The untimely death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (more widely known as MCA) last week marks another loss in the creative fabric of the Generation X cultural landscape; he was 47. Personally my appreciation for Mr. Yauch and his bandmates was something of a journey. Their supernova premiere License to Ill in 1986 left me only lukewarm. Like many, I thought the boys goofy and annoying. But they were also everywhere, if not tireless. With their follow-up Paul’s Boutique, many of their fans were left scratching their heads. A dynamic shift in sound and direction — when most listeners had likely anticipated a sequel to License (as the 80s sequelled just about everything) — Boutique demonstrated a decidedly different approach to their musical goals, which received yet another makeover in 1992′s Check Your Head. It was about this time I took a shine to the band. Their other 2 albums of the 1990′s Ill Communication and Hello Nasty brought their energy further along, elevating their sound to places their fanbase embraced and celebrated. Aside, I had the good fortune of being to catch both of those album’s tours, and until last week earnestly believed I would see the Beasties perform some time again hopefully in the near future.