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Archive for July, 2009
The album that Beck produced and cowrote with Charlotte Gainsbourg is called MRI and will be out on November 30. The first single is out in September, called “Master Hand” (or maybe “Master Hands”). Another single, “Heaven Can Wait” is a duet with Beck, and a video was shot for it last week in LA. Other tracks on the album include “In The End” and (maybe) “Paradisco.”
Just wanted to point out that today Beck posted a PDF on beck.com that are paper dolls that look like him and his keyboardist, Tron. In case you were wondering, these dolls were made by Ham, a Japanese fan who does some awesome Beck graphics and projects… her blog is here (though it’s mostly in Japanese).
A summary, in no particular order:
1. Record Club continues. After the VU & Nico album, it is unclear what is next. There are two Record Clubs recorded–one with MGMT and Devendra and the guy from Wolfmother (not clear what album, one report said Talking Heads) and Skip Spence’s Oar album with Wilco. (The VU & Nico tracks come out weekly, so far on Thursdays. Though “All Tomorrow’s Parties” got out a few days early.)
2. Modern Guilt Acoustic – over on beck.com/videotheque there is an acoustic run-through of the whole album. This was recorded with the live band after the last tour (Brian, Bram, Jessica & Joey). (Tracks are uploaded one a week, so far on weekends — Sat or Sun.)
3. Charlotte Gainsbourg album – supposedly out at the end of this year, Beck wrote and produced much of her record. Tracks may include “Paradisco.”
4. Scott Pilgrim soundtrack – Beck recorded a few songs for the soundtrack to this movie, as apparently the band Sex Bob-omb. Tracks may include “Indefatigable.”
5. Sonic Youth’s EVOL – similar to record club, but for SY. They needed something for some project they’re doing; Beck recorded all of EVOL with his band for it. No idea when it’s going to be released
6. some song with Devendra Banhart for some soundtrack. (Beck mentioned this vaguely in a recent Pitchfork interview).
7. also in the Pitchfork interview Beck mentioned that he has another album knocking around that was started before Modern Guilt.
8. the second K Records release… more info on this was promised a few months back, but nothing new about it yet.
These are the main things that I believe are upcoming and the most recent. There’s a few other things that I think are a bit older and maybe lost to time (his straight-to-vinyl records with Jamie Lidell, etc.), but who knows. Lots of things happening, it’s a fun time to be a Beck fan.
So I haven’t been posting every time there’s been a change, because I don’t view Paper Tiger as a daily sort of news update type of blog. However, if you’re not checking out beck.com every day or two, you’re probably missing out. :) Basically, a cool new webmaster and a lot of ideas and loads of music to share = GOOD TIMES.
I already wrote about the Record Club. So far, Beck is 4 tracks into his cover of the Velvet Underground & Nico album. Reportedly, Beck has recorded the follow up album for this, with the 3rd planned. Those albums are secrets though. (One news report said it might be a Talking Heads album, but I’m not sure about that.) New Record Club tracks come out on Thursdays.
Beck has also added Planned Obsolescence, which is going to be a collection of DJ Mix sets of music. Beck made the first track, called “Autobahn Hologram,” which is a 40-minute melange of music by various artists. It said there’d be a new one weekly, but it’s been almost two weeks since that one has come out, so I think there’s less a schedule.
Also this last week, Beck put up Irrelevant Topics, which is transcriptions of interviews he has with other famous people. Part one of his talk with Tom Waits is up now, and proves that Los Angeles is cooler than where you’re from.
Finally just today, Beck added Videotheque. This is a section of videos. He’s starting off by filling out all his Modern Guilt videos. But more than just the promo videos–there is also a live-in-the-studio acoustic performance of the entire album recorded in March. Ever wonder what “Replica” would sound like acoustic? We’ll find out in a few weeks! (Also apparently a new EP will be released with some of the acoustic MoGu tracks.) This section, I imagine, will be huge. They promise TV appearences, promo videos, live stuff.
Anyway it’s a good time to be a Beck fan, we’re getting new music and old music and rare stuff and fun stuff. Thanks Beck! Stay tuned for more sections to the site too, I’m sure.