For his proper follow-up to ‘Mellow Gold,’ Beck enlisted producers the Dust Brothers to construct a sonic landscape similar to the one they laid out on the Beastie Boys’ classic ‘Paul’s Boutique’ in 1989. Working with a similar template of scratchy old samples and dusty beats that sounded like hip-hop field recordings at times, the Dust Brothers presented Beck with ‘Odelay’’s whiplashing foundation. Beck did the rest.
Beck has not one, but two new independent albums coming down the pike: a previously announced acoustic disc and an album that a source has called “the proper follow-up to ‘Modern Guilt.’” If that isn’t enough, he’s unleashed a standalone single, ‘Defriended,’ which showcases his signature electro-pop style — check it out via the clip above.
Back for its seventh annual run, the Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco’s scenic Bay Area on Oct. 19-20. This year’s two-day bash features the likes of Atoms for Peace, Beck and Animal Collective, plus dozens more.
Celebrate Brooklyn! is back for its 35th go-round with an array of internationally acclaimed artists in tow. This year’s summer-long New York City festival features performances by the likes of Jim James, the Roots, Beck and many more. The fest is heavy on free shows, though some events -- the Beck and James gigs among them -- are ticketed benefits.
Was there a more surprising hit in 1994, or in the first half of the 1990s for that matter, than Beck’s ‘Loser?' When it was released early in the year, it sounded at first like any one of the disposable alt-rock goofs that mixed and matched music genres for yuks and was given the green light during the post-Nirvana signing frenzy. But ‘Loser’ turned out to be so much more.
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