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Beck – “Gimme”

Lately, we’ve been seeing reports that Beck has a new acoustic album in the works, and he’s also released a pair of standalone singles, “Defriended” and “I Won’t Be Long,” in recent months. Today, Beck shared a third single, one that doesn’t appear to be intended for any future album. “Gimme” is a skittery and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2013 - 11:24 am

JJ DOOM – “Banished (Beck Remix)”

Keys To The Kuff was last summer’s full-length debut from (MF) DOOM and Willie Isz-producer Jneiro Jarel’s duo JJ DOOM. Their collaborative LP has gotten a refresh with the Butter Edition, which includes new tracks from the two, as well as remixes from a number of marquee artists, including Dave Sitek, Clams Casino, and Thom… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 5, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Hear Wilco And Beck Do “Loser” & “California Stars” In Long Island

Right now, Wilco is on the huge AmericanaramA tour with Bob Dylan and My Morning Jacket, and a few nights ago, the big show came to the Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. For that show Beck joined the bill, and he also came to the stage for a few collaborations during Wilco’s set. Together,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2013 - 9:19 am

Beck – “I Won’t Be Long (Extended)” (Feat. Kim Gordon)

Earlier this month, Beck shared a soft, hazy, synthy new single called “I Won’t Be Long.” It didn’t seem to be intended for Beck’s forthcoming acoustic album, since it wasn’t acoustic or anything, but it also seemed too good to live its life as an orphan. But now the plan makes a bit more sense. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2013 - 9:29 am

Jonathan Boulet – “I’m Down” (Beck Cover)

Beck Hansen’s forward thinking experiment in sound transmission/throwback to Tin Pan Alley sound transmission Song Reader, the album available only as sheet music, has made ripples worldwide, and inspired a legion of artists to bring this material to life by covering Beck themselves. And this includes Beck himself, who got up onstage in London with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 10, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Watch Beck Mash Up Michael Jackson & T. Rex Live In Paris

Days Off Festival is happening right now in Paris. Earlier this week, Beck played the fest. Check out a highlight from his set below — when he mashed up “Billie Jean” and “Get It On” (the 5th best T. Rex song) with “Sissyneck.”… More »

By: Liz Pelly / July 6, 2013 - 3:21 pm

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 - 9:19 am

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’s announced plans for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2013 - 8:44 am

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 collectio… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 4, 2013 - 3:27 pm

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, with variou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

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 version of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013 - 10:53 am

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 an absurdist rap verse… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2013 - 9:17 am

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 - 3:50 pm

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 - 12:24 pm

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 version of David… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2013 - 11:15 am

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 - 3:35 pm

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 Yves St. Laurent. As GQMore »

By: Michael Nelson / January 9, 2013 - 1:26 pm

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 of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 14, 2012 - 12:35 pm

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 - 12:13 pm

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 - 10:53 am
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