterday marked perhaps the bleakest day in Beastie Boys history. Today, a tiny bit of consolation: the band has released their manic Nas collaboration, “Too Many Rappers.” You know it’s a good Beastie Boys track when you can picture them shouting it onstage, tossing the mic between verses before a Mix Master Mike solo. Or maybe that’s just a lingering memory from Bonnaroo. Anyway, get well, Adam.

–Pearl Jam has released the single from their forthcoming disc, Backspacer. “The Fixer” has a Stonesy guitar riff along with a little Roger Daltrey-like screaming from Eddie Vedder. It’s definitely an improvement from the painfully mundane “Get Some,” which the band debuted on the first episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

–They Might Be Giants will release their third kids album, Here Comes Science, in September. The album is the follow-up to the Here Come the ABCs and the Grammy-winning Here Come the 123s (it really did win a Grammy). Here Comes Science will be released digitally on Amazon/iTunes September 1, physically September 22nd, and will include a full-length animated DVD. The band kicks off their tour for the disc in October 4th with two shows at the New York at the American Museum of Natural History. They also play NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts October 18. (Tickets here).