Last night Beck did in L.A. what he loves to do in L.A., hitting the Echo (or, Echoplex) for a “secret show” and work through some rarities — in this case, stuff from the out-any-day-now Modern Guilt. According to LA Weekly (via TDS), it was a “not-quite-packed” affair which featured some reworkings, like a My Bloody Valentine-y (yes, they are everywhere) fuzzed-up take on Sea Change’s spare and broken ballad “Lost Cause,” as well as the debut of new tunes including “Gamma Ray,” “Replica,” and the title track from Mr. Hansen’s new Danger Mouse-stamped LP. So here, a first listen to “Modern Guilt,” thanks to our L.A.-based YouTube Samaritan:
Not as radical as the psychedelic Caribouisms of “Chemtrails,” but definitely in line with that “overall 1960’s British vibe” early listeners have tagged the LP with. That coda feels like some good Zombies stuff, or maybe even a slowed down take on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter” (yep that one that the Bangles covered). I’m sure more from the show will pop up today, so we’ll update the post as we find ‘em.