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Best of the Strombo Show: Beastie Boys + Courtney Barnett + Michael Redhead Champagne

The Strombo Show returns for another season. This season, we’ve extended to four hours.

More Music. More Community. More Love. More Fight.

Beastie Boys are one of the most important musical collectives, in our eyes. From establishing themselves with “Licensed To Ill” – the first hip-hop album to top the charts – to the genre-bending, sample fiesta “Paul’s Boutique” and the eclectic trajectory that brought together alternative anthems (“Sabotage”) and vocoder disco (“Intergalactic”) via their own label and magazine, Grand Royal. All the while, organizing festivals to raise awareness and dollars for Tibet and other social justice causes.

Both Ad-Rock and Mike D have curated and written the definitive retrospective – The Beastie Boys Book, due at the end of October. It is a collection of memories, rare photographs, comic strips, mixtape playlists, essays from famous friends and even a cookbook from Roy Choi. It is a cultural history of the Beastie Brothers. You can pre-order The Beastie Boys Book HERE.

In a rare hour-long conversation, Ad-Rock and Mike D explore the evolution of their career, early NYC days, realizing that they weren’t proud of the “Licensed To Ill” lyrics, the unreleased pre-“Licensed…” album, creative freedom resulting from “Paul’s Boutique” bricked, Q-Tip‘s rejection, small crowds at disco clubs, label requests to write an MC Hammer diss track, meeting Hammer in a bathroom, Eminem’s surprise album “Kamikaze”, meeting Eminem in a bathroom, writing feminist lyrics, Brockhampton, the modern music industry, discomfort with the idea of being a leader, finding identity post-Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock’s thespian life, unheard Beasties Boys music, Ad-Rock’s work with film scores, Mike D’s production work, Sean Lennon referring to them as the modern Beastles, how MCA stays on their mind, wearing MCA’s pants, the future, loss, the potential of unreleased Beasties songs and a whole lotta more.

If that weren’t enough — Courtney Barnett returns to the House with her guitar to strum a few songs off her latest, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.”

We will dive into some powerful music with award winning community organizer, and member of the Shamattawa Cree Nation, Michael Redhead Champagne. You might recognized Michael from the APTN series, “First Contact” that takes six average Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day journey into Indigenous Canada. This series is available for streaming right now.

To honour the night before Polaris Music Prize, we collect some short-listers to talk about their favourite tunes by other short-listers, U.S. Girls talk Jeremy DutcherPartner talk Snotty Nose Rez KidsSnotty Nose Rez Kids talk Daniel CaesarWeaves talk AlvvaysHubert Lenoir talks Pierre Kwenders and Pierre Kwenders talks Jean-Michel Blais.

Also, our friends in The Lonely Parade swing through to spin a track off their latest project, “The Pits.”

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.