This radio appearence was recorded just a few days after Mutations was released. It was one of the first real promo gigs for the album.
Modern Rock Live was a radio show in the '90s. This one was aired out of a studio in Los Angeles, there seems to be a small but decent crowd there--and Beck hints a few times that it's a lot of friends and family.
In between songs, Beck answers a lot of questions--from callers listening on the radio around the country. Beck is in a good mood answering them, though on some he seems really hesitant to answer (even stuff like 'what music are you listening to lately?').
Anyway, the band tonight was thrown together for just this show. It's so new that Beck even forgets the bassist's name at first during the introductions. The main band is Danny Frankel (on drums) and a Patrick (keys/harpsichord/piano) and a Glenn (bass). (I did some research, I think it _might_ be Patrick Warren on keys, but not sure enough about that.) Alongside the main band, Dr. Fred Sesliano plays esraj on "Nobody's Fault" (he also appears on the album). It also seems two of the three members of the Brass Menagerie were there (David Brown and David Ralicke). If anyone knows who Patrick and Glenn are for sure, please write in! almostaghost [at] gmail.com
The new Mutations songs sound quite nice too. I mean it's a new band, of seemingly popular and terrific session musicians, so the songs have slightly different feels than they would grow to have. Maybe extra tasteful and professional, but still really lovely and with a good atmosphere.
This is the first live version of "Bottle Of Blues," which sounds great with a subtle trumpet solo. The horns and harmonica also bring a terrific mood to "Sing It Again," which Beck says he wrote for Johnny Cash but never gave it to Cash because he thought it was rubbish.
Beck tells the story about writing "Canceled Check" while jetlagged in a Tokyo hotel room in 1994, and the only English thing on TV was a motivational real estate-type person saying "your past is a cancelled check."