We are now launching our new music section, a library of all Beck releases. Here you will find lyrics and audio clips for every song as well as background information for each record. We will be adding albums one at a time starting with Mellow Gold and Modern Guilt.
We are adding all the videos made for 1994′s Mellow Gold. This was Beck’s first full length album release and these are first attempts in the video form. They were mostly home made with little budget and even borrowed film, with Director Steve Hanft and friends. Loser was made with a two man crew, director Steve Hanft and Beck himself. The moving coffin was a reference to Bunuel’s film Simon Of The Desert. The effect was achieved by using stop frame animation, where Beck and Steve would have to move the coffin an inch at a time then shoot a frame of film. This process continued over a year long period. Also look for cameos by folk dancer Jesco, as well as Eddie Lopez, who built the sculpture on the cover of the Mellow Gold album, playing Beck’s guitar ‘Jazzercise’ on the roof of the garage where he lived and worked. The video also contains footage of Beck’s leaf blower performance at famed club Raji’s in the early 90′s. As a performance piece, he covered the stage with leaves, came out and blew them into the audience then recited a monologue. The Beercan video was a performance piece involving actual homeless people from Downtown Los Angeles who were asked to invade a suburban house and destroy it. This was documented, then edited together in a collage with performance footage as well as a series of recreations of old magazine advertisements from the 60′s and 70′s. Look for a cameo by Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins playing guitar in his backyard as well as driving a forklift. The third video is a clip for Pay No Mind, shot mostly in Echo Park and featuring found footage from an episode of 70′s show ‘In Search Of…’ hosted by Leonard Nimoy Look in the videoteque to see these Mellow Gold era documents.
We’re coming into the last two weeks of Record Club no.1 so we’re making a limited edition t-shirt of the pencil sketch by Beck of Andy Warhol’s classic cover design. Get one while they last.
Beck has completed work on Charlotte Gainsbourg’s third album, TBA. It is the follow up to the Nigel Godrich/Air produced 5:55 and is due later this year. Beck wrote and produced the record over the last year and a half, with sessions beginning during the time of the making of modern guilt. Songs include Voyage, Me & Jane Doe, and IRM. They recently filmed a video together for the song Heaven Can Wait. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
In tribute to Merce Cunningham’s passing we are putting up a few links of his work, including a collaboration s with John Cage. When I moved to NYC at 18 I ended up staying on the floor of a friend of a friend’s, in an apartment across the hall from the Merce Cunningham Studios. I remember waking to the sound of the morning rehearsals and heard them working into the night. The atmosphere around the studio informed my impressions and experience of being in NY at that time, starting to write songs and performing for the first time.
Our new section for videos, short films and other clips is called Videotheque. Here you’ll find promotional videos from each album, as well as live clips, tv show appearances and other rarities. These will all be from source video and streamed at higher resolution than other sites. We’ll be putting up the videos an album at a time starting with the latest Modern Guilt, including a special acoustic performance of the entire album.
We are launching another section featuring extended informal conversations with musicians, artists, filmmakers, and other various personages called Irrelevant Topics. The first one up, which took place early last month, is with Tom Waits. The conversation will be posted in several installments. Look for updates in the new section several times a month.
We are putting up a new section, a weekly DJ set, called Planned Obsolescence. These are mixes of what we’re listening to, put together by myself or guest DJs. Please enjoy.
We’ve been working on changes to the website for the last few months. We’ll be adding new sections as they’re ready. The first one to be added is called Record Club, an informal meeting of various people to record an album in a day. An album will be chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track will be uploaded once a week on beck.com as well as through the web sites of those involved with the project.