Archive for February, 2006

Like A Vagabond In The Distance

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

That “some shows with Radiohead” news from a few days ago seems to be meaning that they’re both hitting the summer festival circuit: Beck and Radiohead will both be playing the V Festival in the UK in August.

climbing into the rafters, shredding your afro (funque)

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Lebartron has posted a track called ‘Afro Funque’ on his myspace that he and Beck’s band recorded one day when Beck didn’t show up to the studio. It’s really cool, so check it out friends.

Thanks to evilgal @ becktabs for pointing this out.

I’m A Driver, I’m A Winner

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Hello.  I thought I would write a little about the set of Loser songs which recently surfaced.  Basically, an extended version of the 1992 Demo tape showed that, along with the Beck demos we already had, there were nine demos by Loser.  Loser was a band led by Steve Hanft, who went on to direct a number of videos for Beck (and other artists) and a few movies (including Southlander, in which Beck appears).

These nine songs are all very metal/grunge-y, though occasionally they do touch on some country punk blues styles too.  I believe most of the vocals were Steve Hanft, and Beck mainly appears as a musician. 

The nine demos are:

1. “Born Of Whiskey
2. “Dad Come Home
3. “Trash Can
4. “Backwash Mother
5. “Back Of My Hand
6. “Night Birds
7. “Spinning Way Too Fast
8. “Carburetor
9. “Speeding Train

The first two are official titles, the remaining seven are made up for identification purposes.  We know the officiality of the first two songs because of this.  Kill The Moonlight is finally getting an American DVD release.  The soundtrack was released on CD years ago, and had three Beck songs.  But with the DVD-release comes three more songs credited to “Loser (feat. Beck).”  Two of those are “Born Of Whiskey” and “Dad Come Home.”  The third is the instrumental, “Fish Bait.”

Hopefully more info about Loser will continue to arise.  The Kill The Moonlight soundtrack is pretty killer, I’ve had the CD version for years.  I guess I’ll need to get it again now with the three new tracks!

Blowin’ Like Horns About To Shout

Friday, February 24th, 2006

So. Rolling Stone has a paragraph up on some Beck news. Here’s the exciting summary:

1. some shows with Radiohead this summer [we already know of Bonnaroo… will there be others?]

2. Odelay 10th Anniversary Deluxe edition [with original “Debra”! Slo-jam!] [I feel old]

3. finishing up the new Nigel Godrich record [with a song called “The Girl From RIP-anema”]

4. soundtrack/scoring the new Jack Black movie


Sasquatch Was Eating A Burrito

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

It looks like Beck is scheduled to play another festival now, besides the previously mentioned Bonnaroo in June. This one is May 26-28 in Washington state, and is the Sasquatch Festival. The lineup currently looks like this (pretty impressive, if you ask me!):

Friday 5/26: ONE STAGE / GATES AT 1PM
Nine Inch Nails, (Surprise Act – TBA), HIM, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, WolfmotherSaturday 5/27: 3 STAGES / GATES AT 11AM
Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, The Tragically Hip, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Gomez, Rogue Wave, Architecture In Helsinki, Sam Roberts, Constantines, The Brunettes, Matt Costa, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Seely, Korby Lenker, Common Market

Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, Matisyahu, The Decemberists, Nada Surf, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Blue Scholars, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Chad VanGaalen, The Heavenly States, Rocky Votolato, Laura Viers, The Village Green, Mercir

(news courtesy of Stereogum.)

sell me something vague and untamed

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Wow. William Orbit has put up some Flash applications that allow you to remix the songs off his new album as well as a few other songs. Among the other songs is Beck’s version of ‘Feel Good Time’. I’ve only been playing with it for a few minutes but I’m having a lot of fun.

Orbitmixer [via Paul Gregory’s Public Secret Life]

UPDATE: If you make a remix post a link to it in the comments! We’d love to hear it.

UPDATE 2: Well, it looks like William Orbit has taken the ‘Feel Good Time’ remix thing down. Most (all?) of the others are still there, but unfortunately the Beck track has mysteriously vanished.

UPDATE 3: Everybody seems to think the lyric is “big and untamed”, not “vague and untamed”. So sue me.

Please Enjoy

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Ghost pointed me towards a mashup of “Hell Yes” with Q-Tip’s “Breathe And Stop”. It’s actually pretty good.

Spaceships can’t tame the jungle

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

If you haven’t noticed AlmostAGhost has a new design up. I think it looks great and thank Dave for the great work on it. This new database should allow better interaction with the other sections of the site, and for more functionality and useful features in the future.

– Vin

UPDATE: PS. I wanted to add that there will be a source/era way to view the songs on AlmostAGhost soon enough. That is one of the functionalities we will be adding. More than a few people have asked about that, so I thought I’d mention it here too. Thanks for the interest! :-)

A Destination A Little Up The Road

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Beck is scheduled to play the Bonnaroo Festival this June.

Here is the link for the festival.

What this means about Beck doing a fuller tour around the US then, or if he’ll have an album to promote, or what, remains to be seen.

Still… always good to have some Beck-ness on the horizon.

– Vin