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Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Mash Up Beck’s “Golden Age” & “Debra” With “Gold Soundz”

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have history with Beck — he produced their 2011 album Mirror Traffic — so consider it no surprise that, with the release of Morning Phase imminent, the jammy Portland indie-rock combo paid tribute to the good Mr. Hansen Thursday at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. During the Jicks’ encore, a cover of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2014 - 10:18 am

Beck Turned Down Multiple Offers To Write The Mad Men Theme

You know the Mad Men theme; you love the Mad Men theme. Perhaps you know it’s an RJD2 beat called “A Beautiful Mine” originally used on his collaborative album with Aceyalone, Magnificent City. (How’s that for reverse-engineering a recognizable sample?) But it turns out RJ wasn’t AMC’s first choice to soundtrack the acclaimed drama’s iconic… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Premature Evaluation: Beck Morning Phase

Beck hasn’t made an album under his own name in six years, but he’s done plenty of thinking about albums — about how they work, about what they can do. He’s taken to producing albums for other people, and one of those, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s IRM, is the strongest Beck-associated LP since Sea Change (or, at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

In most weeks, any of the top 3, maybe top 4 songs on this list could have made a valid claim for the No. 1 spot. But the song that did take home the gold did so with authority: “Rap song of 2014 thus far, easily,” says Tom. So what made the list, what didn’t,… More »

By: Stereogum / February 7, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Beck – “Waking Light”

After first sharing “Blue Moon,” a lovely song from his new album Morning Phase, Beck is letting the world hear another one. “Waking Light” is a soulful, twinkling, beautifully orchestrated callback to the early ’70s days of California singer-songwriter psychedelia, a time when artists like Harry Nilsson would spare no expense in piling on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 8:39 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Heading into Grammy weekend, it’s kind of fitting that this week’s 5 Best Songs includes a couple artists with a dozen total Grammy awards under their collective belts, and another act that’s up for their first this year, and yet another whose song here takes a (playful) shot at an artist who’s up for seve… More »

By: Stereogum / January 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Beck – “Blue Moon”

In just over a month, Beck will return with Morning Phase, his first new studio album since 2008. He’s already posted an album trailer with a clip of the sweepingly bummed first single “Blue Moon,” but now we finally get to hear the track in full. The strummy, orchestral song is for sale at iTunesMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2014 - 8:52 am

Preview Beck’s “Blue Moon” In The Morning Phase Trailer

Although Beck debuted “Wave” in concert last year, we’ve heard no recorded music from Morning Phase thus far. That changes now: A new promotional video shows the album being pressed to vinyl, soundtracked by a portion of a new song called “Blue Moon” (which will be heard in an upcoming episode of HBO’s Girls). It… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Beck – “Love” (John Lennon Cover)

Earlier this month we learned about Starbucks’ forthcoming Sweetheart 2014, the coffee retailer’s fifth compilation of indie-minded artists covering their favorite love songs. We’ve already heard Jim James’ take on Bob Marley and now we’ve got Beck’s version of the 1970 John Lennon/Phil Spector collab “Love.” Listen below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 31, 2013 - 11:06 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Hey Joe” (Prod. Beck)

Controversial director Lars von Trier and indie darling actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg have one of the creepier director/actress relationships; they teamed up for the apocalyptic Melancholia and next year’s hypersexed Nymphomaniac. For the latter, Gainsbourg has recorded a cover of the rock standard “Hey Joe” (popularized by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on their landmark debut AreMore »

By: Chris DeVille / December 13, 2013 - 10:24 am

Beck Morning Phase Tracklist Revealed

Just before Halloween we learned about Morning Phase, the first Beck album since 2008’s Modern Guilt that doesn’t require the presence of someone who can read sheet music to experience. Then, just before Thanksgiving, we heard a live rendition of “Wave,” which our own Tom Breihan described as “a simple and heartstoppingly beautiful new song”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Watch Beck Debut “Wave” And Jenny Lewis & Anne Hathaway Sing His Song Reader In L.A.

In a few weeks, Beck will release Morning Phase, his first proper new studio album since 2008. And over the weekend, he debuted the first of its songs, while the Los Angeles Philharmonic backed him up. The show, at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, was dedicated to Beck’s last non-studio album, the sheet music experiment… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Beck Joins The Anti-Spotify Club, Shares Spotify Playlist

Early next year, Beck will release the much-awaited Morning Phase, his first proper new album since 2008’s Modern Guilt. He’s stayed busy in that time, certainly, producing albums for people like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and releasing his all-sheet-music Song Reader project and working on a bunch of still-unreleased projects, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2013 - 9:23 am

Beck Teams With Warby Parker On Glasses, L.A. Song Reader Event

On 11/24, Beck will perform his sheet music-only album Song Reader with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a grip of guests at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. The orchestra will be conducted by Beck’s father, David Campbell, and they will be joined on stage by Jarvis Cocker, Jenny Lewis, Childish Gambino, John C. Reilly, Jack… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 1, 2013 - 11:41 am

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Blue Record EP

Portland/Kiwi combo Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s follow up to January’s sophomore set II is an acoustic EP called Blue Record. (Somebody tell Baroness!) It features spare unplugged versions of their own material plus covers of Beck and — as we heard last month — Dirty Projectors. And while an acoustic record might seem like an odd… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Beck Announces New Album Morning Phase, A Companion Piece To Sea Change

Beck has kept busy this year releasing singles “Defriended,” “I Won’t Be Long,” and “Gimme“; partnering with Ford Motor Company and Levi’s; and touring here and abroad. Now he’s ready to reveal the acoustic album that was promised in May. It’s called Morning Phase and is out via his new label Capitol in February. It’ll… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Watch Beck & Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss Perform “Let’s Get Lost” At Treasure Island

Both Beck and Sleigh Bells performed this past weekend at San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Festival-goers were given a nice surprise when Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss joined Beck onstage for the live debut of his Bat For Lashes collaboration “Let’s Get Lost,” which originally appeared on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. Check out the performance… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 21, 2013 - 6:29 pm

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Watch Beck Debut “Wake Up,” A Song He Wrote For Doug Aitken’s Station To Station

Beck debuted a brand new song last night in Barstow, CA. “Wake Up” was written especially for his appearance in Doug Aitken’s Station To Station project, and features a full choir and Beck (dressed sort of like a preacher) on acoustic guitar. Someone very close to the front took video and has uploaded it to… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm
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