Beck Performs On 'The Tonight Show'

beck_hansen_0100Right after his recent North American tour announcement, Beck took to the stage of Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show to perform “Waking Light” and “Say Goodbye,” which appeared as an online exclusive. Both tracks come off Beck’s recent album, Morning Phase, which we’ve raved about in one way or another over the past few months. I wasn’t sure those haunting melodies would necessarily translate well live, but this performance speaks for itself. Catch Beck on tour this spring, and watch both videos below.  (more…)

Beck Announces North American Tour Dates

beckWe’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve kind of been on a Beck kick lately. With all the incredible music he’s been releasing lately in conjunction with his newest album, Morning Phase, we really can’t help ourselves. Now, just weeks after dropping that album, Beck has announced a small (and we mean small) batch of dates this spring/summer. The tour will hit California, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Montreal, Toronto, and Detroit, before ending in New York on July 1st for SummerStage festival. Check out the dates below. (more…)

Beck Releases "Waking Light"

beckA few weeks back we brought you “Blue Moon,” the first single off Beck‘s new album, Morning Phase, and we kind of raved about it. With that kind of introduction, it’s no wonder fans (ourselves included) couldn’t wait to see what the next release would be. Today, we finally have it. The latest reveal, “Waking Light,” has that same air of ambiance that “Blue Moon” held, living up to its hype in every way as a beautiful, melodic, slightly psychedelic, yet incredibly intriguing track that has me hitting repeat more than a few times.

Is it February 25th yet? Because we really can’t wait for this album to drop. Check it out below.

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Hear The First Single From Beck's New 'Morning Phase'

It’s been over a month since we published the track listing for Morning Phase, the first “proper” Beck album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, and today we finally have the first single, “Blue Moon.”

It’s truly an uplifting experience, full and ornate, but still unpretentious and simple. Lyrically, “Blue Moon” striked a dejected tone, but it remains hopeful, buoyed not least by the airiness of the melody and production. Now we’re really looking forward to the record.

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HBO's 'Girls' To Feature New Songs By Beck, Lily Allen, And More

GirlsHBO’s third season of Girls premiered last night, and with the new season will come a slew of new songs by Lily Allen, Jenny Lewis, and Miguel, along with a new Beck song that will debut prior to his upcoming album release.

“The Jenny Lewis [song] scores a very emotional moment that happens in the second episode,” explains music supervisor Manish Raval, “where the case is reunited with Jessa. I love the song, I love the moment, I love the last image of that moment. I think that’s my favorite spot of the season,” he said. “This season, a big chunk of an episode is based around a Harry Nilsson song. It’s something we haven’t done before … we have an episode this season that has an artist covering a Warren Zevon song. There isn’t anyone who we wouldn’t use. I think that’s the rule with this show; there should be no rules.”

Catch the new tunes Sundays at 10pm on HBO.

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Vampire Weekend Cover "Con Te Partirò"

Vampire WeekendSometimes bands get really creative and really bold in their covers. And if you ask me, that’s the way to do it. Take a song and make it your own; none of this relying on what the original artist has already perfected to coast you through to rave reviews. Taking the classic “Con te Partirí²” made famous by Andrea Bocelli, Vampire Weekend does exactly that.

“‘Con te Partirí²’ is one of the greatest love songs of all time,” frontman Ezra Koenig told Rolling Stone. “Its beauty transcends language. Thank you, Mr. Bocelli, for introducing us to this majestic gem.”

Check out the band’s revamped version here, and keep an eye out for Starbucks’ Sweetheart 2014 album, which will feature this and covers from Beck, Ben Harper, and more.

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