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Watch Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand Perform At London Song Reader Event

In 2012 Beck released an album of sheet music, Song Reader. Earlier this week, on July 4, Beck played songs from this album with a full band in London at The Barbican. It was Beck's first time playing songs from this album with a full band, and he was joined by a cast of collaborator… More »

By: Liz Pelly / July 6, 2013

Beck – “I Won’t Be Long”

Beck has lately been working on a new acoustic album, the follow-up to his 2012 sheet music affair Song Reader. But lately, he's debuted a couple of decidedly non-acoustic songs, so who even knows what he's up to. Last month, he shared a pillowy, synth-heavy new track called "Defriended." And now he'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2013

Beck – “Defriended”

In 2009, "unfriend" was named the Oxford Word Of The Year (unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook). As far as I know, "defriend" is still a bootleg variant, but whatever. Lots of people unfriended Beck after his last "album," the McSweeney's-published sheet-music… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 4, 2013

Watch Beck Play Song Reader Songs Live In Santa Cruz

Last year, Beck released Song Reader, an album that consisted only of sheet music. He then spent months declining all requests to play the songs on that album, so nobody knew for sure what Beck's versions of those songs would sound like. But in July, Beck will play the whole album in London,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013

Beck To Perform Song Reader In London With Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand

Last year, Beck released Song Reader, an album that was only available as sheet music; it's still the closest thing to a proper album he's dropped since 2008's Modern Guilt. Beck has resisted any and all requests to play songs from the album live, so we've only heard those songs in our imagination's versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013

Beck To Preview New Acoustic LP On Tour

Beck Hansen hasn't released a proper album since 2008's less-than-inspiring Modern Guilt, and he's spent the intervening years keeping himself busy with endearingly loony projects: Producing for other people, inviting famous friends to help him cover full-length albums on his website, releasing an album that's only available as sheet music, dropping a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2013

Beck – “Sound And Vision” 360-Degree Interactive Video

Well, Beck wins music videos for the day, probably for the week provided Kanye doesn't release "Runaway II" or something. While last week it didn't seem like Beck could get any more mad with 167-piece orchestra-fueled power, he has somehow already done so:… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013

Watch Beck Cover Bowie’s “Sound And Vision” With A 167-Piece Orchestra

There is so much going on here, I can hardly wrap my head around the whole thing. Beck and 160+ musicians have recorded a new, multi-instrument, yodel-filled version of David Bowie's "Sound And Vision." The cover has moments of awesomeness and "wow" but also feels like a scene in that episode of 30 Rock whe… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013

Preview Beck’s Cover Of David Bowie’s “Sound & Vision”

Apparently, the American automotive industry isn't doing that badly, since Lincoln appears to be spending a whole ton of money on a new series of reinterpreted art pieces called "Hello, Again." And as part of that campaign, Beck and the great music video director Chris Milk are teaming up for a new versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2013

The 10 Best Beck Songs

Beck boasts one of the most interesting, most schizophrenic discographies of any contemporary artist this side of David Bowie. Like Bowie, Beck has built a career on restlessness and reinvention, trouncing expectations impishly, almost recklessly. While rock-critic hindsight usually reveals this long-con approach as the thing that separates stars from legends, contenders from trendsetters (or,… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / January 17, 2013

Beck Models For Yves Saint Laurent

Following a GQ photo spread featuring Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors flaunting their suit game -- not to mention Lana Del Rey's occasionally bizarre gig as the face of H&M -- now Beck has made the transition from music to modeling. The sheet-music scribe just finished shooting a campaign for Yve… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 9, 2013

Hear Stephin Merritt Cover Beck’s “Old Shanghai” From Song Reader

As James Jackson Toth noted in our Premature Evaluation of Beck's new Song Reader, lots of musicians (as well as some of us for whom the name "musician" is truly too generous) are performing, recording, and sharing versions of songs from the sheet-music "album," but none of those people are Stephin Merritt. Well, one… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 14, 2012

Premature Evaluation: Beck Song Reader

This is a first. I'm reviewing an album having only actually heard about a third of it. Of this third, the songs I've actually listened to are not performances by the artist whose name graces the album cover. In fact, I'm not sure he's even heard any of these performances. I know for a factMore »

By: James Jackson Toth / December 7, 2012

Beck – “NYC: 73-78″

The new double-CD compilation Rework: Philip Glass Remixed, put together by Glass and Beck, has a ton of indie stars remixing pieces from the experimental music legend. Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton, Memory Tapes, Cornelius, Pantha Du Prince, and many others contribute, and Beck himself has turned in the 21-minute "NYC: 73-78," which stitches together and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012

Sea Change Turns 10

In 2012, the very idea of a breakup record has been rendered something of an anachronism. The divorce-album-as-discographical-inevitability is a phenomenon that historically occurs deep into an established artist's career, and very few new artists are afforded that sort of shelf life anymore. But it wasn't long ago that the notion of a mainstream artist… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / September 25, 2012

Beck – “Michelangelo Antonioni” (Caetano Veloso Cover)

Next month, Universal will release A Tribute To Caetano Veloso, on which artists like Chrissy Hynde and Devendra Banhart will cover songs from the tropicalia innovator and general all-around Brazilian national treasure. The album includes a contribution from longtime tropicalia enthusiast and Veloso buddy Beck, who takes on "Michaelangelo Antonioni," Veloso's song for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2012

Beck – “Cities,” “Spiral Staircase,” & “Touch The People”

As previously reported, Beck has contributed three songs to the new Playstation 3 game Sound Shapes. And we've already heard a preview of "Cities." But now, the video game is out, and versions of all three songs are out on the internet. In the gameplay videos below, we can hear the songs and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012

Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year's Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012

New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music

Yeah, the Flaming Lips have found some unusual ways to present their music -- headphone concerts, Zaireeka -- but man, they've got nothing on Beck. Beck Hansen's Song Reader, the follow-up to the man's Grammy-nominated Modern Guilt, will only be available as sheet music. According to Becks new, um, label (?), McSweeney's:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 8, 2012

Preview Beck’s Sound Shapes Track “Cities”

Earlier this week, we posted some info about the forthcoming PlayStation game Sound Shapes, a music-themed game that will feature three musical contributions from Beck. Today, via a new trailer, yielded a sample of "Cities," one of the tracks Beck wrote for the game. Watch/listen below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 20, 2012
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