Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 08, 2010 AT 02:17 PM EST

Image Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comBeastie Boys rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch is on the mend after undergoing surgery and treatment for a salivary gland tumor last year. “I feel better,” Yauch told EW at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in L.A. on March 5. “It was touch and go there for a while, but I am finally getting my energy back.” (Yauch was at the awards to support nominated films The Messenger and Treeless Mountain, both of which were distributed by his company, Oscilloscope Laboratories; The Messenger‘s Woody Harrelson won Best Supporting Male.)

Next up: the Beasties’ album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, whose release was delayed from last September due to Yauch’s cancer diagnosis. Yauch said they now hope to drop Hot Sauce this September. “It was really disappointing to have to hold the record and postpone the tour, but doctor’s orders. We may or may not [release the album] depending on how my health is come September. We want to but we have to play it by ear.”

Yauch said he and the other Beastie Boys are planning to give the album a final once-over soon. “I was just talking to Adam [Horovitz] and Mike [D] today on the phone and we were talking about working on it a bit. We finished the record over a year ago, so we want to take a look at it and re-evaluate and make sure it is what we want to put out there and that we are still happy with it. I don’t think we will change it up too much.” –Reporting by Carrie Bell

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