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Record Club #2

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

… started today over on with the classic Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen’s first album. It is full of amazing poetic songs and haunting folk melodies—that can easily be reinterpreted every which way. This sounds like it will be an experimental and creative Record Club.

Go and enjoy!

The band according to is Beck, Devendra Banhart, Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden & Matthew Asti (from the band MGMT), Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, Binki Shapiro from Little Joy, and two members of Beck’s band (and the last Record Club), Brian Lebarton and Bram Inscore.

Connections! Beck and Devendra are apparently friends, as Devendra opened a show for Beck, and they did a joint interview together in some guitar magazine once. Beck I believe said that one of Devendra’s songs is one of his son’s favorites, and at the show they did together, they sang a couple of songs together. Also reportedly, Beck has produced a song with Devendra for some upcoming release (details sketchy, but Beck mentioned it in an interview).

MGMT opened much of Beck’s Modern Guilt tours, and they shared the stage a few times (including this crazy show, which by the way, someone must have a recording of to share with us?).

Binki Shapiro is also a friend, an LA musician, she appeared in some of the Information videos and sang backup on a Sia song (which Beck also sang backup on).

Beck said “Andrew [Stockdale] from Wolfmother showed up at some point. That’s how it’s been working out. We’ll get together a group of people, and other people start showing up.”

Leonard Cohen was one of Beck’s stated influences on Sea Change. (Anyone got the quote?)

Some Bits Of News And Things

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

1. New music! Go here and listen. A radio contest winner got Beck to write a song about him. The results are marvelous! You think Beck doesn’t have fun anymore? Isn’t weird enough like he used to be? Listen to that.

2. Beck’s show in San Francisco was recorded, and is being shared here. Thanks to the taper!

3. Beck’s father, David Campbell, will be conducting an orchestra at Beck’s show at the Hollywood Bowl later this month. Hopefully they’ll do more than just “Paper Tiger” and “Volcano”! I have no idea what the plans are, but should be awesome. Campbell has conducted all the strings you hear on Beck’s albums; they work quite well together.

4. For some reason I thought I had more, but that’s all I can think of right now.

New Gamma Ray Remix

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

[13:52] <almostaghost>

I like it, but not as much as the original

New mashup: Beck vs Young Joc

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Yr Party is Dying posted a new Beck vs. Young Joc mashup. Download it here.

This isn’t terribly exciting, but I came across it and thought some of y’all might be interested.

Beck’s Friends

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

1. First, and most intriguingly, Beck’s long-time musical director/bassist/friend, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, has reported that he will not be in Beck’s bad on the upcoming Modern Guilt tour. Only Brian Lebarton, the keyboardist, from the Guero/Info tours remains. If you’ve seen Beck live at all since 1996, you’ve probably seen JMJ and his fro–the only times he wasn’t in the group was on (some) of the Sea Change tours. There were 4 Sea Change tours: Beck toured alone, with the Flaming Lips, with JMJ in Australia, and then with a new band without JMJ for the summer of ’03. Also during 2005, JMJ was not in the band, but he rejoined them in 2006. JMJ’s bass mastery, leather outfist, and general bad-assness will be missed, but really, new bands = new sounds = exciting new shows.

No word yet on who else is joining. One rumor is that one of the members of Islands was asked to drum (Beck’s been a fan for a few years, they have a remix on Guerolito), but he said no. More info on all that as we find out.

2. Next, and I find this absolutely fascinating. Over on Beck’s myspace page, recently his Top 8 Friends were changed to 8 ancient Greek figures: Alexander The Great, Archimedes, Protagoras, Aristotle, Sappho, Archaenus, Socrates, and Pythagoras. And, on their myspace pages, their only friends are Beck and Tom (the Myspace guy). So clearly, Beck (or at least his marketing team) had something to do with it. But why? Is it some indication of what the album marketing will be like? Maybe someone’s just being random? Is it some play on the ancient figures with modern guilt? A quick Google search indicates that “modern guilt” may have some connection to Greek philosophy, and/or existentialism (my thoughts on Beck and existentialism are a constantly growing list, but that’s another post). Hopefully more clues about what’s behind all this is forthcoming, or maybe it’s just a bit of random nonsense, I dunno.

conquest EP out on itunes

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

the white stripes’ conquest single/ep is out on itunes in the us and canada, though i’m not sure about the rest of the world. beck produced the b-sides and appears on two of them.

vinyl should be out soon.


Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Sorry I never post on this thing. I’ll try to be a better friend.

New Mashup:

Mama Bizzness (Will.I.Am vs. Beck vs. Free)

Will.I.Am – I Got It From My Mama
Beck – Mixed Bizzness (sic)
Free – All Right Now

i’m so glad download

Monday, May 28th, 2007

It’s been pretty quiet around here, so I thought I’d toss you guys a musical bone. Puritan Blister has an mp3 up of Beck’s cover of Skip James’s I’m So Glad. This is a really great song, especially if you like Beck’s bluesier stuff.

I’m So Glad @ Puritan Blister
I’m So Glad @ almostaghost

new DJ Moule mashup

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

I haven’t listened to it yet, but DJ Moule has a new Beck mashup up on his site called Tribute To James (James Brown Vs Beck Vs Peter Gabriel Vs Fatboy Slim, featuring RHCP) (scroll down to find it; there are a few other Beck mashups on there too, actually).

Things have been pretty slow around here, so I thought you might appreciate the heads-up.

[via A Capella v. 2.0]

April 8 2007 Zepp Tokyo Show Available

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

For those of you with dimeadozen accounts, somebody has uploaded the April 8 show. It’s not actually working I don’t think, because I think dime might be having some database issues, but hopefully that’ll be resolved soon. Just go to and search for Beck, and you should see it. If you don’t have an account, new ones can be tricky to get, you gotta be on your toes.