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May 14, 2012

The MCA Memorial Monkey Shake Promotion and 30-Bag Giveaway!

"Monkey tastes def when you pour it on ice -

Come on y'all it's time to get nice ... "
- Beastie Boys, "Brass Monkey" (video after post)

Two quite unrelated topics today - one sad, one happy - that I'll try to combine in some sensible manner by the time we're done ...

First, the sad part, which is belated news from earlier his month:  RIP, Adam Yauch.  And most likely, RIP Beastie Boys.  I'm almost ashamed to admit how profoundly sorrowful I was to hear about MCA's passing, but I can't tell you how many hours I spent memorizing lyrics from Licensed To Ill, or how many times the Beasties' distinctive combination of humor and hip-hop brought a smile to my face in the years since their debut album.

Anybody remember the flip side of this cover?

Intellectually, it doesn't make sense that I'd be sad about a rap singer who died too soon - an occurrence that happens so often as to be cliché.  Perhaps there's something about being obsessed with a band at a formative age that makes the attachment more heartfelt than it would later in life; if that's the case, my 15-year-old self spinning Licensed to Ill over and over again would make me the perfect candidate. 

However, I think there's another element of Yauch's death that hits closer to home: mainly, he had become just a regular guy.  As he grew older, Yauch left the insane hip-hop miscreant persona of his youth behind, and became a family man concerned with providing for his loved ones and doing his part to serve the greater societal good.   And it wasn't a rap squabble that brought him down - it was cancer, which cuts the lives of most victims far too short, usually for no reason at all.  So maybe there was something in his transformation from basic idiot to respectable, vulnerable person that I identified with. 

Whatever the case, he'll definitely be missed.  Like a lemon without a lime, a lime without a lemon.

On to our good news for the day, which is courtesy of the Monkey Shake company I've endorsed a few times in the past.  They have a cool promotion going on this month, and they're also offering a killer contest prize for one of my readers.

Here's the promotion, which we'll call the Tuesday Special: for the rest of the month May, if you buy any two items in the Monkey Shake store on a Tuesday, you'll get a third item for free.  All you have to do is put three items in your shopping cart, and if it's a Tuesday, the discount will automatically be applied.  

And if you'd rather take your chances with a contest entry, we've got a tempting one: this weekend, I'll award a huge 30-serving bag of Monkey Shake original mix to one lucky reader chosen from the comments section below. 

Monkey love!

The company was kind enough to provide me with one of these bags a few weeks back, and it's been one of my key refueling strategies during the high-volume training weeks of my early season ultras.  If there's a better post-20-miler recovery drink than Monkey Shake with yogurt, banana, frozen berries, honey, and orange juice, I haven't tasted it.  Like the Beasties said, Monkey tastes def when you pour it on ice ... or on frozen berries, as the case may be.

The ground rules for this one are that I'm making the contest entry process a Beastie Boys / MCA memorial.  To enter, leave your favorite Beastie Boys lyric in the box below - and you'll get two entries if it's a line by MCA.  I'll announce the winner next Saturday, May 19th - but remember to shop at the Monkey Shake store on Tuesdays throughout the month as well, because there's only one winner for this thing.

Special thanks to the Monkey Shake company for this contest, and good luck to everybody.  I think you know what time it is - it's time to get ill in the comments!

Beastie Boys, "Brass Monkey" (click to play):

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Tegyn Angel 5/15/12, 4:19 AM  

Thanks man, RIP Yauch.

Sure Shot
I want to say a little something that's long overdue
The disrespect to women has got to be through
To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends
I want to offer my love and respect to the end

BE 5/15/12, 4:54 AM  

"What came first, the chicken or the egg? / I egged the chicken, then I ate his egg"

I've not tried Monkey Shakes b ut would be glad to try - thanks much!

Eddie 5/15/12, 5:07 AM  

So many good ones to choose from!

"Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fly women"


Scotty M,  5/15/12, 5:13 AM  

"Now my name is MCA I got a license too kill
I think you know what time it is , it's time to get ill "

JimDog 5/15/12, 5:39 AM  

"Well I got to keep it going keep it going full steam! Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean! On the tough guy style I'm not too keen! To try to change the world I will plot and scheme"

MCA, Intergalactic. One of their best "later year" songs in my opinion :-)


rbrown10 5/15/12, 6:14 AM  

Mom you're just jealous it's the Beastie Boys!

Kelly 5/15/12, 6:29 AM  

"Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon"

Michael Shane Helton 5/15/12, 6:37 AM  

This was the first tape and only tape I ever wore out. I played the dang thing so many times it eventually stretched out (and broke).

They were so awful...yet so good.

JonathanD 5/15/12, 6:56 AM  

Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear.

Shad Mika 5/15/12, 6:59 AM  

Brass Monkey - that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey - junkie
That funky Monkey

Got this dance that's more than real
Drink Brass Monkey - here's how you feel
Put your left leg down - your right leg up
Tilt your head back - let's finish the cup
M.C.A. with the bottle - D. rocks the can
Adrock gets nice with Charlie Chan
We're offered Moet - we don't mind Chivas
Wherever we go with bring the Monkey with us
Adrock drinks three - Mike D. is D.
Double R. foots the bill most definitely
I drink Brass Monkey and I rock well
I got a Castle in Brooklyn - that's where I dwell

Guigou,  5/15/12, 7:10 AM  

I'm the king of Boggle/There is none higha/ I get eleven points from the word quagmire

--"Putting Shame in Your Game"

Crazy fresh lyrics

ajones 5/15/12, 7:19 AM  

Girls - all I really want is girls
And in the morning it's girls
Cause in the evening it's girls

I like the way that they walk
And it's chill to hear them talk
And I can always make them smile
From White Castle to the Nile

mattB 5/15/12, 7:52 AM  

"Stand together people
come together now
It's about time
we've got to get together"

'Stand Together' from Check your head

Mike Dixon 5/15/12, 7:55 AM  

I'll stir fry you in my wok!

Richard 5/15/12, 8:01 AM  

A butterfly floats on the breeze of a sun lit day
As I feel this reality gently fade away

Nathan Jackson 5/15/12, 9:04 AM  

'Cause I'm intercontinental when I eat French toast.

David Berta 5/15/12, 9:25 AM  

If you try to knock me you'll get mocked
I'll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock

Jeff Gallup 5/15/12, 9:35 AM  

"Your knees start shakin and your fingers pop like a pinch to the neck from Mr Spock"..


sramfl 5/15/12, 5:53 PM  

Don't know which was better...MCA or Monkey Shake....we will only be able to enjoy one and not the other...Rest in Peace MCA.

qrtrmiler 5/16/12, 9:22 AM  

A part of my childhood died with MCA's passing...
One lonely Beastie I be
All by myself without nobody
The sun is beating down on my baseball hat
The air is gettin' hot the beer is getting flat
Lookin' for a girl I ran into a guy
His name is M.C.A., I said, "Howdy" he said, "Hi"

Chris,  5/16/12, 10:04 AM  

"The girl is crafty like ice is cold!"

I don't know what it was, the Zeppelin sample, the drum machine, the silly lyrics or something else, but She's Crafty has always been my favorite Beastie Boys song. And this is always been my fave lyric.

Ben 5/16/12, 2:02 PM  

haven't tried it but hope to!


Cody R.,  5/16/12, 5:12 PM  

"I've been dropping the new science and kicking the new knowledge
An M.C. to a degree that you can't get in college"

-sounds of science

baby olive 5/16/12, 6:49 PM  

People laugh it's no joke
My name's Yauch and I'm throwing the yoke

Turi Becker 5/16/12, 7:43 PM  

In re: running hydration:

Strictly handheld is the style I go -

Sure Shot

Lecia H,  5/16/12, 8:08 PM  

Got this dance that's more than real
Drink Brass Monkey here's how you feel

Would love to try some Money Shakes!!!

Akemi,  5/16/12, 9:42 PM  

"It ain't the bank's damn business how my lineage trace."

Jared 5/16/12, 11:52 PM  

Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls!

Matthew 5/17/12, 5:38 AM  

So like a pimp I'm pimpin'
I got a boat to eat shrimp in
Nothing wrong with my leg just B-boy limpin'

TheRunningNobody 5/17/12, 5:51 AM  

I have always had a problem with authority ... be it parent, teachers or bosses ... so my all time favorite is the classical "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!"

Lucid Moon Studio 5/17/12, 8:53 AM  

“Well I’m as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce
You’ve got the rhyme and reason but no cause
Well if you’re hot to trot you think you’re slicker than grease
I’ve got news for your crew, you’ll be sucking like a leach”

I would love to try a monkey shake - it would go well with our Vitamix shakes!

wattage 5/17/12, 5:43 PM  


Another place - another train
Another bottle in the brain
Another girl - another fight
Another drive all night

No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

Take care

Andy 5/17/12, 10:33 PM  

Here is my lyric because this is how I run Ultras!

"Let it flow - let yourself go
Slow and low - that is the tempo"

Peace and Love,


Phung the Asian Runner(P-TAR) 5/19/12, 8:11 PM  

"Leggo my eggo while I flex my ego."

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