Almost exactly 2 months after I was born, the world was introduced to the seminal sounds of “Paul’s Boutique,” the sophomore album from iconic New York City hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys (it turns 26 today, July 25th).
To celebrate the occasion, one of the nation’s most beloved alt-rock radio stations played the album in full yesterday. It took all day. Why would playing a single album take up an entire day of broadcasting? Because more than simply just play the tracks in order start to finish…they also played full versions of the songs that were sampled to create the album in the first place (all 100+ of them).
“Paul’s Boutique” is one of the earliest, and greatest, major examples of sampling as a music production technique (re: art form). It was a commercial flop when released, but has since gone double-platinum and is highly revered among music aficionados. Important to me because I love the Beasties & music…well music really is my Higher Power. It gives my emotions a mental companion, so they’re not just skulking around the interior of my skull, causing unnecessary havoc.
I was in the office when KEXP launched into its 12-hour jam session (which features some really cool trivia tidbits as well).
The Good: my manager was the one who informed me it was streaming live and that I should absolutely tune in during the day.
The Bad: while discussing it at my desk, he also swung around to ask our sales interns if they had any familiarity with the album; they did not, nor did they really even seem to understand the weight of the Beastie Boys being hip-hop pioneers. Sigh.
Anyway, you can stream an archive of the broadcast here. It starts after about two and a half minutes, following some intros and radio tags. As far as I can tell you can pause it, but there’s no way to skip forwards or backwards. Still a pretty wild thing to have on hand.
Bonus: Beasties are notorious for being smart-ass jokesters. I love these cats.