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Limited Edition Olaf Breuning T shirt

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


We have a special shirt available made by artist Olaf Breuning who has a show in our new Colorspace section. Beck.com is hosting exhibitions now through the site and with each show we are collaborating with the artist to make a one of a kind piece. The shirt design is taken from one of Olaf’s drawings and will only be available while the show is up.

Have a look at Olaf’s work at his site olafbreuning.com or his gallery at metropicturesgallery.com. And for a bit more info on Olaf, take a look at his interview on artnet.com.

Midnite Vultures 10th Anniversary T-Shirt

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


For fans of Midnite Vultures, we’ve made a special 10th anniversary shirt. The image of the face is from the masked man on the cover, originally designed by Japanese artist Eye, lead singer of the band The Boredoms.

Harry Partch Documentary

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



A clip from a ’68 documentary of the namesake of Beck’s new song, where he explains his home made instruments.

HARRY PARTCH SONG

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



A thruway from the external to the internal, in tribute to California bred composer Harry Partch’s concept of ‘Corporeality’— the integration of the body with all art forms. The song uses a 43 tone scale in reference to Partch’s innovations with alternate tonalities. A peregrination across disparate territory to ascertain an unassumed frame of reference.

Lyrics

Harry Partch

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I’m wandering, wandering
wither I go…

Quadrangularis Reversum Kithara
Zoomoozophone Zymo-xyl
Mazda Marimba Zoroastrian Z
Chromolodeon Cloud Chamber Bowl
a portmanteau of color and chrome
the curse of the crow
the nimbus is null

suitcase sky and you’re marching down
your ticker tape and your old parade
your old grey jacket is hanging in threads
your grizzled brow furrowed in the sun

watch your back
and stack your hack
your mailman is punching back
your train goes click clack clack

make your orchestra out of the debris of the evening
fishing out from the gutter all your gold and grey graffiti

I crack the frozen ice
a 100 bells chime
a 1000 birds fall on a regiment of lies
chrome crack and rattle shadow
shake the bell tree
through rack and rain and ruin
wither I go

The sound becomes my body and my body is the sound
The sound becomes my body and my body is the sound
The sound becomes my body and my body is the sound

from chicago to barstow, o barstow

everybody needs a shopping bag
and a world war for an encore

21/3 X 21/4 = 21/3+1/4 = 23/12+4/12 = 27/12

FOUND MUSIC Nº4: Harry Partch

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



Harry Partch was a composer of what is termed Microtonal music. He developed his own systems of tonality using frequencies and notes found between those in western traditions. He felt they could elicit emotions and reactions from the listener conventional tonality couldn’t. He built his own proprietary instruments to play his work. Similar in the sound to instruments found in eastern music such as the koto, taiko, or gamelan, they are ultimately uncategorizable. He spent years traveling as a hobo during the depression and incorporated everyday speech into his melodic lines. He transcribed graffiti and used it as text. He is one of the great musical thinkers and innovators of the last century. Here are a few clips from one of his last major works “Delusion Of The Fury”:

Exordium: The Beginning Of A Web

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Emergence of the Spirit

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Sanctus – An Entr’acte

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Time of Fun Together

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NEW BECK SONG

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



We have a new Beck song that we’ll be putting up later today called “Harry Partch.” Its a tribute to the composer and his desire to make the body and music unified into what he termed ‘Corporeality.’ The song employs Partch’s 43 tone scale, which expands conventional tonality into a broader variation of frequencies and resonances.

Midnite Vultures 10th Anniversary

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



Today is the 10th anniversary of the release of Midnite Vultures. Released in the weeks leading up to the Y2K scare, while Nu Metal and Boy Bands were storming the charts, the record was a satirically bent experiment in R & B, funk, and general millennial weirdness, as well as anticipating some of the 80′s revival to come in the next decade.

With artwork designed by Eye from the band the Boredoms and freak out videos referencing Japanese children’s show, William Klein and men’s support groups, the album launched a two year tour extravaganza that combined an R & B soul review with Fluxus performance art and a road side accident site.

We’ve added the album to our music page Collected Works. This week we’ll be putting up videos, rare b-sides and other surprises commemorating the anniversary.

Mutations

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



Mutations is now available for streaming in the Collected Works section.

Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait”

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



Charlotte’s new single “Heaven Can Wait” has been released. Here are links to reviews from The Playlist, Pitchfork and Stereogum.

Heaven Can Wait

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ENTER TO WIN LEONARD COHEN CD AND DOCUMENTARY!

Saturday, February 20th, 2010



With the end of Record Club 2, we are giving away 20 Leonard Cohen DVD+CD packages. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 CD/DVD package including a festival documentary with appearances by Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others.

If you haven’t heard the originals from Songs of Leonard Cohen, here’s a chance to hear great live versions of the songs we covered including “So Long, Marianne,” “The Stranger Song” and “Suzanne.” The songs were recorded on August 31, 1970 at the Isle of Wight festival.

So sign up for our mailing list today and get your own copy! If you’re already signed up, you’re automatically entered.

Also, check out the Leonard Cohen Record Club 2 shirt before it sells out.