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Watch: Beck Previews ‘Blue Moon’ Off New Album

Dig on this taste of “Blue Moon,” a song off Beck’s Morning Phase, which is due February 25, 2014.

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Coachella 2014 Lineup: Arcade Fire, OutKast,The Replacements, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014, April 11-13 and April 18-20.

Day 1: OutKast, The Knife, The Replacements, Broken Bells, Zedd, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, HAIM, Neko Case, AFI, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, Bryan Ferry, The Glitch Mob, The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, Bastille, Flume, Aloe Blacc, Jagwar Ma, A$AP Ferg, Grouplove, Woodkid, Carnage, Shlomo, Gareth Emery, Michael Brun, MS MR, Kate Nash, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, GOAT, Nina Kraviz, Anthony Green, Duke Dumont, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solomun, ZZ Ward, Anti-Flag, Caravan Palace, Flatbush Zombies, Deorro, Waxahatchee, Title Fight, Davide Squillace, DJ Falcon, Dum Dum Girls, Austra, Tom Odell, Dixon, Wye Oak, Crosses, Mako, The Preatures, The Bots, Gabba Gabba Heys

Day 2: Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Foster The People, Pet Shop Boys, MGMT, Empire Of The Sun, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Kid Cudi, The Head And The Heart, Sleigh Bells, Cage The Elephant, City And Colour, CHVRCHES, Dillon Francis, Capital Cities, The Naked And Famous, Temples, Mogwai, Warpaint, Solange, Washed Out, Future Islands, Ty Segal, DARKSIDE, Banks, Tiga, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost!, Netsky, RL Grime, Galantis, Foxygen, White Lies, Graveyard, The Internet, Laura Maula, The Dismemberment Plan, Headhunterz, Blood Orange, GTA, TJR, Cajmere, Guy Gerber, Nicole Moudaber, MAKJ, Bear Hands, The Magician, Young & Sick, Unlocking The Truth, Saints Of Valory, Carbon Airways, UZ, Syd Arthur, Bicep, Drowners

Day 3: Arcade Fire, Beck, Calvin Harris, Neutral Milk Hotel, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Alesso, Duck Sauce, Little Dragon, Beady Eye, Flosstradamus, The Toy Dolls, The 1975, Adventure Club, Big Gigantic, Chance The Rapper, Laurent Garnier, Krewella, Rudimental, STRFKR, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty, AlunaGeorge, Art Department, Flight Facilities, Frank Turner, John Newman, Maceo Plex, Superchunk, Bombino, Daughter, Bad Manners, Surfer Blood, Lee Burridge, Poolside, Classixx, Showtek, James Vincent McMorrow, Bo Ningen, Aeroplane, Ratking, Jhene Aiko, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Factory Floor, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Lunoe, The Martinez Brothers, Scuba, John Beaver

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Listen: Beck Covers John Lennon’s ‘Love’ for Valentine’s Day Comp

As previously reported, on February 4 Starbucks will start selling a new Valentine’s Day compilation, Sweetheart 2014.

Today we get to hear Beck’s contribution, a cover of John Lennon’s “Love,” which appeared in it’s original form on the 1970 album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:

1. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
2. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
3. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
4. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
5. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
7. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
8. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
9. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)

Hear samples of the tracks:

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Best of 2014 Dept.: Stereogum’s 100 Most Anticipated Albums of the Coming Year

Beck’s upcoming Morning Phase is #2 on the list.

This year isn’t over yet of course, but already Stereogum is hitting us with their list of much anticipated 2014 albums.

Check it out:

100 Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (Columbia, 1/14)

99 The Rentals – TBD (Polyvinyl)

98 Broken Bells – After The Disco (Columbia, 1/14)

97 Empress Of – TBD (Terrible/XL)

96 tUnE-yArDs – TBD

95 Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron (Interscope/TDE, 2/25)

94 Thee Oh Sees – TBD

93 MØ – No Mythologies To Follow (Chess Club/RCA Victor, 2/24)

92 You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing (Topshelf, 1/14)

91 Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt (Kanine, 2/25)

90 The New Pornographers – TBD (Matador, Late Spring)

89 Sisyphus – Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty, 3/18)

88 Wu-Tang Clan – TBD

87 Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (ATO, 3/4)

86 Mastodon – TBD

85 Phantogram – Voices (Republic, 2/18)

84 Wolves In The Throne Room – TBD (Southern Lord, Winter)

83 Meek Mill – TBD (MMG)

82 Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Sub Pop, 1/21)

81 Pusha T – King Push (Def Jam)

80 Actress – Ghettoville (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune, 1/28)

79 Rick Ross – Mastermind (MMG/Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, Early 2014)

78 The Horrors – TBD

77 ceo – Wonderland (Modular People, 2/4)

76 Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars (Columbia/Legacy, 3/25)

75 Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow (Vice, 3/18)

74 Da Mafia 6ix – TBD

73 Best Coast – TBD (Spring)

72 The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits (Sacred Bones, 3/4)

71 My Morning Jacket – TBD (ATO)

70 Belle And Sebastian – TBD (Matador, Late Spring)

69 Neneh Cherry – Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound, 2/25)

68 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

67 The Notwist – Close To The Glass (Sub Pop, 2/25)

66 FKA Twigs – TBD (Young Turks)

65 G-Side – Gz To Godz

64 Perfume Genius – TBD (Matador, Fall)

63 Death Cab For Cutie – TBD


61 Lily Allen – TBD (Warner Bros.)

60 Liars – TBD (Mute, March)

59 Parquet Courts – TBD

58 Sampha – TBD (Young Turks)

57 Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Early 2014)

56 Pallbearer – TBD (Profound Lore, August)

55 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – TBD (April)

54 The Hold Steady – TBD (Vagrant, Winter)

53 Twin Shadow – TBD

52 Caribou – TBD

51 Wye Oak – TBD (Merge)

50 Tombs – Savage Gold (Relapse, Spring)

49 Dum Dum Girls – Too True (Sub Pop, 1/28)

48 Linda Perhacs – The Soul Of All Natural Things (Asthmatic Kitty, 3/4)

47 Flying Lotus – TBD

46 Pharrell – TBD (Columbia)

45 Amber Coffman – TBD

44 Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Interscope)

43 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar, 2/18)

42 The Bug – Angels And Devils (Ninja Tune)

41 Warpaint – Warpaint (Rough Trade)

40 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags (Matador, 1/7)

39 Katy B – Little Red (Rinse/Columbia)

38 James Blake & Chance The Rapper – TBD

37 Damon Albarn – TBD (Warner Bros.)

36 U2 – TBD (April)

35 Hamilton Leithauser – TBD

34 Real Estate – TBD (Domino)

33 Julian Casablancas – TBD

32 Alcest – Shelter (Prophecy, 1/21)

31 Migos – Y.R.N. 2 (January)

30 White Lung – TBD

29 EMA – The Future’s Void (Matador/City Slang, Spring)

28 Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (Columbia, 5/26)

27 Bat For Lashes – TBD (Warner Bros.)

26 Jessica Pratt – TBD

25 The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian, 3/18)

24 Modest Mouse – TBD

23 Wilco – TBD (dBpm)

22 Future – Honest (Epic)

21 Sun Kil Moon – Benji (Caldo Verde, 2/4)

20 St. Vincent – St. Vincent (Republic, 2/25)

19 Charli XCX – SuperLove (Atlantic, Spring)

18 Titus Andronicus – TBD (XL)

17 Grimes – TBD

16 Swans – TBD (Young God)

15 TV On The Radio – TBD

14 Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Fool’s Gold)

13 Fleet Foxes – TBD

12 Fucked Up – TBD (Matador, Spring)

11 Robyn – TBD

10 Spoon – TBD

9 Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble, 1/21)

8 Taylor Swift – TBD

7 Agalloch – TBD (Profound Lore, April)

6 The Wrens – TBD

5 Joanna Newsom – TBD

4 Cloud Nothings – TBD

3 Frank Ocean – TBD

2 Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol, 2/14)

Beck performed “Wave” off the new album at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles this past November.

1 Kanye West – TBD (Summer)

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Listen: Beck-Produced Charlotte Gainsbourg Take on ‘Hey Joe’

New Charlotte Gainsbourg track, the Beck-produced cover of “Hey Joe,” is used in the closing credits for Lars von Trier’s controversial new film, “Nymphomaniac.” She stars in the film as a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac named Joe.

The track will be released as a digital single on December 16.

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Watch & Listen: Beck Performs a New Song, “Wave”

Last night (Sunday, November 25, 2013), Beck oversaw a performance of Song Reader, the sheet music album he published with McSweeny’s. The show was at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where Beck premiered “Wave,” off his upcoming album Morning Phase. He was backed the 61-piece Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by his father, by David Campbell.

Artists who performed Beck compositions included: Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker, John C. Reilly, Anne Hathaway, Jenny Lewis, Childish Gambino, Van Dyke Parks and others.

Read a review at Rolling Stone.

Beck performing “Wave”:

Anne Hathaway and Jenny Lewis performing “Last Night You Were A Dream”:

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Watch: Beck Sings The Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning”

Beck spoke to Rolling Stone’s Simon Vozick-Levinson about Lou Reed:

It’s hard for me to sum up Lou Reed’s legacy. He’s such a major part of the music of the last 50 years. How do you have perspective on something that’s so close to you?

When I heard the first Velvet Underground record, I was 13 or 14, and it really struck me intensely. I was listening to anything I could get my hands on; I’d grown up with the Beatles and the Ramones, and I was getting into the Stones and garage rock. But when I heard “Venus in Furs,” I’d never heard anything like it. It was like hearing something I’d always wanted to hear. It felt so modern – I had to look at the back of the record to make sure it wasn’t a newer band. The sound was really dirty, much more primal than other bands from that era. The sweetness of the melodies and the songwriting, juxtaposed with this brutal sound, completely turned a light on for me.

After that, I don’t think I listened to any pop music for another 15 years. The Velvet Underground just eclipsed everything for a long time for me – it became the thing that I measured other music by. I think that’s common for a lot of people my age. Lou Reed and the Velvets were so formative for that whole era of bands that came out in the Eighties and Nineties, bands like the Pixies and Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain and Pavement and Yo La Tengo. I don’t know what you would call the genre that I’m in, but the Velvet Underground really define it. They’re the blueprint for that entire kind of music. The idea that you could play folk or country or guitar feedback or Brill Building pop, and you didn’t have to be authentic or quote-unquote real, was so liberating.

They were the coolest-looking band. I remember seeing a picture in a magazine where Lou had the wrap-around shades and the haircut and the boots. I think any kid who runs across something like that wishes they’d been around for it, you know? The really strange thing was, when my mother saw that I was listening to their record incessantly, she mentioned that she knew them – she had had some interaction with the Factory scene when she was growing up in the Village, and she claimed to have danced onstage at some of their early shows. I had no idea! But there wasn’t a lot of information about the Velvets back then. Later on, I was shocked to meet other people who had heard of them.

I’ve been playing Lou Reed’s songs since I first picked up the guitar. They can be so simple and perfect, and they can just cut you to the bone, but he never reduced it to sentimentality or cliché. He had that conversational style that’s really not easy to do. There’s just nothing cooler than that to me. I never get tired of playing his songs – it always works. I did one with Thom Yorke once [“I’m Set Free” SaveFrom.net]; that was perfect. On the Sea Change tour, we did “Who Loves the Sun.” Just this summer, I was doing an acoustic tour, and I played “Sunday Morning” SaveFrom.net in Paris. You can always play a Hank Williams song, you can always play a Beatles song, and you can always play a Lou Reed song.

I remember around ’95, we had just played a festival, and he was right after us, so I was coming offstage when he was going on. I wanted to introduce myself, but I wasn’t confident enough. So I never got to meet him. I’m really sad about that. The truth is, I haven’t even had time to digest the news that he’s gone. Man, what a loss.

Beck’s “Morning Phase” Due In February

Beck returns with his first new album in five years in February 2014.  The new album, Morning Phase, is, according to a press release, along the lines of the acoustic, ballad filled Sea Change, released in 2002, which had a Nick Drake vibe at times.

For the new album Beck utilized many of the same musicians who played on Sea Change including Joey Waronker, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Jason Falkner.

The album will be Beck’s first for Capitol Records. He previously recorded for Geffen Records.

Here’s a video for “The Golden Age” off Sea Change.

A Reporter Rides On Doug Aitken’s Station To Station Train

Photo by Robert Gauthier.
Photo by Robert Gauthier.

In today’s Los Angeles Times there’s a cool article by Deborah Vankin about Doug Aitken’s Station To Station project. The three week traveling art and music festival was heading from Barstow, CA to LA and Vankin reports on the journey. Musicians who have participated in Station To Station include Patti Smith, Beck, Thurston Moore and Cat Power. Savages and No Age will perform Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 at 16th Street Station in Oakland, CA.

Read Vankin’s story and see a great slide show by photographer Robert Gauthier here.