It's been a little over a month now since the Beastie Boys (and Oscilloscope co-founder) Adam Yauch died and it's still an impossibly weird sentence to write. He was always my favorite Beastie because he grew up a neighborhood over from me in Brooklyn and I'm a silly enough bastard to be swayed by that kind of thing.
Anyway, in the next few days there are two ways to remember MCA as both a filmmaker and Beastie Boy.
First up, tomorrow afternoon at 2pm on ESPN Classic is Yauch's high school basketball doc, Gunnin' For the #1 Spot, which I actually haven't seen. The film is about 24 of the best high school basketball players from around the country meeting up in Rucker Park in Harlem to see who is the best. It features NBAers like Michael Beasley (TWovles), Tyreke Evans (Kings) and Kevin Love (TWolves) as they play their hearts out on the famous court. Watch the trailer.
Then on Wednesday at the Enzian (free, weather permitting), they're showing the Beasties' 2006 homecoming documentary, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! The film is a living, breathing document of the Beasties' homecoming show at Madison Square Garden, which, for musicians from New York, it is such a huge, huge, huge deal to play the Garden. The band gave a handful of hi-8 cameras to fans spread around the building and gave them a simple instruction: film everything. It's a great show and a great concert film, and it'll look and sound damn good on the Enzian's lawn with a few beers in you. Watch the trailer.