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Beck's 'Song Reader' Album to Finally Come Out, Featuring Performances by Jack White, Jeff Tweedy and More

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

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Ever the iconoclast, Beck’s last “album” was something called Song Reader, which consisted only of sheet music written by the musician. Though it has been performed publicly since its 2012 release, there’s never been a proper physical release until now.

The album, called Warby Parker Presents Beck Song Reader (the glasses maker is producing the album and will release Beck-created, limited-edition “black cherry” Carmichael eyeglass at the same time, according to Rollingstone), will have tracks written by Beck and performed by Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy, Jarvis Cocker, Norah Jones and Beck himself. It’s out July 29 on Capitol. You can preorder it now.

Warby Parker also will release a new version of the Song Reader book, with some new prints from artist Marcel Dzama. Warby Parker also put on the Song Reader show in L.A. last year. Lest you think they’re some BS corporate company getting their name on an ostensibly cool album, Warby Parker wil donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair of the Beck glasses they sell as part of their "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" program. And they’re donating the proceeds of the album to nonprofit 826 National, which helps kids ages 6 to 18 with creative and expository writing. Co-founded by writer Dave Eggers, they're a great organization with eight locations around the United States, including right here with 826 LA; I highly suggest checking out all the cool things they do.

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First City Festival 2014

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 5, 2014 06:05pm | Post a Comment
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The First City Festival returns for its second year to the Monterey County Fair and Event Center on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th! Last year at its debut, the boutique music festival attracted more than 10,000 attendees each day and featured a line-up of over 30 bands at the picturesque coastal setting.

The line-up for this year's fest includes Beck, The National, Phantogram, Best Coast, and so many more amazing acts! In addition to performers on three stages, the festival offers other entertainment and distinctive attractions including a Vaudeville-style variety stage, plus a full carnival with rides and games.

Tickets are on sale now and includes unlimited access to carnival rides. There will also be hotel and shuttle packages available for purchase.

Check out First City Festival for more info.

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Album Picks: St. Vincent, Schoolboy Q, Beck, Wild Beasts, Neneh Cherry

Posted by Billy Gil, February 25, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

St. Vincent - St. Vincent (LP or CD)

st. vincent st. vincent lp amoebaSt. Vincent’s absolutely breathtaking new album begins, as Annie Clark’s previous albums have, like some unearthly musical. Clark seemingly touches down from another planet, asking “am I the only one in the world?” on opener “Rattlesnake” amid all manner of alien guitar and strange percussive squelches. “Birth in Reverse” similarly paints a vivid picture, starting with the lines “Oh what an ordinary day …  take out the garbage, masturbate.” “Birth in Reverse” explodes into an extraordinary, paranoid chorus of restless glee. Clark’s way with words has never been more cutting, as on “Prince Johnny,” which manages to be strikingly specific while keeping its deeper existential meaning vague (“Remember that time we snorted/That piece of the Berlin Wall you extorted?” is her best rhyming couplet yet.) Even her ballads bite—“I prefer your love to Jesus” is a thoroughly loaded line repeated on “I Prefer Your Love,” giving depth and conflict to what’s on the surface a beautiful, Kate Bush-inspired love song. Musically, Clark employs everything from decaying choruses (“Prince Johnny”) to hip-hop synths (“Huey Newton”) to Prince-esque atonal funk (“Digital Witness”), but it’s a remarkably cohesive listen, as though each element has been thoroughly considered and sanded down to perfection. As implied by naming her fourth album simply St. Vincent, it’s an album that seems to be about truly knowing oneself—or the thrilling discoveries that come with a lifetime of seeking that knowledge.

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Two New "What's In My Bag?" Episodes With The Flaming Lips

Posted by Amoebite, February 11, 2014 05:42pm | Post a Comment

Our What's In My Bag? crew had the pleasure of shooting an episode each with Michael Ivins and Kliph Scurlock of psychedelic alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. Definitely a must see for Lips' fans. 

Michael Lee Ivins (pictured in the blue shirt) is the bassist and founding member of The Flaming Lips. The band originally formed in Norman, Oklahoma with Wayne Coyne playing guitar, his brother Mark Coyne on vocals, and Ivins handling bass duties. After several years of crafting their sound, The Flaming Lips broke into the mainstream with their 6th studio album, Transmissions From The Sattelite Heart (1993), spawning the hit single "She Don't Use Jelly."  

In March 1999, The Flaming Lips were gearing up to tour in support of their album, The Soft Bulletin. The band hired Kliph Scurlock (pictured left in purple shirt) to do some heavy lifting as a roadie. Scurlock remaind on tour with the band until 2002 when the Lips were doubling as an opener and backing band for Beck. In an effort to enable multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd to play lead guitar, Scurlock was asked to play drums during the band's run with Beck. Subsequently, Scurlock went from touring drummer to full-time member and remains with the Lips until this day.      

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Music History Monday: June 18

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 18, 2012 07:07pm | Post a Comment
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Born on this day: June 18, 1942 - Pop music icon Sir Paul McCartney (born James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, UK). Happy 70th Birthday to one of the greatest musicians of all time and one of my biggest musical heroes. We ♥ you, Sir Paul!



On this day in music history: June 18, 1966 - "Hold On, I'm A Comin'" by Sam & Dave hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #21 on the same date. Written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, it features Booker T. & The MG's providing instrumental support. At first, the duo are not fond of the song, feeling that the title and lyrics are too "corny and hillbilly." In fact, on the finished record, Sam Moore can be heard laughing out loud when Dave Prater sings the lyric "I'm on my way, your lover, if you get cold yeah, I will be your cover." Released as a single in March of 1966, the song will quickly rise up the charts, becoming their first R&B chart topper and first top 40 pop hit.


On this day in music history: June 18, 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience will make their now legendary American performance debut at The Monterey International Pop Music Festival. The band will be booked to perform on the recommendation of Paul McCartney, having seen Hendrix and the Experience perform at the Saville Theatre in London two and a half weeks earlier (opening their set with The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"). The bands' set at Monterey will climax with Hendrix setting fire to his Fender Stratocaster and smashing it on the stage. The performance will launch Hendrix into rock superstardom in the US and worldwide.

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