Entries tagged with: Beck
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.
Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]
If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...
Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"
On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...
LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP
Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM
Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP
British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG
Sharon Van Etten
As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP
Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the
vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM
Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG
Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Beck @ Hammerstein Ballroom 6/30/2014
...more than once he brought up British death metal band Carcass. He seemed mostly charmed by their insane-sounding song titles ("Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites" was a favorite), but based on Beck's show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, he also digs Carcass because, when given the chance, he likes to shred.For those worried the gentle nature of Beck's new album, Morning Phase, would mean we wouldn't get the fun, funky side of the singer on this tour, fear not. At last night's show at NYC's Hammerstein, Mr. Hansen divided his set into two halves: the first being songs from Morning Phase and other acoustic-oriented songs, and then the second half where the party started. Pictures and setlist from his Hammerstein show are in this post.
Nothing in Beck's catalogue has the same sort of buzzsaw growling as "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills," but there were several re-arrangements of his classic tunes that added a new kind of six-string heft and double-kick-drum thump. Both "Devil's Haircut" and "The New Pollution" were riff-heavy and extra loud, and even the Midnite Vultures robo-funker "Get Real Paid" had some fresh Gary Numan-esque metallic sharpness.
It was the sound of Beck, ever the shape-shifter, tweaking his old hits and reinventing them however he saw fit -- though despite their new wrinkles, they still retained a fundamental funkiness that let him indulge in his best white boy dancing. - [EW]
Tonight is Beck's second NYC show, this one happening at at Central Park Summerstage and is sold out. It, like last night and the rest of this run of the tour, is with Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Pictures of their set, and more of Beck's, below...
A man is in critical condition after he fell over a stair railing at the Fox Theatre [in Detroit].Beck's tour continues in NYC today with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom and Central Park Summerstage. We recently caught Beck at Coachella and Firefly. He plays XPoNential Music Festival in Camden later in July.
Police say two intoxicated men were leaving the Beck concert, when the victim told his friend he was: "going to take the easy way down."
That's when he fell over the railing on the fourth floor. Officers believe he fell 30 to 40 feet.
Police say they don't know if the man was trying to slide down the railing, or was so drunk he thought he could simply jump.
Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.
Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.
The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]
Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.
The Hold Steady on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
The Wiggins Park shows feature The Hold Steady, Old 97's, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the RIff Raff, Lucius, Man Man, Nicole Atkins, Diego Garcia, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Dave Hause, Caitlin Rose, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman), and more. 3-day passes that get you into the whole festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...
Coachella 2014 has featured a slew of unannounced guests over its two-weekend bow, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed its headlining slot.Coachella 2014 weekend 2 just wrapped up, and like last week, featured a ton of guest appearances. This time headliners Arcade Fire, who brought out Debbie Harry at weekend 1, brought out two people dressed as the Daft Punk robots (but most likely not the actual members) for a slowed-down version of "Get Lucky." Not the first time that song was performed at the festival, considering Pharrell played it in his set a day earlier. Video below.
It was then that frontman Win Butler announced "some very special guests and we're just going to bring them up up front." Some in the crowd claim to have heard Butler say "Paft Dunk." [Billboard]
Arcade Fire also brought out Beck, who had covered Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" during his set that day, to sing with them on their cover of Prince's "Controversy." No video of this one yet.
Now that Coachella is behind them, they've added two LA dates to their ongoing tour, which hits Brooklyn for three nights at Barclays Center in August (tickets). Updated dates are listed, with the "Get Lucky" video, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.
There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.
Beck's 2014 tour in support of his new album Morning Phase includes a stop at Central Park Summerstage on July 1 which is now sold out. For those who missed out on tickets, Beck's added a second NYC show happening the day before (6/30) at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets to the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM with a presale starting Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM (password: MORNING).
The Hammerstein show is one of a few added to to his tour, and all dates are listed below...
Following his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, Beck played The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (3/12). He was once again joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman, and performed the Morning Phase cuts "Waking Light" and "Say Goodbye."
Check out the footage below...
Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.
Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...
Forecastle Festival returns to Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY from July 18-20 with a lineup of Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Slint (their first US reunion date so far!), Spoon, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Action Bronson, Against Me!, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Waxahatchee, Young & Sick and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
Full lineup below...
Beck was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night (3/1) which was hosted by Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. He performed two songs from his elegiac new album, Morning Phase: single "Blue Moon" and was backed by a string section for "Wave." On both he was joined by Father John Misty's J. Tillman. You can watch both in this post.
Next weekend, SNL goes full Brooklyn with host Lena Dunham and musical guest The National. Beck videos below....
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
Once the Sochi Winter Olympics are behind us and releases their deathgrip on NBC, Saturday Night Live will return on March 1 and Beck will be the musical guest. (Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory is the host.) That's a week after Beck's new album, Morning Phase, is released (2/25). If you haven't heard "Blue Moon" from the album, you can stream it below.
Last week we got a snippet of the first single from Beck's forthcoming Morning Phase (due 2/25). Today he's put up a full stream of that song, "Blue Moon," which you can listen to in this post. If you pre-order the album you get an instant download of the song.
Stream "Blue Moon" below...